Board of Governors Member Biographies

University of Manitoba Board of Governors
Member Biographies - as of September 1, 2017

Harvey Secter, B.Comm, LL.B., LL.M., LL.D., Chancellor
Harvey Secter was appointed Chancellor of the University of Manitoba in January 2010 and was reappointed for a third three-year term in 2016. Dr. Secter received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba in 1967. Following graduation, he directed the growth of Ricki's Canada Limited, a family retail business, from a ten-store chain to a multi-divisional national operation of 150 stores. He pursued his business career until 1988 when he returned to the University of Manitoba as a student. Graduating from the Faculty of Law with the Gold Medal in Law in 1992, He went on to pursue a Master of Law at Harvard Law School and then became a visiting researcher and instructor at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation where he assisted in teaching courses and workshops in negotiation and mediation.

Dr. Secter acted as an instructor at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law from 1995 to 1999. In 1999, He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba - just seven years after he graduated from that same faculty. He served in this position with distinction until 2008. Following a decade of service to the Faculty of Law, he was named Dean Emeritus.  He continues his practice in mediation and arbitration and serves as a Director of FPCN General Partnership Inc. and James Richardson & Sons, Limited.

Chancellor Secter is also an active community philanthropist and volunteer, currently serving as the Honorary Chair of the University’s Front & Centre Campaign. He is Past President and member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, a past Chair of the United Way Campaign and current member of its Advisory Committee, and a director of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. In the past, he has served on the Board of Regents of the University of Winnipeg, Chair of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba, Trustee of the Law Foundation of Manitoba, and as a Director of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation.

He has provided many years of service to a variety of other corporate, professional and philanthropic organizations as well. Among Harvey’s many honours, awards and appointments are an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg, the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Award from the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and, with his wife, Sandra, the Negev Award for Community Service.

David Barnard, President & Vice-Chancellor
Dr. David Barnard became President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba on July 1, 2008.

His career includes serving at the University of Regina as President and Vice-Chancellor (1998-2005) after being Vice-President (Administration) and Controller (1996-1998).  He previously spent 19 years at Queen’s University where he was a Professor of Computing and Information Science and assumed several increasingly senior administrative roles, including Associate to the Vice-Principals Research, Human Services and Resources at various times.  In 2005-08 he was COO of iQmetrix.

Dr. Barnard holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Toronto, a Dip.C.S. in theological studies from Regent College, University of British Columbia and a LL.M. from Osgoode Hall, York University.   His research has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, international agencies and industry. 

Dr. Barnard has extensive board experience including at the Bank of Canada (lead director), the Saskatchewan Provincial Court Commission (chair), Saskatchewan Power Corporation (chair), Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, Ground Effects Environmental Services, Superior Cabinets, Canada West Foundation, Canadian Research Knowledge Network (chair), CentreVenture Development Corporation, St. Boniface General Hospital, and Universities Canada (chair).  Currently, he is a member of the boards of Greystone Managed Investments, CentrePort Canada, Royal Society of Canada, and Payments Canada.

John Anderson
Dr. John Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, and is also head of the department.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1995.  His primary research interests are in the area of artificial intelligence, and involve teams of interacting robots.  This includes work in team formation and social learning, and the application of these to challenging problems such as robotic soccer and urban search and rescue. He is also interested in improving Computer Science education through the use of artificial intelligence and robotics, and in improving robotics competitions to better validate scientific research.

Jonathan Beddoes
Dr. Jonathan Beddoes has been the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering since 2011 and since September 2015 Interim Dean and now Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. For eighteen years prior to joining the University of Manitoba, Dr. Beddoes was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, including six years as Department Chair. At Carleton University he received both the Research and Teaching Achievement Awards. He has developed and taught engineering courses at all levels from first year to graduate studies.

Before joining academia he worked at Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., and Alcan Aluminum for ten years, including assignments in corporate research and design centres, as well as at manufacturing and product development facilities. Engineering assignments in industry include detailed design of gas turbine hot section structures, development and refinement of aluminum processes for products ranging from packaging through to heat exchanger designs and engine bearing alloys, and major building design and construction management. In academia, his research has focused on the microstructural design and properties of: high strength aluminum alloys with immunity to stress corrosion, gas turbine materials including titanium aluminides and nickel base superalloys, and stainless steel for bone fixture applications.

Dean Beddoes is the (co-)author of well over 100 research papers, patents, or technical reports and two books dealing with stainless steel and industrial processing of engineering alloys. Dr. Beddoes is a registered Professional Engineer in both Ontario and Manitoba and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Shona Connelly
Shona Connelly is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Political Science. For six years she was a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association and served as one of its Vice-Presidents and as a member of the Executive Committee. As a member of that Board she has experienced first-hand the role that alumni can play in suppor6ting our University and shaping its future. She was thrilled to be part of the Alumni Association’s Matching Gift Campaign, which saw Alumni contribute over two million dollars in support of the Active Living Centre and Graduate Studies. She also chaired the Board’s Alumni Achievement Committee and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration of Excellence. These opportunities afforded her the opportunity to meet and truly appreciate some of the University’s extraordinary alumni; individuals who are changing the world here at home and around the globe.

Shona has also had the privilege of representing the Alumni Board on Senate. Through that experience she gained an understanding of the governance of the University. Her combined experience on the Alumni Board, the Senate and her extensive community involvement has provided her the tools necessary to be a strong contributor to the University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors.

Steve Demmings
Steve’s background is in real estate, economic development and implementation of community business attraction strategies.  He has managed a diverse, mixed-use national real estate portfolio consisting of office, retail and industrial buildings held by a Canadian life assurance company.  His experience includes the creation of investment and job creation strategies in the technology sector with the Province of Manitoba and Site Selection Canada.  As the Founding CEO of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission he developed Strategic Plan(s) to transition the economy and implement job creation strategies in Thunder Bay and North-Western Ontario in the advanced manufacturing, energy, mining, health sciences, downtown/waterfront re-development, forestry and knowledge based industry sectors.

Steve has a long affiliation with the University of Manitoba since graduating from the Faculty of Architecture’s Department of City Planning.  He taught a real estate development course in the Faculty of Architecture for 16 years and co-founded the G. Clarence Elliott Fellowship at the University of Manitoba.  He has served as a volunteer and/or board member for the City of Winnipeg Board of Adjustment, Heritage Winnipeg, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce “Selling Winnipeg to the World” Fort Whyte Foundation, Downtown BIZ, G. Clarence Elliott Fellowship Committee, Ring of Fire Mining Working Group, President’s Council on Economic Development at Lakehead University, Ontario North Economic Development Corporation and the Thunder Bay Waterfront Advisory Group.  

Laurel Hyde
Hyde is a management consultant serving the agriculture industry, focusing primarily on human resource management systems, organizational and executive development.  She is a former member of the Judicial Inquiry Board and the University of Manitoba Alumni Association. 

Allison Kilgour
Allison Kilgour is a fifth year student in the Faculty of Arts, majoring in Political Studies with a minor in Sociology. She is the Vice President Advocacy of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) for the 2017-18 year. Throughout her time at the University of Manitoba, Allison has represented students on multiple bodies such as the Arts Faculty Council, UMSU University Affairs Committee, and several University working groups including the Sexual Assault and Violence Steering Committee and the Academic Schedule Review Committee.

Allison has served on the University of Manitoba Senate since 2015, the first two years as a voting member and currently as an assessor. She has served on several committees in this role, including the Senate Committee on Instruction and Evaluation, Senate Committee on Appeals, and the Senate Executive Committee. She also held a position on the Faculty of Arts Student Council through her role as a Senator.

Allison’s passions lie in social justice and advocacy work, and she has been active on the University Campus through several campaigns and initiatives focusing on mental health, sexual violence and consent culture, and overall student support. She has represented the University at national events, such as Universities Canada’s Converge 2017 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario. Outside of the University, Allison is active in various levels of politics, with charitable organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association, and in different youth-based organizations within the South Winnipeg community.

Jerome Knysh
Jerome Knysh is a professional engineer, certified management consultant and LEED accredited professional with more than 30 years of progressive management experience in implementing positive change, organizational transformation and realizing profitable business growth. Since 2001, he has served as General Manager of a mid-sized exporting manufacturer in Winnipeg. A professional with diverse operational, financial, human resource, engineering and project management expertise. A dedicated manager, he thrives on challenge, instills trust and confidence, builds teams, possesses integrity and demonstrates initiative.

Jerome is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He previously served as Acting Chair and member of the Wood Products Manufacturing Technology Program Advisory Committee and currently serves as a member of the Cabinetry and Woodworking Program Advisory Committee at Red River College. He is the former Vice President of Lifelong Learning and currently serves as a director and executive committee member of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.

Hillary Kroeker
Hillary Kroeker is an engineering student at the University of Manitoba specializing in electrical engineering. She is currently working in the faculty of engineering’s electromagnetic imaging laboratory as a summer student, developing new technologies for testing ultrasound imagery. Kroeker has previously volunteered at Red Rock Bible Camp and with the faculty of engineering’s EcoMotion Team.

Kathryn Lee
Kathryn Lee, CPA, CGA, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2006 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. She completed her certified professional accounting designation in 2013 through the Certified General Accountants of Manitoba. Kathryn is currently in the process of completing a Master of Business Administration through Laurentian University.

In addition to Kathryn’s passions of learning and education, sports has been an integral part of her life. The sport of gymnastics is where she has been an avid volunteer, coach and athlete. As an athlete she competed at a national level as a member of the Manitoba provincial team.

Kathryn currently works for MNP LLP Winnipeg as a Tax Manager as part of the Taxation Services Team. Her focus is in corporate tax planning for owner-managed businesses.

Jeff Lieberman, Chair
Jeff Lieberman graduated from the University of Manitoba with both a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Jeff is the owner and president of the Great Promotional Products Company. He strongly believes in volunteering in the community and some of his past and present volunteering includes: President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association; President of Folklorama; President of the Rady JCC; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Promotional Products Association of Canada, and the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club. Mr. Lieberman also chaired the B’nai Brith Canada “Every Person Deserves a Name” Annual Program.

Jeff received the William Norrie Outstanding Community Leader Award in 2014, and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Young Leadership Award in 1998. Jeff is married to Robyn and they are very proud of their children, Amy, Joshua, and Noah.

Judi Linden
Judi Linden is a registered nurse with a specialization in infection control with over 30 years’ experience with the Portage and District Hospital.  She has served as the director of finance for Infection Prevention and Control Canada and is a founding member of the Provincial Network of Infection Control Practitioners.

Jane MacKenzie
Jane MacKenzie obtained her teacher certification and Master of Education from the University of Manitoba. She has over 40 years of experience working in a wide variety of educational settings, grade levels and positions. Jane currently works in the Red River Valley School Division as a Divisional Resource Teacher.  Her lifelong interests are in the areas of special education, early years literacy and academic excellence.  

Heather Maxted
Heather Maxted is in her third year at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law and is originally from Winnipeg. She received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, where she double majored in Marketing and International Business, with an exchange to Vallendar, Germany. Heather has enriched her law school experience through volunteer positions with the Canadian Journal of Human Rights and Pro-Bono Students Canada, and will be competing in the Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP Corporate/Securities Moot in 2018. She is also currently the President of the Manitoba Law Students’ Association. Heather was a summer student at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary in 2016, and will be returning as an articling student in 2018. Heather is an avid curler who has played at provincial, national and international competitions, achieving a variety of titles in Junior’s, Women’s, University, Mixed and Mixed Doubles play.

Rafi Mohammed, Vice-Chair
Mohammed is a senior management executive with experience with professional associations and non-profit organizations including the Manitoba Dental Association, the Western Canadian Dental Society, the Winnipeg Dental Society, Manitoba Dental Foundation, the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and the Manitoba Horse Council.

Marc Mollot
Marc Mollot is a fluently bilingual dentist with a well-established practice in Winnipeg.  He is active in his profession serving currently with the Manitoba Dental Association, The Western Canada Dental Society and as an evaluator for the National Dental Examining Board.  He is a University of Manitoba graduate and a proud member of the board of the University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association.

Maryam Moshiri
Maryam Moshiri is a research associate with the University of Manitoba Transport Information Group. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in transportation engineering on the topic of the safe accommodation of large trucks in pedestrian-friendly urban environments. Moshiri has served on a number of boards and committees including the U.S. Transportation Research Board. She has also been involved with organizing conferences such as the Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology held in Winnipeg.

Tanjit Nagra
Tanjit is a fourth year student in the Faculty of Arts – with a major in Political Studies and minor in Management. She is currently serving as the President of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) for the 2017-2018 year. Over the past few years, Tanjit brought a student voice to various advisory bodies including – but not limited to – the Senate Committees on Nominations and also Admissions, the Student Experience Committee, UMSU’s Board of Senior Sticks, and Campaigns and Government Relations Committee.

In her time at the University of Manitoba, Tanjit has represented her peers and colleagues on many different councils, associations and boards. Most notably, she has served as the Vice-President of the University 1 Student Council, and the Senior Stick/Student Body President of the Faculty of Arts. In addition to being an elected representative, she also was a part of the organizing team for the inaugural TEDxUManitoba – as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator.

External to the campus, Tanjit was appointed by the City of Winnipeg as the Chairperson of the Riel Library Advisory Council, and she is also a board member for the Marlene Street Resource Centre –committed to community outreach and development for the diverse surrounding population living in the Marlene Street Manitoba Housing Development, including but not limited to many newcomer families, and those living with lower incomes. Lastly, Tanjit was named as a 2016 Future Leaders of Manitoba Finalist, and also a nominee for the 2015 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Carl Neumann
Carl Neumann is a Master of Arts student in the Department of Philosophy.  He is currently serving as the President of the University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association (UMGSA) for the 2017-18 academic year.  This year he has spearheaded the formation of a new UMGSA Indigenous Ad-Hoc committee which will lead consultations and make recommendations in support of better inclusion of Indigenous people and perspectives both within and beyond the UMGSA.  For the past two years, he has represented the Department of Philosophy on the UMGSA Council, and served on several UMGSA committees.  For 2015-16, he was elected as the Chairperson of the UMGSA's Internal Development and Review Subcommittee, leading the yearly review of the Association's Executives.  He has also served as the VP and then the President of the UofM's Ethics Center Students’ Association, in addition to repeatedly working as a teaching assistant for several courses in Philosophy, including for both Environmental and Business Ethics.

Carl completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Affairs at Carleton University.  During that time, he served as a student Senator for three years and a Students' Association Council Representative for two years.  He served on all of the Association’s committees, and was elected Chairperson to conduct all administrative duties for four of them.  Later, Carl completed his Bachelor of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  He then worked as a substitute teacher for the Winnipeg School Division for a few years, including teaching Kindergarten to Grade 12 in both English and in French.  During that time, he served as an Executive-at-Large with the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, and was a member of their Council and several committees.

Kimber Osiowy
Mr. Osiowy is a professional engineer with broad project management and environmental experience in both the industrial and public sectors.  A graduate of the University of Manitoba, he is a civil servant with Manitoba Infrastructure, responsible for the management of environmental services.

Michael Silicz
Michael Silicz is a lawyer and certified responsible investment advisor with wide-ranging experience in the public and private sectors. He serves as a director of the St. Paul’s College Foundation and the Responsible Investment Association of Canada. Michael is also a past president of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties and is a proud four-time graduate of the University of Manitoba. He is married and has an 18 month old son named Elijah.

Jeff Taylor
Jeffery Taylor is Dean of Arts, Acting Provost of University College, and a graduate of the University of Manitoba.  He serves on a range of university committees, including various subcommittees of Senate and a number of operational committees.  Dr. Taylor is a Canadian historian who has written about various aspects of Canadian labour history, labour education, and learning technologies.  Prior to returning to the University of Manitoba in 2011, he spent over twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta in a variety of capacities, including Professor and Coordinator of Labour Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He is married to Ursule Critoph and they have three adult children as well as two grandchildren.