Presidential Search
 

2019 PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH

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November 20, 2019

Dear members of the University of Manitoba community:
 
I am delighted to announce that the Board of Governors, following an extensive community consultation and search process, has approved the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee that Dr. Michael Benarroch be appointed as the President and Vice-Chancellor to lead the University of Manitoba into the next stage of its illustrious history.
 
Dr. Benarroch is the provost and vice-president, academic at Ryerson University in Toronto, a role he has held since 2017, providing leadership as Ryerson’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer.  He has made a significant impact as provost, overseeing academic policy, strategic planning, and the institutional budget.
 
Prior to his time at Ryerson, he led the I. H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba as dean, and was founding dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg.
 
I am excited to welcome Dr. Benarroch, a proud Manitoban, a recognized economist, and an experienced academic leader, back to the University of Manitoba as our 12th President and Vice-Chancellor. His academic and leadership experience and his deep love of the province and the university make him an ideal candidate to help bring about positive transformation.
 
Those of us who have had the privilege of working with Dr. Benarroch in his previous role as dean of the Asper School of Business know him to be a collegial and capable leader who cares deeply about the success of this University, this province and its people. He has a track record as a compelling visionary with the ability to make great things happen by connecting meaningfully with community and stakeholders. Working with Indigenous faculty, students and community members, he helped strengthen the Asper School’s Aboriginal Business Education Program so that it has recently enjoyed unparalleled success, graduating more and more diverse students than ever before.
 
Dr. Benarroch has expressed his commitment to play a lead role in enhancing the University of Manitoba’s impact locally and globally through innovative research and scholarship, teaching and learning, community outreach, and reconciliation.
 
Dr. Benarroch will take office as President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2020, succeeding Dr. David T. Barnard, who completes his term on June 30, 2020, following 12 years of distinguished service as president.
 
I want to take this opportunity to thank David for 12 years of relationship building, visionary growth and transformation. Under his leadership, the University of Manitoba has expanded greatly in physical size and student population, and increased both the Indigenous and international student populations, achieved new heights in research accomplishments and achieved unprecedented success in philanthropy through the Front and Centre campaign. In 2011 Dr. Barnard made a formal Statement of Apology and Reconciliation to Indian Residential School Survivors in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the first leader of a post-secondary institution to do so, and David has provided steadfast leadership in building relationships with Indigenous students, faculty, and communities throughout his time as president.
 
I would like to pay special appreciation to all members of the community who informed the work of the Presidential Search Committee through your contributions to the consultation phase of the search. Thank you also to the members of the presidential search committee for their commitment to this process and for selecting a leader who will shape the success of this institution, this province and beyond.
 
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Benarroch on this appointment, and in working with him as he assumes the presidency next July.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Lieberman
Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
Chair of the UM Board of Governors


About Dr. Michael Benarroch
 
Dr. Benarroch is currently provost and vice-president (academic) at Ryerson University, a position he has held since 2017. In this role, he serves as Ryerson’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer, providing leadership in academic policy and programming, strategic planning and the university budget. In his time at Ryerson he has led and revamped the budget process, consulting widely as the University implemented significant budget reductions.  He co-chairs Ryerson’s Truth and Reconciliation Implementation Committee. Dr. Benarroch is committed and excited to work with the University of Manitoba and broader communities in advancing Indigenous engagement and reconciliation.
 
Prior to his current appointment, he served as dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business from 2011-2017. From 2008-2011, Dr. Benarroch served as the founding dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg.
 
Passionate about teaching and research, Dr. Benarroch is an economist and has taught economics at Canadian universities since 1989.  His research focuses on global economic outlook, globalization, and the impact of trade on the environment. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Carleton University, his master’s from Western University, and a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg.
 
Throughout his career, Dr. Benarroch has been an active leader and contributor in collegial governance at the institutions at which he has served, at the department, Faculty and University levels and believes strongly in the importance of collegiality.  He has extensive experience in working in unionized universities and has served as a member of faculty association and management bargaining teams.
 
Dr. Benarroch has extensive experience in community leadership and Boards. He has engaged with the boards of all three universities at which he has worked, and as Provost serves as a non-voting member of the Board. He has served on various national boards including the Certified Management Accountants, as chair of the Board of Jewish Education, chair of the Crown Corporation Council, the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council and on the Council of Economic Advisors for the Credit Union Central. He has completed the Directors Education Program training from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
 
Dr. Benarroch is a proud Manitoban who is very excited to return to Winnipeg and lead the University of Manitoba as president. He believes strongly in the importance of the University of Manitoba to this province and is keen to build and enhance connections in the community. His passion for this community and the power of higher education is readily apparent and his experiences to date in the academy, in academic leadership, and in the community will serve him, and the University well in the role of president and vice-chancellor.
 
Dr. Benarroch was born in Tangier, Morocco, his family immigrating to Winnipeg when he was three years old with the expectation of greater opportunities. He was among the first generation of his family to attend university and the first to earn a graduate degree. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Winnipeg, a M.A. in economics from Western University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Carleton University.

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September 27, 2019

The search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba continues on schedule. We have received great interest in the position and many strong applications from local, national and international candidates.

Over the summer, the long-listed candidates met with the lead search consultants from Perrett Laver who held further in-depth assessments against the position description and selection criteria. The committee came together again in September to review the field and agreed on a similar group of candidates to progress to the next stages in the process. 

The next step is for the search committee to begin interviewing the shortlisted candidates through multiple stages in October. Updates on the committee's work will continue to be provided and members of the university community are welcome to provide input to the committee at any point in the process via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.

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June 28, 2019

The search for the next President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba continues to progress on schedule. During the last couple of months, the executive search consultants from Perrett Laver have been reaching out to potential candidates and sources across Canada and around the world. The committee came together again last week to take a first look at the emerging candidate field. The committee was delighted to see a range of excellent candidates who are showing a strong interest in the position and in the opportunities the University of Manitoba has ahead of it.

Over the summer the search consultants will be holding further in-depth assessments of the leading candidates, against the position description and selection criteria. The committee will come together again in early September to begin the process of reducing the field to a smaller set of preferred candidates ahead of interviews in October.

Members of the university community can provide input to the committee at any point in the process via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.

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May 9, 2019
 
The Presidential Search Committee has reviewed the information gathered from the university community through the consultation process which took place over February, March and early April. We sincerely thank the University of Manitoba community for engaging in the consultation process.
 
The committee used the information gathered from the consultation in the development of the position profile, or appointment details, which outlines the opportunity and outlines the roles and responsibilities and selection criteria. We are delighted to share the finalized appointment details, which we feel captures the feedback we received from the university community. We are also pleased to share that this document has been approved by the Board of Governors at its meeting on April 23rd.
 
Now that the consultation process has concluded the search moves into the phase of active recruitment and outreach. The advertisement is live and the search consultants are speaking with potential candidates and sources. The committee will come together again for an update meeting in late May.
 
Members of the university community can provide input to the committee at any point in the process via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.

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March 18, 2019

Since the last update, the Presidential Search Committee has met twice as a committee, as well as meeting with 11 individuals and groups, and held an additional eight consultation sessions. The Chair, co-Chair and search consultants have also reached out to an additional 60 individuals or groups and held fourteen consultation meetings and numerous phone calls.  The Committee greatly appreciates the interest and contributions of members of the community.

The Committee will be meeting again later this week and in early-April to review the feedback received through the consultation meetings and that which was submitted in writing, as it develops the candidate brief and position profile document.

Members of the community can still provide input to the committee via the consultation portal on the Presidential Search website.

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February 7, 2019

The Presidential Search Committee held its first meeting on February 7, 2019.  The meeting was an orientation to the search process for the Committee and provided an opportunity for members of the Committee to meet and to be introduced to the search firm that will be assisting the University in the Search.

The Committee reviewed a community consultation schedule and discussed the processes for community consultations and the development of a position profile document. The Committee looks forward to hearing from the community through the consultation process.

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January 24, 2019 - UM Today News

"Search for next UM President underway - Community consultation phase begins in February" [click for link to article in UM Today News]

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January 7, 2019 - Message to the University of Manitoba Community

This message is sent on behalf of Mr. Jeff Lieberman, Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair, Presidential Search Committee:

With Dr. David Barnard’s second term as President concluding on June 30, 2020, the University of Manitoba has now begun the process to appoint its next President and Vice-Chancellor to lead this province’s premier university into the next decade. The purpose of this message is to provide the university community with an update regarding the progress of the Presidential Search Process and to encourage you to share your views with the Search Committee.

On September 25, 2018, the Board of Governors approved the establishment of a Presidential Search Committee to search for and screen candidates for the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba and to recommend a candidate to the Board of Governors for a term beginning July 1, 2020. 

The Search Principles and Terms of Reference for the Presidential Search Committee were developed in keeping with the process used at the University of Manitoba in the previous presidential search and are similar to the processes used at universities like ours across Canada. The Search Committee Principles are posted on the Presidential Search website, which is now live.  The website will be updated regularly throughout the Search.

The Committee will begin meeting in early-February.  Over the months of February and March, the Presidential Search Committee will be engaging in a wide-ranging community consultation process, which will include open town hall meetings and the opportunity to make written submissions.  The purpose of these consultations is to establish the criteria for the search and guide the Committee's evaluation and recommendations of candidates for President and Vice-Chancellor.  During this consultation phase, the Committee will benefit from hearing the perspective of members of the university community on the key requirements, challenges and opportunities of the presidency of the University of Manitoba.  The search consultants will also meet with individuals during this period and report back to the Search Committee.  Further information and invitations to participate in this consultation process will be forthcoming and announced broadly to the university community in the weeks to come.

Informed by the consultation phase, the Committee will develop a position profile that will be shared with prospective candidates and the university community.  With the assistance of the search consultants and suggestions and nominations from the university community, the Committee will consider candidates against the profile, conduct interviews, and make a recommendation to the Board of Governors in the late-fall of 2019.

The Presidential Search Committee's membership has been confirmed.  I would like to thank those who will serve on the Committee and look forward to working with them on this important process over the next year.  Members of the Presidential Search Committee are:

Harvey Secter the Chancellor, as co-chair
Anne Mahon the Chancellor-elect
Laurel Hyde
Carla Loewen
Rafi Mohammed
Carl Neumann
Jeff Taylor
five members to be elected by the
Board of Governors
(to include one student)
Jonathan Beddoes
Peter Blunden
Tina Chen
Cary Miller
Jakob Sanderson
five members to be elected by the Senate
(to include at least one Dean or Director
and one student)
Robert Chernomas a representative of the
University of Manitoba Faculty Association,
designated by the University of Manitoba Faculty Association
Sandra Woloschuk the Support Staff Assessor
on the Board of Governors

Jeff Leclerc, University Secretary, will serve as Secretary to the Search Committee and Gordon Lobay and Erik Jackson of Perrett Laver have been retained as executive search consultants.  Inquiries and suggestions may be sent to the search consultants at emily.jarvis@perrettlaver.com or to the University Secretary at jeff.leclerc@umanitoba.ca.

The committee looks forward to hearing from the university community as we begin this important task.