Deans and Directors

Senior Academic and Administrative Officers of Faculties, Colleges or Schools exercise general supervision and direction over the faculty, college, or school including its staff and the students registered in the unit. In collaboration with other senior-level administrators and in consultation with constituents across the academy, he or she provides leadership in shaping and implementing the University's strategic goals and academic agenda.

The following University of Manitoba's Senior Academic and Administrative Officers are highlighted below.

Deans and Directors of Faculties and Schools

 

Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science

Dr. Martin Scanlon  (Dean)

Dr. Martin Scanlon obtained a BSc in Food Science at the University of Leeds in England, and stayed on to obtain a PhD investing fracture phenomena in the milling process.  Dr. Scanlon previously served as the Associate Dean (Research).

Dr. Scanlon was an NSERC visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Grain Commission Grain Research Laboratory in Winnipeg and a postdoc at the University of Manitoba.  He then returned to England to become Head of the Milling Section at the Flour Milling & Baking Research Association in Chorleywood.  Since joining the faculty at the University of Manitoba in December 1991, Dr. Scanlon has researched the properties of plant food materials, and how those porosity affects the mechanical properties of materials, with specific interests in the properties of cellular solids, such as bread.  From this interest, he has developed expertise in acoustic assessments of the properties of soft solids, including wheat flour noodles.  A research study leave was spent working for Pillsbury in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College in London, England. 

Dr. Scanlon is the author of co-author of over 240 publications, including 2 patents and 125 refereed journal papers, and with his collaborators has brought in over $ 16 million in research funding.  Two of his PhD students have won major prizes at the University of Manitoba for thesis innovation and quality.  He is also active in professional activities, as an Associate Editor of Cereal Chemistry and on the Editorial Board for Trends in Food Science & Technology.  Dr. Scanlon has sat on grant review panels and conducted reviews of programs in Canada and internally.  He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the province of Manitoba's Food Development Centre, and was elected to the Board of Directors of AACC International (Cereals and Grain Association).  Dr. Scanlon was awarded the George W. Scott Blair Award for cereal rheology research (first Canadian recipient) and has received awards for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching at the University of Manitoba.


Faculty of Architecture

Dr. Jonathan Beddoes (Dean)

Jonathan Beddoes

Dr. Beddoes has exceptional skills as an academic administrator, his highly collaborative approach, his strong commitment to professional education and his demonstrated record of working in partnership with professional associations/organizations.  Dr. Beddoes is an active participant on various university committees, which include the Strategic Planning Committee, the Budget Model Redesign Steering Committee, University Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and the President's Advisory Committee on Information Technology and Innovation.  He is a member of Senate, the Senate Committee on University Research and the University Information Technology Committee.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Architecture in 2017 Dr. Beddoes was and is the Dean of Engineering at the University of Manitoba since 2011. 


School of Art

Dr. Jeffery Taylor (Acting Director)

Jeffery Taylor came to the University of Manitoba after twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta. During his time at Athabasca University, Dr. Taylor served as Coordinator of the Labour Studies program, Chair of the Centre for Work and Community Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to various positions, including President, with the Athabasca University Faculty Association.

Dr. Taylor is an historian specializing in Canadian labour history. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in Canadian labour history and Canadian history more generally. He also has an interest in internet-based learning and has published a number of articles on the use of online technologies in workplace education and training. His current research interests include the origins and development of workplace grievance and arbitration systems in Canada and the application and use of internet-based learning technologies in higher education.


Faculty of Arts

Dr. Jeffery Taylor (Dean)

Jeffery Taylor came to the University of Manitoba after twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta. During his time at Athabasca University, Dr. Taylor served as Coordinator of the Labour Studies program, Chair of the Centre for Work and Community Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to various positions, including President, with the Athabasca University Faculty Association.

Dr. Taylor is an historian specializing in Canadian labour history. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in Canadian labour history and Canadian history more generally. He also has an interest in internet-based learning and has published a number of articles on the use of online technologies in workplace education and training. His current research interests include the origins and development of workplace grievance and arbitration systems in Canada and the application and use of internet-based learning technologies in higher education.



I.H. Asper School of Business, Faculty of Management

Dr. Gady Jacoby (Dean)

Dr. Gady Jacoby has been the Acting Dean and Bryce Douglas Professor in Finance at the I.H. Asper School of Business.  Previously he was the School's Associate Dean Research and Graduate Programs and the founding director of the I.H. Asper Master of Finance.  Dr. Jacoby received his Ph.D. in Finance from York University in 1999.  His Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Three Essays on Defaultable Fixed-Income Securities" was nominated for the York University Best Dissertation Award.  He has received numerous research grants and merit awards.  They include five grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, two CMA Canada Academic Merit Awards, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Fund, and several research and teaching merit awards at the University level. 

The focus of Dr. Jacoby's research and consulting work is on the subjects of asset-pricing models, fixed-income securities, market liquidity, and behavioral finance.  He has published articles in several quality journals, including the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Financial Research, Applied Financial Economics, Financial Review, and Research in International Business and Finance. 

Dr. Jacoby currently serves as a Subject Editor for Emerging Markets Review (SSCI) and Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (SSCI).  In addition, he is an Associate Editor for Finance Research Letters (SSCI) and an Advisory Board Member for Risk Management (SSCI) and for Financial Innovation.  He taught courses in financial economics, fixed-income securities, investments, corporate finance, and financial modeling at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels.  Dr. Jacoby has held visiting academic positions at New York University, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China), and the University of Melbourne, and he taught in Singapore, Taiwan and Uruguay.



Faculty of Education

Dr. David Mandzuk (Dean)

David MandzukDr. David Mandzuk began his teaching career in 1979.  He spent the first 20 years teaching in four elementary/middle years schools in Winnipeg during which time he was a classroom teacher, physical education teacher, collaborating teacher, faculty advisor, and head teacher.  In 1999 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor and Middle Years stream leader and led the Middle Years and Weekend College programs until 2005.  In 2003, he was appointed as the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).  In 2012 he became the Acting Dean and in 2013 he was appointed as the Dean of Education. 

Dr. Mandzuk has contributed to books and has co-authored to books with Shelley Hasinoff, the first with the National Middle School Association entitled “Slices of Life: Managing dilemmas in middle grades teaching” in 2010.  The second book, also with Shelley Hasinoff is entitled “Case Studies in Educational Foundations: Canadian Perspectives” and will be published early in 2015 by Oxford University Press.  Dr. Mandzuk has also published in national and international journals.  He has been president of the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) from 2005-2010 and is the chair elect of the International Council of Education for Teaching (ICET), an international NGO that brings developed and developing countries together on educational and teacher education matters.



Faculty of Engineering

Dr. Jonathan Beddoes (Dean)

Jonathan BeddoesDr. Beddoes has an engineering career that includes industrial product and process development, research in industrial and government laboratories, as well as extensive experience in academia. Prior to joining the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 2011, for eighteen years he was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, including six years as Department Chair. He has taught engineering courses at all levels from first year to graduate studies. Before joining academia he worked at Pratt & Whitney Canada Inc., and Alcan Aluminium for ten years.

His research interests have included high strength aluminum alloys for aircraft applications, casting and processing of aluminum for high value added sheet products, processing/recycling of Al-Si alloys, and high temperature materials for gas turbine applications. He is the (co-)author of more than 60 research papers, three patents and two books dealing with industrial processing of engineering materials.


Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Dr. Norman Halden (Dean)

Norman HaldenHalden graduated with a First Class Honours in Geology in 1979, and as a Carnegie Fellow with a Ph.D. in Geology in 1983 from Glasgow University. He was appointed to a faculty position geochemistry at the University of Manitoba in 1983. Early in his career he established a multidisciplinary approach to understanding trace element distribution in minerals.  This research encompassed fieldwork, microbeam analysis and theoretical modelling of self-organized geochemical systems. He has developed and taught a number of courses principally in geochemistry, petrology and instrumental methods. Halden has done extensive work in the development of novel microbeam analytical techniques.  He has served on and chaired several NSERC committees dealing with instrumental installations.  Halden also served as finance chair of the Mineralogical Association of Canada (1985-1999), and subsequently as President of the Association from 2002-2004.  Halden has served on several University committees, won 3 UTS awards, an Rh award, the University Outreach Award and the Berry Medal of the Mineralogical Association.  

Halden has made innovative contributions to the analysis of minerals using both low- and high- energy PIXE (proton-induced X-ray emission). He was the first to identify proton activation analysis (PAA) using high-energy protons and to apply low energy PIXE to the systematic analysis of trace elements in silicate and carbonate minerals. Using PIXE and image analysis he was the first to use fractal statistics to quantitatively characterize self-organized mineral zoning. More recently Halden has been involved with the development of laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry. He has developed and currently operates a femtosecond laser facility capable of both UV and infrared ablation promising more precise and sensitive analytical data.   His micron-scale analytical work, combined with complex mineral zoning is finding fertile application in a range of environmental systems. He and his graduate students have been applying these new micro analytical techniques to the analysis of fish otoliths in areas impacted by mine tailings and in the Arctic. His work was the first to unambiguously identify migratory patterns in Arctic char, which has important implications for indigenous subsistence fisheries and contaminant dispersal.  Similarly, his laboratory is the first to analyze selenium and mercury distributions in fish otoliths as a means of monitoring historical contaminant dispersal.  The laboratory is now receiving samples from around the world and students and faculty from across North America are regular visitors. He has published 94 refereed journal and book articles and has supervised 6 Ph.D. students and 14 M.Sc. students and held or holds several NSERC and CFI grants.


Faculty of Graduate Studies

Dr. Louise Simard (Acting Dean)

Dr. Simard has held the position of Associate Dean in Graduate Studies.  Prior to this, she served in the role as Department Head in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics for Twelve years and while in the role, she was instrumental in the development of a new MSc Genetic Counselling Program.  Dr. Simard is and has always been very generous with her time, dedicated to service within her home faculty, graduate studies and the broader university.  Notably, she has served on Senate, and several Faculty of Graduate Studies Committees including Appeals, Programs and Guidelines, Executive, Master's and Doctoral Awards for Indigenous Students Selection and Student Achievement Awards.

Dr. Simard is strongly committed to graduate student success and the impact of this success on the University's commitment to excellence in research, scholarly work and creative activities and the goals set out in our Strategic Plan. 


Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Brian Postl  Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) & Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Brian PostlDr. Postl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1976 and the Royal College Fellowship in Community Medicine and in Pediatrics in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He was the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), a position he held for 10 years.

Dr. Postl has served as head of Pediatrics and Child Health and as head of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has also served as director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, a division of community and northern medicine, and as director of the Faculty of Medicine’s community medical residency program.

His research, published works and professional involvement focus on Aboriginal child health, circumpolar health and human resource planning. His contributions in these areas, combined with his experience as a visiting pediatrician to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, contributed to him earning the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centre's Child Health Award of Distinction in 2006 and the Inter-Professional Association on Native Employment’s Champion of Aboriginal Employment award in 2007.


Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management 

Dr. Todd Duhamel (Acting Dean)

Dr. Todd Duhamel is a Metis man from Atikokan, Ontario and a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.  He completed PhD training in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (2007) and postdoctoral training in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba (2008).  He was then recruited to bring new expertise in the area of exercise physiology and cardiovascular health to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and university.  His expert teaching has been recognized by institutional awards, including a 2012 University of Manitoba Merit Award for combination of Teaching, Service, and/or Research; a prestigious University of Manitoba Graduate Student Association Teaching Award in 2013; and a Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Dean's Teaching Excellence Award 2014.  CBC Manitoba recognized Dr. Duhamel amongst its "Future 40" in 2015, which celebrated the provinces new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers.

Dr. Duhamel's research examines the role of physical activity for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.  That research has been continuously supported by agencies such as the CIHR, NSERC and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  He has successfully secured more than $2.56 million for research as per a Principal Investigator and $5.57 million for collaborative research as a Co-Investigator.  Dr. Duhamel has published 1 smartphone application, 2 research reports, 3 book chapters, 2 commentaries and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles.  The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recognized Dr. Duhamel with its Young Investigator Award 2017.

Dr. Duhamel has a strong track records for contributing leadership to provincial and national organizations with specific expertise in the generation and application of knowledge in the field of physical activity and health.  As an example, he has chaired the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Registry Research Subcommittee and the Registry Data Definition Task Force.  Dr. Duhamel serves the Canadian research enterprise by participating in peer-review activities for a variety of national (e.g. CIHR, NSERC, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association) and provincial (e.g. New Brunswick Health Research Foundation; Saskatchewan Health Research Council; Michael Smith Health Research Foundation and Research Manitoba) organizations.  He also serves on the national review committee for the prominent Vanier Scholarships.

Dr. Duhamel's professional contributions to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management include 3 years of service as Graduate Program Chair and 4 years of service as Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies).  Dr. Duhamel recognizes the need to continue learning.  Therefore, he worked to completed the Academic Health Services New and Emerging Academic Leaders certificate program taught at the Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto in 2016. That training program is designed to foster a productive, visionary and collaborative academic leadership in the academic health science network.   


Faculty of Law

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch (Dean)

Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch was appointed Dean of Law in July 2016.  Dr. Black-Branch has worked in a variety of countries including most recently the United Kingdom, Denmark and Switzerland.  He has held academic leadership roles including most recently, chair in International Law and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Law at Royal Holloway, University of London; and has been Head of the School of Law and Director of Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Business at the University of Bedfordshire; Dean and Head of School, ATV Business in Copenhagen, Denmark as well as Senior Law Fellow and Director of Law Grey Friars Hall at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Black-Branch is a Barrister who is actively engaged in the legal profession, both as a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace serving as a Magistrate in Oxford.  He serves as Chairman of the International Law and has convened five Round Table forums and research conferences on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law and is founding President of the International Society of Law and Nuclear diplomacy and Disarmament, and as the British representative to the International Law Association's Arms Control and Disarmament Law Committee.  He is the co-editor of the refereed journal series on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law published in Asser Press.

Prior to commencing his academic law career, Dr. Black-Branch was trained as an educator.  Dr. Black-Branch received his PhD from the University of Toronto as well as an MA and doctorate in Law (D.Phil) from the University of Oxford.  He is a fellow of the British High Education Academy and has completed a postgraduate diploma in teaching and learning in Higher Education at the University of Oxford and is a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal recipient for his 'worth and devoted services to the community'.


Libraries

Ms. Lisa O'Hara (Vice-Provost (Libraries) and University Librarian)

Ms. O'Hara received a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba.  Currently Ms. O'Hara holds the rank of Librarian and has served a Acting University Librarian since October 1, 2018.  Since joining the University of Manitoba in 2002, Lisa has progressed through the ranks and has held several leadership roles including, Acting and Head of Technical Services, Head of Discovery and Delivery, Associate University Librarian, Collections and Research Support Services.  Ms. O'Hara has been instrumental in overseeing the work of several technological-focused projects in the libraries such as the implementation of a cloud-based library system and of the room booking system, self-checkout kiosks and reserve lockers.  She also has led the work to establish a research support and digital strategies area and a centralized access services unit.

Lisa is an accomplished librarian and researcher focusing on ways to transform the libraries with an emphasis on technology including how information is discovered and accessed.  Her recent work has been in the area of service support for Indigenous research and scholarship. 

Ms. O'Hara has been an active participant on various university level committees including the Next Generation Web Experience Project Board, Senate Committee on Academic Computing, Senate Libraries Committee and the University's Metis Working Committee.  She maintains strong professional and community ties serving on the Canadian Association Research Libraries' Creating Capacity Committee, the American Research Libraries' Social Justice Project, the Manitoba Library Consortium, and L'Arche Winnipeg.


Desautels Faculty of Music

Dr. Edward Jurkowski (Dean)

Dr. Edward Jurkowski, a strong leader and passionate advocate for music and the arts.

Dr. Jurkowski received his undergraduate degree in musical composition from the University of Manitoba before earning his doctorate in music theory from the University of Rochester.  For the past 22 years he has served the University of Lethbridge, most recently as its dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts - home to the department of music.  Dr. Jurkowski has disseminated his research by two Distinguished Teaching Award nominations.  Dr. Jurkowski has garnered the reputation of being a valued collaborator and a strong administrator.

During his tenure at University of Lethbridge, Dr. Jurkowski held several administrative roles and served on various university-wide committees.  Outside the academy, he has served as president of the Canadian University Music Society, chair of the Standing Committee of Institutional Members of MusCan, and is currently vice-chair of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans.


Faculty of Science

Dr. Stefi Baum (Dean)   

Stefi BaumDr. Stefi Baum earned a BA in physics with honors from Harvard University and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Maryland. Her personal research focuses in two areas: (i) the study of activity in galaxies and its relation to galaxy evolution and (ii) the development of image processing, statistical algorithms, and calibration techniques for brain imaging for the diagnosis of mental health and learning disabilities. Dr. Baum is active in the development of new mission concepts and has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals. Dr. Baum is also active in education and public outreach and K-12 STEM Education and is committed to the engagement of youth and the public in science and mathematics. 


Faculty of Social Work

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird (Dean)

Dr. Yellow Bird received a PhD in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a MSW from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a BSW from the University of North Dakota.  Previously Dr. Yellow Bird was a professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies Program at North Dakota State University.  He joined North Dakota State University in 2014.  Prior to this, he held academic and administrative positions at Humboldt State University where he served as Director of the MSW Program; and before that as Director of the Indigenous Nation Studies Program at the University of Kansas.  Early in his career, Dr. Yellow Bird was the Tribal Health Director and Human Resources Administrator for his community -- Three Affiliated Tribes.

His interdisciplinary research expertise spans areas such as, Indigenous peoples' health, leadership and cultural rights; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing social work approaches, neurodecolonization and mind body approaches; and traditional mindfulness and contemplative practices.  He has disseminated his work in several books, book chapters, articles, community scholarship, manuscripts, reports and program evaluations.  He has presented his work locally, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Yellow Bird has been an active participant on various department, college and university level committees including Chair of the Curriculum, Planning and Development Committees, Executive Committees, and several faculty search committees.  He also maintains strong community linkages serving on boards, advisory committees and national committees.  He has served on the editorial board for The American Indian Quarterly, the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal and the International Canadian Journal of Mental Health.


Division of Extended Education

Dr. David Mandzuk (Acting Dean)

Dr. David Mandzuk began his teaching career in 1979.  He spent the first 20 years teaching in four elementary/middle years schools in Winnipeg during which time he was a classroom teacher, physical education teacher, collaborating teacher, faculty advisor, and head teacher.  In 1999 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor and Middle Years stream leader and led the Middle Years and Weekend College programs until 2005.  In 2003, he was appointed as the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs).  In 2012 he became the Acting Dean and in 2013 he was appointed as the Dean of Education. 

Dr. Mandzuk has contributed to books and has co-authored to books with Shelley Hasinoff, the first with the National Middle School Association entitled “Slices of Life: Managing dilemmas in middle grades teaching” in 2010.  The second book, also with Shelley Hasinoff is entitled “Case Studies in Educational Foundations: Canadian Perspectives” and will be published early in 2015 by Oxford University Press.  Dr. Mandzuk has also published in national and international journals.  He has been president of the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) from 2005-2010 and is the chair elect of the International Council of Education for Teaching (ICET), an international NGO that brings developed and developing countries together on educational and teacher

 

 

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Rectors and Wardens of Affiliated Colleges

St. Andrew's College

V. Rev. Fr. Roman .Bozyk (Dean of Theology)



St. John's College

Dr. Chris Trott (Warden/Vice-Chancellor)

Chris TrottDr Trott has spent 35 years working with Inuit in Ikpiarjuq and Pangnirtung on Baffin Island.  His research areas include Inuit kinship and social organization, the history of Christian missions on Baffin Island, and Inuit views on climate change. He received his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1989 and taught at Concordia University in Montreal for 15 years.  He joined the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba in 1998.  In 2000 he became a Fellow at St John’s College, returning to the College where he had started his post-secondary education in 1973.  Dr. Trott became Warden and Vice-Chancellor in 2011.

 


St. Paul's College

Dr. Christopher Adams (Rector)

Christopher AdamsChristopher Adams is the Rector of St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba and serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice which is housed in St. Paul's College.  

Prior to joining St. Paul's College Dr. Adams obtained his PhD in Political Science from Carleton University and was a senior market research and pollster working for Canadian and international clients. His areas of expertise include governance, marketing research, and Canadian politics. He is the author of Politics in Manitoba: Parties Leaders and Voters published by the University of Manitoba Press and co-editor of Metis in Canada published by the University of Alberta Press. He is a regular media commentator on social and political issues for the CBC and other outlets.


University College

Dr. Jeff Taylor (Acting Provost)

Jeff TaylorJeffery Taylor came to the University of Manitoba after twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta. During his time at Athabasca University, Dr. Taylor served as Coordinator of the Labour Studies program, Chair of the Centre for Work and Community Studies, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to various positions, including President, with the Athabasca University Faculty Association.

Dr. Taylor is an historian specializing in Canadian labour history. He is the author of two books and numerous articles in Canadian labour history and Canadian history more generally. He also has an interest in internet-based learning and has published a number of articles on the use of online technologies in workplace education and training. His current research interests include the origins and development of workplace grievance and arbitration systems in Canada and the application and use of internet-based learning technologies in higher education.

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Deans of Professional Colleges

College of Dentistry

Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis (Dean)

Dr. Kelekis-Cholakis earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Winnipeg in 1988, followed by a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 1992 and a diploma in periodontics in 1998, both from the University of Manitoba.  She previously served as director of the Graduate Periodontal Program in the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and as an associate professor of dental diagnostic and surgical sciences.  She is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and a member of the Canadian American Academies of Periodontology.

Following her specialty training in 1998, Dr. Kelekis-Cholakis founded the Southwest Specialty Group, one of the first practices in Canada to house a variety of dental specialists in one practice.  Her part-time teaching career at the University of Manitoba started in 1993.  Since becoming a full-time academic and program director, she has emphasized innovative technologies and teaching methods, such as the acquisition of dental microscope and training in microsurgery. 

Dr. Kelekis-Cholakis lecturers nationally and internationally.  She is an accomplished researcher with peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters to her credit and she has collaborated on international clinical trials.  Her research interests include periodontal soft tissue microsurgery, peri-implant maintenance and biological implant complications.  Her outreach work includes dental mission trips to Zimbabwe and Uganda.  She has served on the board of organizations such as the Manitoba Dental Association and has founded several organizations, including the Canadian Dental Institute (a continuing education provider) and the Women's Dental Network.

Dr. Kelekis-Cholakis's honours include the American Academy of Periodontology Dental Educator Award for outstanding teaching and mentoring in periodontics (2012), a Certificate of Appreciation from the Canadian Academy of Periodontology (2014), and election by her peers to the Pierre Fauchard Academy (2017).


Max Rady College of Medicine

Dr. Brian Postl Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) & Dean, Rady Faculty Health Sciences

Brian PostlDr. Postl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1976 and the Royal College Fellowship in Community Medicine and in Pediatrics in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He was the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), a position he held for 10 years.

Dr. Postl has served as head of Pediatrics and Child Health and as head of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has also served as director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, a division of community and northern medicine, and as director of the Faculty of Medicine’s community medical residency program.

His research, published works and professional involvement focus on Aboriginal child health, circumpolar health and human resource planning. His contributions in these areas, combined with his experience as a visiting pediatrician to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, contributed to him earning the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centre’s Child Health Award of Distinction in 2006 and the Inter-Professional Association on Native Employment’s Champion of Aboriginal Employment award in 2007.


College of Nursing

Dr. Netha Dyck (Dean)

Dr. Dyck is an alumna of the University of Manitoba where she received her Bachelor degree in Nursing in 1988.  She obtained her Master of Sciences in Administration with a concentration in Health Services from Central Michigan University; and her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Calgary.

Over her 40 year career, her leadership has spanned various areas of clinical practice, academic leadership and professional association leadership.  In her previous position as Dean of the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (in Saskatoon) she spearheads the delivery of 34 programs; the development of 385 faculty and staff; the support of 4,000 students; and management of a 30-million dollar budget.

Dr. Dyck help develop Saskatchewan Polytechnic's first independent degree program, the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing.  Dr. Dyck has also established eight international partnerships for faculty and student exchanges in Mexico, Uganda, India, Ukraine, China, South Korea and Jamaica as well as supported partnerships in their advancement of research and scholarship in Saudi Arabia.  Her leadership has been recognized at the provincial, national, and international level with the presentation of several awards including the Ethel Johns Award from the Canadian Association of School of Nursing in 2016.


College of Pharmacy

Dr. Lalitha Raman-Wilms  (Dean)

Dr. Raman-Wilms is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, followed by a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1994.  She began her career in 1984 as a clinical and research pharmacist at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, implementing antibiotic guidelines for the hospital.  She went on to hold positions in Halifax, Thunder Bay and Toronto, working with diverse populations, with particular experience serving geriatric and Indigenous patients.  Previously Dr. Raman-Wilms served as the Associate Dean (Education), Associate Dean (Professional Programs), Director of the PharmD Program, and Director of the Division of Pharmacy Practice at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.  Her achievements include developing and implementing the PharmD curriculum, leading the creation of Clinician Scientist positions for pharmacists, initiating a formal faculty development process, leading the process to update the faculty's teaching guidelines for promotion and tenure, and developing effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and establishing teaching innovation awards for faculty.

A former president of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), Dr. Raman-Wilms also has experience as a board member of the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board (CHPRB) and as a member of the editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (CJHP).  Dr. Raman-Wilms' research interest include de-prescribing guidelines, the pharmacist's role in flu prevention and in chronic pain management.  She has produced more than 120 publications, including peer-reviewed abstracts and book chapters.  She is a sought-after speaker and has given presentations and invited lectures in Canada and internationally, including the United States, South Africa, Singapore, New Zealand, and India.


College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Reginald Urbanowski (Dean)

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba as Dean in June 2016 Dr. Urbanowski held a number of posts in post-secondary education which included being a Vice-President for Strategy and Business Development, program chair and faculty member.  Dr. Urbanowski also held senior posts with the Government of Saskatchewan in the Ministry of Advanced Education as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister.  He has served on boards of postsecondary on Indigenous learning, rural and remote learning, and workplace mental health.  Dr. Urbanowski has also adjudicated tri-council grant proposals, and has consulted and taught special courses in various EU countries.

Dr. Urbanowski's research interests focus on spirituality as meaningful living.  His plan is to continue his research in this area combined with a focus on social policy.  He has written and presented over 90 peer reviewed papers and chapters and even more and even more non-peer reviewed papers.  As a committed volunteer, Dr. Urbanowski's current commitments are as a UNOnline volunteer where he helps organizations develop strategic plans and project proposals and in working to become and active volunteer as a board member in Winnipeg.

 

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