Universities Today – Where Do Centuries-Old Institutions Fit in Modern Society?

Featured Speaker Bios

Dr. Sharon Macdonald (alumna); Associate Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences and Director, Alan Klass Memorial Health Equity Program

Dr. Sharon Macdonald is an Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences in the College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. An alumna of the U of M [Med/72], she is the current Director of the Alan Klass Memorial Health Equity Program and recently the past Head, Department of Community Health Sciences and past Medical Director of the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program.

Over the course of her career, she has worked in the fields of Indigenous health, public health, and community health service delivery systems. She has served in many capacities in Manitoba’s healthcare system including: Chief Medical Officer of Health, Assistant Deputy Minister (Community Services) Manitoba Health  and Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Community Health Services, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

She is the 2014 recipient of the Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award, an honour bestowed upon a U of M staff member who unquestionably demonstrates meritorious service in outreach activities. Her outreach activities have had a positive impact on Manitobans, beginning with providing medical services to indigenous communities in the province and Nunavut.

Her current research interests include health equity, public health, knowledge translation, and Indigenous health.

Doug McCartney (alumnus); Senior Executive Director; Science, Innovation and Business Development; Department of Jobs and the Economy, Province of Manitoba

Doug McCartney is the Senior Executive Director – Science, Innovation and Business Development within the Department of Jobs and the Economy, Province of Manitoba. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Manitoba. He is also a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Certificate Program in Health Care Administration and the Biological Sciences Certificate Program at Red River College in Winnipeg.

In his current role, he provides leadership and strategic direction to the Department, the province’s business community and its research sector on economic development matters regarding innovation, research and new technology development.

In the past year, he authored the Manitoba Innovation Strategy, a long-term plan to create a greater focus on innovation and entrepreneurship in the province. He also has been involved in the introduction of programs to grow the province’s research capacity, assist startup companies in their launch, product development and entry into new markets as well as initiatives to encourage traditional industries in the adoption of innovative technologies that enhance their productivity and international competitiveness.

Dr. Jeffery Taylor, Dean of Arts and Professor of History

Dr. Jeffery Taylor has served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts since 2011, after more than twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta. He is also Acting Provost, University College and a Professor of History. He is an alumnus of the U of M having completing all of his degrees here. During his time at Athabasca University, he 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.

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.