Featured Speakers Bios
Dr. David Barnard, President and 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 and a Dip.C.S. in theological studies from Regent College, University of British Columbia. 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, and St. Boniface General Hospital. Currently, he is Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Chair of Council of President of Universities in Manitoba (COPUM), and a member of the board of Greystone Managed Investments, and CentrePort Canada.
Sarah Lugtig, Director of Experiential Learning, Faculty of Law
Sarah Lugtig is the Director of Experiential Learning with the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. She has a background in social work and law. After earning a B.S.W. from the University of Manitoba and practicing as a social worker in Winnipeg and rural Manitoba she earned a joint LL.B./M.S.W. from McGill University in 1996. She clerked for Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada before returning to Manitoba to become Director of the Equality Rights Program for the Court Challenges Program of Canada. Subsequently, she was legal counsel for the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and Crown Counsel with Civil Legal Services, Manitoba Justice. She assumed the position of Director of Experiential Learning with the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in July 2013. Sarah has a long-standing commitment to human rights and social justice. Most recently, her efforts focus on access to justice for people with low incomes.
Cecil Rosner, Managing Editor, CBC Manitoba
Cecil Rosner is the Managing Editor for CBC Manitoba, responsible for all of CBC's radio, television and digital editorial content in the province. He has four decades experience in print and broadcast media, and has won many awards for his work over the years, including Michener and Gemini awards and prizes at the New York, Columbus and other film festivals. He is the author of Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada (Oxford University Press), and co-author of When Justice Fails: the David Milgaard Story (McClelland and Stewart). He teaches investigative journalism at the University of Winnipeg, and he is a proud graduate of the University of Manitoba and the University of Western Ontario. He also writes a chess column for the Winnipeg Free Press.