Michele Rogalsky has a diploma in Agriculture and a degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba. She farmed in the southern Interlake with her husband Dave growing cereals, oilseeds and forage seed. Her career in agricultural education began as an Instructor with the Manitoba Indian Agriculture Program (MIAP) in 1984. She continued with MIAP as their Academic Coordinator supporting students registered in agricultural diploma and certificate programs. She then joined Assiniboine Community College teaching courses in the Applied Agriculture Program at Brokenhead First Nation and Fisher River First Nation.
In 1989 she joined the School of Agriculture as a Farm Management Instructor and continued with the School until 1997 as Assistant Director. She has taught farm management, communications and field work courses to diploma students.
She has served as Executive Director of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council and Manager of University of Manitoba Physical Plant’s General Services Department. She provided the leadership for development and implementation of General Service’s safety program. This contributed to the University of Manitoba being COR certified in 2009 among the first post-secondary institutions in Canada to achieve this accreditation.
She returned to the School of Agriculture in 2011 as its Director where she is now responsible for administration of the Agriculture Diploma Program and the Faculty’s short courses. Recently Michele led a review of the Agriculture Diploma Program that resulted in modifications approved by the University of Manitoba Senate. The first cohort of students were admitted to the new program in fall 2018.
The School of Agriculture has established itself as a farm safety education and training leader and Michele was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA). Michele is a member of the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) and is currently serving as their President.