She is a bridge-builder whose philanthropic ideals are matched by her demonstrated ability to bring people together to effect positive change. She has built a reputation for lending her talents and spirit to the causes of the disempowered. Her work exists at the crossroads of storytelling, community-building, philanthropy and education. She creates meaning and change through volunteer work that supports the stories, lives and aspirations of those most in need.
Ms. Mahon is an oral history writer interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. Her writing focuses on stories of resilience and hope. All author proceeds from the sales of her books are donated to organizations that support the communities featured in each book.
Ms. Mahon has spent over thirty years volunteering in the community, including: United Way of Winnipeg, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), a founding board member of HumanKind International, and co-founded and co-facilitates the Book Mates Book Club at the Women's Correctional Centre.
Ms. Mahon graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1987 from the faculty of Human Ecology.
Dr. John Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, and is also head of the department. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1995. His primary research interests are in the area of artificial intelligence, and involve teams of interacting robots. This includes work in team formation and social learning, and the application of these to challenging problems such as robotic soccer and urban search and rescue. He is also interested in improving Computer Science education through the use of artificial intelligence and robotics, and in improving robotics competitions to better validate scientific research.
Kaitlyn Clarke is an honors graduate and scholar athlete from Glenlawn Collegiate Institute, enrolled in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. Kaitlyn will compete as a Bison track and field athlete this season.
Kaitlyn is an active member of her Métis, academic and sports communities. In her Métis community, Kaitlyn is one of two youth representatives for the St. Norbert Parish LaBarriere Local in the Winnipeg Region. Ms Clarke volunteers at Windsor Community Club and at various other sporting events. She has been a member of multiple sports teams with Glenlawn Collegiate and various Bonivital clubs. A few include Glenlawn Lions Ice Hockey and indoor/outdoor track, Bonivital Ringette, Winnipeg Optimist track and field, and Kids in Kilts Highland Dance. This past year, Kaitlyn had the honor to represent Manitoba at the Western Canada Summer Games in the Athletics Throwing event, specifcally shotput and hammer.
Ms Clarke recently worked as a student researcher and social media correspondent for Heritage St. Norbert. Her passion to see the world and meet new people has guided her to multiple student exchange and travel opportunities. Two of her favourites were attending Law and Politics Week through Encounters with Canada in Ottawa, and a three-week cultural exchange to Italy.
Laurel Hyde is a management consultant serving the agriculture industry, focusing primarily on human resource management systems, organizational and executive development. She is a former member of the Judicial Inquiry Board and the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.
Kathryn Lee, CPA, CGA, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2006 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. She completed her certified professional accounting designation in 2013 through the Certified General Accountants of Manitoba. Kathryn is currently in the process of completing a Master of Business Administration through Laurentian University.
In addition to Kathryn’s passions of learning and education, sports has been an integral part of her life. The sport of gymnastics is where she has been an avid volunteer, coach and athlete. As an athlete she competed at a national level as a member of the Manitoba provincial team.
Kathryn currently works for MNP LLP Winnipeg as a Tax Manager as part of the Taxation Services Team. Her focus is in corporate tax planning for owner-managed businesses.
Jeff Lieberman, Chair
Jeff Lieberman graduated from the University of Manitoba with both a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Jeff is the owner and president of the Great Promotional Products Company. He strongly believes in volunteering in the community and some of his past and present volunteering includes: President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association; President of Folklorama; President of the Rady JCC; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Promotional Products Association of Canada, and the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club. Mr. Lieberman also chaired the B’nai Brith Canada “Every Person Deserves a Name” Annual Program.
Jeff received the Canadian Race Relations Community Champion Award in 2018, the William Norrie Outstanding Community Leader Award in 2014, and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Young Leadership Award in 1998.
Judi Linden is a registered nurse with a specialization in infection control with over 30 years’ experience with the Portage and District Hospital. She has served as the director of finance for Infection Prevention and Control Canada and is a founding member of the Provincial Network of Infection Control Practitioners.
Carla Loewen is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation and holds a Bachelor of Education (2001), Bachelor of Arts (2003), and Master of Education (2016) from the University of Manitoba. An award-winning researcher and dedicated community leader with a passion for peer mentoring, she is devoted to advancing Indigenous achievement. In her role at the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Student Centre, Carla specializes in first-year student programming. In recognition for her campus contributions, she has received an Outreach Award, two Awards of Excellence and an Indigenous Award of Excellence. She has worked at the Fort Garry campus since 2005 as a student advisor and her current portfolio includes managing and facilitating the Qualico Bridge to Success and Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor programs. Volunteering includes over a decade as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg and she was a member of the Indigenous Programs Advisory Committee for SEED.
Her years of service on campus give Carla broad expertise in university administration, which is being further expanded in her role as an Alumni Representative on the University of Manitoba Board of Governors.
Tracey Matthews is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor and Master of Education. She is a grade 7 and 8 teacher in the Pembina Trails School Division. Tracey has served on advisory committees for the provincial Report Card, and is a divisional leader in the provincial English Language Arts curriculum implementation cohort.
Mardi McNicholl is a third year student in political studies who aspires to attend law school after her undergraduate degree. She has been a member of multiple student groups on campus, such as the Arts Student Body Council as a Social Programmer, and as a member of Senate. She has also been a member of the criminology and sociology association of students.
Mardi is fluently bilingual and a big sports fan, especially hockey. She is excited to have the privilege of serving on the Board of Governors for this academic year.
Mr. Osiowy is a professional engineer with broad project management and environmental experience in both the industrial and public sectors. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, he is a civil servant with Manitoba Infrastructure, responsible for the management of environmental services.
Dr. Susan Prentice is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. As a family sociologist, she focuses primarily on care, gender, and public policy, with a particular speciality in childcare. She also conducts research on systemic discrimination, including in higher education. In both domains, she practices public sociology. Among her appointments, Dr. Prentice holds a seat on the Tri-Council Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat’s (TIPS) Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. In 2019, she was appointed to the first national Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care. She has held several terms on the University’s Senate, and also acted as Graduate Chair of Sociology for multiple terms. More information, including selected publications, can be found at: https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/sociology/facstaff/prentice.html. She tweets at @SusanPrentice.
Dr. Laura Reimer is a former assistant professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Winnipeg, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests explore the intersection of theory and practice, and her expertise merges peacebuilding practices with policy, governance, and leadership. She has particular interest and expertise in education policy and Indigenous education, and is a former elected school trustee. She is the author of two leading books on education governance entitled Guarding the Trust: Leadership and School Boards (2008) and Leadership and School Boards in an Era of Community Engagement (2015). She was the lead author for the popular Transformative Change: An Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, also published by the Lexington Group (2015). Other publications include journals and invited book chapters. She is a research associate with the Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, where she also teaches.
Kristin Smith is a dynamic student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Religion, with the goal of completing a legal education thereafter. She is passionate about the accessibility of post-secondary education, student support, and the creation of opportunities outside the classroom.
Jeffery Taylor is Dean of Arts, Acting Provost of University College, and a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He serves on a range of university committees, including various subcommittees of Senate and a number of operational committees. Dr. Taylor is a Canadian historian who has written about various aspects of Canadian labour history, labour education, and learning technologies. Prior to returning to the University of Manitoba in 2011, he spent over twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta in a variety of capacities, including Professor and Coordinator of Labour Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is married to Ursule Critoph and they have three adult children as well as two grandchildren.
Jeffrey M. Leclerc
Jeff Leclerc is the University Secretary at the University of Manitoba, a role he has held since 2003. As University Secretary, Mr. Leclerc is a member of the President’s Executive Team and senior governance officer of the University, providing advice and guidance on jurisdiction, strategy, policy and process and ensuring the effective operation of the University’s bicameral governance system.
Mr. Leclerc holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba, completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and holds the Chartered Director designation. Active in his community, he also currently serves on the Board of the Canadian University Boards Association, is a member of the Pension Committee for the University of Manitoba Pension Plans, and a Trustee of the United Way of Winnipeg.