The Chancellor is the titular head of the University. The Chancellor confers all degrees and is a member of the Board of Governors and the Senate. In accordance with past practice, the Chancellor also assists with the advancement of the University when appropriate, and acts as a University ambassador.

The Chancellor is a member of the Board of Governors and the Senate. The Chancellor is also an ex-officio member of various committees, including

  • Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees (as Chair)
  • Board of Governors Committees:
    • Executive Committee
    • Governance and Nominating Committee
    • Finance, Administration and Human Resources Committee
    • Management Resources and Compensation Committee
    • Chancellor's Committee (as Chair)
    • Distinguished Service Award Committee
    • Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award Committee (as Chair)

Mr. Harvey Secter, a highly respected business, community and academic leader with a long history with the University, has served as the 13th Chancellor of the University of Manitoba since January, 2010, and has been re-elected for a third three-year term beginning June 1, 2016.

Mr. Harvey Secter received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba in 1967. Following graduation, he directed the growth of Ricki's Canada Limited, a family retail business, from a ten store chain to a multi-divisional national operation of 150 stores. He pursued his business career until 1988 when he returned to the University of Manitoba as a student. Graduating from the Faculty of Law with the Gold Medal in Law in 1992, Mr. Secter went on to pursue a Master of Law at Harvard Law School. He then became a visiting researcher and instructor at Harvard’s Program on Negotiation where he assisted in teaching courses and workshops in negotiation and mediation. Mr. Secter also acted as an instructor at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law from 1995 to 1999.

In 1999, Mr. Secter was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba - just seven years after he graduated from that same faculty. He served in this position with distinction until 2008. Following his decade of service to the Faculty of Law, Mr. Secter retired in 2008. He continues his practice in mediation and arbitration and serves as a corporate director. He continues to serve on corporate boards as Director of FPCN General Partnership Inc., a Trustee of the FP Newspapers Income Fund and as a Director of James Richardson & Sons, Limited.

Mr. Secter is also an active community philanthropist and volunteer. He is Past President of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and is a current member of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council, the Board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, the United Way advisory Committee, and the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. He has provided many years of service to a variety of other corporate, professional and philanthropic organizations as well.

Among Mr. Secter's many honours, awards and appointments are an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg, the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Award from the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, and, with his wife, Sandra, the Negev Award for Community Service.

Mr. Secter's term as Chancellor commenced on January 1, 2010 and his third term will end on May 31, 2019. Mr. Secter can be contacted through the Office of the University Secretary.

The Vice-Chancellor is the President, Dr. David T. Barnard.


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