Has Manitoba put the right value on post-secondary education?

What should Manitobans expect from their post-secondary education system and who should pay?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What is more powerful than a good conversation? Join us as President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard hosts Visionary Conversations in the Community – a series for people who love exploring tough questions about the topics that fascinate us.

Winnipeg Art Gallery 
300 Memorial Blvd
Doors open // 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion // 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Reception // 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Admission is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP online, or to Visionary.conversations@umanitoba.ca or 204-480-1440.

Featured Panelists:

Michael Barkman
Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students (Manitoba)

Michael Barkman is currently the Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba. As Chairperson, Michael represents over 45,000 post-secondary students from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Brandon University and l’Université de Saint-Boniface. He also serves as the only student representative on the Minister of Education’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Education, advocating for affordable, accessible and high-quality post-secondary education. Previous to his current role, Michael served two terms on the board of the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association. He is also a dedicated community activist who has spent time working with newcomer students entering post-secondary school as well as facilitating peace and conflict transformation dialogue in the inner-city. He is currently studying Political Science and Urban & Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Gervan Fearon
President and Vice-Chancellor, Brandon University

Dr. Gervan Fearon became the President and Vice-Chancellor at Brandon University in August 2014 after first joining the University as the Vice-President (Academic and Provost) in 2013. Dr. Fearon holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph, and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.  He has served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Rural Affairs, Senior Analyst with the Treasury Board Division (Ontario Minister of Finance), and has held several academic positions. Dr. Fearon currently serves on a number of boards both within the region and beyond, including the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council and Research Manitoba.

Jaron Moen Gun Hart
Aboriginal Commissioner, Canadian Federation of Students (Manitoba)

Jaron Hart is from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation situated in northern Manitoba about 130km north of Thompson. Jaron is currently in his second year of a Political Science program at the University of Manitoba. Jaron is dedicated to his fellow students in his role as Aboriginal Commissioner for the Canadian Federation of Students - Manitoba, advocating for Indigenous students across the province. He is politically active through his participation as Vice-President External of the Youth Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada-Manitoba and the Liberal Party of Canada’s Aboriginal Commission.



 Jeremiah Kopp
President, University of Manitoba Students' Union

In March 2015, Jeremiah was elected as President for the University of Manitoba Students' Union after spending two years as UMSU Council Chair, and Vice-President Internal of the organization. In this role, he represents over twenty-five thousand undergraduate students and oversees an eighteen million dollar organization. He has worked on all three levels of government including roles in the offices of a former Winnipeg Deputy Mayor, the Senate of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada, and the leader of a provincial party in Manitoba. He has served as President of the Young Liberals of Canada - Manitoba, Manitoba youth chair in the Liberal Party leadership campaigns of Bob Rae and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and has worked on election campaigns at all levels of government. Jeremiah is currently finishing his undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba.

Annette Trimbee
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Winnipeg

Dr. Annette Trimbee assumed the role of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Winnipeg on August 1, 2014. Dr. Trimbee was Deputy Minister of Service Alberta where she oversaw the department’s delivery of citizen-centred service and standardized shared services to government ministries, until July 2014. Dr. Trimbee has also served as the Deputy Minister of Treasury Board and Finance, Treasury Board and Enterprise, and Advanced Education and Technology in Alberta. She began her career in the public service with Alberta Environment and has also held leadership positions in Alberta Health and Wellness. Dr. Trimbee holds a PhD in Ecology from McMaster University, an MSc in Botany from the University of Manitoba, and a BSc in Biology from the University of Winnipeg.

Heather Tulk
Chief Customer Officer, MTS

Heather Tulk is currently the Chief Customer Officer at Manitoba Telecom Services. Heather oversees product development, marketing, customer care, and business transformation activities, as well as MTS subsidiaries: EPIC Information Solutions, AAA Security, and MTS Data Centres. Heather has over two decades of leadership experience in the Information and Communications Technology industry in Canada. A director of the Canadian Marketing Association, Heather is actively involved in numerous community organizations. She has been recognized by Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™, WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100, and the Canadian Board Diversity Council Diversity 50. Heather has a B.Comm from Memorial University of Newfoundland, an MBA from Queen’s University and holds the ICD.D designation.

Alex Usher
President, Higher Education Strategy Associates

An internationally recognized expert in student financial aid and quality measurement in post-secondary education, Mr. Usher has authored numerous ground-breaking studies in higher education. In his former role as Director of Educational Policy Institute Canada (EPI Canada), Mr. Usher managed the Measuring the Effectiveness of Student Aid Project for the Millennium Scholarship Foundation, a 4-year $4 million research project to investigate the long-term effects of student aid. In 2002 and 2004, Mr. Usher co-authored (with Sean Junor) the Price of Knowledge, a volume considered the standard reference on student finance in Canada. In addition to his years of work on higher education in Canada, his recent work spans Asia, Europe and Africa as well. He holds degrees from McGill University and Carleton University.

Paul Vogt
President and CEO, Red River College

On August 17, 2015, Paul Vogt joined Red River College as its fifth President and CEO. Paul holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba.  He earned a Rhodes Scholarship and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University (MPhil, Politics) and at Princeton University. Over the past 25 years, Paul taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. He joined Red River College after serving as an Executive in Residence at the University of Manitoba and advising on the development of a multi-year post-secondary education strategy for Manitoba. He also helped to establish the province’s new Advisory Committee on Advanced Education. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service (2013), the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration (2014) and the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Service Award (2015).

President Barnard invites everyone in the community to attend, and welcomes participation in the conversation. The evening promises an engaging, lively discussion on an issue of importance to all Manitobans.