What more can Manitoba’s “most powerful” do to open the door to diversity?

Are the doors to Manitoba’s inner circles as open as they should be to minorities and those from outside the province?

Wednesday, May 18, 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
485 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.


Sharon Harrald - Vice President, Human Resources, Investors GroupSharon Harrald

Sharon is the Vice President of Human Resources at Investors Group. Sharon has been with Investors Group since 1984 and has held a variety of key positions within the company including Client Services, Career Development, Salesforce Development and Corporate Training and Development. In her current role, Sharon oversees and manages HR strategy and operations for Investors Group employees, and is also responsible for oversight of benefits and payroll operations for IGM Financial and for CSOX controls spanning stock options for IGM and bonus and salaries. Her formal education background includes Business Administration, Sales Management and Human Resource Management. Sharon is an active member in her chosen professional field of Human Resources serving the HRMAM for more than 15 years.

Melanie D. Janzen - Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs), Faculty of Education

Melanie D. Janzen is the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) in the Faculty of Education and a research affiliate with the Centre for Human Rights Research. She completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia where she developed her research in teacher education and curriculum studies, specifically in regards to notions of responsibility and judgement integral to being (and becoming) a teacher. Melanie’s leadership, research, teaching and service are guided by principles of responsibility. In her teaching this manifests in the courses she develops with community partners, such as Northern and community-based practica, and the co-development a graduate course in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Perspectives of responsibility are not only central tenets in Melanie’s research and teaching, but serve to guide how she envisions and enacts her role as an educational leader.

Janice Y. LedermanJanice Y. Lederman – President, Innovate Manitoba

Jan Lederman, BA, JD, is President of Innovate Manitoba Inc. She has been named to Best Lawyers© in Canada in Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law each year since 2013. Jan retired as partner of TDS Law in 2015 and now works with startups and emerging growth companies to support their business, intellectual property and investment needs. In 2016, working with the UofM Faculty of Law’s Desautels Centre, Jan launched the Startup Legal Clinic, which provides free legal advice to startups. In addition to her Juris Doctor, Jan holds a Certificate from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and a Blue Belt in Innovation Engineering. Jan is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba and is a Director of Genome Canada.

Mary Jane LoustelMary Jane Loustel - IBM National Aboriginal Program Executive

As IBM’s National Aboriginal Program Executive, Mary Jane plays a leadership role in advancing Aboriginal participation in the technology sector. A Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Mary Jane also holds a Master’s degree in Native Studies on the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development. In 2015, Mary Jane co-founded SHE Day, a one day event in which women network, share leadership stories and build alliances. Mary Jane currently serves as a Board Member, Community Appointee, of the Winnipeg Police Board. Mary Jane is also a Board Director for the organization Ka Ni Ka Nichihk, a not for profit organization that provides culturally-based, Aboriginal-led services in support of women, children and families.

Reis Pagtakhan – Immigration Lawyer and Partner, Aikins Law

Reis Pagtakhan is a Canadian corporate immigration lawyer with over 20 years of experience providing strategic business advice on a wide variety of immigration matters to business and personalized immigration advice for individuals. A thought leader in the area of immigration policy, Reis has written widely on immigration and citizenship issues for CBC Manitoba, the Winnipeg Free Press, and numerous industry and trade publications. Reis has been invited to guest lecture on immigration law at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law and has been invited to speak to Canadian and international audiences on immigration law by numerous professional, trade and industry associations throughout Canada. A strong advocate for immigration policies designed to help build a strong and successful Canada, Reis has appeared multiple times before House of Commons and Senate Committees to share his views on changes to citizenship and immigration legislation.