Michele Rogalsky

271 Agriculture Building

Michele's bio

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 current serves on 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.

Agriculture diploma instructors

Maggie Abwao


Maggie's bio

Maggie works on her family’s farm Horizen Dairy in Altona.  She is a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma Program and has a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.  She has worked as an Agriculture Extentionist in Kenya and as a Research Technician with BASF in Winkler. She has also taught English to ESL employees at Friesen’s Corporation.

Cole Anderson

Farm Management Advisor

Reg Dyck

Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Reg's Bio

Reg, a farm manager from Starbuck, serves as a Project Advisor for first and second year students.  He has extensive experience with crop production and marketing and also has experience with poultry.  Reg has served as KAP`s Transportation Chair for several years.

Jacquie Manaigre

Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Jacquie's bio

Jacquie is a graduate of the Diploma in Agriculture Program and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) with a major in accounting from the Asper School of Business.  Jacquie and her husband co-manage a farm in Lorette.  She is an active member of KAP and has several years of business management experience in her family’s industrial retail business.

Gordon McDonald

Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Gord's bio

Gord is from Beausejour with over 20 years' experience managing large hog operations. He comes from a mixed farm and has experience with cattle and sheep. Gord is also a part-time adjustor for Manitoba Crop Insurance.

Colin Penner

Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Colin's bio

Colin is a farm manager from Elm Creek and has experience with crop production and beekeeping. He is a Certified Crop Advisor and has worked as the area marketing representative for Richardson Pioneer at Starbuck for several years. He is an active member of Manitoba Young Farmers.

Garrett Sawatzky

Lead Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Garrett's bio

Garrett farms with his family at Altona. He is a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, he went on to earn his degree in Agribusiness. Garrette was the Faculty’s 2014 Gold Medal recipient.

Easton Sellers

Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Easton's bio

Originally from Florida, Easton now owns and operates a U-Pick fruit farm and orchard near Teulon where he grows mostly strawberries, sour cherries, and apples. He graduated from the Agriculture Diploma program as valedictorian in 2019.

Phil Veldhuis

Instructor and Farm Management Advisor

Phil's bio

Phil is a beekeeper from Starbuck and is the Chair of the St. Norbert Farmers` Market. He holds a Master degree in Philosophy and has been teaching University of Manitoba Philosophy courses since 1993.

Kathleen Wilson


Aboriculture course instructor

Carla Antonation

Carla's bio

Carla Antonation, a practicing Arborist in Winnipeg  having achieved her Arborist Certification from the International Society of Arboriculture. Carla co-owns and operates a tree care practice called Trilogy Tree Services Ltd., where she divides her time between climbing, consulting and managing the business. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Urban Forest Council.

Contact Us

School of Agriculture
353 Agriculture Building
66 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada