Graphical Representation of a Diverse Group of People

What we do

To support our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), the School has formed a faculty wide EDI task force with a mandate to proactively address sources of exclusion and inequity head-on. With representation from faculty, administration, staff, students and alumni, the task force is working to raise awareness of barriers and challenges faced by groups and individuals in our community. Through data from a wide range of sources and inputs, our task force aims to drive a cultural shift to foster an inclusive learning environment for every single student who attends or interacts with the Asper School of Business.

The EDI task force working group is represented by Asper faculty, staff, students and alumni along with UM EDI representatives. The diverse team has a mandate to focus on analyzing and developing recommendations for the following themes:

Teaching and learning: Inside the classroom

  • To consider all aspects of instruction across all programs at the Asper School (excluding extra-curricular), course materials, guest speakers, and group formation;
  • Executive Education, MBA, MFin, MSCM, MSc, Ph.D., and Undergraduate Programs. 


Jenny Moose, Rhiannon Leier Blacher, Sean Buchanan, Winnie Zhang, Chi Liao.


Extra-curricular student experience

  • To consider career placement, co-ops, student competitions, student trips, social media content;
  • All aspects of the student experience;
  • School-sponsored events, student association-sponsored events.


Gurkamal Dhaliwal, Reyna Olivares, Michelle Gazze, Shreeraj Patel, Katie Derksen, and David Stangeland.


Structural matters relevant to EDI and student experience

  • Admission criteria and processes;
  • Diversity among faculty and staff;
  • Senior leadership;
  • School-organized events.


Peter Pomart, Lani Jones, Melissa Gayle, and Wenlong Yuan.

Tools for EDI climate assessment

  • Townhall meetings;
  • Focus groups; 
  • Climate survey. 


Fang Wan, Stephanie Kalo, Justin Monton, Jingnan Li, and Valerie Williams.

EDI task force members


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  • Dr. Suzanne Gagnon
    Associate Dean, Professional Graduate Programs and Executive Education
    Canada Life Chair in Leadership Education
    Associate Professor
    Leadership and Organization Director, James W. Burns Leadership Institute

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  • Dr. Subbu Sivaramakrishnan
    Associate Dean Undergraduate and International Programs
    Associate Professor, Marketing, F. Ross Johnson Fellow

Faculty members


Staff members

UM support members

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  • Valerie Williams
    Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator
    University of Manitoba

  • portrait of Lani Jones
  • Lani Jones
    HR Consultant
    University of Manitoba

Students & alumni



  • portrait of Gurkamal Dhaliwal
  • Gurkamal Dhaliwal

    Undergraduate Student
    Asper School of Business

  • photo of Jenny Moose
  • Jenny Moose

    Undergraduate Student
    Asper School of Business

  • photo of Jingnan Li
  • Jingnan Li

    Ph.D. Student
    Asper School of Business

  • photo of Stephanie Kalo
  • Stephanie Kalo

    Undergraduate Student
    Asper School of Business

  • photo of Winnie Zhang
  • Winnie Zhang

    MBA Student
    Asper School of Business



  • photo of Shreeraj Patel
  • Shreeraj Patel [BComm(Hons)/02]
  • photo of Justin Monton
  • Justin Monton [BComm(Hons)/14]


  • photo of Reyna Olivares
  • Reyna Olivares BComm(Hons)/14]

Spotlight on

Asper EDI Stories

University's commitment

Contact us

Asper School of Business
Drake Centre - 181 Freedman Crescent
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4 Canada