Board of Governors Alumni Representative
The votes have been counted and UM alumni have selected Irene Fakankun [PhD/21] as their next alumni representative for the UM Board of Governors. Congratulations Irene!
ABOUT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The University of Manitoba’s Board of Governors is responsible for overseeing the administrative and business affairs of UM, serving as the corporate governing body of the University. Its duties include approving the annual budget and appointing and monitoring the performance of the President and Vice-Chancellor.
UM alumni elect fellow graduates to serve in three of the 23 University of Manitoba Board of Governors positions. Alumni elected to serve on the Board of Governors may do so for a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms. One of these term positions is ending.
To be eligible for the position, the candidate must be a graduate of the University of Manitoba; that is have attained a degree, diploma or certificate approved by the University of Manitoba Senate. All UM graduates are eligible to vote in the election, which is held via an online voting platform.
For more information about the Board of Governors, visit: umanitoba.ca/admin/governance/bog/index.html.
Board of Governors Election Timeline
Thursday, February 10 – Monday, March 14, 4:00 p.m. CT
Information gathering & confirmation of candidates phase
Tuesday, March 15 – Tuesday, April 12
Wednesday, April 13 – Friday, May 13, 4:00 p.m. CT
Elected candidate announcement
Wednesday, May 25
Dates to remember
Nominations open – February 10
Requests to be nominated via the Alumni Association Board – February 28, 4 p.m. CT
Nominations close – March 14, 4 p.m. CT
Alumni Association Board of Directors notified of candidates running – March 31
Candidates notified of who is running – April 7
Candidates announced to alumni via website – April 8
Election period begins – April 13
Election period ends – May 13, 4 p.m. CT
Ballot count where all candidates and scrutineers are invited to attend – May 19, noon CT
Notify University Secretary of successful candidate in writing & Alumni Association Board – May 19, 4 p.m. CT
Publicly announce successful candidate – May 25
Successful candidate takes office – June 1
Processes and procedures
Meet the candidates
* indicates those who have been nominated by the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
† indicates those who have been nominated by alumni.
Irene Fakankun [PhD/21] †
My name is Irene Fakankun. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, a Master of Research degree in Advanced Genomic and Proteomic Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
I’ve always been part of a university system, either as a student or a teacher, contributing to continuous development. My past contributions include being a member of the students' disciplinary committee and president of the health advocates club. I was also a member of the university consult, where I led the audit of revenue and business processes, which generated about $15,000 in additional profits. At the University of Nottingham, I organized bioenergy outreach programs that resulted in public awareness and increased funding for my department. At UM, I mentored undergraduate and research students at the Levin lab. Additionally, I served as a Graduate Student Association Council Representative and launched an online community called Schooling Moms, which addressed navigating the challenges associated with going through a graduate program as a parent.
Since graduating in 2021, I have continued working on research publications and as an instructor in the Chemistry department at UM. Furthermore, I am an adjunct faculty at Providence University College and the University of Winnipeg. I also volunteer on the welcome team at my local church, as a writer on the scribes team of Awesome Treasures Foundation, and as a co-host of a family-focused group. I’m a published scientist and communicator and was one of the women selected to present my work at the Soapbox Science event in 2021.
I will bring a unique heart and skillset to complement the existing UM board. I’ve applied my aptitude and problem-solving skills to their fullest on all projects. I would be honored to contribute to the next developmental phase of a university that has given me so much.
Doug Finkbeiner [BA/71, LLB/74] *
My name is Doug Finkbeiner. I graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.A. in 1971 and an LL.B in 1974. I was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1975 and I have practiced Corporate and Commercial Law since then. I have represented all sizes of businesses with an emphasis on the purchase and sale of businesses and commercial properties. A significant part of my practice also includes resolving shareholder disputes as they arise. More recently I have been an arbitrator in commercial disputes and played a role as a conciliator mandated by an Order in Council of the government of Manitoba.
I have been actively involved in the community, supporting and volunteering for local charities and organizations as much as possible, including the Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation where I am currently a Trustee and Chair with over 40 years of involvement. I also have a long history with the United Way of Winnipeg where I am currently a major donor cabinet member, resource development committee member and campaign advisory committee member. In the past, I have also been a member of the United Way Board of Trustees and an Executive member as well as a member of cabinet. I also chaired the 2012 United Way of Winnipeg campaign. Furthermore, I have held board of director positions with Prairie Theatre Exchange and the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation.
My committee experience extends to the Law Society of Manitoba where I served as President and was eventually appointed as a Life Bencher. I am also a frequent lecturer on commercial topics for the Law Society of Manitoba, Robson Hall and other organizations. Additionally, I am currently a member of the U of M Finance, Administration & Human Resource Committee.
Finally, I have been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada peer reviews annually for 15 years (since 2006), was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for Corporate Law, Winnipeg (2017), Corporate Law, Winnipeg (2013), Banking and Finance Law, Winnipeg (2020), and more recently was the recipient of the Manitoba Bar Association Distinguished Service Award (2022).
As a proud University of Manitoba alum, I would be honoured to serve as a representative on the UM Board of Governors.
Marcel Hacault [BSA/83, MBA/11] *
My name is Marcel Hacault. I have provided guidance and mentorship to the School of Agriculture in incorporating farm safety content in its Diploma curriculum and have developed short courses and workshops aimed at Manitoba farmers. In 2020, I was a recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences in recognition of their leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. I have served on the Board of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and I’m a past president of the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health. I was an ex-officio for the Progressive Ag Foundation, currently sitting as a Board Member for the Farm Safe Foundation, along with being the Chair of the Manitoba Farmer Wellness Program.
I would like to give back to the University that has allowed me to be a leader in the agricultural field, as Chair of the Manitoba Pork Council, Vice-President of Keystone Agricultural Producers, Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association and a farmer for over 20 years. It is my intent to run as a member of the Board of Governors to continue in that leadership role.
I am bilingual, a strong supporter of the agricultural roots of the University, and look forward to supporting UM in the future.
Dawn Nedohin-Macek [BSc(Comp/Eng)/02] *
My name is Dawn Nedohin-Macek and I’m a proud University of Manitoba alum with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. I’ve spent many years volunteering and advocating for women in engineering, including participating in many activities through the Price Faculty of Engineering and WISE Kid-Netic. Additionally, I’m a past Chair of the IEEE Winnipeg Section, past President of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and past Chair of the Board of the Alumni Association of the University of Manitoba.
I have worked at Manitoba Hydro since graduation, gaining experience in data networking, programming, computer system infrastructure and support, major project cost estimating and scheduling, telecommunications, project portfolio management, transmission services tariffs and reliability standards.
My current role is Telecommunications Department Manager within Manitoba Hydro. The department is responsible for the integrated planning, design, procurement, installation, maintenance and operations of telecommunications systems supporting power system protection, control and operations, and general administrative and business operations. I’m responsible for managing a large team of engineers, designers and field technicians to support the entire province, including managing over 6000km of fiberoptic infrastructure, thousands of data switches and over 100 telecommunication radio towers and sites all to support the critical provincial power grid.
I currently serve as the Manitoba Director on the Engineers Canada Board of Directors and the James W. Burns Leadership Institute Advisory Board at the University of Manitoba.
Finally, I’m also a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a Senior Member of IEEE.
Dr. Victor Ng [MD/09] *
My name is Dr. Victor Ng. I’m a proud University of Manitoba alum seeking the nomination to the Board of Governors. I graduated with a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from UM in 2009. Since then, I completed my residency and fellowship in family medicine and emergency medicine. I am currently the Associate Director, Programs and Practice Support at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Additionally, I am the deputy chief/associate medical director, emergency medicine at Scarborough Health Network and faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Throughout my professional career, my education at UM has prepared me to lead several international initiatives. I currently chair the Working Party on Education at the World Organization of Family Doctors, which represents family medicine colleges and associations globally and is committed to improving the quality of teaching and education delivery.
I have served, and currently serve, on both for-profit and not-for-profit boards and understand management principles and the fiduciary responsibilities of board members. I also proudly sit on the board of Casey House hospital and foundation - an organization dedicated to caring for those struggling with HIV/AIDS, mental health, and addictions. To further my knowledge of board governance and strategy, I am currently enrolled in the Directors Education Program through the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto to achieve the Institute of Corporate Directors’ ICD.D designation.
The University of Manitoba is a leading institution in teaching, research and community service and has proud alumni in Manitoba and around the world. I am one of those alums and would be honoured to be your voice and representative on the UM Board of Governors.
Submit your vote
Voting is open to University of Manitoba alumni only. Please vote for ONE candidate from the list below.
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