Staff Biographies

Kris J. Dick, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Kris Dick is a registered professional engineer practicing in the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.  He is the Founder and Director of the Alternative Village at the University of Manitoba, as well as a Associate Professor in Biosystems Engineering through the Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification Program (IEEQ). The IEEQ program has been initiated to help provide a pathway for immigrants with engineering credentials obtained outside of Canada to meet part of the licensing requirements for professional engineering practice in Manitoba. 

Kris attended the University of Manitoba for all 3 of his degrees: B.Sc in 1984, M.Sc. in 1989, and Ph.D. in 1995, all in Civil and Structural Engineering.  The University of Manitoba is home to Kris, he has been contributing back to the University since he started attending and still continues even stronger today.  His research areas include alternative building and design, materials and energy systems. 

In 2002, Kris received the Certificate of Excellence Award with the University of Manitoba, University Teaching Services.  Dr. Kris Dick was awarded the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award, an award voted on by the graduating class of engineering students, "...for contributing to the success of students with outstanding efforts in the classroom."  Dr. Dick was presented with a certificate by the Senior Stick of the University of Manitoba Engineering Society on September 12, 2008, during Homecoming festivities.

Kris enjoys being involved in the community and has volunteered in areas such as:

-          Judge for  science fairs both rural MB and Winnipeg

-          Judge for APEGM awards at the annual provincial science fair

-          Judge for Springfield Agricultural Society Annual Fair

He is also a member of many Engineering Organizations throughout central and western Canada.


Myra Friesen

Myra has been a part of The Alternative Village team since its beginning in 2006.  She brings with her a wide portfolio of experience, and provides administrative support to the program and day to day operation of The Alternative Village.  The main Design Engineering office is located in the Engineering and Information Technology Complex on the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba.  Myra is located in this main office and is the first contact for The Alternative Village.  Please contact her for any inquiries you may have pertaining to The Village. Myra enjoys living in a rural setting and enjoys any opportunity to be outdoors!