Dean's biography
Brian Postl, MD FRCPC
Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine
Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Vice-Provost (Health Sciences), University of Manitoba

Dr. Brian Postl's five-year term as Professor and Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine, began July 1, 2010. Dr. Postl was additionally appointed Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) in 2014, and his term was extended to 2017.

In 2016, Dr. Postl was re-appointed as Vice-Provost (Health Sciences); Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences; and Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine.

Dr. Postl is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He received his doctor of medicine degree in 1976 and the Royal College Fellowship in Community Medicine and in Pediatrics in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He was the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), a position he held for 10 years.

Dr. Postl has served as head of the departments of pediatrics & child health and community health sciences at the Max Rad College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. He has also served as director of the then J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, a division of community and northern medicine (now Ongomiizwin-Health Services), and as director of the community medical residency program at U of M.

His research, published works and professional involvement focus on Indigenous child health, circumpolar health and human resource planning. His contributions in these areas, combined with his experience as a visiting pediatrician to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, contributed to him earning the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centre’s Child Health Award of Distinction in 2006 and the Inter-Professional Association on Native Employment’s Champion of Aboriginal Employment award in 2007.

Dr. Postl serves on a number of committees and boards of provincial and national associations, foundations, institutes and other organizations.

He was inducted as a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2011 and invested in the Order of Manitoba in 2012.

From 2014-2019, Dr. Postl served as  inaugural chair of the board of directors of Research Manitoba, a provincial funding agency which supports research in the health, natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities in Manitoba through a number of grants and awards programs from funding received from the Province.

In 2017, Dr. Postl received the MacNaught-Taillon Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian health care through leadership and mentorship in the advancement of health policy, health information and health informatics.

Dr. Postl received the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration presented by Her Honour the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, on April 25, 2019 at Government House. This prestigious award is presented annually by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) to a public sector practitioner whose career exhibits the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment in a municipal, provincial or federal government organization in the province.

On November 27, 2020, it was announced Dr. Postl was appointed Member of the Order of Canada (C.M.)Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony at a future date. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Presented by the governor general, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society; whose innovations ignite our imaginations; and whose compassion unites our communities.


Brian Postl [MD/76]
Dean, Max Rady College of Medicine
Dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences 
Vice-Provost (Health Sciences)