The Board of Governors consists of 23 members: the Chancellor, the President, 12 members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, three members elected by the graduates of the University, three members elected by the Senate of the University and three members appointed by the University of Manitoba Students' Union.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors are elected annually by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors currently meet seven times per year in January, March, April, May, June, September and November.

Meeting schedules

Members

Officers of the Board of Governors

Chair - Jeff Lieberman, B.A., B. Comm. (Hons.)

Jeff Lieberman graduated from the University of Manitoba with both a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Jeff is the owner and president of the Great Promotional Products Company. He strongly believes in volunteering in the community and some of his past and present volunteering includes: President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association; President of Folklorama; President of the Rady JCC; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Promotional Products Association of Canada, and the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club. Mr. Lieberman also chaired the B’nai Brith Canada “Every Person Deserves a Name” Annual Program.

Jeff received the Canadian Race Relations Community Champion Award in 2018, the William Norrie Outstanding Community Leader Award in 2014, and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Young Leadership Award in 1998.

Vice-Chair - Laurel Hyde, B.S.A.

Laurel Hyde is a management consultant serving the agriculture industry, focusing primarily on human resource management systems, organizational and executive development.  She is a former member of the Judicial Inquiry Board and the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.

Chancellor - Anne Mahon, B.H.Ecol.

Ms. Anne Mahon is the University of Manitoba’s 14th Chancellor.

She is a bridge-builder whose philanthropic ideals are matched by her demonstrated ability to bring people together to effect positive change.  She has built a reputation for lending her talents and spirit to the causes of the disempowered. Her work exists at the crossroads of storytelling, community-building, philanthropy and education. She creates meaning and change through volunteer work that supports the stories, lives and aspirations of those most in need.

Ms. Mahon is an oral history writer interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. Her writing focuses on stories of resilience and hope. All author proceeds from the sales of her books are donated to organizations that support the communities featured in each book.

Ms. Mahon has spent over thirty years volunteering in the community, including: United Way of Winnipeg, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), a founding board member of HumanKind International, and co-founded and co-facilitates the Book Mates Book Club at the Women's Correctional Centre.

Ms. Mahon graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1987 from the faculty of Human Ecology.

President and Vice-Chancellor - Michael Benarroch, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D.

Michael Benarroch became President of the University of Manitoba on July 1, 2020.

Dr. Benarroch is a Manitoban and former Dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business. He previously served as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Ryerson University, acting as the institution’s chief academic and operating officer as well as a tenured professor in the department of Economics, Faculty of Arts.  During his 21 years with the University of Winnipeg, he led the creation of its Faculty of Business and Economics and became its founding Dean.

Dr. Benarroch holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Winnipeg, a master’s in Economics from Western University and a PhD in Economics from Carleton University. He has a special interest in global economic outlook, the impact of trade on the environment and government economic policy.

Dr. Benarroch has engaged with the boards of all three universities at which he has worked and has been an active leader in collegial governance. His community service and board experience includes the Premier of Manitoba’s Economic Advisory Council, the Certified Management Accountants of Canada, and the Council of Economic Advisors for the Credit Union Central. He held a two-year term as chair of Manitoba’s Crown Corporation Council and was chair of the Board of Jewish Education.

 Members of the Board of Governors

John Anderson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

(elected by Senate)

Dr. John Anderson is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, and is also head of the department.  He received his PhD from the University of Manitoba in 1995.  His primary research interests are in the area of artificial intelligence, and involve teams of interacting robots.  This includes work in team formation and social learning, and the application of these to challenging problems such as robotic soccer and urban search and rescue. He is also interested in improving Computer Science education through the use of artificial intelligence and robotics, and in improving robotics competitions to better validate scientific research.

Carson Andrusiak

(appointed by Government - student)

Carson Andrusiak is a student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree at the University of Manitoba with previous education at Red River College for Culinary Arts. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and dedicated to pursuing a career in environmental studies in private or public sectors.

Daniella Archer

(appointed by Government - student)

Daniella Archer (she/her) is a Leaders of Tomorrow Society Member and final-year undergraduate student studying civil engineering in the Price Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

An avid volunteer who understands the importance of diverse thinking in order to reach innovative solutions, Daniella has held positions as a board member of the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba and as a member of the Folklorama Nominating Committee. She has also served in various positions including the Vice Stick Operations and chair of the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES), the Vice-President Logistics for the Western Engineering Competition (WEC), and the Vice-President Logistics for the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). She was also a co-chair of the December 6th Student Memory Committee, a committee responsible for the permanent memorial on display in the EITC Atrium.

Jelynn Dela Cruz

(appointed by UMSU)

Juanita DeSouza-Huletey, B.A. (Hons.), M.A., PMP, ALEP

(appointed by Government)

Mrs. Juanita DeSouza-Huletey is an Information Technology Management professional, as well as a seasonal instructor at University of Winnipeg and Red River College. She is currently a Manager, Application Services with the Workers' Compensation Board of Manitoba. Prior to that, Juanita was the divisional head of the IT Division at Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and a member of the WPS Executive Management Team. Juanita also held two other managerial positions at the City of Winnipeg.

Juanita obtained her master’s degree from the University of Manitoba and successfully completed her course work as a PHD candidate. She has an undergraduate degree with double honors from the University of Ghana. Juanita also holds a number of professional designations and certificates. Juanita plays an active role within her community/industry and serves on a number of committees and boards at the executive and advisory levels within educational institutions, NGOs, professional and community based organizations. She has a passion for volunteering and believes in giving back to the community. It is worth mentioning that Juanita chaired the WCB United Way Campaign for two years during which WCB achieved the highest participation rate and most donations ever in its history. She is married and has three adult sons.

Laurel Hyde, B.S.A.

(appointed by Government)

Laurel Hyde is a management consultant serving the agriculture industry, focusing primarily on human resource management systems, organizational and executive development.  She is a former member of the Judicial Inquiry Board and the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.

Kathryn Lee, B. Comm. (Hons.), CPA

(appointed by Government)

Kathryn Lee, CPA, CGA, graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2006 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. She completed her certified professional accounting designation in 2013 through the Certified General Accountants of Manitoba. Kathryn is currently in the process of completing a Master of Business Administration through Laurentian University.

In addition to Kathryn’s passions of learning and education, sports has been an integral part of her life. The sport of gymnastics is where she has been an avid volunteer, coach and athlete. As an athlete she competed at a national level as a member of the Manitoba provincial team.

Kathryn currently works for MNP LLP Winnipeg as a Tax Manager as part of the Taxation Services Team. Her focus is in corporate tax planning for owner-managed businesses.

Jeff Lieberman, B.A., B. Comm. (Hons.)

(elected by Alumni)

Jeff Lieberman graduated from the University of Manitoba with both a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Jeff is the owner and president of the Great Promotional Products Company. He strongly believes in volunteering in the community and some of his past and present volunteering includes: President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association; President of Folklorama; President of the Rady JCC; and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, the Promotional Products Association of Canada, and the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club. Mr. Lieberman also chaired the B’nai Brith Canada “Every Person Deserves a Name” Annual Program.

Jeff received the Canadian Race Relations Community Champion Award in 2018, the William Norrie Outstanding Community Leader Award in 2014, and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Young Leadership Award in 1998.

Carla Loewen, B.Ed., B.A., M.Ed.

(elected by Alumni)

Carla Loewen is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation and holds a Bachelor of Education (2001), Bachelor of Arts (2003), and Master of Education (2016) from the University of Manitoba. An award-winning researcher and dedicated community leader with a passion for peer mentoring, she is devoted to advancing Indigenous achievement. In her role at the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Student Centre, Carla specializes in first-year student programming. In recognition for her campus contributions, she has received an Outreach Award, two Awards of Excellence and an Indigenous Award of Excellence. She has worked at the Fort Garry campus since 2005 as a student advisor and her current portfolio includes managing and facilitating the Qualico Bridge to Success and Neechiwaken Indigenous Peer Mentor programs. Volunteering includes over a decade as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg and she was a member of the Indigenous Programs Advisory Committee for SEED.

Her years of service on campus give Carla broad expertise in university administration, which is being further expanded in her role as an Alumni Representative on the University of Manitoba Board of Governors.

Lynette Magnus, B. Comm. (Hons.)

(appointed by Government)

Lynette Magnus is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree.  She is a designated Chartered Accountant with over 25 years experience in accounting, finance, and corporate planning.  Most recently, Lynette was Vice-President and Corporate Controller at Manitoba Telecom Services.  Lynette also serves on Council and the Audit & Risk Management Committee for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, and is a community volunteer with the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba.

Tracey Matthews, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.

(appointed by Government)

Tracey Matthews is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor and Master of Education.  She is a grade 7 and 8 teacher in the Pembina Trails School Division.  Tracey has served on advisory committees for the provincial Report Card, and is a divisional leader in the provincial English Language Arts curriculum implementation cohort.

Nora Murdock, B.A., Cert.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.

(elected by Alumni)

Chibueze Onyebuchi

(appointed by Government - student)

Chibueze Onyebuchi is a current student of University of Manitoba and in the process of completing his 4 year undergrad program in Landscape Architecture. Throughout his years there, he has developed critical thinking skills that he is able to initiate when handling any tasks. He is capable of working independently as well as in a group. During his studies, he has been able to work in group projects that required coordination, while being a team leader. When not studying, he spends time working on his AutoCAD and Photoshop skills and trying hard to become the best version of himself.

Kimber Osiowy, B.Sc. (C.E.), M.Sc.

(appointed by Government)

Mr. Osiowy is a professional engineer with broad project management and environmental experience in both the industrial and public sectors.  A graduate of the University of Manitoba, he is a civil servant with Manitoba Infrastructure, responsible for the management of environmental services.

Susan Prentice, B.A., M.E.S., Ph.D.

(elected by Senate)    

Dr. Susan Prentice is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manitoba. As a family sociologist, she focuses primarily on care, gender, and public policy, with a particular speciality in childcare. She also conducts research on systemic discrimination, including in higher education. In both domains, she practices public sociology. Among her appointments, Dr. Prentice holds a seat on the Tri-Council Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat’s (TIPS) Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. In 2019, she was appointed to the first national Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care. She has held several terms on the University’s Senate, and also acted as Graduate Chair of Sociology for multiple terms. More information, including selected publications, can be found at: https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/arts/departments/sociology/facstaff/prentice.html. She tweets at @SusanPrentice.

Laura Reimer, B.A., MPA, Ph.D.

(appointed by Government)

Dr. Laura Reimer is a former assistant professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Winnipeg, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. Her research interests explore the intersection of theory and practice, and her expertise merges peacebuilding practices with policy, governance, and leadership. She has particular interest and expertise in education policy and Indigenous education, and is a former elected school trustee. She is the author of two leading books on education governance entitled Guarding the Trust: Leadership and School Boards (2008) and Leadership and School Boards in an Era of Community Engagement (2015). She was the lead author for the popular Transformative Change: An Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, also published by the Lexington Group (2015). Other publications include journals and invited book chapters. She is a research associate with the Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, where she also teaches.

Silvia Sekander

(appointed by UMSU)

Kristin Smith

(appointed by UMSU)

Kristin Smith is a dynamic student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Psychology and Religion, with the goal of completing a legal education thereafter. She is passionate about the accessibility of post-secondary education, student support, and the creation of opportunities outside the classroom.

Jeff Taylor, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

(elected by Senate)

Jeffery Taylor is Dean of Arts, Acting Provost of University College, and a graduate of the University of Manitoba.  He serves on a range of university committees, including various subcommittees of Senate and a number of operational committees.  Dr. Taylor is a Canadian historian who has written about various aspects of Canadian labour history, labour education, and learning technologies.  Prior to returning to the University of Manitoba in 2011, he spent over twenty years at Athabasca University in Alberta in a variety of capacities, including Professor and Coordinator of Labour Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He is married to Ursule Critoph and they have three adult children as well as two grandchildren.

Assessors of the Board of Governors

Janet Morrill - UMFA Assessor

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Sandra Woloschuk - Support Staff Assessor

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Barry Hill - Support Staff Assessor (alternate)

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University Secretary

Jeffrey M. Leclerc, B.Ed., M.Ed., C. Dir.

Jeff Leclerc is the University Secretary at the University of Manitoba, a role he has held since 2003.  As University Secretary, Mr. Leclerc is a member of the President’s Executive Team and senior governance officer of the University, providing advice and guidance on jurisdiction, strategy, policy and process and ensuring the effective operation of the University’s bicameral governance system.
 
Mr. Leclerc holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba, completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and holds the Chartered Director designation.  Active in his community, he also currently serves on the Board of the Canadian University Boards Association, is a member of the Pension Committee for the University of Manitoba Pension Plans, and a Trustee of the United Way of Winnipeg.

Powers of the Board

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the University and may exercise in the name of the University any powers conferred on the University as a body corporate (and which are not reserved to Senate). The Board's powers include the power to:

  • establish/maintain/abolish/change colleges (including affiliated/associated colleges), schools, institutes, faculties, departments, chairs and courses of instruction to enable the University to carry on its work*
  • establish/abolish/change lectureships, bursaries, fellowships, and prizes*
  • buy/receive/sell/mortgage/lease real and personal property
  • decide what building construction is necessary for University purposes*
  • appoint the president/vice-president/deans/directors/etc.. Determine their: salaries; powers/duties; tenure of office/employment; dismissal; and pensions/retiring allowances*
  • set all fees and charges to be paid to the University
  • ensure investment of University money (based on prudent person principles and taking into account any trust conditions)
  • make regulations respecting and prohibiting parking or leaving of vehicles on campus
  • permit/deny use by other organizations of: "university", "varsity", "Manitoba" (in institutions of learning), the university's coat of arms or crest
  • establish budget policies* (the Board also approves the final budget)
  • exercise disciplinary jurisdiction over students. Decide finally upon all matters of university policy. Settle questions respecting the powers/duties of convocation, senate, chancellor, president or any other officer/servant of the university
  • provide for contacts with other organizations respecting joint instruction, or instruction/ examination of the other organization's students

 

* The Senate has the express power to make recommendations respecting these matters (and on any other matters which Senate considers to be of interest to the University).

Code of conduct

The goal of the Code is to ensure public confidence in all aspects of the University Board and, in particular:

  • to promote public confidence in the integrity, trustworthiness and impartiality of members of the Board;
  • to articulate rules of conduct;
  • to set out the responsibilities of Board members in carrying out their duties;
  • to assist members of the Board in recognizing, avoiding and dealing with conflict of interest situations;
  • to prevent conflict of interest through avoidance of those activities which may give rise to conflict of interest; and
  • to set out the rules under which members of the Board shall govern themselves with regard to confidentiality.

Governance Practices

Resources

These documents are available in alternate formats, upon request.  Please contact Sandi Utsunomiya at Sandi.Utsunomiya@umanitoba.ca or at 204-474-8174.