The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences educates and trains the majority of the province’s health professionals focusing on interdisciplinary research, interprofessional collaborative education, social accountability, Indigenous achievement and respect and equity, diversity and inclusion. We offer a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate educational programs in the health professions and basic medical sciences to over 3,500 students.
Dr. Brian Postl has been named a member of the Order of Canada for his leadership of, and involvement in, the advancement of clinical and academic health care in Manitoba.
The dean of Max Rady College of Medicine, dean of Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and vice-provost (health sciences), University of Manitoba was one of 114 new appointments to receive one of the country’s highest honours in November 2020.
Since 1967, the Order of Canada has been awarded to people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation. The appointments are made by the Governor General on the recommendation of the advisory council for the Order of Canada.
Dr. Postl was appointed dean of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences in 2014 and has been dean of the Max Rady College of Medicine since 2010. Under his leadership, he brought together the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, Max Rady College of Medicine, and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences to create one faculty.
The University of Manitoba medical school graduate, Class of 1976, has held several leadership roles at his alma mater. He has served as head of the departments of pediatrics and child health, and community health sciences at the Max Rady College of Medicine. He was also the director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit (now Ongomiizwin-Health Services) and the community medical residency program.
Dr. Postl has made many contributions at the local, provincial and national levels. He was the founding president and chief executive officer of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, a founding member of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, served as co-chair of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Committee, and was chair of Research Manitoba. In 2005, Postl was appointed federal wait time advisor to the prime minister.
As medical school dean, Dr. Postl has led policy changes to admissions criteria in medicine to create a student body that more closely reflects the demographics of Manitoba’s population, including rural, French/English bilingual stream, Indigenous admissions processes and new guidelines aimed at advantaging historically under-represented individuals related to socio-economic, sexual orientation and socio-cultural conditions.
Dr. Postl is focused on advocacy through his policy and public service work for equitable and comprehensive health care for Indigenous communities, which is reflected in his commitment to the establishment of the Rady Faculty’s Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing-Ongomiizwin and the Rady Faculty’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission action plan.
He has also championed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion across the Rady Faculty and supported the passage last summer of the country’s first Disruptions of all Forms of Racism policy at a post-secondary institution.
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