Board Members

Mary Jane McCallum

Mary Jane McCallum

Mary Jane McCallum

Chancellor McCallum is of Cree heritage and is a citizen of the Barren Lands First Nation in Brochet, Manitoba. She attended the Guy Hill Residential School in The Pas for 11 years. She is an advocate for social justice who, over the course of her distinguished career, has provided dental care to First Nations communities across Manitoba.

She received a Dental Nursing Diploma at the Wascana Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1977 and a Dental Therapy Diploma at the School of Dental Therapy in 1979, before earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1990.

From 1979 to 1997, she was involved in the dental field in various capacities, including as a dental therapist in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba communities and as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba running a dental clinic in Churchill and overseeing students completing their practicum. From 1996 to 2000, she worked on an interchange with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs as the Regional Dental Officer for the province.

From 1992 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2010, Dr. McCallum worked in her home community of Brochet, where she managed community health programs, including a children’s dental program, a diabetes program, and prenatal program, and volunteered for several committees, including a housing committee, a school committee, and an education committee. She also ran a monthly dinner and meeting with the Elders to discuss social issues affecting the community.

Dr. McCallum worked as an independent contractor for the federal First Nations and Inuit Health Branch providing services in northern Manitoba before returning to the University of Manitoba in April 2002 to lead the Aboriginal Dental Health Programs.

From 2004 until 2020, she continued to work to provide vital dental and health services before officially retiring from dentistry in April 2021. She remains a non-practicing member of the Manitoba Dental Association.

In addition to her professional endeavours, Chancellor McCallum leads workshops and presentations in which she shares her personal experience as a residential school survivor in an effort to raise awareness and understanding.

Chancellor McCallum and her husband have two daughters, and she also has a son.

She became a Senator in the Canadian Senate on Dec. 2, 2017, and she sits with the Independent Senators Group. 

David Docherty

David Docherty

Dr. David Docherty joined Brandon University in May 2019 and was officially installed as BU’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor at the 2019 Convocation. An accomplished academic and administrator, David has a distinguished history of leading institutions through growth and transformative change. He is currently leading the development of a new strategic plan for Brandon University.

An expert in parliamentary government in Canada, David is the author of two books, including Mr. Smith Goes to Ottawa: Life in the House of Commons and Legislatures. He has written many articles and chapters on Canadian legislatures and is a media commentator on provincial and national politics.

With a deep commitment to embracing Indigenous knowledge and perspectives, he was humbled to receive a Blackfoot name and headdress in 2018. He is also a strong advocate for the importance of mental health well-being, including reducing stigma and providing the necessary supports.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University (1984), a Master of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University (1990) and a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Toronto (1995).

David came to Brandon from Mount Royal University in Calgary, where he served as President for eight years. Prior to that, David was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, where he also served as senior advisor for campus initiatives and governance in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, dean of the Faculty of Arts and chair of the Department of Political Science.

Born in the town of Midland, Ontario, to Scottish parents, David took up the bagpipes as a teen and continues to play, especially at University occasions like Convocation. David enjoys frequent visits with his three adult children, and lives in Brandon with his wife Kris and their two dogs.

Shawn Chambers

Shawn Chambers

Shawn Chambers grew up in Alexander and attended Neelin High School in Brandon. He attended Brandon University for one year, has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Manitoba, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a Personal Financial Planner and member of the CFA Institute. Shawn brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as Investment Counsellor with RBC PH&N Investment Counsel. Shawn is dedicated to serving the wealth management needs of high-net-worth individuals, their families and their corporations, foundations and not-for-profit organizations throughout Manitoba, Southern Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario. As an active member of the Winnipeg and Brandon communities, Shawn has volunteered his time in the past with the Brandon and District United Way, the Brandon University Foundation Board of Directors and the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation. He also volunteers in his local community coaching and scouting hockey. Shawn currently lives in Winnipeg. His wife Cecile is a graduate of BU, and they have a son, Brendan, and a daughter Karlyn.

Katie Kerkowich

Katie Kerkowich

Katie Kerkowich was born and raised in Brandon. She graduated from Brandon University with a 4-year Bachelor of Arts Honours degree. She majored in Political Science and, following graduation, she worked as a constituent assistant in the Winnipeg office, and occasionally the Riding Mountain constituency, of former Manitoba MLA Leanne Rowat. Through that opportunity, Katie saw first-hand how hard local leaders in Manitoba work to better their communities. She then attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Bachelor of Education. Following graduation, she started teaching Grade 7/8 at Earl Oxford School in Brandon. She values her role as middle-years teacher and the inspiration and excitement for the future she gains from her students. In the fall of 2017, Katie started taking courses toward her Masters of Education degree, and she is delighted to be a part of the BU community once again as she looks forward to the opportunities and challenges of her role.

Brad Zander

Brad Zander

Brad Zander

Brad Zander is a Partner at the Winnipeg office of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS) LLP. His practice is focused in the areas of corporate, commercial and securities law and he has experience advising clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, shareholder and partnership disputes and corporate governance matters. Until 2014, he practiced in the Toronto office of a leading national law firm. Brad graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Greatest Distinction), received his Juris Doctor (Dean’s List) from Dalhousie University in 2010 and is called to the bar in Ontario (2011) and Manitoba (2014). Brad currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Curling Association, is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba’s Professional Liability Claims Fund Committee and the City of Winnipeg’s Advisory Committee on Heritage, Culture and Arts, and volunteers as an advisor to charitable organizations participating in the Winnipeg Foundation’s Fast Pitch fundraising program. In his spare time Brad enjoys cycling, golf and curling. He is a member of the Fort Rouge Curling Club.

Julee Galvin

Julee Galvin

Julee Galvin is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Virden with MNP who has been serving clients for more than 30 years. These days, she primarily works with a broad range of industries and high net worth clients, specializing in the agricultural, agribusiness and oil and gas sectors. Julee has held a number of leadership roles within the firm, serving on internal boards and think tanks. She has also served as board member and chair of the Virden and Area Foundation, as board member and trustee of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, and has been a member of numerous agricultural boards, volunteer sporting committees and events over the years. Julee is married to John, with three adult children, Marissa, Miranda and Jonathan. They manage and operate a 7,700-acre grain farm south of Virden, where they annually host agricultural foreign exchange students for the seeding / harvest seasons, including students from Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, and Russia.

Wilf Taylor

Wilf Taylor

Wilf Taylor

Wilf Taylor is a Brandon University alumnus and a retired educator. He earned Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at BU and also played for the Bobcats hockey team. Wilf has previously been a member of the Brandon University Board of Governors, holding the position of Treasurer in 2000. He has been heavily involved service work in his community, including more than 25 years as a coach of high school sports. He also enjoys golf and spectator sports. Wilf presently resides in Minnedosa, with his wife, Jean Taylor, who is also a graduate of Brandon University (Class of 1969). They have two adult children.

Edward Bach

Edward Bach

Edward Bach

In the fall of 2012 Edward Bach joined Canada’s prestigious Brandon University School of Music after a distinguished twenty-one years as trumpet professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Bach holds the Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He was the first person to receive a doctoral degree from a Canadian university studying with Martin Berinbaum. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University as a student of Alan Ehnes. Bach received international acclaim as the principal trumpet in Touch of Brass, a Vancouver based group that performed concerts in Moscow, the Ukraine, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India, England, Latvia, as well as many cities in North America. When moving to North Carolina in 1991, Bach became the leader of Market Street Brass, a brass quintet comprised of faculty members from UNCG. Although teaching in Canada Bach still resides in Greensboro and continues to lead Market Street Brass.

Bach is also the conductor of the Brandon University Brass Ensemble and has also conducted the Brandon University Wind Symphony. Dr. Bach is a much sought after band clinician working with students in Canada, the United States and China.

A prolific recitalist, Bach’s solo appearances include performances in Vancouver, Quebec City, The Kennedy Center, Budapest, Portugal, New York, Scotland, Tampa, Winnipeg and San Antonio to name a few. As a much sought after master clinician, Dr. Bach has worked with students at the Moscow Conservatory, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Liszt Conservatory, as well as many Canadian and American universities. His quintet arrangements are published by C Alan Publishing and he is sponsored by Eastman trumpets.

Taylor Friesen

Taylor Friesen

Taylor Friesen

Taylor Friesen is a full-time student at Brandon University where she is currently working on her Bachelor of Arts degree. Taylor will go on to achieve her Bachelor of Education, majoring in English and minoring in History. Taylor spent three years working as an Educational Assistant near her hometown of Killarney before her passion for teaching led her to B.U.

Taylor is a charter member of the local adult ensemble choir “Konektis”, and has participated in a number of musical theatre productions in the Westman area. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys singing, reading, cooking/baking, and spending time with close family and friends.

Taylor has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Brandon University and is excited to have been selected to sit on the Board of Governors. She looks forward to the new connections and experience that she will gain from this opportunity!

Adam Kowalchuk

Adam Kowalchuk

Adam Kowalchuk

Adam is currently in the Psychiatric Nursing program, aiming to graduate in 2023. He is very involved in the Rugby community and coaches many teams, including Brandon University’s own Rugby team.

Adam enjoys being part of groups and communities and the Board of Governors allows for that.  He is ecstatic to be part of such an integral part of Brandon University, while also including his point of view on new topics and policies.

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