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 Chyzyk

Taylor Chyzyk

Taylor Chyzyk

Taylor Chyzyk 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.

April Li

April Li

April Li

April (Xiaonuan) Li is a first-generation immigrant in her family. In 2015, April traveled from Beijing, China and settled down in Brandon, Manitoba all alone at the age of 17. In under a year, April mastered English as her second language from a beginner level, and she was admitted to Brandon University in 2016. Upon the completion of her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 4-Year Degree (Political Science major, Economics minor), April graduated as the valedictorian of the class of 2020. During her time at Brandon University, April was a leader and an advocate for international and refugee students and students of minority racial and ethnic backgrounds. She served as the President of the International Students’ Collective, the Vice-President External of the Students’ Union, a student mentor at World University Services of Canada, and volunteered frequently at non-profit organizations, such as the Westman Immigrant Services. Currently, April is an Executive Division Assistant at IG Wealth Management. In her spare time, April loves to play piano and swim. April has lived apart from her family for years, albeit challenging, April finds it heart-warming to view Brandon as her home away from home; therefore, she deeply appreciates the opportunity to be on the Board and to give back to her community.

Olufunke Adeleye

Olufunke Adeleye

Olufunke Adeleye

Olufunke Sophia Adeleye is a 3rd year Nursing student in the Faculty of Health Studies and President of the Brandon University Students’ Union (BUSU). Olufunke moved to Canada from Nigeria in 2018 as an international student to pursue a career in nursing. She is passionate about caring for individuals and improving their quality of life.

Olufunke decided to become involved in in the students’ union to advocate for student rights and the rights of international students in Canada. She took on the role of BUSU Health Studies Director (2020) and later the role of President of the students’ union for the 2020-2021 year and is continuing to serve in this role for the 2021-2022 academic year. She was also on the Dean’s honours list for the 2020­-2021 academic year and hopes to inspire other international students in Manitoba and Canada to pursue their dreams in academics and leadership.

She is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a student representative on the board, as well as the opportunities for learning and experience.

Similoluwa Omotoye

Similoluwa Omotoye

Similoluwa Omotoye

Similoluwa Omotoye is a current undergraduate student in her honours degree program in Psychology at Brandon University and has a keen interest in mental health research. She believes that mental health is as important as physical health, and it should be talked about to eradicate stigmatization of mental illness.

She has served as a student leader for two years helping students integrate into university life. Similoluwa has been an active member on campus, and she is currently serving as the 2021-22 Vice President Internal for the Brandon University Students’ Union.

Born and raised in Nigeria, she has appreciation for diversity in cultures, people and the advancement of her country of birth. In her spare time, Simi loves spending time indoors, watching soccer (La Liga and Premier League) and basketball, reading and connecting with people. Simi appreciates the opportunity to be on the Board of Directors and is excited to serve and give back to the community she has known as home for a few years now.

Kimberley Ryan

Kimberley Ryan

Kimberley Ryan

Kimberley is an Associate Professor within Brandon University’s Faculty of Health Studies, Department of Psychiatric Nursing. In addition to teaching expertise that spans more than three decades, Kimberley has concurrently maintained active practice initially within adult and geriatric psychiatric acute in-patient care environments, followed by leadership and administrative experience as Evening Supervisor at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Prior to the pandemic, Kimberley offered equine assisted psychotherapy and/or learning through her not-for-profit private practice. She plans to resume this service provision when the pandemic is over.

In May 2007, the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba recognized Kimberley for accomplishments in teaching with the award for Excellence in Psychiatric Nursing Education.

Kimberley’s strength lies in the area of qualitative research. Areas of research interest include suicide in rural populations, equine assisted psychotherapy/learning, undergraduate and graduate psychiatric nursing education, curriculum development, teaching and learning, mental health psychiatric nursing, mental health of rural and isolated populations, dementia, distance education, ongoing continuing competency, and mental health issues encountered by persons across the lifespan.

In addition to presenting at 35 local, national and international conferences, Kimberley has published 17 refereed journal articles. Of these, she has been the sole author on the majority and second author for two. Also of note is Kimberley’s contributions as a member of three nationally funded research projects while disseminating research findings in seven publications.

Kimberly’s community service both outside of and within the university is expansive. Some community service examples include: serving four consecutive terms on the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM) Board of Directors; membership on the Community Advisory Panel for Nexen Chlorate Plant (Formerly CXY Chemical Plant), which was undergoing site remediation and expansion near hear former home; serving five terms on BU’s Senate and three on Senate Executive; membership on President, VP and Librarian search committees; representing the Faculty of Health Studies twice on each of the University Promotions and University Tenure Committees and last but not least of all, serving for the past two decades as either a member or the Chair of numerous Faculty of Health Studies and/or Department of Psychiatric Nursing committees.

Jason Splett

Jason Splett

Jason Splett

Jason Splett grew up in Hartney and attended Hartney Collegiate Institute. He graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Jason holds many designations in his chosen area of employment in the agriculture field, including Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) through the American Society of Agronomy; Professional Agrologist designation through the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists; Certified Crop Science Consultant through the University of Saskatchewan; and 4R Certification with Fertilizer Canada.

Jason currently is employed with Corteva Agrisciences as a Territory Manager for Pioneer Seeds in Southwestern Manitoba. Jason is a member of the Board of Revision for the City of Brandon and Chairman for the Trinity United Church board.

Jason lives in Brandon with his wife Sherri (who is also a BU Alumnus) and their two children, Curtis and Meghan.

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