Board Members

Derrick Stewart

Derrick Stewart

Derrick Stewart is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for the Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies in Brandon. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Brandon University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba. In addition to serving on the Board of Governors of Brandon University, Derrick is also a member of the Brandon University Alumni Association, the Knowles-Douglas Students’ Union Centre Commission and the Manitoba Bar Association Council. Derrick has previously served as Chair of the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation. Derrick resides in Brandon with his wife Jill and his children, Hudson and Harper.

Michael Decter

Michael Decter

Michael B. Decter is a Harvard trained economist with more than three decades of experience as a senior manager. As a senior manager in the public sector, Michael served as Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario with responsibility for the management of the Ontario health system serving all residents of the province. He also served as Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Manitoba. As a Senior Research Scholar at the Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Michael authored the book Healing Medicare: Managing Health System Change – The Canadian Way. In 2000 he published the book Four Strong Winds – Understanding the Growing Challenges to Health Care. His book Navigating Canada’s Health Care, co-authored with Francesca Grosso, was published in 2006. Michael remains active as a public speaker and writer on issues of health reform and he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the investment management firm, LDIC Inc. Michael was the Founding Chair of the Health Council of Canada, and has served as a chair or member on several boards. In 2004, he was awarded The Order of Canada. Michael has been the Chancellor of BU since March 19, 2013.

Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson

Dr. Steven Robinson received degrees in Philosophy from the University of Regina and the University of Guelph before going to Queen’s for a time to study Classics at the graduate level. He received his PhD in 1998 from the University of Guelph with a dissertation on Plato’s dialogue, Symposium. Steve has experience teaching broadly in interdisciplinary subjects and works in social and political philosophy with a special interest in philosophical anthropology and the philosophy of history. He has been at Brandon University since 1996, where he has served as Acting and Associate Dean of Arts and Vice-President (Academic & Provost) before moving into his current role as BU’s Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. Steve currently serves on a number of community boards including the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, the Government Relations Committee of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and Westman Immigrant Services and is also a member of the Manitoba Electoral Divisions Boundaries Commission.

Kerry Auriat

Kerry Auriat

Kerry Auriat is Brandon-born and raised. An alumnus of Brandon University, Kerry has been involved with BU as a student, a former member of the Senate and Board of Governors while a member of the Brandon University Students’ Union, a sessional instructor, and is once again back on the Board. He also has an MBA and has completed many securities industry education courses. He is a Vice-President of National Bank Financial Ltd, where he manages client investment portfolios for private clients and corporations. A father of one daughter, Olivia, Kerry is a strong advocate of being involved in his community. He is the co-chair of the Brandon Riverbank “Back to the River” campaign, as well as serving as a long-term board member of the Canadian Friends of Rambam Healthcare Campus, Haifa, Israel. He was also the co-chair of the Murray House cancer residence fundraising campaign and has written op-ed columns for the Brandon Sun for over a decade.

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.

Trudy Corbett

Trudy Corbett

Dr. Trudy Corbett was born and raised in Sussex, N.B. She studied two years at McGill University before attending the University of Western Ontario, where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. She later earned her graduate diploma in Periodontics at the University of Manitoba. Trudy was engaged in practice in Winnipeg before opening her periodontal practice in Brandon in 1998. She also teaches part-time in the Graduate Periodontics program at the University of Manitoba. Trudy was the recipient of the 2006 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Excellence in Service. She is a Dale Carnegie graduate and co-owner of Smiles Specialty Centre. Trudy has served on boards with the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and the United Way of Brandon. She is an active member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award in 2009. Currently, she is the Co-Chairperson of the Brandon Riverbank Inc. capital fundraising campaign “Back to the River” and is an active volunteer with the Brandon Humane Society.

Jason Gobeil

Jason Gobeil

Jason Gobeil is the current Aboriginal Community Coordinator with the City of Brandon and the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council and has been a strong advocate for change in the community and in support of the initiatives that support the Indigenous community of Brandon. He has spent a majority of his life in Brandon, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Jason self identifies as a non-status Indian with a cultural background of Ojibway, Scottish and French. Jason believes in pushing the limits of his own abilities in the workforce and making a mark on employment through hard work and dedication and has experience in administration as a Career Counsellor, Project Officer, Case Manager, and Realtor. He also continues to be involved as a speaker, volunteer and member to many committees throughout the city. Jason is a current Director with the Brandon Friendship Centre, and continues to make strides in the community with his passion of working for the Indigenous community and for the whole community of Brandon.

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.

Robyn Sneath

Robyn Sneath

Robyn Sneath is the president/co-owner of four businesses: Bowerbird Holdings Ltd., a development corporation with holdings in Winnipeg, Brandon, and Regina; Sneath Projects, a construction company specializing in the restoration of character buildings; Fraser Sneath Coffee, a boutique café, and SKIN Clinics, Westman’s only full-service medical and cosmetic dermatology practice. Robyn is finishing her PhD in Education at Oxford. She also holds a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Winnipeg, where she graduated with the gold medal, a B.Ed. from UBC where she served on the University Senate, and a Master’s degree from Harvard, for which she received a full scholarship. She serves on several community boards and is active in local Ultimate Frisbee and curling leagues. Together with her husband, Robyn was awarded the inaugural Community Builder Award by the Brandon Sun. Originally from Winnipeg, she has lived in five countries and visited more than 30—and she’s convinced that Brandon is the best place to sink her roots and raise her three children.

Brad Zander

Brad Zander

Brad Zander is a lawyer in the Winnipeg office of MLT Aikins 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. Prior to joining MLT Aikins in 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.

Grant Jackson

Grant Jackson

Grant Jackson is a third-year student at Brandon University where he is working toward a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History. This past summer Grant held an internship with the Conservative Party of Canada, where he worked with Brandon-Souris Member of Parliament Larry Maguire on a number of initiatives, including the Canada 150 Service Medallion presentation. Grant is an active volunteer within the Westman area, and, in particular, Brandon and his hometown of Souris. For the past two years, Grant has served on the Western Manitoba Youth Choir Board and currently holds the position of Vice-Chairman.

Caroline Stitt

Caroline Stitt

Caroline Stitt is a fourth-year student at Brandon University, who will be graduating in June 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, with a major in History and a minor in English. Caroline currently serves as a Board of Governors representative on the Board of Directors of the Brandon University Foundation. She is also working to reinvigorate the Brandon University History Club as a member of its executive. Outside of classes, Caroline volunteers in an after-school program with Westman Immigrant Services. This experience and her position as a Parks Canada Interpreter in the summer of 2017 have encouraged her to pursue a career in education after graduation from BU.

Michael Cain

Michael Cain

Michael Cain began a performing career in Los Angeles, working with flutist and composer James Newton, jazz vocalist Marlena Shaw, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, and drummer Billy Higgins. After moving to New York, Cain became one of the first call pianists working with Jack DeJohnette for nine years, along with Dave Holland, Ravi Coltrane, Bobby McFerrin, Pat Metheny, Charles Neville, and Christian McBride among others. He has received numerous awards, including a 2006 Grammy nomination for Dance of the Infidel, Meshell N’degeocello’s release on which Michael is pianist and co-arranger. He has recorded several records as a leader, including Circa, a 1996 ECM release. Other notable projects have included serving as musical director for the Jose Limon Dance Company, composing the music for the Broadway play View from 151st Street, and more recently producing the Western Canadian recording “Rebirth of the Cool” for Cellar Live Records. Prior to coming to BU Michael was a professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Hamid Mumin

Hamid Mumin

Dr. Hamid Mumin was born in Toronto and grew up on a farm near Milton, Ont. He graduated from Geo-Engineering at the University of Toronto in 1985, completed an M.A.Sc. in Economic Geology at Toronto, and a Doctorate degree and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. He is a professional engineer and professional geoscientist, and has worked as a mine, exploration, research and consultant geologist and manager on many projects. Hamid joined Brandon University in 1995 where he teaches a variety of Geoscience courses. His research has spanned three continents, but particularly the far north of Canada where he works in collaboration with government and industry partners on mineral exploration and development. Hamid has spent many summers with his students on remote and exciting research and geological mapping projects. Recently, he has been researching and implementing geotechnical solutions to the stabilization of unpaved roads in the Westman area. Hamid has a long history of service to the community and to BU. He is Past-President of Geoscientists Canada, and Past-President of the Kiwanis Club of Brandon.

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Nick Brown is a trumpet student in the Music/Education Faculty, who started his post-secondary education in 2011 at Brandon University. He has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2014. After spending three years on the McMaster Hall Residence Council, Nick was appointed as the Brandon University Students’ Union Vice-President Internal in the summer of 2014, and held the position until May 2016, when he was elected as BUSU President. As part of his role with BUSU, Nick has represented students on a number of committees and boards within Brandon University, including: Board of Governors, Senate, Alumni Association, Curriculum and Academic Planning Committee, and multiple Decanal and Administrative Search Committees. Nick has been a staunch supporter of student rights, fighting against increasing differential fees for international students, and tuition hikes for all students.

Emily Simon

Emily Simon

Emily Simon is the Vice-President Internal of the Brandon University Students’ Union. Currently, she is in her 2nd year of University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Religion. Her duties at BUSU consist of meeting with university administration, helping students make appeals, planning events, helping with the Health and Dental Plan and running meetings. As VPI Emily sits on many boards and committees, such as the Curriculum and Academic Planning committee, the Undergraduate Student Appeals committee, Senate, the Knowles-Douglas Building board, Board of Governors, the Travel and Conference Fund and the Dean of Science Search. Emily is an active member within the 4H community, having been in the program for 10 years. In 2015 she was selected by Manitoba 4H and the York-Benimaru Foundation to travel to Japan, experience the culture and make connections. Emily loves to travel and only has two continents left to visit (not including Antarctica). She looks forward to serving on the Board of Governors and getting to know all of the board members.

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