Hon. Erin Selby, Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, Province of Manitoba

Erin was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 to represent Southdale. In 2009, Premier Greg Selinger appointed Erin the Legislative Assistant to both the Minister of Family Services and Consumer Affairs and the Minister of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism. On March 28, 2011 Erin was appointed Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy by Premier Greg Selinger and she is currently a member of Treasury Board. Born in Winnipeg, Erin spent her childhood years in Pinawa. She attended high school in Ottawa and earned a… Read more »

Her Worship, Mayor Shari Decter Hirst, City of Brandon

Mayor Shari Decter Hirst was elected as the first female mayor of Brandon in the fall of 2010.  Since her election, she has encouraged the City of Brandon to strengthen its commitment to efficiency, public service, transparency, accountability, and consultation, all of which have been embedded in the systems and processes within City Hall. Mayor Decter Hirst’s belief in transparency and accountability have resulted in Brandon City Hall being a leader in open data sharing, greater accountability and a more open budgeting process. Since 2010,… Read more »

Karen DeYoung

Karen DeYoung is Senior National Security Correspondent and an Associate Editor of The Washington Post. In addition to coverage of national security policy throughout the Bush and Obama administrations, she has served as assistant managing editor for national news, both national and foreign editor and Post bureau chief in Latin America and Europe, as well as in numerous other overseas assignments. DeYoung was a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and in 2006 published SOLDIER: The Life of Colin Powell. She is… Read more »

Dr. Joanne B. Ciulla

Joanne B. Ciulla is Professor and Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond, where she is one of the school’s founders. She has been visiting professor at the University of Fort Hare, held the UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Jordan), and had academic appointments at the La Salle University, Harvard Business School, and The Wharton School. A Ph.D. in philosophy, Ciulla and has published extensively on leadership ethics… Read more »

Amanda Lindhout

As Founder and Executive Director of The Global Enrichment Foundation (GEF), Amanda Lindhout has gained international acclaim for her work supporting development and aid in Somalia – the country where she once spent 460 days as a hostage. Formerly a freelance journalist, Amanda’s concern for the humanitarian crisis in Somalia led her to the war-ravaged nation in 2008 where three days upon arrival she was abducted by teenage criminals. Following her release in 2009, she left journalism and became an unlikely and passionate advocate for… Read more »

Dr. Cynthia Fekken

Dr. Cynthia Fekken recently became the Associate Vice Principal of Research at Queen’s University.   Cynthia obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (1978), Master of Arts (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Psychology from Western University. She joined Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1983 and has since become a tenured Full Professor in the Department of Psychology. Prior to her current administrative position, Cynthia was an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science from 2001 to 2012.  She held various portfolios, including the… Read more »

Dr. Deborah C. Poff

Dr. Deborah Poff holds the position of President and Vice-Chancellor at Brandon University in Manitoba. Previously Dr. Poff was a Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). From 1994 to 2004, she was Vice-President and Provost at UNBC. Her areas of research are: leadership; business and professional ethics; and health care ethics. As well, she does research on social justice issues and women’s studies.  In 1995, she was awarded a lifetime honorary membership by the Canadian Research Institute for the… Read more »

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in October 2010.  Prior to join the Mount community, she was Principal of Huron University College from 2001 to 2010, an undergraduate liberal arts institution affiliated with The University of Western Ontario. While there, she managed the operations of the College and of the Huron University College Foundation and was responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership including setting strategic direction and fundraising for the College. Prior to her service at Huron, Dr. Lumpkin spent four… Read more »

Stephanie Forsyth

Stephanie Forsyth (House of T’axaye, Killer Whale, Tsimshian First Nation) President and CEO of Red River College, Manitoba Passionate about the values of a learner-centered college, her career spans 25 years in the post-secondary system where her leadership approach has inspired transformative change and innovation. Prior to coming to Red River College, Stephanie was the President of Northwest Community College for 10 years. Forsyth is driven by the belief that colleges have a responsibility to meet the economic and social inclusion imperatives of Canada.  Under… Read more »

Raymonde Gagné

Born in Manitoba, Raymonde Gagné has worked in education for over thirty-five years. Madame Gagné has been President of Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) since September 1, 2003. Before becoming President, she served as Director of New Programs as well as Director of the Community College and of the Continuing Education Division of the university, and she also held the position of professor in business administration. Prior to her arrival at USB, she worked as a high school teacher, as a high school principal and as… Read more »

Laura McDougald-Williams

Laura is the mother of two young children, a lawyer, farmer and going into her second year as chair of the Brandon University Board of Governors.  Laura received her bachelor of civil law and a bachelor of common law from McGill University in Montreal.  She completed her bachelor of arts at Brandon University in political science and history. Laura completed her articles in 2005, and has been an associate of Meighen Haddad LLP since, practicing in the Souris branch office.  Laura has a solicitor’s practice… Read more »

Pat Britton

Pat Britton is the Executive Coordinator for the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council, a position she has held since its formation in 2001.   Since she began her career more than 40 years ago Ms Britton has held a variety of positions; private and public sectors, non profits and from 1996 to 2001 operated her own business, Britton Resources Ltd.  Ms Britton has extensive experience in program development & management, organizational development and in working with volunteers to realize goals and build partnerships. Ms Britton is a… Read more »

Emilie Cushman

Emilie loves to engage and connect. Her background in social enterprise and micro-finance taught her the value of helping people achieve their goals while challenging the norm. Since graduating from Windsor’s Odette School of Business and Canada’s Next 36 program, Emilie is blazing the trail to disrupt human resources and university admissions for the better having co-founded the tech startup Kira Talent. As CEO of Kira Talent, Emilie handles team performance, fundraising and stakeholder relations.

Carissa Taylor

Carissa Taylor is a student entering into the last year of her degree in the fall of 2013.  She is pursuing an honours degree with a major in English and minors in philosophy and theatre. Carissa served as the President of the Brandon University Students’ Union during the 2012-2013 academic year.  She is active within BU’s Women’s Collective, has worked to promote mental health on campus, and advocates for accessible post-secondary education.

Joanne Zuk

Joanne Zuk is a graduate student in the Joint Masters of Public Administration program at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba and holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg.  Joanne has worked in education-related positions since 2001, and for the Province of Manitoba since 2006.  In 2010, she took on the role of Manager of Policy and Planning for Manitoba Student Aid.  She leads a small team of professional staff who provide support and advice to senior… Read more »