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The Board of Governors

The 12-member Board of Governors oversees Red River College on behalf of the Manitoba government and is responsible to the Minister of Education and Advanced Learning. Board membership includes one employee member elected by the College staff, the President of the RRC Students’ Association, and ten community members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council upon recommendation of the Minister of Education. The College President is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board. The ten community Board members may be appointed for up to two 3-year terms, the employee member may serve two 2-year terms, and the Students’ Association President may serve for up to one year.

 Board Membership

Lloyd Schreyer  |  Kathy Knight  |  Catherine Cook  |  Leah Gazan  |  Marilyn Kenny  |  Ron Koslowsky  |  Michael Legary  |  Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong  |  Lauren MacLean  |  Nita Orbeta  |  Maureen Prendiville  |  Dave Sauer  |  David Rew, Interim President and CEO  | 

Lloyd Schreyer

Lloyd Schreyer, Chair  (Appointed October 1, 2014)

Lloyd Schreyer was appointed Chair of the Red River College Board of Governors on October 1, 2014. He is known to the RRC community through his previous role as Secretary to the Compensation Committee of Cabinet, Government of Manitoba, where he was responsible for liaison with Employers and Unions in the Manitoba Public Sector regarding collective bargaining. He retired from this position in January 2014 after 14 years with the Government. Prior to joining the Province, Lloyd worked in Human Resources at the University of Manitoba for 22 years and held the position of Director of Human Resources. Lloyd began his career in Human Resources as a Business Agent with the Operating Engineers Union (Manitoba) where he worked for six years.




Kathy Knight

Kathy Knight, Vice-Chair (Appointed March 1, 2012)

Kathy Knight was appointed Vice-Chair of the Red River College Board on August 1, 2012.

Kathy joined the Information and Communication Technologies Association (ICTAM) as CEO in January 2005. As a member-driven, industry association, she has worked with ICTAM’s Board of Directors and the Manitoba ICT sector to grow the fledgling organization into the robust, relevant and responsive association it is today. With approximately 100 member companies representing a wide range of solutions providers and ICT consumers, ICTAM has evolved to become the leading voice of the ICT industry in Manitoba.

Over the years Kathy has delivered programming and initiatives to grow Manitoba’s ICT sector through targeted business development activities; promoting ICT careers to youth; and creating greater knowledge about how this sector contributes to the economic well-being of this province.

In addition to her role with ICTAM, Kathy is the current Board President for the Eureka Project, a Winnipeg-based technology accelerator and is the former Vice-President for English Online, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing English language training to new Canadians through an online learning portal.

Prior to joining ICTAM, Kathy was a successful independent marketing consultant. Her client base was in information technology, digital media, education and training. She was instrumental in the design and implementation of Manitoba’s first-ever post-secondary training programs in digital animation, game development and new media. She is a proud alumni of Red River College’s Creative Communications Diploma Program, Class of 1987.

Dr. Catherine Cook

Catherine Cook, Member (Appointed November 1, 2013)

Dr. Catherine Cook plays an important role in shaping the nature and scope of Aboriginal health care and research in Manitoba, holding a joint position as Vice-President of Population and Aboriginal Health for the Winnipeg Health Region, and Associate Dean of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine. She is engaged at the Faculty of Medicine in the areas of teaching, student supports and research.

Catherine was born and raised on Matheson Island located at the narrows of Lake Winnipeg, She graduated from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1987 and soon after took a position with the U of M’s Northern Medical Unit where she practiced as a family physician in remote northern nursing stations for several years before focusing on public health practice.

She received her medical education at the University of Manitoba (1987), certified in Family Medicine in 1989, with a MSc. through the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2003.

In 2000 Catherine joined the Winnipeg Health Region as a medical officer of health. She played a leading role in developing its Aboriginal Health Strategy and also served as a special advisor to the Manitoba Minister of Health during the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009.

Catherine was Co-Chair of the "Changes for Children" Implementation Team – a process for systemic change within the Child Welfare system in Manitoba stemming from the AJI-CWI Initiative and a series of reviews of the child welfare system. She is on several national boards and committees, and has been actively engaged in board and committee membership throughout her career.


Leah Gazan

Leah Gazan, Member (Appointed August 1, 2012)

Leah Gazan is an instructor in the Faculty of Education and Special Projects Coordinator for the Access Education Program at the University of Winnipeg. She previously taught and developed curricula at the high school level and at Red River College. Her particular interests are in Aboriginal self-government, education and skills development. As a consultant she has worked for a number of Manitoba bands on governance and educational issues.

Leah is President of the Board of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation (Treaty 4). She is active in the First Nations community reasserting the inherent right of indigenous people to be self-determining nations.

Leah completed her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Winnipeg in 1998 and her Master of Education Degree from Central Michigan University in 2003 which focused on Building Capacity through Training in First Nations. Her dedication towards the advancement of community self-sufficiency and self-determination has been her inspiration for delivering programs and services to both the inner city and rural indigenous communities.

Marilyn Kenny

Marilyn Kenny, Member (Appointed August 1, 2013)

Marilyn Kenny has worked for a number of departments within the federal government undertaking a wide variety of roles including the administration of social services in both the Interlake and Northern regions of Manitoba. She was heavily involved in employment issues, particularly those associated with women’s employment. Marilyn was integral in establishing the Women’s Employment Counselling Centre and developed new initiatives for women, particularly those entering or re-entering the workforce later in life (e.g., as widows, following divorce, etc.). Her additional roles included those of managing the Employment Centre in Dauphin, MB and as a regional consultant for women.
Marilyn transferred to the Manitoba provincial government in the role of Director of Apprenticeship and moved into other senior level positions including the Director of Federal /Provincial Negotiations. Later she assumed responsibilities as Director of Immigration and Integration and completed her tenure with the province as the Director of Settlement and Adult Language Training. Marilyn then undertook a position as the Director of Operations with the Manitoba Nurses’ Union in 2001 where she remained until her retirement in 2010.
Marilyn holds a Master of Education with specialization in Adult Education and Administration from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Administrative Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Social Welfare Services from Red River College.
During her career, Marilyn has been recognized for her work by numerous groups, including being nominated for the YWCA Woman of the Year and awarded the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority’s Woman of the Year. She won the Going the Extra Mile Award from the Public Personnel Association (comprising federal, provincial and municipal members), in addition to receiving the Teachers of English as an Additional Language (TEAM) Award for creation of the Immigrant Nurse Language Training Centre at the Manitoba Nurses’ Union.  

Ron Koslowsky

Ron Koslowsky, Member  (Appointed August 1, 2009)

Ron Koslowsky is a senior business leader with over 25 years experience in various roles primarily in the manufacturing sector. He holds the professional designation of Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP). Other roles include large construction project management and insurance sales.

Ron is Vice President of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Manitoba. He assumed this role in 2007 after several years of leading the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative in Manitoba designed to improve the level of productivity in the manufacturing sector.

During his years as Vice President - Human Resources at Palliser Furniture Ron helped lead the organization through a period of tremendous growth from 500 employees to over 5,000. Ron served on the executive committee, managed a corporate human resource department of over 20 staff, and was involved in a variety of organizational initiatives including a major quality service initiative and a management development program.

Ron is a long time CME board member including a term as board chair in Manitoba and several terms on the national board. He has also served on boards at Crosstown Civic Credit Union, the Workers Compensation Board (Manitoba), Providence College and others.

He enjoys getting involved in a wide variety of initiatives and discussions around improving systems and processes in the public policy area and others and participates on many committees and advisory groups to improve the environment for manufacturers as well as the general community.

Michael Legary, Member (Appointed October 1, 2014)

Michael Legary is the founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Seccuris Inc., an internationally recognized security consulting, risk management, and managed security services firm. Michael received the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Prairies region in the Technology category, recognizing the growth and success of the company over the past decade.

Since 2011 Michael has been Chair of StartUp Winnipeg (Ramp Up Manitoba and Assent Works), a non-profit private industry group focused on removing barriers to innovation and entrepreneurial startups across Canada. He is also the 2014-15 Chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong

Ruth  Lindsey-Armstrong, Member (Appointed July 1, 2011)

Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong was first elected by the Red River College staff as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member on July 1, 2011 and was re-elected for a second and final term for the period July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015.

Ruth is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Program. She graduated from Red River College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 1986, from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Developmental Studies in 2006, and completed a Master’s degree in Adult Education at Athabasca University in 2011. Prior to joining the College in 2008, Ruth worked with the Province of Manitoba as a Child Care Coordinator and has held both frontline and administrative positions in early childhood education.

Ruth volunteers her time with The Manitoba Nature Summit Inc., a not-for-profit group that educates adults about the significance of outdoor play for children.


Lauren MacLean

Lauren MacLean, Member (Appointed May 1, 2014)

Lauren MacLean was elected as the Vice-President External for the Red River College Students’ Association in the spring 2013, and was subsequently elected RRCSA President for the 2014-15 term. She is finishing her second year of Business Administration with an accounting major.

Originally from Morden, Manitoba, Lauren graduated from Morden Collegiate in 2010. She has several years’ experience in banking and has worked in public practice accounting. After receiving her RRC diploma she plans to continue her studies towards a Commerce degree.


Nita Orbeta

Nita Orbeta, Member  (Appointed November 1, 2014)

Nita Orbeta is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) of Manitoba, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the Philippines where she lived prior to her move to Canada.

Nita has 40 years of accounting and auditing experience in both the private and public sectors - mostly in a managerial capacity. She worked as the Corporate Accounting Department Manager of Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. until her retirement in 2008. Her experience with Arctic Co-op provided her with valuable knowledge of the life and culture in the Northwest and Nunavut Territories.

Deciding to re-enter the workforce, she worked as an Accountant at the Interlake Regional Health Authority, and is currently an Accountant at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School.

Nita is very active in the community. She is a member (Public representative) of the Inquiry Committee of the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba and is a member and auditor for both the Westview Dance Club and the West End Active Living Centre. She is also an auditor for the Filipino Seniors Group of Winnipeg, is a very active member of St. Edward’s Church, and was a member of the board of St. Edward’s School for almost 20 years.

Maureen Prendiville

Maureen Prendiville, Member  (Appointed August 1, 2008) 

Maureen Prendiville is President and CEO of Prendiville Industries, a 50 year old resource-based family business with locations in Winnipeg, Thompson, Neepawa and Kenora, Ontario. Since joining Prendiville Industries in 1973 she has been involved in many businesses and community organizations including Channel Area Loggers, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Manitoba Business Council and the Canadian Association of Family Enterprises. Maureen was also a member of the International Trade Advisory Committee during the Canada- USA Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the Manitoba Roundtable for Sustainable Development, an advisory body to the provincial government on sustainable development policy implementation.

Maureen is currently a member of the Mayor’s Trade Council which develops strategies on public and private sector investment to secure a new economic role for Winnipeg around trade opportunities.


Dave Sauer

Dave Sauer, Member  (Appointed July 1, 2014) 

Dave Sauer is the current president of the Winnipeg Labour Council. He was elected to his first term in November 2010 and re-elected in November 2013. He has served as the Council’s 1st Vice-President and a Member-at-Large, Labour Director for the United Way of Winnipeg and member of United Steelworkers Local 9074. Dave has previously worked for SAFE Workers of Tomorrow, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the federal NDP. He has been involved in the labour movement since 2000, beginning with the Canadian Auto Workers Local 2002 at Air Canada.

Dave is a graduate of the Labour College of Canada (2003) and Labour Studies at the University of Manitoba (2011).


David Rew

David Rew,  Interim President and CEO

David Rew was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Red River College in September 2014, having previously served as Vice-President, Student Services and Planning for six years. David joined the College in 1979 as Cooperative Education Coordinator and instructor in the Hospitality Department. In 1985 David became Department Head for the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program and then Chair of the Hospitality Department in 1992. He was also Acting Dean, Business and Applied Arts in 2001 and 2003. 

David has been Project Leader for the implementation of the College’s enterprise resource planning system (ERP), as well as Leader for RRC’s Master Planning Project. 

David has a diploma in Business Administration (Hotel and Tourism major) from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (Ryerson University) and a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University.

Role of the Board

As the governing body of Red River College, the Board of Governors has several roles.

The Board defines the College’s vision and mission and develops the long range strategic plan for the College and monitors its implementation.

The Board sets the overall policy direction and standards for the effective management and operation of the College, and monitors compliance with its policies and standards.

The Board is responsible for assuring the financial integrity of the College. It does this through regular monitoring of the college’s finances, contracting for an annual independent financial audit, and approval of the College’s annual budget.

The Board has the authority to approve the selection, compensation, and, dismissal of the College President. The Board regularly assesses the President’s progress in achieving the goals and objectives identified in the College’s strategic plan.

As an advocate for the College, the Board and individual Board members promote the College within the public and private sectors, in the community and internationally.

Board members support the College’s fundraising and development activities by contributing personally, participating in campaign activities, and identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential college supporters.

Powers of the Board

As stated in The Colleges Act, the Board has the following general powers:

  • Provide services and programs of study consistent with the mandate of the college;
  • Recommend to the Minister the establishment, cancellation or the transfer to another college or educational institute of a college service or program of study;
  • Establish the admission requirements for students;
  • Set tuition fees and the rates of other fees and service charges to be paid by students;
  • Provide the granting of certificates and diplomas for programs of study;
  • Provide for the discipline of students with the power to expel, suspend, fine or levy assessment for damage done to property;
  • Provide and facilitate the providing of scholarships or bursaries to students;
  • Act as a trustee of any money or property given in any manner for the support of the college or its students;
  • Authorize the establishment of a charitable foundation, as that term is defined in The Income Tax Act (Canada), to benefit, directly or indirectly, the college and its students;
  • Enter into agreements for the purpose of performing its duties or exercising its powers under this Act; and
  • Do any other thing that the board considers necessary or advisable to carry out the mandate of the college.

(Reference - Section 17 of The Colleges Act)

Office of the Board of Governors - Contact Information

All enquiries, invitations and correspondence to the Board of Governors and its members should be directed to:

Kathi Gudmandson
Executive Assistant to the Board of Governors
Corporate Secretary
C719A - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg MB   R3H OJ9

Tel:  (204) 632-2374
Fax: (204) 694-7253


Board Meetings

Regular Board meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday during the months of September to June and are open to the public. To attend a Regular Board meeting arrangements must be made in advance with the Board Executive Assistant (contact information above).

Special Board meetings can be held anytime and the Board has the option of holding in camera (closed) meetings to deal with matters determined by the Board to be confidential. A quorum for Board meetings is a majority of Board members.

Regular Meeting Schedule - 2014/15

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Current Year’s Agendas

Current Year’s Minutes

Minutes Archive (Beginning April 1993)