The 12-member Board of Governors oversees Red River College on behalf of the people of Manitoba and is responsible to the provincial government’s Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy. 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 Advanced Education and Literacy. 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.
| Richard Lennon | Kathy Knight | Jocelle Cuvos | Elvira Finnigan | Leah Gazan | Ron Koslowsky | Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong | Wanda McGorum | Bruce North | Maureen Prendiville | Don Robertson | Stephanie Forsyth, President and CEO |
Richard Lennon, Chair (Appointed August 1, 2008)
Richard Lennon was appointed Chair of the Red River College Board of Governors on July 1, 2011. Prior to that he held the Board Vice-Chair position since March 2009.
Richard is currently a research and program development manager at Manitoba Lotteries where he applies his professional experience as a researcher, statistical analyst, project manager and business presenter. His background includes 12 years in market research, including Vice-President of a local firm, where he led national research projects related to labour market shortages, skills gaps, and promotion of technical-vocational training.
Richard holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from York University and a BA (Honours) in Geography and Political Science from the University of Winnipeg, and has earned numerous academic awards. His academic background includes study of urban planning, a topic area in which he has been published, as well as economics, statistics and demography.
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.
Jocelle Cuvos, Member (Appointed January 1, 2013)
Jocelle Cuvos is the Student Member of the Red River College Board. She was elected Vice-President, Academic of the RRC Students’ Association for the 2012/13 term and was appointed President on January 1, 2013 when the position became available. She was subsequently elected SA President for the term May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014.
Jocelle is a Business Administration student majoring in Administration. She has studied photography for three years at Tec Voc High School. Jocelle is an active student at the College and played for the Red River Rebels Soccer team last year and this year plays for the Rebels Volleyball team.
Elvira Finnigan is a visual artist who works in installation and video art. She has worked as an artist, art educator and community animator through the arts in Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, Dominica, West Indies and Botswana, Africa. She believes in the power of art to heal and transform individuals and communities. Through her work with youth, she has seen lives transformed and reflected through art making. She also knows that participation and appreciation of the arts cuts across social and racial divisions.
Elvira’s current and past public service and volunteer activities include sitting on the boards of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery, MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art), the Prairie Theatre Exchange as Secretary and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation as Treasurer.
Some of Elvira recent art activities include:
Ron Koslowsky, Member (Appointed August 1, 2009)
Ron 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.
As the 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 Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (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.
Ron was appointed Vice President to lead CME Manitoba in 2007 after several years of leading the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative in Manitoba designed to improve the level of productivity in the manufacturing sector.
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.
Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong was elected by the Red River College staff as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member for the period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. This is her first term as Employee Member.
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.
Wanda McGorum is Program Coordinator at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832 Training Centre. The goal of this labour-based adult learning centre is to empower members through education and training. Wanda is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of a wide array of adult training and educational programming that includes labour specific Shop Steward and Health & Safety courses, computer courses, literacy tutoring and English as an Additional Language programs.
Prior to joining UFCW in 2005 Wanda spent sixteen years with United Way of Winnipeg where she held positions in Resource Development, Marketing and Communications. During that time she worked extensively with Community and Labour Leaders and was involved with many community events and activities. Wanda continues to believe United Way is the way to help the most and remains active as a volunteer on various committees and events.
In 2003 Wanda went back to school and completed the Certificate Program in Communications, specializing in Public Relations at the University of Winnipeg.
Bruce North has over 26 years experience in Manitoba education as a classroom instructor, guidance counsellor, alternative programming instructor and apprenticeship program instructor at the post-secondary level. He is the Senior Years Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Seine River School Division at St. Norbert Collegiate.
Bruce is currently Co-Chair of the Professional Learning Group for apprenticeship and technical vocational secondary educators in Manitoba and is a board member of Safe Workers of Tomorrow.
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.
Don Robertson is a Cree from Norway House. He retired as the Executive Director for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Don received his education at Cook Christian Training School, Phoenix Junior College in Arizona and at Union College in British Columbia where he was ordained as a United Church Minister. His subsequent theological training concentrated on clinical counseling at Brandon General Hospital and the Calgary Pastoral Institute. He served pastorates in Melita and Russell, Manitoba. He received an honourary doctorate from Brandon University in 1992 and from the University of Manitoba in 2007.
Don received the Order of Manitoba in 2004. He is currently the President and Chair of the Median Credit Union.
In the field of education, Don was education superintendent of the Manitoba Indian Education Board and was previously employed by Brandon University as a counselor and coordinator of the Indian Metis Project for Action in Careers Through Teacher Education (IMPACTE) program; Director of the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program (BUNTEP); and Coordinator of Community and Program Liaison for Special Projects. For the Province of Manitoba Department of Education he was the Coordinator of Program Support Services and Education for the Core Area Training and Employment Agency. He was also Director of Education for the Island Lake Tribal Council.
Don was Chair of the Manitoba Government’s Council on Post-Secondary Education and Chair of the Implementation Team for the University College of the North. Before coming to the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, he was Dean of Aboriginal Education and Institutional Diversity at Red River College.
Stephanie Forsyth was appointed President and CEO of Red River College in September 2010. Prior to joining the College she worked in the British Columbia post-secondary system for over 23 years. Stephanie has held various senior level administrative positions at colleges throughout BC, most recently as President for ten years of Northwest Community College in Terrace.
Stephanie has been highly involved in industry training, and social and economic community development. Much of her work has focused on First Nations communities, new Canadians, displaced workers and the unemployed. Under her leadership, Northwest Community College now serves more Aboriginal students than any other post-secondary institution in Western Canada and has become a leader in Aboriginal education and training.
Stephanie is the recipient of the Governor General’s Literacy Award, the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Anniversary Award for her work in community development, the Northern Women’s Leadership Award and the Northwest BC Executive of the Year Award. She has served on many provincial and national committees to further economic development, Aboriginal education, research and Indigenous arts.
Stephanie holds a Master of Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She is presently completing her doctorate at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
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.
As stated in The Colleges Act, the Board has the following general powers:
All enquiries, invitations and correspondence to the Board of Governors and its members should be directed to:
Kathi GudmandsonExecutive Assistant to the Board of GovernorsCorporate SecretaryC719A - 2055 Notre Dame AvenueWinnipeg MB R3H OJ9
Tel: (204) 632-2374Fax: (204) 694-7253Email: email@example.com
Regular Board meetings are usually held on the fourth Wednesday during the months of September to June and are open to the public. 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.
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