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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 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.

 Board Membership

Richard Lennon  |  Kathy Knight  |  Catherine Cook  |  Leah Gazan  |  Marilyn Kenny  |  Ron Koslowsky  |  Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong  |  Lauren MacLean  |   Bruce North  |  Maureen Prendiville  |   Don Robertson  |  Stephanie Forsyth, President and CEO  | 


 
Richard LennonRichard 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

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 CookCatherine 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, 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 KennyMarilyn 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 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-ArmstrongRuth  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, 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. 

 



Bruce NorthBruce North, Member  (Appointed August 1, 2008)

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 PrendivilleMaureen 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.

 


Don RobertsonDon Robertson, Member  (Appointed August 1, 2008) 

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 ForsythStephanie Forsyth,  President and CEO

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.

 

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. 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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Current Year’s Agendas

Current Year’s Minutes

Minutes Archive (Beginning April 1993)