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The Board of Governors

The 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 up to 15 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 community Board members may be appointed for up to two 3-year terms, the employee member serves 2-year terms, and the Students’ Association President serves for one year.

 Board Membership

Lloyd Schreyer  |  Kathy Knight  |  David Beaudin  |  Loren Cisyk  |  Leah Gazan  |  Marilyn Kenny  |  Ron Koslowsky  |  Michael Legary  |  Nita Orbeta  |   Dave Sauer  |  Adam Taplin  |  Paul Vogt  | 

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.

David Beaudin

David Beaudin, Member (Appointed July 1, 2015)

David Beaudin was elected by the Red River College staff as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member for the term July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017.

David is an RRC alumnus and joined the College in 2000. He is an instructor in the School of Indigenous Education. Highlights of his education and experience include: 

- Plumbing Apprenticeship Levels 1-4, RRC 1987 - 1993
- Multimedia Software Specialist, 1996 - 1997
- Certificate in Adult Education, RRC 2003
- Vocational Teaching Diploma, RRC 2004
- Board Member and Chair, Manitoba Metis Federation Education Board - Winnipeg Region, 2006 - 2013
- President, North End Housing Project Inc., 2014 - Present
- MGEU Steward, RRC 2006 - Present
David has participated in various committees and volunteered his time in different capacities. As a former member of Local 254 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, he has experience in union membership and has been a union activist and RRC Steward since 2006.

Having been a board member, chairperson and president of local community boards, he is familiar with grassroots movements and listening to the front line workers and allowing them to have a voice. He says he brings this experience to the Staff Member position and his main focus is that RRC workers have a strong voice in the process of communicating with the Board.

Loren Cisyk

Loren Cisyk, Member (Appointed January 1, 2016)

Loren Cisyk is currently the General Manager for IBM in the Prairies. During his 18 years at IBM the last 11 years have been in regional General Management roles in the Prairies and Caribbean, having started with IBM in various regional consulting management roles. Prior to joining IBM, Loren spent nine years in Information Technology leadership positions at Great-West Life and had six years’ technical experience at Cargill.

Loren graduated from the Computer Analyst/Programmer Diploma Program at Red River Community College in 1982 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from RRC in 2007. He received his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1992. Loren received a Fellowship Award (FCMA) from the Society of Management Accountants in 2011. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Loren is active in the community, having served on numerous boards and committees including the Board and as Chair of the Information and Communication Technologies Association (ICTAM), Board member of the Manitoba Business Leaders Network and is currently on the Board of Governors of The Manitoba Museum.


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

Michael Legary, Member (Appointed October 1, 2014)

Michael Legary is an ambassador for NorthForge, an entrepreneur-led non-profit organization focused on removing barriers to innovation and supporting entrepreneurial startups across Canada. In his role Michael provides mentorship for startups and has helped secure seed financing and investment while building strong relationships with industry partners and government to create new programs that support innovation.

An an entrepreneur Michael has focused much of his career on information assurance, founding, leading and exiting several IT, security and defence research companies over the past twenty years. Michael is the past Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the World Trade Centre Winnipeg Board.

Michael is the recipient of numerous business awards, including the CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 award, and a E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his entrepreneurial endeavors, including Seccuris, a leading Canadian information security firm Michael founded and was acquired by Hitachi Systems in 2015.

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.

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).

Adam Taplin

Adam Taplin, Member (Appointed May 1, 2016)

Adam Taplin was elected as the Vice-President External for the Red River College Students’ Association in the spring 2015, and was subsequently elected RRCSA President for the 2016-17 term. Now a Red River Alum having finished the Applied Accounting program, he is continuing his studies in general business.






Paul Vogt, President and CEO

On August 17, 2015, Paul Vogt joined Red River College as its fifth President and CEO. Paul holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University (where he earned an MPhil Politics degree) and at Princeton University.

Over the past 25 years, Paul taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. He has lectured on a wide range of subjects, including public administration and governance, Canadian politics, political theory, feminist theory and economics. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Manitoba in 2013/14 and taught in the University of Manitoba’s and University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Public Administration program.

Paul was head of the public service in Manitoba for eight years. He joins Red River College after serving as an Executive in Residence at the University of Manitoba and advising on the development of a multi-year post-secondary education strategy for Manitoba. He also helped to establish the province’s new Advisory Committee on Advanced Education.

He was the 2013 recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the 2015 recipient of the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Service Award.

He currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

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 Red River College Act, the Board has the following general powers:

  • Provide services and programs of study consistent with the mandate of the Red River College;
  • Engage with business and industry in developing curriculum and undertaking applied research to serve the needs of particular segments of Manitoba’s economy;
  • Provide for the granting of certificates, diplomas and baccalaureate degrees with an applied focus for programs 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;
  • Make by-laws respecting and prohibiting the parking or leaving of vehicles on property under the control of Red River College;
  • 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 Red River 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 Red River 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 Red River College.

(Reference - Section 13 of The Red River College 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 Administrator 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 as an observer, arrangements must be made in advance with the Board Executive Administrator (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 - 2015/16

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Current Year’s Agendas

Current Year’s Minutes

Minutes Archive (Beginning April 1993)