As required by The Red River College Act, the Board of Governors consists of one employee selected by RRC employees; one student selected by the Students’ Association; and at least 9 but not more than 15 members recommended by the Minister of Education and Training.
Board members who are eligible for remuneration receive the following amounts set by the Manitoba Government:
Chair – $250 per month
Vice-Chair – $200 per month
Board Members – $150 per month
Every two years RRC staff elect a co-worker to serve on the Board of Governors. The current Employee Member’s term ends on June 30, 2019 and an election for the 2019-21 term will be held in the spring 2019.
The RRC Students’ Association has designated its president as Student Member on the Board of Governors. The SA President is elected annually by the RRC student body.
There are to be between 9 and 15 members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council upon recommendation of the Minister of Education and Training. As of November 7, 2018 there are nine appointed community members.
| Loren Cisyk, Chair | Janice Hyde, Vice-Chair | Greg Burch | Stu Charles | Jeff Doneza | Debra Enns | Susan Gilbert | Ashley Richard | Susan Robinson | Lauren Slegers | Andrew Warren | Paul Vogt, President and CEO | Kathi Gudmandson, Administrator |
Loren Cisyk, Chair (Appointed January 1, 2016)
Loren Cisyk was appointed Chair of the Red River College Board of Governors on January 18, 2017 and has been a Board member since January 2016. He is currently the Executive Vice-President, Technology Solutions for Information Services Corporation (ISC) which is a leading provider of registry and information management services for public data and records. Prior to joining ISC, Loren was General Manager for IBM in the Prairies. During his 20 years at IBM, he started in various regional consulting management roles and for 14 years held regional General Management roles in the Prairies and Caribbean. Loren also spent nine years in Information Technology leadership positions at Great-West Life and received six years’ technical experience at Cargill.
Loren graduated from the Computer Analyst/Programmer Diploma Program at Red River Community College in 1982 and received his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1992. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation
Loren was honoured with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Red River College in 2007. In 2011 he received a Fellowship Award (FCMA) from the Society of Management Accountants.
Loren is a member of the Manitoba Museum Board and sits on their Executive Committee. Previously he was Chair of the Information, Communications and Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM), a board member of the Manitoba Business Leaders Network (MBLN) and a section chair for the Technology sector of the United Way of Winnipeg.
Janice Hyde, Vice-Chair (Appointed January 18, 2017)
Janice Hyde was appointed Vice-Chair of the Red River College Board on January 18, 2017. She brings more than 30 years’ experience in the information and communications technology sector with IBM Canada. Janice is also a proud member of the charitable organization, 100 Winnipeg Women Who Care, and has been recognized as an Individual Difference Maker for her contributions as a volunteer and board member of the Never Alone Foundation.
Greg Burch, Member (Appointed November 14, 2017)
Greg Burch is a Partner and leads the Winnipeg practice for Longview Communications & Public Affairs which provides senior level public affairs and communications counsel to Canadian and international clients. Greg has more than 15 years’ experience in corporate communications and public relations, with particular expertise in telecom, healthcare and energy. His background includes leadership roles in both the private and public sector.
Greg’s previous positions include Director of Marketing and Communications for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation and Director of Corporate and Employee Communications for MTS Allstream, where he played a key role in media relations, employee engagement and regulatory communications. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the office of the Leader of the Official Opposition in the province of Manitoba.
Greg graduated from the Creative Communications Program at Red River College in 2001.
Stu Charles (Appointed September 12, 2018)
Stu Charles retired in 2017 after 17 years as the Chief Information Officer for the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. Stu is an alumnus of RRC’s Computer Analyst Program (CAP) program (now Business Information Technology) and his first job after graduating was with the Canadian Wheat Board where he remained for 17 years.
Stu has been involved with RRC throughout his career and served on the College’s program advisory committees for 25 years which included several years as chair of the CAP and BIT committees.
Stu’s board experience includes the Reh-Fit Centre, the Information and Communication Technology Association of Manitoba, the Henry G. Izatt Middle School Parent Advisory Council and the CIO Association of Canada Manitoba Chapter.
Jeff Doneza, Member (Appointed November 14, 2017)
Jeff Doneza is the Director of Finance at Sycamore Energy, a renewable energy design and installation firm. He previously served as Assistant Controller at 24-7 InTouch Contact Centres and Corporate Controller for People Corporation. Jeff’s volunteer work includes serving as Treasurer for the Manitoba Filipino Business Council.
Debra Enns, Member (Appointed January 18, 2017)
Debra Enns is the Chief Financial Officer of Enns Family Farms. She is current chair of the Boundary Trails Health Foundation and previously served as chair of the Altona and District Retail Merchants Association, and W. C. Miller Home and School Parent Association.
Susan Gilbert, Member (Appointed January 18, 2017)
Susan Gilbert is the Chief Operating Officer for MIG Insurance Group Limited. Prior to joining MIG, she owned a marketing and communications company, and worked in advertising and marketing consulting and strategic planning.
Ashley Richard, Member (Appointed February 16, 2018)
Ashley Richard is a proud Indigenous woman of Ojibwe and Métis heritage on her father’s side and Filipino heritage on her mother’s side. She is a natural storyteller and public figure whose story has been featured in many outlets including Macleans, Chatelaine, and CBC. Ms. Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) which she obtained as the premier recipient of the full Indigenous business scholarship at the Asper School of Business. She majored in Aboriginal Business Studies and her final project on Indigenous economic development was published in the Journal on Aboriginal Economic Development.
Currently, Ms. Richard works for TakingITGlobal as a Youth Engagement Activator for the Rising Youth program and is also involved with their Connected North and Future Pathways programs. Prior to working with TakingITGlobal, she was an Associate in executive search with Leaders International and a Project Coordinator for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.
Susan Robinson (Appointed September 12, 2018)
Susan Robinson is currently Vice-President of Operations for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation where she provides leadership and direction for the Operations team as well as the day-to-day management of the Finance, Granting and Human Resources departments and the Foundation’s Home Lottery programs.
She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and previously served as a consultant with InterGroup Consultants.
Lauren Slegers, Member (Appointed May 1, 2017)
Lauren Slegers was elected President of the Red River College Students’ Association for the 2017-2018 term and was re-elected for the 2018-19 term.
A Red River College Alumna, having finished the Business Administration program, Lauren is continuing her studies in business while she fulfills her second term as SA President.
Andrew Warren, Member (Appointed July 1, 2017)
Andrew Warren was elected by the Red River College staff as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member for the term July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019.
He is a professional engineer and has been a math and science instructor in the School of Construction Engineering and Technology since 2005.
Andrew graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1986 and served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Aerospace Engineering Officer. He has worked in Winnipeg as an engineer for design, aerospace, automotive and agricultural manufacturing companies.
He is a founding member of the RRC Faculty Association and a steward for Manitoba Government Employees’ Union Local 73.
Andrew is a volunteer member of the Winnipeg-based Urbee hybrid car project and a founding member of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association.
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.
Kathi Gudmandson, Executive Administrator
Kathi Gudmandson joined Red River College in 1999 as the Executive Administrator for the Board of Governors. She previously worked at the Winnipeg School Division with the Board of Trustees for eight years.
Kathi is the Corporate Secretary for Red River College and manages the operations of the Board of Governors. This includes providing administrative, advisory and logistical services to the Board so its decision-making is based on timely, accurate and objective information, and interpretation and application of policy. She is also the program administrator for ClearView Connects™, RRC’s ethics reporting service.
The Executive Administrator is the Board’s liaison with the Senior College Management, College staff and students, and the public.