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 Economic Development 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, 2021 and an election for the 2021-23 term will be held in the spring 2021.
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 Economic Development and Training. As of January 2020 there are eight appointed community members.
| Loren Cisyk, Chair | Janice Hyde, Vice-Chair | Greg Burch | Stu Charles | Yash Chopra | Jeff Doneza | Debra Enns | Jayne Geisel | Phyllis Reid-Jarvis | Ashley Richard | Susan Robinson | 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, Member (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.
Yash Chopra, Member (Appointed May 1, 2020)
Yash Chopra was elected President of the Red River College Students’ Association for the 2020-21 term. He is an International Student from India and is entering his third year of the Business Administration Diploma program.
Yash previously served as the 2019-20 Vice-President, Internal for the RRC Students’ Association.
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.
Jayne Geisel, Member (Appointed July 1, 2019)
Jayne Geisel was elected by the Red River College staff as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member for the term July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021. She started working at Red River College in 2007 as an instructor in Greenspace Horticulture and is now the Academic Coordinator for Civil Engineering Technology where she supports approximately 54 instructors/support staff and 300 students.
Prior to joining Red River College, Jayne spent 10 years working in agriculture for an independent contract research company specializing in root vegetable crops.
Jayne has a varied educational background, including a degree in Arts from the University of Manitoba with a major in Women’s Studies and a minor in Sociology; a Horticulture Diploma from Olds College; and a Certificate in Adult Education from Red River College. She is an active member of the MGEU, serving as a Steward for MGEU Local 73 at RRC. She is also Vice-President of the RRC Faculty Association at the Notre Dame Campus.
Phyllis Reid-Jarvis, Member (Appointed August 11, 2020)
Phyllis Reid-Jarvis is the CEO and founder of Ultimate Potentials Corporation. With a focus on employees and organizational success, Phyllis and her team help local, national and international organizations achieve their business, strategic and financial goals through their people by using comprehensive executive coaching principles, leadership and strategy training.
Phyllis has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of the important role post-secondary institutions play in helping to meet the needs of adult learners, the business community and the province of Manitoba. Her previous positions include being a Program Director and Instructor with the University of Manitoba’s Continuing Education.
A Professional Certified Executive Coach, who holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Manitoba’s Community Health Sciences Program, as well as certifications as a MBTI Personality Types Practitioner, and a Psychological Health and Safety Workplace Advisor; Phyllis brings this knowledge, skills and abilities to her volunteer work as a member of RRC’s Board of Governors.
Phyllis is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), International Coach Academy (ICA), and the American Society for Talent Development ( ASTD), The Canadian Mental Health Commission, the Caribbean Women in Information Communication committee (CWIC) and the CANTO, an ICT non-profit association, whose role is to influence the innovation and development of ICT solutions for its members, the Caribbean and the Americas.
Phyllis has served as a member of the Winnipeg Foundation’s Advisory Committee for their Nourishing Potential community program and on the national board of Breakfast for Learning, a project that focuses on ensuring school-aged to elementary aged students’ learning and academic performance are enhanced through proper nutrition.
Phyllis is very active within the African/Caribbean community in Manitoba. She is one of the founders of the Horace Patterson Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support students of African/Caribbean heritage pursue a post-secondary education. As a former Director member and member, Phyllis has worked with her fellow colleagues for 27 years to raise much needed funds that enabled several hundred students realized their academic dreams.
Phyllis is the author of several books and programs. Her most current are the Essential Performance Coaching for Leaders, Success Strategies for Working Remotely, Pathways for Sustaining Healthy Families and Pathways to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Organizations.
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, Member (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.
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.
The Executive Administrator is the Board’s liaison with the Senior College Management, College staff and students, and the public.