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October 24, 2017


As part of Red River College’s Flex Benefits Program, Employees in Flex Options 2, 4 or 5 may have coverage for a variety of Paramedical Practitioners. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

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Dental Coverage

September 19, 2017

As part of Red River College’s group benefits, Employees in Flex Options 1, 2, 4 or 5 may have coverage for a variety of dental benefits. Your coverage is based on your Flex Option choice.

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Do You Have Dependent Children?

August 16, 2017

Don’t forget to reconfirm Student Status!

To ensure your dependent children, age 22 to 25, continue to receive uninterrupted Health and Dental coverage for the duration of their formal education, be sure to update their student status with Great-West Life each year.

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High Blood Pressure

July 21, 2017

High Blood Pressure

23% of Canadian adults are affected by high blood pressure according to the 2016 Express Scripts Drug Trend Report[1]. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of blood against your blood vessels is too high while circulating throughout your body.[2] Though high blood pressure is somewhat common, not everyone knows if they have hypertension. It is important to monitor your blood pressure on a regular basis and consult your health care provider with any concerns. High blood pressure can lead to various health risks if not monitored and well controlled. Possible serious health risks include:[3]

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Prescription Drugs

June 21, 2017

Prescription Drugs

The group benefits plan provides coverage for Drugs that require a prescription and are eligible under the provincial formulary. The Manitoba Formulary is constantly changing, with Pharmacare adding and removing drugs frequently. You are encouraged to discuss with your doctor and/or pharmacist to determine whether your medication is considered formulary or non-formulary and to make sure it is the right choice for you.

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Aileen Najduch – Executive Director, Community and Student Services

August 19, 2016

Aileen Najduch H.B.O.R., B.Sc., B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. was born and raised in Winnipeg.  Aileen has undergraduate degrees from Lakehead University and Queens University and an M.Ed. from University of Manitoba. Aileen spent the early part of her career in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, starting as a classroom teacher in remote Arctic communities and progressing to the position of Territorial Curriculum Consultant for Math and Science.  Aileen’s early experience working with youth in Northern Manitoba and teaching experiences in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories has provided a grounding in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) perspectives and an understanding of the critical role education plays in the success of FNMI youth

In 1995 Aileen returned to Manitoba to work for the Department of Education developing the Kindergarten to grade 12 provincial science curriculum.  Over her 21 years with the Department of Education she was promoted from consultant, to coordinator, to director, and after 12 years with the department, to Assistant Deputy Minister for the School Programs Division. Serving as Assistant Deputy Minister for the past eight years, Aileen has provided strategic leadership in this broad portfolio, responsible for everything from curriculum development, provincial assessments, supporting students with diverse learning needs, to the delivery of distance learning opportunities.

Aileen’s skill in establishing collaborative partnerships with educational stakeholders has been crucial to the success of the Task Force of Special Needs Funding as well as earlier work on the development of the first ever-provincial report card.   Most recently, in response to a large influx of refugees from countries such as Syria, Aileen led the efforts to facilitate the establishment of supports and services in local schools that made the successful transition of these students into Manitoba classrooms possible. Aileen has served as the Manitoba representative to the Council of Minister of Education on numerous projects, including a recent initiative focussed on Student Transitions.

Outside of work, Aileen demonstrates her commitment to the community by volunteering for numerous charities including serving as Board Chair of Community Living Interlake and previously, as chair of the Manitoba Children’s Museum.  Aileen is an enthusiastic and active canoe tripper and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

Riva Harrison – Executive Director, Strategy and Communications

August 19, 2016

Riva Harrison has 25 plus years of experience and education in strategic development, senior management, communications and journalism.

Harrison comes to Red River College from CentrePort Canada Inc., where she served as Vice President of Marketing and Communications and a key member of the team that has built North America’s largest tri-modal inland port from the ground up. Harrison is also an outgoing member of the board of directors for Travel Manitoba.

Harrison previously worked for the Province of Manitoba, leading on the development of strategic communications, crisis management and on a wide range of projects and priorities including MTS Centre, downtown Red River College campus, the Red River Floodway expansion and the annual provincial budget.

Prior to joining government, Harrison worked as a reporter and columnist at the Winnipeg Sun. Harrison covered politics, news, sports, and arts and culture during her 11 years at the paper, winning two prestigious Manitoba Human Rights Commission journalism awards. Harrison is an award-winning graduate of Creative Communications at Red River College.

Ray Hoemsen – Executive Director, Research Partnerships and Innovation

July 21, 2016

Ray HoemsenRay Hoemsen, FEC, P. Eng., has led the establishment and growth of the applied research enterprise at Red River College since 2004, when he was appointed Director, Applied Research & Commercialization. In 2016, Ray became the College’s Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation.

During his tenure, a robust research enterprise has evolved, supported by many corporate, academic and government partners – leading to ~$85 million in capital investments for research infrastructure, annual research revenue of ~$6-million, Canadian and international research partnerships, a consistent Top 10 Canadian Research College ranking, the prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council College Synergy Award for Innovation to recognize RRC’s decade-long research partnership with Manitoba Hydro “to reduce energy consumption and increase sustainability in the region”; and the Colleges and Institutes Canada Gold Leadership Excellence Award.

Ray has specialized in The Business of ScienceTM since 1986, after first working with Versatile Farm Equipment and the Manitoba Research Council. He has served as the University of Manitoba’s founding Director of the Industry Liaison Office, the Vice-President/Director of Operations for the University’s Smart Park Development Corporation, and the inaugural Visiting Executive/Manager of NSERC-Prairies; as well as with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, TRLabs, and the University of Winnipeg. As President of NEXUS Manitoba, he has focused upon innovation, technology transfer and Canada’s SR&ED program. Ray has volunteered with over 70 professional, technical, sports, and community organizations. In June 2019 he was appointed as a Member to the National Research Council of Canada.

Ray holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering (University of Manitoba) and is an alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Tracy Cappello – Executive Director, Finance and Campus Services

July 4, 2016

Tracy is from Misericordia Health Centre (MHC), where her most recent position was as Chief Financial Officer.  Over the last 20 years, she has held progressively responsible senior leadership positions in large, complex non-profit organizations, including MHC, Mount Carmel Clinic, Diagnostic Services Manitoba, and Donwood Manor Group. The portfolios she supervised consisted of Finance, Budgeting, Supply Chain, Information Technology, Facility Services, Food Services, Security, and Capital Planning.  Prior to entering the healthcare field, Tracy spent 15 years as an entrepreneur, primarily in the food services industry.

In her new role at Red River College, Tracy will lead a portfolio made up of Financial Services, Budgeting, Facility Management, Security Services, Ancillary Services, Food Services, and Corporate Legal, Risk Management & Insurance Services. She will draw on her experience in building strong project teams, managing projects, improving processes, and planning and implementing technology initiatives, as well as her focus on sustainability and resource utilization, to guide and mentor her new team.

In addition to her professional accounting designation, Tracy holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management and Six Sigma Training. Her community activities include serving as a Board Member of the United Way for the last three years.

Christine Watson – Vice-President, Academic

June 22, 2016

Christine WatsonDr. Christine Watson joined RRC in 2013 as Vice-President, Community Development and has held the role of VP, Academic since July, 2016. While at RRC, she has led the development of the recent Academic and Research Plan 2016-2021, chaired the Senior Academic Committee (SAC) and founded the RRC Apprenticeship Committee.

Since 2000, Christine has worked in senior administration, leadership, teaching and research in university and college environments in three Canadian provinces. She came to Red River College from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (British Columbia) where she served as a Dean, overseeing Educational Studies, Adult Education, English as a Second Language, and programs for people with disabilities.

Previously, Christine was Division Head of University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education where she led the High School Accelerated dual-credit program.

She began her post-secondary career in Saskatchewan, first as a faculty member and then Development Officer for First Nations University of Canada.

Christine holds a B.A. English (Honours) from University of British Columbia, a M.A. (English Literature) from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Queensland (Australia).

Contact Information

Christine E. Watson, PhD
Vice-President, Academic
Red River College
C720 – 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3H 0J9

Tel: 204-632-2380
Fax: 204-694-7253
Email: cewatson@rrc.ca