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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.

Lori Grandmont – Chief Human Resource Officer

June 28, 2016

Lori GrandmontLori joined Red River College in 2008 and has served as Acting Vice President, Human Resources & Sustainability since January 2015.

While at the college she has led Human Resources, Staff Learning & Development, Environmental Health & Safety, Discrimination & Harassment, Equity & Diversity, Compensation & Benefits, and Sustainability programs & services.

Lori has 17 years senior leadership experience in the human resource field including a member of the Executive for Family Services & Housing with the Province of Manitoba.

Lori is the Chair of the Labour Management Committee, Co-chair of the Wellness Steering Committee and a member of the Indigenous Achievement Committee. She provides leadership and oversight to the College’s Leadership Development Strategy, and the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Strategy.

Lori has extensive training in human resources & leadership. She is the past Vice President of The Hubbell Awards Inc. Board, which fundraises to provide scholarships to Cadets. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Housing Authority and Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation.

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

Margarita Natcheva – Immigrant Student Advisor

September 28, 2015

margarita“There are so many useful training opportunities and workshops available (for staff development) – I took a whole certificate by attending evening classes. And having the gym available to staff to use for free – amazing!”

Margarita Natcheva – Immigrant Student Advisor

Margarita truly believes in community and she makes a conscious effort every day to create this, not only for immigrant and international students at RRC but for the college as a whole. After 4 years with RRC she still loves what she does and looks forward every day to listening (and relating) to the stories that students bring to her. When she’s not busy in the Diversity Centre you’ll likely find her participating in RRC teams like the Great Grain Relay and Dragon Boat Racing, and learning new recipes from students.

David Hykaway – Educational Assistant, Library Services

May 28, 2014

david“What’s important to me (about working at RRC) is that the college is a supportive environment. It has recently been nominated for two human rights awards for our work on LGBTT rights and issues at the college.”

David Hykaway – Educational Assistant, Library Services

David has been with RRC for over 15 years. As Chair of the LGBTT* Initiative Steering Committee David is proud of the work that has been accomplished at RRC, including building a community built on supporting gender equality and identity. Also as a past convocation volunteer, David enjoys witnessing the progression of students from their first jumbled days at college and watching them grow through their RRC education – seeing the students he works with graduate is a rewarding experience.