Lori 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.
Dr. 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).
Christine E. Watson, PhD
Red River College
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“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.
“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.