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President's Council

Doug Lauvstad

President & Vice-Chancellor
Doug is passionate about northern people and northern issues.  He is widely recognized as a strong advocate for northern Manitoba's economic and social progress.  His accomplishments are many, particularly in the areas of building educational and other programs that support "Northern People for Northern Jobs".  Doug has been a strong voice from Northern Manitoba and brings the issues and context of northern people to the provincial conversation.  Born and raised in The Pas, he has an MBA from Athabasca University (2002).
Prior to becoming President and Vice-Chancellor, Doug was the Executive Director, of the Northern Manitoba Sector Council, an association of northern Manitoba's largest industry sectors (mining, forestry, energy).  The focus of this organization is on building, sustaining and retaining a world-class council in 2007 from his position as Executive Director, The Pas Campus at UCN.  During his 19 years at UCN, he has held a number of senior positions, notably in executive management, administration, and marketing and communications.

Donna Carriere

Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Engagement
Donna is responsible for the operation of Regional Centres located in twelve communities ranging from Churchill to Swan River. The CBS division is also responsible for delivering contract training initiatives with an objective of increasing the number of programs delivered at the community level.

Sandra Muilenburg

Chief Financial Officer
Sandra earned her accreditation as a Certified General Accountant in 1987, working towards her designation through many years of public practice in the accounting field. She joined the institution as an instructor in 1987, completed the Certificate in Adult Education, and served as acting department head of Business. Sandra became Chief Financial Officer of UCN in 2006.
Sandra has lived in Northern Manitoba since 1986, where in addition to her role at UCN she directs a popular dance school. She and her husband have six children and three grandchildren.


Cindee Laverge

Chief Administrative Officer
Cindee has over 25 years of experience working in Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions and has held positions like Chair of Teacher Education, Dean of Student Services and Acting Vice President, Student Services and Planning. As well as working in the administrative environment so has also taught both in the post-secondary and secondary school systems. Cindee has led a number of strategic planning and project management initiatives.  She was elected to the CPA Manitoba Board in 2015 and played an integral role in the integration of the CA, CGA and CMA legacy designations and the establishment of CPA Manitoba. She completed her role as Chair of the CPA Manitoba Board in 2019.

Dr. Dan Smith

Vice-President, Academic & Research
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dan studied higher education and public policy, receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. Prior to his appointment as UCN's Dean of Arts & Science in August 2012, Dan worked for the Government of Manitoba, and he continues to be active as a reserve Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Canadian Navy.  Dan has served as UCN's Vice-President Academic & Research since Septeber 2015.   

Monte Koshel

Director of Communications
Monte was born and raised in The Pas. After earning his B.A. in communications at the University of North Dakota, he focused his career sights on higher education communications and digital branding. Monte’s experience includes strategic planning experience, brand management, and digital storytelling.   
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