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Senior Executive 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

Vice-President, Community Based Services
As Vice President, Community Based Services, 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.

John Martin

Elder, The Pas Campus
Elder John Martin brings to the University College of the North a wealth of experience in traditional and contemporary knowledge of the Aboriginal culture. He is Cree from Mosahakikan First Nation and speaks and writes the language. As a senior leader of the University College of the North he is known for his wisdom and is called upon in many instances to guide the issues that require careful attention.
Elder Martin is dedicated to the work of the University College of the North and in bringing the Aboriginal perspective to both students and the staff. He is often called upon to give advice to the President which he does with the utmost respect for the position and for the work the President is engaged in.
He is frequently asked to speak to classes and does so with enthusiasm. He is an expert in the development and implementation of Aboriginal cultural workshops for staff and students. His use of the Medicine Wheel as a teaching tool has given the staff a different way at looking at life and their work. He also participates on planning committees and assists in the Aboriginal Centres. His knowledge of the culture makes him a valuable member when providing advice on the development of Aboriginal culture into the curriculum and course content. He is a great motivator to student life.
Elder Martin went to Residential School and is aware of its impact on the students and the Aboriginal communities. He provides support to the students and communities and gives information about its impact on his own life. He is always willing to share this personal experience because he knows it will help others in their journey towards a healing place in their life.
The traditional practices and ceremonies that he performs have given students and staff new insight into the Aboriginal culture. He performs all his duties with the utmost respect for all who participate in these ceremonies.
The University College of the North is fortunate to have a colleague and an Elder and a positive role model to both the students and the staff.

Emma Gossfeld

Elder, Thompson Campus
Emma Gossfeld has been resident Elder of the UCN campus in Thompson since 2008. She is originally from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Nelson House, Manitoba. She attended residential schools in Brandon, Portage la Prairie and Dauphin for several years.
Emma began permit teaching in 1965 with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). She received her B.T. from Brandon University in 1973, her B.ED in 1979. She also completed the coursework and Practicum for the M.Ed. Emma also trained as an Assistant Superintendent of Education with INAC, was a curriculum worker with Manitoba Indian Education Association and served as the Director of Education for Keewatin Tribal Council.
After retiring from teaching at R.D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson in 2004, Emma taught Cree in her home community of Nelson House. Her first language is something which she is passionate about sharing after getting it back following her time at residential school.
Emma and her husband Alec have one daughter, two granddaughters, two-great granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

Sandra Muilenburg

Vice-President, Finance & Resources
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 and Vice-President, Finance and Resources in 2010.
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.

Suzie Nemeth

Executive Officer and Advisor

Chris Reddy
Vice-President Strategic Services & Development
Chris has lived in Northern Manitoba since 1992 and worked within the postsecondary system first with Inter-Universities North (IUN) and later University College of the North (UCN) for the last 11 of those years. Prior to his postsecondary work Chris worked to bring environmental issues affecting northern Manitoba to light and to help develop recycling programs including the first curbside program in northern Manitoba.
He has obtained a broad range of education and experience having obtained his MBA from the University of Manitoba, his BGS from Brandon University and his BSc from the University of Winnipeg along with the long list of volunteer boards he has been a part of over the years. Being a life long learner Chris has continued to take courses and is currently working on his CGA.
As institutional researcher Chris works to provide the information needed to help UCN's staff make informed decisions. Chris has been in his current role since 2006 prior to which he held the title of Associate Registrar and Systems Coordinator. Chris believes it is an exciting time to be a part of postsecondary education with the development of a new campus in Thompson and the expansion of The Pas campus along with northern Manitoba's strong growth and renewed focus to serve the needs of the people of the north.

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.   

Doris Young

Assistant to the President on Aboriginal Affairs
Doris Young has a rich and varied experience in the field of management, research and education. She was a member of the Executive Council of KCC and now the Administrative Team of the University College of the North.

Doris has taught at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg and was the Sr. Researcher in the Manitoba Aboriginal Justice and Inquiry and was an Elder for the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission. She was also a panel member of the Federal Provincial Conowapa Environmental Assessment Study. She is a firm believer in contributing to the communities that she lives in and has been involved in community boards such as the Health Science Centre and the Board of Governors at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Mb. As a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) she volunteered her services for the OCN Residential School Committee was well as on the Assembly of First Nations National Residential School Working Group. She is a member of the Opaskwayak Women’s Council. She speaks and writes Cree.
Doris’s personal expertise, experience and knowledge of the Aboriginal culture has strengthened the University College of the North in fulfilling its mandate of meeting the educational needs of northern Manitoba.
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