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Dr. Digvir Jayas has been reappointed as vice-president (research and international) of the University of Manitoba for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2014. Jayas has served the University of Manitoba with distinction as vice-president (research and international) since 2009, leading a research enterprise that annually attracts almost $160 million in sponsored research income. Jayas was recently elected as a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, for his contributions to global grain preservation through research and innovation.

Jacques J. Lavergne has joined the team at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as the director of revenue and visitor services. In his role at the museum, Lavergne will lead the visitor service experience. In addition, he will be responsible for leading the museum's sales initiatives and the overall management of revenue-generating streams including the museum's store, both online and physical outlet, facility rentals, admissions and membership program. He brings 15 years of luxury hotel experience during which he's received numerous accolades and awards from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts such as Leader of the Year, President's Circle and Fairmont Masters.

Stephanie Levene has been appointed associate vice-president (donor relations) in external relations at the University of Manitoba. Levene will provide strategic direction and leadership to the donor-relations team and act as the university's campaign director as it embarks on the largest transformative fundraising campaign in this province's history. Her portfolio will include transformational philanthropy, advancement services, stewardship, annual giving, planned giving and faculty philanthropy.

Ken Cranston has joined the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation board of directors. Cranston recently returned to Winnipeg after retiring from Scotiabank after completing a 36-year career. Since 2000, he has held various senior vice-president positions with a focus on international operations and banking including his most recent position as senior vice-president & head, Puerto Rico Integration, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Jason Bryk has been elected president of the Progressive Conservative Constituency Association of Fort Rouge. The association oversees fundraising, election candidates and communications with MLAs for the area of Fort Rouge.

Leah Janzen has been appointed associate vice-president (outreach and community engagement) in external relations at the University of Manitoba. Janzen will provide vision, strategic direction and leadership to all University of Manitoba outreach and community-engagement activities, developing meaningful and productive relationships with alumni, stakeholders and key partners. Her portfolio will include the marketing communications office, alumni relations and government and community engagement.


A&F Nemec Recruitment welcomes Susan Deleau, CA as vice-president of recruitment. Deleau has spent many years teaching, training and mentoring accounting professionals. Prior to moving into the recruitment and placement of accounting and finance professionals, she was a senior tax manager with a Big Four public accounting firm where she was responsible for the success of its external recruitment function. In addition, Deleau has held senior positions with the CA School of Business, including curriculum development and delivery and recruiting and managing a large team of designated professionals across Western Canada.


Alpha Omega Alumnae has announced the members of their board: Dr. Mary Pankiw, president; Susan Harasym, past president; Motria Skocen, vice-president; Helen Feniuk, treasurer; Leona Burdeniuk, adviser; Connie Sarchuk, adviser; Helen Feniuk, membership; Orysia Tracz, bulletin and publicity; Maria Pisichko-Derkach, program; Olga Wyshnowsky, awards; Theresa Antoniuk, telephone; Susan Harasym, Ukrainian woman of the year; Marianne Wawrykow, website; Dr. Mary Pankiw, Ukrainian Canadian Congress/Manitoba Provincial Council.

The Misericordia Health Centre Corp. has announced its members: Raymond Cadieux, chairman; Kaye E. Dunlop, secretary; Most Reverend V. James Weisgerber, apostolic administrator; Mark Chipman; P. Michael Sinclair.

Misericordia Health Centre has elected its 2014 board of directors: Kevin McCulloch, chairman; Maria Grande, vice-chairwoman; Bruce Birchard, secretary; Kaye E. Dunlop, past chairwoman; Rev. W. Richard Arsenault, archbishop's representative; Marileen Bartlett; Raymond Cadieux; Dr. Sergio Camorlinga; Edna Castillo; David Finley; Patrick Hannah; Kaaren Neufeld; C. Christopher Poudrier; Michael Radcliffe; Todd Sykes; Dr. Cornelia van Ineveld; Christa Walkden.

The Misericordia Health Centre Foundation has elected its 2014 board of directors: Charlie Burns, chairman; Michael Dennehy; vice-chairman; Kim Siddall, vice-chairwoman; Rob Ballantyne, treasurer; Nancy Adkins; Doug Armstrong; Dr. Matthew Lee-Wing; Dr. Michelle Georgi; Paul A. Mahon; Tim McIsaac; Al Moon; Sacha R. Paul; Jim Rae; Sheryl A. Rosenberg; Colin Skibitzky; Charlotte Sytnyk.

The board of directors of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg elected its executive slate for 2014: Israel Ludwig, immediate past president; David Kroft president; Adam Levene, vice president. Chairmen and chairwomen: Kovi Smolack, Aileen Berger-White; David Gisser; Zane Tessler; Marilyn Billinkoff; Gail Asper; Fay-Lynn Katz.

The Manitoba Electrical League has announced its 2014 executive and board: Peter Bernatsky, chairman, advance pro; Mark Rosen, vice-chairman, HSC; Rob Isaac, treasurer, Manitoba Hydro; Richard Robertson, immediate past chairman, Static Electric Ltd.; Darren Schultz, past chairman, Westburne Electric Supply Midwest; Leona Herzog, adviser, Manitoba Hydro. Directors: Len Johnson, Eecol Electric Ltd; Donna Green, MCW/Age Consulting Engineers; Greg MacDonald, Hi-Tech Sales (1989) Ltd; Chuck Judd, Jamieson Judd Ltd, Brandon, Manitoba; Chris Henry, Wescan Electrical Mechanical Services; John Nunes, Abco Supply and Service Ltd; Gary Wlasichuk, McCaine Electric Ltd; John Geall, St. Andrews Electrical; Brian Adamyk, Manitoba Hydro; Robert Semchyshyn, Tri-Star Technical Ltd.


The International Association of Fairs and Expositions has released its 2013 award winners in the categories of agriculture and communications: The Red River Ex is the recipient of the following four awards: agricultural awards program: second place for a newly established or developed event at your fair to promote agriculture. First place for a fair agriculture photo -- stock dog photo taken for the Red River Ex by Chris Black. Second place for agriculture photo captioned agriculture series -- series of three photos taken for the Red River Ex by Chris Black. Communications awards program: first place for brochure/flyer series for Red River Ex day sheets.

The International Institute for Sustainable Development has won gold in the 2013 Commuter Friendly Workplace Awards. These awards, presented by The Green Action Centre, recognize workplaces that support their employees to carpool, take transit, telecommute, walk or cycle to work through related infrastructure, workplace policies, promotional events, benefits and incentive programs.

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 23, 2013 B7

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