Senate Election 2018 - Biographies

MEMBER-AT-LARGE CANDIDATES
DISTRICT 5 CANDIDATES
DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATES
DISTRICT 13 CANDIDATES


MEMBER-AT-LARGE

RAHIM AHMAD

Rahim Ahmad is a Professional Civil Engineer, working for Associated Engineering Sask. Ltd. Rahim attained his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Engineering in 2013. Born in Pakistan, Rahim has called Canada home for the past 23 years and has lived in Saskatchewan for the past 12 years. As a young engineer, Rahim has been fortunate enough to travel across Saskatchewan and meet the great people of our beautiful province. Rahim’s travels across the province have shown him just how vital the U of S is to the people of Saskatchewan. Whether you are in Creighton or Swift Current, you will always find current or past students of the University. Rahim lives in Saskatoon with his wife and in his free time, enjoys volunteering in the community through his local mosque, playing basketball, and travelling.

GORDON BLACKMORE

Gordon Blackmore completed his Ag-Econ Degree in 1982 and has spent his career in Regina. He is active in the community serving boards of the Regina Public Library, Globe Theatre and is a member of the University of Regina Senate. Gordon is an IT professional, designer/builder of furniture, visual artist and apiarist.

Blackmore sees his role on the University of Saskatchewan Senate is to share his observations of the broader community, to gain a stronger knowledge of the U of S and be an advocate for the University.

DAVID BURLOCK

I am 29 years old, and I have lived in Saskatoon for the entirety of my life. I have completed two degrees from the University of Saskatchewan; A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology (2016) and a Master of Business Administration (2017). I currently work as the Inventory Manager for the Saskatoon office of WIS International. In addition to this, I have recently founded a business analytics and marketing consulting proprietorship that I use to more thoroughly understand the unique challenges presented to Saskatchewan businesses. When I am not working, I like to spend my time being involved within the community in various ways. I currently hold an executive board position within my community association and my role within this board is as the softball coordinator for the area. In addition to this, I have been coaching youth soccer for over ten years and I look forward to the time I can spend mentoring youth. The University of Saskatchewan has been such an integral aspect of who I am and I find the thought of being able to advise the future direction of the U of S to be both exciting and a special privilege.  

JOHN DALZELL

John Dalzell was born and raised in Saskatoon.  Following service at sea in the Royal Canadian Navy, he returned to Saskatoon.  In 1972 he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and entered the Public Service of Canada where he worked in the areas of administration, finance, and project management before retiring in 2008.  Prior to his retirement he managed large capital projects designed to address issues related to housing and homelessness.  In doing so he worked closely with the Saskatoon Tribal Council, the City of Saskatoon, the Province, and community-based organizations.    

He also continued his association with the Canadian Forces as a reservist.  He held three commands as well as senior staff officer positions and is a graduate of the National Defence College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario (Strategic Studies). 

He has served on the boards of a number of community organizations.  Most recently he simultaneously served for four years as the chair of the Board of Governors of the Corps of Commissionaires North Saskatchewan and as a member of the National Board of the Corps. 

He is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of his volunteer work spanning forty years.

DOUG DANIELS

I am honoured to have completed two degrees at the University of Saskatchewan including a BA in Regional and Urban Development and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). 

During my time on campus completing my undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Regional and Urban Development, I was able to be involved with various campus groups and organizations (including the Planning Student’s Association) that allowed me to see the value of collaboration and working together to build a sense of community.  Subsequently in 2015, I enrolled in the MBA program (completed in 2016) through the Edwards School of Business to further expand my business and leadership skills.

Throughout my professional planning career, I have been active with both the provincial and national planning associations and through that involvement I recognize the key role the University plays in community engagement, leadership, and education.   In 2016, I was also part of the accreditation site visit team for the University of Saskatchewan Regional and Urban Planning program which gave me a greater appreciation for the work the University does to ensure their graduates can become the leaders of tomorrow.

I hope you’ll support my candidacy.

BROOKS DECILLIA

Brooks DeCillia is a longtime journalist and public broadcaster. For more than a decade, Brooks was a national reporter with CBC News, first in Saskatchewan and then in Alberta. His reports regularly aired on CBC Television's The National and CBC Radio One programs, including the
World at Six and World Report. After working in network news, Brooks became the executive producer of CBC News in Calgary.

Brooks credits his international studies degree from the University of Saskatchewan with his curiosity about the world. Brooks covered stories across Canada, south Asia, Europe and the United States, and was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

Brooks studied political communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a Chevening Scholar, obtaining a Masters of Social Science. In December 2017, Brooks passed his PhD examination at the LSE. He teaches in the journalism department
at Mount Royal University — and continues to work at CBC News.

Brooks and his wife, Tracy Sletto, are big boosters of the University of Saskatchewan. Tracy is currently on the board of directors of the U of S Alumni Association. They live in Calgary with their son, Anderson.

Brooks likes to run, ski and take photos.

SETH DUECK
 
I completed my undergraduate degree through the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013, and am currently pursuing a PhD in physics. I have been involved with numerous committees and campus groups during my time at the U of S, working with students, faculty, administration, and members of the community. These have included Engineers Without Borders, the Graduate Student Association, and Student Forum. Most recently, I was Bargaining Team member, Vice-President, and lastly Acting President of the Union of Graduate and Postdoctoral Workers, during which I oversaw the ratification of the graduate students' first collective agreement. I have enjoyed interacting with students as a teaching assistant and sessional lecturer, and had a very rewarding experience engaging with enthusiastic community members in a physics course I taught through the Saskatoon Seniors Continued Learning program.

I look forward to serving on Senate and bringing the voice of students and community members to the table. During my extensive time at the U of S I have gained broad experience and substantial understanding of University operations. I believe my diverse experience can offer a useful perspective on Senate as we continue to grow and better this University.

WAYNE EVANISKY

Wayne was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan and grew up nearby on a farm.  He attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse until grade 8 and then finished school at Biggar Composite High School.  Wayne later pursued a BComm at the U of S, and a professional CPA CMA designation.

Wayne is recently retired after a career of over 35 years with a Canadian financial institution.  Twenty of those years were spent in Agriculture Lending, which allowed him to meet many people from around Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

Wayne has been involved with many volunteer activities over the past decades.  Most recently, he served on the Board of Directors of the U of S Alumni Association and is a past President. Wayne also served as Secretary Treasurer for his church.  Previously, his interest in sports led him to become a coach for hockey, baseball, and soccer. While coaching baseball, he participated in both the Saskatchewan and Alberta Summer Games, and was a Zone Governor for the Saskatchewan Baseball Association. 

Wayne currently lives in Saskatoon with his wife Marilyn, whom he met while attending the U of S.  Their three adult children are also alumni, having each received multiple degrees.

STEVE FRASER

Steve Duncan/Fiddler Fraser is a member of Metis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNA) #00172, he recently ran for MNA Presidency in the 2018 Saskatchewan Provincial Election.  Steve has committed his whole life to academia and is currently pursuing his seventh university degree; three from the University of Regina (BA, BHJ, BSW), and is working on a third degree from the University of Saskatchewan (B.Ed, M.Ed, M.EAdm candidate) and one graduate degree (MSW) from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Steve believes that learning is a lifelong experience and helping to heal the Indigenous people with trauma from their residential school (IRS) and 60’s scoop experiences is very important.  Steve has been an ambassador for teaching in Saskatchewan, as he was a member of the Standards Development Committee (SDC) with the Saskatchewan Provincial Teachers Regulator Board (SPRTB) in developing policies for teachers to ensure that they are meeting the registration requirements for their certification, including attending Town Hall meetings in which professionals and members of the public provided feedback on education.  Steve has been providing a voice for Indigenous Canadians since 1993 when he began his academic career and hopes to fulfill the University of Saskatchewan senate responsibilities as well.

GARY GEHRING

Gary Gehring holds degrees in English 1982, Political Science 1983 and an MBA 1991. He is Director of Licensing and Standards for the Government of Saskatchewan.

Gary has public and non-profit leadership experience.  He participates as the representative to the Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee (PTAC) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) since 2008.  He was a Board member to the SCC.

Gary holds the position of Chair Strategy Committee with the Provincial Air Cadet League, assisting our youth in aspiring to a greater appreciation of aviation and leadership.

Gary is involved with an association focused on quality improvement, American Society of Quality, ASQ Canada.  He chaired the local section and was elected to Regional Director for Canada, overseeing 16 ASQ Sections for 6 years.  He has been a Director of the Board and Executive Council member that oversaw 250 Sections and 20 Technical Communities.  ASQ serves more than 70,000 quality professionals in 140 countries. Gary is the Membership Chair for the Statistics Division, a technical community, currently.

Gary was an executive in the Institute for Internal Auditors.  He has supported other community based organizations

Gary brings expert knowledge and experience in governance and oversight, leadership and business acumen.

GARY GULLICKSON

Gary Gullickson is a retired professor of music and former department head at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a former music teacher and school administrator in the Saskatoon Public School Division. Gary has had a long history of involvement in Provincial arts organizations. He is a life member of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association and is a past president of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation. He has served on several community and Provincial boards, including the Teachers Credit Union Place, SaskCulture, Saskatoon Symphony and SaskTel Centre. He is a founding member and past president of the Saskatoon Probus Club.

CECILE HUNT

Cecile Hunt is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Prior to this position, she was the
Vice-President of Integrated Health Services for the former Prairie North Health Region, situated in Northwestern Saskatchewan.
Cecile was born in St. Brieux, SK and grew up on a mixed farm. Cecile and her husband live on the family farm in the Kinistino area. Cecile started her career in health care over forty years ago as a Registered Nurse in Melfort, Sk. Cecile obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1985) and a Masters in Nursing (1992) from the University of Saskatchewan.

Cecile previously served as Board member and Vice Chairperson of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council. She is currently a Board member with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and is the Governance Committee Chairperson. Cecile has been a guest lecturer at the College of Nursing at its Prince Albert Campus. She has been an active supporter of the Canadian Foundation for Health Improvement’s projects in rural
and remote areas of Canada.

Cecile is committed to academic excellence, community engagement and the continued contribution of the University of Saskatchewan to the province of Saskatchewan.

GREGORY KOST

Greg, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1981), and Doctor of Dental Medicine (1984). He obtained his Dental American (USA) Board Certification, June 1984. He is a part-time faculty member in the College of Dentistry, commencing his 301h year. Over his tenure, Greg has received three promotions to his current position of Clinical professor. February 2002, he was recognized for
distinguished contribution to teaching, University of Saskatchewan, and April 2012, for his volunteer efforts in developing a Community of Alumni and Advancing Missions for the University Alumni Association. Currently, he sits on the Curriculum Review Steering Committee, College of Dentistry. Professionally, Greg has been in private practice in Saskatoon, since May 1984. His experience as a faculty member gives Greg an understanding in maximizing student development, creating ethical, competent and humble graduates that will contribute to society. The relationship with the College of Dentistry and University of Saskatchewan both as a Clinical professor and volunteer, will allow Greg to contribute in a meaningful way to the Senate. It would be a privilege for him to serve, utilizing his skills and bringing his perspective to the governance of the University of Saskatchewan.

KELLEY MOORE

Kelley Moore is a professional planner with a passion for preparing communities for the future. Over her 20+ year career, she has had the opportunity to serve in progressive leadership roles. Kelley’s diverse experience ranges from town, city, regional and international planning to developing housing policy, leading federal/provincial program funding negotiations and integrating human service delivery.

Kelley has served as a Director with the Government of Saskatchewan for 10+ years with leadership oversight of provincial strategies, public policy, programs and service delivery. 

Kelley co-owns a small planning company based in Saskatoon that employees graduates from the University of Saskatchewan and provides practicum opportunities for students.

She is an elected member of the Affinity Credit Union District Council and is a nationally elected director for the Canadian Institute of Planners.  

Kelley was honoured in 2017 with the Saskatchewan Professional Planning Institute Fraser-Gatrell Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to Planning and Athena Leadership Award presented by Business and Professional Women of Saskatoon.

Kelley has an Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Degree and Bachelor of Arts.  Kelley has remained an engaged alumnis and would be honoured to represent her community and alumnis as an elected member-at-large University Senate representative.

PAUL NEUFELD

Paul Neufeld is an alumnus of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 2005 with great distinction in Civil Engineering.  His career has progressed from structural engineer and construction coordinator on some of Saskatchewan’s mining “mega projects”, to helping build and grow a local engineer consulting company, becoming a part owner and eventually the Vice President of the company.

Currently, Paul is a Project Manager at Gensource Potash Corporation, a publicly traded junior potash development company headquartered in Saskatoon.  As part of their Sr. Management team, Paul’s primary responsibility is to help Gensource deliver the potash industry’s first small-scale, vertically integrated, and environmentally friendly facility; a more responsible and transparent way to produce potash.

Paul is actively involved in the local mining, project management, and entrepreneurship communities.  Paul also remains involved with the University, serves a sectional lecturer and research assistant in the College of Engineering, and also is a guest speaker and industry contact for several Colleges.  Paul is a registered Professional Engineer, has an MBA, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  Paul was born and raised in the farming community of Macklin, Saskatchewan, and is proud to call Saskatchewan home…Go Riders Go!

ADEBOLA OBAYAN

Dr. Adebola Obayan was born in Nigeria and had early education as well as University education in Nigeria, USA and UK. He moved to Saskatoon, Canada as a teaching fellow in the College of Medical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. He enrolled at the University in 1998 and completed a doctoral program in Surgery and then transitioned to residency in General Surgery in 2006 becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon Canada. The American Head and Neck Society awarded him a post-residency fellowship at the University of Manitoba in 2013. Prior to starting his residency program, he worked briefly as a research associate and attracted monetary grants of about $100,000. He is an accomplished clinical and translational researcher with 3 patents in Surgery and several publications. On December 1, 2017, Dr. Obayan received his Canada 150 pin from MP Trost for his medical research career. Adebola loves his wife, Dr. Aderonke Obayan, a Pediatrician and his 3 children. He is an advocate of programs for special needs in Saskatchewan. He is Passionate about his Christian heritage and served on Board of Elders and Board of Deacon of Elim church, Saskatoon.

MARY JANE PFEIFER

Mary Jane received her BSc in Home Economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982 which laid a solid foundation for her future endeavours.  Being a stay-at-home mom allowed her to explore and refine diverse interests and skills, and to build several small businesses. These activities presented her the opportunity to actively participate on a variety of volunteer boards. Over time she realized her affinity for not-for-profit governance and earned her certificate in Governance and Board Development through the Alberta Board Development Program. A sagacious entrepreneur, she has melded her wealth of experience and is currently an independent governance and board development consultant with not-for-profit groups. The education and relationships obtained during her time at University of Saskatchewan played an immense role in shaping Mary Jane’s identity and future. She holds the friendships she formed during her time at the University of Saskatchewan in high regard and remains in close contact with her Home Economics sisters. Mary Jane was born and raised in Calgary where she still resides with her husband.

VALERIE RUF

I was raised on a farm outside of Bredenbury, a small town in Saskatchewan.  I became a University of Saskatchewan student when I enrolled in the Vocational Education Certificate course in 1985.  Since then I have returned to U of S and attained a Bachelors of Education, 1992, and a Masters of Education.

I have been fortunate to expand my skills and knowledge in a range of positions within education.  I taught as a high school teacher for the first 17 years of my career, moved into elementary/middle years before taking on a position as a Student Support Teacher.   After I received my Masters of Education in 2011 and became Vice Principal at an elementary school in Yorkton.

Currently I am a Student Services Coordinator in the Good Spirit School Division, working with nine schools in the south of the Division.  Probably one of the highlights of my position is supporting teachers in building capacity to meet students’ needs.  Throughout my career I have continued to challenge myself to ensure students receive an education where they feel valued and excited to learn. 

BUD SAMBASIVAM

Bud Sambasivam was born and raised in Saskatoon.  He attended the College of Engineering at the U of S, where he served as President of the Engineering Students’ Society.

In 2008 he continued his studies at Cambridge University, where he completed his MBA.  In 2013 he graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and was honoured to be the Graduation Speaker for his class.

Bud and his wife are avid travelers.  Highlights include cycling 8,000 km across Canada to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society in support of their parents, three of whom were battling cancer at the time, and hiking 1,800 km across France and Spain.

Today Bud works with McKinsey & Company in Calgary, where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.

Bud is indebted to the Province of Saskatchewan and to the University.  For a majority of his adolescence he was raised in foster care.  As a foster child, Bud received financial support for university.

It is time to give back to a place he loves.  Bud is running for a second term on Senate to contribute his skills and time to the governance of the university. 

SACHA TAYLOR

Sacha Taylor was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  She convocated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005 with a BA specializing in International Relations. As a UofS student she fostered an interest in engagement and collaboration as an active member of various campus organizations including Model UN, representing the University at national conferences, and World University Service Canada (WUSC).

Sacha later began a career with the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and in 2010 joined the Foreign Service. Since this time she has served overseas posting in Honk Kong, Mexico, and Sao Paulo.  She participated in the Federal Government’s response to the earthquake in Haiti in 2009 and the conflict in Syria in 2016.

Sacha is aware of the importance her heritage and UofS education have played in her professional success and is passionate about making a meaningful contribution to her community.

She is currently serving on posting in London, UK where she lives with her wife and dog Lu.  In her spare time she enjoys knitting, climbing things, pretending to be a runner and promoting the province of Saskatchewan to anyone she encounters.

LARRY WAGNER

Larry Wagner has a B.A., B.Ed. and M.ED from the University of Saskatchewan.  Larry has served as a Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Education and College Registrar.  His wife, Debbie, is also a U of S grad.  They have two daughters.  Larry is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the direction of the U of S as a Senator.

CHRISTINE WESOLOWSKI

  • Seeking re-election as Member at Large
  • Previously served on the Nomination Committee and Non-Academic Student Appeals Committee

Christine has a strong connection with the University of Saskatchewan. As a retired educator, Christine continues to advocate, promote, and defend education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Christine has excellent communication skills and is a critical thinker. She is a proven team player, and task oriented with exceptional organizational time management skills. She has the ability to see projects through to completion with an unceasing amount of insight, tenacity, and synergy.

Christine is a positive community oriented individual. Her volunteer activities include Folk Fest, Vesna Festival, charity events and political fundraising. Christine has a history of participation and coaching in competitive sports.

Christine strongly believes the University of Saskatchewan is the centre of our community. Christine will be your responsible and reliable voice to address all community issues relative to key stakeholders in university affairs.

Christine seeks your support, and states it would be a privilege and an honour to represent you at the Senate level.

Christine believes the greatest gift we can provide our students is an education of the highest standards and quality at our University of Saskatchewan.


DISTRICT 5 - Kindersley – Delisle – Lucky Lake (Postal code beginning with S0L)

MICHELLE MACDONALD

Michelle has a U of S Bachelor of Commerce in Finance 2003 and has since continued her learning with a University of Regina Certificate in Local Government Authority and Advanced Certificate in Local Government Authority, amongst various other training. Her learning continues as she currently pursues her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Having said that, Michelle bleeds Huskie Green! She spent the first 5 years of her working life at the U of S in student recruitment, student retention, and Huskie Athletics. After leaving employment at the U of S she continued to stay connected through annual donations and volunteering for events such as the Huskie Centennial.

Michelle lives in Eston SK with her husband who is a grain farmer and their 4 year old son. They enjoy staying active in and connected with their community. She formerly worked for Great Plains College as the Director of Programs, and is currently the Town of Eston’s Chief Administrative Officer.

Michelle views this as an excellent opportunity to stay connected with her alma mater and further build the connection between rural Saskatchewan and the U of S.

Thank you for your consideration.

GLENN WRIGHT

Glenn Wright has a B.Sc and a M.Sc in Engineering from the U of S and is currently pursuing a J.D. degree with the College of Law.  Glenn and his wife Shannon farm near Delisle, Saskatchewan and their three kids are in high school at Delisle.  Glenn and his wife are active in their community and volunteer for the Vanscoy multiple 4H club, the local library, and the school band program. 

Glenn has worked in the extractive resource sectors in Saskatchewan and Alberta and also worked as a consultant in Saskatoon.  His was last employed as the Mill Manager of the McClean Lake Mine in northern Saskatchewan working for Areva Resources.  Glenn retired from that position in 2016.

Glenn is hoping to give back to the University by offering to work with the University Senate.  Glenn has experience in a wide variety of industrial settings, but also brings the unique perspective of a mature student in the midst of a voluntary career change.  Glenn knows how important the University is to the province and particularly to rural and remote areas.  Glenn has much to offer and asks that you support his candidacy for district 5 Senate representative.​

GARTH WEITERMAN

Upon graduating with a BSA in Soil Science in 1978, I was employed with the Department of Agriculture and moved to Outlook in 1980. I am a professional agrologist, who spent my 36 plus year career as a provincial specialist with the Irrigation Branch certifying lands for irrigation development and managing the agronomy section responsible for applied irrigation research. During this time, we had an irrigation farm at Outlook in SSRID #1 and a dryland farm at Morse. Our family continues to have an active interest in this century family farm.

My wife, Maureen, and I are active in the Outlook community. I am a past chairman of the Board of Regents at LCBI, and have served on church council in several capacities. I am active with our local Legion Branch #262, particularly with the Veteran's Memorial Marker project. I am a director of the Riverbend Co-operative Ltd. I enjoy being a charter member of our local theatre group, Equinox Theatre. We have two grown children and a new granddaughter.


DISTRICT 6 - Wynyard – Yorkton - Esterhazy (Postal codes beginning with S0A and S3N)

LISA HERMISTON

Lisa Hermiston lives on a farm east of Saltcoats, SK with her husband. She is in her 22nd year of teaching at the elementary level and currently teaches at Dr. Brass Elementary in the position of Student Services Teacher, working with struggling students and development programming plans for those students. She has been active in her community and school by being part of various service clubs, an Arts group, served on the Music Festival committee as chairperson, and organized her school's Remembrance Day Service for many years. Lisa has always valued the education she received from the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained a Bachelor of Education in 1995 and Bachelor of Arts (history) in 1999. She is currently taking her 8th class out of 10 to complete a certificate of special education from the faculty of Educational Psychology.

TERRY LEIBEL

Terry Leibel has a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary. He is currently the principal of Wynyard Composite High School. Terry is actively involved in his profession and the community. Presently he sits on the steering committee for the Saskatchewan Teachers Institute on Parliamentary Democracy and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Prairie Central District for Sport, Culture and Recreation (his current role is Board Chair). He is also a firefighter with the Wynyard & District Fire Department.

Terry and his wife Melinda live in Wynyard and have six children. Four are now adults, so he has more time than you would think. In his spare time, Terry enjoys both coaching and officiating high school athletics, playing hockey and reading.

Terry's passion for education is evident in his daily life and he would love the opportunity to "give back" to the post-secondary school that has given him so much.


DISTRICT 13 - District 13 Saskatoon (Postal codes beginning with S7)

ANNE DOIG

Dr. Anne Doig, (MD ’76, CCFP ’78, FCFP ’94, LL D (Hons) ’13), graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine (MD) in 1976.   She received an alumni of distinction award in 2012 and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Dr. Doig has served her profession in many capacities, she is a Past President of the Canadian Medical Association and a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Saskatchewan Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences with extensive experience on committees at the local, provincial and national level.

Dr. Doig has an impressive history of involvement in Board governance. A Past President of the Canadian Medical Association, she currently is a member of the STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) Board of Directors and a past member of Boards of Saskatchewan Blue Cross and Canada Health Infoway.  Dr. Doig serves on the Board of the Saskatoon Symphony Society and on the Advisory Board of MEND SK. She served for many years on the Boards of the Saskatoon Goldfins Swim Club, Swim Saskatchewan Inc., and Swimming Canada. In 2010, Dr. Doig received a Top 100 Most Powerful Women award from the Women’s Executive Network.

KIM HOFFART

Kim Hoffart graduated from the University of Saskatchewan from the College of Education in 1991. He then went on to receive his Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995. Kim has held many positions throughout his career of 25 years. He was a sessional lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan in 1994. Kim has been a high school teacher, department head, assistant principal, and currently is the Director of International Studies for the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School District, a position that he has held for the last 11 years. He has taught or administered in Regina, SK, Saskatoon, SK, Red Deer, AB, and Sydney, Australia.

ROBERT MAGUIRE

Rob Maguire (age 50) grew up in Saskatoon attending Mount Royal Collegiate. He was active in high school in supporting addictions training and organized a national youth conference in Saskatoon in 1985 hosted at the University of Saskatchewan. His admission to University occurred in ’84 by permission prior to graduating high school.  Rob completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree between 1985 and 1989 having taken time for a 4 month work term with the U of S Business Consulting Services.  Rob also combined part-time studies and full-time employment as he completed a Masters of Business Administration degree in ’92. 

Rob has since worked with Transport Canada, Corrections Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and currently with the newly created Department of Indigenous Services Canada in progressively senior Manager and Executive levels in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Ontario.  He is currently Associate Regional Director General, DISC and resides in Saskatoon in the community of Silverwood.  He has been married over 30 years to Anna Maguire a RN employed at RUH and also alumni of the U of S. They have two children currently enrolled in high school and University.

JOEL SCHINDEL

Mr. Schindel feels he brings the balance between innovation and respect for the university's history and tradition that is needed to be the preferred candidate for District 13. Mr. Schindel appreciates the daunting task of representing the Senates' largest District, but is ready for the responsibility and respectfully requests your support now and throughout his term if successful, but first invites you to learn more about him.

Born and raised in Saskatoon both Mr. Schindel and his parents are alumni of the University of Saskatchewan. Since receiving his B.Sc. and M.D., Mr. Schindel serves as a faculty member at the College of Medicine. Mr. Schindel specializes in indigenous health with an interest in medical education. Mr. Schindel has developed a novel approach to indigenous healthcare called Comprehensive Indigenous Community Care clinics, and recently partnered to start a unique community-based clinic within Oskyak High School for underserved urban youth.

Mr. Schindel feels passionately in giving back to the institution that gave him so much, and is a guest lecturer with the School of Public health, but finds his time being a motivational speaker for the Arts & Science Learning Communities first-year students the most rewarding.

JOHN THRONBERG

John Thronberg is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a B.A. (with Distinction) in English and Political Studies.

A passionate advocate of the arts, he has appeared on stage or behind the scenes with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Fringe Festival, Troupe du Jour, and Newman Players at St. Thomas More College. A former member of the board of directors of Live Five Independent Theatre, he currently sits on the Saskatoon Public Library Board.

John has held key positions in several film and television productions in Saskatchewan including Crisis, the first feature film shot in Saskatoon; Wapos Bay, a Gemini-award-winning animated television series; and A New Life in a New Land, a documentary mini-series airing on Vision TV. He helped organize NextFest, a film industry showcase in Saskatoon.

After spending almost a decade working with CBC Saskatoon, John is currently a producer on CTV Morning Live in Saskatoon where he has the pleasure of working on Saskatoon's number one television morning show.

He continues to promote education, social issues and the arts in the province. He is married and has two dogs who take up way too much of the bed.