Senate Member-at-Large Election - Biographies

Jenalene Antony 

Jenalene Antony graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in June 2010 having obtained a Bachelor of Arts. She is currently managing communications for the Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research—a research institute affiliated with the University of Calgary. She is continuing her studies with a communications science course offered online by the University of Amsterdam. 

Communication is fascinating to Jenalene. A combined interest in governance, staying involved with the University of Saskatchewan and the role of the Senate (as stated in the preamble to the Senate Bylaws) as the university’s window on the province and the province’s window on the university, inspired Jenalene to seek nomination as a Senator Member-At-Large. If elected, her intention is to actively communicate with alumni, the public and other senators both during and between Senate meetings. She believes she can help the University of Saskatchewan Senate in connecting the community with the university and in representing and promoting the university within the community. 

Jenalene has dedicated time and energy into governance, communication and community building volunteer work for several years. At the University of Saskatchewan, Jenalene volunteered in an executive position with the Visual Arts Student's Union from 2006-2007. She served on the communications advisory team for Habitat for Humanity Yorkton in 2008 and in that same year supported Shakespeare in the Park in improving their connection with their community. From 2009-2011 she volunteered as a radio show host at CFCR Community Radio. Jenalene's other interest is sustainability and she has taken part in volunteer opportunities through organizations like Bicycles for Humanity, We Are Many and WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) Canada. In 2012 Jenalene participated in a Parks Canada research project studying biodiversity in the sub-alpine region of the Columbia mountain range. Over the next year she will be focusing on the value of communication as she is illustrating and co-publishing a book of prose written by a non-verbal friend with cerebral palsy. 


Davida Bentham

The University of Saskatchewan’s Senate has a key role in connecting the community to the university and in representing and promoting the university within the community. This is a task I am passionate about.  During my undergraduate degree, which was a B.A. in Northern Studies: Environmental Assessment, completed in 2013, I was a part of various campus groups, organizations & community partnerships that taught me about the importance of working together, and building partnerships. After completing my undergrad I enrolled in a masters degree of Sustainable Environmental Management (to be completed fall 2014) through the School of Environment and Sustainability and am also currently employed at the University of Saskatchewan International Student and Study Abroad Centre.  Through these experiences I have learned a lot and feel informed and ready to provide that bridge between the issues in our community and in our university. 

I have been active on our campus for five years and have seen what works and doesn’t work for students, faculty and staff.  I have also been active in Saskatoon for many years and know what a key role the University plays in the city in terms of outreach, education, research and employment.  I want to help to improve the University, I love this place and I want it to see it grow and succeed.  

There’s a lot we have to be proud of, like the opening of the Gordon Oaks Red Bear Student Centre, a growing Aboriginal Student body, and a campus community that is increasingly engaging in cross-cultural conversations.

But we are also facing some challenges. I’ve seen how students, faculty, and staff members have been impacted by TransformUS. As the community’s voice in the university affairs, we need to ensure we are involved and engaged in asking the right questions and getting information.

The Senate has been providing effective involvement and advocacy to help shape our university, and I’m ready to continue that work. I believe my academic achievements; diverse experiences and my willingness to serve would contribute greatly to the University of Saskatchewan Senate.


Robert Huck

Robert Huck (BE’99) is an advocate for a strong post-secondary education institution which is effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of a prosperous Saskatchewan.

Rob was raised on a farm near Luseland, Saskatchewan and graduated high school at the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.

While at the U of S, Rob was an active student participant in numerous student groups.

In particular, he served as a Member-at-Large on the University Students Council and as a student representative for both University Council and the University Senate. Prior to receiving his Bachelor’s degree in geophysical engineering, Rob was elected to serve as an executive of the University of Saskatchewan Students Union (1999-2000).

Rob gained several years of valuable professional experience as a geophysicist in the Canadian oil & gas exploration sector before moving to Saskatoon in 2008. Rob began work at Cameco as a technical communications specialist where he supported efforts in regulatory relations and public engagement with the people and communities of northern Saskatchewan. He is currently responsible for Cameco's corporate security program.

Though his young family keeps him very busy, Rob has been an active participant in the community through canvassing for the United Way, volunteering with arts non-profits, and serving as an executive member for his local community association.

David Kelly

David is a second generation, two-time graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) holding Bachelor of Arts, Honors (1983) and a Masters of Arts (1986). He has served as a sessional lecturer at the UofS, a small business owner and civil servant in Information Technology in Saskatchewan for over 25 years.

Professionally, David has been with the Government of Saskatchewan as a Senior Analyst specializing in technology security and information privacy, having spent the last 16 years with Public Employees Benefits Agency.

He is passionate about building strategic balance between expanding demand for online enterprise and concern for privacy and security of personal information. He has researched and written policy and implemented procedures to reduce and mitigate corporate risk and protect online information. Working side by side with pension and benefits professionals for many years he is sensitive to, and conversant with, complex issues surrounding superannuation, compensation and employee benefits in large institutional environments.

David has fostered an interest in the ongoing governance and direction of the University of Saskatchewan. He is familiar with current projects and initiatives and is sympathetic to the core needs of students, faculty and administrators in maintaining and expanding the legacy of this one hundred and seven year institution. 

He is active in the community, volunteering with provincial NGO’s and associations. In his personal life, David enjoys music & video, guitar lutherie, computer system design and intellectual property advocacy. He maintains a membership and interest in the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the national organization which is the steward of the .CA internet domain space.

David lives in a rural Saskatchewan community with his wife, who is also an alumnus and their daughter.

 

Jeffrey MacDonald

Born in Saskatoon, and having attended Aden Bowman Collegiate, followed by the University of Saskatchewan (B.A. Hon. History, 2005), and SIAST (Commercial Pilot, 2008), Jeffrey MacDonald (Jeff), has lived and worked in Saskatoon most of his life.   Jeff spent a great deal of time at the U of S, beginning in 1999.  First pursuing a degree in chemistry, but switching his focus to history and political studies in his third year.

During his studies, Jeff wrote for The Sheaf, was treasurer for the Saint Thomas More Students’ Union in 2004, plus a Member of Student Council, followed by a term as the Vice President of Operations and Finance for the USSU in 2004-2005.  Jeff studied abroad in Havana Cuba, and studied French in Jonquiere, Quebec, both on travel bursaries from the U of S. 
Since graduating, Jeff has become an entrepreneur in the construction industry, and now works as a commercial pilot for West Wind Aviation.

With a career path now underway, and having begun to grow his family and maintain roots in Saskatoon, Jeff looks to once again get involved with the larger community through the University of Saskatchewan. 

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller is a motion graphics designer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has received a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Mathematical physics and Master of Science degree in Computer Science, both from the University of Saskatchewan.

Since graduating from high school in 2001, Jordan Miller has worked within the Saskatchewan and Vancouver film industries as a graphic designer, animator, and motion graphics artist. He has been involved in many local productions including documentary films, dramatic series, television advertisements, and feature films. In 2005, he was nominated for an award from the Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association for his visual effects work in the documentary film The Psychedelic Pioneers.

Concurrently, Jordan Miller worked on a Bachelor of Science degree in the discipline of Mathematical Physics. He graduated with high honours in 2006, receiving the award for Most Distinguished Graduate in the discipline. Jordan Miller then went on to study computer graphics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan, splitting his time between Saskatoon and Ottawa while working with his supervisor at Carleton University. In 2010, he defended his thesis, entitled Accurate and Discernible Photocollages, and received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan. His work has been presented at the Non-photorealistic Animation and Rendering Symposium in 2010 and the International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging in 2012.

While at the university, Jordan Miller was active in several student-run social justice initiatives as an organizer and volunteer, including Rooted, the Amnesty International university chapter, and the Carnival of Solidarity. He has also represented the university in several international mathematical modeling competitions and received several awards and scholarships for academic excellence. Jordan Miller continues to work in the film and video industry in Vancouver. 

 

Richard (Dick) Rempel

Dick’s father, Jake Rempel, a Mennonite immigrant who had to escape from Russia as a youth, had a life-long career as biology professor, first at Regina College, and then, when Dick was eleven, at the main campus in Saskatoon.  Thus Dick has been familiar with the campus since before its post WW2 expansion.

In late adolescence Dick had a bout of pneumonia with symptoms persisting for more than a year.  It was decided that he should give school a rest in order to regain his health, so he went up north for two years to work as a labourer in the oil and forestry industries.  On return, he was fit physically and mentally and with a clearer understanding of life and humanity than formal education alone could have supplied. 

Back in university Dick excelled, and devoted his spare time to WUSC, the World University Service of Canada.  He raised funds for underprivileged students in third-world countries, and organized some of the earliest international student exchanges.  In his last undergrad year, as local director of WUSC, he was also a member of the Student Representative Council (SRC) so he has some idea of students’ concerns about the University.  In the spring of 1959 he graduated with High Honours in History and Economics, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford.

Dick’s time at Oxford was interrupted when Dr. Hilda Neatby, Head of the History Dept. at the U. of Sask., asked him to return and teach history for a year, which he did, bringing his new wife, Ann, a nurse.  Back in Oxford, Dick later graduated with BA, MA, and DPHIL degrees, and then took his first permanent job teaching history at the University of South Carolina.  The family, now with two young children, remained there for eleven eventful years during which the Civil Rights Movement was rapidly expanding and the Viet Nam war was becoming increasingly traumatic for U.S. citizens.  Among Dick’s students were some of the first African Americans to attend that University.  In 1975 Dick and family were happy to move back to Canada, to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., where he taught history until his retirement in 2000.

Dick’s self-appointed task since retirement has been to write the book that was launched in Saskatoon last October, Research and Reform.  It is both a biography of Dr. W.P. Thompson, first head of the Biology Dept. at the U. of S. who became the University President from 1949 to 1959, and a history of the University during that period of rapid expansion.  The research for this volume required many extended visits to Saskatoon over recent years in order to interview people who still remembered relevant information, and to dig through the archives on campus.  Dick has also maintained old friendships in Saskatoon, both on and off campus, and thus has kept up with current University (and Saskatchewan) matters).  He continues to research university-related topics for future publication.  For these reasons I think Dick probably knows more about the University of Saskatchewan, past and present, than almost anyone else!

 

June I. Schultz

June Schultz is a Certified Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan with majors in Accounting and General Business. She is a strong team builder and facilitator, fostering an atmosphere that encourages talented professionals with high skills to attain maximum production.

For the past thirteen years, June has worked for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.  During this time, she has been responsible for the management of financial operations including multi-billion dollar budget and forecast preparation, policy development, program analysis and contract negotiations.   

June is dedicated and loyal with strong personal values including honesty, integrity and dedication.  These traits have served her well in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

June is passionate about continued professional development which has guided her to participate in various conferences and workshops offered though the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Financial Management Institute, and the Society of Management Accountants of Saskatchewan.  June has a Professional Leadership Certificate from the University of Regina and is working toward her Policy Workshop Certificate of Completion offered by the Public Service Commission of Saskatchewan and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School.

Giving back to organizations that have had a strong positive impact on her life and community is something June believes is extremely important.  Her volunteer activities include becoming a mentor in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Corporate Mentorship Program, holding various leadership positions within her church, and previously she served as vice chair of The Casey Foundation for Autism Support Inc., a foundation to support families who have children with autism.

June resides in Regina, Saskatchewan with her husband and two sons.  

 

Jordan Sherbino

EDUCATION

Saskatchewan High School Diploma (2009)

Biggar Central School 2000, Biggar, Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Arts (with High Honours) in Political Studies (2013)University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCE

I have previously worked in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy as a research assistant and I currently serve as the Vice President (Academic Affairs) of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union.

In my current role I have managed to learn a tremendous amount about post-secondary education in Canada, including university governance, university administrative structures, and trends in teaching, learning, research, discovery, outreach, and engagement. I have been deeply involved with the University at a time of significant change and renewal for the institution, and I wish to use this knowledge to continue to benefit the institution and its students in a new role as a Member at Large of Senate.

SELECTED ACADEMIC AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Throughout my academic career thus far I have been able to receive multiple awards for academic excellence. Upon entering this institution, I received such awards as the Canadian Millennium Scholarship, the William Shurniak Scholarship, and I was a Greystone Scholar. In my time at the University I graduated at the top of my Department and received the Honourable Donald Alexander McNiven Prize in Political Studies.

SELECTED COMMITTEE AND BOARD EXPERIENCE

I have extensive involvement with student government at the University, and I have held roles at the departmental, college and institutional level. I have also held a position with a provincial advisory committee from November 2006 to April 2008.

At the University of Saskatchewan, I have been a member of University Council, I have sat on search and review committees for senior administrators, and I have been deeply involved with many policy changes of the institution. I have also been a member of such committees of University Council as the Academic Programs; the Teaching, Learning and Academic Resources; the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Works; and the Scholarships and Awards committees.

INTENT OF RUNNING FOR SENATE

I have always been very involved in my school and community, and I hope that I can continue to meaningfully contribute as a Senator of the University of Saskatchewan. I have a passion for post-secondary issues and I feel confident that I understand both the University and the environment in which it is operating. I have worked tirelessly for student success as well as strong academic programming and support services at the University, and I hope that I can be able to continue to serve this institution as a Senator.

 

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson grew up in the urban prairie centers of Regina, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Since high school she has been actively involved in many Saskatoon community groups; volunteering her time for social justice, heritage language, and children’s organizations. After high school, Michelle spent four years living, studying and working in Europe. This time abroad led her to focus her studies upon returning to Saskatchewan and in 2013 she graduated with a degree in Modern Languages (German and Spanish) with Great Distinction. As a current continuing student, she will finish her second Bachelor of Arts in May 2014 with an Honours Degree in Women and Gender Studies. Her current academic areas of interest are teaching German as a second language and integrating feminist thought into local projects. During her time at the University of Saskatchewan she was fortunate to participate in two study abroad programs: a year in Germany and a taught-abroad course in New York City, which provided her with a unique perspective as to how the University is viewed from outside of Canada. Ensuring that the University of Saskatchewan has a strong reputation locally and internationally motivated her to run for Senate. Her governance positions within Oxfam Canada, leadership roles in student-run organizations on campus, and involvement with the Children’s Discovery Museum have contributed to her professional development. In her spare time Michelle enjoys gardening, creating mixed-media artwork and traveling.      



Christopher Triggs

Christopher David Triggs (LL.B., ’05) grew up in Moose Jaw and Regina, before moving to Manitoba with his family to complete high school and his undergraduate education (Providence College, and the University of Manitoba, obtaining a B.A. (Sociology) in 2002) before attending the University of Saskatchewan to attend the College of Law, where he graduated as the gold medalist in 2005.  He then clerked at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal before moving to Calgary to work at a major national law firm as a litigator, with clients including insurers and oil and gas companies.  In 2009, Chris moved to Ottawa to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as a foreign service officer in the South Asia division, working on a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues, including contributing to an official visit by the Bangladesh Foreign Minister.  In 2011, he returned home to Saskatchewan, to take up his current position as legal counsel for SaskPower.  At SaskPower, Chris provides advice on corporate commercial matters, land acquisitions and sales, and regulatory and privacy issues, and he volunteers with the corporation’s diversity initiatives.  In his spare time, Chris and his partner, Jamie, enjoy travelling as extensively as time and budgets allow, undertaking seemingly endless renovations to their old house, taking in local arts and culture, and spending time with family and friends.  Having lived and worked across Canada, including in an international context, Chris has a broad perspective, and perhaps an added appreciation for Saskatchewan as a place to call home.   As a lawyer, he is accustomed to focusing on details, analyzing risk, and developing solutions.  Chris has warm memories of the University of Saskatchewan as the institution most responsible for his intellectual and professional development, and would be privileged to contribute his perspective and skills to the governance of the university. 

 

Joyce Wells

“It has been a privilege to be a U of S Senator for the past three years, and I am looking forward to continuing my work on the Executive Committee of the Senate,” says Joyce Wells.

Joyce Wells is prairie-born, growing up on a farm north of Moose Jaw and graduating from Teachers College.  Her first position was teaching at a fly-in Aboriginal school on Reindeer Lake.  Easter holidays were a 70-mile trip by dog team to the mining town of Lynn Lake, MB.

Following a trip around the world, Joyce became Youth Program leader for the YWCA in central London, worked for Hearst Newspapers in Fleet Street, and was a Commonwealth Institute lecturer on tour to schools throughout England and Wales.

In Whitehorse, Yukon, Joyce was on the building committee of the first YWCA, later becoming President.  "After leaving Whitehorse, I registered at the U of S and completed my B.Ed.  I started university the same week that my children started kindergarten and grade one at the Saskatoon French School.  Education became our family focus.  I graduated with distinction in 1975."

Joyce has worked both sides of the media world, scripting for radio and TV, and later becoming spokesperson for organizations as diverse as Spar Aerospace in Toronto and Credit Union Central in Saskatchewan.

Joyce was Director of Communications for SED Systems during the 1980s when ". . . our boys guided the first rescue of a satellite in space. We put circuit boards in farm equipment, and SED won the communications contract for the Canadian Frigates."  She was Manager of Publications for Sask Agriculture, and Assistant to the VP of Sales, Potash Corp of Saskatchewan.  Most recently as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, the program grew from four awards to twelve, two of them sponsored by the U of S.  

Joyce continues to work on contract for the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and supports her community through volunteer commitment.