Board Membership

As required by The Red River College Act, the Board of Governors consists of one employee selected by RRC employees; one student selected by the Students’ Association; and at least 9 but not more than 15 members recommended by the Minister of Education and Training.

Remuneration: Board members who are eligible for remuneration receive the following amounts set by the Manitoba Government:

Chair – $250 per month
Vice-Chair – $200 per month
Board Members – $150 per month

Employee Member: Every two years RRC staff elect a co-worker to serve on the Board of Governors. The current Employee Member’s term ends on June 30, 2017 and an election for the 2017-19 term will be held in the spring 2017.

Student Member: The RRC Students’ Association has designated its president as Student Member on the Board of Governors. The SA President is elected annually by the RRC student body.

Community Members: Between 9 and 15 members are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council upon recommendation of the Minister of Education and Training. At January 19, 2017 there are 8 appointed community members.

Board Membership – January 18, 2017

Loren Cisyk, Chair  |  Janice Hyde, Vice-Chair  |  David Beaudin  |  Debra Enns  |  Leah Gazan  |  Susan Gilbert  |  Marilyn Kenny  |  Michael Legary  |   Dave Sauer  |  Adam Taplin  |  Paul Vogt, President and CEO  |  Kathi Gudmandson, Administrator  |

Link to Red River College Board Member History – 1993 to Present

Loren Cisyk, Chair (Appointed January 1, 2016)


Loren Cisyk was appointed Chair of the Red River College Board of Governors on January 18, 2017 and has been a Board member since January 2016. He is currently the General Manager for IBM in the Prairies. During his 18 years at IBM the last 11 years have been in regional General Management roles in the Prairies and Caribbean, having started with IBM in various regional consulting management roles. Prior to joining IBM, Loren spent nine years in Information Technology leadership positions at Great-West Life and had six years’ technical experience at Cargill.

Loren graduated from the Computer Analyst/Programmer Diploma Program at Red River Community College in 1982 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from RRC in 2007. He received his Certified Management Accountant designation in 1992. Loren received a Fellowship Award (FCMA) from the Society of Management Accountants in 2011. He also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Janice Hyde, Vice-Chair (Appointed January 18, 2017)

Janice Hyde was appointed Vice-Chair of the Red River College Board on January 18, 2017. She brings more than 30 years’ experience in the information and communications technology sector with IBM Canada. Janice is also a proud member of the charitable organization, 100 Winnipeg Women Who Care, and has been recognized as an Individual Difference Maker for her contributions as a volunteer and board member of the Never Alone Foundation.

David Beaudin, Member (Appointed July 1, 2015)

d_-beaudin-webDavid Beaudin was elected by the Red River College staff as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member for the term July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017.

David is an RRC alumnus and joined the College in 2000.

He is an instructor in the School of Indigenous Education. Highlights of his education and experience include:

  • Plumbing Apprenticeship Levels 1-4, RRC 1987 – 1993
  • Multimedia Software Specialist, 1996 – 1997
  • Certificate in Adult Education, RRC 2003
  • Vocational Teaching Diploma, RRC 2004
  • Board Member and Chair, Manitoba Metis Federation Education Board – Winnipeg Region, 2006 – 2013
  • President, North End Housing Project Inc., 2014 – Present
  • MGEU Steward, RRC 2006 – Present

David has participated in various committees and volunteered his time in different capacities. As a former member of Local 254 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, he has experience in union membership and has been a union activist and RRC Steward since 2006.

Having been a board member, chairperson and president of local community boards, he is familiar with grassroots movements and listening to the front line workers and allowing them to have a voice. He says he brings this experience to the Staff Member position and his main focus is that RRC workers have a strong voice in the process of communicating with the Board.

Debra Enns, Member (Appointed January 18, 2017)

Debra Enns is the Chief Financial Officer of Enns Family Farms. She is current chair of the Boundary Trails Health Foundation and previously served as chair of the Altona and District Retail Merchants Association, and W. C. Miller Home and School Parent Association.

Leah Gazan, Member (Appointed August 1, 2012)

leah-gazan-webLeah Gazan is an instructor in the Faculty of Education and Special Projects Coordinator for the Access Education Program at the University of Winnipeg. She previously taught and developed curricula at the high school level and at Red River College. Her particular interests are in Aboriginal self-government, education and skills development. As a consultant she has worked for a number of Manitoba bands on governance and educational issues.

Leah is President of the Board of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation (Treaty 4). She is active in the First Nations community reasserting the inherent right of indigenous people to be self-determining nations.

Leah completed her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Winnipeg in 1998 and her Master of Education Degree from Central Michigan University in 2003 which focused on Building Capacity through Training in First Nations. Her dedication towards the advancement of community self-sufficiency and self-determination has been her inspiration for delivering programs and services to both the inner city and rural indigenous communities.

Susan Gilbert, Member (Appointed January 18, 2017)

susan-webSusan Gilbert is the Chief Operating Officer for MIG Insurance Group Limited. Prior to joining MIG, she owned a marketing and communications company, and worked in advertising and marketing consulting and strategic planning.




Marilyn Kenny, Member (Appointed August 1, 2013)

marilyn-webMarilyn Kenny has worked for a number of departments within the federal government undertaking a wide variety of roles including the administration of social services in both the Interlake and Northern regions of Manitoba. She was heavily involved in employment issues, particularly those associated with women’s employment. Marilyn was integral in establishing the Women’s Employment Counselling Centre and developed new initiatives for women, particularly those entering or re-entering the workforce later in life (e.g., as widows, following divorce, etc.). Her additional roles included those of managing the Employment Centre in Dauphin, MB and as a regional consultant for women.

Marilyn transferred to the Manitoba provincial government in the role of Director of Apprenticeship and moved into other senior level positions including the Director of Federal /Provincial Negotiations. Later she assumed responsibilities as Director of Immigration and Integration and completed her tenure with the province as the Director of Settlement and Adult Language Training. Marilyn then undertook a position as the Director of Operations with the Manitoba Nurses’ Union in 2001 where she remained until her retirement in 2010.

Marilyn holds a Master of Education with specialization in Adult Education and Administration from the University of Manitoba, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Administrative Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Social Welfare Services from Red River College.

During her career, Marilyn has been recognized for her work by numerous groups, including being nominated for the YWCA Woman of the Year and awarded the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority’s Woman of the Year. She won the Going the Extra Mile Award from the Public Personnel Association (comprising federal, provincial and municipal members), in addition to receiving the Teachers of English as an Additional Language (TEAM) Award for creation of the Immigrant Nurse Language Training Centre at the Manitoba Nurses’ Union.

Michael Legary, Member (Appointed October 1, 2014)

m_-legary-webMichael Legary is an ambassador for NorthForge, an entrepreneur-led non-profit organization focused on removing barriers to innovation and supporting entrepreneurial startups across Canada. In his role Michael provides mentorship for startups and has helped secure seed financing and investment while building strong relationships with industry partners and government to create new programs that support innovation.

An an entrepreneur Michael has focused much of his career on information assurance, founding, leading and exiting several IT, security and defence research companies over the past twenty years. Michael is the past Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the World Trade Centre Winnipeg Board. Michael is the recipient of numerous business awards, including the CBC Manitoba’s Future 40 award, and a E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his entrepreneurial endeavors, including Seccuris, a leading Canadian information security firm Michael founded and was acquired by Hitachi Systems in 2015.

Dave Sauer, Member (Appointed July 1, 2014)

d_-sauer-web2Dave Sauer is the former president of the Winnipeg Labour Council. He was elected to his first term in November 2010 and re-elected in November 2013. He has served as the Council’s 1st Vice-President and a Member-at-Large, Labour Director for the United Way of Winnipeg and member of United Steelworkers Local 9074. Dave has previously worked for SAFE Workers of Tomorrow, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the federal NDP. He has been involved in the labour movement since 2000, beginning with the Canadian Auto Workers Local 2002 at Air Canada.

Dave is a graduate of the Labour College of Canada (2003) and Labour Studies at the University of Manitoba (2011).

Adam Taplin, Member (Appointed May 1, 2016)

a-taplin-webAdam Taplin was elected as the Vice-President External for the Red River College Students’ Association in the spring 2015, and was subsequently elected RRCSA President for the 2016-17 term.

Now a Red River Alum having finished the Applied Accounting program, he is continuing his studies in general business.



Paul Vogt, President and CEO

paulvogtOn August 17, 2015, Paul Vogt joined Red River College as its fifth President and CEO. Paul holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University (where he earned an MPhil Politics degree) and at Princeton University.

Over the past 25 years, Paul taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. He has lectured on a wide range of subjects, including public administration and governance, Canadian politics, political theory, feminist theory and economics. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Manitoba in 2013/14 and taught in the University of Manitoba’s and University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Public Administration program.

Paul was head of the public service in Manitoba for eight years. He joins Red River College after serving as an Executive in Residence at the University of Manitoba and advising on the development of a multi-year post-secondary education strategy for Manitoba. He also helped to establish the province’s new Advisory Committee on Advanced Education.

He was the 2013 recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the 2014 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the 2015 recipient of the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

Kathi Gudmandson, Executive Administrator

kgKathi Gudmandson joined Red River College in 1999 as the Executive Administrator for the Board of Governors. She previously worked at the Winnipeg School Division with the Board of Trustees for eight years.

Kathi is the Corporate Secretary for Red River College and manages the operations of the Board of Governors. This includes providing administrative, advisory and logistical services to the Board so its decision-making is based on timely, accurate and objective information, and interpretation and application of policy. She is also the program administrator for ClearView Connects™, RRC’s ethics reporting service.

The Executive Administrator is the Board’s liaison with the Senior College Management, College staff and students, and the public.