WRHA Board Members

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Karen Dunlop - Board Chair

Karen has been a RN for more than 30 years. In her career, Karen has practiced nursing in a variety of roles including critical care nurse, Registrar of the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses, Consultant, Regional Director of the WRHA Emergency Program, President of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, Board member of the Canadian Nurses Association and President of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society.  Karen is a founding member of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and is the former Interim Executive Director.  In these many roles, Karen has consistently been an advocate for patient care, the profession of nursing and the health of people living in Manitoba.

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Derek Johannson - Vice Chair

After graduating with an honours degree in Commerce, Derek began his own business, Carlyle Computer Products, from his parents' basement in 1980. Carlyle was twice recognized as Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies. Today, Derek assists his sons in developing a new business model in the desktop printer fleet management market with Carlyle Printer, Service, & Supplies Ltd.

Derek has a rich history of community involvement on a number of local and international boards, including the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, True North & Entertainment Inc., Young Presidents’ Organization International and Health Sciences Centre Foundation. In addition to his role with the WRHA board, he also finds time to sit on the boards of Online Business System, and the advisory boards for the Institute of Corporate Directors Manitoba, and Buhler Furniture.

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Dr. Alaa Awadalla (ex-officio)

A medical school veteran, Dr. Alaa Awadalla graduated from medical school in Egypt in 1984 but his penchant for learning saw him repeat his residency, by choice, a second time in England as he strove to provide the best-in-practice care to his patients. A decorated obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Awadalla worked in the UK and in Newfoundland before landing in Winnipeg after his wife moved here to pursue her career in dentistry. After only a few short years here, Dr. Awadalla found himself invested in Winnipeg and working with local physicians and health professionals to provide innovative care options in obstetrics.

Dr. Awadalla is committed to improving the patient experience and working to provide minimally invasive procedures for clients across the province. The President of the Medical President’s Board of Manitoba, Dr. Awadalla is an ex-officio member of the WRHA board providing insight and reporting from the physician community.

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Bill Baines

An active community member, Bill brings many years of experience on both community and corporate boards, and over 36 years of business experience to the WRHA. Bill is currently active with the Boards of the Winnipeg Football Club (Blue Bombers), Exchange Income Corporation, the Institute of Corporate Directors – Manitoba Chapter Executive, and the Manitoba Museum Foundation Board of Governors.

Bill is the President and CEO of AML Wireless Networks Inc. and is the former President of OMT Technologies Inc., Intertain Media Inc., and President & COO of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS). Bill has a degree in engineering, an MBA and his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Jan Byrd

An accomplished senior leader in the public sector, Jan Byrd is passionate about reducing harm and creating safer systems in health care and on postsecondary campuses.

Jan Byrd was an early adopter and champion of the patient safety movement in Canada, having worked from 2005-2007 at the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS), and then for several years at St. Boniface Hospital as the Manager of Patient Safety, Quality and Patient Relations. Jan is currently Patient Safety Improvement Lead at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), where she supports a national Consortium and its Integrated Patient Safety Action Plan, leads the Surgical Care Safety portfolio, and focusses on strategic partnership development, related to policy support and Western Canada relations.

Prior to moving to CPSI, Jan was Executive Director, Wellness and Student Services at the University of Winnipeg, which included leadership of a nationally recognized, sexual violence prevention and response strategy.

Jan holds of Master’s degree, focused in the Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine, from the University of Manitoba; she also has a Lean Certification.

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Dawn Daudrich

Business manager and owner, Dawn Daudrich, divides her time between her Churchill based Lazy Bear Expeditions eco-tourism office, work on a number of different boards across the province and her family.

An active volunteer both within Churchill and in Winnipeg, Dawn is committed to improving business opportunities for Manitobans. Her eco-tourism company operates both out of Churchill and Winnipeg with over 50 employees and she sits on the chamber for Manitoba, Winnipeg and Churchill.

In addition to those ventures she continues to make time to volunteer with Churchill Girl Guides of Canada with her younger two children.

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Victor Giesbrecht

As president and co-founder of Trikor Builders, Victor is proud to have helped hundreds of Winnipeg families find their ideal home. After spending time working with a large construction company, Victor decided to begin a home construction business in 2003. Actively involved in the community, he is also a member of the board of directors for the Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corp (WHRC), and has volunteered with the Manitoba Home Builders Association (MHBA) in a number of committees for years. Victor’s academic accomplishments include an MBA from the University of Manitoba (2015), and a CPA, CGA designation (2001).

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Raquel Godin

After contracting bacterial meningitis in 2001, Raquel underwent extensive treatment including the amputation of both legs below the knees and a number of fingers. Her rehabilitation included being fit with prosthetic legs. Raquel returned to work in 2003 to continue her career in child care. Over a decade later, in 2015, Raquel has turned her attention to her two children as a stay-at-home mother and continues her volunteer work with other amputees at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg's Rehabilitation Day Program.

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Stuart Greenfield

Board President for his own local business development company, SMG Development, Stuart has years of experience working with Winnipeg's business community. Stuart is the Past Chair for Seven Oaks General Hospital Board of Directors and has gained an appreciation for the work of multi-cultural organizations through is involvement with the Manitoba Intercultural Council and Folklorama.

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Maj. Catherine Harris

As a Salvation Army officer, Cathie has served primarily in the field of adult education, teaching in Toronto, St. John’s and here in Winnipeg at Booth University College and the College for Officer Training. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (McMaster University) and a Master of Religious Education (Toronto School of Theology.) She is passionate about lifelong learning for both individuals and organizations.

Born in Ontario and having lived in in a number of cities across the country, Cathie has become a strong advocate for the City of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba. A proud supporter of Winnipeg’s arts community and the fields of health and education, Cathie hopes to make a meaningful contribution as a Board member of the WRHA, working towards the holistic health of Manitobans.

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Kiran Kumedan

With 14 years' experience in business operations Kiran applies her skills as a business consultant and process engineer with Online Business Solutions/Wawanesa Insurance in Winnipeg. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration and has worked with both federal government and healthcare organizations. A visible minority herself, Kiran seeks to represent Manitoba's immigrant population and visible minorities on the WRHA Board of directors and is dedicated to achieving sustainability in the health care system for future generations.  

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Donald Lepp

A senior manager with Canada Post and is a certified professional in Human Resources Donald brings both professional and personal insight to the WRHA board of directors. Donald is a patient advocate and has experience as a patient caregiver. Both his wife and son have complex cardiac conditions. Donald has a rich volunteer history with organizations such as Stollery Children's Hospital (Edmonton), Seven Oaks General Hospital, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Bryce Matlashewski

An Investment Advisor with over a decade of experience in Wealth Management, Bryce is keen to share his financial expertise with the WRHA board. Raised in a business-minded family Bryce’s upbringing exposed him to a number of family businesses which complement his degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba. His background in business also makes him a great fit as the voice of the Business Report live on air with CJOB.

Bryce divides his time between work, his family and the Community Leaders Board of the United Way. Bryce is committed to creating a better future for our province.

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Dr. Judith Scalan

An Associate Professor in nursing at the University of Manitoba, Judith’s leadership expertise is in nursing education and administration. Judith brings experiences in education, research, and leadership, including former Associate Dean, Graduate Programs in Nursing, board governance in acute care and community health care organizations, and Director of international development projects. She has broad knowledge of health care locally, nationally, and internationally. Judith is an outcome-focused team player who believes building relationships with stakeholders and facilitating the development of others is foundational to leadership and achieving evidenced-based results. Judith is passionate about ensuring that all people receive equitable and quality care, and believes that innovation in health care is possible. She is a registered nurse and has a PhD from the University of Manitoba. In 2008, she was recognized by the College of Registered Nurses for outstanding achievement.

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Gord Steeves

A former City of Winnipeg Councillor from the ward of St. Vital, as well as a former School Trustee for the St. Vital and Louis Riel School Divisions, Gord Steeves is a partner at the law firm of AVS LAW LLP, with a focus on real estate and general litigation.

As a council member for the City of Winnipeg, Gord served as Acting-Deputy Mayor for many years, and sat on the Executive Policy Committee. His primary role was as chairperson of the Protection and Community Services Committee, which stewarded the ongoing operations of the Winnipeg Police Service, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, and the Community Services Division of the City of Winnipeg. His past experience also includes five years with the Ottawa-based Federation of Canadian Municipalities (an organization representing municipal governments across Canada) including a year and a half as its President.

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Shannon Stefanson

An advocate for quality improvement and patient safety, Shannon graduated from nursing 27 years ago. She spent the first 18 years of her nursing career performing a variety of different roles in a hospital setting. Shannon currently teaches at The College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. In addition to her commitment to providing patients a voice, Shannon will provide the board insight into community health, adult education, and nursing research.

 

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