University of Regina announces changes to its Board of Governors

News Release Release Date: October 18, 2021 2:00 p.m.

The University of Regina announced changes to its Board of Governors today, including the addition of a new member. 

Appointed by the Government of Saskatchewan through an Order in Council, Leanne Bellegarde will join the University’s Board for a three year term. A proud member of the Peepeekisis Cree Nation, Bellegarde is currently CEO of Akawe Technologies, where her inclusion focus and consulting defines and informs the digital transformation intentionally addressing diverse community needs. She was formerly the Director, Strategic Inclusion and Diversity at Nutrien, Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Aboriginal Strategy at Potash Corp, Director of Aboriginal Initiatives in the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan, and Senior Vice-President Corporate and Legal Affairs at SLGA. Bellegarde holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. She brings extensive board experience and a commitment to inclusion and fostering belonging through robust governance and inquiry. 

In addition to a new member, the Board is now led by an Acting Chair. Former Vice-Chair, Dr. Marlene Smadu has assumed the role of Acting Chair upon the expiration of Roger Brandvold’s term. 

“I would like to thank Roger Brandvold for his service to the University of Regina, as a member of its Board of Governors and, finally, as Chair of the Board,” said Acting Chair, Dr. Marlene Smadu. “Roger led the Board during a global pandemic – an unprecedented time in our history. His steady leadership and commitment to the success of the institution are greatly appreciated.” 

David Chow, Cadmus Delorme, Mark Lang, Gary Bosgoed, Dr. Art Opseth, Dr. Carlos Londoño Sulkin, as well as ex-officio members Pam Klein (Chancellor), Hannah Tait (University of Regina Students’ Union President) and Dr. Jeff Keshen (President and Vice-Chancellor) retain their positions on the Board. 

The Board of Governors oversees the administration and business matters of the University. It has ultimate authority over the raising and spending of University funds, and over the acquisition and management of University property. It also appoints the president of the University. 

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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