Board Members

2017 – 2018 Board of Governors

(as of August 1, 2017)

Members Ex-Officio

Jim TomkinsDr. Jim Tomkins - Chancellor

Dr. Tomkins, BA (Hon), MS, PhD was re-elected in 2016 as the eighth Chancellor of the University of Regina.  His first three-year term as Chancellor was held from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016 and his second term will expire on June 30, 2019.

Dr. Tomkins grew up in Regina.  After completing high school there in 1962, he enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (1965) and an Honours Certificate (1966) in mathematics.  He then went on to complete his master’s (1967) and doctoral (1970) degrees in statistics at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, USA.

Dr. Tomkins joined the faculty in the U of R’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1969.  During a career at the University spanning nearly forty years, he served as President and Vice-Chancellor from 2007 to 2008, Vice-President (Administration) from 1998 to 2005, as head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from 1985 to 1994, and as an advisor to the President from 1980 to 1985. 

Dr. Tomkins is an avid researcher and has served on numerous Boards.  He is currently a Trustee of the Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees’ Pension Plan, President of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, a Director of Bentall Kennedy Prime Canadian Property Fund Ltd. of Vancouver, and a member of the Academic and Administrative Benefits Committee at the University of Regina.

Dr. Tomkins was honoured with the Distinguished Service Plaque from the Statistical Society of Canada in 1990, the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) in 2005, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006 and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Regina Board of Governors in 2008.

Vianne TimmonsDr. Vianne Timmons – President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Timmons obtained her BEd in Special Education in 1980 from Acadia University, preceded by a BA in Psychology and English from Mt. Allison University in 1979.  In 1983, she completed her MEd in Special Education at Gonzaga University, and she obtained her PhD in Education Psychology in 1993 from the University of Calgary.
Dr. Timmons joined St. Francis Xavier University in 1992 as an associate professor and later as chair of the Education Department.  In 1996, she joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island, eventually serving as the institution's Vice-President, Academic Development.  On September 1, 2008, she officially began her role as the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.
In addition to serving in her administrative role as President of the University of Regina, Dr. Timmons maintains an active research program focusing on the areas of family literacy and inclusive education.  She is currently Past President of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and serves as Chair of Universities Canada's Standing Advisory Committee on International Relations.  In recent years, she has also served as Vice-President – Canadian Region for the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education, as well as Chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.
In 2014, she obtained her Chartered Director designation from The Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada.

Members Appointed by the Province of Saskatchewan

Daniel KwochkaDaniel Kwochka - Past Chair

Mr. Kwochka was appointed to the Board in 2011 and served as Vice-Chair. 

Mr. Kwochka is a partner with the law firm of McKercher LLP and serves on its Executive Committee. He joined the firm in 1997 and has practised law in Regina since that time.  He graduated with a BA (Advanced) from the University of Regina in 1993 and received a Bachelor of Laws with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996.  He articled with the firm of McKercher, McKercher & Whitmore in 1996 and remained with the firm, now called McKercher LLP, since that time as both an associate and a partner.

Mr. Kwochka is an experienced practitioner in the field of corporate and commercial law and has acted as general counsel to both public and private corporations, boards, and commissions, including provincial Crown Corporations, advising on a broad array of legal issues.  He is also an experienced practitioner in the field of labour and employment law and continues to represent several large employers in both union and non-union environments.  Mr. Kwochka recently obtained the Professional Director (Pro.Dir.) designation in 2014.

Gary BosgoedMr. Gary Bosgoed, (Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee)

Mr. Bosgoed was appointed to the Board in January 2016 and is the President and CEO of Bosgoed Project Consultants Ltd, a management consulting, development management and project management company.  Gary is an engineer with over thirty-two years of consulting experience, he specializes in project delivery, business advisory services and community engagement on capital projects.

Gary is currently under contract to FT Services, a maintenance and turnaround company, as the Vice President of Contract Development.  He was recently the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the WorleyParsons Edmonton office, which consisted of over 2,300 personnel completing engineering projects around the world. The team worked on oil & gas, mining, infrastructure and power projects in Canada and internationally. The project mix included small plant and infrastructure assignments, major and mega-projects and long term alliances.  Prior to that, Gary was the founder and President of Bosgoed Project Consultants, a western Canadian consulting engineering company and founding Director of Circle Energy (CEN:TSX) a Calgary-based oil and gas exploration company.

Mr. Bosgoed is also an active community volunteer, chairing the 2013 Alberta Capital Region United Way Campaign, Co-chairing the Alberta TransCanada Trail Fundraising Committee, on the Norquest College Industry Advisory Committee and a Heart & Stroke Foundation door-to-door Fundraiser.  He also served on the Saskatchewan and Alberta Aboriginal Construction Careers Programs, which have provided construction jobs to over 10,000 aboriginal people. Gary is the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Regina Distinguished Alumni Award, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Business and Technology and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.

Gary’s volunteer service at the University of Regina includes President of the Engineering Students and Students' Union, President of the University of Regina Alumni Association, Senate member, fundraiser, donor and Edmonton branch volunteer.  He has returned to campus to address MBA students and as a speaker for the UR Distinguished Speaker Series.

Roger BrandvoldMr. Roger Brandvold (Chair, Finance and Facilities Committee)

Mr. Brandvold was appointed to the Board in March 2015. He has been a Partner and Senior Vice-President with Connor Clark & Lunn for over 10 years, which is Canada’s largest independent money manager with $60BN assets under management and responsible for private client business.  Prior to this position, Mr. Brandvold was Senior Vice-President with Greystone Managed Investments from 1998 to 2004 and Vice-President and National Sales Manager with CIBC, Wealth Management in Toronto.

Mr. Brandvold currently serves on the Amenity Health Care Board.  He has served as Chairman and Director on the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club from 2005 to 2014 and Governor of the CFL Board of Governors from 2008 to 2014.  He also Co-Chaired the 2013 Grey Cup, served on the Board for the Assiniboia Club, South Saskatchewan Arthritis Society, Investment Dealers Association Board and the University of Regina Ram's Board.

Mr. Brandvold attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Executive Program at Queens School of Business.  He also is a certified Chartered Investment Manager and Chartered Financial Planner.  Born and raised in Saskatchewan, he played junior hockey in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon and was a member of the University of Saskatchewan hockey team.  He has always been very active in sports including high school football, fastball and currently enjoys a round of golf.

Pam KleinMs. Pam Klein, Vice-Chair (Chair, Governance and Nominations Committee)

Ms. Klein was appointed to the Board in 2013.  Ms. Klein is the President of Phoenix Group, Saskatchewan's leading and award-winning advertising agency, she delivers insight and communications strategies to help businesses solve challenges.  Ms. Klein leads her talented team by example:  striving for excellence, creating a rewarding work environment and giving back to the community.  Her background is a tapestry of amazing experiences. 

A graduate of the University of Regina, she earned a MEd from the University of Manitoba.  She has lived and worked across Canada and around the world.  She derives joy from her community involvement, her fabulous family and a fulfilling career and just recently obtained the Professional Director (Pro.Dir) designation in 2014.

Cathy WarnerMs. Cathy Warner, Chair (Chair, Distinguished Service Award Committee)

Cathy currently serves as the Marketplace Leader for Deloitte Saskatchewan having held roles of increasing responsiblity, in various offices, since she joined the firm after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988.  Cathy has gained considerable experience working with both large and small businesses including private, public, and non-profit organizations.  Having worked in Regina, Saskatoon and New Westminster, BC, her experience has been particularly deep in the areas of real estate and agribusiness.  With a passion for developing talent, particularly in the advancement of women, Cathy has been invited to speak at forums on the topic and founded the Deloitte Spring Breakfast in Regina which features phenomenal women telling their stories.  Cathy is actively involved in the community having volunteer roles including serving on a number of Boards.  In 2014, she obtained her Profesional Director (Pro.Dir.) designation from the Brown School of Governance. Currently Cathy serves as: Chair, University of Regina; Board Member and Finance Committee Chair, Deloitte LLP Canada; Board Member, Lorne & Evelyn Johnson Foundation; Trustee, Governance House Foundation.  Her past experiences include:  Board Member, CA School of Business and CPA Western School of Businsess; Council Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan; President, MacKenzie Art Gallery; Finance Chair, 2005 Canada Summer Games; Campaign Cabinet, Saskatoon United Way; Treasurer, Canadian Hemotomacrosis Society.  In 2011, Cathy was awarded her Fellow Chartered Accountant designation recognizing her contribution to the profession and the community.

Members Elected by the Senate

Elaine BourassaDr. Marlene Smadu

Dr. Marlene Smadu, RN (Regina Grey Nuns Hospital School of Nursing), BScN (University of Saskatchewan), MAdEd (St. Francis Xavier University), EdD (Nova Southeastern University), LLD (h.c.) (University of Calgary) has been a registered nurse for over 40 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles in health, nursing and education during her career.  Recently retired, she created and served in the role of Vice-President of Quality and Transformation, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR), 2012-2016.  In this role, she led the Region’s efforts to transform the health system to one focused on quality, safety and patient and family-centredness while reducing waste and waits. Prior to that Dr. Smadu served as the Associate Dean, Southern Saskatchewan Campus and International Student Affairs for the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan (2002-2012); Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Principal Nursing Advisor for the Government of Saskatchewan (1998-2002); and Education Consultant and Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (1992-1998).   Dr. Smadu has practiced nursing in all domains (clinical, education, administration, research and policy) and in a variety of settings in Canada, Papua New Guinea, and Qatar. 

Dr. Smadu was elected to the Board by Senate in June 2017, having served on a number of international, national and provincial boards.  She recently completed 8 years as a board member for the International Council of Nurses, an organization that represents 16 million nurses in over 130 countries. Dr. Smadu’s other recent Board engagement included serving as a member of the board of Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) (2010-2016), founding member of the board and chair of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (2002-2011), President-Elect and President of the Canadian Nurses Association (2004-2008) and co-chair of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) National Expert Commission on the Health of the Nation and the Future of the Health System (2011-2012).  In June 2013 she was awarded the Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Calgary for leadership in Canadian nursing and international health care and in June 2016 she was awarded the Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Policy. 

Born and raised on a farm at Cupar, Saskatchewan, Dr. Smadu’s involvement with the University of Regina began when she was 17 and had a summer job at the College Avenue Campus in the Extension Division, and continued through her taking a number of U of R courses over the years, supporting her husband and children through multiple degrees at the U of R, working with colleagues from a number of University of Regina faculties on interprofessional learning opportunities and research grants, and most recently engaging in her second term on the University of Regina Senate

Dr. Smadu and her husband, Dr. George Smadu, have three children and one son-in-law:  Joachim, (B.Ed., U of R) who teaches English at O’Neill High School and is completing his Masters of Education at the U of R; Zach (Honours Degree, Theatre and Drama, U of T) who is an actor in Toronto, Talitha (BA, U of R; Certificate in Public Relations, U of R) who works at Hillberg & Berk and continues her education at the U of R to prepare for pursuing an MBA, and Mitchell McCloskey, PEng (BEng, U of R), who works at Hipperson Construction.

Art OpsethDr. Art Opseth (Chair, Human Resources Committee)

Dr. Opseth was elected to serve as the Senate Representative to the Board in 2016.  Dr. Opseth was born and raised on a farm near Hagen Saskatchewan (about 25 miles south of Prince Albert).  He enrolled in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1955 and received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction) in 1959 and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1961 from the University of Saskatchewan. 

Following graduation he spent one year with the National Aeronautical Establishment, National Research Council in Ottawa followed by two years with White and Partners Consulting Engineers in Montreal. There he worked with a team making modifications to armoured personnel carriers for the Canadian Army.  In the spring of 1964 he joined the Saskatchewan Government Computer Centre in Regina where he did computer programming and systems design until he joined the Faculty of Engineering in 1974 as a Visiting Associate Professor, in1975 as a special lecturer  and then in 1977 appointed Assistant Professor (with Tenure).

Dr. Opseth retired as a professor in 2001 having served as in many roles including Acting Dean for one year, Assistant Dean for 13 years and on most faculty committees. After retiring he was appointed Associate Dean Special Projects from 2001 to 2003. After that he continued teach as a sessional lecturer until 2012. In 2005 he was appointed he as an Adjunct Professor and in 2008 appointed Professor Emeritus. He has also served the University on many committees including the Executive of Council.

Dr. Opseth became a member of The Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan in 1964. He has served two terms as a member of the APEGS Council. and as Vice President, President Elect, President and Past President 2004. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Canadian Association for Cooperative Education, the Co-operative Education Council of Canada, the Inter American Conference for Engineering and Technical Education, and the Index Trade Show Board.  He has also received numerous awards and honours over the years.

Art's community service has included volunteer ski instructor both downhill and cross country with the Regina Ski Club, a Cub leader, Regina Water Polo Association, a youth soccer coach, Regina Symphony Orchestra Association and the building committee at Holy Rosary Cathedral.  Dr. Opseth enjoys woodworking, rosemalling, skiing, photography, gardening and antique cars.  He is married to Mary and they have two children, Doug and Megan and three grandchildren, Abigail, Daniel and Zoe

Elected Faculty Member

Mark Brigham

Dr. Carlos David Londoño Sulkin

Dr. Carlos David Londoño Sulkin (Título de Antropólogo, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, 1995; PhD, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2001) is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Regina. He has an abiding interest in persons’ and social groups’ varied, mutable, yet often patterned moralities. Most of his published research stems from his observations and experiences while living with the indigenous People of the Centre (Colombian Amazon), with whom he has worked since 1993. In recent years his research has expanded toward the production of moral portraits of individuals: a Colombian anthropologist, a science writer, an Amazonian mensch, and a Sierra Leonean/American intellectual and activist.

Carlos served his department as head from 2010 until 2015, and his faculty association as chief negotiator (Academic) in the 2011/2012 round of collective bargaining. In these and other administrative endeavors, he remained curious and interested in reflecting critically on the academic life and duty; his most recent focus has been academics’ engagement with the work of their peers. He has been very active in the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA), where he was the Academic Program Chair of two international conferences and chair of the Public Issues and Actions committee; he will be the president of this learned society from 2017 to 2020. He has enjoyed consultancies with the Horniman Museum, in London, England, and is member of its academic advisory panel (2012-2020).

Carlos is married to Maria Isabel Vélez, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology of the University of Regina. They have two sons.

Students’ Union President

Nathan SgrazzuttiMr. Jermain McKenzie

Mr. Mckenzie has been elected for a second term to serve as President of the University of Regina Students’ Union. However, Mr. Mckenzie is no stranger to leadership roles and has served in various leadership capacities from his days in high school.

Mr. Mckenzie is currently registered in the Faculty of Education and a recent graduate of the Faculty of Arts. During his time at the university he has been an actively engaged member of the community. He is a regular Master of Ceremonies for various events, such as the Chinese New Year’s Gala, International Night, African Cultural Night, and Saudi Arabic Cultural Night among many others. He has also worked with U of R International Office as one of the leaders of their conversation club, which aims at improving the conversational English of non-native English speakers.

Outside of school, Mr. Mckenzie remains and active member of the community where he works as a youth leader with the YMCA, and as a mentor in the dorms at Luther High School. During the summers Mr. Mckenzie enjoys playing cricket for his club and is happy to be a part of the fastest group sport in Saskatchewan. Mr. Mckenzie has also represented South Korea in the annual WCP soccer tournament held in Regina.

As President of URSU, Mr. Mckenzie will be working to build a closer bond between the various cultures and student groups that make up the student body. He also will be working to facilitate a much closer relationship between URSU and the wider Regina community, as he sees the university as the intellectual and creative nucleus of the city. Mr. Mckenzie believes that his years of experience working within diverse settings and groups will allow him to be a respectful and highly professional representative for the student body.