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UW-GK Chapter Awards

Every year since our inception, the UW-GK Chapter has been recognized internationally as a top-performing Chapter in upholding the three pillars of Golden Key: Academics, Leadership, and Service.

We achieved the Silver Standard for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

In 2015-16, 2016-17; 2017-18, 2018 -19, 2019-20, we, again, attained the Gold Standard and also the highest distinction of all—the Key Chapter Award.

UW-GK Chapter Honorary Members

Ken McCluskey



Ken McCluskey, Dean and Professor of Education at UWinnipeg, is known internationally for his work in the fields of mentoring, gifted education and at-risk children and youth. Under McCluskey's leadership UWinnipeg has become a leader in mentoring and community outreach, with programs such as Lost Prizes now piloted internationally. The faculty developed the Community-based Aboriginal Teacher Education program, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education, and headquartered the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children on our campus. Perhaps most telling is the response from students. In one decade the Faculty of Education has tripled from 600 to 1,805 students today.

Dr. Annette Trimbee

(2014- 2015)


Throughout her career as a deputy minister in Alberta, Trimbee helped shape major policy decisions in areas ranging from finance to health to advanced education and technology. She led collaborative teams and focused on the art of the possible. It is a pragmatic and inclusionary talent that translates well to running a diverse and multi-faceted place like UWinnipeg. With Trimbee’s support, and the leadership of the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association, UWinnipeg is leading the country by introducing the Indigenous Course Requirement in 2016 — integrating Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into the academy and fulfilling a key recommendation from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Dr. John Bulman



Bulman has been a tireless volunteer of UWinnipeg for more than 50-years: he is currently Secretary of the UWinnipeg Foundation Board of Directors, on which he has served since its inception in 2003. An exemplary ambassador for the University and a beloved figure on campus, Bulman was recognized as such with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws and the title of Chancellor Emeritus. For his unwavering commitment to The University and significant contributions to student life at UWinnipeg, the University’s student facility, the Bulman Centre, also bears his name.

Dr. Sylvia Albert



Former Dean of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, Albert is a consultant, researcher and author in the Smart/Intelligent/Sustainable Community Movement for over 25 years. She contributes to conversations and policy development on digitalization in Canada at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal level, and also on national and international boards and forums. Prior to her career in post-secondary education, in which she has focused on building new programs and partnerships with industry, Albert spent 15 years in community economic development specializing in industrial and tourism attraction as well as in community project development and financing.


Dr. James Currie


Currie's research has been funded continuously by NSERC for the last 25 years and he has over 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2008, he received the University's Erica & Arnold Rogers Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship. In 2009, along with Narad Rampersad and Michael Rao, he announced the solution of the long-standing mathematical problem Dejean's Conjecture. On the teaching front, one focus for Currie has been the use of history to teach mathematics to non-scientists. He has been listed more than once on Maclean's magazine's list of "popular profs".


Mr. Robert Silver


Mr. Robert Silver is currently in his third three-year term as Chancellor of
The University of Winnipeg. He is best known as President of Western Glove Works, a Winnipeg-based manufacturing company. He is also co-owner of The Winnipeg Free Press and The Brandon Sun. His involvement in the local community spans a wide range of positions and interests, such as the founder of Canterbury Park, Vice-
Chair of First Peoples Economic Growth Funds, Chair of Smart Park, and Co-Chair of We Day, among others. He is a generous supporter of The U of W, having donated substantially to the Master's Development Practice Fellowship and a founding gift in support of The University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Inclusion Initiative.


Mr. Kevin Lamoreaux


Previously, Mr. Kevin Lamoureux was an instructor and mentor at The University of Winnipeg. Mr. Lamoureux has a passion for reaching non-traditional students and providing pathways into post-secondary education and inclusion programs in Indigenous education. In this respect, he has distinguished himself and been the recipient of a number of awards, among them the Aboriginal Circle of Educators Honouring Our Ways Award and the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance. He authored Inclusion in Partnership, which is a guide for teachers looking to include Aboriginal perspectives into their classrooms. Recently, he was appointed to the position of Associate Vice President of Indigenous Affairs at The University of Winnipeg. This position will afford him greater access to pursue his objectives.

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Mr. Colin Russell


Colin Russell has been teaching for the UW English Department since 1999, and has also taught for the UW Collegiate and the Winnipeg Education Centre (WEC) Access Bachelor of Education program.  He holds BA (Honours) and BEd degrees from UW, and an MA from the University of Manitoba, with a thesis on the fiction of Louise Erdrich considered as a “minor literature” in the terms advanced by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in their book Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature.  He has also worked in Student Services for the University for a number of years and has been University Registrar since 2006.  Colin is also a classically-trained singer who enjoys opportunities to perform as a soloist and chorister; he has sung with CBC Hymn Sing, the Winnipeg Singers, Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Winnipeg Baroque Ensemble, Renaissance Voices, and the University of London Union Chorus in the U.K.

Dr. Danny Blair



Dr. Danny Blair is a geography professor and co-director of science for the Prairie Climate Centre. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Regina and a PhD from the University of Manitoba. His main research interests are climate variability and climate change in Canada’s western interior. He was a contributing author of Canada’s National Assessment of Climate Change released in 2008, and is a frequent presenter and participant in workshops about climate change in the Prairie provinces. Current research projects include: a climate change atlas for Manitoba and the Prairies (, the identification of Prairie climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, and an assessment of the potential for trans-boundary water conflicts in a changing Prairie climate.

Dr. Phil Baker



As Director of UWinnipeg’s Faculty of Education ACCESS program since 2003, Phil Baker has created new pathways into post-secondary life for countless students, especially Aboriginal students and those from minority groups. Finding innovative ways to meet real student needs, Phil has helped ensure many students graduate and become successful teachers in our community. Phil has strengthened the academic rigour of the Winnipeg Education Centre program, developed to serve students in the inner city. Under his leadership, enrolment has been stabilized, retention rates have soared, and the hiring rate of graduates has increased dramatically. Phil has also developed and helped to expand other successful programs, including the Community-based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program. 

Dr. Jeffery Martin



A Canadian leader of a major experiment searching for the neutron's electric dipole moment, which is being conducted at TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Vancouver, BC).  The project is a joint effort between physicists in Canada and Japan.  It seeks to search for additional sources of CP violation that are required, for example, to explain the predominance of matter over antimatter in the universe. He is also involved in electron scattering experiments at Jefferson Laboratory (Newport News, VA, USA), and in cold neutron experiments at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN, USA).

Dr. Lenna Glade



Prof. Lenna Glade B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., Vice President Academic, Maple Bear Global Schools. Lenna Glade, a recent retiree from The University of Winnipeg, is a long-time educator. She worked in the public school system first as a Chemistry and Biology​ teacher and then as a school administrator at all levels. ​Ms. Glade, concurrently with her UWinnipeg position, trained teachers and​ administrators and made presentations to the parents of Maple Bear Schools in​ Brazil, China, Korea, Viet Nam, and Singapore over a period of six years, and she​ coordinates the annual Maple Bear Owner’s Convention in Brazil. The line​ between leadership and service grow blurry in work like this. We cannot imagine​ the scope of the hands-on job of Vice President Academic, the time, the energy,​ and the generosity of spirit it takes to fulfill the responsibilities of her current​ position.

UW-GK Distinguished Alumni Awards

UW-GK is accepting nominations for the 2020-21 DAA! Do you know a graduate who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her profession or to the community? Why not nominate him or her? Contact us for more details!

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