Office of the Vice-President (Administration) (2023)

Vice-President (Administration)

  • Naomi Andrew

    Naomi Andrew is a proud UM alumna and holds Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from the University of Manitoba. Prior to her role as Vice-President (Administration) Ms. Andrew served the UM community over 18 years in numerous roles, including General Counsel, Associate Vice-President (Fair Practices and Legal Affairs) and most recently as Acting Vice-President (Administration).

    For nearly two decades, Ms. Andrew has worked with faculty, students and units across our community to ensure our mission and vision are carried out with integrity, while fostering a culture that values respect, honesty, transparency, and fairness.

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In her capacity as chair on various University committees, such as the Implementation of the Path Forward Report: Responding to Sexual Violence, Discrimination and Harassment, University Information Technology Committee, Trust Investment Committee, Pension Committee and UM Properties Board, Ms. Andrew has demonstrated a deep commitment to UM and leadership in its administration.

She also serves community outside of her UM role, and most recently co-founded and serves as director of the National GC Network’s BIPOC Lawyers Leading the Way, a not-for-profit organization mandated to address issues of equity, diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.

Ms. Andrew brings a thoughtful, collaborative approach to leadership at UM with a strong commitment to the principles of equity diversity and inclusion.

Vice-President (Administration) leadership team

Raman Dhaliwal, Associate Vice-President (Administration)

Raman Dhaliwal (pronouns: she/her) is a seasoned higher education administrator and a visionary leader with a keen sense for strategy and forward thinking. She has ten years of experience in leading, designing, developing and implementing administrative structures and advancing critical projects and priorities that have shaped the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the University of Manitoba (UM).

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Mario Lebar, Chief Information Officer (IST)

Mario Lebar joined the University of Manitoba in April 2012 and was appointed Chief Information Officer in November 2015. Mario has varied work experience across several sectors. At CN Rail for 5 years, The Canadian Wheat Board for 12 years, and for the past 10 years at the University of Manitoba. While he has worked on the business side, Mario has spent most of the past 22 years in information technology. Mr. Lebar’s education includes a B.A. (economics), LL.B., and M.B.A. all from the University of Manitoba.

As unit head for the central information and technology services unit, Mario leads a team of 190 FTE as they deliver a full suite of information technology support services. Mario is co-chair of the University Information Technology Advisory Committee which helps ensure information technology investments meet the ongoing needs of the university community. Mario sits on two Senate committees including the Senate Committee for Academic Computing and The Senate Committee on Curriculum and Course Changes. External to UM, Mario sits on the Canadian Shared Services Operations Center (CanSSOC) Research Intensive Group of Universities Committee that provides direction on the development of cyber protection solutions.

Mike Emslie, C.F.O. & Comptroller (Financial Services)

Mr. Mike Emslie was appointed Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller of the University of Manitoba effective May 31, 2021.

Mr. Emslie joint the University of Manitoba from the University of Winnipeg where he most recently held the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration at the University of Winnipeg (2016 – 2021). Prior to this position, Mr. Emslie held a variety of positions at the UW since 2007. Prior to joining the UW, Mr. Emslie held a variety of accounting and auditing roles including two years as a Senior Audit Consultant with the University of Manitoba.

Mr. Emslie’s education and professional designations include Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Bachelor of Commerce – Honors, University of Manitoba.

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Comptroller Mike works to coordinate the activities of Financial Services, the Financial Planning and Budgeting office, and Treasury Services to support the priorities of the University. The CFO and Comptroller is also responsible for the operations of the Pension Office, and Ancillary Services, including Housing, Food Services and Parking.

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Darlene Smith, Associate Vice-President (Human Resources)

Darlene Smith was appointed Associate Vice-President (Human Resources) at the University of Manitoba effective July 2019. She joined the University of Manitoba in 2014 as the Director of Client Services. Prior to joining the university community, Darlene held leadership HR roles in a broad cross section of industries including financial services, insurance, consulting, and transportation. She has also been an instructor for many years, teaching a variety of HR-related training courses as part of formal certification programs.

In her current role, Darlene Smith oversees all aspects of human resources including labour relations for 6 bargaining units, human resource consulting, employee wellness, compensation and benefits, learning and organizational development, and change management and project services. She has also been actively involved in multiple university level committees and initiatives including the AMA Steering Committee, the RWLE/SV Steering Committee, the next Generation Web Experience Project Board, the Data Warehouse, and the HRIS Project Board.

Janice Martin, Director (Audit Services)

Janice Martin was appointed the Director of Audit Services at the University of Manitoba effective August 7, 2012. Prior to her appointment at the University, she performed internal audit and consulting services in the public sector and worked at a “Big Four” accounting firm where she performed external audits for several large clients.

Martin’s committee experience includes being a Board of Governors appointed member on the University’s Pension Committees. She is also a former board member and Treasurer of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Manitoba, she is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). She also has Certificates in Foundations of Trust Management Standards and Advanced Trust Management Standards.

Martin’s expertise lies in governance, risk management and control, and focuses her work on promoting ethical conduct in the workplace.

Janesca Kydd, General Counsel (Office of Legal Counsel)

Janesca Kydd was appointed General Counsel on June 28, 2021. As lead of the Office of Legal Counsel, she oversees approximately 15 lawyers and staff members who work closely together in supporting the University’s efforts in meeting its legal obligations and strategic priorities and in ensuring a fair and respectful work and learning environment.

Janesca joined the University as legal counsel in 2013 and has served as the primary legal advisor for the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, including the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Prior to joining the University, Janesca worked with the Manitoba Government in health policy and regulatory development and for a large Winnipeg private law firm.

During her time with the University, Janesca has actively engaged in a number of committees and working groups such as those relating to governance, accreditation and equity, diversity and inclusion. She is dedicated to assisting the University with its efforts in student recruitment, retention, engagement and Indigenous reconciliation.

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Janesca is committed to continuous learning and professional development. In 2021 she completed the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel with the Rotman School of Management and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, as well as the Leadership Intensive Program offered by the Asper School of Business.

Karen Meelker, Executive Director (Office of Risk and Compliance)

Karen Meelker became the Executive Director, Office of Risk Compliance in June 2021. Karen has been with the University since 2011 as the Access and Privacy Officer and more recently, the Acting Chief Risk Officer. Karen’s education and training, her depth of knowledge and experience with institutional risk mitigation and regulatory compliance, and her well established and influential leadership role in the University community, ensure that Karen and her team are central to creating and supporting a safe work and learning environment for students, faculty, researchers, and staff.

Karen has led, chaired or been a member of many committees, working groups, and projects at the university related to data and records management, privacy and security assessment processes, digital identity, social media awareness, sexual violence, and many others. Karen was a member of the leadership team at The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for 5 years, working closely the NCTR’s governing bodies to implement an access to information process for Survivors of residential schools and their families.

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, Karen was a Senior Policy Analyst with the Manitoba Government specializing in access to information and the protection of privacy.

Colleen Limon, Director, Office of the Vice-President (Administration)

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Reporting units

  • Ancillary Services
  • Architectural and Engineering Services
  • Audit Services
  • CampusPlanningOffice
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Fair Practices and Legal Affairs
  • Financial Planning Office
  • Financial Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Services andTechnology
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Risk Management
  • Security Services
  • Smartpark
  • Treasury Services

Please note that internal-facing content for these units has moved to UM Intranet, which can be accessed with an employee email address. See ourUM Intranet pagefor instructions and more information.

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  • Campus Planning Guiding physical development at UM through interior space planning and exterior planning and development.
  • Information Security Maintaining and enhancing the security and integrity of information, computing resources and technology at UM.
  • Sustainability Strategy Driving the university’s commitment to sustainability leadership.
  • Transportation Hub Ensuring information about getting to and around the UM is accessible and current.

Key reports

  • Operating Budgets and Financial Plans
  • Budget Model Redesign

Vice-President (Administration)
Room 207 Administration Building
66 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada


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How do I send a message to the Vice President? ›

In that case, send mail directly to instead.

How do I contact the Vice President's office? ›

The Office of the Vice President serves the Vice President in the performance of the many detailed activities incident to his immediate office. 1800 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20502 Phone, 202–395–5084. Internet,

Who is Vice President? ›

Kamala D. Harris is the Vice President of the United States of America. She was elected Vice President after a lifetime of public service, having been elected District Attorney of San Francisco, California Attorney General, and United States Senator.

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Can I email the president directly? ›


How do you start a message to the President? ›

Begin your letter: “Dear Mr./Madam President.” This is the polite and expected salutation with which all written addresses to the president should begin. Do not use the president's name in your correspondence. Continue to refer to them as Mr. or Madam President.

Can I write a message to the President? ›

Write a letter to the President

If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. If you hand-write your letter, please consider using pen and writing as neatly as possible. Please include your return address on your letter as well as your envelope.

What does the office of the VP do? ›

The Constitution names the vice president of the United States as the president of the Senate. In addition to serving as presiding officer, the vice president has the sole power to break a tie vote in the Senate and formally presides over the receiving and counting of electoral ballots cast in presidential elections.

What is the function of the Office of the Vice President? ›

The Office of the Vice President serves as a Convergence Platform for Engaging Citizens in Nation-Building, Promoting the Principles of Democracy, and Empowering Communities in the Fight against Poverty. Uplifting the lives and protecting the liberty of the Filipino people, especially the marginalized.

Is vice president a job title? ›

Vice president is also a title used to designate the leader of portions of the organization or functions within organizations. These functional areas are often called departments or groups. For instance, someone can be the VP of human resources or VP of marketing, VP of finance, or VP of customer service.

Why is it called vice president? ›

The name comes from the Latin term vice meaning "in place of" and typically serves as pro tempore (Latin: 'for the time being') to the president. In some countries, the vice president is called the deputy president. In everyday speech, the abbreviation VP is used.

What level is a vice president? ›

What is a VP? The vice president of a company is an executive that is second or third in the chain of command, depending on if a company has both a president and a CEO.

Who is the oldest living president ever? ›

At age 98, Jimmy Carter is also the oldest living president as well as the nation's longest-lived president. He is one of six U.S. presidents (along with John Adams, Herbert Hoover, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush) to have lived into their 90s.

Who is the youngest man to become president? ›

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963), the youngest man elected to the office. On November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, becoming also the youngest President to die.

Who was the youngest VP? ›

John Cabell Breckinridge became the youngest vice president in United States history when he was elected with President James Buchanan in the 1856 election.

Can a citizen contact the President? ›

To contact the President of the United States, send a letter addressed to the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500. You can also try calling the White House by dialing 202-456-1111 and asking to speak with the President, although you may be directed to someone else.

Who is allowed to visit the White House? ›

All U.S. citizens ages 18 and older, and foreign nationals of all ages (including children), must present a valid, government-issued photo ID upon arrival for their tour.

How do I write to the Office of the President? ›

Include the full address of the White House.

It will look like this: The President, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20500.

How do you give the president a suggestion? ›

Communicating Ideas to the President

White House website: Use the form available at to send an email of no more than 2,500 words. Phone: Call 202-456-1111 to leave a comment for the president. Alternatively, call 202-456-1414 to reach the White House switchboard.

How do you address the president in writing? ›

President". Nonetheless, later "The Honorable" became the standard title of the President in formal address, and "His/Her Excellency" became the title of the President when addressed formally internationally.

How do you write a formal letter? ›

What is the format of a formal letter? A formal letter should include the sender's address, date, receiver's address, subject, salutation, body of the letter, complimentary closing and finally, the signature with name (in block letters) and designation.

How much power does the vice president have? ›

The vice president is also an officer in the legislative branch, as the president of the Senate. In this capacity, the vice president is empowered to preside over Senate deliberations at any time, but may not vote except to cast a tie-breaking vote.

What is the most important role of the vice president? ›

Other than to succeed to the presidency upon the death or resignation of a president, a vice president's only constitutional duty is to preside over the Senate.

What is the vice president's office called? ›

This office, called the Vice President's Ceremonial Office, served as the Navy Secretary's Office when the EEOB housed the State, Navy, and War Departments. Today, the Vice President uses the office for meetings and press interviews.

What is OVP in government? ›

The Office of the Vice-President (OVP) provides staff assistance to the Vice-President of the Philippines in the performance of the Vice-President's tasks as the second highest official of the Republic.

What is the main responsibility of the vice president quizlet? ›

A. The main responsibility of the vice president is to stand ready to assume the presidency if the current president dies or resigns. The Constitution only specifies one other job for the vice president and it is to preside over the Senate.

Is VP a high position? ›

Large organizations often have rankings, including assistant, associate, senior, and executive VP; this ranking system typically specifies the company hierarchy more clearly if it employs many vice presidents. While both roles are in leadership, a VP is truly senior leadership.

What makes a good vice president? ›

Vice President Qualifications/Skills:

Demonstrated leadership presence and maturity. Impeccable judgment and ability to make sound decisions in a fast-paced, dynamic setting. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Executive-level presentation skills and ability to handle high-level client interactions.

What does it mean to be a VP of a company? ›

The vice president of a company is usually the second or third in command and supports the President by overseeing internal operations and stepping in when the president is unavailable. The vice president has a top-level leadership role in a company and oversees department managers.

Can a vice president be fired? ›

2 Offices Eligible for Impeachment. Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

How would you describe the vice president? ›

or vice-pres·i·dent

an officer next in rank to a president who serves as president in the president's absence. an officer next in rank to a president who serves as a deputy to the president or oversees a special division or function.

Is vice president an executive? ›

The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise. The Cabinet and independent federal agencies are responsible for the day-to-day enforcement and administration of federal laws.

What's higher than a vice president? ›

Typically, senior managers are "higher" than vice presidents, although many times a senior officer may also hold a vice president title, such as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO).

Which U.S. president was only in office for 32 days? ›

William Henry Harrison, an American military officer and politician, was the ninth President of the United States (1841), the oldest President to be elected at the time. On his 32nd day, he became the first to die in office, serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history.

Were any presidents left handed? ›

There have been 45 men who have held the office of United States president. Only one U.S. president prior to the 20th century was known to be left-handed. Since World War II there have been fourteen different U.S. Presidents and six of them have been left-handed.

Who was 27th President? ›

Taft succeeded Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 as the 27th President, only to lose a bitter re-election bid in 1912. But eight years later, Taft achieved his life's dream to became Chief Justice of the United States. Here are some interesting facts about one of the most interesting figures of the early twentieth century. 1.

Who are the top 5 youngest presidents? ›

The Five Youngest US Presidents
  • Teddy Roosevelt – 42 years, 322 days (1901-1909) ...
  • John F. ...
  • Bill Clinton – 46 years, 149 days (1993-2001) ...
  • Ulysses S. ...
  • Barack Obama – 47 years, 169 days (2009-2017)
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Which President served the longest term? ›

William Henry Harrison spent the shortest time in office, while Franklin D. Roosevelt spent the longest. Roosevelt is the only American president to have served more than two terms.

How long does it take to be a VP? ›

Most industries require Vice Presidents have between five and 10 years of relevant work experience, including in managerial or supervisory roles. Industry-specific certifications showing knowledge and demonstrating competency can help candidates stand out as they pursue a career as a Vice President.

What president had 3 vice presidents? ›

Vice presidents
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2Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)Democratic-Republican
3Aaron Burr (1756–1836)Democratic-Republican
4George Clinton (1739–1812)Democratic-Republican
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Who is the longest living vice president? ›

This is the only day of the year having the birthday of multiple vice presidents. The oldest living vice president is Dick Cheney, born on January 30, 1941 (age 81 years, 266 days). The youngest living vice president is the incumbent, Kamala Harris, born on October 20, 1964 (aged 58 years, 3 days).

What is the correct way to write Vice President? ›

Vice president.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster,

Where do you write letters to the president? ›

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

How do you start a professional text? ›

Start with a greeting – just like you would when you introduce yourself in person, say 'Hello'. Or, more specifically, say 'Hi' to reduce character count! Explain who you are – include your name and business. You can do this via a signature at the end of your text or weave it into the content at the beginning.

What is a key campaign message? ›

Key messages are the core messages you want your target audience to hear and remember. They create meaning and headline the issues you want to discuss. They allow you to control communications, enhance relationships with your target audiences and are an important feature of a PR campaign.

How do I present my campaign? ›

  1. Determine What You're Promoting. Every marketing campaign promotes something. ...
  2. Develop A Campaign Theme Or Concept. ...
  3. Establish Marketing Channels. ...
  4. Set Campaign Goals. ...
  5. Plan What You'll Need To Create For Each Channel. ...
  6. Map Out the Execution Of Your Campaign On A Marketing Calendar.
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What is vice president in charge of? ›

Other than to succeed to the presidency upon the death or resignation of a president, a vice president's only constitutional duty is to preside over the Senate. Vice presidents cannot vote in the Senate, except to break a tie, nor may they formally address the Senate, except with the senators' permission.

How do you write vice president in short form? ›

VP | Business English

abbreviation for Vice President: the politician directly below the President of the US: The VP is the President of the US Senate.

Who is higher than the VP? ›

Vice presidents report to the president or CEO of a company, while directors usually report to the vice president.

How do I make a complaint to the President? ›

White House
  1. Website: White House.
  2. Contact: Contact the White House.
  3. Phone Number: 1-202-456-1414 (Switchboard) 1-202-456-1111 (Comments)
  4. TTY: 1-202-456-6213. 1-202-456-2121 (Visitor's Office)

Can you get a letter from the president? ›

The White House will send greeting cards signed by the President of the United States to commemorate special events, accomplishments or milestones free of charge to U.S. citizens. To request a greeting card from the President, please contact the New Haven or Washington, DC offices.

Who wrote a letter to the president? ›

A Letter to the President
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