Board of Governors

Menno Simons College operates as a college of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). The governance of CMU consists of two bodies, the CMU Council and the Board of Governors.

The CMU Council is a constituency assembly charged with forging the vision of the university, and electing a strong governing board. It is made up of 45-60 people representing three supporting constituencies: i) Friends of Menno Simons College, ii) Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, and iii) Mennonite Church Canada, as well as selected fraternal organizations. The CMU Council meets once or twice a year.

The Board of Governors meets regularly as the governing board. Most members of the Board of Governors are elected from the CMU Council, with additional members appointed by faculty, students, and supporting constituencies. The board also includes one faculty and student representative from both Menno Simons College (MSC) and the Shaftesbury campus. The board also has the option to invite two members-at-large to join and participate.


CMU Board of Governors – 2021-22

  • Geoff Wichert (Chair), Toronto, ON
  • Tamara Roehr (Vice-Chair), Winnipeg, MB
  • Heather Block (Secretary), Winnipeg, MB
  • John Reimer-Epp (Finance), Winnipeg, MB
  • Loren Braul, Altona, MB
  • Ben Dueck, Niverville, MB
  • Christine Ens, Winnipeg, MB
  • Bruce Guenther, Winnipeg, MB
  • Carl Heppner, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cathryn Heslep, Edmonton, AB
  • Viola Labun, Winnipeg, MB
  • Trudy Schroeder, Winnipeg, MB
  • Dylan Tarnowsky, Kitchener, ON
  • Reece Zablocki, Calgary, AB
  • Art DeFehr, Winnipeg, MB (emeriti board member)

Elected by Students:

  • Shaftesbury campus – Jubilee Dueck Thiessen
  • MSC campus – Maree Rodriguez

Elected by Faculty:

  • Shaftesbury campus – Heather Campbell-Ens
  • MSC campus – Jobb Arnold


Board members are also members of the Council.


CMU Council – 2021-22

  • Abe G. Bergen, Kleefeld, MB
  • Ben Borne, Saskatoon, SK
  • Ruth Branson, Winnipeg, MB
  • Raya Cornelsen, Winnipeg, MB
  • Gordon Daman, Niverville, MB
  • Matt Derksen, Wymark, SK
  • Steve Dick, Winnipeg, MB
  • Heather Driedger, Prince Albert, SK
  • Rafael Duerksen, Winnipeg, MB
  • Nicole Enns Fehr, Calgary, AB
  • Viola Enns Woelk, Winkler, MB
  • Edgar French, Winnipeg, MB
  • Leona Friesen, Winnipeg, MB
  • David Gibson, Killarney, MB
  • Jeanette Hanson, Rosthern, SK
  • Adrian Jacobs, Lac du Bonnet, MB
  • Marlene Janzen, Calgary, AB
  • Carolyn Klassen, Winnipeg, MB
  • Les Klassen Hamm, Saskatoon, SK
  • Stephanie Martin White, Kitchener, ON
  • Jonathan Muehling, Winnipeg, MB
  • Don Neufeld, Virgil, ON
  • Paul Neufeldt, Coaldale, AB
  • Fred Pauls, Winnipeg, MB
  • Jenn Regehr, Abbotsford, BC
  • Jami Reimer, Winnipeg, MB
  • Dennis Schellenberg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Heather Unger, Winnipeg, MB
  • Tim Wenger, Winnipeg, MB
  • Hans Werner, Winnipeg, MB
  • Michael Wilson, Winnipeg, MB
  • MC Canada Staff Representative

Board members are also members of the Council.

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