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The Dean’s Lecture Series 2018-2019


Next Session:

Feb. 26

12:15 to 1:30 pm

Carol Shields Auditorium
Millennium Library
251 Donald St.

Legal Cannabis:  Determining Fitness to Work and Fitness to Learn

With the legalization of cannabis a few months ago, we have all had to adapt, both in the classroom and in the workplace. Whether people are using cannabis for medical reasons or recreation, they now bring their use to work and to the classroom. For educators, managers and HR professionals alike, the process of determining users’ fitness to work and fitness to learn may lead to many questions. This session is a great opportunity to get answers to your latest questions.  Join our expert panel to continue to refine your organization’s approach to this evolving reality.

Featured Speakers

Lynda Balneaves

Lynda Balneaves is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. She has been a nursing leader in the fields of shared treatment decision making and complementary and integrative health care. She is the Principal Investigator of the Complementary Medicine Education and Outcomes (CAMEO) research program and has published and presented on topics related to knowledge translation, integrative oncology, and treatment decision making. Lynda teaches a graduate level course in evidence-informed practice and supervises students interested in the treatment decision-making process, the lived experiences of people affected by cancer, and medical cannabis.

Lynda has been the recipient of the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Award of Excellence in Nursing Research and the Award of Excellence in Research from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia. She is President of the Society for Integrative Oncology and Deputy Director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of British Columbia, Master and Bachelor degrees in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Joss Reimer

Dr. Joss Reimer, MD MPH FRCPC, is a Medical Officer of Health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors, and an assistant professor in the departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She is the Director of Population Health within the medical school curriculum.

Dr. Reimer’s work as a Medical Officer of Health focuses on the prevention of drug-related harms at both the provincial and city levels, including being a lead member of the health planning around the legalization of cannabis. She also maintains a clinical practice in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, focused on marginalized populations.

Barbara Bowes

Barbara Bowes is president of Legacy Bowes Group. Barbara is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, writer and professional strategist/consultant. She is an authority and author on Human Resource matters, known for her Careers section column in the Winnipeg Free Press, and eight books.

Barbara holds a Master of Educational Administration degree from the University of Manitoba. She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (CHRP Fellow), a Certified Coach Practitioner, and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).

Up next

April 2

12:15 to 1:30 pm
Carol Shields Auditorium
Millennium Library
251 Donald St.

Opioid & Crystal Meth Addiction:  How to Regulate the Problem

Drug addiction is detrimental for both individuals and their communities. People living with addiction can lose every opportunity in life, and gain a criminal record for their possession of non-prescription opioids or meth. Addiction is not a crime so perhaps we should look at new strategies to address it. Options could include providing safe injection sites, decriminalization and legalization, and more. Let’s consider what we might do in order to reduce the harm to our people, and move our community forward.  The legalization of cannabis may be just the beginning.

May 14

12:15 to 1:30 pm
Carol Shields Auditorium
Millennium Library
251 Donald St.

Smart Transportation: Travelling into the Future and Picking up Steam

Creative and modern approaches are needed to transport our city into the future. With infrastructure renewal and expansion, new neighbourhoods, emergency service requirements, public transit, bike paths, and more, there are many aspects to optimizing our transportation plans for the future. Winnipeg recently developed Smart Transportation Evolution and Advanced Mobility (STEAM). STEAM initiatives operate through the Advanced Mobility Intelligence System (AMIS). Let’s look at how STEAM can move our community forward and make our lives better.

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