Amy Jackson in front of the CMHR

Amy Jackson, University College of the North
2020 PSLP Graduate

Unique Benefits



Through this program you will:

  •   Develop collaborative leadership
  •   Join a rich network of peers 
  •   Engage directly with senior leaders from many sectors  
  •    Be awarded the PSLP Fellowship to fund your participation, your participation is at no cost to you
  •    Be mentored by an inspiring leader
  •  Experience Record approved (UM Students)


Learn From Peers Across Disciplines and Institutions

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President's Student Leadership Program Scholarships

Janice Filmon Leadership Scholarship

The Janice Filmon Leadership Scholarship recognizes exceptional undergraduate students entering the President’s Student Leadership Program offered through the Burns Leadership Institute at the University of Manitoba. Students must have a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5 and be nominated by a mentor, previous instructor, or community leader.

Dayna and Charlie Spiring Leadership Scholarship

The Dayna and Charlie Spiring Leadership Scholarship recognize the academic achievement of students entering the President’s Student Leadership Program offered through the Burns Leadership Institute in the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Three awards of $5,000 each will be offered to undergraduate students who: are enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in any year of study in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program in the Asper School of Business; have completed at least 24 credit hours of study; and have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5.

John Kearsey Scholarship in Student Leadership

The John Kearsey Scholarship in Student Leadership provides recognition to exceptional graduate or undergraduate students entering the President’s Student Leadership Program offered through the Burns Leadership Institute at the University of Manitoba who serve their communities through volunteer efforts. Applicants must receive two nominations from either a mentor, supervisor, Elder, or community leader who can directly address their outstanding volunteerism. Graduate students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 credit hours (or equivalent) of study; and undergraduate students, a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0.

Albert and Susan Routhier Charitable Foundation Scholarship

The Albert and Susan Routhier Charitable Foundation Scholarship provides recognition to exceptional undergraduate students entering the President’s Student Leadership Program offered through the Burns Leadership Institute at the University of Manitoba. Students must be enrolled full time ( minimum 80% course load ) in second year or higher in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) program in the Asper School of Business and have a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0.

Applicants who are current or past members of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves/Cadets or past members of the Boys and Girls Club, Cub Scouts, Girl Guides, or program of a similar nature will be given preference. Candidates are required to submit a personal statement to demonstrate this participation. 



“This program provides student leaders with the opportunity to develop their leadership, learn from peers and engage with inspiring senior leaders from different sectors and communities. It’s a leadership experience like no other.” 

- Michael Benarroch, President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Manitoba


  • Past Mentors

Tom Carson

Tom Carson is the Chair of the Board of Directors, St Boniface Hospital and Senior Fellow, Canada West Foundation. Currently a consultant focusing on personal and team development and workplace health, he has over 31 years of senior management and executive experience with the Manitoba government. He began with the Management Committee of Cabinet, through Northern Affairs, to Deputy Minister postings in the departments of Culture, Training, and Continuing Education and Health, as well as serving as a Deputy Minister for 14 years. He is the President and Principal Consultant of T. Carson and Associates Ltd.

Since moving to the private sector, Carson has focused on workplace health, team development, organizational analysis, and policy development. He serves on the following boards: the Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation (as a consultant to Leadership Winnipeg); the President’s Advisory Council (to the President of the University of Manitoba); and the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Institute at the University of Manitoba. Carson brings a wealth of experience in policy and research, nonprofit planning, non-profit board administration, government policy, and management analysis.

Lisa Kassenaar

Lisa Kassenaar is a Senior Writer and Editor, Global Women's Coverage, Voice of America, leading a special project examining how the U.S. government-funded news organization, which operates in 45 languages, covers women around the world.

She was previously editor-at-large for global women’s coverage at Bloomberg News in New York, where she also led a ‘Managing Diversity’ reporting team. She formerly covered Wall Street, global finance, and markets at Bloomberg for 15 years as a senior writer, editor, and reporter. She has won a Front Page Award from the Newswoman’s Club of New York for a story on residential development in Lower Manhattan, and a YWCA of New York ‘Salute’ Award for women leaders. She is also on the advisory board of, a New York-based non-profit that trains 150 women a year for careers in asset management at the University of Pennsylvania and Notre Dame.

Kassenaar has an MS in journalism from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Manitoba. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

Jeffrey Morton

Jeffrey Morton is a graduate of Kelvin High School (1976) and the University of Manitoba Faculty of Commerce (1980), and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Manitoba (1983). He took the Directors Education Program through the Rotman School of Business and obtained his ICD.D designation in 2014.

As a Chartered Accountant by training, Morton has successfully performed as a CFO for over 25 years in two significant and successful Manitoba-based private businesses, National Equipment Leasing and Piston Ring Service. He retired from the latter in June 2018 and currently works as a Corporate Board Director and a Business Advisor.

Morton has been a committed volunteer for almost 30 years, and serves or has served on 15 not for profit, for profit, professional association, and corporate boards. In that body of work, he has led two boards as Chair and served as the Chair of Audit and Finance or Treasurer in six cases. Currently, he is a member of the board of the Cambrian Credit Union and chairs its Risk Oversight Committee.

In 2002, Morton was elected a Fellow of the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants in recognition of his extensive record of continuous volunteer service in the Winnipeg community and to the CA profession.

He has been married to Mary for 38 years, has two children, Sarah and Alexander, a son-in-law Raymond Gagne, and a grandson, Joshua.

Todd Asman

Todd Asman is responsible for IG Wealth Management’s diverse product shelf and planning services including investment funds, banking and mortgages, insurance services, advanced financial planning and strategic investment planning. Todd joined IG Wealth Management in 2004 after 10 years with the Great-West Life Assurance Company and three years in independent actuarial consulting.

Todd has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba with a major in actuarial science. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

Carly Emundson

Carly Edmundson is a creative professional with more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications. She is passionate about finding ways to create meaningful connections and a sense of community through marketing and communications strategies. She has worked in a variety of industries and has specialized in ’starting from scratch’ to take a vision to reality throughout her career. Her experience includes marketing at the Winnipeg Airports Authority where she focused on the marketing strategy surrounding building and opening the new terminal, and CentrePort Canada Inc., where she worked to build North America’s largest tri-modal inland port. Edmundson has also held roles at Manitoba-grown organizations such as Wellington West and Price Industries. She now leads the marketing and communications division at Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson, Manitoba’s largest full-service commercial real estate firm.

Edmundson grew up in a small town in rural Manitoba, which taught her the value of being part of building a strong community. She regularly volunteers her time to support various local non-profits and has served on the board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba. In August 2020, she became the Chair of the Young Associates, part of the Asper School of Business Foundation.

Trudy Schroeder

While working for the City of Ottawa’s culture division, Trudy Schroeder experienced the powerful impact that occurs when municipal leaders and policy makers create an environment where facilities, programs, and plans coalesce to enhance a city’s artistic and cultural development. Festivals, art galleries, performance venues, public art programs, libraries, museums, and performance series can transform neighborhoods and the community as a whole.  
Upon moving to Winnipeg in 1996, Schroeder worked with the City of Winnipeg to research and draft its cultural policy review, alongside a number of other cultural initiatives. She became the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and saw the organization through a decade of great growth and development as an artistic, economic, and tourism asset to our community.  She is currently in her eleventh season as Executive Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and she remains committed to fully engaging the power of great art to benefit the city and all of its residents.
Schroeder was born and raised in Winnipeg and holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, an ARCT from the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, an Arts Administration Diploma from the University of Ottawa, and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. She has been active in community organizations, boards, and national arts advocacy and sectoral research initiatives.  She has been recognized for her community contributions with a number of awards including the YMCA/YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Award, and the 2016 Leader of the Year Award from Tourism Winnipeg.

Lynne Skromeda

As the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Lynne leads the organization’s year-round strategic direction and operations including the summer music festival with an annual attendance now exceeding 75,000. Previously, she spent over 13 years in the film & television industry where she produced over 150 hours of original and award-winning programming. As President of Production at Frantic Films, Lynne was responsible for the financial and business affairs, led international distribution operations of nearly 600 hours of programming and was a key member of the senior leadership team partaking in corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions and general operations.
A passionate supporter of her communities, she is also a volunteer board member of Imagine Canada, the Canadian Live Music Association, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Green Action Centre as well as a number of advisory and advocacy committees and councils including the Canadian Arts Summit, Winnipeg Chamber Economic Recovery Advisory Committee and the Cultural Human Resource Council’s Cross-Sector Recovery Committee. She previously served on the boards of Manitobans for the Arts, the West End Cultural Centre, On Screen Manitoba, Plug In ICA, TEDxWinnipeg and the Manitoba Premier’s Economic Advisory Council.
In her spare time she can be found walking, running, cycling or kayaking – anything that can actively get her from one place to another! – around her home province and abroad. 

Peer Coaches

2020 Peer Coaches


Eight Cohort 1 participants (2019 graduates) supported Cohort 2 teams in the summer of 2020.

For 2020 the following students supported the program:

  1. Anthonia Aina, Master of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, UofM, 2019 PSLP graduate
  2. Anthony Catalano, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, RRC, PSLP 2019 graduate
  3. Caity Curtis, Diploma in Business Administration, RRC, 2019 PSLP graduate
  4. Calvin Loi, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), UofM, PSLP 2019 graduate
  5. Daniel Plourde, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, UofM, PSLP 2019 graduate
  6. Gursevak Kasbia, Bachelor of Education , UofM, PSLP 2019 graduate
  7. Ian Dimopoulos, Bachelor of Education - After Degree Program , UofW, 2019 PSLP graduate
  8. Lindsay Bain, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, UofM, 2019 PSLP graduate

2022 Peer Coaches

Five past Cohort participants supported Cohort 4 teams in the summer of 2022.

For 2022 the following students supported the program:

  1. Chetachukwu Akaluka,  University of Winnipeg /Red River College Polytechnic, Bachelor Rhetoric and Communications/Sociology
  2. Daniel Araujo,  University of Manitoba, Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Health Sciences
  3. Miray Eskandar, University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Health Sciences
  4. Jude Obidiagha. University of Winnipeg, Masters in Applied Economics (Policy Analysis)
  5. Lauren Slegers, University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Commerce in Leadership and Organizations, and Human Resources

As part of building community and furthering learning across PSLP cohorts, previous participants are encouraged to give back to the newest cohorts by supporting them in executing summer service leadership projects. Peer Coaches take part in special training on leadership coaching. Six past participants are supporting Cohort 5 teams in the summer of 2023.

For 2023 the following students will support the program:

            Denise Huang.  The University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing

            Samuel Ogunsola. The University of Manitoba, Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology and Pathophysiology

            Jessica Plett. The University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

            Kevin Prada. The University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

            Vivian Umeohabike. The University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Nursing

            Erin White. The University of Manitoba, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Visionary Investment
The James W. Burns Leadership Institute at the I.H. Asper School of Business has been created through the visionary investment from Canada Life, IG Wealth Management and the Power Corporation of Canada, as well as the Province of Manitoba.

Who we are

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Contact us

James W. Burns Leadership Institute
Room 359 Drake Centre
181 Freedman Cres.
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4