Anishnabeg Outreach (AO) is enthusiastic about expanding our expertise on our board. We are pleased to welcome Katherine Bergman as our newest board member and we are trilled about her future contributions. She has an extensive leadership track record that will undoubtedly contribute to AO governance and oversight in very positive ways.
Katherine is currently the President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. She comes to us with a sizeable science background and education where she remains registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan(APEGS), as a Professional Geologist. Previously, she served as Vice-President Academic and Research, and Professor at Nipissing University (2010-2011), as well as Dean of Science (2001-2009), and as a Geology Professor, University of Regina (1992-2009).
During her tenure at the University of Regina, she was appointed to increasing leadership roles from Assistant Dean to Dean of Science. In 2008 she also served as Special Advisor to the President for the establishment of their new collaborative Nursing Program with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, where she worked closely with the Science Faculty at First Nations University of Canada. While at Regina, Katherine was a Big Sister to a young Cree girl. She provided the opportunity for this young girl and her brother to attend Indigenous events, as well as participate in sport at the Provincial level.
At St. Jerome’s University, there are many international opportunities for students to engage in dynamic programs, like SJU in Peru where students focus on learning about, and from, Indigenous female coffee growers who have developed a successful cooperative (Café Feminino) in that country. With this connection, Katherine brings international and hemispheric perspectives to AO. St Jerome’s partnership with Café Feminino is already ten years old and the collaboration and learning opportunities are ongoing. Last year they produced, “Every cup has a story.”; A compelling documentary that shares the experience of SJU in Peru with the community here at home. As a result of this exchange the cooperative’s coffee is sold on the campus.
This past year, Katherine was a member of the UW Indigenization Advisory Committee and led the Student Experience Working Group. She supports opportunities for members of the St. Jerome’s University community to understand the truth of our shared history through programming of invited speakers, participation in the KAIROS blanket exercise and most recently in support of the Grand River Water Walk which just completed this year on September 29th.
Building on her local roots, Katherine maintains close connections with St. Jerome’s University’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff. She is committed to building community through active Rotary participation. Her primary and ongoing goal is to strengthen existing bonds with community partners. We are thrilled to welcome Katherine to our team here at Anishnabeg Outreach where we are working together to create a brighter future for all urban Indigenous residents of Waterloo Region.