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Providence Appoints New Board Chair

Providence is excited to announce Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht as the new Chairman of the Providence Board of Governors. Giesbrecht, now in his fifth year as a member of the Board, brings 23 years of experience to the table through his career as a Professor of Thermoregulation at the University of Manitoba.

Giesbrecht’s expertise extends beyond his teaching career, as he has also served as the Chair of the Board at Horizon College and Seminary for one year, along with spending three years as the College’s President. With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Giesbrecht plans to support President David Johnson and the rest of the Providence Staff and Faculty to strengthen Providence for years to come. For Giesbrecht, his vision as Chair comes down to evidence-supported decisions.

“I believe in providing transparent, simple and clear messages to our board and our constituency,” says Giesbrecht. “As much as possible I prefer any new directions to be supported by some level of evidence to support our decisions. I'm all for innovation and am happy to support initiatives that indeed are evidence-based, fitting within our mandate and supporting our values.”

Giesbrecht’s research of human physiological responses to exercise in extreme environments has led to his authorship of over 100 publications, to go along with his active work educating the public about safety in cold weather and cold water, as well as rewriting emergency response protocols for “vehicle in water” emergencies. His work has also caught mainstream attention, with his research being featured on Good Morning America, and being famously dubbed “Professor Popsicle” by Outside Magazine.

On top of his work in teaching and research, Giesbrecht is the faculty liaison for the construction of a new 100,000 square foot Active Living Centre at the University of Manitoba, and still finds the time to involve himself in short-term missions projects to places like Brazil, Zambia, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Giesbrecht will be leading a familiar group, as Stephen Pasiciel is the only addition to the Providence Board of Governors this year. From Abbotsford, BC, Pasiciel is a Providence Alumnus who is currently the North American Director of Advancement for TeachBeyond.

For the full list of Providence's Board members, take a look at the Board of Governors webpage.

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