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AESES 2024-2026 Executive Council

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

At the May 2024 AESES Board of Representatives meeting, the Executive Council was elected to serve you for a two-year term.

AESES 2024-2026 Executive Council

President | Chris McCann, IST – Computer/Network Services (UM)
Executive Vice-President | Karen Simpson, Psychiatry (UM)
Vice-President (Fort Garry) | Divjyot Grewal, Career Services (UM)
Vice-President (Bannatyne) | Karen Simpson, Psychiatry (UM)
Vice-President (UW) | Shivani Bhukhureea, PACE (UW)
Secretary | Charlene Hawryluk, Animal Science (UM)
Treasurer | Will Christie, IST – Computer/Network Services (UM)

UM Contract Administrator | Rob Parker (UM)
UW Contract Administrator | Joan Duesterdiek (UW)

Happy birthday, AESES!

Friday, May 10th, 2024

May 10 celebrates the day AESES was certified in 1973 to represent nearly 1,100 members at the University of Manitoba. Happy birthday, AESES! Share this post and comment on your favourite AESES memories from the past year!

May 10 celebrates the day AESES was certified in 1973 to represent nearly 1,100 members at the University of Manitoba. Happy birthday, AESES!

Visit our social media accounts (Facebook | X | LinkedIn | Instagram) and comment on your favourite AESES memories from the past year!

Call for AESES-UW Negotiation Committee Nominations – Deadline May 22, 2024

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

With the current collective agreement at The University of Winnipeg expiring on March 29, 2025, AESES is in the process of forming its Negotiation Committee at UW, in preparation for the start of the bargaining process.

The purpose of the Negotiation Committee is to evaluate, select and prioritize proposals submitted by AESES members and internal stakeholders.

If you would like to be considered for nomination for the Negotiation Committee, please find two other members in your district to sign the nomination form and submit it. Or if you are aware of a member in your district who you feel would represent you well in this capacity, please nominate them. Each district can elect a maximum of two (2) representatives to the Negotiation Committee.

Paper nomination forms can be mailed to AESES c/o Mail Room, The University of Winnipeg, or fax your completed form to 204-949-5215. You may also submit a scanned copy by email to The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces on the AESES-UW Negotiation Committee!

Board of Representatives for 2024-2026

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

The AESES Board of Representatives has been secured for the next two years.

AESES would like to congratulate Gloria Saindon on her retirement from the University of Manitoba and thank her for her years on the Board, most recently for District 3, and on the Executive Council as Executive Vice-President. Thank you for all your contributions and dedication to our members! Your knowledge and energetic attitude will be hard to replace.

AESES would like to welcome three new members to the Board of Representatives for May 1:

  • James Tharayil, UM (District 1), Purchasing Services 
  • ​Catherine McMillan, UM (District 3), Biological Services
  • Geoffrey Pagcaliwagan, UM (District 3), Student Life

They join Danielle Saj, UM (District 36), who started with the Board in February.

With these announcements, a few Board Reps also switched districts:

  • Melinda Sasek, UM, from District 4 to 2
  • Lindsay Bruce, UM, from District 5 to 6
  • John Di Noto, UM, from District 6 to 5

Following this, the new Executive Council will be elected at the May 14, 2024 Board of Representatives meeting and announced the next day.

Join Us for Our Members’ Day Lunch

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Nutritionists still say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so important that is why we are serving it during our Members’ Day lunches.

Join us for the 2024 AESES Members’ Day Lunches for your second breakfast of the day with mini pastries, scrambled eggs, pan-fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit and juices, coffee and tea.

University of Manitoba – Bannatyne Campus

  • May 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Buhler Atrium

    The deadline to register was April 24, 2024

The University of Winnipeg

  • May 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Riddell Hall

    The deadline to register was May 1, 2024

University of Manitoba – Fort Garry Campus

  • May 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    MPR, UMSU University Centre

    The deadline to register was May 8, 2024
Register here!

AESES Spring Education Seminars

Monday, April 15th, 2024

The AESES Education Committee would like to offer members seminars to attend this spring!

AESES Spring 2024 Education Seminars

  • Lockhart Planetarium Show | Mon., April 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm – FULL
  • Spring Card-Making Seminar | Thur., April 25, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • The Truth About Credit | Thur., May 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Find out more here!

Impact on AESES-UW Members – UW Cyber Attack

Monday, April 8th, 2024

An email was sent to AESES-UW members on Saturday, April 6, 2024:

To: All AESES-UW Members,

We understand this is a very concerning and unsettling situation for our AESES-UW members.

As The University of Winnipeg informed the community last week of a cyber attack, we just learned on April 4 about the extent of the incident. According to the information provided by the University, this cyber attack occurred in the week before March 24, 2024, which resulted in the unauthorized retrieval and theft of personal and financial data. This data belongs to students and employees (current and former) dating back to 2003. The University is still investigating the full scope of the breach and which groups were affected. In the interim, law enforcement and the Manitoba Ombudsman have been notified. AESES is encouraged by the steps the University has taken in response to the attack and any mitigation required.

We have consulted with our lawyers, Meyers LLP, and are following up with their recommendations. This also includes exploring consulting with cybersecurity professionals for additional guidance.

As a precautionary measure, the University is providing two years of credit monitoring service to those likely affected. Codes and instructions for enrolling will be sent out directly from the University via email and mail. Please visit the FAQ page ( for up-to-date information or call the dedicated support line (204-786-9325 Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) if you have immediate concerns.

Although we don’t have any more details than what has already been provided by the University, we are here for our members. If you have concerns or know you have been directly affected by the breach, please call us at 204-949-5200 or email

Take care.


No foolin’, it’s April! Read the newest issue of insideAESES!

Monday, April 1st, 2024

insideAESES April 2024No foolin’, it’s April! Along with the change in the month, here’s the newest issue of insideAESES!

Grab a chocolate Easter egg and take a few moments to read this issue, which includes:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Cosmic Bingo Bowling Night recap
  • Questions about time-off entitlements for dealing with a family member’s death
  • A notice about the Member Communication Survey
  • Annual General Meeting details
  • Details about joining the UM Retirees Association
  • Information about the UM Employees Scholarship
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the April issue and previous ones here.

Upcoming AESES AGM – April 9

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

AESES 2023 AGM Annual Report CoverWe invite all our signed* union members to attend the 51st AESES Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. The meeting will take place via videoconference using Zoom at 7:00 pm.

The AGM allows our executive team and committee chairs to review AESES financials with attendees, speak about the union’s activities, explain how our programs can benefit our membership, and preside over a question period.

Join us on April 9 to meet the people behind the decision-making process for spending your union dues and learn more about our programs and services. There will also be time for asking questions.

Special guest, the Honourable Renée Cable, Minister of Advanced Education and Training, will bring greetings from the Provincial government before our meeting.

Please visit our event page to learn more and to register for the AGM.


*Please note that only signed AESES members are permitted to participate in the AGM and vote on arising issues.

Help Shape the Future of AESES Member Communications

Friday, March 15th, 2024

AESES is looking to improve their communications with members. To help us do this, we need to know more about you, our members. Your feedback is valuable to ensure we use the most effective channels to engage with you. As a thank you, after submitting the survey, you have the option to enter a draw for a chance to win an AESES-branded laptop backpack.

A link to a survey was sent to members on March 15. If you didn’t receive it, please send an email to to request it. The survey closes on April 15, 2024.

Thanks for your help in shaping the future of AESES member communications!

Did you know

AESES is affiliated with the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU).

AESES' Charter Meeting was held in December of 1972.

We offer bursaries for AESES dependents at both universities.

Anyone can attend a Board meeting by calling the AESES Business Office prior to the meeting and confirming their attendance.

AESES requires new volunteers for various committees. Please contact the Business Office if you are an AESES member interested in joining one of our committees.