Over the next ten years, the impact of technical disruption will affect more than 70 percent of Manitoba’s economy.

We need to be strategic and work together to move our province forward to address the challenges and seize the opportunities.

The Manitoba Industry-Academia Partnership understands the importance of maintaining close linkages between post-secondary institutions (PSIs) and businesses, for the mutual benefit of increasing work-integrated learning and research opportunities. With a focus on three specific areas – enhance PSI and Industry Collaboration, Indigenous inclusion and work-integrated learning – we are able to provide students with valuable experience and connections to employers in their chosen field of study, while also giving employers access to new talent and innovative ideas. Post-secondary institutions, employers and researchers can help ensure Manitobans are ready with the knowledge they need to maintain meaningful employment and grow Manitoba’s economy. 


We are building a brighter future together. Manitoba’s PSIs and the Business Council of Manitoba have been working together to develop a people-centred strategy to ensure that Manitoba is well-positioned to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.

Our vision is to strengthen the relationship between PSIs and employers in a collaborative manner to ensure that Manitobans are ready with the knowledge, skills and connections needed to maintain meaningful employment and to grow Manitoba’s economy. 

By partnering with leading researchers in universities and colleges, businesses and external stakeholders will gain access to invaluable research and development opportunities. 

These partnerships are driving innovation and research forward — benefiting students,  businesses, and Manitoba as a whole.


Myrna Grahn


Jocelyne Gaudet

AIMday Lead

Sarah Vanderveen

Marketing Associate

Linda Thorlakson

Partnerships & Event Coordinator

Katie Currie

Project Support

Cyrelle Mandac

Executive Assistant

Ryan Wiebe

MI-AP Intern/Project Assistant


Jay Doering

Jay Doering

Associate Vice-President (Partnerships)
University of Manitoba

Bram Strain

Bram Strain

President and CEO
Business Council of Manitoba

Mark Torchia

Mark Torchia

Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
University of Manitoba


Christine E Watson

Vice-President, Academic
Red River College Polytech

Darren Fast

Darren Fast

Director, Partnerships and Innovation
University of Manitoba

Jino Distasio

Jino Distasio

Vice President of Research and Innovation
University of Winnipeg

Working Together

Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology
University of Manitoba
The University of Winnipeg
Business Council of Manitoba