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Bill Balan

e-dition - April 13, 2007

Bill Balan:
Vice-President (Finance & Administration)

By Vivian Belik

"It's really exciting that at the end of my government career I can address some of the same issues that I focused on more than 30 years ago when I was involved in politics at my university," says Bill Balan, UWinnipeg's Vice-President (Finance & Administration.)

Wealth of Experience
Balan, Executive Regional Director of the Department of Canadian Heritage for the Prairies and Northern Region, was recently invited to work at The University of Winnipeg on a two-year executive interchange. Having started out his career in student politics while in graduate studies and then working for the Federal Government for 29 years, Balan brings a wealth of experience to his current position.

"My Department recognized that there was an overlap between the mandate and vision of The University of Winnipeg and some of the same work the Department of Canadian Heritage is trying to achieve," he explains.

UWinnipeg Leader in Inner-City Issues
While maintaining responsibility over budgeting and finance, Balan also lends support to the large operational expansions currently underway at The University of Winnipeg. He oversaw several large capital building projects while working with Parks Canada and he says he is comfortable working with the budgets and management structures here at the University.

"I like the challenges that capital project work presents but what really enticed me to come to UWinnipeg was the role the university has in being a leader in inner-city issues," he notes. "If the city of Winnipeg is to prosper and grow, a large part of the future of the city, especially the downtown, is dependent on the success of the work done here at the University."

With his extensive work in Heritage and Culture, Balan was involved with inner-city issues across the prairies and up North. Much of this work dealt with poverty, minority issues, accessibility and quality of services; conditions that Balan points out are all too familiar in the neighbourhood surrounding The University of Winnipeg.

Serving the Community
"I believe the University has a responsibility of serving and reaching out to the community. It's a profound and exciting mission and if I didn't think that Dr. Axworthy could achieve it, I wouldn't have come here."

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