Dr. Annette Trimbee
Métis Federation of Manitoba, MB
“Students coming to university are not just coming for a credential and skills to go on to graduate school or get a job. They want to be inspired, they want to discover and grow their special talents whether they are a 17-year-old right out of high school or a 50-year-old going back to school. The decision to go to university is more than a practical one, it is a decision of the heart.”
Dr. Annette Trimbee’s career exemplifies a deep commitment to education and public service, informed by the teachings of her Métis grandmother. Although her original dream was to become a biology professor, she became passionate about public policy while completing post-doctoral studies on water. Over twenty-five years in the Alberta civil service, she served in multiple departments, including as Deputy Minister of Advanced Education. In 2014, she became President of the University of Winnipeg, where she focused on student well-being and building relationships and partnerships, including a historic 10-year research agreement with the Manitoba Métis Federation. Dr. Trimbee oversaw the development and implementation of one of the first mandatory Indigenous course requirements in Canada and the launch of Build From Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee, a program which removes barriers for Indigenous students who want to become teachers, enabling them to access the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. She was appointed President of MacEwan University in 2020 and continues to create pathways for educational success.