University of Winnipeg names new president

The University of Winnipeg has appointed Annette Trimbee as its new president and vice-chancellor.

Annette Trimbee takes over for outgoing president Lloyd Axworthy starting Aug. 1

Annette Trimbee has been appointed the University of Winnipeg's seventh president. She replaces Lloyd Axworthy, who has been at the helm of the university for the past 10 years. (University of Winnipeg)

The University of Winnipeg has appointed Annette Trimbee as its new president and vice-chancellor.

Outgoing president Lloyd Axworthy is set to retire on Friday and will be replaced with Trimbee, who has a background in science and extensive experience in the public service.

Trimbee was appointed to a five-year term Tuesday evening.

She grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from the university in 1977. Years later she finished a PhD in ecology at McMaster University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta in the mid-1980s where she researched algae and the nutrient dynamic of lakes.

More recently, Trimbee has served as a deputy minister in the Alberta government in a number of portfolios, including advanced education and technology (2008-2011) "where she gained insight into the unique challenges and opportunities facing post-secondary institutions," states a news release from the U of W.

She also served in the ministries of environment, health and wellness, treasury board and finance.

Trimbee said her experience at the U of W laid the foundation for her academic and career successes.

“Without the financial and emotional support I received from the University of Winnipeg, I doubt I would have pursued a post-secondary education. I am a leader today because I was inspired by my UWinnipeg professors to become one,” she said.

Trimbee takes over Aug. 1 from Axworthy, who has served as the U of W's president and vice-chancellor since 2004.

He was recently named chancellor of the University of Waterloo in Ontario.