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University of Lethbridge announces new Vice-President (Research)

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A leading researcher in rural water management is poised to assume a senior management role with the University of Lethbridge.

Dr. Dena McMartin has been approved by the U of L Board of governors as the University’s new Vice-President (Research).

“We are thrilled to add Dr. McMartin to our senior leadership team,” says U of L President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mike Mahon. “Dena brings a reputation as an outstanding researcher in an area of great importance to our area, and has done excellent work on a local, national and international level. As a woman in science and advocate for women in STEM fields, she will further enhance our University’s gains in this area, and we are excited about the innovative approaches she will bring to this role.”

McMartin comes to the U of L from the University of Saskatchewan where she has served as the associate provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment since July 2019.

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“I think this is the next step in really expanding my skills and experiences,” says McMartin, who grew up in the small Saskatchewan resort town of Watrous-Manitou Beach. “The University of Lethbridge is at a tipping point in terms of growth, visibility and building from the strengths that have been developed over the last several years. To me, it’s a really interesting time to bring in some new innovative ideas and work with a university that you can still wrap your arms around.”

McMartin is an environmental engineer by trade, earning her Bachelor of Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering, as well as a master’s and PhD in Environmental Engineering, from the U of S. She recognized early in her educational journey that, as a woman in a male-dominated industry, she had a platform to enact change.

She’s a member of a variety of national engineering boards and, in particular, one that is focusing on integrating diversity into science and engineering research.

Her appointment will begin July 1, 2021.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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