Assiniboine Community College

Assiniboine Community College is a multi-campus comprehensive community college situated in southwest Manitoba. Central to our practices are experiential learning opportunities for students, including engagement in applied research, service-learning, and capstone projects; access for Indigenous students and other under-represented communities, including rural and remote communities through place-based programs; commitment to community and employer engagement in program design and quality assurance; applied research that is responsive to community and employer needs; and knowledge mobilization and knowledge exchange that contributes to increased prosperity for communities. Assiniboine is proud to be a national leader in community-based delivery of college programs. At the request of individual communities, last year we successfully partnered to deliver full credit certificates and diplomas, and adult upgrading, in over 25 rural, remote, and First Nation communities. These partnerships are central to our strategic direction, our academic plan, and our Indigenization Strategy.

Participants and sponsors

Deanna Rexe, Vice President, Academic, Assiniboine Community College

Deanna Rexe

Vice President,  Academic

Dr. Deanna Rexe is the vice-president academic at Assiniboine Community College (ACC). She previously held senior leadership positions at both Vancouver Community College and British Columbia Institute of Technology prior to moving to Manitoba in 2016. Deanna is also Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education and an Affiliated Scholar with the Centre for the Study of Educational Leadership and Policy at Simon Fraser University, whose scholarly focus is post-secondary educational policy. As a practitioner and community college leader, she is interested in service, policy, and governance interventions to support increased access and success to post-secondary education. Previous research projects have examined questions of student access and success in the college and institute sector, including policy analysis of academic accommodation for students with disabilities; factors in apprenticeship completion; equity in apprenticeship; retention in engineering, vocational, and trades training programs; strategic enrolment management in ESL programs; immigrant and minority access and student services interventions; program evaluation; and labour market and educational outcomes of community college and technical institute graduates.


David Perkins

Director, Integrated Planning

Dave recently transitioned into the role of Director, Integrated Planning at Assiniboine Community College. He has been with the college for 30 years and served in both faculty and administrative roles. As Chairperson of Business Programs and then Interim Dean of the School of Business, Agriculture & Environment, he has managed programs in several communities in Manitoba, as well as developed and managed programs specifically catering to labour market niches.

Dave has degrees in Computer Science and Education, a Master’s degree in Education, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He has two grown daughters and one granddaughter.

David Perkins, Director, Integrated Planning, Assiniboine Community College

Lorraine Johnson

Chairperson, Contract Training

As Chair of Contract Training, Lorraine Johnson has had the opportunity to work closely with community partners in the development of place-based training over the past 12 years. Her role has developed through the years from coordinating specific community offerings to providing direction and broad picture relationship training for all community based training at Assiniboine Community College. This work has been broad in terms of our geographical reach and the types of training offered, with most of the partnerships focusing on Indigenous communities and organizations from all over Manitoba.

Lorraine has worked for ACC for nearly 22 years. She started in an instructional role prior to moving into the administration of community based programing. 

Lorraine and her husband Kelly have three grown children and two young grandsons. Together they operate a family ranching operation in Manitoba’s Parkland.