Honorary Colonel
The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Honorary Colonel EJE Szathmary

Colonel Szathmáry, CM, OM, PhD was appointed Honorary Colonel, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 25 May 2015.

Born in Hungary in 1944, and a Canadian citizen since 1956, Emőke Szathmáry is a biological anthropologist. Her academic administrative appointments include serving 12 years as the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manitoba (1996-2008). Earlier she was Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at McMaster University (1994-96), Dean of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario (1989-1994), and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University (1985 – 1988). She had joined McMaster University in 1975 as a probationary Assistant Professor after a term appointment at Trent University. Currently she is President Emeritus, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar in the Department of Anthropology. She is retired from the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics.

Dr. Szathmáry has served on many public and private committees and boards at provincial, national, and international levels. These include within Manitoba the St. Boniface General Hospital Board (1997-2008), the Manitoba Museum Foundation Board (1997-2006), the J. W. Dafoe Foundation (1996-2013), the Manitoba Museum (2013-2014), and the Manitoba Electoral Boundaries Commission (1998). She was Co-Chair of the Manitoba Diabetes Strategy Steering Committee (1997-99), Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee on Diabetes to the Minister of Health, (2000-03) and Chair of the Council of Presidents of Universities in Manitoba (2000-02). Nationally Dr. Szathmáry has been a member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (2000-02; 07-08), the Board of the Canadian Genetics Diseases Network (2003-07), the Board of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (2008 – 2009), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2009 – 2014), and the Verna J. Kirkness Foundation (2012 – 2013). She was a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on Science and Technology (2005-07). Her international appointments included the Central European University School of Business International Advisory Board (2005-2009), the University of the Arctic Board (2007-2010), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (2008-2013). Currently Dr. Szathmáry is a director of, the Canadian Credit Management Foundation (2004- ), the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (2008- ), and the Board of Governors of McMaster University (2011- ). She is a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (2011- ), and is also a director of Power Corporation of Canada, Power Financial Corporation, Great-West Lifeco and several of its affiliated companies.

Dr. Szathmáry’s research addressed the genetics of the indigenous peoples of North America, specifically, the causes of type-2 diabetes, the genetic relationships within and between North American and Asian peoples, and the microevolution of subarctic populations. Her field research involved Ottawa, Ojibwa and Dogrib peoples in Ontario and the Northwest Territories. She has published over 90 scientific articles and reviews, and she has co-edited three books. Dr. Szathmáry was editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology (1987-91), and of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (1995-2001). She held the Paul T. Baker Lectureship at The Pennsylvania State University in 1992, and was named a life member of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology in 1997. In 1998 the American Anthropological Association named her Distinguished Lecturer, which is its highest recognition. In 2007 she received the Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award of the Human Biology Association. Dr. Szathmáry is an elected Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America (1989), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1995), and the Royal Society of Canada (2005).

Dr. Szathmáry has received seven honorary doctorates in recognition of her research and contribution to higher education: Doctor of Laws, University of Toronto (2001), York University (2008), McMaster University (2008), the University of Calgary (2013) and the University of Manitoba (2015); Doctor of Science, University of Western Ontario (2003); Doctor of Sacred Letters, University of St. Michael’s College (2004).

In 2004 Dr. Szathmáry was named to the Top 100: Canada’s Most Powerful Women, by the Women’s Executive Network and the Richard Ivey School of Business, and in 2007 she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in Manitoba. She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Dr. Szathmáry is a Member of the Order of Manitoba (2009) and the Order of Canada (2003).


Honorary Colonels, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles

1899-1910 Honorary Colonel, His Excellency, The Right Honourable Sir Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound,4th Earl of Minto, KG, GCSI, GCMG, PC
1910-1929 Honorary Colonel, The Honourable Sir James Albert Manning Aikins, KC
1931-1953 Honorary Colonel Gordon Harold Aikins, DSO, KC
1953-1969 Honorary Colonel William A. Johnston, QC
1971-1985 Honorary Colonel, Brigadier Richard Sankey Malone, OBE, ED, CD
1985-2001 Honorary Colonel, The Honourable Gildas Laurent Molgat, CD
2002-2015 Honorary Colonel Raymond Lindsay McFeetors
 2015-present Honorary Colonel Dr. Emőke Jolán Erzsébet Szathmáry, CM, OM, PhD
Sir_Gilbert Sir_Aikins Maj_Aikins
Sir Gilbert Sir James Major GH Akins
WA_Johnstone RS Malone Molgat
WA Johnston Brigadier RS Malone The Honorable GL Molgat
McFeetors Szathmary
RL McFeetors EJE Szathmáry