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Mr. Steve Kroft

Distinguished Member, Business Council of Manitoba

Steve was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, he attended UBC Law School where he graduated with his J.D. in 1992.  Upon graduating, Steve returned to Winnipeg where he practiced law as a commercial litigator for five years at Fillmore Riley before making a career change from law to business in 1997. Steve joined Conviron, a company founded by the Kroft family, in 1998 where […]

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Member Highlight

Mr. Steve Kroft

Distinguished Member, Business Council of Manitoba

Steve was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, he attended UBC Law School where he graduated with his J.D. in 1992.  Upon graduating, Steve returned to Winnipeg where he practiced law as a commercial litigator for five years at Fillmore Riley before making a career change from law to business in 1997.

Steve joined Conviron, a company founded by the Kroft family, in 1998 where he operated the business and its associated companies (the CEL Group) as President, CEO and then Executive Chairman until its sale in September 2022.

Under Steve’s leadership, the CEL Group had significant growth and became widely recognized as the world leaders in the supply and manufacture of controlled environment equipment used primarily in agricultural research and high value plant production applications. Today, their engineered solutions are relied on by the world’s most prestigious universities, government, and private research institutes, and Ag biotech multinationals in more than 90 countries. Conviron remains based in Winnipeg, with sales and service offices on four continents.

In 2012, the company was named Manitoba’s Exporter of the Year by the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, and in 2016 was named Life Science Company of the Year by the Life Science Association of Manitoba. 

Steve now dedicates most of his business time to Falcon Capital Corporation, his family investment office, which specializes in investing in a diverse range of companies and real estate.


Steve’s passion for Manitoa and Canada is evident in the considerable amount of time he devotes to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North West Company (NWC.TO) and the True North Youth Foundation where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors of the recently established Manitoba First Fund.

Steve is the past chair of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, the Manitoba Gold Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is a Director Emeritus and Past Chair of the Business Council of Manitoba.

Steve held the position of Vice Chair of Manitoba Hydro for two years and has also served as the past chair of the Manufacturing division of the United Way. He has held positions on the Boards of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, the Asper Jewish Community Campus, St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, and the Manitoba division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Additionally, he has served on the President’s Advisory Council at the University of Manitoba and on the Premier’s Innovation Council. Steve is also a member of the Associates of the Asper School of Business.

Steve is the recipient of the 2024 University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aside from his Juris Doctorate degree, Steve is a graduate of the Directors Education Program within the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, obtaining his ICD.D designation. He is also an alumnus of Singularity University in Palo Alto, California and a member of the Manitoba Bar.

FROM THE CHAIR

Welcome to the Business Council of Manitoba.

I am honoured to take on the role of Chair of the Board at the Business Council of Manitoba. Following the many past successful chairs, I look forward to bringing the same passion and dedication to advocating for Manitoba’s best interests.

The Council comprises Manitoba’s leading CEOs with shared vision and belief in our province. Since our founding in 1998, the Council has remained committed to collaborating with key stakeholders in Manitoba to lead, promote, and drive innovation and success. This joint effort between political, business, and community leaders has been instrumental in crafting policies that align with our mission of a stronger Manitoba.

We remain dedicated to non-partisan policy advocacy to all three levels of government regarding issues and advancements that affect our community’s success and well-being.

As incoming Chair of the Board, I am proud to lead the Council through this next chapter and look forward to being apart of making Manitoba a preferred place to live, work, and invest.

As a Council we recognize that our office is located on Treaty One lands, the original territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Metis Nation and wish to recognize and honour all Treaties.  The Business Council is proud of the many relationships it has formed, and we dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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Mike Pyle

Chair

FROM THE PRESIDENT

I am very honored to have been entrusted to be only the third President and CEO in the history of the Business Council of Manitoba.

The Council, established in 1998, is proud of its record of accomplishments, offering a constructive, non-partisan voice on major challenges and opportunities for Manitoba and Canada. I look forward to working with our members and our key stakeholders in building on our past successes and continuing to contribute towards realizing the full potential of our great province.

Our membership, through private sector investments and working in partnership with various levels of government, is focused on sustainable long-term growth, jobs and prosperity for all Manitobans present and future.

We welcome inquiries from readers who are interested in the work we do and the opinions we hold. We recognize the value in building support for positive change to make our province more competitive as we look forward to future opportunities and challenges.

Our goal is simple, to provide fact based and innovative input into major policy issues focused on making Manitoba a place where all can live, work and invest in vibrant and healthy communities.

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Bram Strain

President & CEO