2022 Chair’s Dinner



RBC Convention Centre, York Ballroom 1

Join us in a conversation with three former western-Canadian political leaders on building a more constructive and effective future for Canada

About the Event

Over the last few years, Canada has been through tense times. It seems the importance of working as a diverse but cohesive country to produce solutions for the public good has been lost. Although our priorities may differ – one we should all have in common is building a better Canada. 


We’ve invited three former Western-Canadian politicians to discuss how to build a more constructive and effective future for Canada. 

Former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper; former Premier and Ambassador to the United States, Gary Doer; and CEO & President of Canada West Foundation, Gary Mar – have collaborated on a multitude of levels during their careers. They worked together through Canada’s financial crisis of 2008, in federal and provincial relations, and with Manitoba’s largest trading partner – the United States. Despite their political backgrounds, they were able to achieve unified success through their common priority – Canada’s best interest. 


Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge we are gathered tonight on Treaty 1 Territory and that Manitoba is located on the Treaty Territories and ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk Nations. We acknowledge Manitoba is located on the Homeland of the Red River Métis. We acknowledge northern Manitoba includes lands that were and are the ancestral lands of the Inuit. We respect the spirit and intent of Treaties and Treaty Making and remain committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in the spirit of truth, reconciliation and collaboration.

Message from the Chair

I am privileged to have the opportunity to serve as chair of the Business Council of Manitoba following other successful and accomplished chairs. Since our founding in 1998 our members, the CEOs of Manitoba’s leading businesses, have contributed to making Manitoba a stronger province.



The Council is in its third decade and we continue to look for new ways to fulfill its mandate, improve on major policy issues, and advance non-partisan advice, fresh ideas, and policy positions on matters of importance to our members and our province.



We continue to seek joint solutions to create sustainable long-term growth, jobs, and prosperity for all Manitobans. For the 2022’s Chair’s Dinner we are pleased to host an event inviting an open dialogue regarding our political, economic, and social climate in the past and present. We know success is achieved by working in partnership with governments on the public investments that support economic growth and improve quality of life in Manitoba.



We hope this conversation is a constructive step in fulfilling our responsibility to our members and inspires innovation and collaboration on current issues that face our province and country.

Message from the President & CEO

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. We work with our members and our key stakeholders in building on our past successes and continue to contribute toward realizing the full potential of our great province.

What all our members have in common is our commitment to making Manitoba a better place to live, work, and invest. We are proud to host this event where our Manitoba business community can gather to learn, grow, and gain perspective from former politicians who have vast experience and a robust understanding on how to navigate economic and social climates in a time of need.

As a Council our goal is simple and is resonant of the theme tonight – to provide input on major policy issues focused on making our province and country a place where we can all thrive in vibrant and healthy communities.