WHO WE ARE:

The Council membership consists of a diverse and prestigious group of leaders of companies who have demonstrated a commitment to Manitoba’s economic growth and community development.  Collectively they represent the economic engine of Manitoba.

The Council does not seek government funding for its operations. The Council values independence and the freedom to advocate without regard to partisan politics.

WHAT WE DO:

The Council exists to make Manitoba a preferred place to live, work and invest. 

The Council advocates innovative, fact-based positions on selected issues that bear directly on the future health of Manitoba society.

The Council engages in discussion with political and business leaders, offering members access to new ideas and to decision makers who can convert those ideas into action.

2019-2020

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIR
Curt Vossen
PAST CHAIR
Mark Chipman
VICE CHAIR
Don Boitson
VICE CHAIR
Darryl Levy
TREASURER
Rick Duha
SECRETARY
Mike Pyle
DIRECTOR
Jamie Brown
DIRECTOR
Roy Cook
DIRECTOR
Polly Craik
DIRECTOR
Barb Gamey
DIRECTOR
Jeff Goy
DIRECTOR
Rob Penner
DIRECTOR
Barry Rempel
DIRECTOR
Jason Yates

HISTORY

Chief Executive Officers of leading Manitoba companies believed there was need for business leaders to speak out on major policy issues facing our province. In 1998, they formed the Business Council of Manitoba. The Council has recruited leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to Manitoba’s economic growth and community development.

The primary purpose of the Business Council of Manitoba is to research and advocate innovative positions on selected issues that bear directly on the future health of Manitoba society. The Council engages in discussion with political and business leaders, offering members access to new ideas and to decision makers who can convert those ideas into action.

FOUNDING BOARD
1998-2001

Kerry Hawkins (Founding Chair)
Hartley Richardson
Sandy Riley
Peter Viner
Art DeFehr
Richard Kroft
Bob Kozminski
Arthur Mauro
James (Jim) Carr

PAST
CHAIRS

Mark Chipman 2017 – 2019
Steve Kroft 2016 – 2017
Polly Craik 2015 – 2016
Murray Taylor 2013- 2015
Doug Harvey 2011 – 2013
Don Streuber 2009 – 2011
Charles Loewen 2007 – 2009
Hartley Richardson 2005 – 2007
Art DeFehr 2003 – 2005
Sandy Riley 2001 – 2003
Kerry Hawkins 1998 – 2001

PRESIDENTS & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Bram Strain, 2020 – Present
Donald A. Leitch, 2014 – 2020
James (Jim) Carr, 1998 – 2013*

* Founding President & CEO

FOUNDING MEMBERS & COMPANIES:

Peter VinerCanWest Global Communications Corp.
Kerry HawkinsCargill Limited
John LoewenComcheq Services Ltd.
Richard KroftControlled Environments Limited (Conviron)
Arthur V. MauroDistinguished Member
William (Bill) WatchornEnsis Management Inc.
Sandy RileyInvestors Group
Hartley RichardsonJames Richardson & Sons Limited
Bob KozminskiKeystone Ford Sales Ltd.
Thomas StefansonManitoba Telecom Services Inc. (BellMTS)
Doug HarveyMid-Canada Truck Services Ltd. (Maxim Truck & Trailer)
Randy MoffatMoffat Communications
Art DeFehrPalliser Furniture Ltd.
Raymond McFeetorsThe Great West Life Assurance Company
Bob SilverWestern Glove Works Ltd.
Robert LaveryWinpak