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Manitoba History No. 88
Manitoba
History

No. 88

Pakistan Lecture 2019
Pakistan
Lunch &
Lecture

MHS Fundraising Dinner
MHS
Fundraising
Dinner

MHS Multicultural Dinner 2019
2019
Multicultural
Dinner

Spring Field Trip 2019
MHS
Spring
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Manitoba Business: Manitoba Power Commission / Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board / Winnipeg Hydro / Manitoba Hydro

Link to:
Manitoba Power Commission | Winnipeg Hydro-Electric System | Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board | Manitoba Hydro | Facilities | Sources

Several corporate entities have existed in Manitoba to develop and market electric power in the province.

Manitoba Power Commission

The Manitoba Power Commission was created in 1919 with the objective of providing inexpensive electrical power to rural Manitobans at the cost of production. It operated hydroelectric power generators on the Winnipeg River and crude-oil-burning power plants at Minnedosa and Virden. In 1961, it was amalgamated with the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board to form Manitoba Hydro.

Chairmen

Term

Chairman

1927-1932

Douglas Lauchlin McLean (1886-1964)

1932-1946

Herbert Howard Cottingham (1880-1960)

1946-1948

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

1948-1961

Robert Charles Smellie (1898-1975)

Commissioners

Commissioner

Term

Clair Addison Clendening (1885-1950)

1924-1927

Gerald Frederick Habing (1908-1984)

1948-?

John Joseph Kelly (1898-1952)

1948-?

Patrick Angus Kennedy (1880-1962)

?-?

James Maurice Leamy (1878-1933)

1919-1921

Douglas Lauchlin McLean (1886-1964)

1927-1932

Joseph Rochetti (1879-?)

1921-1924

John William Sanger (c1887-1966)

1931-1945

General Managers

Term

General Manager

1932-1946

Herbert Howard Cottingham (1880-1960)

1946-1961

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board

The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board was established by the provincial government in 1951. Ten years later, it was amalgamated with the Manitoba Power Commission to form Manitoba Hydro.

Term

Chairman and General Manager

1951-1961

Donald McGregor Stephens (1903-1968)

Winnipeg Hydro-Electric System / Winnipeg Hydro

The Winnipeg Hydro-Electric System was created by the City of Winnipeg in 1911 to operate the Pointe du Bois Generating Station on the Winnipeg River. Later renamed Winnipeg Hydro, it merged with Manitoba Hydro in September 2002.

General Managers

Term

General Manager

1911-1912

James G. Rossman (?-?)

1912-1944

John Girdlestone Glassco (1879-1948)

1944-1951

John William Sanger (c1887-1966)

1952-1955

Herbert Lee Briggs (1903-1992)

1955-1960

Thomas Edwards Storey (1906-1978)

1960-1969

Donald Charles Bryden (c1905-1996)

1969-1978

Robert Thompson Harland (1917-2004)

1978-1988

Kenneth Hallgrimur “Ken” Hallson (1923-2006)

1988-2000

R. James Linton

2000-2001

Robert R. Tillotson (Acting)
George S. Gabriel (Acting)

2001-2002

Ian H. McKay

Assistant General Managers

Term

Assistant General Manager

1912-1948

?

1948-1952

Herbert Lee Briggs (1903-1992)

1952-1955

Thomas Edwards Storey (1906-1978)

1955-?

?

?-1977

Max “Spiggy” Spigelman (1912-2008)

1977-2002

?

Chief Engineers

Term

Chief Engineer

1912-1922

Edwin Victor Caton (1884-1972)

1922-?

John William Sanger (c1887-1966)

?-1948

?

1948-1952

Thomas Edwards Storey (1906-1978)

1952-2002

?

Manitoba Hydro

Formed in 1961 by the amalgamation of the Manitoba Power Commission and the Manitoba Hydroelectric Board, it merged with Winnipeg Hydro in September 2002.

Chairmen

Term

Chairman

1961-1968

Donald McGregor Stephens (1903-1968)

1968-1970

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

General Managers

Term

General Manager

1961-1971

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

Facilities

Hydro Generating Stations

Generating Station

River

Generators

Capacity (MW)

Builder

Construction Start

Construction Completed

Status

Grand Rapids

Saskatchewan

4

479

Manitoba Hydro

1960

1965

Operational

Great Falls

Winnipeg

6

129

Winnipeg Electric Railway Company

1914

1928

Operational

Jenpeg

Nelson

6

125

Manitoba Hydro

1972

1979

Operational

Kelsey

Nelson

7

286

Manitoba Hydro

1958

1961

Operational

Kettle

Nelson

12

1,220

Manitoba Hydro

1968

1974

Operational

Keeyask

Nelson

7

695

Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership

2014

2021

Under construction

Laurie River

Laurie

3

10

Sherritt Gordon Mines

1952 (No. 1),
1958 (No. 2)

1952 (No. 1),
1958 (No. 2)

Operational

Limestone

Nelson

10

1,350

Manitoba Hydro

1985

1990

Operational

Long Spruce

Nelson

10

980

Manitoba Hydro

1973

1979

Operational

McArthur

Winnipeg

8

56

Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board

1952

1955

Operational

Pinawa

Winnipeg

9

22

Winnipeg Electric Railway Company

1903

1906

Decommissioned

Pine Falls

Winnipeg

6

84

Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board

1949

1951

Operational

Pointe du Bois

Winnipeg

16

75

Winnipeg Hydro Electric System

1909

1926

Operational

Seven Sisters

Winnipeg

6

165

Winnipeg Hydro Electric System

1929

1931 (phase 1),
1952 (phase 2)

Operational

Slave Falls

Winnipeg

8

68

Winnipeg Hydro Electric System

1930

1948

Operational

Wuskwatim

Burntwood

3

214

Manitoba Hydro

2006

2012

Operational

Converter Stations

Converter Station

Construction Start

Completed

Dorsey

1968

1971

Henday

1973

1978

Keewatinohk

2012

2018

Radisson

1967

1971

Thermal Plants

Thermal Plant

Capacity (MW)

Completed

Brandon

327

1958

Selkirk

125

1960

See also:

History of the Electrical Industry in Manitoba by David S. G. Ross
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1963-64 Season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Power Commission War Memorial (820 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Power Commission Building (Minnedosa)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Steele Block / Metropolitan Store (360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Hydro War Memorial (Winnipeg)

Events in Manitoba History: Rural Electrification

Powering the Province: Sixty Years of Manitoba Hydro by Manitoba Hydro, 2011.

The History of Electric Power in Manitoba,” Manitoba Hydro.

Sources:

“Rossman’s resignation accepted by council,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1912, page 5.

“Shift in Hydro dept. approved by committee,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 August 1922, page 13.

“M’Lean resigns post as Chairman of Power Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 1932, page 5.

“Cottingham quits Power Commission,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 October 1946, page 1.

“R. C. Smellie heads Power Commission,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1948, page 3.

Generating Stations, Manitoba Hydro.

Converter Stations, Manitoba Hydro.

Winnipeg Hydro Reflections: 1911 to 2002 by Winnipeg Hydro, 2002.

Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment for Hydroelectric Developments on the Churchill, Burntwood and Nelson River Systems: Integrated Summary Report, Manitoba Hydro, 2017, page 152.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2019

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