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Manitoba Business: Union Bank of Canada

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This bank, known originally as the Union Bank of Lower Canada when it was founded in Quebec City in 1865, dropped “Lower” from its name in 1886. Its headquarters were relocated to Winnipeg in 1912 and it operated a network of branches across the prairies until its merger with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in 1925. As a result of the merger, for the first time in its history the RBC held more assets than the Bank of Montreal. Two Winnipeggers, R. T. Riley and W. R. Allan, joined the RBC board in 1926.

Presidents

Period

President

1912-1922

John Galt (1856-1933)

1922-1925

William Rae Allan (1864-1926)

General Managers

Period

General Manager

?-?

Harold Balfour Shaw (1873-1944)

Assistant General Managers

Period

Assistant General Manager

?-?

James William Hamilton (1865-?)

Manitoba Branches (1920)

Branch

Address

Period

Altamont

 

 

Angusville

 

 

Baldur

 

 

Birtle

738 Main Street

 

Boissevain

 

 

Brandon

 

 

Carberry

33 Main Street

 

Carman

32 First Street SW

1896-1925

Carroll

 

 

Clanwilliam

 

 

Clearwater

 

 

Crystal City

 

 

Cypress River

 

 

Dauphin

 

 

Deepdale

 

 

Deloraine

109 North Railway Avenue

 

Dropmore

 

 

Elm Creek

 

 

Elphinstone

 

 

Glenboro

 

 

Graysville

 

 

Hamiota

39 Maple Avenue East

 

Hartney

 

 

Holland

Holland, RM of Victoria

1903-?

Homewood

 

 

Killarney

 

 

Lowe Farm

 

 

Manitou

 

 

Margaret

 

 

McAuley

 

 

McCreary

 

 

Melita

 

 

Minnedosa

 

 

Minto

 

 

Morden

 

 

Morris

 

 

Neepawa

 

 

Newdale

Main Street

1910-1925

Ninga

 

 

Oakburn

 

 

Rapid City

 

 

Roblin

 

 

Roland

 

 

Rosebank

 

 

Roseisle

 

 

Russell

202 Main Street

 

Sandy Lake

 

 

Sanford

 

 

Shoal Lake

 

 

Solsgirth

 

 

Somerset

 

 

Souris

6 Crescent Avenue West

 

Sperling

 

 

Strathclair

 

 

The Pas

 

 

Virden

190 Nelson Street West

 

Waskada

Railway Avenue

 

Wawanesa

 

 

Wellwood

 

 

Winkler

 

 

Winnipeg

504 Main Street

 

Winnipeg Annex

500 Main Street

 

See also:

Manitoba Business: Royal Bank of Canada

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lakeside Fresh Air Camp War Memorial (RM of Gimli)

The Buildings of the Winnipeg-Based Union and Northern Crown Banks: A Glimpse into Early Twentieth Century Corporate Architecture by David Spector
Manitoba History, Number 21, Spring 1991

Sources:

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Joseph Martin and Barb Henderson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 March 2020

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