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Manitoba History No. 89
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Manitoba Organization: Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Link to:
Founders | Presidents / Chairs | General Managers / Executive Directors / Presidents | Sources

The Chamber, the first in Western Canada, was incorporated on 8 March 1873 as the Winnipeg Board of Trade. Its founders included many of Manitoba’s early entrepreneurs. Little was accomplished during its first few years and the Board was reorganized on 24 January 1879 with A. G. B. Bannatyne as President.

Founders:

James Henry Ashdown (1844-1924)

John Balsillie (1839-1906)

Andrew Graham Ballenden Bannatyne (1829-1889)

Victor Beaupré

Curtis James Bird (1838-1876)

Alfred Boyd (c1836-1908)

Pascal Bréland (1811-1896)

Alexander MacDougall “A. M.” Brown (1820-1895)

James Clouston

Robert Cunningham (1836-1874)

William Drever (1821-1887)

R. J. Dunstan

William Flett

Frank Gingras

Edward Henry George Gunter Hay (1840-1918)

John Higgins (1807-1884)

Thomas Howard (1845-1903)

Colin Inkster (1843-1934)

John Inkster

George Kennedy

William Kennedy (1813-1890)

Joseph Octave Lemay (1829-1892)

Alexander Logan (1841-1894)

William H. Lyon (c1833-1897)

William J. Macaulay

Alexander McArthur (1843-1887)

Andrew McDermot (1789-1881)

John McGregor

James McKay (1828-1879)

John Henry McTavish (1837-1888)

Onis Monchamp

Robert Morgan

Alexander “Sandy” Murray (1839-1913)

Robert Patterson

Joseph Royal (1837-1902)

J. G. Sonderman

Robert Tait (1830-1912)

Presidents / Chairs

In 1998, the title of President changed to Chair.

Period

President / Chair

1879

Andrew Graham Ballenden Bannatyne (1829-1889)

1880

Arthur F. Eden (c1852-?)

1881

William H. Lyon (c1833-1897)

1882

Joseph Mulholland

1883

Charles John Brydges (1827-1889)

1884-1886

Kenneth McKenzie

1887

James Henry Ashdown (1844-1924)

1888

George Frederick Galt (1855-1928)

1889

James Redmond (1853-1926)

1890

Robert Jones Whitla (1846-1905)

1891

Stephen Nairn (1838-1900)

1892

James Elder Steen (1846-1909)

1893

Frederick William Stobart (1859-1935)

1894

William Bain Scarth (1837-1902)

1895

Robert Thomas Riley (1851-1944)

1896

F. H. Mathewson

1897

David Wesley Bole (1856-1933)

1898

Augustus Meredith Nanton (1860-1925)

1899

Edward Lancaster Drewry (1851-1940)

1900

Dawson Kerr Elliott (1853-1945)

1901

William Georgeson (1859-?)

1902

John Russell (c1850-1905)

1903

George Reading Crowe (1852-1924)

1904

Hodgson Wilberforce Hutchinson (1862-1949)

1905

A. L. Johnson

1906

Andrew Strang (1849-1913)

1907

George Frederick Carruthers (1846-1918)

1907-1908

John Thomas Blandell Persse (1861-1927)

1908-1909

Henry Martyn Belcher (1856-1923)

1909-1910

Edward Daniel Martin (1856-?)

1910-1911

Frederick William Drewry (1855-1927)

1911-1912

H. Bruce Gordon (1855-?)

1912-1913

Ezra Arthur Mott (1869-?)

1913-1914

John Stovel (1858-1923)

1914-1915

Melbourne Francis Christie (1864-1944)

1915-1916

George Nelson Jackson (1861-1944)

1916-1917

Albert Livingstone Crossin (1868-1956)

1917-1918

Alvin K. Godfrey (1871-1951)

1918-1920

William Henry Carter (1874-1962)

1920-1921

Edward Parnell (1859-1922)

1921-1925

William Andrew Travers Sweatman (1879-1941)

1925-1927

Robert G. Persse (1879-1946)

1927-1928

F. Hedley Marsh

1928-1931

Duncan Cameron (1865-1948)

1931-1932

John McEachern (1867-1942)

1932-1935

Wesley McCurdy (1881-1961)

1935-1936

Frederick John Charles Cox (1860-1939)

1936-1938

Charles Ernest Stockdill (1881-1960)

1938-1940

E. C. Mackay

1940-1941

George J. Cameron

1941-1943

George Henry Stewart (1874-1947)

1943-1944

John Duncan McDonald (c1879-1965)

1944-1947

Milton Daniel Grant (1874-1956)

1947-1949

Ralph Dennistoun Baker (1895-1960)

1949-1951

Allan Harvey Watson (1891-1978)

1951-1952

Richard Henry Gardyne Bonnycastle (1903-1968)

1952-1953

A. E. Longstaffe

1953-1954

G. S. Thorvaldson

1954-1955

John Kerr

1955

Ronald F. Swaine

1955-1956

Alexander Robertson (1909-1985)

1956-1957

Ronald F. Swaine

1957-1958

R. S. Malone

1958-1959

William Scott Neal (1914-1993)

1959-1960

John Stuart “Jack” McMahon (1904-2000)

1960-1961

George Edward Sharpe (1908-1985)

1961-1962

George Richard “Dick” Hunter (1917-1995)

1962-1963

R. G. Barton

1963-1964

D. C. Groff

1964-1965

Edson Boyd

1965-1966

Clare E. Atchison

1966-1967

William Stanley “Bill” Dunlop (1912-1991)

1967-1968

Allan R. McPherson

1968-1969

Arthur A. Elliott

1969-1970

David Rothstein (1914-1997)

1970-1971

William Leslie “Les” Wardrop (1915-2017)

1971-1972

W. Arthur Johnston

1972-1973

Lawrence Oliver “Lawrie” Pollard (1928-2019)

1973-1974

Graeme Thomson Haig (1923-1993)

1974-1976

Mel Peaslee Michener (1930-2017)

1976-1977

Norman Louis Coghlan (1927-2013)

1977-1978

Hugh Delaney

1978-1979

Paul Herriot

1979-1980

James “Jim” Cartlidge (1925-2016)

1980-1981

Gerald F. Reimer

1981-1982

John Raymond “Jack” Hignell (1930-2015)

1982-1984

Lloyd McGinnis

1984-1985

Keith Godden

1985-1986

Edward John “Ed” Martens (1941-2015)

1986-1987

John Doole

1987-1988

Dorothy Dobbie

1988-1989

E. Michael

1989

Mike Hill

1989-1990

Herb Middlestead

1990-1991

“Buddy” Brownstone

1991-1992

Steve Childerhouse

1992-1993

Sandy Hopkins

1993-1994

Terry Christall

1994-1995

John Granelli

1995-1996

Trevor Hayden

1996-1997

Dave Angus

1997-1998

Carol-Anne Borody

1998-1999

Joe Barnsley

1999-2000

Irene Merie

2000-2001

Murray Sigler

2001-2002

Walter Hill

2002-2003

Robert Kreis

2003-2004

Catherine Kloepfer

2004-2005

Philip Sheps

2005-2006

Larry McIntosh

2006-2007

Trevor Sprague

2007-2008

Ken Jones

2008-2009

Jeffrey Hartry

2009-2010

B. J. Reid

2010-2011

Judy Murphy

2011-2012

Brian Bowman

2012-2013

Brian Scharfstein

2013-2014

Jodi Moskal

2014-2015

Michael Legary

2015-2016

Priti Mehta-Shah

2016-2017

Wadood Ibrahim

2017-2018

Johanna Hurme

2018-2019

Scott Sissons

General Managers / Executive Directors / Presidents

In 1998, the title of Executive Director changed to President.

Period

General Manager / Executive Director / President

1952-1975

Evan McCormick (1909-1993)

1975-1995

William W. “Bill” Draper (1933-2005)

1995-2000

Shelley Morris

2000-2016

Dave Angus

2016-present

Loren Remillard

Sources:

“J. D. McDonald heads Winnipeg Trade Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 January 1943, page 11.

“City warned on rail rate equalization,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 February 1953, page 1.

“Stevenson may address city C of C,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 October 1953, page 1.

“City seen great centre to blend nationalities,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1954, page 12.

“Greetings on your 25th,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1955, page 20.

“Robertson sees desire for Big Ex,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1956, page 3.

“Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Annual Report - the 1957 Council,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1958, page 6.

“Mr. and Mrs. J. S. McMahon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1959, page 10.

“Award,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1962, page 15.

“Groff heads Winnipeg C of C,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1963, page 15.

“Juba takes lead in ritual,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1964, page 3.

“Labour and management agree on single appeal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1965, page 54.

“Businessmen greet northern development,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1966, page 17.

“Critics speak out on curb-cuts bylaw,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 January 1967, page 3.

“Local businessmen back Raminsky’s inflation fears,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1967, page 11.

“Local C of C active in many spheres: Elliott,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 October 1968, page 35.

“Jottings from the business world,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1969, page 9.

“Winnipeg C of C Executive Committee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1970, page 2.

“Scrap community committees, Huband tells hearing,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 July 1971, page 8.

“Business needs new input,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 May 1973, page 35.

“C of C names new head,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1975, page 24.

“Manitoba business leaders back govt. in postal strike,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1975, page 21.

“No time for analysis,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 August 1976, page 35.

“Ban on strikebreakers unfair: Paulley,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 August 1977, page 4.

“Remedy for downtown ills urged,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 November 1979, page 3.

“It’s your business at U of M,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1980, page 25.

“30¢ letter okay ‘if service is’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1981, page 26.

“Pact with MGEA gets nod from business,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 February 1983, page 7.

“Bankruptcy figures decrease in 1983,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1983, page 2.

“Volume of late mail ‘unbelievable,’ businessman claims,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1984, page 3.

“Business, municipal leaders blast bilingualism plan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 October 1985, page 8.

“Forget plan termed severe blow to seasonal workers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1986, page 18.

“Important issue,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1988, page 8.

“Government-run manufacturing ventures out of favor,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1989, page 44.

“Hotel trade in danger as more liquor bought in US,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1989, page 4.

“One in four employers to cut staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1991, page 4.

“Airport privatization a Chamber priority,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1992, page 13.

“Young backs local Juno bid, prepared to perform in show,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1993, page A1.

“Do paved road lead to riches?,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 1993, page A5.

“Chamber executive retiring,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1994, page 12.

“A ‘new era’ for the chamber,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1994, page 17.

“Local lingos worth mining,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1996, page A1.

“On the night table,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 1997, page B5.

“Young people left out: Doer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1997, page A2.

“Global turmoil doesn’t cloud outlook,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1998, page B9.

“Punch-dunk retails hail ‘Boxing week’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 December 1999, page A3.

“New chamber president has futuristic vision for Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 September 2000, page B5.

“New award fosters Business-Education Partnerships,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 2001, page C12.

“Small business finally getting respect,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 2002, page B6.

“Biz booster has new man at helm,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 2002, page 16.

“New chamber chairwoman seeks unified business voice,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 2003, page 29.

“Manitoba’s population on rise,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 2003, page A3.

“City’s growth,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 2004, page A2.

“City needs ‘plan,’ new chamber chairman says,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 2004, page 26.

“No vegging out for new chairman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 2005, page 26.

“The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 2005, page B7.

“Junior Chamber milestone,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 2006, page A9.

“Gary Doer: travel guide,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 2007, page A4.

“Doer opts for modest, reachable goals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 2008, page A15.

“Chamber set for new sales pitch to the world,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 2009, page 24.

“Tories not laughing at Hydro humour,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 2009, page A8.

“They may say Yes! to our city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 2010, page 28.

“Chamber CEO loves city’s new attitude,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 2010 , page A6.

“Not with a bold, but a whimper,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 2011, page J11.

“Angus chairs committee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 2012, page B7.

“Mayor keeps the sunny side up this year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 2013, page A13.

“No longer an old boys’ club: new chamber head,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 2013, page 16.

“New chamber chief signals new guard,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 2014, page 34.

“‘Inclusive’ chamber of commerce welcomes new chairwoman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 2015, page 16.

“New chairman loves his city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 October 2016, page 13.

“Chamber’s transition seamless,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 October 2016, page 26.

We thank Dorothy Dobbie and Irene Merie for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 September 2019

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