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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Bryan “Bob” Brennan (?-2021)

Accountant, business executive.

After receiving a degree in accounting from the University of Manitoba, he joined Manitoba Hydro in 1964 and spent the next 47 years there, including service as its Senior Vice-President (Finance and Administration), Chief Financial Officer, and President and Chief Executive Officer (1990-2012) until retirement in 2012.

During his tenure, the company introduced profit-sharing agreements with Indigenous communities, a demand management program (Power Smart), built one of the most environmentally-responsible commercial buildings in the world as its corporate headquarters, built the Wuskwatim Generating Station, and acquired DC line and converter equipment from the federal government as well as Centra Gas and Winnipeg Hydro.

He was a member of boards for the FortWhyte Foundation (?-2014), Canadian Electricity Association, Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and Manitoba Museum. He was a director of Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre Foundation, and San Gold Corporation. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2014). He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (2012).

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 15 December 2021, survived by his wife and two children.

Sources:

Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Bob Brennan to retire,” Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 December 2021.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2022

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