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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Megill “Bob” Chipman (1926-2013)


Born at Calgary, Alberta on 3 August 1926, son of Robert Chipman and Natalie Megill, the family moved to Kenora (Ontario) then Winnipeg. He founded Megill-Stephenson, a company that had holdings in the automotive, real estate, construction, sports and entertainment, and financial services industries. In 1969, he was the Liberal candidate for Sturgeon Creek in the provincial general election but was defeated by Frank Johnston. Chipman served on boards of the United Way, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Enterprises, and Royal Bank of Canada. He was instrumental in the 2011 purchase of an NHL hockey team that became the Winnipeg Jets. In 2007, he was inducted into the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame in recognition of his business acumen and community service. He died at Winnipeg on 9 September 2013.


“Winnipeg entrepreneur Bob Chipman dies at 87,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2013.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 2013.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 June 2017

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