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Memorable Manitobans: Leifur Julius Hallgrimson (1928-1991)


Born at Riverton on 1 January 1928, he studied at United College and the University of Manitoba, earning a law degree. He first worked as a tax counsel for the Department of National Revenue in Ottawa from 1954 to 1958 and then with the Manitoba Attorney General’s Department from 1958 to 1971 as Director of Civil Litigation. In 1970, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel and in 1971, he was appointed Receiver Manager for Churchill Forestries, and when it became a Crown Corporation, he became its President. In May 1983, he became Chairman of the Manitoba Municipal Board and remained in that position until he retired in 1987.

In addition to his work, Hallgrimson was active in the local community, acting as President and Secretary of his church council, and being actively involved in the Icelandic Canadian Club, having served as President. He was also a board member of the St. Amant Society and Manitoba Development Centre, and was a founder of Prairie Places Inc.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 November 1991.


“Government appoints 14 new Queen’s Counsels”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1970, page 18.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1991, page C36.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 27 March 2021

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