Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 142 years

Memorable Manitobans: Shane MacKay (1926-2001)

Click to enlargeJournalist.

Born at Ottawa, Ontario on 21 May 1926, son of Alice and Douglas MacKay, he was raised in Winnipeg and attended St. John’s-Ravenscourt School and the University of Manitoba. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune, Canadian Press, and the Winnipeg Free Press, later serving as a correspondent for the Free Press in Ottawa and Washington, DC. In 1951 he was the first Canadian awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. From 1954 to 1959 he was Managing Editor of the Reader’s Digest Canadian Edition, at Montreal, then was Executive Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press from 1959 to 1967. In the latter year he became Vice-President of the International Nickel Company of Canada, at Toronto, retiring in 1982. He died at Winnipeg on 21 December 2001.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 2001.

We thank Douglas MacKay for additional information used in this profile.

Page revised: 28 June 2009

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. We acknowledge that the collection contains both reputable and disreputable people. All are worth remembering as a lesson to future generations.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z

Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Firsts | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2021 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.