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John Draper Perrin III

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Winnipeg, son of John Draper Perrin II and grandson of of John Draper Perrin I, he attended Robert H. Smith School, Kelvin High School, and the University of Manitoba, serving as President of the latter’s Students’ Union (1973-1974). He was Executive Director of the University Centennial Committee (1974-1975). In 1977, he was appointed Executive Assistant to the Premier of Manitoba, Sterling Rufus Lyon. In 1979, his family’s investment company purchased The Fort Garry Hotel from Canadian National Railways and he served as General Manager of the hotel and Vice-President and Director of the company.

He served as a Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce representative to the Province of Manitoba Labour-Management Consultation Committee. In 1991, he became Executive Director of the Special Joint Parliamentary Committee on a Renewed Canada and, in 1993, was appointed a Part-time Member of the National Parole Board.

He served on the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba (1973-1974) and on the Board, Board Executive Committee, and University Senate and Senate Executive (1980-1984). Active in heritage matters in Manitoba, he was President of Heritage Winnipeg (2011), a founder of the Selkirk Bicentenary Committee (2012), President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (2012-2014), Trustee of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg Trust Fund, and Co-Chair of the Peguis-Selkirk Treaty Bicentenary Committee (2016-present).

He was a Board member of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (2008-2017) and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute serving as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committees and as Board Secretary. He was Chair of the South End Advisory Committee of the Winnipeg School Division #1. He is a Life Member of the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club and a Life Patron of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal (1992) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

In 1974, he married Judith Ann Marshall of Winnipeg and together they had three children.

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