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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick William “Wick” Sellers (1930-2017)

Business executive.

Born at Winnipeg on 30 September 1930, son of Fred Sellers, nephew of H. E. Sellers, he attended Queenston School, Robert H. Smith School, Ravenscourt School, and McMaster University, graduating from the latter in 1952. He later returned to Winnipeg and worked at Great-West Life Assurance and Chartered Life. In the mid-1960s, he became involved with the Spiroll Corporation. In 1971, he was appointed to the Board of the Canada Develoment Corporation, a large federal Crown corporation created by Pierre Trudeau as an instrument of Canadian nationalism. He became its Chair in 1981. He chaired the Manitoba Export Commission and the executive committee of Dome Petroleum (early 1980s). Finally, he owned and managed Alphair Corporation until his retirement in 2002. He served as Chair of the St. John’s-Ravenscourt School Board. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). He died at Cobourg, Ontario on 3 September 2017.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2017.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2017

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