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Memorable Manitobans: Ian David Sinclair (1913-2006)

Business executive.

Born in Winnipeg on 27 December 1913, he was educated at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and the University of Manitoba, receiving economics (1937) and law (1941) degrees from the latter. He articled with the law firm of Guy Chappell and Company, was called to the Manitoba Bar in September 1941, then joined the law department of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1942. He transferred to Montreal in 1946 and eventually rose to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, serving during the 1970s and 1980, where he was known as a “domineering manager and a fierce negotiator.” He was made a Manitoba Queen’s Counsel in 1960. He was succeeded in the position by Frederick S. Burbidge. Sinclair was appointed to the Canadian Senate and was Chairman of its Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce. In 1979, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada. He died at Oakville, Ontario on 7 April 2006.


“Two Manitobans are called to Bar,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 September 1941, page 7.

“Ten Manitobans on honors list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1960, page 1.

“Gruff CP exec had ‘immense vision’,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 2006, page 20.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 January 2017

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