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Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner 2009

6:00 PM
Saturday, 17 January 2009

Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg

The 44th annual John A. Macdonald Dinner of the Manitoba Historical Society will be held this year on Saturday, 17 January 2009 at the Fort Garry Hotel at 6:00 PM.

Mr. Alan Latourelle, Head of Parks Canada,
will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual
Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner on 17 January 2009.

Since joining the federal government in 1983, Mr. Alan Latourelle has occupied positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of corporate services, strategic planning, portfolio affairs, policy and operational program delivery. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Parks Canada in 2002. Under his leadership, three new national parks were established—the Gulf Islands in British Columbia, the Torngat Mountains in Labrador and Ukkusiksalik in Nunavut. As well, Tuktut Nogait and St. Lawrence Islands national parks have been expanded and the establishment of the national marine conservation area in western Lake Superior has been achieved. In addition, He has spearheaded such new initiatives as the Action Plan to Protect Canada’s Natural Heritage, which also addresses the improvement of ecological integrity in Canada’s national parks.

Mr. Latourelle has also provided executive leadership for the Historic Places Initiative (HPI), including introduction of the Canadian Register of Historic Places, the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, the Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund and a collaborative governance framework for HPI that engages all provinces and territories in the development of a culture of conservation. His recognized skills have also led to Mr. Latourelle being invited to become a member of the boards of Directors of The Banff Centre and of the Montréal Harbourfront Corporation. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Université du Québec and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.


Tickets for the 2009 Sir John A. Macdonald Dinner are $90 each for MHS members and $100 each for non-members.

To obtain tickets for the 2009 Sir John A. Macdonald Fundraising Dinner:

1. Send e-mail to the MHS office at with your ticket order. We will contact you to complete the financial details.

2. Call the MHS office at 204-947-0559 and speak to Jacqueline Friesen. If no answer, please leave a message and we will call back. Please call before 15 January 2009.

Page revised: 11 January 2009

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