Memorable Manitobans: Charles Edward “Charlie” Curtis (1931-2022)
Accountant, civil servant.
Born at Winnipeg on 28 July 1931, he graduated with a Commerce degree from the University orf Manitoba then became a chartered accountant (1955). He worked in finance for the Manitoba government for almost 30 years, retiring in 1996 as Deputy Minister of Finance. He also served as Acting Chairman of Manitoba Hydro (1979-?), Chief Executive Officer of the Manitoba Energy Authority (1988-?), and Chief Executive Officer of MTX. In retirement he continued to advise the Manitoba Department of Finance.
He served on the boards of Manitoba Hydro, Centra Gas, Mizuho Corporate Bank (Canada), and Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, and was a member of the investment committees for The Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba Museum. He served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and was Executive-in-Residence at the University of Manitoba (1997). In recognition of his community service, he received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Administration (1989) and he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba (2003).
On 30 October 1954, he married Hilda Marion Simpson (1925-2016) and they had a daughter. He was active in Rotary Club of Winnipeg, serving as its honorary treasurer for many years.
He died at Winnipeg on 15 November 2022 and was buried in the Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.
“Gifts are showered on Hilda Simpson,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1954, page 11.
“Unauthorized pay illegal, Liberals claim,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1991, page 3.
Obituary [Hilda Marion Curtis], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 2016.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 2022.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 November 2022