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Former civil servant hired as new head of Business Council of Manitoba

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A former prominent provincial civil servant has been hired as the new president and CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba (BCM).

Don Leitch, a Clerk of the Executive Council in the Manitoba government from 1988 to 1999, returns to his home province from British Columbia to take on the new job effective immediately.

Leitch succeeds Jim Carr, who had been the council's president and CEO since it was formed in 1998 to provide a business-leadership voice to the public policy discussion in Manitoba.

Carr resigned in February to run as the Liberal candidate in the Winnipeg South Centre riding in the next federal election, which is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.

"We are very thrilled to have Don join us," said BCM chairman Murray Taylor, adding he was chosen from an extensive list of candidates.

For the past several years, Leitch has operated his own consulting firm in Victoria. He is married with two grown children.

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