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For as long as there has been human interaction, power and who has it have been part of our world.
From schoolyards to boardrooms, high school cliques to political party caucuses, we are drawn to individuals who, for one reason or another, influence us.
We hear what they have to say, we trust their opinions, heed their advice. Some of us think perhaps one day we could be them.
People in powerful positions make the decisions that guide our world, sometimes for the good, sometimes not.
The 30 Manitobans on our list have, in their own way, shaped our world, influenced our lives, moved us to act or obey or follow.
But what makes them powerful?
Is it that any of us would immediately return their call? Is it that they command respect? Is it that they make things happen?
It depends on who you ask and who the particular power broker is.
"Power is a highly subjective idea," said University of Winnipeg political scientist Shannon Sampert.
Even Spiderman knew with power came great responsibility. Often, with great responsibility comes power. Hence the reason the premier of Manitoba will always be among the top 30 most powerful people in the province.
But how much power great responsibility yields is differentiated by the individual.
Sampert notes the current premier, Greg Selinger, wields his power in a far different way than Gary Doer ever did.
Doer had that political glossy star quality most politicians would love to be able to buy in a bottle. Selinger has more of a matte finish, more chess club than football captain.
"He’s the understated quiet type," said Sampert.
That style may be one of the reasons Selinger is not on top of this year’s list, while Doer was in its previous three versions. There are other subtle differences. Doer earned power by leading a party to an electoral win. Selinger won over his own party but hasn’t yet asked the entire province for a mandate.
Selinger may not be flashy, but he is still among the front-line power brokers, the ones most people in the province would recognize on the street.
There are also the backroom wheelers and dealers, the so-called puppet masters who pull strings and influence those like Selinger, but often without many people really knowing who they are.
Power evolves over time.
While the following list is still dominated by white men — 20 of the 30 — there are more women and more aboriginals than ever before (seven and four respectively).
It’s a sign not only of the growing number of non-traditional power brokers, but a sign those of us charged with watching them are more aware of their existence.
It’s easy to figure out who the powerful are in the traditional places — the legislature, city hall, the business community. But Manitoba is more than just provincial politics and money-making. This list attempts to reflect that as well.
Despite huge gains for women in the last century, there’s still a gender gap when it comes to power positions. There are fewer women CEOs, fewer women politicians, and since those are the two identities which make up the majority of the list, it should not be surprising fewer women than men make the list.
That isn’t to say there are not other powerful women in Manitoba, just that they aren’t necessarily among the 30 most powerful people in the province. Yet.
Sampert notes power is still a somewhat masculine term that often confers the traits of being powerful as positive if you are a man but negative if you are a woman.
The evolution of power also means it is no longer the sole possession of the elite. Where once power was conferred often by bloodlines, and still can be through money lines, it is not impossible now for the serf to become the landowner. Sampert notes a lot of it depends on social abilities.
"Power is often about the ability to make social connections," she said. "It’s about your social intelligence."
The big test, often, for people in powerful positions, is how they wield that power once they have it.
Robert F. Kennedy said "the problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public."
That then becomes the question of staying power. Little can get you kicked out of the power club faster than misusing the power you’re given.
Here are the 30 as chosen by a Free Press panel. A number of prominent — and still powerful — Manitobans didn’t pass muster for this year’s Power 30. Chief among them is Gary Doer. The former premier has had a change of address to go along with his new job, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., and he now lives in Washington.
1. Mark Chipman
Wondering what it takes to get to the No. 1 spot? Start with helping to run a wildly successful family business whose interests range from car dealerships to real estate to construction. Next launch a major development of north Portage that will change the face of downtown. And then to put a cherry on top of your top power ranking, come up with a game plan that has your MTS Centre poised to become the home of Canada’s next NHL team.
Among those in Manitoba who wield power and influence, only the unassuming captain of True North Sports and Entertainment Ltd. has the ability to right the hockey wrong which saw Winnipeg lose its NHL team 15 years ago to the Arizona desert. He has had the province on side every step of the way since the building of the MTS Centre. He may walk and talk softly, but right now the hockey stick Chipman is carrying is the city’s best bet to score Canada’s seventh NHL franchise.
2. Gail Asper (See an interview in our Power Lunch series)
No question it’s been an annus horribilus for the Asper family’s media business. But when it comes to the Asper family’s dream of building a world-class human rights museum at The Forks, Izzy’s daughter keeps finding ways to make the seemingly impossible a reality.
Blessed with energy to burn and quick wit, Asper has what it takes to not only knock on boardroom doors — again and again — to raise money for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights within the province but also well beyond the province’s borders.
If you still need convincing of Asper’s pull, consider that the museum project that has been her blood, sweat and tears was good enough to attract both Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Winnipeg in July for the unveiling of its cornerstone.
Toss in her ongoing support for the arts, and this woman who has been awarded both the Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba is a lock again for our No. 2 spot.
3. Lloyd Axworthy
Life atop the University of Winnipeg’s ivory tower could have been the cushy bookend to a life of public service for the long-time Liberal heavyweight. You know, attend a few inter-departmental meetings. Drinks at the faculty club. Hand out a few degrees in the spring and fall. Instead, Axworthy has redefined the role of university president, turning the U of W campus into a springboard not only for redeveloping swaths of downtown, but also for addressing a wide range of pressing social challenges facing the city and province, especially those affecting aboriginal youth. Under his watch, his alma mater is getting new buildings, new disciplines and new direction. During his years in Ottawa as cabinet minister, Axworthy played on a national and international stage. But it’s his hometown that’s now the big winner from his starring role at the U of W.
4. Greg Selinger
In theory at least, Selinger possesses all the power of his predecessor. He sits atop a government that continues to enjoy a healthy majority. His political team of cabinet ministers and advisers is well seasoned. And the levers of both fear and favour that a premier wields are still very much in place. But 10 months after moving from finance minister to his new job as first minister, Selinger has yet to duplicate the political magic that allowed Gary Doer to consistently top our Power 30 ranking.
Not only has Selinger’s government slipped into deficit, it’s also slipped in the polls to the point where the NDP is running neck and neck with the Tories.
There have been signs of Selinger’s quarterbacking skills, especially in coming up with a financial game plan to make a new stadium for the Blue Bombers work. And if he can engineer another electoral touchdown for the NDP in October 2011, he’ll likely be moving up our power ranking.
5. Hartley Richardson
When you run a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate and oversee a family fortune valued at $2.72 billion, (according to Canadian Business magazine’s annual Rich 100 list) people answer your phone calls on the first ring. The head of James Richardson & Sons Limited keeps a lower profile that most of the people on our list but don’t mistake that for a lack of influence. As the chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, he has friends in the highest places.
JRSL hasn’t had the greatest of years — it recently closed its private equity funds and returned more than $1 billion to investors and a merger of Richardson Partners Financial with GMP Capital took most of its financial services jobs to Ontario — but like the New York Yankees, the Richardsons don’t rebuild, they reload.
Richardson isn’t all business, either. As the chairman of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, he’s overseeing a $180-million renovation of one of Winnipeg’s most popular attractions.
6. Sam Katz
If one test of power is getting your way, then Mayor Sam Katz is passing with flying colours.
He wants a police helicopter. He gets it. He wants to belatedly change plans — yet again — on rapid transit. Done. Council gives its blessing. Even something as mundane as his musings on the mosquito spraying get traction.
In other words, City Hall is Katz’s field of dreams. He calls the pitches, decides when to swing for the fences and determines all the political squeeze plays.
But is the civic agenda he completely controls going to gain approval from the one constituency he can’t control — the city’s voters? Katz’s last two at-bats at the ballot box were like a slow-pitch game.
However, former NDP MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis will be bringing some heat to the mayoral race this fall. Another home run and Katz will be even stronger. If he strikes out, there’s always his Goldeyes.
7. Murray Sinclair
Currently the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Sinclair was recently described by Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson as "the most influential aboriginal person in Manitoba." It’s not just his role orchestrating the commission bent on bringing closure to the residential schools nightmare for thousands of aboriginals. It’s his intricate knowledge of both aboriginal customs and the non-aboriginal world and his ability to bridge the gaps between. It’s his lack of political bias, his experience as a judge, a lawyer, and a mentor and the deep respect he garners from almost everyone he meets. In short — when Murray speaks, people listen.
8. Vic Toews
He is the province’s senior minister representing Manitoba’s interests to his government. Little, if anything, concerning the federal government, goes down in Manitoba unless Toews has signed off on it. As public safety minister, he oversees everything from border security to prisons and Canada’s security intelligence agency which has him dealing with any number of critical issues from boatloads of refugees arriving on the B.C. coast to disorder in the RCMP to the billion dollar bills for the G8/G20 summit security. Toews would be higher on the list, but he doesn’t always play well in the sandbox with others and has been accused of being indifferent to Manitoba projects, leaving colleagues in the Manitoba Conservative caucus to lobby for federal money for a new stadium and the human rights museum.
9. Rosann Wowchuk
She was the province’s long serving agriculture minister and deputy premier under Gary Doer. When Selinger took over the premier’s office last year, he kept Wowchuk as deputy premier but shifted her from agriculture to his old job in finance. It was a sign of the trust and respect he had for Wowchuk, since the man who had engineered a decade of balanced budgets wasn’t likely to hand over their reins to just anyone. She is the highest ranking woman in the provincial government and garners respect from farmers and the business community. She is seen as a tough but smart and savvy politician and her influence on government policy should not be undervalued.
10. Bob Brennan
It’s probably a cliché that the CEO of Manitoba’s power corporation is on the Power 30 list. But this list would not be complete without the head of the province’s largest Crown corporation. Last year he engineered construction of the now world renowned green office tower on Portage Avenue and the move of more than 1,300 employees into it. Now his focus must be the new transmission line. A political football in the legislature, the new line is critical to Hydro and Manitoba and Brennan must figure out how to get it done amid the non-stop bickering on Broadway about where to build it.
11. Keith McCaskill
In a town where which has more than its fair share of crime, it pays to have a powerful person wearing the top cop’s badge.
McCaskill’s been police chief for less than three years but has already demonstrated that he can not only handle the law and order part of the job but also its politics. On more than one occasion he’s been a forceful advocate in dealings with the province for items like a funding for a police helicopter or cadets. Plus the WPS he now oversees is packing more firepower thanks to its tactical response unit.
The WPS has even taken a style point or two from its chief, having just unveiled retro-look black and white cruisers from a policing era when McCaskill’s pompadour was in vogue.
12. David Asper
Once upon a time, the eldest Asper sibling would have made this list based purely on his executive role at Canwest Global Communications. But even with its demise earlier this year, Asper remains a significant player — or hopes to — with his pending purchase of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. His proposal includes the construction of a new 33,000-seat stadium at the University of Manitoba and high-end retail development, The Elms, to be built on the site of the current football facility near Polo Park Shopping Centre.
He is also an assistant professor of law at the University of Manitoba and executive chairman of Creswin Properties Inc, the family’s real estate division.
The Aspers weren’t successful in their bid to pick up Canwest’s newspaper division earlier this year but their name still carries a lot of clout in this town. Anybody who writes them off as yesterday’s news does so at their own peril.
13. Ron Evans
As the Grand Chief of the Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs, Evans is the political face for aboriginals in Manitoba. He is part of all negotiations and discussions regarding aboriginal issues at both the provincial and federal level, including the recent announcement of over $100 million to improve child welfare services on reserves. He is also at the helm of a plan to try to bring electoral reform on reserves — something sorely needed to give band councils the credibility and accountability their communities deserve. His plan got the attention and approval of former Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl and is also being looked at in other regions including Atlantic Canada. His influence would likely stretch further if there were a Liberal government in power federally — Evans is a former Liberal candidate who still has close ties to the party.
14. Arlene Wilgosh
She’s still in her first year as boss of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority but Wilgosh is anything but a rookie. The former nurse comes to the high-pressure post from the provincial civil service where she earned a whack of respect as the deputy health minister.
While she’s no longer second-in-command of the province’s health care system, the WRHA ship she’s now in charge of steering is no small pleasure craft. To put her influence in perspective, bear in mind that the WRHA’s operating budget is more than twice as large as that of the City of Winnipeg.
15. Allan McLeod
As the head of Manitoba’s largest aboriginal-owned company, the Tribal Councils Investment Group, McLeod is a key bridge between the province’s business community and the fast-growing, but economically depressed, First Nations.
TCIG is about as diversified an operation as you’ll find anywhere with holdings in banking, trucking, real estate, golf courses, gasoline, airlines, healthcare, soft drinks, snack food and restaurants.
If you doubt that the private-held company is successful, look no further than the corporate jet it bought earlier this year from Canwest.
McLeod has spoken publicly about TCIG being the catalyst to prosperity for the province’s First Nations people but this project will have no short cuts. The more successful TCIG becomes, the more its owners, seven Manitoba tribal councils representing 55 First Nations and more than 100,000 people, will benefit.
16. Don Plett
The one-time plumbing supply company owner in Landmark, Man, Plett went from the geographical centre of Canada to its political centre. He was appointed to the Senate last year after years of behind the scenes work, running campaigns and as the president first of the Canadian Alliance and then of the Conservative Party. If Stephen Harper was the front man for the Conservative Party merger, Plett was the backroom wheeler dealer who went from riding to riding selling it to the grass roots. It has earned him a plethora of connections and a lot of respect both within Manitoba and outside of it. He has the ears of Manitoba’s senior minister and the prime minister, and is a combination of problem solver and policy salesman. Although Plett himself will tell you his political leanings land somewhere to "the right of Attila the Hun", he is not just a Conservative government patsy carrying out a patronage appointment like a good little boy. He takes his job as senator seriously and in return, people in Ottawa take him seriously.
17. Ida Albo
From her office at Winnipeg’s landmark hotel, the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, Albo regularly plays host to the elite of Winnipeg and beyond. But she does much more than run the city’s iconic landmark, where $1 million was spent to renovate more than 35,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space last year.
She was one of the brains behind the Plaza skateboard park at the Forks, which was named one of the sport’s top North American destinations by that X-Games favourite, the Wall Street Journal.
She is also actively involved at CentreVenture Development Corp., where she spearheads a group of prominent Winnipeggers in identifying and creating new public destinations in our downtown through private-public partnerships.
18. Paul Soubry
After two decades at or near the top of StandardAero, Manitoba’s biggest aerospace company, Soubry continues to make his mark in the province’s transportation field as the CEO of New Flyer Industries. Just two years into his new role, the company announced record-high revenues of more than $1 billion and aggressive plans to explore new markets. High-powered contacts? How about the man who’s one heartbeat away from the most powerful office in the world? In the spring of 2009, Soubry hosted Joe Biden at the company’s St. Cloud, Minn. plant, part of the U.S. vice-president’s cross-country tour promoting the government’s $787-million (US) stimulus package to bring the economy out of recession.
His powers of persuasion are meeting a stiff test these days as he tries to persuade Mayor Sam Katz of the benefits of using buses rather than light rail for rapid transit.
19. Gary and Janice Filmon
They were the province’s power couple when the Tories were in power from 1988-1999.
But while their star power has dimmed somewhat in the past decade, the Filmons are still a force to be reckoned with. He not only oversees the country’s spy agency in his role as chairman of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee, but also serves on a number of corporate boards. She’s active in the community on a number of fronts and was chairwoman of the Nellie McClung Foundation which fought hard to erect a statue of the suffragette and the rest of the Famous Five on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building.
20. Diane Gray
If CentrePort Canada’s ambitious dream is able to take off at the airport, it will largely be because of its founding president and chief executive officer.
The mission facing Gray is a daunting one, trying to launch not only Canada’s first inland port but also its first foreign free trade zone. But the former senior provincial mandarin brings to the job impeccable political and trade credentials which not only serve her well in Ottawa and Washington but also in overseas markets that CentrePort is targeting.
21. Paul Vogt
As the province’s top bureaucrat, Vogt has the unenviable role of bridging the political will of cabinet and the bureaucratic abilities of the civil service. Many in his role walk tall and rule with a big stick. Vogt prefers the soft-spoken, light-hearted approach and it has served him well. He has a long history with the NDP first as Gary Doer’s research director when Doer was opposition leader in the 1990s, then as Doer’s principal policy adviser after the NDP formed government. In 2005, he was appointed to his current role. Some wondered whether Doer’s guy would weather the change to a new premier but he did it easily and as a result helped keep the government running smoothly throughout the transition process.
22. Eric Robinson
It often seems as if Robinson knows every single aboriginal person in the province. Personally. He is a take-me-as-I-am kind of guy who makes no apologies for his weaknesses and demands no largesse for his strengths. He also tends to say exactly what he thinks, a rarity in modern day politics. As the province’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister, he has the reins on a critical department but garners respect beyond his own portfolio from the entire cabinet. He’s also been said to be one of the easier ministers to work for.
23. Sandy Shindleman
If they built it, chances are they went through the president of Shindico Realty Inc. It’s hard to find a significant real estate development in Winnipeg that doesn’t have Shindleman’s fingerprints all over it.
Easily his highest-profile project on the go is filling the empty field where the Winnipeg Arena once stood, adjacent to Polo Park Shopping Centre, considered by many to be the most valuable plot of land in the city. He knows the area well as his company brought in big box heavyweights such as Best Buy, Canadian Tire and Old Navy across St. James Street.
He’s also heavily involved in keeping the Hudson Bay Co. in its iconic downtown property, as he’s negotiating to bring new tenants into two of its soon-to-be-empty floors.
24. Arni Thorsteinson
After carving out his niche in Winnipeg’s business community with his real estate endeavours, Thorsteinson has garnered increasing attention of late for his work on human rights.
The CEO of two Winnipeg REITs — Temple and Lanesborough — and president and owner of Shelter Canadian Properties, is also chairman of the museum’s board of directors. The museum is expected to be THE major tourist attraction once its doors swing open in 2012.
As the chair of the IDEA Committee for the Associates, a group of more than 250 business leaders who support the Asper School of Business at the U of M, his BlackBerry contains the contact information of the likes of Howard Schultz, chief global strategist at Starbucks Coffee Co., Onex Corp’s Gerry Schwartz and his wife, Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books and Music, and domestic diva Martha Stewart — all former winners of the IDEA award.
25. Bob Silver
If you think the president of local jean maker, Western Glove Works, is flying below the radar, you’re probably right. But that’s just how he likes it. He’s the city’s only mover and shaker who is far more likely to be spotted in a pair of jeans and an Indian Motorcycle T-shirt than a suit and tie. But there’s no denying his influence when you consider his moonlighting gigs — he’s the chancellor of the University of Winnipeg, co-owner of the Warehouse One retail chain, co-chair of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council, a director with Destination Winnipeg and past chair of the United Way. Oh yeah, he’s also co-owner of the Brandon Sun and the Winnipeg Free Press.
26. David Barnard
When you control knowledge, you control power, so imagine what the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba could harness with all that brain power under his watch? He has been at his post for a little more than two years now but he hasn’t wasted any time getting involved off his Fort Garry campus, becoming a director with CentrePort Canada, Manitoba’s inland port, and CentreVenture Development Corp.
He is currently overseeing Project Domino, a $150-million redevelopment of the U of M, the largest and most ambitious plan in the school’s more than 130-year history.
His greatest achievement, however, could be elevating the university’s long-time bottom-feeder status in the annual Macleans’ poll of post-secondary institutions.
27. Hugh McFadyen
Four years in as an MLA and leader of the opposition, McFadyen can no longer be considered a political rookie. He’s led his party to a sustained improvement in the polls and comes across as far more polished and confident than he used to. With a provincial election just over a year away, McFadyen is positioning his party to give the NDP a serious run for its money. Just being close in the polls alone gives him more influence and makes the government give him and any issues he raises far more attention than it would have even five years ago. It also gives him a greater ability to bring in money, something the party must do if it is to run a solid campaign next year.
28. Kenny Boyce
Don’t think of this civic employee as some sort of cultural bureaucrat. Instead consider Boyce as our city’s concierge, advising, shepherding and tending to the needs of those filming or using Winnipeg for some special event. One day, he might be helping set up some Hollywood star in town. The next, it might be co-ordinating with Buckingham Palace for a royal visit.
It’s unlikely there is another person in Winnipeg as well connected, politically, socially, culturally and economically as Kenny Boyce.
29. Peter Rempel
When disaster strikes, Manitobans are among the quickest in the world to get out their chequebooks or to lend their backs to the effort. Leading the philanthropic pack in the province is the Mennonite Central Committee, which is headed up Rempel, its executive director. When you consider the seemingly never-ending stream of natural disasters of late, punctuated by the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan, mobilizing the forces of good to ward off evil gives Rempel a rare power indeed.
30. Kathleen Richardson
While her family is best known for its entrepreneurial exploits, the matriarch of the Richardson clan has few peers as a philanthropist and supporter of the arts. She has been the driving force behind countless fundraising drives that have raised millions of dollars for arts organizations in the province. When needed, she was more than willing to get out her own chequebook — or that of her foundation — to provide an extra financial boost.
She has been the honourary president of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for nearly half a century.
She also has a wall full of awards, including the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba.
Ones to watch:
Shelly Glover. When Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffled his cabinet in July the one name immediately buzzing among the pundits was Shelly Glover. He didn’t add her then but she is considered to be next in line in Manitoba for a cabinet post and has been tapped by the Harper government as their law and order spokesperson. Not a shabby role in a government which builds its campaigns around getting tough on crime.
Steven Fletcher. He’s Manitoba’s junior cabinet minister tasked with implementing the Prime Minister’s long-held goals to overhaul the Senate. As the country’s first quadriplegic in Parliament he has become a proud role model for overcoming extreme adversity to succeed. That alone makes people listen when he speaks.
Jamie Wilson. Appointed in June as the treaty commissioner for Manitoba (meaning his job is to make others in Manitoba understand and respect treaties) Wilson is a rising star in Manitoba’s aboriginal community. He’s young, he’s ambitious, he’s well connected both within and outside the aboriginal community and he already has credibility as an aboriginal education director in Opaskwayak Cree Nation who helped secure long-needed federal funding to build a new school.
David Harper. Grand chief of the northern chiefs organization, Harper is a one-time provincial Conservative candidate who has not hesitated to be a thorn in the side of the federal Conservative government. During the H1N1 outbreak last year he put the problems on reserves in Manitoba’s north onto the national radar screen. He has proven himself able to make people listen to what he has to say.
Jennifer Howard. The Manitoba labour minister, Howard is considered by most in the provincial NDP to be the party’s future. She’s young, she’s smart and she’s experienced both in government and community activism. Although an MLA only since 2007, her transition to cabinet was smooth thanks to years spent developing and implementing policy for Gary Doer and she has already been tapped to help build the NDP’s next campaign. One insider says Howard is one of the rarities in a caucus who could step into any cabinet job and do it well.
A number of prominent — and still powerful — Manitobans didn’t cut the muster for this year’s Power 30. Chief among them is Gary Doer. The former premier has had a change of address to go along with his new job, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., and he now lives in Washington.
Where are they now?
Here are some of the former Power 30 members and where they are today:
Leonard Asper: The former president and CEO of Canwest Global Communications was at the helm of the one-time media giant during its glory days a decade ago and during its spiral into bankruptcy protection over the last couple of years. He is now living in Toronto and reportedly working behind the scenes on a new business venture.
Sandy Riley: The president and CEO of Richardson Financial Group is still one of the city’s power brokers but has kept a relatively low profile since the economic downturn started two years ago.
Charlie Spiring: The CEO of Wellington West Capital is still as well connected as they come in Winnipeg at the helm of one of the most successful independent brokerage houses in the country. He has also kept a lower profile since the fall of 2008.
Lawrie Pollard: The chair of Pollard Banknote continues to oversee things at the lottery ticket maker and remains one of the most respected business veterans in the city.
Bob Chipman: The patriarch of the auto dealership, real estate and hockey brood is no doubt sought out by his son, Mark, for his opinion on the ever-fluent process of bringing NHL hockey back to Winnipeg.
Ray McFeetors: The former president and CEO of Great-West Lifeco has moved over to the chairman’s role at Manitoba’s biggest publicly-traded company.
Leo Ledohowski: The president and CEO of Canad Inns continues to run Manitoba’s biggest homegrown hotel chain.
Ross McGowan: The head of CentreVenture continues to help inject life into Winnipeg’s downtown by finding new tenants to upgrade and move into derelict buildings.
Theresa Oswald: The province’s minister of health was front and centre during the H1N1 crisis and could have been in the Top 5 if she had taken a serious crack at Doer’s job.
Angela Mathieson: The head of the community and economic development committee of the Manitoba cabinet continues to play a major role in the province’s business investments.
Kevin Donnelly: The man responsible for putting events on the stage at MTS Centre and butts in the seats oversees the third busiest arena in Canada and the 39th busiest in the world.