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A former Tory leader, a former Conservative MLA, and a defeated candidate are among the people Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler has appointed to the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries board.
The business-heavy board includes five men and four women, one of the most gender-balanced government appointments so far in the young administration.
The new chair of the board announced Friday morning is Polly Craik and the vice-chair is Nick Logan.
Newly appointed directors are Gary Coleman, Tracy Maconachie, James Morden, Stuart Murray, Rene Pereux, Jennifer Plett and Mavis Taillieu.
Murray is a former provincial Tory leader, and Taillieuis a former MLA for Morris. Maconachie ran unsuccessfully for the Progressive Conservatives in River Heights in the April 19 election.
"Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries generates revenue that is essential to many public services provided by the province," said Schuler in a news release. "This new board is made up of individuals whose experience and knowledge make them eminently prepared for the important role of responsibly and effectively governing the operations of this Crown corporation."
The board of directors for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is responsible for carrying out the duties, powers and functions of the corporation. Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries looks after the distribution and sale of liquor and gambling products in the province under the Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act, and revenue returned to the province helps to support health care, education, economic development, public safety initiatives and social and community services, provincial officials said in their news release.
Government-provided biographies noted that:
- Craik owned Fine Line Communications for more than 25 years until it was acquired in 2015. An active board member, she is a past chair of CentreVenture Development Corporation and the Business Council of Manitoba.
- Logan was the president, CEO and director of National Leasing from its inception in 1987 until 2014. During that time, National Leasing was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best privately managed companies for 16 consecutive years. He is now principle of Logan Point Investments Inc., specializing in small-business equity and property development.
- Coleman is the president, chairman and CEO of Big Freight Systems Inc. He began working with the company in 1981 when it was South East Transport Systems. He is also a past president and CEO of Industrial Growth Income Corp.
- Maconachie is the president of the Life Science Association of Manitoba, a position held since May of 2010. Previous to that, she held various positions at Merck Frosst Canada from 1997 to 2010. She has served in board appointments focusing on areas of bioscience research and pharmaceuticals.
- Morden has been involved in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. He was a founding partner of Assante Corporation until its sale in 2003 and has since been a vice-president and private wealth counsellor at Pavilion Investment House.
- Murray held the position of president and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from 2009 until 2014, leading the construction and completion of the project. He is also a past president and CEO of the St. Boniface Hospital and Research Foundation and Domo Gasoline Corporation.
- Pereux is a financial services executive with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. Currently operating his own services firm, Pereux Financial Services, he also founded and held the role of co-CEO of Daystar Financial Group until it was acquired in 2013.
- Plett leads the office operations of Plett Trucking Ltd., where she has worked since 1999. She also has experience working in both provincial and federal levels of government. Plett worked in various departments of the Manitoba government from 1995 to 1999. She also worked in the office of former federal minister of health and welfare Jake Epp from 1987 to 1989.
- Taillieu is a former member of the legislative assembly, serving in the constituency of Morris from 2003 until 2013. Taillieu was the founder, and until 2000 the publisher, of the Headingley Headliner newspaper. Taillieu holds a degree in administrative studies from the University of Winnipeg, with majors in economics, political science and public administration. She was a registered laboratory technologist with an advanced certification in hematology. She is also currently the vice-president of Parc Industries.
Updated on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:16 PM CDT: Updated.
3:10 PM: Craik's bio updated.