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Governance and Management

North Portage Development Corporation (NPDC) was incorporated on December 13, 1983, under the laws of Manitoba as a community development corporation and commenced operations on that date. The objective of the Corporation is to provide a mechanism for implementing the redevelopment of the North Portage area through a combination of investments by the Corporation, the private sector, institutions and governments. The Corporation is owned equally by the following shareholders: Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and the City of Winnipeg.

The Forks Renewal Corporation (FRC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NPDC. FRC was incorporated on July 24, 1987 under the laws of Manitoba and commenced operations July 29, 1987. The objective of the Corporation is to provide a mechanism for implementing the redevelopment of the former CN East Yards area through a combination of investments by the Corporation, the private sector, institutions, and governments.

The operations of the two Corporations were merged in 1994 to form The Forks North Portage Partnership. The Partnership is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors appointed by each level of government. The Chairperson is selected unanimously. The Chief Executive Officer directs the business affairs of the organization through one central administration office responsible for the management of The Forks and North Portage sites.

Below is a current list of our Board of Directors:

Rick Bel, Chair

Currently owner, Fort Garry Hotel and Sandpiper Restaurant Group. Previously owner of Sandpiper and Prairie Oyster Restaurant. Former Professor of Economics at the University of Manitoba and Professor of Economics at Kobe University in Japan and Lecturer in Economics at London’s School of Economics. Prior to that, Rick pursued doctoral studies at the London School of Economics.

Bill Hodgson

During his 43 years in Finance and Banking, Mr.Hodgson held several senior positions with the TD Bank and most recently as a Vice President with Cambrian Credit Union.
Bill has served on several Boards over the years some of which include the United Way, Rainbow Society, Association of Competitive Curlers, Arthritis Society, Carleton Club, Victoria Beach Club, RTC Appeals Board.

Charlene Shatsky, B.N.

Board Director with The Forks North Portage Partnership, and member of the Board Governance Committee and Chair of the Board Human Resource Committee. Has occupied senior management positions at the Victoria General Hospital as Manager of Corporate Planning; former Director of Programs and Patient Services for Medicine; member of College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba and served as President of the Canadian Association of Critical Nurses Manitoba Chapter, member of board of Victoria General Hospital Foundation and Chair Victoria General Hospital Fundraising Gala.

Tim Hibbbard

From 2003 until his retirement from the federal public service in 2014, Tim served on the board of the Forks North Portage Partnership in an ex-officio capacity as the representative of the federal shareholder. He has held senior positions in social, cultural, environmental, and economic portfolios in four federal departments, most recently as the Director of Policy, Planning and External Relations with the Department of Western Economic Diversification. He has extensive experience working with leaders across government, the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University, and a Maîtrise ès lettres modernes from the Université de Paris X (Nanterre), France.

Bobbi Taillefer

Bobbi Taillefer is the General Secretary of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society and has held various positions there since 1998. During that time, she worked in all matters of labour relations and bargaining with additional responsibilities for representing Principals, working with French language services, Indigenous Education and Professional issues. Prior to MTS Bobbi was a high school teacher and continued her career as a Vice Principal and Principal in two elementary schools in Winnipeg School Division.

Bobbi holds a Law & Economics Diplôme from l’Université d’ Aix – Marseilles, a Bachelor of Arts -Political Science, a Master of Education - Educational Administration from the University of Manitoba and a Human Resources Certificate from Cornell University , New York as well as certificates (FTMS and ATMS) in governance training.

Bobbi has volunteered extensively on many community initiatives with the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, Canadian Cancer Society and Taking Charge!. She served as President of The Winnipeg Humane Society and currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the Leonard Foundation. 

Rennie Zegalski

Rennie Zegalski is a founding member and principal of Capital Commercial Real Estate Services (2015 to present). He is very active in the Winnipeg business community, currently serving as chair of the board of governors of the University of Manitoba, chair of the West End Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone and vice-president of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. He is also past chair of the Winnipeg Convention Centre and past-president of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association. In addition, Zegalski served for six years on the Downtown BIZ board and is still active in the Marketing and Transportation Committees.

Ginny Devine

President at Viewpoints Research Ltd., a market research firm in Winnipeg specializing in polling, surveys and focus groups.  Previously Chief of Staff to the Premier at the Goverment of Manitoba from 1981-1988.  Ms. Devine received her Bachlor of Education from the University of Manitoba.

Connor Lloyd

Conor Lloyd is a highly skilled and award winning communication and public relations specialist with more than ten years’ experience in the field of internal and external communications, government relations, media relations, and issues management. Conor serves on a number of boards and committees that help celebrate the rich history and culture of our City. Conor is a Citizen Member on the City of Winnipeg Museums Board, a Director on the Theatre Projects Manitoba Board, and the President of the Manitoba Society of the Canadian Public Relations Society of Canada.

Conor serves in a senior communications role at Red River College, working closely with the College’s Senior Leader Leadership Team, and he’s also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Conor is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and is a graduate of Red River College from the Creative Communications Program.

Bonnie Emerson

Bonnie Emerson is a community-oriented leader, a member of the Métis nation and in her 26th year with the Winnipeg Police Service. She is currently a staff sergeant assigned to the community support division, which includes Indigenous partnerships, school resource officers, crime prevention, and victim and volunteer services. She has a bachelor of arts in criminology from the University of Manitoba, French language training, and has also taken multiple courses in mediation and collective impact. Emerson sits on numerous committees including the City of Winnipeg Indigenous Management Committee, the Indigenous Council to the Police Board, the Intergovernmental Strategic Aboriginal Alliance and the Rainbow Society.

Paul Jordan

Mr Jordan was appointed Chief Executive Officer in August of 2014.  Mr.Jordan has been with the organization since 1991. From 2004 to 2014 he served as the Chief Operating Officer. Through that portfolio Mr.Jordan was responsible for all physical operations and programming of the site and facilities as well as being involved in capital developments and planning. Jordan also leads a coalition responsible for waterfront access in downtown Winnipeg. This group shares a vision to create a major transportation and recreation corridor through Winnipeg’s downtown along the rivers.

To this end capital projects have been initiated building and linking seven docks in the downtown with
a waterbus in the summer and a winter trail in the winter. Mr.Jordan has led the Winnipeg Trails Association since 2000 which has been involved in over 40 million dollars’ worth of new and improved recreational trails and active transportation corridors in Winnipeg.