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.
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.
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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.
Together with Arch Honigman, Jeff owns Dorchester Developments, one of Winnipeg's premier property management and real estate development companies. He has served on, and been a major financial contributor to, numerous committees and councils including the Children's Hospital Foundation, the Asper Jewish Community Campus, the Rady Centre and YMHA Sports Dinner board. Mr. Rabb's career is highlighted by several distinguished honours including an award for community service from the Professional Property Managers Association, the Max Nathanson Young Leadership Award, and a nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002.
As a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Lila worked as a home economist, high school teacher, curriculum developer for the Department of Education, and writer of texts and children's books.
Adjudication jobs were as Assistant Deputy Chair of the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Appeal Board, and a Commissioner on the Manitoba Automobile Injury and Compensation Appeal Board.
Past Community Service: President of Volunteer Canada during the UN International Year of Volunteers; Director, Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club, Pan Am Games and the Provincial Maternal and Child Health Task Force
Presently: Chair, Nellie McClung Foundation and Manitoba ALIVE , a youth Leadership Symposium; Director, Lake Winnipeg Foundation and Gimli Film Festival; and Community Chair of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Capital Campaign For the Inuit Art Centre.
Born & raised in Winnipeg, Lorne Weiss has been involved in the real estate industry as a salesperson and broker since 1987. Lorne is a Past President of the Manitoba Real Estate Association and the Winnipeg REALTORS® Association. He is a member of the executive committee Of Manitoba Tipi Mattawa, a joint non profit First Nations home ownership program partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Manitoba Real Estate Association.
Currently Lorne is a member of the Canadian Real Estate and the Manitoba Real Estate Associations’ Boards of Directors as well as the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Standards Advisory Board. He is also active in community based volunteer activities. Currently he serves on the Board of Governors of the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, The Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, and the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities Foundation.
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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.