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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:

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.

Daniel Boucher

President and CEO la Société franco-manitobaine; previous posts with the organization included Manager of Political Affairs and Executive Director; current director The Forks North Portage Partnership. Extensive work in the community field in early career in the office of the Minister of Environment at the provincial level.

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.

Sarah Zaharia

Owner and Managing Director of a marketing and branding firm in Winnipeg, Zaharia has worked for the Minister of Health and the Premier before specializing in Interactive Digital Media for the World Trade Centre and later New Media Manitoba.  Her board experience includes the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association, Canadian Women in Communications and the Societe franco-manitobaine. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg.

Jeff Rabb

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.

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.

Marv Tiller

Marv incorporated Canadian Shield several years ago, to provide management, investment and acquisition services to clients.

Prior to that, Marv completed a successful 10-year career as Vice President and General Manager of Hudson‘s Bay Northern Stores, and as President and CEO, Hudson’s Bay Northern Stores (North West Co.) Additionally, he spent several years as a member of The Bay Board of Directors.

Alan Borger

Alan has served on the Finance and Audit Committee since 2006.  He is the President of Ladco Company Limited - a diversified company with interests in land development, property management, heavy construction and hospitality.  Alan is a member of the Law Society of Manitoba, the Residential Tenancies Advisory Committee and the President's Advisory Committee, University of Manitoba and has served on a number of other committees and boards.

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.

Lila Goodspeed

Information to come.

Jim August, Chief Executive Officer

Jim has been CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership since July 2000. He was involved with The Forks Renewal Corporation during its inception as an advisor in the initial planning and governance structure. Under Jim’s leadership The Forks North Portage has been involved in a number of projects that have enhanced Winnipeg’s downtown. During that period The Forks has received national and international awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Waterfront Center (Washington DC).

Jim lead a management consulting practice throughout the 1990’s and was General Manager of Winnipeg Core Area Initiative throughout the 1980’s. He is presently active on a variety of community boards including: Economic Development Winnipeg (executive committee), Waterfront Center (Washington DC), Premier’s Economic Advisory Council (executive committee), University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation and advisory committee for University of Winnipeg Inner City Campus program.