July 15, 2014
We are pleased to
announce the appointment of Don Leitch
as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of
Manitoba. The appointment follows an extensive executive search process. Don will assume his position effective
“We are delighted to have
Don Leitch as the new President
& CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba.
With his varied experience and background, his passion for Manitoba and
mutual goals with the Council, we know that Don will work hard for the
betterment of Manitoba and its people.
We had a great list of candidates and we are pleased to have Don join us”
said Doug Harvey, CEO of Maxim Truck and Trailer and Chair of the CEO Search
Committee of the Business Council of Manitoba.
A native of Manitoba,
Leitch served as Clerk of the Executive Council in the Manitoba Government for
over eleven years. In the position of Cabinet Secretary he held the most senior
position in the Manitoba civil service.
Leitch continued his public
sector career when he was recruited to British Columbia where he held positions
as the Deputy Minister of economic development, trade and investment, competition,
tourism, and small business. During his career he managed and served on a
number of Commissions of Inquiry and task forces. For several years Leitch was
Chair of the Securities Task Force established by the Canadian Council of
Ministers of Securities Regulation, working with provincial governments and
securities commissions across the country.
Leitch also lead the
establishment of Travel Alberta as an independent marketing corporation and
served as CEO when it commenced operations. In the private sector Leitch was a
Vice President for Palliser Furniture and managed his own consulting firm
providing advice to a range of public and private clients including the
Governments of Alberta and British Columbia, Travel Alberta and the Canadian
Tourism Commission. Other projects included conducting a series of extensive
private sector consultations, and providing governance advice.
“As we look to the future
of Manitoba, we are very pleased to have Don Leitch
with his extensive experience in the public and private sectors assume this
leadership role working with the Business Council of Manitoba to make Manitoba
a preferred place to live, work and invest” added Murray Taylor, CEO of
Investors Group and Board Chair of the Business Council of Manitoba.
Leitch earned a Master’s
degree in Natural Resources Management from the Natural Resources Institute at
the University of Manitoba.