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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 immediately.

“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.


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The Business Council of Manitoba is pleased to welcome you to our website.

The Council is over sixteen years old and is proud of its record of accomplishment, offering a constructive voice to public discussion in Manitoba and Canada.

You will find a list of our members, all of whom are CEOs of important Manitoba companies or retired CEOs willing to continue serving their community. We will post position papers we research and submit to governments and we will share the results from the several conferences we have sponsored in recent times. The Business Council of Manitoba welcomes inquiries from readers who are interested in the work we do and the opinions we hold.

Above all, we are committed to improving our province and our country.

We choose to accomplish that goal by offering considered opinions that reflect the best of business leadership.





Mr. Don Leitch

President and CEO A native of Manitoba Don Leitch has extensive public and private sector executive experience. For over eleven years he served as the Clerk of the Executive Council and Deputy Mi...

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President & CEO 

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