Tuesday Oct 26 2021 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom & YouTube, Virtual
Join us as we celebrate the virtual launch of Gary Filmon's Yes We Did: Leading in Turbulent Times (Heartland Associates), featuring an introduction from Peter St. John.
Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.
The 1990s were a time of significant issues and events, both for Manitoba and Canada—the Meech Lake and Charlottetown attempts at constitutional reform, NAFTA, the GST, a major economic downturn that saw Manitoba lose 1.4% of its GDP in one year, the loss of the Winnipeg Jets NHL team, and the 1999 Pan Am Games. Gary Filmon was in the premier’s chair through it all.
On the day he left office, a journalist asked how he thought he’d done during his time as premier. He replied that he would let history decide that. The next day, in an editorial, the Winnipeg Free Press agreed with that sentiment. However, with the passage of time, Gary Filmon has decided to give history a hand.
Gary Albert Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M., L.L.D., ICD.D, was born and raised in Winnipeg. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1964, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 1967. After several years as a consulting engineer, he invested in a number of small businesses, and owned two business colleges. He became interested in politics and served for four years on Winnipeg’s City Council, followed by twenty-one years as a member of the Manitoba Legislature, including eleven and a half years as premier of Manitoba.
After leaving public office, he served as a director of eight corporate boards, chairing two, along with a number of public and volunteer organizations. In particular, he served as a member and chair of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Review Committee.
Gary and his wife Janice, who has served as Manitoba’s lieutenant governor, raised four children, and have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Peter St. John (pronounced Sin-jun) is a partner in Heartland Associates and a retired – though still avidly teaching – professor of International Relations and Senior Scholar at the University of Manitoba.