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Board of Directors


Paulette Connery

Paulette Connery, Chair

Paulette was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and is a graduate of Portage Collegiate Institute. Before her retirement, Paulette held a variety of positions over the years at the Bank of Montreal (BMO). She was first employed there in 1975. Paulette is engaged in numerous community activities. She has been an active member of the Portage Rotary Club since 1990 and is presently serving as Rotary District 5550 District Chairperson - Long Term Youth Exchange. Other posts have included acting as president of the Oakville Skating Club, chair of the Companions Program for the Canadian Horticultural Council, campaign chair of the Portage Plains United Way and treasurer of the Manitoba Farm Women's Conference. She has also served on various boards including... 


Brent GilbertBrent Gilbert

Brent Gilbert was born in MacGregor, Manitoba.  Following high school, he studied at the University of Winnipeg earning a Bachelor of Education degree.   Following a brief teaching career in Portage la Prairie, Brent entered the insurance brokerage business with Stewart-Greenslade Limited, a well known and respected insurance brokerage firm in Portage.  While working with Stewart-Greenslade, he entered into the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada’s Canadian Certified Insurance Broker professional development program earning his CCIB designation.  Recently, Brent was granted the Chartered Sales Professional designation by the Canadian Professional Sales Association.... Read more Brent button


Wayne KlippensteinWayne Klippenstein

Wayne Klippenstein has called Portage la Prairie and district home for the majority of his life. He grew up on the family farm west of Portage and is a graduate of Macgregor Collegiate Institute.

Immediately after high school Wayne pursued a career in accounting. He articled with the Portage la Prairie Chartered Accounting firm Gallaway Lapchuk and Nicoll and became a member of the Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba in 1982. Wayne became a principal of the firm and enjoyed a 24 year career in public practice, where he had the privilege of serving his client in all... Read more Wayne button


Graham StarmerGraham Starmer

Graham Starmer was born in Epping, England, and has had an extensive career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Graham was a National Program Coordinator for the RCMP, managing intelligence related to Eastern Europe and coordinating foreign services information.  This position led to his appointment as Senior Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, an agency responsible for identification of threats to Canada’s national interests. Graham was responsible for a team which conducted classified counter-terrorism projects, developed and coordinated... Read more Graham button


Vic GerdenVic Gerden

Vic Gerden has a background of managing large teams and multifaceted aviation operations and aerospace-related projects. His early career was with the Canadian Forces where he held positions of increasing responsibility dealing with national and international aviation operations including fighter operations, aerospace testing, surveillance systems, flight and leadership training. After reaching the rank of Colonel he transitioned to a career with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada where he held the positions of Regional Manager Central Canada, national Director of Air Investigations, Chief Investigator of the Swissair 111 Investigation, and Senior Advisor... Read more Vic button


Roberta ChristiansonRoberta Christianson

Roberta Christianson was born in Lurgan, N. Ireland coming to Canada as a child. Since graduating from Arthur Meighen High School, Roberta has been employed as a legal secretary, loans administrator for a financial institution, a book keeper and office manager for both a management company and a professional organization.

Roberta has had a long and varied interest in volunteerism. She is currently Chair of the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts and Secretary for Manitobans for the Arts. Roberta has also served as Vice-Chair of the Arts Policy Review Committee. From 1993 to 2001, Roberta served as Chair of the Manitoba Arts... Read more Roberta button


Doug McLennanDoug McLennan

Doug McLennan was born in Brandon, Manitoba.  He was a member of 82 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets before attending Royal Military College and graduating in 1974 with a Chemical Engineering degree.  He attained his Canadian Forces pilot wings in 1975 and continued in the military, holding positions of increasing responsibility including as Commandant of the Canadian Forces Flying Instructors School at (then) Canadian Forces Base Portage from 1986-1989. 

Doug has held a number of senior command positions in the military including: Director of Air Force Training, Wing Commander... Read more Doug button


Owen Kenneth McKenzieOwen Kenneth McKenzie

Born in Portage la Prairie and raised on farm west of Portage (Burnside), his family has served the community and surrounding area since 1868.

Owen attended Portage Collegiate Institute, Alberta Bible College and University of Alberta.  He has certificates: Building Operator 1 and 2, Government Administrator and Real Estate Property Management. He has a Life Insurance license and currently is a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer with McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.

Community service has included being... Read more Owen button


Dale LyleDale Lyle

Dale Lyle is a Manitoban at heart. He was born in Winnipeg and finished his high school years in Carman. He then moved to Neepawa to begin his career in municipal government. During his time there, he completed both the Certified General Accountant designation and the Certified Manitoba Municipal Administrator program. It was in Neepawa that Dale also met his wife Rhonda.

After receiving his education, Dale worked in public practice in British Columbia, as well as serving as the Chief Financial Officer of a publically listed mining exploration company. 

After 5 years, Dale and Rhonda, along with their two sons, Ben and Travis... Read more Dale button