WAG Announces New Board Members

The Winnipeg Art Gallery announces the appointment of several new members to its Board of Governors, bringing its total to 19.

"The WAG Board is delighted to be welcoming these new members who represent the vitality and success of Manitoba's business community, says Board President Naomi Z. Levine. “The Board and staff are excited about our plans to move ahead with new development, community engagement, and celebration of the best in visual art. The experience and skills of our new members complement the strengths of our current Board and will assist us as we look to the WAG's future."

Adds WAG Director Stephen Borys, “These individuals who bring a broad range of business and cultural skills to the board table, represent what is great about Winnipeg and Manitoba – and how the WAG is situated in this equation. Their desire to support the WAG in their role as board members speaks both for their level of civic engagement and for what the WAG stands for as it approaches its centennial in 2012 as Canada’s oldest civic art museum.”

Joining the WAG Board yesterday were:

Curt Vossen, President, Richardson International Limited. Mr. Vossen is also Director, Centre Venture; Chairman, Grain Insurance & Guarantee Company; Director, Smart Park Development Corporation; and Director, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, among others. He is a Past Chairman of the United Way of Winnipeg and a Director of St. Mary’s Academy Foundation.

Kevin Donnelly, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, MTS Centre, True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd. As the former President of Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation, Mr. Donnelly managed the Winnipeg Arena and CANAD Inns Stadium. He was also Vice-President of House of Blues Concerts, Canada’s largest concert promoter. Mr. Donnelly played an important role in the developing and opening of the state-of-the-art MTS Centre.

Curwin Friesen, CEO-President, Friesens Corporation. Under Mr. Friesen’s leadership, Friesens Corporation has received many awards including the National Association for Printing Leadership award and was listed as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies by Deloitte and Touche. He is external advisory member for the International Trade Specialization Trade Council at the University of Waterloo.

The WAG welcomed two other new Board members last fall.

Heather Richardson. An active community worker and patron of the arts, Ms. Richardson also sits on the boards of Balmoral Hall School and the St. John’s College Council at the University of Manitoba. She is a past board member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Women’s Health Research Foundation, and the St. John’s Ravenscourt Guild.

John Orlikow, Councillor, River Heights-Ford Garry Ward was named the City of Winnipeg appointee to the Board. Mr. Orlikow served for 10 years as a Trustee of the Winnipeg School Division, as well as the Division Chair. He is a former board member of the Crescentwood Community Club and former co-chair of the Partnership for an Active Community Working Group. He currently serves on the City of Winnipeg Finance Committee.

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures – including the world’s largest collection of Inuit art – the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.



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