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Several corporate entities have existed in Manitoba to develop and market electric power in the province.

Manitoba Power Commission

The Manitoba Power Commission was created in 1919 with the objective of providing inexpensive electrical power to rural Manitobans at the cost of production. It operated hydroelectric power generators on the Winnipeg River and crude-oil-burning power plants at Minnedosa and Virden. In 1961, it was amalgamated with the Manitoba Hydroelectric Board to form Manitoba Hydro.

Chairmen

Term

Chairman

1932-1946

Herbert H. Cottingham (1880-1960)

1946-1948

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

1948-1961

Robert Charles Smellie (1898-1975)

Commissioners

Commissioner

Term

Clair Addison Clendening (1885-1950)

1924-1927

Gerald Frederick Habing (1908-1984)

1948-?

John Joseph Kelly (1898-1952)

1948-?

Patrick Angus Kennedy (1880-1962)

?-?

James Maurice Leamy (1878-1933)

1919-1921

Douglas Lauchlin McLean (1886-1964)

1927-1932

Joseph Rochetti (1879-?)

1921-1924

John William Sanger (c1887-1966)

1931-1945

General Managers

Term

General Manager

1946-1961

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

Manitoba Hydroelectric Board

The Manitoba Hydroelectric Board was established by the provincial government in 1951. Ten years later, it was amalgamated with the Manitoba Power Commission to form Manitoba Hydro.

Term

Chairman and General Manager

1951-1961

Donald McGregor Stephens (1903-1968)

Winnipeg Hydro-Electric System / Winnipeg Hydro

The Winnipeg Hydro-Electric System was created by the City of Winnipeg in 1911 to operate the Pointe du Bois Generating Station on the Winnipeg River. Later renamed Winnipeg Hydro, it merged with Manitoba Hydro in September 2002.

General Managers

Term

General Manager

1912-1944

John Girdlestone Glassco (1879-1948)

1944-1951

John William Sanger (c1887-1966)

1952-1955

Herbert Lee Briggs (1903-1992)

1955-1960

Thomas Edwards Storey (1906-1978)

1960-1969

Donald Charles Bryden (c1905-1996)

1969-1978

Robert Thompson Harland (1917-2004)

1978-1988

Kenneth Hallgrimur “Ken” Hallson (1923-2006)

1988-2000

R. James Linton

2000-2001

Robert R. Tillotson (Acting)
George S. Gabriel (Acting)

2001-2002

Ian H. McKay

Assistant General Managers

Term

Assistant General Manager

1912-1952

?

1952-1955

Thomas Edwards Storey (1906-1978)

1955-?

?

?-1977

Max “Spiggy” Spigelman (1912-2008)

1977-2002

?

Chief Engineers

Term

Chief Engineer

1912-1922

Edwin Victor Caton (1884-1972)

1922-1948

?

1948-1952

Thomas Edwards Storey (1906-1978)

1952-2002

?

Manitoba Hydro

Formed in 1961 by the amalgamation of the Manitoba Power Commission and the Manitoba Hydroelectric Board, it merged with Winnipeg Hydro in September 2002.

Chairmen

Term

Chairman

?-1968

Donald McGregor Stephens (1903-1968)

1968-1970

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

General Managers

Term

General Manager

1961-1971

William David Fallis (1909-1974)

Facilities

Hydro Generating Stations

Generating Station

River

Generators

Capacity (MW)

Construction Start

Completed

Grand Rapids

Saskatchewan

4

479

?

1968

Great Falls

Winnipeg

6

129

1914

1928

Jenpeg

Nelson

6

125

1972

1979

Kelsey

Nelson

7

292

1958

1972

Kettle

Nelson

12

1,220

1968

1974

Keeyask

Nelson

?

695

?

?

Laurie River

Laurie

3

10

?

1958

Limestone

Nelson

10

1,350

1976

1992

Long Spruce

Nelson

10

980

?

1979

McArthur

Winnipeg

8

56

?

1955

Pine Falls

Winnipeg

6

84

1949

1952

Pointe du Bois

Winnipeg

16

75

?

1926

Seven Sisters

Winnipeg

6

165

?

1952

Slave Falls

Winnipeg

8

68

?

1948

Wuskwatim

Burntwood

3

214

2006

2012

Converter Stations

Converter Station

Construction Start

Completed

Dorsey

?

1968

Henday

1970

1978

Keewatinohk

?

?

Radisson

1967

1977

Thermal Plants

Thermal Plant

Capacity (MW)

Completed

Brandon

327

1958

Selkirk

125

1960

See also:

History of the Electrical Industry in Manitoba by David S. G. Ross
MHS Transactions, Series 3, 1963-64 Season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Power Commission War Memorial (820 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Power Commission Building (Minnedosa)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Steele Block / Metropolitan Store (360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Powering the Province: Sixty Years of Manitoba Hydro by Manitoba Hydro, 2011.

Sources:

“Cottingham quits Power Commission,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 October 1946, page 1.

“R. C. Smellie heads Power Commission,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 February 1948, page 3.

Generating Stations, Manitoba Hydro.

Converter Stations, Manitoba Hydro.

Winnipeg Hydro Reflections: 1911 to 2002 by Winnipeg Hydro, 2002.

Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment for Hydroelectric Developments on the Churchill, Burntwood and Nelson River Systems: Integrated Summary Report, Manitoba Hydro, 2017, page 152.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 November 2017

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