Manitoba Business: Manitoba Power Commission / Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board / Winnipeg Hydro / Manitoba Hydro
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 Hydro-Electric Board to form Manitoba Hydro.
Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board
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.
Assistant General Managers
Hydro Generating Stations
“Rossman’s resignation accepted by council,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1912, page 5.
“Shift in Hydro dept. approved by committee,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 August 1922, page 13.
“M’Lean resigns post as Chairman of Power Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 1932, page 5.
“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.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 March 2019Back to top of page