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Manitoba Organization: Ducks Unlimited Canada

In 1936, a group of American conservationists came to Manitoba and met with such businessmen as lawyer Edward Pitblado (President of the Manitoba Game and Fish Association), and grain merchants James Richardson and Norman Paterson, encouraging them to establish an organization to restore and conserve habitat for ducks and other waterfowl. A charter of incorporation for the new organization was received on 17 March 1937. It was operated by a temporary group of directors until 1938 when the first meeting of Ducks Unlimited Canada, at the Fort Garry Hotel, occurred on 1-2 April 1938.

Chairmen of the Board

Period

Chairman

1938-1942

William G. Ross

1943-1944

O. Leigh Spencer

1945-1947

William C. Fisher

1948-1949

L. T. McKim

1950-1951

Walter F. Tisdale (1887-1960)

1952-1953

L. T. McKim

1954-1956

W. F. W. Hancock

1957-1959

W. M. Martin

1960

W. F. W. Hancock

1961-1962

Richard Henry Gardyne Bonnycastle (1903-1968)

1963-1964

Fred S. Auger

1965-1968

W. Kenneth Martin

1969

Fred S. Auger

1970

W. M. Martin

1971-1972

Lorne M. Cameron

1973-1974

Robert A. White

1975-1976

Roderick Oliver Alexander Hunter (1915-2001)

1977-?

Duncan M. Jessiman

Presidents

Period

President

1938-1939

William G. Ross

1940-1942

O. Leigh Spencer

1943-1944

William C. Fisher

1945-1946

S. S. Holden

1947

William G. Ross

1948-1949

Walter F. Tisdale (1887-1960)

1950-1951

L. T. McKim

1952-1953

W. F. W. Hancock

1954

Gordon Edward Konantz (c1896-1954)

1955-1956

William M. Martin

1957-1960

Richard Henry Gardyne Bonnycastle (1903-1968)

1961-1962

Fred S. Auger

1963-1964

W. Kenneth Martin

1965-1966

Robert A. Kramer

1966

Peter Bawden

1967

Festus S. Sharpe (1903-1998)

1968

W. Kenneth Martin

1969-1970

Lorne M. Cameron

1971-1972

Robert A. White

1973-1974

Roderick Oliver Alexander Hunter (1915-2001)

1975-1976

Duncan M. Jessiman

1977-1978

Hugh H. Mackay

1979

John D. McDiarmid

1980

Douglas C. Groff

1981

G. Fitzpatrick Dunn

1982-1983

Herbert H. Cowburn

1984-1985

William John “Jack” McKeag (1928-2007)

1986-1987

Arthur L. Irving

1988-1989

Duncan W. Sinclair

1990-1991

John C. Eaton

1992-1993

Claude Hooper Wilson (1931-2017)

1994-1995

William G. Turnbull

1996-1998

George C. Reifel

1999-2000

G. Tod Wright

2001-2002

Mel F. Belich

2003-2004

John R. Messer

2005-2007

Peter D. Carton

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ducks Unlimited Monuments

Sources:

Ducks and Men: Forty Years of Co-operation in Conservation by W. G. Leitch, Winnipeg: Ducks Unlimited Canada, 1978.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2017

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