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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Scott “Don” McGiverin (c1924-1998)

Business executive.

Born in Winnipeg, he worked for the T. Eaton Company for 24 years, primarily in Toronto until he returned to Winnipeg in 1966 to succeed Alfred Rea Tucker. In 1969, he moved to the Hudson’s Bay Company, subsequently serving as President (1972), Chairman of the Board, and Governor of the Company (1982-1994). In 1994, he announced the company’s donation of its corporate archives to the Archives of Manitoba and its museum collection to the Manitoba Museum, along with funding to support both collections. Funding was also provided to establish Canada’s National History Society, publisher of The Beaver (now Canada’s History) magazine. He was a member of the Manitoba Arts Council. He died at his Toronto home on 13 June 1998 and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.


Hudson’s Bay Company gives multi-million dollar corporate historical records and museum collection to Manitoba,” News Release, Government of Manitoba, 15 March 1994.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 June 1998, page 37.

We thank Garry Bolton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by James Arnett and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 May 2021

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