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Memorable Manitobans: Kenneth A. “Ken” Powell (1898-1982)

Grain merchant.

Born at Kent, England on 22 April 1898, brother of H. Percy Powell, he came to Winnipeg in 1904. He became involved with the Winnipeg grain trade in 1915, with the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Clearing Association. He joined the firm of Hallet and Carey Company in 1924, graining control in 1947 and changing its name to K. A. Powell (Canada) Ltd. He sold the firm to the XCan Grain Company in 1970. He was President of the Lakes Shippers’ Clearance Association and Goderich Elevator and Transit Company. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Wheat Board (1952-1955) and a governor and President (1942-1943) of the Winnipeg Grain Exchange. In 1953, he was appointed Chairman of the Canadian Consolidated Grain Company. He was a director of Labatts Brewery, Canada Steamship Company, Toronto-Dominion Bank, Monarch Life Assurance, Traders' Building Association, Northland Machinery, National Trust Company, Burdick Grain Company (Minneapolis), and Power Building. He was one of the founders of CJOB Radio. He died suddenly at his Winnipeg home on 13 June 1982.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Powell House (221 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg)


“Powell elected Board Chairman of grain firm,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 November 1953, page 37.

““I’ll still be around,” says grain trade veteran,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1970, page 68.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1982, page 63.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 July 2019

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