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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick William “Wick” Sellers (1930-2017)

Business executive.

Born at Winnipeg on 30 September 1930, son of Arthur William Sellers (1893-1965, brother of Henry Eugene Sellers) and Isabel Ann Jamieson (1895-1986, daughter of Charles James Jamieson), he attended Queenston School, Robert H. Smith School, Ravenscourt School, and McMaster University, graduating from the latter in 1952. He later returned to Winnipeg and worked at Great-West Life Assurance and Chartered Life.

In the mid-1960s, he became involved with the Spiroll Corporation. In 1971, he was appointed to the Board of the Canada Develoment Corporation, a large federal Crown corporation created by Pierre Trudeau as an instrument of Canadian nationalism. He became its Chair in 1981. He chaired the Manitoba Export Commission and the executive committee of Dome Petroleum (early 1980s). Finally, he owned and managed Alphair Corporation until his retirement in 2002. He served as Chair of the St. John’s-Ravenscourt School Board. In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).

He died at Cobourg, Ontario on 3 September 2017.


“Ex-grain official dies at 72,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1965, page 18.

Obituary [Isabel Ann Sellers], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 July 1986, page 42.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 2017.

We thank Todd Sellers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2021

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