Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board

The Board directs the business affairs of the corporation and ensures it complies with its mandate and the laws of Manitoba.
View the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board terms of reference.

Board committees are established to support the Board with its oversight responsibilities. Current committees:

The Audit Committee assists the Board in its oversight of financial reporting, its relationships with internal and external auditors, risk management and other duties.
View the Audit Committee terms of reference.

The Capital Review Committee assists the Board in its oversight of strategic targets, plans and capital spending.
View the Capital Review Committee terms of reference.

The Human Resources and Governance Committee assists the Board in its oversight of human resources issues and corporate governance practices.
View the Human Resources and Governance Committee terms of reference.

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H. Sanford Riley
Board Chair

Sanford earned an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. He practiced law in Toronto and Winnipeg before moving to the financial services industry at the Great Lakes Group. Past roles include executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Trilon Financial Corporation, president and chief executive officer at Investors Group. As chair of Investors Group he led the transition process following the $4 billion acquisition of Mackenzie Financial Corporation.

Sanford was the first independent director of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and later established Richardson Financial Group Limited (“RFG”) in partnership with James Richardson & Sons, Limited. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer of RFG which has built and acquired significant interests in several successful financial services businesses over the past ten years.

Sanford’s involvement in community activities is extensive. He serves as the chair of the University of Winnipeg Foundation and the North West Company. He is also on several boards of directors, including Molson Coors Brewing Company and Canadian Western Bank. A recipient of a number of awards, he was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2002 and the Order of Manitoba in 2013.

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Steve Kroft
Board Vice-Chair

Steve holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, and attended UBC Law School. Upon graduating, he returned to Winnipeg to practice law as a commercial litigator at Fillmore Riley. He made a career change from law to business and joined Conviron, a business founded by his father. Under Steve’s leadership, the company has grown significantly and today Conviron has products in more than 90 countries.

He is also president of Falcon Capital Corporation, a diversified holding company with interests including real estate, an equity portfolio, and a variety of early stage technology companies.

Steve completed the directors education program within the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, obtaining his ICD.D designation. He is an alumnus of Singularity University in California, and a member of the Manitoba Bar.

He is a strong supporter of a number of organizations, currently serving on the boards of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, True North Youth Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg. He is a member of the Associates of the Asper School of Business and of YPO Manitoba.

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Allen Snyder

Allen is president of AM Snyder and Associates, and provides engineering consultancy services to the Alberta Utilities Commission. His career spanned over 40 years in utility services including 20 years on the Executive Management Committee of Manitoba Hydro. He founded and supported Manitoba Hydro International, a successful subsidiary providing services and expertise around the world.

He has spent significant time volunteering, including as a Rotarian for 35 years and served on the boards of the Health Sciences Foundation, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Assiniboine Credit Union, and Zig Zag Yacht Club. He has helped raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes, Cancer Care Manitoba, Camp Manitou and co-chaired the capital campaign for the Faculty of Engineering building campaign.

Allen has also provided leadership to many industry organizations such as the Canadian Electrical Association, Canadian Hydropower Association, Friends of Engineering and Mid America Power Pool.

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Dayna Spiring

Dayna is the president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, where she provides leadership and strategic direction, collaborates with key stakeholders and is a driving force behind making Winnipeg a compelling choice for business and tourism. In addition to her extensive professional experience, she was the former chief strategy officer and general counsel of the Canadian Wheat Board, and an associate at Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP.

She earned a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Manitoba. Dayna has completed the Canadian Securities Course (honours) and in 2015, Dayna participated in the directors education program within the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, obtaining the ICD.D designation.

Dayna is a passionate Winnipegger with a drive to volunteer. She is the vice-chair of the Winnipeg Football Club’s board of directors; Dayna is the first woman in more than 20 years to serve on the Canadian Football League’s board of governors.

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Earl Edmondson

With more than 30 years of management and organizational expertise, Earl is the president and general manager of Edmondson Holdings Ltd. involved in the long-term planning of meeting profit and growth objectives, successfully negotiating contracts and service agreements, and development, implementation and administration of financing programs.

His studies include dealer management from the University of General Motors in Michigan. Some of the positions he previously held include vice-president at Academy Broadcasting Corp., sales manager at Birchwood Infiniti Nissan, and buyer/manager at Murray Auto Group.

Earl is involved in many community activities and was past president of the Manitoba Used Car Dealer Association, campaign manager for numerous federal, provincial elections and by-elections, and also served as past president, president, vice-president and treasurer of the Kinsmen Club of Portage la Prairie.

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Dr. Annette Trimbee

Annette is currently the president and vice-chancellor at The University of Winnipeg. She is responsible for the strategic leadership and oversight of all university operations, which includes providing guidance to the executive team and creating a culture of alignment and unrelenting pursuit of excellence.

A few of her key accomplishments are overseeing a university-wide strategic directions plan, developing an integrated academic and research plan, introducing a three-year budget strategy, and development and approval of the Indigenous course requirement for all undergraduate students, among the first in Canada.

She holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Winnipeg, a master of science from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in ecology from McMaster University.

Previously, Annette was deputy minister of several departments in the Alberta government. She has served on numerous boards in Manitoba and Alberta.

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David G. Brown

Dave is the president and CEO of Richardson Capital, the private equity arm of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and a managing director of RBM Capital Limited, a private investment firm. Previously, he was the corporate secretary of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and a former partner in the independent legal and accounting firm of Gray & Brown.

He has considerable experience in private equity investment and management, senior management and in advising businesses in the areas of taxation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, financings, management, ownership transitions and estate planning.

Dave is a graduate of the University of Manitoba law school, a chartered accountant, and a member of the Manitoba Bar.

He currently serves as a director of GMP Capital Inc., Boyd Group Income Fund, Pollard Banknote Limited, Trillium Health Care Products and Richardson Financial Group. He has served various Manitoba charities including acting as a director of the Misericordia Hospital and Pavilion Gallery Museum Inc. and as co-chair of major donors for the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s capital campaign.

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Jennefer Nepinak

Jennefer is the senior advisor to the president, Indigenous relations at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She has over 25 years of political, government and business experience and is skilled at initiating collaborative processes that involve numerous cross-sector partners and stakeholders. Her past roles include executive director of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, leadership within both federal and provincial government departments and in-house counsel for the West Region Tribal Council.

A citizen of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty 4 territory and a member of the Minegozhiibe Anishinaabe Nation, Jennefer is a strong and passionate leader firmly rooted in the Indigenous community. Her work is founded in the belief of a balanced approach and focused on ensuring that Indigenous ways of knowing and being are recognized and incorporated.

Jennefer holds a bachelor of arts in sociology and justice, a bachelor of laws, and is completing a master’s degree in Indigenous governance. She also sits on and chairs various boards and committees, and is an active member of the Manitoba Law Society.

Jennefer is a proud mother of two children.

Cliff Graydon

Michael Pyle