Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Anita R. Neville, P.C., O.M.

Leadership Winnipeg Workshop

Remarks by

The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Government House

Friday, October 20, 2023, 9:00 a.m.

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Leaders and leaders-in-training, welcome to this day of dialogue and discovery.

As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Government House, in the heart of Treaty One land and the heartland of the Red River Metis.

For 140 years, this landmark building has hosted monarchs and prime ministers and generations of leaders in the arts and sciences, public service and industry.

That makes Government House a perfect place to bring together a group of women and men who are spending a year developing the many skills involved in leading our province forward. We will need you and the talents you bring in order to build a healthier, more equitable Manitoba that provides opportunities for all.

In every society, in every occupation and in every branch of the business and not-for-profit sectors, a central task of a leader is making sure that the world can go along without you.

With an eye to the certainty of change, we all need to make sure that new generations develop the knowledge, wisdom and commitment to respond to new and unpredictable developments.

That’s why this joint initiative of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Manitoba plays such an important role in our province.

As participants in Leadership Winnipeg, each of you will discover the diversity and strengths of our province’s people. Each of you will come face to face with complex challenges and the creative solutions being devised to meet them. Each of you will have the chance to listen, to share ideas, to hone communication skills and to tackle projects.

You come to this program with many different cultural, educational and work backgrounds. You may have experience in business, labour or the volunteer sector, in culture, social services, health or education.

You will learn from the mentors and leaders you meet in this program – such as the stellar line-up to come today. But you’ll also learn from each other.

This experience will open doors for you and create memories of an exciting time in your life. But as beneficial as Leadership Winnipeg is for its participants, there are countless other people, some perhaps not even born yet, who will benefit from the leadership you provide in the years and decades to come.

As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, I thank you for your commitment. And I thank Doneta Brotchie and her team at Leadership Winnipeg for creating this learning opportunity.

May this be a great year of discovery for you all.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.