Our Board

Arni Thorsteinson

Arni C. Thorsteinson

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Arni Thorsteinson is President of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited. He is a Director or Trustee of a number of private and not-for-profit boards, including Lanesborough REIT, Temple REIT, ONEX Corporation, Bird Construction, Historica Canada, Michaelle Jean Foundation and Council on Canadian American Relations. He served as the first Chair of the Board for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in 2008.

Mr. Thorsteinson received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and L.L.D. from the University of Manitoba and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

In January 2017, Mr. Thorsteinson was named Vice-Chair. He was appointed to the board as a Director in July 2011.

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Donald MacDonald

Donald B. MacDonald 

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Donald B. MacDonald, BA, CIM, FCSI, CFA, Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager with 1832 Asset Management L.P., is a veteran in the investment business, having begun his career in the industry in 1984. Prior to joining 1832, he was the National Marketing Manager for a major Canadian brokerage firm.

Mr. MacDonald has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. In 1993, he obtained the Certified Investment Manager and became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. In 1998, Mr. MacDonald added the Chartered Financial Analyst designation to his list of credits.

In January 2010, Mr. MacDonald was appointed to the board as a Director of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Gail Asper

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D.
Past National Campaign Chair

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Gail Asper is President of the Asper Foundation, a private charitable foundation, which spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Ms. Asper graduated with a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 1981 and 1984, respectively. After receiving her call to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1985, Ms. Asper practiced corporate and commercial law with Goldberg and Thompson. In 1989, she joined CanWest Global Communications Corporation in Winnipeg, as corporate secretary and legal counsel. She served on the Board of Directors from 1992 to 2010.

Ms. Asper has also served on the boards of numerous other non-profit groups.  She is currently on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is Chair of the National Arts Centre Foundation. As well, she sits on the Board of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Ms. Asper has received numerous awards including being awarded the Order of Manitoba and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her work as an arts advocate, fundraiser, and business and community leader.

In July 2011, Ms. Asper was appointed to the board as a Director of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Howard Morry

Howard Morry
Manitoba Campaign Chair

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Howard Morry is a partner at Pitblado Law in Winnipeg. Mr. Morry has been awarded the prestigious “AV Preeminent” designation by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He is nationally recognized as a trusted advisor and community leader. He is sought out for his particular insight and innovation for structuring transactions for businesses, high net worth individuals and Aboriginal businesses and their partners.

Mr. Morry is widely recognized as a writer and speaker on taxation, estate planning, and business structuring. Mr. Morry deals in taxation law, estates, trusts & wealth management, corporate & commercial law, aboriginal law, charities and not-for-profits, gaming and mining and energy.

In 2011, Mr. Morry took on the role of Manitoba Campaign Chair. In March 2014, he was appointed to the board as a Director of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Lisa Pankratz

Lisa Pankratz, FCPA, FCA, CFA

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Lisa Pankratz is a Corporate Director and Advisor with over 25 years of executive experience and 14 years of experience as a corporate director. She also serves as a director or trustee on a number of boards including the boards of Sherritt International Corporation, IA Clarington Investments Inc., the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, UBC Investment Management Trust Inc. and the Vancouver Foundation. She is also an advisor to the Joint Investment Committee of Pacific Blue Cross and BC Life & Casualty Company Ltd. and a member of the HSBC Global Asset Management (Canada) Limited Independent Review Committee.

Prior to 2011, she held senior executive roles most recently in the investment industry with Mackenzie Financial Corporation and Cundill Investment Research Ltd.

Previously, she served as a director on the boards of CanWest Global Communications Corp. and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. A graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western, Ms. Pankratz is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA) and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (FCA) in 2007 (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia).

In July 2011, Ms. Pankratz was appointed to the board as a Director of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Tony Catanese

Tony N. Catanese, CA, CFE, CA•CBV 

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Tony Catanese is an Assurance Services partner in the Winnipeg office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has extensive experience in assurance and accounting services, including the interpretation and application of Canadian, US and International accounting standards. His client base includes companies in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and in a variety of industries.

Mr. Catanese has assisted the legal community in cases involving review of financial and accounting data, assessment of witness testimony and has appeared as an "expert witness" before the Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba.

Mr. Catanese graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1983 with a BA (Honours). In 1986, he became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. In 1996, he became a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators as well as a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Mr. Catanese's community involvement activities have included work with the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, St. Paul's High School, United Way of Winnipeg, Villa Cabrini, Executive Committee of the Manitoba Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the Manitoba Securities Commission Security Advisory Committee.

In March 2015, Mr. Catanese was appointed to the board as a Director of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Chair of its Audit & Finance Committee.

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Vim Kochhar

Hon. Vim Kochhar, O.Ont.,O.M.C. 

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Vim Kochhar is President and Founder of the Vimal Group of Companies in Toronto. Working for InterContinental Hotels and Howard Johnson Hotels, he was responsible for project management of major hotels around the world.

For the past 30 years, Mr. Kochar has played an active role in community work by creating the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons. Through this foundation, Mr. Kochar has created the annual Great Valentine Galas, the Terry Fox Hall of Fame, Rolling Rampage for elite wheelchair athletes, the Canadian Helen Keller Centre, Rotary Cheshire Homes for the Deaf-Blind, and the WhyNot Marathon for the Paralympics. He has served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Born in India, he received his engineering degree at the University of Texas and immigrated to Canada in 1967, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1974. Mr. Kochhar was appointed to the Senate in January 2010.

In July 2011, Mr. Kochhar was appointed to the board as a Director of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

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Alex Robinson 

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Alex Robinson is currently employed as the Business Development Manager at Graham Construction and Engineering. He has over 25 years of diverse government and private sector senior project management experience gained through positions as the Vice President of Planning and Development at the Winnipeg Airport Authority and the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Winnipeg.

Mr. Robinson’s educational background consists of degrees in Engingeering and City Planning from the University of Manitoba and he is also an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His political experiences ranges from being the senior political advisor to the Mayor of Winnipeg (he is a Fundraising Co-Chair for the Federal Liberal Party) as well as for President Barack Obama in the 2012 United States election.

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