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News Release - Manitoba

January 28, 2020


The Manitoba government has appointed a new member and reappointed the vice-chair to the board of directors of the General Child and Family Services (CFS) Authority, Families Minister Heather Stefanson announced today.

“Manitoba’s child welfare authorities play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families,” said Stefanson.  “These appointments help ensure the General CFS Authority can continue to be a leader in child welfare, particularly as we transform the systems that serve some of Manitoba’s most vulnerable families.  I’m pleased to appoint members who will bring valuable experience and expertise to the board and the authority’s work.”

Gregg Hanson has been appointed as a new board member, to serve a three-year term.  Hanson previously served as the chief executive officer and president of Wawanesa General Insurance Company and to Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, a holding company of Wawanesa.  Hanson holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Manitoba and is a chartered accountant.  He has served as the chair to the Winnipeg Foundation and director with Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, James Richardson and Sons Ltd, and MTS Allstream.  He received the Order of Canada in 2017 and an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Manitoba in 2018.

Current board member and vice-chair James Lowry has been reappointed in this role.  He is a retired police officer and is currently a criminal defense lawyer with James Edward Lowry Law, practising in Winnipeg and Ontario.  He served with the Toronto Police Service for 33 years and previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces Army Reserve.  Lowry has received an honours bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto, a juris doctor from the University of Ottawa and a master of laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.

These appointments support the Manitoba government’s efforts to continue to refresh the agencies, boards and commissions of our province, ensuring Manitobans continue to be represented in these important positions by highly qualified and enthusiastic individuals, Stefanson said.

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