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The Power 30

Plus 10 more who caught our eye

Our annual look at the movers and shakers reshaping Manitoba's landscape

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of the 20th Century’s most iconic leaders, once suggested that true power comes in unassuming forms.

"Power is like being a lady," Thatcher once said. "If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t."

If that is a true measure of power, then this year’s Power 30 — the Free Press list of Manitoba’s most influential citizens — is full of leaders who easily would have met Thatcher’s approval.

That being said, there are many different definitions, and our list certainly includes many different variations on power.

It has been eight years since the Free Press first published a Power 30, three years since our last one, and there is still a lot of debate about how we put together the list.

Does the Power 30 measure, in strict terms, power? Or is a high profile reason enough to be considered for membership? Perhaps we should rename the list the "Famous" 30, or the "Most Fascinating" 30?

There are most definitely a number of theories at work when we put together the list. In the end, we’re confident that the 30 spots represent everyone from the blatantly powerful to the endlessly interesting.

After a nearly three year layoff, how does this Power 30 stack up? There has been a lot of movement from our last list in 2010, in large part because there has been a significant changing of the guard. Manitoba now has a new senior federal cabinet minister (Shelly Glover), a new Winnipeg police chief (Devon Clunis), a new Manitoba finance minister (Jennifer Howard) and a new head of Manitoba Hydro (Scott Thompson).

Premier Greg Selinger and Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz are still around, but both have seen their stock fall since the last list of power brokers.

There are now three women in the top 10 on the list, up from two in 2010; and for the first time, an aboriginal power broker — Derek Nepinak, Grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs — has cracked the top third.

But in what is indeed a reflection of the province itself, the top spots on our list contain mostly familiar names.

— with files by Martin Cash, Larry Kusch, Melissa Martin, Nick Martin, Murray McNeill and Bruce Owen

History

Updated on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:05 AM CST: Corrects name of Ace Burpee's radio station

12:24 PM: corrects Bob Silver's Free Press ownership title

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