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A lawyer by background, Chris Lorenc has been President of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) since 1991.

 

Mr. Lorenc served on Winnipeg’s City Council for nine years from 1983 until his retirement from public office in 1992.

 

Mr. Lorenc is currently a founding member (since 2009) of the CentrePort Canada Board of Directors and member of its Governance & Nominations Committee; Chair (since 2015) of the Capital Regional Master Transportation Plan Implementation Task Force; founding Chair (since 2004) of the SAFE Roads Committee; member (since 2014) of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Board of Directors and member of its Nominations Committee; an employer representative (since 2015) to the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) Board of Directors; Chair (since 2017) of the WCB Prevention Committee; member since 2000 of the Manitoba Employers Council; and President of the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association since 1995.  

 

Since 1991, Mr. Lorenc has been active with the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and serves on a number of its standing committees. He has been a leading advocate championing the linkages between strategic investment in infrastructure and economic growth.

 

His contributions at the national level were acknowledged with a public recognition presented to him by the CCA, the first time a Chief Operating Officer has been so recognized by the CCA.

 

In 2011 Mr. Lorenc chaired the Infrastructure Funding Council Report for then Mayor Sam Katz and the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. It identified sustainable infrastructure funding models for municipalities. The report continues to influence and shape infrastructure funding policy discussion.

 

The Mayor’s Trade Council report he chaired in 2007-08 for Mayor Katz is often cited as the core around which CentrePort Canada emerged. For this work in June 2009 he was awarded the ‘Manitoba Service Excellence Partnership Award’ by the Manitoba government.

 

He has also served as Chair of the CentrePort Canada Board of Directors (2016-2018); Winnipeg Football Club Corporate Secretary and member of its Executive Committee (2016-2018); employer representative on the Manitoba Labour Board (2008-2018); employer representative on the WCB Act Legislative Review Committees in 2005 and again in 2017; in 2014 he initiated and was named chair of the CCA Aboriginal Engagement Best Practices Task Force, whose report Indigenous Engagement Guide is the first best-practices guide of its kind designed to assist the Canadian construction industry to meaningfully engage with Canada’s Indigenous communities.

 

Mr. Lorenc has been asked and has served on a number of civic and provincial policy task forces. He is often invited to speak to a variety of forums and comment on public radio on broad public policy topics.

 

Mr. Lorenc has been married to Maria since 1981. They have three sons Marek (1984), Gregory (1986) and Michael (1988). Mr. Lorenc enjoys reading, boating and spending time at the family cottage at Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba.