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Diane Gray

Alumna, Former Public Servant, Business Leader

Building a prosperous province

An accomplished local business leader, Diane Gray is the founding president and CEO of CentrePort Canada — North America’s largest inland port. She is a graduate of The University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba’s Joint Masters of Public Administration program, and holds an undergraduate degree in political studies.

Gray has been instrumental in developing CentrePort from an unconventional idea into the 20,000-acre national and international transportation hub it is today. The port, which focuses mainly on exports and offers rail, truck and air cargo services, has been a major contributor to Manitoba’s economy and a boon for industrial job creation since its inception in 2009. Under Gray’s direction, CentrePort continues to expand and thrive.

Prior to entering the field of transportation, Gray spent 14 years with the provincial government, serving as Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Federal-Provincial and International Relations, and Deputy Minister of Trade. This work earned her the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in 2010.

An active citizen, she serves on numerous local boards, including the Manitoba Technology Accelerator, Manitoba Film and Music, and the Canada West Foundation. In 2013, Gray was awarded the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg’s Women of Distinction Award for Management and Leadership.

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