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Pat Broe

Honorary Doctorate


Pat Broe

Broe is a Denver-based entrepreneur whose unique vision and role in the development of Manitoba’s north has been truly remarkable. Broe and his company OmniTRAX Canada, Inc. rescued 1,300 km of rail line in northern Manitoba from abandonment. He also acquired the economically precarious and long-neglected Port of Churchill, spending considerable time and effort along the way in establishing the port as a vital trade link between Canada and Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Significant Personal Contributions
Beyond business involvement, Broe has made significant personal contributions to Churchill and The University of Winnipeg. He is the leading donor with the Town of Churchill and the University in the development of a sustainability plan designed to enhance the quality of life and ensure the future of Churchill by improving the ecological, economic and social conditions of the community. Broe and his company now serve as the leading transportation enterprise focused on the increasing importance of the north in conjunction with supporting The University of Winnipeg’s efforts headed by Dr. Jino Distasio to establish Churchill as a leading northern sustainable community

Generous & Progressive
As well, Broe’s generosity and progressive thinking were vital in the creation of the OmniTRAX Broe Quest series of free public international conferences launched by The University of Winnipeg in 2004 to explore important topics such as global citizenship, war-affected children and transformative education.
Broe will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.