Distinguished Service Award


The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honour bestowed upon an individual by the Board of Governors. Distinguished Service Awards are awarded by the Board of Governors on the basis of distinguished contributions to Manitoba in areas which are of major interest to the University of Manitoba, and/or which are directly associated with the University.





1982-2009  |  2010-2029


Martin Weinberg (June 2010):  Mr. Weinberg completed the Canadian Securities Course in 1981, his Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) in 1983 from the University of Manitoba, received the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1986, earned three Certificates of Achievement from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts, and has written articles and studies on the subjects of value investing and asset allocation.  Over the past 23 years, Mr. Weinberg has worked hard to earn his respected and recognized reputation.  In 1987, he founded Loring Ward Investment Counsel.  Mr. Weinberg led the merger of Loring Ward and The Equion Group in 1995 resulting in the creation of Assante, an integrated wealth and investment management firm.  Assante was a TSX-listed company until 2003, when its Canadian operations were sold for nearly $1 billion.  Mr. Weinberg then served as Chairman and CEO of Loring Ward until mid 2005 when, demonstrating his commitment to Winnipeg, he relinquished his leadership of Loring Ward International rather than move to the United States.  Later in 2005, he founded the Canadian private equity investment firm, Canterbury Park Management Inc.  Mr. Weinberg inspires generosity in others by giving of his time and his wealth, championing causes, leading by example, and making a difference in health care and medical research (locally and internationally), human rights, quality of life, social responsibility, and the Jewish community here and in Israel.  In 2009 he received an Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers Award from the Association for Fund Raising Professionals.

Edward Bailey (May 2011):  Mr. Ted Bailey has been a committed member of Canada's livestock and feed industry from the day he graduated from the University of Manitoba (BSA 1966). At the time of his retirement he was General Manager of Riverbend Feed Mill Ltd, and Senior Vice President of one of Western Canada's leading agribusinesses, the Landmark Group Inc. Ted is well recognized for his contributions to industry and government, including guidance for successful transitioning of Manitoba's egg industry to supply-management, identification of agriculture exemptions when the federal GST was introduced and service on national countervail committees related to international trade. Ted received the Canadian Feed Industry Golden Globe Award in 2007 for his leadership and commitment to the Canadian feed industry. Ted has displayed his commitment to the University of Manitoba through his long-term philanthropic activities and support of undergraduate student programs. Shortly after retirement, Ted agreed to chair a Faculty capital campaign for the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment and the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. In his role as Chair from 2005 to 2009, he assembled a group of industry volunteers, who collectively raised more than $8.3M, with continued interest and funds being generated even today.

David Northcott (June 2014):  David Northcott was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012 for his passionate commitment to fighting poverty and hunger in Canada, which he fulfills from his platform as the Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest. He has served in this capacity from 1985 until 2004, and again from 2007 to the present. As a fighter for social justice, Mr. Northcott shares his passion and wisdom with many other organizations. He is the chair of the Vanier Institute of the Family, and a board member for Artists in Healthcare Manitoba. He serves as Vice-President of the Manitoba Association of Food Banks, and he was the chair of the member council of Food Banks Canada. He is a former chair of Celebrate Canada (Manitoba Committee) and a former member of the National Anti-Poverty Organization, the National Council of Welfare, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and Youth Employment Services. He once served the boards of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Western Canada Aviation Museum, and as chair of Volunteer Manitoba. He was also a member of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations Second World Food Summit. Through all his roles and works, he has impacted countless lives. Mr. Northcott is a model for how to live a life for others, and the University of Manitoba's Board of Governors is honoured to recognize him with its Distinguished Service Award.

Charles Huband (June 2014):  As a former judge and politician, an active community member and volunteer, The Honourable Charles Huband has enriched Manitoba on many fronts. The Honourable Huband earned his law degree from the University of Manitoba in 1955, and returned the following year to begin teaching as a casual lecturer. He has lectured on the Law of Trusts for over 40 years. After graduation, he became a well-known lawyer practicing in the area of civil litigation, ultimately  rising to senior partner in a Winnipeg law firm. He was elected to the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg in 1964 and served for two terms, including as vice-chair in his last year. He was elected leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party in 1975, resigning in 1978 to become a Manitoba Court of Appeal judge. He authored well over 2,000 judgments as a member of the Court, and in 1996, for his years of service to the legal profession, the Manitoba Bar Association presented him with its Distinguished Service Award. In 2007, he retired from the Court of Appeal and resumed private practice in Taylor McCaffrey LLP, where he is still active. The Honourable Huband has led an impactful life outside the law as well. He is an active member of Westminster United Church and chair of the Westminster Church Foundation. He was a founding member of Prairie Theatre Exchange and its first board chairperson. He remains a board member and chair of the PTE Foundation. He was also a founding board member and first chair of Westminster Housing Society. This charity provided good, affordable homes to lower-income tenants by rehabilitating older houses in the inner city. It has invigorated communities like West Broadway. The Honourable Huband continues to live in a way that transforms the lives of others and enriches our communities. We proudly honour him with the University of Manitoba's Board of Governors' Distinguished Service Award.

Bill Pope (May 2016):  Winnipeg-born, Dr. Pope completed his medical school and Anesthesiology training at the University of Manitoba. He has been section head of Adult Anesthesia at the HSC, program director in Anesthesiology and undergraduate associate dean at the University of Manitoba, as well as chief oral examiner in Anesthesia for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He took a law degree in “late youth” and was executive vice-president, Medical Services for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ont., returning to Winnipeg to be assistant registrar (Complaints) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. For the last thirteen years, he has been registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and has been president of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada. He has been very involved in community, social and artistic organizations including on the boards of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Opera, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Music Baroque, Opera Hamilton, and the United Way of both Greater Winnipeg and Hamilton-Wentworth.  In addition, Dr. Pope sits on the Council of St. John’s College (Anglican) of the University of Manitoba and the Board of PLAN Canada (formerly Foster Parents Plan) where he is chair of the Planning and Program Committee.  For the last six years, he has been a member of the selection committees for the Rhodes Scholarship winners for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta; the Future Leaders of Manitoba, and the winner of the Winnipeg Walk of Fame.

David Blake (Ace) Burpee (October 2016):  Ace Burpee has been a proud advocate of Manitoba and committed supporter of local charities for many years. One of the hardest working young professionals in Winnipeg, he is the host of the Ace Burpee Show on 103.1 Virgin Radio, a columnist with Metro Winnipeg, the host of The Great Tastes of Manitoba on CTV, and co-owner of a local restaurant.  Using his celebrity status for good, Ace lends his name and donates his time to hundreds of fundraising events and charities throughout Manitoba every year, including Siloam Mission, the Canadian Red Cross, the Christmas Cheer Board, the Humane Society of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Harvest, Art City, the CancerCare Foundation, and many, many more. He is a philanthropist, emcee, motivational speaker, event organizer and volunteer. He has served on a number of boards including the Winnipeg Foundation, United Way of Winnipeg, Versa Tech Industries Inc., and the Graffiti Gallery.  He has received awards in recognition of his exceptional community service including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Volunteer Manitoba Award for Outstanding Community Leadership, and a Heroes of Mental Health Award. He generously gives his time, energy and influence because he truly believes in our province and the people who live here.

Allan Fineblit, Q.C. (Spring 2018):  Allan Fineblit has a Bachelor of Arts (1970) and an LL.B. (1973) from the University of Manitoba, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1998. He is very active in community activities and sits on several community boards. He is a Past President of Norwest Health Centre and the Rose & Max Rady Jewish Community Centre. He is also a former Vice-President of Children's Home of Winnipeg. Mr. Fineblit was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1974. He began his legal career in private practice with the firm of Buchwald Asper Henteleff. In 1976, he joined Legal Aid Manitoba. Legal Aid was then in its infancy and the work environment was very dynamic. Mr. Fineblit was involved in everything from case work to assessing client eligibility to taxing lawyers' bills. During a brief period as Deputy Director, he was also responsible for the staff lawyer program. In 1986, he was appointed Executive Director of Legal Aid Manitoba. After 20 years with Legal Aid Manitoba, Mr. Fineblit was appointed Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Province of Manitoba in 1996. Since 1998, Mr. Fineblit has been the CEO of the Law Society of Manitoba. Mr. Fineblit’s community involvement includes the following: Chair of the Manitoba Health Appeal Board, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Winnipeg, Member of the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Regional health Authority, Chair of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Discipline Standards Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Canadian Bar Association Inquiry into the Future of Legal practice, and a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts.

Cathy and Bob Tallman (Fall 2019):  The Tallman Foundation was founded in 2006 by Princess Auto president and chairman of the board Bob Tallman, his wife Cathy, and his father Harvey, who in 1942, sold his truck to buy Princess Auto Wrecking on Princess Street. Princess Auto is a Winnipeg based company with 32 stores in Canada. The Tallman Foundation provides full scholarships to post-secondary students in Winnipeg and two other foundations, they Princess Auto Foundation and the Play Through Foundation, support education and quality of living initiatives for students and children in Winnipeg’s inner city. The mandate of the Princess Auto Foundation is to provide financial assistance to fulltime students enrolled in pre-employment skilled trades & technology programs at Canadian Colleges. Recipients have unmet financial need and have demonstrated academic skills that will give them a high probability of successfully completing their program. The Tallman Foundation was created with an endowment fund so the interest generated would support positive education and healthy living programs for youth in the North End of Winnipeg where both Harvey Tallman and Cathy Tallman grew up. The Tallman Foundation is helping 15 university students chosen from graduating classes at St. John’s and Sisler High Schools and plans are to increase this to 40 students. Scholarship students are asked to continue to give back to the community after they graduate. The Foundation also works on helping provide healthy living programs and strong education values by funding programs with the Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club, Victoria-Albert School, Luxton School, Sisler High School, St. John’s High School, Inner-City Youth Alive and the Sunshine Fund. Specific programs funded by the Tallman Foundation include: a self-defense program for young women at St. John’s, an indoor fitness centre at Victoria-Albert School, new library books at Luxton School, and a baseball program through the Boys and Girls Club.