CentrePort Canada announced on Aug. 26 that founding president and CEO, Diane Gray, will be leaving the organization effective October 21, 2022. Gray is leaving CentrePort to become the president of Prairies Economic Development Canada, effective October 31, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on Gray’s appointment to PrairiesCan today.
Gray became president and CEO in 2009, holding the position for 13 years. During her tenure, she oversaw CentrePort’s master plan and strategy, working to build what the corporation has become today.
“I am incredibly proud of the work that we have done over the last thirteen years, and one of the biggest highlights for me is the announcement that the CentrePort Canada Rail Park is in development and will break ground very soon,” said Gray. “The Rail Park development is incredibly complex and unique, and this achievement is the culmination of many years’ worth of hard work. I know that this project will transform the economy in Manitoba, create hundreds of jobs in our province and have a lasting impact for generations to come.”
With 20,000 acres of land, CentrePort is the largest trimodal inland port in North America. There are 2,000 acres in active development, including the recently-announced rail park – which completes CentrePort’s vision of becoming trimodal.
“Ms. Gray has been the driving force behind CentrePort Canada’s success. It is fitting that she leaves after successfully announcing the development of the CentrePort Canada Rail Park earlier this year,” said Kevin Hooke, Chair, CentrePort Canada Inc. “The Board of Directors is indebted to the contributions she has made, not only to the corporation but to Manitoba, and we wish Ms. Gray all the best as she moves on to her next opportunity.”
CentrePort will begin a search to replace Gray in the coming weeks.