John Stinson will take over as the new chief executive of the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation next month, replacing Winston Hodgins who has led the company for the past 14 years.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is the newest Crown corporation as a result of the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and Manitoba Lotteries announced by the province in 2012.

Stinson begins his new role on February 16th following the departure of Hodgins, who will remain with the company to lead various business development initiatives.

The corporation, responsible for the distribution and sale of beverage alcohol and for providing gaming and entertainment experiences across the province, said that Stinson was selected for his experience in community engagement and consensus building, as well as his extensive management skills.

Stinson was previously the CEO of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority and was successful in blending two workforce cultures with the amalgamation of the former North Eastman Health Association and the Interlake Regional Health Authority into one corporate entity.

“The board of directors is very pleased and confident that they have selected a strong and creative leader to move the new Crown corporation forward,” said Tannis Mindell, chair of the board of directors. “Working with the board and the executive management team, Stinson will contribute to the strategic vision for Liquor & Lotteries and build upon the corporation’s success in generating revenue for the province of Manitoba, through the responsible delivery of gaming and liquor services.”

Following his appointment, Stinson said: “I am eager to begin my role as CEO at one of Manitoba’s largest and well respected Crown corporations. I am also honoured to soon be part of a team of employees which is dedicated to the corporation and also committed to the community in which they live through their volunteerism efforts.

“Together, we will move Liquor & Lotteries forward and continue to provide our customers with exciting and innovative products.”

The board of directors paid thanks to Hodgins, who was president and CEO of Manitoba Lotteries from 2000 to 2012 and for the last two years led Liquor & Lotteries through the merger process.

This year, the corporation expects to earn about CA$575m in net income which will be returned to the province to fund priority programming.

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