Mark Chipman

Mark ChipmanMark Chipman, Executive Chairman of the Board of True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club

About the Presentation

Topic: “Jets, Cars, Family, Community & Values.”

Dr. Richard (Rick) J. Goossen, Chair, ELO Network, will facilitate a Q & A with Mark and Steve Chipman. In addition to interaction with the audience, Mark and Steve will also address following questions: 

  1. How did your family get started in business and what type of imprint did your father, Bob, put on the company?
  2. It’s a family business—what are the advantages of that?
  3. Describe how your involvement in the automotive industry has evolved since inception. The story of the Jets returning to Winnipeg is well-known, but in your mind, what was the key (your vision, tenancy, collaboration) to getting that done?
  4. What are your business values? What are your personal values? Why is it important to be a community contributor?

About the Speaker 

Mark Chipman is the Executive Chairman of the Board of True North Sports + Entertainment and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club. In addition, he serves as the Governor of the Winnipeg Jets on the NHL’s Board of Governors and is Chairman of the True North Youth Foundation. Mark entered the business of professional hockey in 1996 through the acquisition and relocation of the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Minnesota Moose to Winnipeg. As President of the Manitoba Moose Hockey Club, he led the initiative that resulted in the acceptance of six IHL teams into the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2001. For the following 10 seasons, Mark was an active member of the AHL’s Executive Committee during which time he developed True North’s vision and eventually the opportunity for the return of NHL hockey to Manitoba. Together with business partner David Thomson, Mark led the team that developed Canada Life Centre, Bell MTS Iceplex, and ultimately the acquisition and relocation of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. The club was re-named the Winnipeg Jets at the 2011 NHL entry draft. Mark has been the recipient of several awards including the AHL’s James C. Hendy and Thomas Ebright awards as well as the Order of Manitoba and the University of North Dakota’s Sioux Award. In addition to his business and hockey interests, Mark is actively involved in many Winnipeg community efforts. He and his wife Patti have both played major roles with the True North Youth Foundation since its inception in 1996.