NHL Owner Joins SportsLeader

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SportsLeader would like to welcome a new member to its Board: Mark Chipman.

Mark is the principal owner, chairman and governor of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets. He is also one of the directors of the Hockey Canada Foundation.

We are blessed to have him on our team.

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Mark Chipman was born and raised in Winnipeg and received an Honors B.A. in economics as well as a Juris Doctorate in law from the University of North Dakota. Upon graduation, he received his call to the Florida Bar, where he began his practice as an assistant district attorney and later entered a private practice. Mark returned to Winnipeg in 1988 to work for the Birchwood Automotive Group and assumed the position of president in 1992. Under his leadership, the Financial Post recognized Birchwood as one of Canada's 50 best-managed private companies from 1996 through 1998.

In September 2001, Mark was named president and CEO of Birchwood’s parent company, Megill-Stephenson, a diverse holding company with a broad range of investments in the retail automotive, real estate development and financial services industry.

In addition to these responsibilities, Mark is the founder and chairman of True North Holdings Ltd., which owns and operates the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

In the spring of 2011, Chipman, along with business partner David Thomson, purchased the Atlanta Thrashers and relocated the team to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The team was re-named the Winnipeg Jets by Chipman at the 2011 NHL entry draft.

In July 2012, Chipman received the Order of Manitoba, which was established to recognize Manitobans who have benefited the social, cultural and economic well-being of the province.

After his active involvement in the community’s unsuccessful attempt to retain its first NHL franchise, Chipman entered the business of professional hockey in 1996 through the acquisition and relocation of the Minnesota Moose to Winnipeg. Chipman was named President and Alternate Governor of the Manitoba Moose prior to the International Hockey League’s (IHL) 1996-97 season.

 
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At the end of the 2000-01 season, Chipman represented several former IHL members through negotiations that ultimately led to the acceptance of six IHL teams into the American Hockey League (AHL). He was a member of the AHL's Executive Committee for ten years including a term as the Chairman of the league's Strategic Planning Committee.

At the conclusion of the 2004-05 season, Chipman was honored with the AHL's James C. Hendy award as the league's top executive for his role in leading a private sector group which oversaw the successful completion and opening of the MTS Centre in November of 2004. Following the 2010-11 season, Chipman received the Thomas Ebright award from the AHL for his career contributions to the league.

Throughout his IHL/AHL career, Chipman established a strong working relationship with the NHL and quietly began the process studying the possible return of NHL hockey to Winnipeg in 2007.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Chipman attended the University of North Dakota where he lettered in varsity football while earning an Honors B.A. in Economics and a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law.

Mark has participated in several community non-profit boards and charitable concerns. He currently sits on the boards of the Business Counsel of Manitoba and Hockey Canada Foundation, and has been a member of United Way Winnipeg’s campaign cabinet for many years. In addition to coaching minor hockey since 1999, Mark created and oversees a unique school-based hockey program which every year provides access to the game of hockey to hundreds of children that are otherwise unable to play.

Mark and Patti, his wife of 25 years, have three daughters, Sarah, Anne and Mary.