Governance & The Team

Board Of Directors

Senator Rod A.A. Zimmer
Senator Rod A.A. Zimmer

With a long and distinguished career in business and philanthropy, Rod Zimmer is one of Winnipeg’s most recognized community leaders.

Since 1993, he has been the President of The Gatehouse Corporation. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Vice President for the Festivals for the Pan American Games Society Inc. From 1985 to 1993, he was the Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation and was also the Director of Project Management for the Canadian Sports Pool Corporation in Ottawa in 1984. From 1979 to 1983, he was Vice President of Corporate Communications for CanWest Capital Corporation. In 1973, he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

He is an extremely active player within his community, volunteering his services for countless charitable causes and organizations including serving as President of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet from 1989 to 1991 and as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club from 1981 to 1993. Throughout his career, he has developed and coordinated appeals for various charitable groups, arts and sport organizations and universities.

He is an avid sports fan and over the years he has actively participated in hockey, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, soccer, squash, handball, badminton and downhill skiing. He is a champion swimmer, diver, and water-skier, and he holds the Red Cross Royal Life Saving Society Instructor award, Bronze Medallion, and Bar to the Bronze Medallion.

He serves as a member of the board of directors for the following organizations: Canadian Paralympic Foundation, Gold Medal Plates (2010 Olympics and Paralympics), Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Burton Cummings Theatre, the Millennium Centre, Canadian Unity Council (Manitoba), and Craig Wireless Systems.

He also serves on the Honourary Council of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as a member of the Board of the Canadian Paralympic Foundation, and as Canadian Paralympic Foundation Liaison Director to the board of directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
He was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992 and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Born in Kuroki, Saskatchewan, he currently resides in Winnipeg. He sits in the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Current Member of the Following Inter-Parliamentary Groups and Associations:
Canada-Arab World Parliamentary Association (Director-Treasurer)
Canada-Russia Inter-Parliamentary Group (Vice President-Treasurer)
Canada-Cuba Inter-Parliamentary Group
Canada-Morocco Inter-Parliamentary Group
Canada-USA Inter-Parliamentary Group
Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Group

Current Member of the following Senate committee(s):
National Security and Defence
Transport and Communications