Donald Whitmore, LL.D., June 3, 2010
Donald Whitmore
B.Sc.(Man.); M.B.A.(W.Ont.)

A well-respected engineer and businessman, Donald Whitmore is also recognized for his contribution to his community through his professional and philanthropic endeavours. Born and raised in Neepawa, Manitoba, Mr. Whitmore obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He continued his studies at the University of Western Ontario where he earned a master's degree in business administration. Currently Chairman of the Vector Construction Group, Mr. Whitmore has spent his entire career in the construction industry. In 1965, along with two partners, he started his own firm that specialized in highway grading in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Upon the retirement of his partners in 1980, Mr. Whitmore diversified the operations of his firm to include site development work, concrete restoration and protection, and other specialized industrial activities, in addition to the traditional highway contracting. The firm has developed recognized expertise across North America in the mitigation of corrosion of reinforcing steel in reinforced concrete. Vector Construction Group maintains its head office in Winnipeg, with branch offices around North America. In 1996, The Construction Innovation Forum presented Mr. Whitmore's firm with its prestigious "NOVA" Award for innovation in recognition of the Norcure process of electrochemical chloride extraction from concrete as implemented by Vector. Mr. Whitmore has served on the boards of regional, provincial, national and international associations. He was the 1994 Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Construction Association. He is a Past President of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association and a former Executive Committee member of both the Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association of Saskatchewan and the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association. Mr. Whitmore also served 18 years as a Governor of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, retiring in 2000. In addition to his business and professional activities, Don Whitmore has been a committed friend of the University of Manitoba. As Chair of the Board of the Intelligent Sensors for Innovative Structures Network of Centres of Excellence, he contributed to one of the most successful examples of industrial/academic cooperative research in Canadian history, spearheading the replacement of steel reinforcement with carbon and glass fiber. Don is a long-standing member of The Associates, the external business support group for the I. H. Asper School of Business, and currently serves on their Board as Vice-Chair. During the renovation of the Engineering and Information Technology Complex, he was an inspired leader of both planning and fundraising activities. More recently, he was the driving force behind the establishment of Friends of Engineering, an industrial advisory and support group for the Faculty of Engineering. He now serves as the first Chair of "Friends". Don Whitmore and his wife Florence reside in Winnipeg. They have four children and thirteen grandchildren.



Donald Whitmore