WINNIPEG – Businessman and philanthropist David Asper is being tapped by the mayor as Winnipeg’s new police board chair.
Mayor Brian Bowman announced his recommendation on Wednesday to replace Councillor Jeff Browaty who stepped down in February following controversial comments about reconciliation training for city employees.
Bowman also recommended Brian Scharfstein replace Derek Johannson on the board after Johannson stepped down in March.
Both appointments must first be approved by city council.
Asper currently chairs The Asper Foundation and is the co-founder of Amenity Health Care. He once served as chair of the Winnipeg Football Club, Winnipeg Folk Festival and as the first citizen Chair of CentreVenture.
Asper donated $1,500 to Bowman’s civic mayor campaign in 2014, according to city documents.
Scharfstein is the principal owner of Canadian Footwear and the FootHealth Centre in Winnipeg and Calgary. He was once the chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
Asper and Scharfstein’s appointments will be subject to a background check. If approved by council, their appointments would be effective immediately and their term would expire on December 31, 2018.