While best known locally as Manitoba’s 19th Premier, Gary also has many years of business experience, including entrepreneurial endeavours in his younger years and serving on numerous boards. He holds a master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and is a member of the Order of Manitoba and Order of Canada. His current and past board roles include Exchange Income Corporation, Arctic Glacier Inc., Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Moffat Communications Ltd., Pollard Banknote Limited, FWS Construction Ltd., Wellington West Capital Inc., and Chair of Canada's Security and Intelligence Review Committee. With a unique and significant blend of both business and government leadership, Gary is very well equipped to share both his experiences and observations on the similarities and differences of these two governance models.
Gary recently published his first book, Yes We Did – Leading in Turbulent Times. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of ICD (National) and received his ICD.D designation in 2015.