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CEO with ‘instrumental’ role in developing The Forks retiring | #retirement | #elderly | #seniors

The Forks CEO Paul Jordan has announced his retirement as the head of the organization that oversees the beloved Winnipeg meeting space.

Jordan was appointed CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership in 2014, after a career with The Forks dating back to 1991, including acting as chief operating officer for The Forks from 2004 to 2014.

“My very first day of work was when we opened up the river walk, so the river walk and the market … was all there was. The rest was just a bombed out gravel rail yard,” he said on CBC Manitoba’s Up to Speed on Tuesday.

“That was always the plan was to create this place … a meeting place. Four million people are coming here so it was interesting: I watched it all happen with one career.”

Watching is a little modest, the board of directors say.

“During his tenure, he has played an instrumental role in creating the city’s award-winning meeting place,” the board said in a release.

The food hall at The Forks. The national historic site now welcomes millions of visitors every year. (Jaison Empson/CBC)

It all started with pushing a lawnmower and picking up trash, Jordan says.

“All those kind of things are very important for the forks, for the success. And I learned it the hands-on way,” he said.

From there, helping to make The Forks what it is today was an exercise in “boldly going where no one has gone before,” he said.

The Forks North Portage Partnership is responsible for the ownership, management and renewal of The Forks and several north Portage Avenue sites. That includes ownership of the land Portage Place mall sits on and the parkade underneath the mall, but not the building itself.

Jordan says there’s still a lot of work to do at The Forks, including 11 acres of land that can be redeveloped, but he’s happy to leave it in someone else’s capable hands.

“There will always be things to do and places to go and projects to get started and see through,” he said, “so I think now is as good a time as any [to retire,].” 

Jordan says he will stay in his role until a new CEO is found.

“The board of directors congratulates Mr. Jordan and thanks him for his efforts over the past three decades,” Tuesday’s statement said.

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