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Date of Birth: 1960
Gail Asper is a Canadian philanthropist and an advocate for human rights. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (1981) and a Bachelor of Laws (1984) from the University of Manitoba. In 1989, after practicing as a lawyer in Halifax for five years, Asper returned to Winnipeg to work for her father Izzy Asper’s CanWest Global Communications Corporation. At CanWest, she has served as corporate secretary, legal counsel, and president. She also sat on the company’s Board of Directors for nineteen years (1991-2010). Asper is the president of the Asper Foundation, a private charitable organization, that has helped educate over 11,500 Canadian grade nine students who have participated in the Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program. The Asper foundation has also played a crucial role in the creation of Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum of Human Rights. Asper, who refused to give up on her father’s dream of building the first national museum outside of Ottawa, has spent over ten years working as the museum’s national campaign chair and she was appointed by Prime Minister Harper to the museum’s board of trustees (2008). Asper also served and chaired many not-for-profit boards including: co-chairing the Manitoba Theatre Centre $11 Million Endowment Campaign, past president of MTC, chair of the United Way Campaign, past chair and president of United Way Winnipeg, past vice chair of the Business for the Arts, and the vice-chair of the National Arts Centre Foundation. She has received multiple awards for her service such as the Governor-General Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts (2005) and Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award (2006). Asper was made a member of the Order of Manitoba (2007) and member of the Order of Canada (2008).