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Ed Schreyer fonds: MSS 145 (A2006-21)

Ed Schreyer:

An Inventory of Ed Schreyer's Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Vladimira Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2008)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ed Schreyer
Ed Schreyer fonds
1.5 m of textual records
Mss 145 (A2006-21)

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Biography of Ed Schreyer

Edward Richard Schreyer, a former Governor General of Canada and Premier of Manitoba was born on December 21, 1935 at Beausejour, Manitoba. He received his B. Ped in 1959, BA in 1960, B. Ed in 1962, and MA in 1963. Ed Schreyer was the youngest MLA elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the age of 22. He represented the constituency of Brokenhead and held that position until 1965. In 1965 he ran for the Federal election as the NDP Member of Parliament for Springfield (1965) and Selkirk (1968). In June 1969, he was elected Leader of Manitoba NDP and the youngest Premier of Manitoba (1969-1977) at the age of 33. During his terms as Premier, he also served as Minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro (1971-1977). As Minister of Hydro Manitoba, he was involved in numerous crucial decisions regarding environment assessment and analysis, energy management, and emissions control.

In 1979 at the age of 43, Schreyer became the first Manitoban to be appointed as Governor General. As Governor General he traveled to over 30 aboriginal committees of the Arctic and made state visits to countries as Germany, Greece, Japan, Sweden, etc. He was also appointed High Commissioner to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. Diplomatic Foreign Service provided him with international experience and gave him understanding of global resources and trade patterns.

He had returned to Canada in 1989 and taught classes on the Energy Resources and Global Economy at the Canadian ad European Universities: the University of Winnipeg - Energy and Resource Geography of the USSR (1989-1990); the Simon Fraser - Canadian Resources and Public Administration (1991); the University of Victoria - Energy and Resource Economics (1992-94); the University of British Columbia - Canadian Energy Resources in Global Context (1995); the University College of Cape Breton - Society & the Environment; the University of Kiel, Germany - Resource Management & Canadian Federalism(1997); the University of Trier, Germany - Energy & Strategic Resources in Global Context (1998); the University of Marburg, Germany - Problems of International Resource Management (1999); and the University of Dresden - Canadian Resources Geography (2000). He became Chancellor of Brandon University in 2002.

Ed Schreyer's past experiences deriving from both the North America and European sources gives his broad insight into issues dealing with the energy resource consumption and environmental impact. He holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Manitoba, McGill University and Simon Fraser University in Ottawa. Ed Schreyer is a recipient of the Canadian Public Service Award, Ottawa (2001) and the Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). He is also Companion of the Order of Canada (1984). In the past decade he has served as a chairman or a director of several charities and institutions: the Canadian Shield Foundation; the Habitat for Humanity Canada; the International Institute of Sustainable Development; the Winnipeg Library Foundation; St. Boniface General Hospital; and many more. He returned to politics in 2005. He is still frequently asked to be a guest speaker at the public fundraising events.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The accession contains Ed Schreyer's biographical info; speeches; research material and conferences re: environmental issues, energy resources and new technologies; East Side Lake Winnipeg Broad Area Planning Initiative papers; and various newspaper and internet articles re: environmental issues and energy management.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into ten series:

  • 1. Biographical info
  • 2. Presentations, Speeches
  • 3. Correspondence, Calendars, Itineraries
  • 4. Environment - Energy Resources
  • 5. Environment - Hydropower
  • 6. Global Environment
  • 7. Environment - Oil and Gas
  • 8. East Side Lake Winnipeg
  • 9. Miscellaneous
  • 10. Books

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Restrictions on Access

One folder is marked confidential.

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Restrictions on Use

One folder is marked confidential.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated by Mr. Schreyer to the University of Manitoba in 2006.

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Other Finding Aids

MSS 145, PC 153, TC 99 (A1989-46, A1992-52, A2003-63)

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical information, [ 1969-2005 ]
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
1 1 Ed Schreyer's biographical information written by Ed Schreyer, 2001
  2 Ed Schreyer recipient of the Canadian Public Service Award, Ottawa, 2001

The Golden Jubilee Medal presented to Ed Schreyer and Lily Schreyer, 2002


  4 Various newspaper articles about Ed Schreyer, 1969-2004
  5 Announcements, Invitations, Political Events, 2001-2005
  6 Brandon University - Installation of the Rt. Honourable Edward R. Schreyer as Chancellor, October 19, 2002
  7 Brandon University - Convocations, 2004-2005
  8 Habitat for Humanity, Ottawa - Ed Schreyer Work Projects, 1999-
  9 Photographs

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Presentations, Speeches
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
1 10 Presentations, Speeches, 1998-2002
  11 The Development of Manitoba's Political Landscape by Ed Schreyer 2004
  12 Clean Environment Commission Presentation, April 8, 2004
  13 Energy Resources their Use and Misuse in North America - 2004 Eaton Lecture presented by Ed Schreyer, May 7, 2004

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Correspondence, 1974-2006
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
2 1 Canadian Petroleum Association Confidential Letter to the Premier Ed Schreyer, October 15, 1974
  2 Correspondence 1972-1987
  3 Correspondence, 1997-1999
  4 Correspondence, 2000
  5 Correspondence, 2001
  6 Correspondence, 2002
  7 Correspondence, 2002-2003
  8 Correspondence, 2003
  9 Calendars, Itineraries, 2002-2004
  10 Correspondence, 2004
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
3 1

Correspondence - Energy Resources, 2002-2004

(includes articles)

  2 Calendars, Itineraries, 2005
  3 Correspondence, 2005-2006

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Environment - Energy Resources - Technologies, 1989-2005
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
3 4 Environment Act Proposal - Westlake Regional Water Supply System, 1989-2005
  5 The World Bank IUCN Workshop - Large Dams - Papers tabled at the workshop, April 10-11, 1997

Information about dams, energy and water resources, 1999

(WCD in the Media)

  7 WCD Work Programme
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
4 1 International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), 2002-2003
  2 IISD - Correspondence, Minutes, Reports, 2003
  3 IISD Board Meeting, June 2003
  4 IISD Board Meetings, Annual Report, 2003-2004
  5 IISD Strategic Plan 2005-2010, June 10-11, 2004
  6 IISD Minutes, 2005
  7 30th Anniversary of Western Economic Opportunities Conference 1973, 2003

International Energy Agency - 24th Annual Workshop, September 7-10, 2003

Collaborative Project on Enhanced Oil Recovery

  9 Epcor Studies by K. Taft, Parkland Institute, the University of Alberta, 1998-1999
  10 Full Cost of Thermal Power Production in Eastern Canada by H.D. Venema and S. Barg, July 2003
  11 Better Way to Get from here to there (hydrogen economy) by D. Morris, 2003
  12 Solar Energy by J.R. Bolton, University of Western Ontario, 1974
  13 Future of Energy - Simmons & Company International, April 22, 2004
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
5 1 Energy Forum - Hyforum 2004 - Clean Energy for 21st Century, May 25-28, 2004
  2 Conference Board of Canada: North American Power Markets, Toronto, January 28, 2004

24th Annual North American Conference USAEE/IAEE, July 8-10, 2004

Energy, Environment and Economics in New Era

  4 U.S. Department of Energy's Aquatic Species Program: Biodiesel from Algae, 1980-1996
  5 North America the Energy Picture - the North Enerty Working Group, June 2002

Natural Gas Technologies II: Perspectives on Natural Gas Supply by D. Hughs, 2003

(Geological Survey of Canada)

  7 Energy Disclosed: Abundant Resources and Unused Technology, the University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
  8 Ideas and Projects, 2000-2002
  9 Articles - Energy Resources and Technologies, 2004

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Environment - Hydropower, 2000-2004
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
5 10-11 Hydropower and the Environment International energy Agency - Technical Report, 2000
  12 United Nations Environment Programme, 2003
  13 Articles - Hydropower, 2004
  14 Articles - Hydride Batteries and Electric Vehicles, 2003-2004
  15 Battery Technology - tables, 2000

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Global Environment, 1987-2004
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
6 1-2 Assiniboine South-Hespeler Area Study, 1987
  3 International Institute for Sustainable Development - Annual Report, 2003-2004
  4 Acid Rain, SOE Bulletin no.99-3, Fall 1999
  5 Norway Review, 2003
  6 "Efficiency Manitoba", 2003
  7 Emissions Trading in Manitoba - Task Force Report, January 2004
  8 International Development Research Centre - Altered States: Globalization, Sovereignty, and Governance, 2000
  9 Eating Fossil Fuels by D.A. Pfeiffer, 2003
  10 Red River Basin Commission - 22nd Annual Conference, January 12-14, 2005

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), December 1998

Manitoba Leading the Way Presentation to the Manitoba Government

  12 Institute of Urban Studies - Conference Proceedings, University of Manitoba, 1998

Climate Change, Kyoto, Japan, December 1997

Deadline for the World's Environment (ERT)

  14 Sierra Club of Canada, 2003
  14 Articles - Global Environment, 2001-2002

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Environment - Oil and Gas, 1983-2004
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
7 1 Natural Gas Supply to Vancouver Island - Technical Report, 1983
  2 Second International Workshop on Oil and Gas Depletion (ASPO), 2003
  3 Oil and Gas Industry - Simmons & Company International, 2004
  4 Implementation of the Techthol/Iotech Process at Mohawk Oil's Minnedosa Ethanol Distillery - Final Report, August 1, 1986
  5-6 Oil and Gas - ASPO Newsletter, no.29 -30, 2003
  7-8 Articles, 2003-2004

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East Side Lake Winnipeg Broad Area Planning Initiative, 2002-2004
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
8 1 Briefing Book, 2002-2003
  2 Map Index, 2003

Final Changes to Recommendations & Chapter 7.0, 2004

(includes correpondence)

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Miscellaneous, 1990-2005
Box Folder                                                                                                                                                                                
8 4 Erebus, Terror - Canada's Historic Arctic Shipwrecks, 1993
  5 J. Douglas Crane - Family History, 1998
  6 2002 Beaubien Award - Arthur L. Charbonneau, P. Eng.

Vancouver Port Authority, 1990-2004


  8 Sierra Club of Canada - 2004 Federal Election
  9 Canadian Shield Foundation, 1997-2000
  10 St. Boniface General Hospital - Board of Directors Meeting, 2003
  11 389 Main Street Heritage Corporation, 2003
  12 Airships to the Arctic Symposium II, October 21-23, 2003
  13 Habitat for Humanity Canada, Discussion Paper, October 2003
  14 Articles, 2000-2002
  15 Articles, 2005

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By the Banks of the Brokenhead by Karmel Schreyer and John James Schreyer, Chameleon Press, 2004;

Rural Life: Portraits of the Prairie Town, 194 6 by P. James Giffen, University of Manitoba Press, 2004;

Interreligious and International Peace Council: Inaugural Meeting, October 1-4, 2003 , New York.

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