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Joe Bova


Giuseppe Bova was born in San Roberto, Reggio Calabria, Italy. Joe founded the Man-Shield Group of Companies 44 years ago, with partner Terry Ferraro. He is the past President of the Man-Shield Group of Companies and Director of Gibraltar Concrete Canada Ltd., B & F Masonry Canada Ltd., Laureate Developments Inc., Man-Shield Construction Inc., and DonEve Holdings Inc. Joe retired from the Man-Shield Group of Companies in 2011. He has since co-founded, with his business partner Gisele MacDonald, Resolve Project Management Ltd. Over the last 6 years, they have developed the Thunder Bay Waterfront Development and managed over $400,000,000.00 worth of construction in several developments across Canada.


University of Winnipeg, B.A., Honors in Political Science and Economics


Member of the Board of the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation
Member of the Board of the Italian Canadian Communities Development Corporation
Member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Theatre Centre
Member of the Board and Treasurer of the Winnipeg Library Foundation
Member of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Opera Association
Member of the Board of the Misericordia Health Centre
Appointed by the Government of Canada as a Commissioner to the Metric Commission
Appointed by the City of Winnipeg as the Co-Chair North Main Task Force
Founding Member Corydon Ave. Biz Association


Through the Man-Shield Group of Companies, and specifically Laureate Developments, Joe has been instrumental in the lead development role for many projects in Winnipeg, including three principal office buildings on Corydon Avenue, the $35M Aspen Center Condominium Development, and the $80 M University of Winnipeg Richardson College of the Environment development.

  • With Man-Shield Construction Inc. and the Development Companies we have constructed many prominent buildings over the past 30 years in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
  • Recipient of the 1999 “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the Manitoba Region
  • Recipient of “The Honorary Degree of the Doctor of Laws” from the University of Winnipeg.
  • Recipient of the Scopus Award by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • From 1969 to 1972 became a member of the Company of Young Canadians. Worked with the Italian and Portuguese community in the Winnipeg West End.  
  • 1970 to 1972 - Became an organizer for the University of Winnipeg, Institute of Urban Studies and worked on the Roosevelt Park Project.
  • 1982 to 1990 – Organized the Corydon Merchants Association now known as the Corydon Avenue B.I.Z. Provided vision and planned the renewal of Corydon Avenue and adjacent neighborhoods. The ultimate success of this particular community development projects has changed the landscape of the City of Winnipeg.
  • 1996 to 1998 – Mayor Susan Thompson, appointed Joe Bova and Mary Richard to Chair the Main Street Task Force that would vision, plan and direct the redevelopment of that area found by William Avenue to the South, Princess to the West, the Red River to the East and Higgins Avenue to the North. As a result, North Main Street was street-scaped. The corner of Higgins and Main was redeveloped into the Winnipeg’s native community spiritual centre known as the Thunderbird Lodge. The task force bought from C.N.R. the property along the river in preparation for the Waterfront Drive. Planned the demolition of the old steam plant to facilitate Condo development along Waterfront Drive.
  • 1998 to 1999 – In November 1998 Joe Bova was appointed by the City of Brandon to lead a Development Consortium to undertake development of a concept plan, market analysis, building and site assessment, and “prospecting” for potential tenants. In April, 1999, the Development Consortium delivered a most comprehensive report.
  • 2000 to 2005 – Joe was asked to assist in a lead role on the vision and fundraising for the $25M Winnipeg Millennium Library project in Winnipeg, which was instrumental in revitalizing library use by the public in the core area of Winnipeg.
  • Joe has retired from Manshield Group of Companies as of August 31, 2011
  • 2012 to Present – Joe has led the development team at Resolve in the development of several unique projects in Winnipeg including the WRHA head office and Access Centre in Winnipeg, and the hotel and condominium development on the Waterfront in Thunder Bay

Joe is currently a Partner with ReSolve Project Management Ltd.

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