Reg Helwer was elected to his first term as MLA for Brandon West in 2011 and was re-elected on April 19, 2016 and again on September 10, 2019. In addition to his duties as MLA, he previously served as the Legislative Assistant to the Minister of Finance, and as a member of the provincial Treasury Board and Vice Chair of the Public Accounts Committee as well as Past Chair of the all Party Task Force for organ and tissue donations.
On October 23, 2019 he was appointed as Minister of Central Services and as Minister responsible for the Civil Service. Reg currently sits on the Regulatory Accountability Committee of Cabinet, Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet and the Public Sector Compensation Committee of Cabinet.
When Reg was growing up, the Helwers moved to Brandon to take over the local Shell bulk fuel dealership. The family founded Shur-Gro Farm Services, which continues to serve Western Manitoba. Reg graduated from Vincent Massey High School and then attended Brandon University. While pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Reg served as the President of the Brandon University Students’ Union.
After graduating from BU, he continued his education at Purdue University in Indiana where he received a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics. Reg began his career working in Winnipeg and was eventually promoted to the position of Assistant Manager in Agricultural Banking with the Royal Bank of Canada.
Reg and his wife Aynsley made the decision to return to Brandon to raise their children and join the family business. He has been active in the agri-business community and has served as both the Manitoba and National President of the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association.
Reg and Aynsley are proud to call Brandon home and have raised their 4 children in the community. In addition to his work in business and in public service, Reg has a long history of volunteerism with organizations such as the YMCA and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. He is a past Chair of the Brandon University Board of Governors and has coached amateur sports teams in the community for over 30 years.
Reg is proud to serve as the MLA for Brandon West. He believes a better future is possible under a new Progressive Conservative government that controls spending, invests in education, and creates real opportunities for our young people.