Samuel Michael Katz was born August 20, 1951 in Rehovot, Israel. Sam and his family emigrated to Winnipeg in November, 1951 and he has called Winnipeg home ever since. As a young man, he attended the University of Manitoba graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was presented with a Distinguished U of M Alumnus Award in 2003. In his early twenties, Sam started his first business, a retail clothing store.
Throughout his diverse career as an entrepreneur and promoter, he has fought to bring professional sports and high quality entertainment to Winnipeg. As President and CEO of Showtime Productions Inc., he is responsible for bringing acts like the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Pink Floyd, along with Broadway musicals such as Evita, Tommy, and Les Miserables to Winnipeg. All along, Sam has been fired by a belief that Winnipeg is a first-class City and a great venue for top acts and performances.
Sam has been President and CEO of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club since 1994, and was successful in commencing construction of CanWest Global Park; home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, and a popular venue for a variety of other entertainment, which has served as a key anchor for the renaissance of downtown Winnipeg.
Sam was a founder of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, an organization that has donated more than half a million dollars to children’s charities and non-profit organizations in Manitoba. He has supported children’s programs and fought against the devastating effects drug abuse has on our youth and their future.
In 2002, Sam was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to Canada, their community, or to their fellow Canadians. In 2004, he was given the province's highest honour, the Order of Manitoba, for demonstrating an ability to improve the social, cultural, and economic well-being of Manitoba and its residents.
On June 1st, 2004, Sam declared his candidacy for Mayor of Winnipeg and was elected as the city’s 42nd Mayor on June 22nd, 2004. Sam was re-elected for another term in a second landslide on October 25th, 2006. Winnipeg voters endorsed his vision for a vibrant City of Opportunity. This vision was of a City that is dynamic, lively and growing from one end of the city to the other. A City that is appealing in appearance, attractive to new business, and bursting with opportunity for our youth.
Sam is the proud parent of daughter Ava Beaudry, born July 11th, 2001 and Kiera Olivia Maxwell born March 31st, 2005.