John Loxley (1942-2020) was born of working-class background in Sheffield, England. Loxley came to Manitoba in 1975 to head the Resource and Economic Development Secretariat for the Province of Manitoba. He became deeply involved for many years with several Aboriginal organizations. In 1977, Loxley became a Professor of Economics and the University of Manitoba and later became the head of the department.
In 1991, Loxley formed Cho¡ces—A Coalition For Social Justice—in response to the neo-conservative policy decisions being made by the Winnipeg City Council and the Government of Manitoba. Loxley received the Joe Zuken Citizen Activist Award in 2000 for outstanding contributions to the social, political, and cultural life of Winnipeg. He passed away suddenly in July 2020.