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THE MCC's VISION:
Policy development that brings together businesses of all sizes, from all sectors, and communities across Manitoba.
Non-partisan public debates of integrity, that criticize
4 It Strikes Me
government where necessary, praise government where warranted, and disdain personal attacks and exaggeration.
Is There Too Much Government in Manitoba's Economy?
A Business community that demonstrates high ethical
standards in all it does.
• Businesses dedicated to the vitality of their communities,
5 Manitoba Matters
the prosperity of their employees and the sustainability of the environment.
News and Notes Relating to our Province and its Business Community
• A province that understands the nature and value
of entrepreneurship and promotes the competitive
6 The MCC: Making a Difference
• ‘Have' Vision, Will Travel
A provincial government with sound, long-term economic strategies that are focused without ignoring opportunity,
• Encyclopedia of Manitoba
fl exibility and diversity.
• Manitoba Day, The Fashion Phenom!
• Government policies and spending that are effi cient and
effective, delivering the programs that Manitobans need
• Tickets to Success
and helping the disadvantaged.
• MCC Helps Launch Small Business Week
• A Manitoba that promotes the progress of all its citizens toward
individual freedom, dignity and prosperity, and opposes any
form of negative discrimination or needless control.
Ahead of the CurveThe MBLN Awards
Dauphin & District
Good Business: Recognizing the Ability of those with Disabilities
Chamber of Commerce
Flin Flon & District
The 2007 MCC Awards
Chamber of Commerce
Morden & District Chamber
Morden Meets the Eye
Portage & District Chamber
28 Pat Turner Overdrive
Selkirk & District Chamber
Aboriginal Entrepreneur is Taking Care of Business
Winkler & District Chamber
Focus on Education
Aboriginal Access to Post-Secondary Education
Steinbach Chamber of
By Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President & Vice-Chancellor
Immediate Past Chairman
of The University of Winnipeg
Thompson Chamber of
34 Focus on Finance
Growing Global Leaders: The "Hollowing Out" Solution
By Kirk Dudtschak, RBC Financial Group Regional President
for Saskatchewan, Manitoba & NW Ontario
37 Postcards from the Business Edge
Lee JebbWilliam A. Smith
Pembina Valley Region
Featuring Acrodex and Sequoia Energy Inc.
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Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 3
IT STRI KES M E
By Dan Overall
Director of Policy and
Chambers of Commerce
It's great that Manitobans and the media are paying more For those who like to keep track of such things, Alberta has the
attention to economic stats like job growth, wage growth and
lowest contribution from the public sector at 11 per cent of its total
investment. The problem is, you usually need to dig deeper to
capital investment, followed by Nova Scotia at 18 per cent.
fi nd out what the numbers are really saying. Too often we've been
While comparisons to other provinces often amount to
hanging our hat on the stats that come our way when what we should
meaningless exercises in bravado or insecurity (depending on
be doing is rolling up our shirtsleeves.
whether you are on the top of the heap or the bottom), it can be
Case in point, a recent report from the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics
useful in identifying trends. It is certainly fair game to ask why we
tells us that Manitoba's capital investment for 2007 is expected to
rely on the public sector more than any other province.
increase by 11.3 per cent, the second strongest rate of growth among
A similar problem exists in relation to our job growth, only now
the provinces. It sounds pretty impressive until you look at the extent to which we rely on public sector purse strings.
the story goes from bad to worse.
For example, while Manitoba's private sector capital investment is
Returning to the report from the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics,
projected to increase by $370 million in 2007, it will be outpaced by
Manitoba's total employment in the fi rst eight months of 2007
a public sector ramp up of $510 million.
grew by 1.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2006. That
is the second lowest rate of job growth among the provinces.
Now don't get me wrong, our private sector still takes up the lion's
share of total capital investment, around the range of 69 per cent, but
Looking at these periods produces some more troubling news.
there are some disturbing trends going on here.
Among the provinces the rate of our private sector job growth
was the second lowest while our job growth in public sector was
The rate of annual growth of our public sector's capital spending
the second highest.
outpaced the private sector increase in each and every year from 2003 to 2007. As a result, the public sector's share of the province's
In fact, 88 per cent of Manitoba's job growth for that period came
total capital investment has steadily grown from 23 per cent in 2002
from the public sector.
to 31 per cent in 2007.
To be sure, there is an infrastructure defi cit out there and many
To add to these concerns, we rely more heavily on the public sector
great public initiatives that require investment, but what does it say
for our capital investment than any other province. We're number one
to us that in the middle of a globally revved up economy the rate of
at 31 per cent, with Quebec and New Brunswick rounding out the top
growth of Manitoba's public sector is outpacing our private sector?
three at 27 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.
And is this really sustainable?
4 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
News and notes relating to our province and its business community
Protegra Becomes a
Gold Certifi ed Partner with Microsoft
LLP Shows Commitment
Protegra, an award-winning business consulting and technology solutions
company, joined the high performing list of Microsoft Gold Certifi ed Partners
who represent the highest level of profi ciency and expertise with Microsoft tech-
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) is leading the
way in its support for entrepreneurs. The profes-
nologies and have the closest working relationship with Microsoft.
sional services fi rm recently signed on to support the
"Protegra is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards within both
eureka project: Smartpark's Incubator. In doing so, it
business and in technology," says Protegra CEO Wadood Ibrahim. "As a Gold
became the incubator's fi rst sponsor.
Certifi ed Partner we receive a rich set of benefi ts including access to training and
The eureka project, a high-tech business incubator, is
support giving Protegra a competitive advantage in the marketplace."
helping its clients build their companies from the ground up. Start-ups seeking the help of incubators are three times more likely to succeed than new companies that do not seek the help of an incubator. The eureka project
Life Science Awards
provides support to start-ups in the areas of business and marketing plan development, fi nancing advice, strategic planning and product development. Clients also benefi t
The fi rst Life Science Association of Manitoba awards were given during the
from reduced rental rates and free furniture, equipment
2007 edition of the Business of Science Symposium.
usage, and IT support.
The awards were created to recognize people and companies who have
"Sponsoring the eureka project was an easy business
demonstrated leadership in the sector.
decision. When you tour through the facilities and speak
Cangene Corp. won the Company of the Year award in recognition of its positive
with the young entrepreneurs about their businesses and
impact in the community and future wealth and job creation.
their vision, it is quickly apparent that the potential for growth and success is enormous. The support provided
Dr. Sanjiv Dhingra won the award for Outstanding Leadership in Health Research
by the eureka project is essential and comes at a critical
for his cardiovascular research at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at St.
stage in the early life cycle of the companies involved and
Boniface General Hospital Research Centre.
we are very pleased to be a sponsor of the project", said
Albert Friesen, president and CEO of Medicure Inc., won the award for Individual
Jeff Johnson, leader of the Advisory Services Group of
Contribution to the Industry for his work as a champion for the sector.
PwC in Winnipeg.
Got Oil? Manitoba Hydro Offers Transformer Oil ‘Recycling',
Bringing Benefi ts to Businesses & the Environment.
Instead of disposing of oil when it needs to For businesses who use a lot of oil, Manitoba And it pays to be green. Save money and
be replaced, Manitoba Hydro reconditions
Hydro's OILPROS™ Oil Reconditioning offers
the environment by eliminating the disposal of
and recycles it, and you can too. Recondition-
reconditioning and reclamation of used
old oil and the costs of new oil.
ing cleans up the oil so that it can be used
transformer and hydraulic oil.
To learn more, visit www.oilpros.ca.
again for its original intention.
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 5
TH E MCC: MAKI NG A DI FFERENCE
‘HAVE' VISION, WILL TRAVELMCC president Graham Starmer and MCC chairman Jeff Zabudsky have teamed up to take the ‘Have' Province initiative on the road. So far they have visited chambers from east, west, south and northern Manitoba.
"I am amazed by the commitment of the local chambers
to the betterment of their community" said Zabudsky. "The ‘Have' Province initiative is well received and we are hearing that skills, immigration and housing are the big issues."
Details, including video highlights, are available at
Stay tuned for updates!
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MANITOBA
ALL ABOUT MANITOBA, ALL IN ONE PLACE.
In November 2007, Great Plains Publications unveiled the largest and most detailed book project ever undertaken in this province.
More than four years in the making, the Encyclopedia of Manitoba is an 800-
page information extravaganza
All aspects of the province's history, arts, politics, geography, business,
and sports are explored in over 2,000 entries and essays, each written and researched by expert Manitobans. From Cindy Klassen to K-Tel, Lord Selkirk to Louis Riel, Bothwell Cheese to Chip & Pepper …anything and everything of importance to Manitobans is celebrated within the encyclopedia's pages.
The MCC was delighted to contribute to the encyclopedia and attend the
offi cial launch (see www.mbchamber.mb.ca for a short video of the star-stud-ded gala).
The book is available at all great bookstores. More information is available
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6 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
THE FASHION PHENOM!
To promote awareness about Manitoba Day, the MCC is handing out Happy Manitoba Day t-shirts to its breakfast speakers. The shirts have been a great hit with the Ministers.
"It was just a great way to keep the issue topical year round,"
explains Dan Overall, MCC director of Policy and Communications.
Stay tuned for announcements as to Manitoba Day 2008 and
please contact Dan at [email protected] if you are
interested in joining the excitement.
Photo: The Honourable Nancy Allan, Minister of Labour &
Immigration, shows off her Happy Manitoba Day shirt
‘TICKETS TO SUCCESS'
UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO
HELP MANITOBA'S ENTREPRENEURS
One of the challenges small businesses
Tickets are available on a fi rst-come
often face is not having the fi nancial
rst-served basis, although the MCC
resources to engage in the business devel-
reserves the right to use its discretion in
opment activities larger companies can
declining a request if it deems the busi-
afford. For example, it can be more diffi cult
ness is not small or is receiving the tickets
for small businesses to fi nd resources to
show appreciation to staff and/or custom-
Interested small businesses simply have
ers or to entertain potential customers.
to contact the Manitoba Chambers by
To address this challenge the MCC
email at [email protected].
has joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, and the Manitoba Moose to create the ‘Tickets to Success' program.
‘Tickets to Success' provides a
free pair of tickets on an event-by-event basis to MCC corporate members that are small businesses so they can take
Our goal: Through SafeProduction, is to grow profitably
staff or customers out in appreciation or
as a safe, high quality, long-term nickel producer.
entertain potential customers.
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 7
The MCC: Making a Difference
MCC HELPS LAUNCH SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
The MCC was pleased to once again emcee the formal launch
The event was held at Smart Park in the University of Manitoba.
of Small Business Week.
This year's edition of Small Business Week occurred from Octo-
Small Business Week is a national initiative that is led by the
ber 15 to 19 and featured the theme "A World Without Boundaries,
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), in cooperation
Open to New Markets."
with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, to pay tribute to
"Manitoba is already a trading Province – in 2006 Manitoba's
the accomplishments of the owners and managers of small
total exports were over $11 billion. Our diversifi ed economy and
and medium- sized enterprises.
manufacturing base offers us the opportunity to further expand
MCC president Graham Starmer was Master of Ceremonies
this export activity," said Starmer during the launch. "Our larg-
for the launch, which occurred on October 12, 2007.
est treading partner is the United States, but with the world's developing economies growing at a rapid pace and giving rise to
Formal remarks were provided by M.P. Rod Bruinooge,
huge emerging market opportunities Manitoba small businesses
who brought greetings from the Honourable Rona Ambrose,
who have in the past demonstrated their ability to capitalize on
President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of
niche market opportunities are well poised to participate in these
Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of Western Economic
Diversifi cation; MLA Flor Marcelino, who brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Manitoba; Kris Smith, Regional vice
Starmer's speaking notes and a short video commemorating the
president, BDC, who brought greetings on behalf of the BDC;
launch are available at www.mbchamber.mb.ca.
Gary Brownstone, director of the eureka Project, Smart Park,
A special ‘thank you' goes out to the Canada/Manitoba Business
the University of Manitoba; and Lisa Elliot, president, Institute
Service Centre for all of its fi ne work through the year and particu-
of Certifi ed Management Consultants of Manitoba Inc.
larly in relation to Small Business Week.
8 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
AH EAD OF TH E CU RVE
Recognizing the Ability of those with Disabilities
October 9th was a busy day
for the Manitoba Business
Employer of the Year, Large Business
Leadership Network Inc.
(MBLN), a business-led association that
focuses on the employment of persons
The day began with a rousing speech
by the Honourable Gord Mackintosh,
Minister of Family Services and Housing.
Minister Mackintosh also presented the
Manitoba Supported Employment Network
(MSEN) and the MBLN with the formal
proclamation making October Supported
The MBLN and MSEN then launched
the Diversity Challenge, a peer to peer
approach of sharing the success and
value of hiring and retaining persons with
Receiving the Award for Employer of the Year Large Business are Larry Tholl, District Manager (cl) and Peter Darowski, presenting are MBLN President, Dave Scott (r) and MBLN legal Council Jennifer Ervick (l)
disabilities. The inaugural Champions for
2007-2008 were: Peter Dawroski, Canada
Canada Safeway Limited has been in operation for approximately 77 years and
Safeway-Prairie Regional Offi
operates 35 stores in Manitoba. They are a true leader in equity employment,
Young, Worker's Compensation Board of
taking their diversity mission statement to heart.
Manitoba; Vic Falk, Husky, Brandon; Neil
In the last three years Canada Safeway has hired over 80 persons with
Thoroughgood, Bain's Appliances; Laurie
identifi ed disabilities, further enhancing their already diversifi ed labour force of approximately 3,500 people.
Pert, Tim Horton's-McPhillips; Susan
Wilson, Canada Safeway, Grant Park
Canada Safeway believes in recognizing, celebrating and benefi ting from the
Shopping Centre; Gerry Haggett, Gerard's
uniqueness of each employee and customer. It values, respects and supports these differences in its workplace and strives to refl ect the diversity of the
Deli and Bakery; Dave Keith, Telesolutions
communities it serves.
International; Harvey Nairn, Viscount Gort
Canada Safeway works with many disability agencies and supports a wide array
Hotel and Mike Gore, Holiday Inn South.
of community organizations, causes and people throughout Manitoba, with staff
The MBLN then presented its Recognition
volunteers, product and fi nancial support.
Awards for 2007 (see panels).
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 9
Ahead of the Curve
Employer of the Year, Small/Medium Business
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South has built a reputation in the community based on
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South
25 years of delivering excellent service to their guests.
Its "Constant Caring Friends" and
"People Notice" training programs are designed to assist with interpersonal and communications skills. They are used to improve relationships and, ultimately, service and cooperation with customers and staff alike.
The composition of Holiday Inn Winnipeg
South's 125 employees refl
commitment to maintain a diversifi ed labour force. Approximately seven per cent of its staff are persons with identifi ed disabilities. Principally, it has accomplished this by developing individual accommodations for
Receiving the Award for Employer of the Year Small/Medium business is Mike Gore, General Manager
staff so as to ease workloads.
Holiday Inn Winnipeg South (c) presenting are MBLN President, Dave Scott (l) and MBLN legal Council Jennifer Ervick (r)
10 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
Ahead of the Curve
The MBLN closed the day with its 7th Annual
Employment Fair, where 18 companies and 10
Agencies presented employment information
Ken Burfoot, Laurie Unrau, Norm
to over 350 attendees with disabilities.
The MBLN would like to thank its 2007
funders and Corporate Sponsors
Funding Provided by:
The Government of Canada Employment Insurance Account and The Province of Manitoba
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
MBLN President, Dave Scott (r) and MBLN legal Council Jennifer Ervick (l) present the President's Award
to this year's recipients Norm Magnusson (cl), Ken Burfoot (c) and Laurie Unrau (cr)
In 2001, Ken Burfoot, Laurie Unrau and Norm Magnusson met to discuss a shortfall
in the transition of students with disabilities from school to work. If a student did not have paid work experience by the time they left the education system (no matter what level) the odds of them not fi nding a meaningful job doubled.
Civil Service Commission
The trio came up with an idea for a program to be run by a non-government
organization. They pooled their resources and solid thinking and looked for a partner that would help bring placement success. When an Association partner was found,
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
the First Jobs program was established.
created the MBLN in 1999.
First Jobs has grown from 26 students in its fi rst year to 40 in 2006.
To date, over 230 students have been placed in their fi rst paid work experience
Further information about the MBLN
and over 30 per cent obtained employment in the subsequent school year.
and its activities is available at
One of the key parts of the program is it is open to all students with disabilities.
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 11
MANITOBA BUSINESS AWARDS
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is proud to recognize the fi nalists and recipients of its 2007 Manitoba Business
Awards. The recipients were announced at the October 30 Celebration of Business Excellence dinner. The dinner was
hosted by the Young Associates of the I.H. Asper School of Business, which received all proceeds from the event.
Congratulations to all our recipients and fi nalists!
Manitoba's Outstanding Large Business 2007
MAPLE LEAF FOODS INC.
Passionate People; Passionate About Food is the essence of Maple Leaf Foods, a leading Canadian food processor. Support-ed by its fl agship consumer brands - Maple Leaf®, Schneiders®
and Dempster's® - and a family of strong regional brands, it is a market leader across its businesses.
After more than a century in business, its success is achieved
through customer satisfaction and an unwavering commitment to high-quality products.
Maple Leaf's operations include value-added fresh and further
processed meats and meals, hog production and rendering, as well as value-added fresh and frozen bakery and fresh pasta
and sauces operations through its 88 per cent ownership of
Accepting the Award for Biovail is Larry Thiessen, General Manager Biovail Stienbach (c), presented
Canada Bread. Maple Leaf Foods employs 22,500 people at
by MCC Chairman Jeff Zabudsky (l) and Harold Buchwald, MBA Jury Panel Chair (r)
operations in Canada, United States, the U.K. and Asia; and has a strong presence in Manitoba, employing 3,000 people across
Biovail Corporation, with its corporate headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, is a specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the formulation, clinical testing,
Hytek's core business is producing quality food products for
registration, manufacture and commercialization of pharmaceutical products
the global meat market. With environmentally sustainable and
utilizing advanced drug-delivery technologies.
competitive pork production operations located throughout
In 1994 Biovail opened a full-scale, state-of-the-art pharmaceutical
North America, Hytek has become an industry leader. Having
manufacturing operation in Steinbach, Manitoba. This fl agship facility focuses
grown up on a farm near Steinbach, Manitoba, Don Janzen was
primarily on the manufacture of oral controlled-release drug products. With
no stranger to farming both grains and livestock. In 1994, a
more than 650 employees, the facility produces such drugs as Wellbutrin XL®
partnership with the Vielfaure family started a joint venture that
for the treatment of depression, once-daily Ultram® ER and RaliviaTM for the
would lead to the formation of Hytek Ltd.
management of pain, and Cardizem® LA and Tiazac® XC for the treatment of
Executing a strategy of risk mitigation, and achieving low cost
hypertension and angina. In 2006, the Steinbach site was again expanded to
has positioned Hytek to successfully become a world-class
enable Biovail to meet current and emerging demand for its medicines.
Biovail has two other manufacturing facilities in Puerto Rico - one in Dorado
Hytek has grown to become the largest independent pig sys-
and one in Carolina.
tem in Canada, producing over one million pigs annually.
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 13
Manitoba's Outstanding Medium Business 2007
In business since 1998, Protegra's experts solve complex business problems and tough IT issues for both the government and private sec-tors in fi nancial services, manufacturing, and agriculture. Protegra is a collection of high performance teams who help organizations pinpoint and implement business and technology solutions that assist in closing performance gaps.
As a result the business is tuned to peak performance. Protegra be-
lieves that to compete globally, organizations must be lean, empowered and innovative. Lean solutions provide a new way of engaging people, conducting business and pursuing excellence. Protegra believes in implementation and delivering results throughout the creation process, not just at the end of a project.
Accepting the award for Canadian Footwear is Brian Scharfstein, Principal Owner (c),
Protegra's services form the basis of strategic relationships between
presented by MCC Chairman Jeff Zabudsky (l) and Harold Buchwald,
the client and Protegra's teams. These teams are accountable to de-
MBA Jury Panel Chair (r)
livering solutions and ensuring total satisfaction by understanding the client's requirements and then delivering the solutions.
Protegra is client-focused and helps people evolve and grow with the
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR LTD.
business to ensure that the most effective solutions are developed and set into motion.
Brian Scharfstein is a Pedorthist specializing in care of the diabetic foot. He is the principal owner of Canadian Footwear and the FootHealth Centre in Winnipeg and Calgary. His passion for footwear and footcare
LEECH PRINTING LTD.
dates to his childhood as he grew up in the family footwear business.
Established in 1927, Leech Printing has grown to be one of Western
Brian has created the FootHealth Centre, a centre of excellence for
Canada's leading medium format printers and graphic communica-
management of lower extremity problems in persons with orthopedic,
tions providers, serving customers in Manitoba, Canada and the United
rheumatologic, and diabetic complications. He is an active member
States. Leech Printing has doubled its annual revenues over the last ten
of the Health Sciences Centre Diabetic Foot and Complicated Wound
years and has recently acquired a printing operation in Saskatchewan
Clinic. Through this affi liation with the HSC, Brian is actively involved in
to expand its market reach. An early adopter of digital technology, Leech
the management of patients with diabetic foot complications, and in the
Printing has successfully integrated new technology to provide services
teaching of trainees in medicine, occupational and physiotherapy, as
beyond ink on paper.
well as podiatry and Pedorthics.
Having identifi ed the industry trends early has allowed the company
His volunteer community groups/programs include: Boots for Kids
to expand into new areas of graphic communications including wide
Program, Two / Ten Foundation SOS Program, Health Science Centre
format printing, web content development and corporate design.
Clothing Depot, Jewish Child and Family Services, and Grow Winnipeg
Current marketing initiatives include increased online marketing and
initiative. He is also actively involved with both the Winnipeg and Mani-
the introduction of Web-to-Print solutions for new and existing custom-
toba Chambers of Commerce.
ers. These new developments along with a very broad product and ser-
Over the past three years, Canadian Footwear has employed over fi fty
vice base have allowed Leech Printing to provide a unique "one stop
full and twenty part time employees. Their commitment is to advance-
ment of education and training. Their fi nancial investment in education
Michael Leech, president and owner, is extremely proud of the compa-
and training grows every year and may be the single most important
ny's continuous growth and accomplishments including ISO certifi cation
line item on their fi nancial statements. This work relations program con-
and continued investment in staff training, technology and procedures.
tinually heightens their standards of practice and offers new challenges
Leech Printing Ltd. and its staff is recognized throughout Southwestern
for the entire team.
Manitoba as strong community leaders and supporters.
14 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
- Dean Steski, ,
Mr. Harold Buchwald, C.M., Q.C.
Farm Income Programs Directorate (FIPD),
Mr. Hugh Eliasson
Protegra's experts solve complex business problems and tough IT
issues for both the government and private sectors. Protegra is a
Competitiveness, Training & Trade
collection of high performance teams who help organizations pinpoint and implement business and technology solutions
Mr. Robert Filuk, F.C.A.
that assist in achieving Breakthrough Performance.
Thomas Sill Foundation
We listen. We deliver quickly.
We make it easy to manage the change.
Ms. Susan Thompson
The U of W Foundation
Mr. Orville Buffi e
Dr. William Norrie C.M., Q.C.
Partners in the Park
The Winnipeg Free Press
Dr. Louis Visentin
Ms. Susan Eyolfson
Flowers For Thought
We also wish to acknowledge the Selection
Julie Turenne Maynard
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 15
Manitoba's Outstanding Small Business 2007
THE BRABAR & PANTERIE
Sharon Phillips, owner of the BraBar &
Panterie, revolutionized the way bras
are sold. During her 20-year career,
she progressed from being a traditional
lingerie retailer to become an extremely
successful service for women, special-
izing exclusively in bras, bra fi tting and
mastectomy products. She invented and
implemented innovative bra sizing, inven-
tory control and bra fi tter training systems
to make her business more effi cient and
to facilitate great customer service. She
has helped thousands of women look bet-
ter, feel better and be more comfortable in
their underwear. Her supporting role has
Accepting the award for Brabar & Panterie is Sharon Phillips, Owner (c), presented by MCC Chairman Jeff Zabudsky (l)
and Harold Buchwald, MBA Jury Panel Chair (r)
extended to many other areas, being very
active in helping women business owners
and raising money for women affected by
She recently co-founded a new non-profi t
organization that helps Manitoba women
experiencing fi nancial diffi culties as a re-
sult of their illness. Sharon was recognized
earlier this year at the Women Entrepre-
neur of the Year Awards, where she was
awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award
as well as the Overall Excellence Award.
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Founded on the infamous September 11,
practical, innovative and actionable solutions.
and organic growth it has extended its ser-
2001 by Rick and Neil Kordalchuk, Impact
Harris Consulting has expanded its business
vices beyond the Manitoba borders, with the
Productions Inc. is a dynamic video produc-
by over 80 per cent in the past three years.
addition of an offi ce in Toronto, its continued
tion company specializing in creating unique,
This is due in part to the addition of its In-
involvement in the national Verity Filion career
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OutstandingAmbassador of Manitoba Business, 2007
BISON TRANSPORT INC.
Bison Transport was incorporated in 1968 and today is
one of the largest dry-van truckload carriers in Canada
offering award winning heated, non-heated and refriger-
ated dry van truckload service, with a full complement of
transportation and logistics service options. Since 1995,
Bison Transport has been recognized as one of Canada's
50 Best Managed Companies.
Joining Bison in the spring of 1999, after being the
company's auditor and business advisor for many years, Don
Streuber is the president and CEO of Bison Transport Inc.
Don is a Chartered Accountant earning his Bachelor of
Accepting the award for CanWest Global Communication Corporation is:
Commerce, with honours in fi nance, from the University
Bruce Leslie, Vice President Community and Public Relations (c), presented by MCC Chairman
of Manitoba. He is also Chairman of the Board for Mon-
Jeff Zabudsky (l) and Harold Buchwald, MBA Jury Panel Chair (r)
arch Industries Limited, a diversifi ed manufacturer, and
Providence College & Theological Seminary, a non profi t
CANWEST GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.
As well, Don is a director of the Exchange Industrial
Leonard Asper is president and chief executive offi cer of CanWest Global
Income Fund and Perimeter Aviation Ltd. In 2004, Don
Communications Corp., one of Canada's leading media companies. CanWest
was appointed the Honorary Consul General of Austria
is the country's largest publisher of English-language daily newspapers
for Manitoba. Don has traveled extensively in both
including the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, the Calgary Herald and the
Canada and the United States for transportation related
They own the Global and E! conventional networks and have an interest in
eight specialty cable channels. In January of this year, CanWest announced
WINNIPEG AIRPORTS AUTHORITY INC.
that it was purchasing Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., which, pend-
Barry Rempel was appointed president & CEO of Winnipeg
ing CRTC approval, will add an additional 13 specialty channels to their
Airports Authority Inc. in April, 2002. His leadership has
resulted in strong fi nancial performance and a renewed
CanWest's international holdings span Australia, Singapore, New Zealand,
commitment to customer and community service. Win-
the U.K., Turkey and the U.S., and include publishing, conventional television,
nipeg International Airport is well-positioned for its Airport
out-of-home advertising, radio networks and on-line properties.
Redevelopment Program, encompassing construction of a
Leonard is a strong advocate for giving back to the communities in which
new airport terminal and associated infrastructure.
CanWest does business. CanWest supports four main pillars within the com-
Barry has some 30 years of service in the Canadian
munity: the arts, media and communications, literacy and the United Way.
aviation industry. Prior to his appointment with WAA, he
Two of its signature initiatives include the Raise-a-Reader program in sup-
was president & CEO of Tradeparks Development Corp.,
port of family and children's literacy and CanWest CanSpell, a coast-to-coast
the land/business development subsidiary of the Calgary
literacy and learning program that promotes excellence in academic achieve-
Airport Authority and served as chief executive for two of
ment. Leonard and the Asper family also support a number of community
Canadian Airlines International operating divisions: Cargo
based programs and efforts to address issues such as poverty.
and Canadian North.
Leonard was named CEO of the Year by Playback magazine in 2001 and
In Edmonton and Calgary, he was active with the Cham-
received a Top 40 Under 40 Award in the same year.
bers of Commerce, and is the only elected chairman of
18 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
TCIG Family Group of Companies
both organizations. He also served on the Board of Alberta
Economic Development and was a two-term president of
the Northern Air Transport Association.
Barry serves on the Boards of Destination Winnipeg,
Travel Manitoba, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Airports
Council International and the Canadian Airports Council. He
was recently appointed Chair of the Associates of the I.H.
Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.
A proponent of lifelong learning, Barry was recognized
with the top student award while studying Business Admin-
istration (Marketing & Retailing) at the University of British
Columbia. He is also a 1995 graduate of the Executive
Program at Queen's University.
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The Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba Award for the
Outstanding Contribution to the Community – Business, 2007
ASSINIBOINE CREDIT UNION
Assiniboine Credit Union (ACU) is a unique fi nancial co-operative, par-ticularly in its belief that a company can be both profi table and compas-sionate. To ACU, running a successful business also means investing in fi nancial and non-fi nancial skills, expertise and resources to foster self-reliant, economically and environmentally sustainable communi-ties. Driven by a responsibility to make a profi t, and a commitment to making a difference, ACU has been recognized nationally and locally for its approach to employees, members and other community build-ers. ACU has been named one of Canada's Top 100 – and Manitoba's Top ten Employers several years in a row. Through quality leadership, and a recent merger with Vantis Credit Union and Astra Credit Union, Assiniboine Credit Union has grown in the past ten years from less than $500 million in assets to $2 billion.
Accepting this award for Assiniboine Credit Union is Al Morin, President (cr), presented by His Honour the Honourable John Harvard, P.C., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (cl), MCC Chairman Jeff Zabudsky (l) and Harold Buchwald, MBA Jury Panel Chair (r)
Congratulations to Tribal Councils Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd.
for being selected as a Finalist for the 2007 Manitoba Business Awards
in the Outstanding Contributions to the Community Category.
Also, special Congratulations on receiving official certification from
the International Standards Organization for business practices.
The Paletta Group of Companies
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TRIBAL COUNCILS INVESTMENT GROUP OF MANITOBA LTD
The Sobeys story starts in 1907 with J.W. Sobey and his meat de-
Tribal Councils Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd. (TCIG) is a dynamic and
livery service in Stellarton, Nova Scotia.
highly diversifi ed company created through the vision and investment of its
One hundred years later the company still has its headquar-
shareholders, the seven Tribal Councils of Manitoba.
ters in Stellarton, but has grown to be a leading national grocery
The mandate of this unique business is to generate wealth through strate-
retailer and food distributor in Canada with more than 1,300 stores
gic and synergistic investments. TCIG has been recognized as a highly com-
in ten provinces.
petitive and emerging leader in business both provincially and nationally. The
Sobeys' Western Canadian operations began in 1998 when the
company's holdings cross many important economic sectors representing
company purchased the operations of the Oshawa Group. In 2003,
airlines, health claims processes, food and beverage, real estate, fuels, en-
the Grant Park store in Winnipeg became the fi rst Sobeys store in
tertainment facilities, wholesaling and banking to site a few examples.
The tremendous success of TCIG translates directly into additional fi -
Today the company has 27 stores in Manitoba under the Sobeys,
nancial resources to support the valuable programs and services offered
IGA and Price Chopper banners.
through the Tribal Councils. The company is deeply rooted in the Aboriginal
Sobeys' stores proudly serve 13 communities in Manitoba by
community and has always adhered to its strong commitment to contribut-
building and supporting community spirit in the workplace and
ing to the betterment of its people. In addition to the return on investment to
by giving back to the communities where we do business. We're
its shareholders, TCIG has always been an active participant in a wide range
pleased to do our part to make our communities in Manitoba won-
of community causes, events and organizations that continue to strengthen
derful places to live and work.
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The Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba Award for an
Outstanding Contribution to the Community – Individual, 2007
WILLIAM HERBERT LOEWEN
William Herbert Loewen's distinguished career includes innovation and commercial success in the fi elds of computer services and electronic commerce, and signifi cant contributions of his time and fi nancial re-sources to many arts and community groups.
A Member of the Order of Canada and lifelong supporter of the Arts
in Canada, particularly in areas related to music, he has served as both president and chairman of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and re-ceived the Golden Baton Award from the organization in 1998 in recog-nition of his many contributions to the orchestra over the years.
Named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Winnipeg Chamber of Com-
Accepting this award is William Herbert Loewen - presented by His Honour the
merce in 2004, Executive of the Year by Manitoba Business Magazine in
Honourable John Harvard, P.C., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (cl), MCC
1990, Loewen also received the Distinguished Treasury Award from the
Chairman Jeff Zabudsky (l) and Harold Buchwald, MBA Jury Panel Chair (r)
Treasury Management Association of Canada in 2005. In the areas of philanthropy Loewen led a successful Movement to turn Winnipeg's his-toric former Bank of Commerce building into a multi-use non-profi t cen-tre, provided extensive funding to the Pantages Playhouse Theatre, and has made numerous fi nancial contributions to other Manitoba groups including the Manitoba Choral Association in 1998.
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Morden Meets The Eye
Closer Look Shows Major Anniversary Just One Example of Town's Momentum
If you want to get a sense of what Morden is all about, a good
starting point is the Mayor's neckline, at least on offi cial occasions. There you will fi nd the Mayor's Chain of Offi ce, sewn on a collar of
royal blue velvet. It features a Canadian Maple Leaf and nine medallions representing Morden's past and present:
• Morden's Logo – See History Unfold, fl anked on both sides by a
replica Topaz and Ruby symbolizing Corn and Apples;
• A Morden Rose, symbolizing Morden's Horticultural contributions;
• A Manitoba Bison;
• A Bühler Auger, symbolizing Morden's manufacturing sector;
• Corn and Apples, symbolizing Morden's signature Festival and its
• Sports – Curling, hockey, golf and baseball;
• Musical notes and a Harp, symbolizing the contributions of Morden's
• A Mosasaur Skull, symbolizing Morden's ancient history and its
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre; and
• A wheel from the HMS Morden Corvette, symbolizing Morden's
While the history represented is substantial, the chain itself is brand
new, a gift from the Morden and District Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the fact that 2007 is the town's 125th anniversary. "For over a thousand years civic authorities have borne some form of a Chain of Offi ce", explains Carol Williams, president of the Modern and District Chamber of Commerce. "We thought the 125th anniversary was a great occasion to present something that honoured the responsibilities, authority and dignity of the Offi ce of the Mayor and trumpeted our incredible community."
The local chamber's efforts to support the town's anniversary included
a 125th gala (which featured the presentation of the Chain of Offi ce), a campaign to have local businesses display anniversary window decals, and adding the anniversary theme to the much heralded Corn and Apple Festival.
24 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
The festival included a lighthearted reenactment
of the creation of Morden, a parade with the theme "125 Years of History and Cultural Diversity", a fashion show entitled "125 Years of Fashion", the Morden 125 Contract Bridge Tournament and the debut of a fi rst of its kind Manitoba BBQ cook-off. By all accounts the three-day event was a huge success, attracting a record attendance of over 50,000.
The local chamber would be the fi rst to point out
that while it administers the festival, the whole town plays a role in making it the hit that it is. "Leadership is important, but it takes a lot of people to make a vision work" says Williams.
The same can be said for the 125th celebrations. In
addition to the chamber's efforts considerable work has been done by a 125th anniversary committee. In total, 125 events have been scheduled, 125th anniversary fl ags have been unveiled and the Morden Historical Society has published 125 Stories About Morden.
While this is all very impressive, there is much more than
a major anniversary to suggest that Morden has some real momentum. Take a rich agricultural history, add research and development in Bio products and alternative fuels derived from sustainable crops, and mix in strong business community that includes the likes of 3M Canada, Buhler Industries Inc., Huron Windows, Décor Cabinets, Leisure Travel Vans, and Braman Furniture, and you have a pretty good recipe for growth.
The numbers bear this out. From 2005 to 2006 alone,
the number of residential permits in Morden grew by twenty-one per cent, while the value of those permits rose by thirteen per cent. According to census data, the population has grown by seven per cent since 2001 and sixteen per cent since 1996. That compares favourably to Manitoba, which experienced a two per cent and four per cent growth in population respectively.
Sixty per cent of Morden's population is under the age
of 45. Its median age of 37.5 years is two years younger than the Canadian average and one year younger than the provincial average.
Of course, having momentum and sustaining
momentum are two different things, but all signs suggest that Morden's chamber and its community are taking that challenge head on.
The chamber added to an already busy year by
devising and launching a new three-year strategic plan in September. "This is our 117th year as a local chamber",
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 25
says Williams. "That puts us as one of the oldest in Manitoba. The new
vision honours this legacy by building on the creativity and community
service that has served us so well in the past."
The strategic plan is a combination of new initiatives and efforts to
enhance current activities. Targets include a business retention and
expansion program, employment readiness training for new immigrants,
an alternative fuels day, a new start employment program, a recruitment
fair, a made in Morden trade show, a young citizen award and a Loreena
McKennitt (the musical icon that hails from Morden) award.
The chamber will also create a ‘Leadership Program for Youth' where,
one day per month, high school students will tour and learn about the
area's key sectors from retail to agriculture.
A community can maintain momentum by being open to new people
(Above) Doug Wilson (l) shakes
and new ideas. As a recent arrival from the United States, Williams
hands with Brian Pallister, Member
can vouch for Morden in this regard. "People have been great" she
of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar,
says. "They are kind and welcoming and really make you feel a part
at the announcement designating Morden one of the 2008 Cultural
Capitals of Canada.
If you think Morden may rest on its laurels, consider this: a 125th
(Left) The Chain of Offi ce presented
anniversary is a pretty big deal, but the town may actually top that next
by the Morden & District Chamber of Commerce to the mayor of Morden.
year because it has been designated one of the 2008 Cultural Capitals
of Canada in the under 50,000 category.
The formal announcement was made in June and could lead to as
much as $500,000 in federal funding for Morden. The funds would be
used to create and produce a performing arts festival and four exterior
The Chautauqua movement began at Lake Chautauqua, New York
murals painted by young people and artists from the community.
in the late 1800's. Initially it provided "education and uplift" for family
Morden is no stranger to honours, in 2004 Harrowsmith Country Life
groups who came to the Chautauqua camp. The idea spread and Circuit
magazine made it one of Canada's top 10 rural settings, but the Cultural
Chautauquas began to tour North America offering programs that were
Capital designation is a big deal by any standard.
entertaining, educational and inspirational. The early pioneers who
Planned festivities will also include a songwriting competition in honour
settled in Morden decided to keep this culture alive and well and its
of Loreena McKennitt, workshops, competitions, heritage tours,garden
spirit permeates the town to this day.
tours, sculptures, a heritage quilt and a fi lm documentary.
To the degree that Manitoba is a point of pride and a place to be, it is
The theme will be ‘Chautauqua Spirit', which recalls the celebrations
due to communities like Morden.
marking the fi rst time that the train Dominion Chautauqua came to
Check out www.mordenmb.com for more information about Morden
Morden in the early 20th century.
and its initiatives.
Imagine a business location with access to the fastest growing market in Manitoba, competitive land prices and a growing population.
Now add to this location a lake with a great beach, one of the best golf courses in Manitoba, a classic store front downtown and a star attraction fossil museum.
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Aboriginal Entrepreneur is Taking Care of Business
Pat Turner remembers her great
window of opportunity. As a matter
Pat Turner, president of E.T. Development, accepts 2007 Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award.
of fact, it was her kitchen window.
Recently retired from government, she was
at a crossroads. Pondering her options over
morning coffee in her kitchen, she noticed
way to an idea. She had been thinking
over for a cup of coffee. She laughs recalling
a scene repeating itself day after day 100
of joining her husband's company, in her
the fl ummoxed look on his face, "I said ‘no,
feet outside her window. A company was
words a "one-man operation" called E.T.
you don't understand, I am happily married,
installing sewer and water lines and each
Trucking. "We just had a tandem truck
I have a business plan if you are willing to
morning the foreman would stomp around
and a loader" explains Turner, "I fi gured
listen'." To his credit, the foreman heard her
and wave his arms at the crew, often
that wouldn't be enough for a big job like
out and offered a three year contract if she
throwing his cap to the ground in disgust.
a sewer installation, so I looked around to
came up with two semi tractor trailers with
Despite his exhortations work returned to a
see how if we could sell what we had and
standstill whenever he left.
get bigger equipment."
Turner immediately went to the local credit
Initially Turner chuckled at the foreman's
Turner approached the foreman and
union and for the second time in as many
torment, but her entertainment soon gave
asked if he would be interested in coming
hours pitched her vision. The loan offi cer
28 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
politely listened and then excused himself
with her father. Turner vividly recalls a time
make sure they inherit a world that is better
for what Turner describes as "the longest
when she was 13 and her father asked her
fi ve minutes of my life." He came back with
what she wanted to do when she grew up.
The foundation for that view was reinforced
E good news, her plan was about to become "I said I wasn't sure and he smiled and said, by her experience in government. "It made me
‘no matter what you do, remember, someone
mad, time and time again I would see people
better is coming up behind you'."
Fast forward 15 years to October 2007, the
come in to a reserve for a development
Aboriginal Business Education Programs at
Turner says she didn't fully understand
project and then simply take their skills with
the Asper School of Business is presenting its
the advice until she was a businessperson.
them when they left," says Turner. "For the
Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership
"Then I got it," she says. "We want the next
community it was like getting a Cadillac and
Award, and Turner is the recipient.
generation to be better than us, so we should
not being able to drive."
that need to
One of Manitoba's
Top 15 employers
director of the Aboriginal
The Canadian Wheat Board
is proud to be an integral part of
Manitoba's business scene, run for
over 70 years from a building near
Portage and Main.
Now, the CWB has been named one
"The excellence awards were started seven
of Manitoba's top 15 employers*
years ago in order to recognize the incredible
for its commitment to a positive
strides Aboriginal people are making in
workplace and its strong work
business," explains Wanda Wuttunee,
ethic on behalf of Prairie farmers.
director of the Aboriginal Business Education
Program and one of the co-chairs of the
We're in good company.
awards. "Manitoba has wonderful success
stories that need to be shared."
Turner would approve of those sentiments,
in fact, her devotion to the success of others
and sharing their stories is a big part of the
way she operates. She fi rmly believes that
someone else's success benefi ts us all, a
philosophy of interconnectedness that began
*2007 study compiled by publishing company Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 29
Pat Turner Overdrive
Turner tries to prepare the next generation
She sees this as serving the company's
‘Interconnectedness', ‘you reap what you
by working with schools. She is often a guest
bottom line, through reduced accidents and
sow', ‘what goes around comes around',
speaker and helped facilitate a career fair
injuries, as well as her employees.
however you express it, Turner believes it
in Grand Rapids, producing shirts with the
provides a huge payoff to treat all people
Sometimes the employee becomes
slogan ‘Youth with Potential'.
– employees, family, communities and
so valuable they are poached by other
customers – with this basic idea in mind.
But it's really through her business that
companies. Turner responds by resorting
"One of our earliest jobs was only $2,000,
Turner makes the greatest contribution
to her belief in interconnectedness, "It's
and the client brought me to the site and
to helping people realize their potential.
good for the community to have people with
said ‘look, you didn't do this right'," says
Whenever possible she insists on hiring local
those skills. Besides, who knows, they may
Turner. "I looked at the site and realized we
people for her company's northern projects.
speak well of E.T. and that can lead to new
hadn't done a good job." She had her people
And she's not afraid to see the spark in
employees or business opportunities."
go back and redo the job and again heard
people that others overlook. "One guy came
from the client. Only this time it wasn't to
to me looking for a job and he was ‘half in
complain, it was to express surprise that
the bag' and I said ‘no way will I hire you like
she hadn't billed for the additional work.
that,' " says Turner. Still, she saw something
Turner replied, "Why would I bill you for our
in him and promised a job if he came back
mistake, I honour my quotes!" That point of
sober. Four months later he snagged her
recalls a time
principle earned her much bigger contracts
while she was walking down the street. He
from the client.
proudly announced he had just fi nished a
when she was
treatment program and Turner hired him on
"Pat demonstrates excellence in her
13 and her
the spot. He's been a valuable employee for
northern-based businesses" said Wuttunee.
"She has solid businesses with a great
fi nancial record that refl ects her acumen and
She strives to see the big picture and
her what she
hard work. She is a woman with courage and
likes helping her employees adopt a similar
wanted to do
determination. Our kind of winner!"
horizon. For example, the company has
created savings accounts where employees
when she grew
A winner indeed, not only has she led a
have the option of putting away a portion of
company to success in a male-dominated
their raises or bonuses. The only requirement
up. "I said I
industry (they now employ 21 people, with
is whatever goes in has to stay there for
wasn't sure and
more on a seasonal and project-by-project
fi ve years. "I've seen too many people with
basis), she helped create the country's fi rst
nothing when they quit working", explains
he smiled and
aboriginal chamber of commerce, and was
Turner. Many employees were skeptical
said, ‘no matter
the fi rst and only woman to hold the position
at fi rst, but they started joining when they
of grand chief of the Manitoba Keewatinook
saw the yearly fi nancial statements of the
what you do,
Ininew Okimowin, an association of 25
workers that had invested.
northern First Nations.
Turner is also committed to investing
Not one to rest on her laurels, Turner is looking
in her employees, providing certifi cation
at partnering with other northern companies
of recognition health and safety training,
is coming up
so as to increase the size of contracts they
rst aid training, CPR training and
can bid on. Oh, and you can still just as easily
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generation awaken to their potential.
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Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg
Canada's future economic The road to university is not well travelled
success and the for Aboriginal students. Currently, just
academic success of 4.2 per cent of Aboriginal people have a
Canada's Aboriginal Peoples are
university degree, compared with 15.5 per
intrinsically linked. The Aboriginal
cent of the non-Aboriginal population. And
population is growing more quickly
the future is not looking any more promising.
than any other population in the
As Statistics Canada indicates, just two
country while at the same time jobs
per cent of Aboriginal youth aged 20 – 24
are requiring, and employers are
completed university, compared with 11 per
demanding, increasingly high levels
cent of their non-Aboriginal counterparts.
of education. First Nations, Inuit
The similarities in population, challenges
and Métis communities also indicate
and educational demands point to the need
they desperately need the skills and
for a coordinated pan-Western Canadian
credentials acquired at university to
approach which would focus on retention
better their communities.
issues, best practices, and innovative
strategies. While signifi cant resources can
be applied to attract Aboriginal students to
Brandon University has some ofthe lowest tuition rates in Canada,
a post-secondary institution, retention at all
and awards $790,000 per year tostudents in bursaries and
levels of the educational system remains
a signifi cant problem. It will be important
to conduct research to determine why
BU guarantees room in residence for
Aboriginal students leave education early and
first-year students, andscholarships for high school grads
what supports and services are necessary to
with 85% or higher final grades!
help them return, stay and succeed on their
Get the attention you deserve: 60% of BU classes have fewer than 20students, and the ratio of students
The solution requires systemic change
to professors is just 9:1!
crossing jurisdictional boundaries to involve
the federal and provincial governments,
leadership from reserve-based and urban
Recruitment Office: Application forms / Student-for-a-Day / Campus Tours
First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities,
Phone: 204 727 9739 • Fax: 204 728 3221 • Toll free: 1 800 644 7644
and Canada's universities. Canadian
Email: [email protected] • Web: be.brandonu.ca
universities must develop a holistic and
32 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
comprehensive strategy that addresses the
Universities must work with Aboriginal
fi nancial, social, geographical, cultural, and
Elders and community leaders to design
individual barriers. While there are individual
successes at individual universities, there
and conceive a learning experience that
has never been an attempt, until now, by
ref lects Indigenous culture and traditions
a regional or consortium of universities to
come together to create real and systemic
and provides a place that is an open door
change. There are costs to providing the
for Aboriginal Peoples.
support to overcome these barriers, but the
social and economic costs of not providing
these supports is signifi cantly higher.
Last spring, an Aboriginal Roundtable
took place in Winnipeg with the
Your way. All ways.
participation of 22 universities, federal and
provincial offi cials, and Aboriginal leaders
to address Aboriginal participation at
Canadian universities. At the Roundtable,
to North America.
each institution reported on measures it
is taking to overcome barriers Aboriginal
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a pan-Western Canadian strategy. In a
few weeks, Aboriginal leaders and Western
Canadian universities will again meet at
The University of Winnipeg to discuss,
debate and approve a comprehensive
Aboriginal education strategy for Western
Universities must work with Aboriginal
Elders and community leaders to design
and conceive a learning experience that
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refl ects Indigenous culture and traditions
and provides a place that is an open door
for Aboriginal Peoples. We must provide the
means and the resources, the facilities and
the services, to allow full expression to this
vital part of our population and to end too
many years of discrimination and poverty.
For more information about the Aboriginal
Round Table on Post-Secondary Education,
please visit http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/
Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 33
FOCUS o n F i n a n c e
The "Hollowing Out" Solution
RBC Financial Group
Manitoba & NW Ontario
The next industrial revolution is there is a greater issue at stake – surviving
happening right now and Canada
this next industrial revolution.
is losing ground rapidly. Canada
We are in the middle of a global
faces economic risk and lost opportunity
transformation that is similar to that of
to play a global leadership role as our
the Industrial Revolution, where during the
business world transforms through the
years 1780 – 1830 industries changed
next industrial revolution. The "hollowing
completely. Trade patterns changed;
out" of our Canadian corporate foundation
markets were created and destroyed and
is the leading indicator to last place in the
the impact was a step-change rise in the
global leadership race for economic strength
pace of economic growth. Much about a
country's relative place in the world for the
Hollowing out is the term being applied to
subsequent century or so depended on how
the phenomenon of our Canadian-owned,
it reacted and adapted to opportunity during
Canadian head-quartered companies being
this transformational period.
bought up by foreigners resulting in the
The world is not fl at, and the global
"hollowing out" of head offi ce jobs, capital
economy does not deliver a level playing fi eld
market listings, corporate tax revenues, and
as if all the economic activity of the world
charitable donations. We are not referring
will be spread across markets and countries
to the shift of manufacturing jobs to China
like butter. Professors Michel Porter and
or the transfer of back-offi ce and call centre
Richard Florida see a world economy that is
jobs to India. The hollowing out we are
"spiky" and getting progressively spikier as
referring to here is the purchase of national
we move through this great transformation.
fi rms by foreign countries. Martin and Nixon,
Spiky refers to a set of conditions in the local
in "Growing Global Leaders" warn that
market that create and support a cluster of
Canada is losing economic sovereignty. But,
competitive companies that pressure each
if that is not enough to sound the wake up
other to innovate and upgrade, teach local
alarm, it actually gets much worse. Although
customers to be ever more demanding, draw
"hollowing out" is not unique to Canada
in and develop fabulous human resources,
in that most industrialized nations are
and attract co-location of helpful related
monitoring foreign buy outs with concern,
and supporting industries. The cluster of
34 • Manitoba FOCUS Fourth Quarter 2007
companies keeps on getting better and
global consolidation game. While Inco and
Policy Prescriptions for a Positive Position
better and, on the basis of the benefi cial
ATI were number one players in a narrow
The following suggestions are only brief
local competition, helps its members
niche of their industry they were acquired
summaries of what might be considered.
succeed internationally against competitors
by considerably larger players in the broad
The full essay by Martin and Nixon contains
who don't have the power of a strong local
industry. In the global ranking of top 500
supporting content and examples that help
cluster behind them. Porter's theory predicts
fi rms, Canada's fi rst appearance is at 250
to demonstrate why these policies are viable
a spiky world in which most of the successful
with Royal Bank of Canada.
options for Canada.
competitors in a given global industry will
Martin and Nixon think that Canadian
1. Taxation of Business Investment : Despite
come from very few places and dominate
policy is largely indifferent to the
the national myth of high personal taxes
exports to the rest of the world. As trade
transformation that is going on today. While
we are ranked 11th lowest out of 30 OECD
barriers come down the trend of industry
we should expect global consolidations
countries. We are 3rd highest for business
clusters and spikes will grow.
from abroad, they suggest that we need
tax. We need corporations to invest aggres-
What does this mean for Canada?
to ask whether we are doing enough to
sively, upgrade productivity, innovate and
We need to build as many globally
make sure we enter the new economy
expand globally. In countries like Scandi-
competitive fi rms and clusters thereof as
cient volume of Canadian
navia, noted for one of the highest personal
possible. We won't get a second chance
global leaders necessary to underpin a
taxes, their business tax is almost half what
if history is any guide. Our #1 economic
prosperous and growing local economy.
ours is. The question is how to structure
imperative should support Canadian global
The following policy prescriptions are four
taxation so that corporations have the best
leaders in industries we know exist for us.
key areas of priority that may help us grow
chance of becoming global leaders and
Some games are over for Canada already
and strengthen our own clusters of "spikes"
well to-do Canadian individuals pay their
– consumer electronics, automotive OEM,
and world leaders in key industries.
fair share of the overall tax burden.
consumer packaged goods, and beer -
and the ownership of steel and mining are
heading away from our shores rapidly. We
need a sense of urgency because if we hit
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Fourth Quarter 2007 Manitoba FOCUS • 35
Focus on Finance
2. Screening of Foreign Takeovers: We need
pressure and the support (access to la-
Now is the time; now is the opportunity
to assure that Canada is giving its fi rms a
bour, resources etc.) that are necessary
Canada is at a critical point in its economic
fair platform for globalization rather than
to thrive in a spiky world. Canadian com-
history. The decisions we make in the next
passively accepting aggressive policies
panies face entry regulations that reduce
few years will determine our collective
that advantage foreign fi rms. Investment
competitive intensity and dull benefi cial
position in the world for the next century.
Canada's mandate and role should be re-
customer power and inter-provincial trade
While Canada enjoys high prosperity
viewed. We need the ability to delay any
barriers that fractionate an already small
currently, continued prosperity is contingent
acquisition if the foreign government is
market. Securities regulations make our
on our production of global leading
withholding or restricting approval of a re-
capital markets less attractive and pre-
companies. That means helping both our
lated or opposing situation. We need the
vent Canada's world class fi nancial indus-
current global leaders prosper and maintain
ability to extract more value for foreign ac-
try from capitalizing on the same opportu-
their Canadian ownership and growing new
quisition such as retaining headquarters
nities as global competitors.
global leaders. Martin and Nixon recommend
or some operations in Canada. We need a
that Canada needs to make a major change
4. Support our Canadian Global Leaders: We
stronger policy dealing with acquisition by
in our taxation policy, fi ne tune Investment
have less than 75 current and aspiring
a foreign fi rm that is government owned or
Canada's role and improve the regulatory
world class global leaders. Government
controlled. We need to ensure reciprocity
environment to give our Canadian managers
needs to be in regular contact asking what
of regulatory protection and how we deal
the best opportunity to build global leaders
is needed to succeed. Understanding and
with increasingly aggressive expansion of
for the long term and succeed from a
supporting access to sophisticated and
government entities in our country.
demanding customers, highly special-
Regulation of Canadian Business Envi-
ized talent, world class infrastructure and
Summarized from an essay by Roger Martin,
ronment: Ironically, regulatory barriers
open foreign markets are critical areas for
dean of the Rotman School of Management and
simultaneously stifl e both the competitive
Gordon M Nixon, president and CEO, RBC.
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Index t o A d v e r t i s e r s
Business Park &
Manitoba Blue Cross .31
Leech Printing .15
Tribal Councils Investment
Southport Aerospace Centre Inc
Group of Manitoba .19
Fort Garry Hotel .27
Canadian National Railway .33
Radisson Winnipeg Skyview
South Beach Casino .8
The Paletta Group
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Meyers Norris Penny .17
Place Louis Riel All Suite Hotel .16
Manitoba Community Newspaper
Town of Morden .26
Radisson Winnipeg Skyview
Grand Forks EDC .31
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Dallas Transport Ltd. 6
Portage la Prairie, MB
St. John's Ravenscourt School .22
Ranger Insurance Brokers .21
Brandon University .32
Gaslight Coachworks .24
St. Paul's High School .36
University of Winnipeg
& Thorvaldson LLP .15
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Meyers Norris Penny .17
Assiniboine Credit Union .21
Steinbach Credit Union .19
GMS Insurance Inc. 10
Manitoba Hydro .35
Business Development Bank of
Workers Compensation Board .23
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Canadian Wheat Board .29
Biovail Corporation .12
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This innovative bursary program is a bold new step to encourage students at
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The Opportunity Fund opens a door of possibilities to youth from inner city neighbourhoods, Aboriginal students and young people from war-affected nations and refugee populations.
This new Fund will help remove the ﬁ nancial obstacles to attending university and encourage youth to complete their high school education. Our integrated approach includes:
• a "helping hand" for students who show academic promise • tuition credits earned as early as grade 4• up to $4,000 in total tuition support• bursaries for critical needs such as emergency child care, food and shelter• a transition program for entry-level students, helping them succeed• a focus on student groups under-represented at the university level• enhanced learning through UWinnipeg's school-based Eco-Kids and Enviro Techs
programs focusing on science, environment and traditional Indigenous knowledge
• development of healthier communities through microﬁ nancing for local businesses
!Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor
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