Deepen young employees connection to Winnipeg

by Admin 21. September 2016 07:18

United Way’s GenNext program was created in 2007 to provide Winnipeg’s future leaders (ages 25-45) with an opportunity to engage in our community while networking with like-minded individuals who share a passion for our city. People who are interested can sign up as a member at the United Way Winnipeg website, or initiate a GenNext group at their workplace by contacting Susan Boissonneault, GenNext Manager at sboissonneault@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

The inaugural GenNext Summit: Our City coming up on October 27 at the RBC Convention Centre. This full-day, public event is a celebration of Winnipeg, as well as a call to action for the next generation to take our place in creating a more thriving city. The event will feature knowledgeable speakers, topical panels, and roundtables  that will stimulate important conversations. Featured speakers include Gail Asper, Louis Sorin, Jaimie Issac, and Hanawakan Whitecloud.

The day will conclude with GenNext Connect, which gives attendees the opportunity to meet with United Way agencies which are looking for younger volunteers and board members.
Tickets, both individual and tables of 8, are still available, as well as sponsorship opportunities.

For more information about the Summit and to purchase tickets, visit www.gennextsummit.ca

 

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Winnipeg pies storm the Emmy Awards

by Admin 20. September 2016 22:23

New Winnipeg Chamber member Heather Daymond just spent the weekend getting Hollywood’s brightest stars (some timid at first) to yell Shut Ur Pie Hole!

Before she headed down to tinsel town, The Chamber caught up with her to see how prep was going. 

“I’m a feeling a bit chaotic right now – and ecstatic,” the owner of Shut Ur Pie Hole said last week as she assembled 230 of her mason jar pies to take to the 68th Emmy Awards. On Saturday she joined the throng of gifting booths that television’s elite visited as part of the weekend’s lavish parties.

“We’ve chosen to bring our butter tart recipe as a very Canadian option,” Daymond said, noting she’d be handing out maple leaf pins with her sweet treats to the American crowds. “They could use a bit of Canadian love right now, and it touches on their interest with Trudeau.”

Since the organization behind the Emmys found Shut Ur Pie Hole through social media and invited Daymond to participate, the Cypress River-raised entrepreneur had been busy with the significant investments needed to make the marquis marketing opportunity a win. Along with constructing – and transporting – an elaborately designed booth, Daymond had to temporarily move her operations out of a commercial kitchen in Winnipeg to the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie to acquire US FDA nutritional labels - an invaluable support to entrepreneurs in the food industry who need to take their goods across the border.

“It’s a huge investment and a leap of faith,” Daymond says of her trip with six support staff. “It’s our launch into the United States, where we know we want to grow, with media like HuffPo, US Weekly and the New York Post in attendance… and there’s the potential for a round of capital investment afterward that could elevate us very high.”

“Who knows what’s waiting on the other side of the Emmys?”

Unexpected twists have been a part of Daymond’s life since she left Hudson’s Bay Company in 2013 during a round of cuts. The former social media coordinator spent a year looking for similar work before two events led her to launch Shut Ur Pie Hole.

She took first place in the agricultural fair in her hometown where she competed against “the very best in country baking.”

Second, her social media feed lit up when she posted pictures of single serving pies she’d baked one day in mason jars she found kicking around in the kitchen.

Initially attending farmers markets and entrepreneurial contests when she officially opened in 2014, Shut Ur Pie Hole now sells 80 per cent of its product outside of Manitoba, shipping across Canada and setting up booths at high traffic conventions in Toronto and Vancouver.

That runaway success has been a challenge in itself, which is what led Daymond to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

“I chose to join The Chamber based on its vision for small business,” she said. “I used to think it wasn’t relevant to my business, but then I attended a Small Business Forum, heard what The Chamber is going to offer small business members, and that made me very interested.”

“I need HR help. I need tax help. I need access to many people. I’m growing so fast and trying to learn as fast as I grow and constantly reaching out to someone who knows what I’m looking for.”

Finding expert help balances out the flood of good-natured suggestions Daymond says start ups receive when they start to take off.

“I’ll get comments like ‘You should do this, you should add this flavour.’ Sometimes the amount of things a small start up tries to do is insane… The alternative is for people to come and say ‘I want to do this for your small business’ because while I don’t have time for new projects, I certainly need a few more hands.”

When a friend recently used a vacation day from her corporate job to join Daymond in the kitchen, she said the small gesture had a profound impact on both of them.

“At the end of the day she loved it and told me she was thinking about doing it in her retirement,” Daymond said. “It really helped centre me and fall back in love with food. Plus it helped me remember there are things I have in my life others are looking for – flexible hours, a strong connection to their work.”

“I come from a tiny town. My parents are grain farmers, my brother is a grain farmer… I have very strong agricultural roots and I’m very proud to take that with me.”

To find the support the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce can offer small businesses – and the discount rate for start ups to join for their first year – head to www.winnipeg-chamber.com

Heather Daymond will join a panel of small business owners to share how you can grow. View details and register for the October 21 event "Get Ready to Grow."

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Flu shots at your business (however many or few needed)

by Admin 20. September 2016 21:48



Most doctors don't make house calls, but we're pleased to introduce a pharmacist who makes business calls.

New Winnipeg Chamber member Exchange District Pharmacy wants to offer flu shots on site at your business, however many or few employees you have. And since flu shots are covered by Manitoba Health, it's all free.

Pharmacy Director Ryan Chan BSc (Pharm), CAE lays out the benefits, deal and procedure to help protect your employees this flu season:

 

As you may be aware, the flu season is upon us. The highly contagious virus can be debilitating, putting strain on one’s personal well-being as well as their professional well-being. It leads to sick days and decreased productivity and the worst part is that it spreads like wild-fire, also affecting others and triggers a bigger drop in productivity.

In addition to consistent hand-washing, one of the best ways to reduce your risk is to get the annual flu shot. Health care professionals highly recommend it as it basically “trains” your immune system to fight off the flu. However, it is understandable that having a busy professional life can make it difficult to take the necessary time to properly take care of yourself.

I am writing this to propose a “Flu Clinic” at your organization. Simply, a health care professional such as a physician, pharmacist, or nurse will come in, set up a booth and provide flu shots in a private and confidential manner to all those that desire it. This is fully free of charge, as it is covered by Manitoba Health, and it puts minimal strain on productivity, as staff and colleagues can get the “flu shot” at work. There is no need to drive anywhere or to wait around long at clinics and/or physician’s offices. The goal is optimize health outcomes with minimal interference with your daily activities.

There is a one page pre-assessment, which can be done before hand. This is used to proactively screen and ensure the flu vaccine is appropriate and safe. (eg. Allergies, Medical Conditions, Drug interactions, etc.). The Manitoba Health card is required, as it is needed for coverage and documentation. Simply this is how the “flu-shot” gets logged on to your medical history. The entire process takes a couple minutes and before long, you are back to doing what you do best, life!

By getting the flu shot, it reduces the risk of getting the flu, as you come in contact with numerous clients and colleagues. It prevents sick days and reduces any potential loss in productivity. Ultimately this enables everyone to reach their full potential at work.

Let me know your thoughts,

Thanks,


Ryan Chan, BSc (Pharm), CAE
Pharmacy Director
Exchange District Pharmacy
286 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 0T2
chan.r@exchangedistrictrx.com
C: (204) 227-6465 B: (204) 942-0573 / F: (204) 942-0867
http://www.exchangedistrictrx.com

 


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General By-Law Changes

by Admin 20. September 2016 21:29

At the June 23, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors, the following by-law change was moved and carried. The by-law change will be presented to the membership at the Annual General Meeting for final approval.

Existing:

8.2  Oath of Office. The Chairperson and Incoming Chairperson of The Chamber shall, before entering upon the duties of their office, take and subscribe before the Mayor of Winnipeg, or before any magistrate or justice of the peace, an oath in the form following, that is to say:

“I swear that I will faithfully and truly perform my duty as Chairperson (or Incoming Chairperson) of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and that I will, in all matters connected with the discharge of such duty, do all things, and such things only, as I shall truly and conscientiously believe to be adapted to promote the object for which the said Chamber was constituted, according to the intent and meaning of the same, so help me God.”  (Boards of Trade Act, R.S., 1985 c.B-6, s.14)


Proposing:

8.2  Oath of Office. The Chairperson and Incoming Chairperson of The Chamber shall, before entering upon the duties of their office, take and subscribe before the Mayor of Winnipeg, or before any magistrate or justice of the peace, an oath in the form following, that is to say:

“I swear that I will faithfully and truly perform my duty as Chair (or Incoming Chair) of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.  I shall justly and conscientiously execute my responsibilities so as to advance the cause of prosperity for all, guided by the mission, vision and values of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the principles of leadership, integrity and inclusivity.   To this purpose, I commit myself wholeheartedly.”

Moved by Claudette Leclerc; seconded by Lori Robidoux to approve the proposed by-law change and present to membership at the Annual Meeting. Motion carried.

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After the Vote | Gary Doer, US results & Canada

by Admin 20. September 2016 19:39

On November 8, millions of Americans will head to the polls and elect their next President. With President Obama leaving office and a new leader settling into the White House, what does this mean for Canada and how will it impact Manitoba?

CPA Manitoba and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce invite you to the luncheon that will address those questions and more.

Join us the day after one of the most polarizing US elections on record. Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States (and former Manitoba Premier) Gary Doer will provide an exclusive insider’s view into one of the most fascinating elections in history.  He’ll also take your questions on the results and talk about what it means to Canadians and Canadian businesses.

  • What campaign promises around TPP and free trade will become force
  • How do we get Manitoba’s and Canada’s priorities on the agenda in Washington
  • What US domestic issues will impact Canadians most
  • Who’s likely to wield influence in the new President’s circles
  • How will the House and Senate votes impact relations

This election has the potential to change the world for years to come. Be at the event that has the power to change the way you understand it.

Event Details
Wednesday, November 9
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Doors open at 11:00 am
Luncheon begins at 11:45 am
Event ends at 1:15 pm
Tickets are $75.00

We expect tickets to go quickly. To learn more or register now click here.


 
Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Sponsor This Event
Sponsorship opportunities available for this event include the VIP Reception Sponsor, Round Table Reception Sponsor, Table Sponsor and Booth Sponsor levels. For more information, please contact:

Scott Roehl
Manager, Marketing & Business Development
CPA Manitoba
sroehl@cpamb.ca

Jon Goodspeed
Director of Investor Relations
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
jgoodspeed@winnipeg-chamber.com

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Best friends, wine and a big idea: Q+A with Coal and Canary

by Admin 15. September 2016 12:42

One night, over a glass of wine, best friends, Tom Jansen and Amanda Buhse, discovered there was a gap in the market for quality hand-made candles. They combined their passions of quality artisan products and beautiful design to create Coal and Canary Candle Company. 

Today, Coal and Canary’s fun and spirited candles can be found all over Canada and was even hand-picked to be in celebrity swag bags at both the Academy Awards and Grammys. Most recently, they’ve even been contacted by Facebook and Instagram on their notable social media savviness for their business!

Before they join us for Toasting Winnipeg, we asked them a few questions about the pros and cons of doing business with your best friend and their journey to Hollywood. 

 

 
 
1. Going into business with your best friend can often be a hit or miss. How do you two make it work? 
 
We're both very good at keeping our business and personal relationship separate. When we started out, Coal and Canary was simply a hobby and an excuse to hang out more often, it was never meant to become a business. Many people had warned us of the possible troubles of going into a business with your best friend, but for us it's been the best experience. It's also beneficial that we're both very likeminded and despite our working styles being slightly different, creatively we're always on the same page and trust each other to manage situations that are better suited to either of our skill sets.
 

2. What was happening in both your lives when Coal and Canary were born? Most importantly, what inspired you to take the entrepreneurship leap?

Tom was in his final year of Nursing school at the U of M and I (Amanda) was a full time art director/graphic designer for a national fashion company. Tom had taken up candle making as a creative outlet that he did in his spare time. He asked me to join forces with him to create a brand new candle company with his candle expertise and my graphic design and marketing background. We created our first two candle collections in my home office in our evenings. Once we started posting photos of our product on Instagram, we immediately started getting requests from retailers for wholesale information. It was at that point that we knew we no longer had a hobby but a business! We took the leap into full time entrepreneurship one year ago which was a huge risk for both of us, but a necessary step to expand our business and to pursue all the opportunities we wanted to take. 

 

 
3. How important is it to both of you to have your personalities represented in your products?
 
We strongly believe that personality is crucial for creating a memorable brand that your consumers can relate to. We do this by giving our products fun, tongue in cheek names as well as striving to always be the face of the brand. Our motto is that we want every Coal and Canary customer to feel like they're our best friend. Our primary goal is for our product and ourselves to be relatable, and to show that although we take the quality of our product seriously, we have fun at the same time.
 
 
4. Tell us the story of how your candles made it in the celebrity swag bags at both the Academy Awards and Grammys. What did it do for your business?
 
When we first started getting requests for wholesale orders, we knew we now had a business on our hands and decided to write a business plan. In our plan, we had to create short and long term goals. One of our 5 year goals was to get into any award show gift bag (we were really hoping for the Juno's!). However, as we're both "go big or go home" types, we decided to reach for the stars (literally) and shoot for the Grammy's or the Oscar's. After some research, we came across the company who is hired on to create the gift bags for both of these events. We sent them an email simply explaining who we were, as well as attaching photos of our products and social media links. After we sent the email, we completely forgot about it as we were not expecting a response. Two weeks later, we received an email from them explaining that our timing was perfect as they were in the middle of choosing the products for both bags. They mentioned that they thought our candles were fun and unique and would be perfect as the home decor item in BOTH gift bags if we wanted the spot! It was an extremely surreal moment and one we will never forget. 
 
 
 
The decision to accept the spot in the bags was a big one for the future of our business. It was a huge risk, especially considering we were only 3 months into our "hobby". With the help of family, we made it happen. We also took it upon ourselves to leverage the opportunity as a way to promote our new business by sending press releases to all media contacts we had which was a huge asset.
 
Since then, it has catapulted our business in ways we never imagined. Our list of retailers grew substantially along with our social media following along with the opportunity to be featured in multiple magazine, television and celebrity gift guides and press features. Although it was a huge risk and a lot of late nights and hard work, the reward has been incredible!
 
 
5. What are three factors that you think contributed to your fast-growth and success?

A.      Building a strong brand

B.      Infusing our personality into every product we create

C.      Using extremely high quality ingredients to create a high quality product that stands out amongst the competition

 

To hear more about Coal and Canary’s story, join us on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Toasting Winnipeg. You can register here.

 

Toasting Winnipeg is a breakfast series that celebrates innovative, original and inspiring business stories in our city.  Our goal is to shine light and share stories from our membership proving business success is possible, especially in Winnipeg. 

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Toasting Winnipeg Q+A with Kiera Fogg, Little Box of Rocks

by Admin 7. September 2016 12:33

Kiera Fogg, inspired by her mother’s gift-giving and entrepreneurial nature, turned her love and passion for spirituality into a successful business. Little Box of Rocks, unique crystal bouquets, is aimed to build a deeper connection between the giver and receiver. Before Kiera joins us for our first Toasting Winnipeg of the season, we asked her a few questions about her inspiration and keys to success.


 

1. Where did the inspiration of Little Box of Rocks come from?

The idea for the company came to me in a moment of inspiration while I was bathing my baby, who was 6-months-old at the time. It was literally one of those lightning-bolt moments. Suddenly the name, Little Box of Rocks, popped into my head. I got chills and immediately knew what it was – that it was sending crystals the way we typically send flowers. I thought for sure someone had tried it already, but sure enough when I looked into it, no one had. So I decided I would give it a shot and see if there was a market for it. 

 

2. Do you remember who you sold your first crystal bouquet to? Can you describe the feeling you had at that moment?

I LOVE this question, because it really is such a thrill to have that first customer! In my case, it was my mother-in-law, and while I appreciated her support a lot, it was way more exciting when I got my first “stranger order.” I remember in the first month of business, every time it would happen I would be sure to tell my husband at the end of the day, “I got a stranger order today!” For me, there really is nothing more satisfying than having someone I don’t know buy the products that I dreamed up. It truly is an honour and a privilege. 
  
 
 

3. What are the challenges and advantages to building your business while raising your three young boys?

As any working parent will know, it’s flat out stressful! Both the kids and the business demand my full attention, which of course is an impossible dilemma, and so figuring out where to allocate my time  can be a struggle. There is always guilt and that feeling of not doing enough, but it’s a state of imperfection that I’ve come to accept and know that it’s just part of the whole juggling act. I think this acceptance of imperfection is actually one of the advantages of raising three boys and building a business. I do tend to default to being a bit of a perfectionist, so it’s helped me to more quickly embrace the attitude of “precision, not perfection.” I’ve come to learn that I can’t run a succesfull business and be a perfectionist. Precision, yes. Perfection... get real.

 

4. If you didn’t create Little Box of Rocks, what do you think you would be doing?

That’s a tough one. I’d either still be a really antsy stay-at-home-mom with a burning desire for more, or I’d have created a different company altogether. I’d like to think the latter, but who knows!

 

5. What are three factors you contribute your success and growth to?

A)     Being coachable

Being open-minded and coachable is probably number one. I always say that Winnipeg is the very best place on earth to start a business. Of course I’m biased and have never started one somewhere else (ha!), but it truly amazes me the resources we have in this city for entrepreneurs. Right from day one I’ve made it a priority to get connected with local organizations that support small businesses, and I've been extremely fortunate in receiving help and guidance from people who know much more than me when it comes to many aspects of starting and running a business. Had I not been open and receptive to new ideas, and been willing to implement many of them, LBOR would not be what it is today. 
 
 
 

A)      Action to the point of being obsessive

Ok, I know that being obsessive isn’t helpful ALL the time (like when I rewrap a bouquet 8 times), but when I get something in my head, it tends not to go away. I have a vision for LBOR and I am literally obsessed with seeing it come to life. This dictates the actions I take on a daily basis and how much time and effort I am willing to put in. I know that the amount of action I invest will show itself in results, and so I’m committed to doing everything in my power on a daily basis to see that vision become a reality.

B)      The Universe, miracles, LBOR angels… the general unknown

It might seem sort of “out there” but we are a business based on spiritual wellness after all, and there is a life of its own that this business just seems to have. In the office, whenever something great happens, we like to say that the LBOR angels are at work again! I think hard work is a key ingredient to success, but so much of what has happened for my business, I can’t personally take credit for. Like being included in two celebrity gift-guides in the same month, which triggered an avalanche of media coverage, and seeing my face spontaneously appear on eTalk three months into business. I wish I could say that I orchestrated all of this, but indeed not. Thank you, Universe!!

 

To hear more about Little Box of Rocks and Kiera’s story, join us on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Toasting Winnipeg. You can register here.

Toasting Winnipeg is a new breakfast series that celebrates innovative, original and inspiring business stories in our city.  Our goal is to shine light and share stories from our membership proving business success is possible, especially in Winnipeg. 

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WCB targets young Manitobans with safety/reporting messages

by Admin 6. September 2016 09:22
One hundred years ago, on September 1, 1916, the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) was created.

Originally using the exclusionary Workmen's Compensation Board, the WCB was the first social system of its kind in Manitoba. It preceded Employment Insurance, CPP and Medicare. It was enacted at a time when workplace safety and support for injured workers were hardly given a second thought.

Back in 1916, the WCB was charged with implementing a historic compromise between workers and employers. Injured workers gave up the right to sue their employers in exchange for guaranteed no-fault benefits in the event of a work-related injury or illness; and employers agreed to pay for the system, in exchange for protection against lawsuits. 

This one piece of legislation was revolutionary. It became the catalyst for many advancements over the years: injury prevention, rehabilitation services, Return to Work - all of which are part of the WCB offering today.

Yet, many people are still unaware of the WCB and its services. In particular, younger Manitobans are less likely to be aware of the WCB than the rest of the population: just 54 per cent of Manitobans 18 to 29 could name the WCB as the organization responsible for providing benefits to injured workers, compared to 79 per cent of Manitobans 29 to 39, and 89 per cent of Manitobans 40 to 64 (Reporting Workplace Injuries survey, October 2015). Young workers are also less likely to ask about safety procedures or refuse unsafe work. 

That's why the WCB has been working for years to raise awareness of injury prevention and of WCB benefits and services among young working Manitobans. This has included SAFE Work Manitoba awareness campaigns designed specifically for youth, with themes like zombies and horror stories, to underscore the importance of safety at work. The WCB has also targetted young people in its reporting awareness campaigns, promoting the benefits to them of reporting a workplace injury to the WCB.

#WIN100 Youth Contest
 
From September 1 to October 2, 2016, the WCB is offering young people in Manitoba a chance to win $1,000 towards their post-secondary education and two tickets to Kanye West - all for posting a photo or video about the WCB on social media.

The #WIN100 contest celebrates the WCB's 100th anniversary and encourages young people to think about how the WCB is "here to help" them. The WCB wants youth to know that they're protected if they're ever injured at work. Young people can upload a photo or video to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and include a caption about how the WCB is here to help. If they use the hashtag #WIN100, then they're entered to win!

Times have changed in the last 100 years; but, the principles on which the WCB system was built still hold true today. So help us spread the word! Give the young people in your life a chance to win a great prize - and learn about what the WCB can do for them.

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Season of inspirational speakers

by Admin 2. September 2016 11:23

Winnipeggers can purchase tickets to our monthly lunches (with members receiving a discount price): our year-long series of networking and keynote events that give attendees

  • the first look at projects and news coming up in Winnipeg
  • exclusive access to VIP business speakers
  • informal opportunities to connect with peers in the business community
The 2016-17 season schedule is nearly complete. While two events remains to be finalized, we want to give you a view of the diverse, intelligent, passionate lineup your season seat guarantees you'll experience.
 
Purchase season seats here
 
 

Celebrating our past, Investing in the Future, Focused on the Customer
with Paul Mahon, CEO, Great-West Life
Thursday, September 22
RBC Convention Centre

Get Ready to Grow
A Panel Discussion on Small Business Growth
Friday, October 21
RBC Convention Centre

State of the Province
with Premier Brian Pallister
Thursday, December 8
RBC Convention Centre

How to Turn Customers into Community
with John Stanton, CEO, The Running Room
Thursday, February 2
The Delta Winnipeg

State of the City
with Mayor Brian Bowman
Friday, February 24
RBC Convention Centre

When Legalization Comes to Winnipeg...
with the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, March 16
The Fairmont Winnipeg

The Best Way to Save Money
with Elizabeth Sheehan, Climate Smart
Thursday, April 20
The Fort Garry Hotel

 

Here Comes The Party
with Canada Summer Games 2017
Friday, June 16
The Delta Winnipeg 

 

Members can purchase discount season seats here.

Not a member? Access to incredible speakers is just one of the benefits you'll receive when you join the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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Expanding members' global reach

by Admin 2. September 2016 10:37
 
In late August, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce sat down with Ryan Kuffner, Federal Trade Commissioner with Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade). Global Affairs handles immigration, political relations, businesses and international trade, while Mr. Kuffner focuses more exclusively on trade. GAC has hundreds of officers situated at home and abroad employed to help Canadian businesses trade and invest.

As the former head of Canada’s trade embassy in Ecuador and a negotiator who helped write the proposed EU Free Trade Agreement, Ryan Kuffner liaises with all levels of government. Though he has a particular interest in agri-business, he can provide connections to all members to government services focused on global trade and offers expert advice on expanding into foreign markets.

We’re exploring the possibility of developing SME consortia for trade contract bidding while also connecting the commissioner with our Leadership Councils to advance member-decided positions on trade issues. 

It’s all part of our mission to deliver value for you, our members, while making sure all entities involved in trade (World Trade Centre Winnipeg, The Chamber, Global Affairs Canada and Manitoba Trade) work collaboratively to ensure maximum efficacy for our business community. Thanks to the commissioner for bringing his enthusiasm to The Chamber.

For more information and to connect on these opportunities:

Ryan Kuffner, Federal Trade Commissioner (Government Affairs Canada)
204-984-2349

James Magnus-Johnston, Director of Advocacy (Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce)
204-952-7751


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