Are you a registered charity helping Manitoba youth succeed? With support from the TELUS Manitoba Community Board, charities are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in one-time grant funding for a new or existing grassroots project.
How does it work?
Ready to get started?
The next application deadline is September 1, 2018. To apply online, visit community.telus.com
The online application will ask for an overview of your organization and proposed youth-focused program. In most cases, the form can be completed in about 30 minutes.
Questions? Contact Jackie Wild, Community Investment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manoverboard is a local design studio that helps organizations and nonprofits create effective online strategies and enduring websites. They aim to create digital platforms and messaging to fuel company missions and make brands visible while ensuring their work has a positive impact on society. With their small team of designers and developers, Manoverboard is upping the ante as the first Ceritifed B Corporation in Manitoba. We sat down with Manoverboard for a Q&A to find out what they're all about - keep reading for more!
WC: Tell us about your organization.
Manoverboard is a purpose-driven design studio that helps nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and socially responsible businesses. We are a small team of designers and developers that work on big projects for pioneering clients from Winnipeg and around the world. We take on projects that have a substantial benefit to the people, the community and the planet – ideally all three! Manoverboard is the first Certified B Corporation in Manitoba, which means that our business practices are thoroughly assessed every two years to ensure that our work contributes to not only the society and the planet, but also how employees and clients are treated.
WC: What are 3 innovative projects your organization does that contributes to the health and wellness of our city?
We built the site for the new Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks General Hospital. This innovative research centre uses big data to better support policy decision-making, especially around kidney diseases and disability. The centre partners with other leading institutions in Winnipeg, like U of M, and attracts worldwide talent to perform cutting edge applied research.
We are about to finish a new site for Red River College. We combined about 70 websites into one very sophisticated site that allows multiple departments/users to manage their content. The site allows administrators to easily connect with students and faculty to drive better health outcomes throughout the college.
We also work with Green Action Centre, which is a unique and successful nonprofit in Winnipeg. We created a social media green screen tool for them that allows people to be photographed in various superhero outfits to demonstrate their commitment to living green and living better. The green screen we built has a very small footprint and can be carried on a bike or a bus.
WC: What impact have you witnessed?
Some of our most impactful work includes creating projects for BeeProject Apiaries urban hive efforts, revitalizing Northern Lights Mentorship Group’s aboriginal youth job training efforts, and donating 1% of all income (revenue) to organizations focused on environmental conservation and tackling environmental issues.
We take our mission, creating a better world by design, very seriously and strive to lead by example for other small businesses in Winnipeg. Every two years, our Certified B Corporation status is re-assessed to ensure that we are contributing to the society as a whole.
WC: When did you realize how significant your actions are?
We are always looking for innovative ways to create change. Although our actions in creating a better environment for the people, the community and the planet have been significant, we aren’t done yet!
WC: What does Winnipeg mean to you?
Winnipeg represents what people should think about when they think of Canada - very smart, engaged people living in a highly connected community that sits in a harsh climate – it’s warm, it’s cold, it’s hot. While I enjoy other Canadian cities, Winnipeg has the right combination of people trying to make a difference, and the impact of all these small changes is hugely beneficial.
For more information and to find out how Manoverboard can create your next effective online strategy and website, please visit their website here.
To learn more information on how to start saving lives, please contact email@example.com.
Do you hire summer students? Young workers are an asset to your workplace ― coming in with enthusiasm, fresh eyes, and new ideas.
However, many young workers tend not to ask questions about their safety at work because they are eager to please, want to make a good impression and are afraid of losing their job. This hesitation can have serious consequences. New workers have five to seven times the risk of injury than other workers in the first four weeks of a new job.
As an employer, you can offer your summer students a good work experience while also protecting them from injury on the job.
Here's what to do
Employers must ensure that every new worker is provided with a safety and health orientation and is trained to protect themselves from hazards that they may encounter in the course of their duties.
Visit safemanitoba.com for more information on new/young worker safety.
Content provided by Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, a partner in our Healthy Workplaces program.
The Winnipeg Chamber: What does Eascan Automation do?
Phil Bernardin (President): We've designed and built custom machines and control systems for industrial manufacturing for 25 years.
WC: What sets your organization apart from others in your industry?
PB: We develop strategies with our clients, and work closely with them, their processes, and their employees to determine an effective solution prior to the build. We aim to hit the mark to make the most of their dollars to maximize ROI.
You need to aim and shoot with automation. Be specific, and understand the value of each step that you are automating, but also understand the risk. Just automating something without thinking about the benefits of safety, expansion, quality control, and additional productivity/efficiency is throwing money away.
We do our diligence in seeing where our clients’ benefits truly live. We’ve actually decommissioned excessively automated systems in the past and reverted to more efficient manual or semi-automatic operations.
WC: What's your favourite thing to do (or place to visit) in Winnipeg?
PB: The Assiniboine Park Zoo. We have a family membership and my kids love seeing the exhibits and of course, the polar bears. It’s a nice drive into the park and a beautiful place to walk through.
WC: Why did you join The Winnipeg Chamber? As someone doing business in Winnipeg, how can we help you?
PB: I initially joined for all the networking opportunities. There are so many events and opportunities hosted throughout the year that are great to get out and meet other business owners. Eascan is focused on automation and manufacturing in Manitoba and it’s important to us to support local businesses as well. I really like the add on membership benefit structure, which allows us to focus on the specific area of support for our needs.
WC: What's your best piece of business advice?
PB: Be honest, proactive, and respond quickly to emails and calls.
WC: What's your best business success story?
PB: If I have to pick one, there was a situation where one of our client's machines malfunctioned. Thanks to our in house support and broad knowledge, we designed, built, installed and commissioned a new control system and had them back up and running in less than a week. All of our solutions are custom, meaning that each one is designed with our client and their specific needs so anytime our machines and systems can increase productivity and efficiency, it’s a success story for Eascan.
This piece first appeared in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Five Minutes for Business June 14, 2018
Tariffs. Trade talks. Pipelines. Electoral change. While the Canadian economy continues to grow (albeit somewhat slowly), these are just some of the factors that might slow it down. As we head into summer, and the mid-point of 2018, now is a good time to take stock of Canada’s economic performance and consider what the latter half of the year might have in store for us.
The economy stumbled into 2018, slogging its way through weak consumer spending and housing markets. Real GDP increased at a pace of 1.3 per cent in the first three months of 2018 — the slowest quarterly growth in nearly two years. The Canadian economy grew at less than a two per cent rate for the third consecutive quarter, a far cry from the nearly 4 per cent average between July 2016 and June 2017.
The good news is that economic growth seems poised to accelerate. While the cumulative result was disappointing, the quarter finished strong with February GDP up 0.4 per cent month-over-month, followed by a 0.3 per cent increase in March. Exports increased 1.6 per cent in April, a good sign for an economy that will need export markets to make a bigger contribution to growth in place of consumer spending. This encouraging finish has hastened confidence that the economy is improving with stronger momentum going into Q2.
The bad news is that uncertainty about a variety of economic issues is weighing on business investment. Any optimism about the economy taking a turn for the better is tempered by the risk that uncertainty will drive investment away from Canada. Imports declined in April, indicating that business investment and domestic demand were scaled back during the month.
Ongoing insecurity about trade policies continues to cast a shadow over Canada’s outlook. The recent steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the United States—and the Canadian retaliation— are increasing investors’ concerns about the future of NAFTA, and even what a U.S. withdrawal would mean for Canada. With a new government in Ontario, Canada will have its work cut out to maintain a united front in response to further possible retaliatory measures.
Further complicating matters are the extraordinary measures taken by the federal government to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline — a step that never should have been necessary. This is another sign that we need to take a long hard look at our broken regulatory system and ensure Canada remains an attractive place to invest and do business.
These developments have heightened the existing doubts about Canada’s business competitiveness. The Canadian tax system is losing relative competitiveness compared to its peers due to recent tax reform in the United States and France. Significant uncertainty also surrounds how the Canada Revenue Agency will assess the new small business tax changes in the 2018 Budget. These factors are causing business investors to seek other markets or sit on their wallets.
The outlook for business investment is crucial because everything else the Bank of Canada usually considers in monetary policy decisions suggests the economy can handle higher borrowing costs. The central bank has been cautious thus far but recently signalled that higher interest rates will be warranted and that the governing council will take a gradual approach to policy adjustments.
The current data on economic growth supports this. Canadian households may be able to manage rising mortgage and consumer debt, as long as Canada’s economy continues to grow and unemployment remains relatively low. However, the risk that Canada’s economic prospects and investor confidence can be derailed by any number of uncertain issues remains high. The IMF’s recent mission to Canada concluded that our economic outlook is subject to significant risks—including a sharp correction in the housing market and a banking system with heavy exposure to household and corporate debt.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Crystal Ball Report predicted uncertainty for Canada’s economic and political outlook in 2018. Financial and economic imbalances have created a tenuous economic recovery. Rising protectionism has the potential to escalate into a trade war. Markets and business models are being disrupted by new technologies and opportunities. Overall, Canadian businesses are grappling with the speed of change.
Adding to this, Canada’s economic performance in the first half of 2018 demonstrates that one of the few certainties in today’s economy is an enduring state of uncertainty.
Thank you to the Crystal Ball Report sponsors
Every month, we ask different participants of our Leadership Winnipeg class to blog about their experience.
Leadership Winnipeg recently spent the day crossing the charitable landscape in Winnipeg, learning about our registered charities, not-for-profit organizations and the role of business in supporting these community pillars.
The Winnipeg Foundation is Canada’s first community foundation. It was established in 1921 by banker, William Forbes Alloway whose dream was to provide enduring community support. The second gift of three gold coins was left anonymously in an envelope marked the Widow’s Mite. This contrast serves as a reminder that all gifts matter.
Manitoba continues to be the most generous province in Canada, however, the sector is grappling with a diminishing donor base. While the number of tax filers in the province continues to grow, those reporting charitable donations are declining, which causes stress in the sector.
The Endowment Book of Life was created created by the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba in 1998. The planned giving initiative offers participants an opportunity to share their family story. Each year at a special event, the participant is invited to formally stand in front of family and friends and publicly sign the keepsake book.
United Way of Winnipeg connects Winnipeggers from all walks of life, using collective giving to maximize charitable impact. The organization is over 50 years old and entirely volunteer led. Their annual campaign continues to raise much needed dollars to help kids, families and aid in the creation of a healthy community.
Great-West Life’s goal is to improve the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. They are committed to building stronger communities, engaging staff, managing their environmental impact, responsible investing and building mentally healthier workplaces. Some examples of their philanthropic support include a five-year funding commitment at Indspire and signing on as the first sponsor of the Kid’s Help Phone text line.
Assiniboine Credit Union’s view on corporate social responsibility is inclusion at all levels of the economic scale. They have to be profitable to stay in business, but that is not their motivation. The history of co-operatives is built on the quest for fair goods and services in a safe working environment. They operate in a very competitive financial industry and the challenge is to be profitable while looking after social needs. This attracts employees and customers with similar values.
The Winnipeg Free Press includes a monthly philanthropy page featuring various charities in the community. Donations have peaks and valleys and the more philanthropic stories help generate gifts. The faith community that historically participated in volunteering and giving is shrinking. Charities should share unique stories with the media when possible for broad consumption, this will help to generate gifts both now and in the future. The same people that read newspapers also tend to read newsletters.
CJNU is a nostalgia radio station targeting the 50+ demographic. They are a not-for-profit co-operative with a strong volunteer base. CJNU works with charities to share their good news through conversations rather than interviews. They broadcast from different charities on a monthly basis, sharing space with their host sponsors with the goal of raising awareness.
Leadership Winnipeg is grateful for the support of our Vision Partners
When you think of Great White Bear Tours, you might think of polar bears and auroras; you might think of tourists on the adventure of a lifetime; of the enthusiasm and joy on their faces.
For the past 30 years, Great White Bear Tours – a member of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce – has given people access to the stunning phenomena and community of Churchill Manitoba, and has become known for providing the ultimate experience with polar bears.
This year, they celebrate their accomplishments and share memories that have shaped the company into what it is today.
Rare tourist experiences range from witnessing seasonal phenomena to meeting local artists in Churchill, participating in cultural talks and engaging in scientific research. While tourism in Churchill continues to hold its own – especially with the polar bear attraction and interest – Great White Bear tours still sets a precedent for a sustainable, respectful eco-tourism. This is largely because of owners Marilyn and Don. They strive to respect, protect and admire the local tundra ecosystems and environment, and run their business with strict guidelines on waste disposal, water management, interaction with bears and other wildlife. Having lived, worked and raised a family in Churchill, they possess a great appreciation for the delicate environment in which humans and wildlife must co-exist. They are clear to communicate to their clients the appropriate ways to view and enjoy wildlife, and to minimize the collective footprint left by customers, staff and Polar Rovers.
Great White Bear Tours gratefully supports the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, whose research provides information required for the company and all residents and visitors to Churchill, to respect and protect the Polar Bear population and protect and sustain the environment.
What remains one of the most unique aspects of the company is the way they have revolutionized moving across the tundra. Their equipment has improved and the fleet has grown year after year. The construction of the machines themselves, which take place in Winnipeg at Anything Custom (the fabrication shop that was created in order to build the Polar Rover fleet) is an example of the company’s extremely high standards. The engines are built to use less fuel; the low-pressure tires and biodegradable toilets on both the lodge and the Polar Rovers exemplify this. The healthy growth of Churchill’s polar bear tourism is dependent on other companies stepping up and setting high standards of service as set by Great White Bear and its owners.
Don and Marilyn's vision for the industry is clearly evident in their progression from one machine in 1988 to the present day fleet. A love of the North is continually imparted to their clients. Their pro-active philosophy is seen in the constant upgrading practices and is a key to their success. Don and Marilyn also attribute their success to hard work, perseverance and a dedication to excellence from both themselves and their staff.
Visit their website to discover stories and memories from the friends, family and staff over the past 30 years.
This article was originally published on LinkedIn by Brad Potter, Cloud Solution Executive at ISM Canada (an IBM company
The fastest growing SMBs have embraced the Cloud as a method to address four main IT Challenges:
1.High capital costs;
3.Scalability as the business grows, and;
4.Innovation as business matures.
Results are positive. Surveys indicate:
Organizations are finding Cloud computing provides immediate access to the tools needed to digitally transform their business and improve customer experience.
But many businesses are still reluctant to make the move to the Cloud despite these advantages. The reluctance to migrate is particularly evident in Western Canada, where we’ve seen cloud adoption be approximately 25 per cent less than the rest of Canada.
So, what’s holding you back?
Security is cited as the number one objection to Cloud for 49 per cent of organizations (IDC 2017). Should you be concerned? The security investments made by the major Cloud providers is significant and has created cloud platforms in which security breaches, due to vendor error are rare. In fact, the Cloud has proven to be more secure than most non-cloud environments.
A key detractor to cloud for customers in Western Canada is the worry that network connectivity will be insufficient to provide the type of response time and security that end users are accustomed to. With the major public Cloud providers located in Eastern Canada, it is understandable that network connectivity options should be well understood before proceeding. Several networking options exist to address the need for high bandwidth, security and connectivity to Cloud, including solutions based in Saskatchewan.
Service availability, including response time and user downtime, is a concern due to the perceived loss of control over the compute environment. To mitigate this concern, public Cloud vendors provide service levels for all their products with financial credits provided if they are not achieved. The robust engineering of the Cloud environment is such that high availability is consistently achieved. In a worst-case scenario, organizations can further protect critical applications by configuring them to automatically failover to alternate data centers should a Cloud data center go offline.
There is a general perception that services in the Cloud are more expensive than in the non-Cloud environment. This is often raised when the comparison between Cloud and non-Cloud platforms does not accurately reflect all the costs that make up the non-Cloud infrastructure.
With all the non-Cloud costs in the table above considered, there’s an almost 50 per cent reduction in support and maintenance costs when the Cloud is chosen. When doing a financial comparison or Cloud ROI, it’s also important to take into account the increased revenue that will take place as you drive your digital transformation results using Cloud services.
It can seem daunting when trying to decide how to get started. The best place to start often with consulting a trusted partner with experience in Cloud migrations. Cloud migration require skill and experience; often organizations who tackle this transition by themselves find it difficult and time consuming. If you want to know how to get started but aren’t sure where to begin, reach out and let’s grab a coffee. We can discuss your particular needs and help define a path forward to your organization to embrace all that the Cloud has to offer.
As Manitobans prepare for an increase in Hydro rates, a growing recognition it is no longer feasible to maintain a “business as usual” approach to energy consumption has local companies seeking more creative approaches to efficiency.
This could explain why Manitoba Race to Reduce has attracted over 7 million square feet of commercial office space in its first year. The program reduces barriers to energy efficiency, providing participants with benchmarking data and communication tools. Its focus on changing workplace behaviours rather than expensive capital investments also enables smaller businesses to participate.
Since January 2017, landlords and tenants of some of the province’s largest buildings have been working together to change workplace habits with the aim of reducing their collective energy use by at least 10 per cent over four years.
In celebration of participating buildings’ achievements to date, the First Annual Awards for the Race was held on April 19 at the RBC Convention Centre. Emceed by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Loren Remillard, the event was attended by well over 100 landlords, tenants and business and community members.
The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources kicked off the event through a video message before speakers took to the stage to offer energy saving tips and hand out awards.
Artis REIT walked away with three awards, with its 360 Main Street building winning the Largest Energy Reduction and Most Improved Energy Use awards; and its 333 Main Street building winning the Summerhill sponsored Most Improved Energy Use Intensity award.
Colliers International took home the Veolia sponsored award for Largest GHG Emissions Reduction for their efforts at 330 St. Mary Avenue and the award for Most Improved Reduction of GHG Emissions was won by Royal Canadian Properties Limited for the Cargill Building at 240 Graham Avenue.
This was followed by the unveiling of the current collective energy results. To date, 29 participating buildings have collectively reduced their electricity use by 2,661,922 kWh and their natural gas use by 71,321 m³, equaling a total collective energy reduction of 1.55 per cent for 2017.
With three years remaining in the Race, there is still ample opportunity for businesses to sign up, access resources, reduce costs and become a recognized leader in sustainability.
To learn more about Manitoba Race to Reduce, register a building or get involved, visit www.manitobaracetoreduce.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.