November's membership luncheon How Lyft Can Drive Winnipeg's Economy explored how ridesharing can change a city for the better. In case you missed it, here are three key takeaways:
1. Re-think the way you view transportation
Statistics show that car ownership is the second-highest household expense, second only to mortgage or rent payments. However, we only drive our car about 4 per cent of the time—which means the other 96 per cent of the time vehicles sit unused. On top of that, a staggering 80 per cent of passenger seats go unused every day since most of us drive alone. That's a lot of extra supply (seats) that could be used for profit (ridesharing).
2. Better transportation = better economy
Public transportation is vital but it doesn't serve every neighbourhood or person equally. Someone who works overnight shifts doesn't have access to the same number of bus routes as someone who works day shifts. Better transportation options help more people get to work (and also save time, enabling parents to get to their child's hockey game or piano recital).
3. Public transportation helps some. Multi-modal transportation helps all.
Multi-modal transportation encompasses various ways of getting around to help people find the most efficient way to get from point A to point B, be it public transportation, ridesharing, cycling, or even scootering. Not only does multi-modal transportation move more people, benefits also include helping the elderly or those with disabilities get to appointments and reducing the number of drunk drivers. It's simple: multi-modal transportation makes cities better.
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STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS
with Premiere Brian Pallister
Written by Tineke Buiskool-Leeuwma, Director of Marketing, Events & Communications, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
As a self-described “Farm Girl” who cleaned grain bins and drove the 13-speed grain truck on the farm I grew up on, I thought I understood agriculture but my appreciation for the industry has grown so much because of our Leadership Winnipeg tour and experience at the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI).
With 19.83 million acres of land with animals or crops in Manitoba, one in eight Manitobans have a job directly related to the agriculture industry. Food processing, trucking, research and development, and so many more jobs compliment the hard work of the farmers and producers who are working in this massive economic industry. Ag production in Manitoba includes hogs, canola and wheat as the top commodities, in addition to all of the other grains, pulses and animals.
Innovation also plays a huge part in Canada’s agriculture community with technologies and knowledge, and this is so important for our future. Did you know that the global population is growing so much that by the year 2050, we will need to have increased food production by 70% to feed 9.7 billion people?
Without the important research, including what is done here in Winnipeg, we wouldn’t be able to maximize opportunities for food production. For example, canola (Canada-oil) was created in Manitoba and Saskatchewan as an alternative crop, a cold weather crop, for Western Manitoba. When I’m driving highway 2 out to the farm next summer and see those beautiful yellow fields, I know I’ll have extra appreciation for more than just the beauty knowing that this important crop is a made-in-Manitoba product.
It’s obvious to see how people are passionate about this industry. The staff at CIGI and all of the presenters, who all shared what they do with us with so much enthusiasm, proved that what they do is more than a job; it’s a lifestyle and a calling.
CIGI itself is a fascinating place. With 38 staff (who speak 17 languages), they are providing pre-market and in-market technical support for the Canadian grain sector, working with the grain industry value chain both locally and internationally. The hands on experience and tour takes you through the bakery, analytical services, the noodle Asian products facility, pasta area, and the highest elevated mill in North America (11th floor). The staff at this hidden gem in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, is researching, testing and marketing Canadian wheat, actively connecting our wheat with buyers to over 70 countries around the world.
And that passion is also being shared with our future generations. Thanks to organizations like Agriculture in the Classroom, the next generation is learning all about the industry with creative, hands-on experiences.
I encourage everyone to connect with the agriculture community in any way that you can, whether it’s supporting local producers, learning more about the industry at CIGI, volunteering with Agriculture in the Classroom, or spending some time talking with a farmer or producer!
Director of Marketing, Events & Communications
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Written by Nancy Mak, Website Specialist, The Winnipeg Foundation
Winnipeg is full of amazing and unique things that I love and I just discovered another one. In the heart of our downtown we have the highest elevated flour mill in Canada.
My third class with Leadership Winnipeg was at the Canadian International Grains Institute, Cigi, located in an unassuming building (the one with yellow metal sculpture) just south of Portage and Main.
The organization is spread across more than 10 floors and includes the mill room (itself spans three floors), a pasta room, two bakeries and much more. All filled with smaller versions of commercial equipment used to analyse and assess Canadian grains, wheat and pulses (lentils, peas, chickpeas, etc).
I spent the morning touring the facility and my inner science geek and foodie was keen to listen to their process of grinding small batches of flour and making pasta, noodles and bread to determine the qualities and properties of the grains. This unbiased information is provided to millers and end-users of Canadian grains around the world to ensure consistent and high-quality products.
In the afternoon we heard from four people working in different parts of the agriculture industry, which I was surprised to learn employs 1 of 8 people in Canada.
Ellen Pruden, Manitoba Canola Growers, gave us an overview of Agriculture in Manitoba and specifically the canola industry.
Sue Clayton, Agriculture in the Classroom, spoke about how important it is to incorporate learning about where our food comes from into our education system.
Dr. Mark Belmonte, Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, reminded me of my university science lectures (in a good way) with his explanation of how biotechnologies, such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, CRISPR, and RNA interference, are providing alternatives to using broad spectrum pest/fungicides.
We also heard from Simon Ellis, a farmer near Wawanesa, Manitoba, about how farming has changed significantly over the years. The use of technology, like GPS and drones, and focus on sustainability is an increasing part of his farm business.
I came away with a new appreciation of our agriculture industry. There is a lot of information about all aspects of the industry and it is important that everyone we research where this information is coming from and form our opinions based on science instead of social pressure.
On a side note, Cigi is working to incorporate more pulses into snack foods to increase their protein and nutrients content so I’m eagerly anticipating a “healthier” cheezy puff.
The Winnipeg Foundation
Written by Colin Fast, Director of Policy at The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
When the provincial government announced in early October it was cancelling its planned carbon tax, Manitobans were left wondering what the federal government would do in response, and how this would impact Manitoba’s plans to reduce carbon emissions.
On October 23rd the first part of that question was answered as Ottawa announced its “backstop” carbon tax plan for those provinces that have declined to adopt their own carbon tax, including Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
Starting in April 2019, a carbon price of $20 per tonne will be added to various categories of fuel.
In Manitoba the fuel charge on gasoline, in 2019, will be 4.42 cents per litre and the charge for natural gas used in home heating will be 3.91 cents per cubic metre. The average cost impact for a household in Manitoba is estimated at $232 in 2019.
The federal government will rebate most of the revenue raised from the carbon tax directly to Manitobans through Climate Action Incentive payments. The average household will receive about $336 in incentive payments in 2019.
While getting a bigger rebate than what you’re paying in carbon tax sounds great for individuals, the math is less positive for business owners.
The federal government is setting aside approximately 10% of carbon tax revenue – $190 million over five years – to support small and medium-sized businesses, schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, municipalities, not for profit organizations, and Indigenous communities. It’s unclear how that funding will be delivered at this point.
But the bottom line is that businesses will be subsidizing the cost of rebates to individuals. And this additional tax burden creates concerns about economic competitiveness, especially for firms that sell into the United States, which has no carbon pricing at all.
On December 6th, Premier Brian Pallister will deliver his third annual State of the Province Address in front of 1,300 business and community leaders at the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre. We’ll be looking for him to comment on the federal carbon tax plan and the ongoing dispute over this issue.
But equally as important, The Chamber audience wants to hear about Manitoba’s path forward on addressing climate change, how the Province will incentivize businesses that are taking steps to improve the efficiency of their operations, and how we can build a green economy in our province.
Get your seats for this year's State of the Province Address on Dec. 6.
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show and provides a brilliant presentation of over one million lights in 26 different theme areas.
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce members and their employees can enjoy this holiday delight at a discount price - $13 per vehicle compared to $20 buying at the gate. Purchase your reduced tickets at The Winnipeg Chamber office front desk from November 29 to January 5 at 259 Portage Avenue from 8:30 – 4:30 .
View full details about the event - including the new entrance for 2018 - here.
This year at our annual State of the Province Address on Dec. 6, The Chamber is partnering with United Way Winnipeg to collect new or gently used children’s books.
All the books collected will go to 24 local family resource centres that service 35,000 children and families across Winnipeg. Learn more about the important work our local family resource centres are doing here.
Your donation of a new or gently use book will ensure preschool children throughout Winnipeg have the opportunity to grow a love for reading and develop critical language skills.
To help bring back nostalgic memories of reading as a child, The Chamber team compiled a list their favourite children’s books:
The Winnipeg Chamber is a proud supporter of United Way of Winnipeg and always urges our business community to help. After all, it's what Winnipeggers do best.
Bring new or gently used children’s books to this year’s State of the Province Address on Dec. 6
This article and report first appeared on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce website October 30, 2018.
Data for Good: The $32-billion Boost, the first of a three part series exploring Canada’s data opportunity and the critical intersections between prosperity, technology and privacy.
Data for Good: The $32-billion Boost examines how personal data is used to help innovate and create products and services that improve people’s lives and specifically how Canada can help lead the global digital community and conversation.
The goal of this effort is to answer a critical question: Will Canada act or be acted upon by the Fourth Industrial Revolution? The fourth industrial revolution is an absolute juggernaut of technological evolution, which is moving exponentially faster than the first three. With AI anticipated to boost our GDP $32 billion by 2021, Canada needs the right framework to be an actor in the coming data economy that allows for trust and incentivizes innovation.
In our second series, we will look at some of the major data breaches of the past few years and examine the emerging trends in technology that have put the collection, storage and use of personal information at risk.
Click here to read Data for Good: The $32-billion Boost.
Written by CPHR Manitoba
It all begins with a having a new thought about your per-usual environment – the lay of the land, the interconnected spaces and the marked exits for people to come and go. But first, let’s re-visit an old thought - think of the first time you were introduced to your workplace. Did you make a mental note of how easy it was to get there and find parking? Once you arrived, did you memorize the floor plan to the bathroom, kitchen and where your employer hangs her/his hat? And once you sat at your desk for the first time, did you internally celebrate how spacious your space was and how you had a spot for every book, paper and file and even a framed photo or two?
Once you’ve mentally and physically settled into your job, your workplace and everything connected to it becomes status-quo; in fact, chances are this is the first time you’ve ventured into these old memories for quite some time!
But the reality is that there are people that need to be cognizant of getting ready, going to and being a part of a work environment every day because of the barriers they face. Barriers are everywhere and everyone experiences and deals with them differently – and unfortunately, there are over 200,000 Manitobans who are living with some form of a disability that face barriers every single day.
The fact is that we need to reduce the barriers and create accessibility for all Manitobans. The first step: think about your work environment in a new way. Get ready and go to work with fresh eyes and an open mind, without any pre-determined thoughts about how your day is going to go.
Opening your eyes and mind to thoughts outside the normalities of your life can be all it takes to create room for new perceptions about other realities. The reality that some other individuals need grab bars and grips to transfer out of bed to their wheelchair; others need a mobility device - such as canes, walkers or wheelchairs - or a service animal in tow to travel around through their day: and that’s just two examples around physical disability.
Barriers in the workplace need to be recognized and disarmed – but you won’t be able to find them if you can’t see or don’t consider them. Revisit your workplace like it’s your first day again – look over the floor plan to the bathroom, kitchen and where you and your colleagues and employers hang their hats – and write down any question or uncertainty you might have or any barrier you might see. Ask your colleagues to conduct an audit and consider consulting with customers and community members to get a broader range of perspectives and, in turn, save time and expenses.
Individuals with lived experience with disabilities can and will help you recognize barriers that prevent access to goods and services and provide advice on how to remove them. And the more information you have, the more prepared you’ll be to review and revise your workplace policies for workplace accommodation under the Customer Service Standard Act.
As of November 1, 2018, businesses and organizations must meet the communication needs for all customers, clients or members; allow assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, walkers and oxygen tanks; welcome support people, who are able to assist; welcome people with service animals; ensure accessibility is maintained and intended (ramps, wide aisles, removal of clutter); let customers know when accessible features and services are not available; invite customers to provide feedback; and train staff on accessible customer service under the Human Rights Code.
Jennifer Sande, Accessibility Program Manager with the Manitoba League of Persons With Disabilities (MLPD), explains that there are many resources available to prepare your workplace to accommodate Manitobans – it’s just a matter of getting started.
“Broadening your perspective about and learning from others is the first step, then you can begin to think about types of barriers. You’ll see that some barriers serve no purpose and are easy to remove; others you may learn about when you see or hear someone overcome it. It’s all about establishing a new dialogue about adapting – and we’re here to help.”
The MLPD offers ready-to-implement and custom solutions in policy writing, training and educating staff and workplace audits to ensure that your business or organization is meeting all the requirements under the Customer Service Standard.
MLPD and CPHR Manitoba have also partnered to present the Accessibility for Manitobans Act – First of Five Standards: The Customer Service Standard workshop to assist you in the review and development of your workplace policies that will welcome and serve everyone.
The workshop will cover an overview of the AMA legislation with a focus on the Customer Service Standard, review and compare the AMA with the Manitoba Human Rights Code, identify your organizational responsibilities and learn the key principles to offering accessible customer service in your workplace.
The Accessibility for Manitobans Act – First of Five Standards: The Customer Service Standard workshop takes place on Tuesday, November 13, from 8:30 a.m. – noon at the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg. Registration fees are $150/CPHR Manitoba members and $200/non-members. Click here to register. Registration deadline is November 8.
Miss the registration deadline? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the Accessibility for Manitobans Act – First of Five Standards: The Customer Service Standard workshop and other resources available to you and your workplace.
For more information about the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, contact Jennifer Sande at email@example.com.
Written by Taz Lakhani, Care Planner & Care Office Owner, Right At Home Canada
I became a part of Leadership Winnipeg because of extreme recommendation of like-minded leaders in the community. From the very first session, it pushed me to dig deep into my inner strengths and channel them towards amazing resources in the Winnipeg community.
First, the quality of the speakers and mentors is phenomenal. I would like to acknowledge the amazing work of Doneta Brotchie and Ellen Kornelson, the creative leads the program, to bring such a diverse group of community leaders from so many different sectors.
We were able to interact and get mentorship from personalized discussions from the very best in the city. My personal favorites were Barb Gamey, CEO & Founder of Payworks, and Réal Cloutier President and CEO of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Barb Gamey, because she started her organization in our very own city. It just validated my connection and vision for the city. It reaffirmed the tremendous potential our city holds for entrepreneurs. Réal Cloutier, on the other hand, shared the changes our health system is going through and how this restructuring changes the lives of families my organization Right At Home – Winnipeg serves.
Secondly, the projects that were assigned to us were very creative. Each project reinforced the purpose and impact of community initiatives. It not only focused towards the corporate side of leadership but also the importance of being engaged with Not for profit and voluntary organizations. The well picked groups are bringing out the best of each of our potentials.
Finally, congratulations to The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer Manitoba for successfully running this amazing program for over a decade. The program certainly provides experiences that inspire and help individuals to develop an understanding of themselves, their community and their role within it.
I would like to conclude by saying thank you to the amazing organizations and people of Winnipeg that make it one of the best cities in the world.
Care Planner & Care Office Owner
Right At Home Canada, Greater Winnipeg Area Care Office
Written by Colin Fast, Director of Advocacy at The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Premier Brian Pallister will take to the stage on December 6th to deliver his third State of the Province Address. Now sitting midway through his government’s term, what will the Premier have to share with The Chamber audience? Here are three big issues to look for:
1. Economic Development Strategy
At last year’s State of the Province, Premier Pallister announced that former Winnipeg Chamber CEO Dave Angus and Payworks CEO Barb Gamey would be heading up an effort to develop a new economic development strategy for Manitoba. Several months of province-wide consultations were held to gather input into the strategy, which is expected to be released soon. For several years the Chamber has championed the need for a comprehensive economic development plan, so we’re excited to see how the government wants to work with the private sector to grow our province.
2. Carbon Tax
Maybe you’ve heard of this one lately? With the recent cancellation of the provincial carbon tax and the announcement the federal government will assess its own tax in Manitoba, there has been a great deal of confusion and concern over how we will reduce emissions in our province and who will be paying for it. We will be looking to the Premier to clarify his government’s plans going forward, including next steps for the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan.
3. Education Reform
The province has promised it will begin a comprehensive review of the education system in 2019 that could include everything from curriculum to standardized testing, taxation, provincial funding and potential amalgamation of school divisions. As this is the next big policy issue for this government, we’ll look for the Premier to give some signals about what he hopes to accomplish from this review and how changes to the education system might help young Manitobans prepare for the jobs of the future.
Get your seats for this year's State of the Province Address on Dec. 6.