News from the CentrePort Community – April 2023

KGS GROUP HELPS THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT REDUCE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINT WITH A LARGE GEOTHERMAL DEVELOPMENT IN WINNIPEG As a leader in geothermal development, KGS Group recently partnered with the Royal Canadian Mint to help reduce their carbon footprint. The geothermal design objectives for this project were to eliminate the use of natural gas for space heating and minimize power consumption for cooling at the Mint’s Winnipeg facility. KGS Group’s geothermal team has completed all the field work and exterior and interior engineering design and is moving forward with system construction over the spring – summer of 2023.

The Manitoba Hydro Dorsey Converter Station (near Centreport in the RM of Rosser) is another notable geothermal project completed by KGS Group. They provided detailed design, full-time resident construction supervision and contract administration for a groundwater cooling system for the Dorsey Converter Station. KGS Group received an Award of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Manitoba (ACEC-MB) for this project, which provides significant annual savings to Manitoba Hydro.

COOPER RANKIN ARCHITECTURE HAS UPDATED THEIR LOOK! After incorporating in 2018, Cooper Rankin Architecture has gone through a rigorous evolution. Driven by the notion that great relationships pave the way for great projects, this core value has remained steady since the firm started in 1976. With the ownership evolution over the last five years, much has changed to bring that core notion into the modern era, including a view to the future needs of clients and their projects.  

Cooper Rankin will be officially launching their new website on May 1. As part of their launch, Cooper Rankin has included a brief document outlining how they contribute to CentrePort.  On May 1, get a sneak peak of the document, as well as the overall site, here.

CENTREPORT PARTNERS COLLABORATING FOR NEW BUILD COMING SOON – If you’ve driven across a bridge in Winnipeg lately, there’s a good chance MD Steele Construction has built it. Bridging roads and communities is at the core of MD Steele’s work. But they’re not only known as bridge builders. In fact, MD Steele Construction will leave its mark on the CentrePort community with a new build for the Tri-Core Group of Companies Tri-Core Projects. A fellow CentrePort partner, Tri-Core is a leading civil contractor that specializes in surface, underground, utility, and telecommunications infrastructure projects and thus has very special requirements for its new site. 

Breaking ground in the fall of 2023 in the RM of Headingley, MD Steele will build a 10,000 sq.ft. office and attached 25,000 sq.ft. shop that includes service bays with overhead crane service, welding shop, wash bay and parts storage area.

As construction experts that specializes in unique infrastructure, mining, industrial and institutional builds, MD Steele is a partner of choice for a variety of projects. Learn more:

SMALL BUSINESSES LEFT OUT OF BIG CONTRACTS WITHOUT ESG REPORTING: BDC STUDY As part of its commitment to help Canada and its entrepreneurs create a prosperous, inclusive, green economy, BDC launched a new study entitled ESG in Your Business: The Edge You Need to Land Large Contracts, which surveyed major buying organizations in the public and private sectors about their use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

Almost every large company requires ESG reporting from their suppliers, and small businesses unable to meet ESG requirements will lose the opportunity to win big contracts.

Click here to read the study.

RED RIVER COLLEGE POLYTECHNIC INTRODUCES NEW WAYS FOR COMMUNITY LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH Red River College Polytechnic has introduced two new programs to encourage and support the community in learning and professional growth.

Starting next month, Winnipeg youths with an interest in 3D printing, manufacturing and robotics will have the opportunity to hone their skills and learn about new technologies through the Gene Haas Manufacturing Bootcamps at RRC Polytech. The bootcamps are open to students in Grades 7 and 8.

RRC Polytech is also partnering with the CWB Welding Foundation to remove barriers for women looking to pursue a career in the trades by introducing the Women of Steel™: Forging Forward Program. The tuition-free program will provide experiential learning to those identifying as female who are interested in exploring welding or working in other welding-related skilled trades.

Learn more about these exciting opportunities: 

Gene Haas Manufacturing Bootcamps

Women of Steel™: Forging Forward Program

EFFICIENCY MANITOBA IS HERE TO HELP YOU SAVE – Efficiency Manitoba is a Crown corporation that offers incentives and technical expertise to help all Manitobans save energy, money, and the environment. To make sure everyone can benefit from energy-saving opportunities, Efficiency Manitoba offers a wide range of programs, incentives, and services.

Taking part in Efficiency Manitoba’s business offers is as simple as applying online. To participate or learn more about saving energy and money, visit You can also email if you have any questions.

CW STEVENSON RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE – At the Professional Property Managers Association Conference held in March, Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson was honoured to receive the Outstanding Community Service Award. This Award recognizes an organization that is committed to improving and enhancing their team and their community. CW Stevenson’s three pillars of community engagement include: 1) innovating through diversity and inclusion, 2) supporting what’s next in business, and 3) enhancing the way people live, work and play.

To learn more about their efforts, visit

INCREASING SUPPLY CHAIN SCRUTINY: ARE YOU READY FOR CANADA’S MODERN SLAVERY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS?MLT Aikins has recently published an article featuring a new act, The Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act, that will soon become law. The act, first introduced in November 2021, would require companies across Canada to report on the measures they’re taking to guard against modern slavery in their supply chains as a way of ensuring they are not “unwitting supporters of slavery”. The article outlines requirements under the act, consequences to organizations that do not comply and suggestions on how companies can get prepared for their first report.

Read more here.   

FWS GROUP OF COMPANIES IS CELEBRATING 70 YEARS IN BUSINESS IN 2023!Through their 70 years of growth and their integrated approach, FWS has changed the construction industry forever, moving it to a much more efficient, client orientated era. 

Today, FWS has over 550 employees across Canada, utilizing a fully integrated, in-house approach specializing in storage and material handling, be it agricultural goods, bulk, liquid, or gas, FWS can expertly design, engineer, construct, commission and maintain the facilities they build.

For more information contact Denis Tétrault, Director, Sales, Marketing & Communications at (204) 487-2500 or visit their website here.  

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WITH THE GIFT OF RELAXATION – This Mother’s Day, treat your Mom, and all those special women in your life, to the gift of relaxation at Riverstone Spa at Inn at the Forks. For every $250 in gift cards purchased, get a free Coal and Canary candle from their “Spring Fling” Collection. Purchase in-person or online at Promotion valid April 28-May 14, 2023, while quantities last

NEW TDS COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND FUNDING FOR PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP lawyer Silvia de Sousa has a complimentary webinar on the government programs and funding available to businesses and individuals for protecting intellectual property and technology, including:

– CanExport Funding Options

– The Intellectual Property (IP) Assist Program

– The Digital Services Program

View a detailed list of topics covered and watch the webinar here.

TUNE IN TO PINNACLE’S MENTAL HEALTH PODCAST FEATURING JOHNSTON GROUP PRESIDENT DAVE ANGUSPinnacle has released their April “Mental Health for Performance” podcast featuring Dave Angus, President of Johnston Group Inc. In the podcast, Dave shares his thoughts on leadership and tips to make sense of the new working world. Dave provides rich insights into what workers are looking for and outlines three priorities that leaders need to focus on today: Listening/Flexibility, Re-connection/Higher purpose, and Wellness/Valuing the whole person.

Listen here

PRAIRIE RAIL SOLUTIONS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS! Prairie Rail Solutions Ltd. recently celebrated their 10th anniversary. Serving companies requiring rail support, PRS focuses on car storage, industrial switching and light track maintenance.

PRS General Manager Jeff Livingstone invites companies using rail support to check out what PRS can offer. Jeff can be reached at: (204) 801-6805 and by email at:

QUINTEX SERVICES AWARD WINNING VIDEOS! Quintex Services is known for providing Manitobans with clean uniforms, mats and linens and their Q Custom Clothing division sells branded apparel across Canada. They take their responsibility very seriously, but they also like to have fun. Whether you rent uniforms and mats or buy branded apparel, we hope you enjoy these award winning videos. If you’ve ever wondered what they can offer, these videos have fun explaining what Quintex and Q Custom Clothing can provide to your team!


Q Custom Clothing:

MANITOBA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE HOSTS CLIMATE ACTION FORUMS – The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce 2023 Climate Action Forum Series is designed to help build awareness, capacity and share experiences among Manitoba’s small-and-medium sized enterprises for enhancing resilience to climate change and achieving carbon reductions through their home game (operations and facilities) and away game (products and services offered). In collaboration with Novel Futures, the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the Manitoba Chambers is pleased to offer several in-person training opportunities for businesses to learn new approaches and share what they are doing to assess climate risk and enhance resilience, reduce carbon emissions via the circular economy, and use nature-based solutions. 

Upcoming sessions will run in Portage la Prairie (May 2), Steinbach/Niverville (May 9) and Assiniboia/West Winnipeg (May 25).  

For more information and to register click here.  

LAKEVIEW SIGNATURE WINS “BEST OF” TRADEMARK COLLECTION AWARD FOR 3RD YEAR RUNNING! – In March of 2020, Lakeview Hotels & Resorts made a big decision to rebrand the Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg Airport Hotel to Lakeview Signature-Trademark Collection by Wyndham. This rebrand allowed them to remain with the same dependable management, same outstanding staff and the same wonderful amenities their guests were used to. The rebrand was so successful that Lakeview Signature – Trademark Collection has received their 3rd year running “Best of” Trademark Collection award.  This award is based on strong guest satisfaction and an “Overall Social Review” score of 4.0 or greater. Receiving this award is a tremendous testament that commitment, dedication, and exceptional customer service pays off.  The Lakeview Signature – Trademark Collection team is led by General Manager John Pisker, a recipient of the Manitoba Hotel Association’s Legacy Award. Congratulations to the whole team!  

EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING AT MOTEL 6 – We’re excited to share the latest updates from Motel 6 Headingley! The hotel is busy completing renovations to enhance the guest experience. Guest rooms have new flooring and freshened up paint. The renovations will also include updates to the lobby and common areas, creating a modern and welcoming atmosphere and more! We can’t wait for you to see the changes at Motel 6 Headingley and experience their top-notch hospitality.

To inquire about company rates please contact Charly Scott at To book your next stay visit