News from the CentrePort Community – January 2023

WINNIPEG AIRPORTS AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES SELF-DRIVING WHEELCHAIRS ON THE MOVE AT YWG Did you know? By 2038, it’s estimated that one in three people travelling by air will need some form of assistance. To help meet the evolving needs of passengers, and as part of its commitment to provide a more accessible and inclusive environment, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport recently became the first place in North America to implement WHILL’s self-driving wheelchairs as a fully available service.

At the push of a button, the autonomous mobility devices help travellers to move more freely from the check-in counters, through security, and to their departure gates, allowing for more independence. The ground-breaking technology, which was also developed through a series of trials at YWG, recently won an Innovation Award during the Consumer Technology Association’s Consumer Electronics Show. Read more here.

LAKEVIEW HOTELS & RESORTS ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING Lakeview Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce that Carla Foster has been promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing.

Carla comes from an extensive background in customer service in the hospitality sector with exceptional guest relation skills. Her passion for sales, tourism and client satisfaction is invaluable to both clients and the team at Lakeview Hotels & Resorts.  

Please reach out to Carla regarding any of Lakeview’s properties at or 204.975.0628.

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD | STEVENSON & MMI’S 5 THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN 2023 Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson and MMI’s look ahead at the most defining projects and trends for commercial real estate in Manitoba:

  1. Naawi-Oodena – Overseen by Treaty 1 Development Corp. and spanning 109 acres, this landmark project at the former Kapyong Barracks will be a major economic driver over the coming years and symbolizes a rightful return of land to Indigenous Peoples in Winnipeg. 
  2. 300 Main – This iconic, one-of-a-kind luxury apartment, offering a 40th floor patio with incredible views, a pet playground and so much more, will take shape in 2023.
  3. CentrePort Canada – Development of CentrePort South will include 4,500 single and multi-family residences, substantial commercial development, an influx of jobs and an increase in industrial product which is in high demand in today’s market.
  4. Commercial Condos – Commercial condos are a relatively new concept in the Manitoba market but have been steadily gaining steam as small business owners have the chance to own their space. Rockall Park Commercial Condos, an MMI development, will welcome its first tenants in 2023.
  5. Regional/Just-in-time Delivery – As supply chain issues continue to weigh on manufacturers, distributors and consumers, many local companies, like KMR Delivery Solutions, are combining strategic transportation advantages with services and local storage facilities to provide speedy regional and just-in-time delivery.

Read the full article here.

PRESIDENT AND OWNER OF CONTEMPORA STEEL AWARDED QUEEN ELIZABETH II PLATINUM JUBILEE MEDAL – George Constantinides, President and Owner of Contempora Steel Builders was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal last December at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal is awarded by the government of Manitoba to recognize and highlight those who, like Her Late Majesty, have committed themselves to the service of family, community and country. The medal was presented to George by Premier Heather Stefanson, Lieutenant Governor Anita Neville and MLA Obby Kahn.

THE CLOUD CALLED…IT’S TIME TO MIGRATE YOUR PHONE SYSTEM – Clear Concepts is offering a free webinar on migrating your existing phone system to Teams Phone. Hear from Teams Phone experts at Clear Concepts about how their proven migration process can help you ditch your outdated and cumbersome phone system.

In this webinar, learn how migrating from your existing phone system to Teams Phone can help you work smarter:

• Simplifying Licensing & Calling Plans

• Collaborative calling within Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365

• Traditional Phone System Capabilities including Attendants, Queues, and Voicemail

• Devices For All Calling Scenarios

• Setup & Maintenance

Click here to view the webinar.

CANADIAN ENTREPRENEURS’ NEEDS AND CHALLENGES: 2023 OUTLOOKBDC conducted a study last month among 1,500 Canadian small and medium sized entrepreneurs (SMEs) to find out their level of confidence in the economy, their business prospects and their investment plans for the next 12 months. Entitled “Canadian Entrepreneurs’ Needs and Challenges: 2023 Outlook”,  the study revealed that while most SMEs expect an economic downturn in the coming year, 45% do not fear for their profitability.

Check out the full study to find out more. 

BOOK A DEMONSTRATION AT INLAND AUDIO VISUALInland AV has updated their Demonstration Room technology and invites you to book a demonstration.

The Q-SYS Core 110F open architecture is the heart and control of meeting & boardrooms and training facilities audiovisual systems. With Q-SYS, IT departments won’t have to manage disparate components from different manufactures. They can take advantage of a single platform that offers them the flexibility to serve all AV & Control requirements now and in the future. Currently our Core system controls a videoconference camera, SMART interactive display, Shure steerable ceiling microphone, Barco wireless connection (BYOD), ceiling speakers and the Mersive Solstice Pod (cloud based videoconference).  Tell us what your organization wants to do and we can design a Q-SYS system that your IT team will love today and in the future.

Inland has also installed a Hearing Loop demonstration system for assisted listening. If your clients include the hard of hearing, a Hearing Loop system can be a part of your organization’s communications strategy.

Contact Duane Ryan at 204.786.6521 to book a demonstration of either of these systems.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM CANADIAN SECURITIES ADMINISTRATORS (CSA)MLT Aikins has recently published some articles highlighting new announcements from the Canadian Securities Administrators. These articles contain insights and information that could be valuable for organizations making ESG disclosures or issuing securities. To read more, follow the links below:

GAINING MOMENTUM: PAUL CARRIERE JOINS THE WTCW TEAM AS MANAGER OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTCW) is excited to announce the addition of Paul Carriere as Manager of Strategic Partnerships. Paul brings a wealth of experience to the role, including over 7 years as a Senior Business Development Executive and a strong background in sales, marketing, contract negotiation, and account management.

In his new role at WTCW, Paul will be responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with non-profit organizations and private sector businesses in Manitoba, Canada, and within the international trade network. He will work to create an efficient and sustainable partnership model that will help deliver the organization’s programs, services, and advice to Manitoba entrepreneurs. Paul will focus on building and developing partnerships that can help optimize the growth of the organization and strengthen Manitoba’s economic development ecosystem.

KGS PROVIDES GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS AND FOUNDATION ASSESSMENT AT THE CENTREPORT CANADA RAIL PARKKGS Group’s latest contribution to development at CentrePort has been the geotechnical investigations and foundation assessment in Fall 2022 for a new terminal and warehouse to be constructed in the CentrePort Canada Rail Park in the RM of Rosser. KGS Group is a multidiscipline consulting engineering team with local, national and international experience in transportation planning and infrastructure development, and can provide full multidisciplinary design and contract administration services on all commercial/industrial projects within CentrePort.

INVESTMENT IN ADVANCED COMPOSITES DEVELOPMENT CENTRE TO SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, NEW LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTSRRC Polytech’s Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing (TACAM) was awarded $1.5 million in funding from Prairies Economic Development Canada, National Research Council Canada, Magellan Aerospace and Convergent Manufacturing Technologies to expand the Advanced Composites Development Centre (ACDC). The expansion of ACDC will enable RRC Polytech to increase capabilities in advanced composite manufacturing using robotics, automation, and data analytics. It will also help to industrialize emerging composite manufacturing technologies, improve RRC Polytech’s knowledge base, open doors for new business opportunities for the private sector, and develop a much-needed workforce in advanced manufacturing and aerospace. Read the full article here.

SUSTAINABILITY SPOTLIGHT- LITTLE BROWN JUG Community-based sustainability is a key strategy in developing flourishing eco-conscious businesses. At The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, it is important to promote sustainable businesses and their green initiatives. In their Sustainability Spotlights, The Chamber will shift their focus towards sustainable practices and the people that adopt and amplify them.

They’re sharing the eco-conscious activities of Kevin Selch, founder of Little Brown Jug (LBJ). Bringing local brews and carbonated water to Winnipeg’s core, how does Little Brown Jug keep its waste low and efficiency high? Well, there are a few different ways. Read more here.

SCHINKEL PROPERTIES SUPPORTS PET RESCUE SHELTER! February is ‘We Love Pets’ month and all Super 8 by Wyndham Winnipeg West hotel pet fees will be donated to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter on behalf of the shelter. The hotel is accepting monetary donations as well as: wet cat food, hard rubber dog toys, cat litter and cleaning products. Reminder: CentrePort Partners receive 15% off at all Schinkel Properties Inc Hotels.

STORYTELLING FOR BUSINESSES WORKSHOPS No matter what business you are in, storytelling is an amazing tool to help you communicate, lead and connect. Tripwire has launched Strategic Storytelling for Businesses, where accredited Storyteller Coach, Doug Darling, will come and help your team use storytelling within your company. This is great for Leadership, Sales, Marketing, or anyone who is trying to help improve the momentum of a company’s growth. 

Doug has done seminars for New Flyer, Winnipeg Humane Society, Canola Growers, TDS and so many other organizations, and has taught them how they can use the strategy of storytelling to have more effective and authentic results. Learn more about Storytelling Workshops here or contact

JOHNSTON GROUP FOCUSES ON WHOLE HEALTH Virtual care is revolutionizing how Canadians access and experience healthcare. Johnston Group, has partnered with Teladoc to provide telemedicine services for several years. As of January 1, 2023, they have added mental health services, at no additional cost, to their plans. Plan members of Maximum Benefit, CINUP and Chambers Plan who hold extended Health benefits now receive 24/7 access to online mental health programs that help build resilience and that can guide them through their journey toward whole health. This, in turn, can result in improved productivity and reduced absenteeism. Through this expansion of Teladoc services, Johnston Group has created a continuum of care to a broad spectrum of healthcare needs, from pink eye and skin rashes to mental health illnesses and cancer. Learn more at

QUINTEX CELEBRATES 4TH GENERATION OF QUINTON FAMILY LEADERSHIP As they begin their 112th year servicing Manitobans, Quintex is excited to have Brodie and Mackie Quinton lead them into the future as their new Co-CEOs. This 4th generation of Quinton leadership carry on their commitment to Manitobans, their community and their environment.

As Manitoba’s only Canadian owned provider of uniforms, mats, linens, toweling and facility services Quintex takes immense pride and care in servicing their customers. Brodie and Mackie are excited to be part of the CentrePort community and look forward to working with Quintex’s new partners. Quintex has solutions for almost any business/facility looking to improve their image and safety so please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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