News from the CentrePort Community

BDC OFFERS MANUFACTURING SECTOR OUTLOOK – Canada’s manufacturing sector is diverse and touches every aspect of the economy. From food and pharmaceuticals to chemicals and fabricated metal, discover how various industries and sub-sectors are managing the recovery. BDC is offering a free copy of their Manufacturing Sector Outlook so you can understand trends contributing to an uneven recovery within the sector. Topics covered include manufacturing output, exports, labour productivity, and a look at pharmaceutical & food manufacturing industry, and aerospace & machinery manufacturing. Get the report here.

RRC ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE NEW PROGRAMS & SPACES – With the expansion of the Exchange District Campus and the opening of the Innovation Centre, Red River College is introducing new programs to launch this fall. Each new program offered will expand the College’s capacity to put students and industry partners to work on real-world projects in important and emerging sectors of our economy. Learn more about all the new programs here.

FWS STAFFING ANNOUNCEMENTFWS would like to announce two additions to their team. Brendon Viljoen (left), the new sales lead for western Canada, brings over 10 years experience and has a background in bulk material handling estimations, project management and sales. Richard Lemoine (right), sales lead for eastern Canada, began his journey at FWS as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator growing the FWS brand and client base, exhibiting at trade shows, cold-calling prospective clients and participating in branding initiatives. Their sales team is ready to meet with you to discuss your construction and maintenance needs, visit:

MTA ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS – The Manitoba Trucking Association met April 9th for their 89th annual general meeting. They elected new members to their board for the 2021-2022 term, including Rob Penner and Steve Zovic from CentrePort partner, Bison Transport. Learn more here.

JOHNSTON GROUP OFFERS HUGR APPJohnston Group’s employee benefits plan for firms of 1-35 lives, Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®, recently provided Hugr to all its members. Loneliness and isolation are at an all-time high, so is the impact on your employees. The Hugr Authentic Connections mental wellness app is a self-guided program designed to help people feel connected. To learn more about the plan, visit:

WINNIPEG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAY LUNCHEON – The pandemic brought about many unforeseen challenges for business and sparked an increased focus on maintaining strong culture and engagement at Canada Goose. On May 20, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce will host Kara MacKillop, Chief of Staff and EVP of People & Culture at Canada Goose, as she speaks to the brand’s approach to navigating new obstacles without a playbook. Learn the role foundational values play in sustaining authentic culture and connection, and the importance of businesses holding a positive space in the world. This seminar is free to members. Learn more here.


HUGH MUNRO CONSTRUCTION OFFERING CLEAN FILLHugh Munro Construction Ltd. (HMCL), will be undertaking the reconstruction of Lilyfield Church Road (Road 68N) in the RM of Rosser. The clay material being removed from the road embankment is a black to dark brown highly plastic clay with traces of gravel and silt. HMCL began the road reconstruction in April 2021, interested parties that are looking for clean fill are asked to contact the HMCL office at 204.224.9218 for further information. Please note that HMCL will not be providing the delivery of the clean fill, the fill can be picked up onsite. The clean fill will only be provided to semi-truck and trailers or straight tandems.

TDS LAW PANEL DISCUSSION ON VACCINATIONS IN THE WORKPLACE – As COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to roll out across the country, TDS Law is bringing together a panel of labour and employment lawyers to discuss the developing legal considerations and potential implications in the workplace. What are the rights and obligations of employers with regard to vaccination policies? What should employers consider prior to implementing a policy for testing or vaccination? On May 20, join Keith LaBossiere, Managing Partner and CEO of TDS, and TDS labour and employment lawyer Kristin Kersey as they reference decisions coming out of other jurisdictions and possible approaches employers can consider (or should avoid), based on the information currently available. Learn more and register for this free event here.

MLT AIKINS WEBINAR – EXPORTING TO THE U.S.- For many Canadian agricultural manufacturers, the complications of exporting to the U.S. can be overwhelming. On May 19, MLT Aikins, will take you through a dynamic case study that explores the legal and customs challenges an agricultural equipment manufacturer may face when pursuing new business in the U.S. and sending an employee south in connection with an international sale. Visit MLT Aikins for event details.

CLEAR CONCEPTS INSIGHTS ON DIGITAL TRANSFORMATIONClear Concept’s Modern Workplace Consultant, Ryan, was published in Winnipeg Metro Region’s Spring 2021 “Regional Times”. He provides his insight on digital transformation, and on how you can keep up with the current Cloud era. Begin on your company’s digital journey today and let us know how Clear Concepts can help! Check out the article here on page 6!

BISON FIRE WINS SIEMENS GROWTH PERFORMANCE AWARD – Rob Read, President of Bison Fire Protection Inc, recently accepted the Siemens Growth Performance Award for 2020. “The team is always making me proud,” said Read. “When you consider what a year 2020 was, getting a sales award from Siemens wasn’t even in my thought process. Yet the team rallied and did what they do best. They took care of our customers and we were rewarded with their support. I’ve said many times it takes a team to win awards. A team that supports each other and works towards the goal. I have an amazing, dedicated, talented team, and am thankful for them every day.” Learn more about Bison Fire Protection.

INN AT THE FORKS’ MADE IN MANITOBA PACKAGEHit the Covid wall? Inn at the Forks is offering an amazing ‘getaway’ with their Made in Manitoba package. Stay in a stylish guest room, with complimentary parking, a $50 gift card to The Forks and a Made in Manitoba welcome amenity that has items from Black Market Provisions, Mordens, Bothwell Cheese and SMITH. More info and to book can be found here.

UNITED WAY – SUPPORT IS ONLY A CALL AWAYAccessing health and social services has never been more critical—and it just became easier. Building on its existing website service, 211 Manitoba now offers free, confidential support through a 24/7 phone line. By dialing 2-1-1 from anywhere in the province, Manitobans can get help navigating resources for mental health, addictions, abuse, housing, employment, food, legal issues, and more. Many thanks to the Province of Manitoba, the Government of Canada, and donors to United Way Winnipeg for making this initiative possible. Learn more here.