News from the CentrePort Community – May 2022

WYNDHAM GARDEN – OPENING THIS SUMMER – Opening in the summer of 2022, Wyndham Garden is a full-service hotel located on the first Urban Reserve in Winnipeg; the Long Plain Madison Reserve located on Treaty 1 territory. The hotel is owned by Long Plain First Nation and will be operated by Winnipeg based Sparrow Hotels. The hotel features 132 guest rooms, pool, waterslide, fitness centre, 5,800 square feet of flexible meeting space, dining room, café, and 230 parking stalls.

Part of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of brands, Wyndham Garden is Wyndham’s fastest growing brand over the last five years. Wyndham Garden combines excellent service, best-in-class amenities, and technology that delivers the efficient and welcoming elements that guests want. With a lens on the little details, and a focus on delivering stress-free, easy travel, guests find peace of mind when traveling for business or pleasure.

2022 INNOVATION, DATA & TECHNOLOGY EXPOMLT Aikins is pleased to partner with Tech Winnipeg to launch the city’s premier technology expo, offering attendees access to some of the top Innovation, Data & Technology lawyers in Western Canada.

Join us for a series of seminars, interactive workshops and networking opportunities with the lawyers from our ID&T group. This in-person event will offer practical tips on how to proactively manage the ID&T risks your organization faces and give you the chance to meet with industry peers.

Pick and choose the sessions that interest you! The first day will feature a morning and afternoon session or come for the full day, geared toward IT managers, C-suite executives, and in-house counsel. Sessions on the second day will be tailored to startup owners and emerging growth companies. Sessions are open for all to attend. Visit our website for more event information!

BELL ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF GPS TRAILER MONITORING SOLUTION – The Bell GPS Trailer Monitoring solution uses a covert trailer-tracking device providing real-time data 24/7 and the ability to track all of their trailers on and off road. The solution’s Anytrek’s high-performing web portal allows you to monitor the location of your fleet, create geo-fencing perimeters and multiple landmarks. In addition, the industry standard APIs allow for quick and secure integration into 3rd-party transportation and freight management platforms. For more information, visit

EVER WONDER WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ITEMS IN YOUR BLUE BOX? – Recognized by their signature fleet of bright green trucks, GFL offers a robust, integrated and sophisticated approach to meeting all of GFL’s customers’ environmental service needs, including the increasing demand for sustainable solutions. GFL has over 6,000 trucks and has won over 900 residential curbside collections contracts across North America, servicing 4 million households.

In Winnipeg, GFL’s 80,000 SF material recycling facility has an annual capacity of 100,000 metric tonnes. This facility services the City of Winnipeg’s Blue Box Program, along with multiple municipalities and commercial customers across MB, SK and NW Ontario. In 2021, GFL processed over 66,000 metric tonnes in Winnipeg!

LOOKING TO HELP UKRAINIAN JOB SEEKERS? – Are you a Manitoba business willing to hire Ukrainian national job seekers on a temporary or permanent basis? Employers can connect with job seekers currently in Ukraine looking for safety and security through the YES! Winnipeg Job Connections Portal.

Manitoba is home to the largest Ukrainian-Canadian community in Canada, so it’s a natural fit for Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members of any nationality to find refuge here in this time of turmoil. Sign up here.

THE POWER OF STORYTELLING – The power of story is how we break through the clutter, and the team at Tripwire Media is excited to share that we’ve recently created a Storytelling Training & Workshops Program!

This is a great opportunity for organizations who are looking to enhance their storytelling abilities, so they can help build stronger connections to their audiences, reach their goals and push their businesses forward.

As we aim to soft launch the program over the summer, we’ll be looking for people who’d be interested in booking with us at an early-bird rate. More info to come soon!

Make sure to follow @TripwireMedia on Facebook and LinkedIn for program updates or contact us ( directly if you have any questions.

BEST IN CLASS – PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022 – Join the Manitoba Trucking Association on Saturday, June 18, as top professional drivers showcase the skills needed to be the best in the industry! Whether it’s single-tandem, tandem-tandem, Super-B or turnpike, these drivers have what it takes – driving skills, written knowledge, and equipment knowledge – for our industry. This will be the first time hosting this event since 2019, and we can’t wait to see everyone again! Location: Headingley Esso, with Driver Awards Banquet to follow at Canad Inns Polo Park.

For more information, please contact Danielle Ruttan at the MTA office ( or visit our website.

CANADIAN INFLATION AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – Clients and general contractors are seeing a surge in development opportunities from low interest rates, strong infrastructure spending and pent-up demand in construction activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply chain challenges and material shortages, coupled with this surge in demand has created a perfect scenario for price escalation – at least for the foreseeable future. “The cost of steel, rebar, glass, mechanical and electrical components will increase by nearly 10% in 2022. Prices for asphalt, concrete and brick will rise less dramatically but still above trend.” 

And unlike the past, inflation is now much tougher to predict. PCL’s COO, Buildings, Chris Gower outlines a better way to manage today’s inflation in the latest PCL Market Insight. It includes fresh thinking from contractors, owners and procurement agencies. Understanding and managing volatility is key to profitability. Read the full article here

OUTSTANDING YOUNG LEADERSHIP – Congratulations to Nina Ladouceur, Manager, Residential Property Management at Cushman & Wakefield | Stevenson, for being selected as one of 8 outstanding young leaders in commercial real estate!

Nina is an unstoppable force in the commercial real estate industry. Her innovative, energetic approach and strong leadership has delivered great success for CW Stevenson’s clients. She continues to push herself and her team as they manage 11 luxury apartment buildings, with more on the horizon.  

As part of her recognition, Nina attended the Real Estate Forum in Vancouver on April 12. If named the top young leader, she’ll be recognized at the Toronto event later this year. Good luck, and congratulations Nina!

WINNIPEG’S CLOSEST QUARRY BUSY SERVICING CENTREPORT PROJECTSIt has been a remarkable year for The Munro Group. We have been heavily involved in the development of CentrePort based on one of our key connections, Lilyfield Quarry. Lilyfield Quarry is Winnipeg’s newest quarry and is close to all of CentrePort’s projects, which allows for savings on hauling costs. The facility is located one mile north of the perimeter and has had a very busy year with the announcement of the aggregate supply contract for Aecon. Based on the upsurge in business, we plan on installing a second scale at Lilyfield to further improve the process and efficiency of drivers leaving the quarry. Hugh Munro Construction has played a vital role as the contractor for CentrePort’s perimeter highway development and other construction projects for all CentrePort partners’ developments, including the rail park.

The Munro Group also wants to highlight the growth of our RockGlass and Clearsecure product which are solutions for heavy equipment, residential or commercial applications. Here at The Munro Group, our strength is our people and the strong relationship we have with Brandt. Brandt is our local John Deere dealer, who has been a key part of the support system of The Munro Group and the development of Lilyfield Quarry.

CODE CONFERENCE: TAKE CONVERSATION TO ACTIONThe Winnipeg Chamber’s first annual CODE Conference will take you on a full-day journey of learning through engaging presentations from top voices in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) community, hands-on facilitated workshops and the opportunity to learn, connect and grow with like-minded individuals. 

Just starting your DEI journey or looking for a deeper conversation? Workshops throughout the day will be offered in three levels depending on where you are in your learning journey. Join either our introductory level sessions, general sessions or advanced sessions or mix and match based on topics that interest you.

Join us for an all-day community gathering of light-bulb moments, tough (but necessary!) conversations, and a feeling of renewed hope and energy. View the full program and register here.

WHAT IS ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION? – Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is a technology in software that allows us to build and operate software ‘robots’ that emulate end-user (aka human) actions, interacting with digital information and applications. While RPA may sound daunting, it represents a great business opportunity in the age of efficiency. This exciting, new technology can easily be put to work in your business, generating returns on time-saved. Learn more from Clear Concepts

REBRAND CELEBRATIONLakeview Signature Hotel would like to thank everyone who attended our open house event on Thursday, April 21st. It was such a great opportunity for us to meet you and introduce our property to new CentrePort partners. We are absolutely thrilled to be a new member of the CentrePort Partnership Program! We look forward to meeting all of the other members of the program and working with you in the future!

We would like to congratulate Monique on winning the business card draw at the event on Thursday. We hope you enjoy your stay with us along with all of the fantastic items in the basket!

A massive thank you goes out to our generous suppliers who helped make for an incredibly memorable and successful event by providing incredible food and drink for all those attending. We appreciate your support and are lucky to have you as an integral part of our business. Learn more about our properties here.

EXCITING LEADERSHIP CHANGES AT BDC IN WINNIPEGBDC is pleased to announce some exciting changes to our leadership team in Winnipeg. Joanne MacKean, current Business Centre Manager of Winnipeg West has been promoted to Regional Director of Advisory Services for the Prairies Region. Joanne will lead all areas of the Advisory practice including oversight of our Client Partners in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Joanne brings a multitude of skills and experience to our Advisory practice including many years of term debt lending, mezzanine financing and equity placements along with strong leadership and business acumen.

Allison Pell, currently Manager Major Accounts at Winnipeg West Business Centre, has been promoted to Business Centre Manager of Winnipeg West. Allison has dedicated more than 16 years to BDC, all in Winnipeg.  She has worked with entrepreneurs of all sizes in almost every industry with one thing in common; a desire to grow and succeed in business.  Allison’s work ethic and commitment to her role and BDC clients is unquestioned, and her strong credit knowledge will bring great value to the team.

Jonny Loewen will continue to lead our Winnipeg Business Centre. Jonny has over 20 years in commercial banking and has been leading our downtown team for 5 years. He and his team are an active partner in supporting many CentrePort businesses.

Allison, Jonny and Joanne look forward to continuing work with the business community in CentrePort, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them to discuss your business goals and objectives.

WELCOME TO THE NEW SALES + MARKETING TEAM – Motel 6 Headingley and Super 8 Winnipeg West have a new Sales + Marketing team! Charly Scott is the new Director of Business Development and Steph Klassen has moved into the role of Marketing Specialist. They both look forward to working with you, so reach out with any questions or needs you may have! Contact:

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