News from the CentrePort Community – November 2021

RESILIENT BUILDINGS, RESILIENT FUTURE – In the face of extreme weather events communities need resilient built environments more than ever. PCL’s latest blog post provides insight into the importance of built environments and the role they play in combatting climate change – read more here.

TRIPWIRE’S AWARD WINNING YEAR – It has been an incredibly successful year for Tripwire Media Group. Recently, the team won four Signature Awards, including Judge’s Choice for work they did with Dufresne, Roger Watson Jewelers, as well as a corporate self-promotional video. This caps off an already exciting year, as earlier they received four Telly Awards, including the Gold Telly – an internationally recognized advertising award. CEO and Executive Director, Doug Darling, says “it’s not so much about the awards themselves, but it really reinforces the credibility of our creative process, and will hopefully help us continue to do super creative and fun work.” Check out Tripwire’s work at

MREA’s #REALTalkMB – The Manitoba Real Estate Association has launched a podcast series offering insights from Manitoba REALTORS about the real estate industry. Launched in May, there are 4 episodes to catch up on. Learn more here.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH TDS INDUSTRY COURSES TDS lawyers will be instructing various Winnipeg Construction Association construction law courses starting this winter. Topics include The Builders’ Liens Act, the CCDC 2 – 2020 contract, the roles and responsibilities of consultants, statutory declarations and holdbacks, and delay claims and dispute resolutions. Learn more about these and other TDS events here.

RRC IS NOW RRC POLYTECH – With the launch of its new strategic plan for 2022-2026, Red River College is embarking on a bold new path forward by becoming Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech). To read more about this evolution and to see RRC Polytech’s strategic plan, visit

ESG ACTIVISM: COMING SOON TO A BOARDROOM NEAR YOU – New blog post by MLT Aikins. Creative investor and social activism in environmental, social and corporate governance could be bad news for business as usual. The unprecedented success of ESG activist group, Engine No. 1, in forcing management of Exxon Mobil Corporation to become more aggressive in tackling climate change could signal a new form of highly effective and innovative ESG activism. In a similar fashion, Royal Dutch Shell has very recently become the target of similar pressure from the activist Wall Street hedge fund Third Point LLC. For companies operating in the energy sector and beyond, this means that boards of directors need to quickly up their ESG game or face the risk of activist scrutiny and action. Visit MLT Aikins for more.

BDC: HOW TO ADAPT TO THE LABOUR SHORTAGE SITUATION, HIRING DIFFICULTIES ARE NOT GOING AWAYLabour shortage is not a new phenomenon in Canada. But as the economy recovers and the job market bounces back, the pressure on employers is intensifying. 55% of Canadian entrepreneurs are struggling to hire the workers they need, which leaves them with no choice but to work more hours, as well as delay or refuse orders. In addition, more than a quarter are having a hard time retaining their employees.

The long-term decrease of the labour force growth and the recent effects of the pandemic have worsened the uneven impact of the labour shortage. Unemployment persists in some sectors, while labour scarcity persists in others. BDC surveyed more than 1,200 entrepreneurs and 3,000 members of the working-age population about how the situation is affecting them. In this study, you will find both insights into the causes of the labour shortage resurgence as well as solutions for Canadian entrepreneurs to reduce its impact. Read more here.

NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF QUIN COOK TAKES THE HELM AT SMITHInn at the Forks is pleased to announce the appointment of Quin Cook as their new Executive Chef. Quin has been Chef de Cuisine at SMITH Restaurant for the last 5 years, acting as the creative force behind all of your SMITH-crafted favourites.  A graduate of Red River College’s Culinary Arts program, Quin previously spent time as the Sous Chef at Bistro 7 ¼, Chef de Cuisine at Deseo, both here in Winnipeg and trained at the esteemed Black Hoof in Toronto. Chef Cook will be launching a new Winter Menu at SMITH in the weeks to come.

CPC WAY X WEST PERIMETER Hugh Munro Construction, a heavy civil construction company from the Munro Group, was proud to take on the CentrePort Canada Way x West Perimeter project back in 2013 alongside SNC-LAVALIN Constructors Inc. Visit for details on the construction, mechanical, and trucking services offered by Hugh Munro Construction.

MEET THE TEAM AT MOTEL 6 & SUPER 8Motel 6 Headingley and Super 8 Winnipeg West have a new Sales + Marketing team! Meaghan Leslie 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:

2 MILLION PERSON HOURS WITHOUT A LOST TIME INJURY @ FWS – FWS would like to thank and congratulate their employees on reaching two-million-person hours without a lost-time injury. This is a significant milestone and achievement for any company, but especially impressive considering the high-risk work FWS undertakes as part of the industrial construction industry.

What this means is that FWS and their employees are all working hard to ensure that their worksites are safe, kept hazard-free, and the company and employees are working in collaboration to identify risks and mitigate them before they turn into injuries.

You may ask, “How does a big company like FWS implement a safety strategy?”. They do it by building the process into the very fabric of what is FWS. They have put in place a comprehensive Health, Safety and Environment program that has been implemented throughout all levels and sectors of their company. They have set a goal for themselves of preventing injuries by ensuring that each employee is fully trained and educated in their roles.

FWS believes that their employees are their most valuable asset and as such, play a vital role in the company achieving its goals. They have made a pledge to ongoing precision, professionalism, safety, and quality. The company works hard to deliver optimum value to all their stakeholders, while ensuring “Everybody Goes Home Safe”.

WINNIPEG WORKSEconomic Development Winnipeg is excited to team up with CTV Winnipeg for Winnipeg Works to share with Manitobans the many opportunities to live and work in the city and surrounding areas. The City of Winnipeg is growing, and there are endless opportunities as we continue to thrive as a community. From tourism and technology to manufacturing and agriculture, Winnipeg is a world-class hub for talent. Learn more about Winnipeg Works.

CANADA’S YEAR OF THE GARDEN 2022 Pegasus Publications, producer of Canada’s Local Gardener magazine, is proud to be the English-language magazine partner of Canada’s Year of the Garden 2022. Year of the Garden is an exciting initiative that will commemorate this country’s rich garden heritage, celebrate today’s vibrant garden culture and create legacies for a sustainable future.

Watch throughout the year for promotions involving communities, schools, business and public and private gardens to encourage Canadians to “live the garden life”. It has been in the planning stages for a few years to mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association and it comes at the ideal time for a pandemic-weary populous. As people turned inward and focused on our homes, we rediscovered the joy and benefits of working in our gardens.

You can find out more about Year of the Garden in Canada’s Local Gardener magazine. Contact Ian Leatt at 204-940-2707 to subscribe and get a special 25 percent off the regular subscription price.