The return of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets has galvanized the city in innumerable ways, and the man credited with the team's rebirth here—Mark Chipman, the executive chairman of True North Sports & Entertainment—has become a local hero to many in the community.
But long before the Jets once again took to the ice in 2011, the Chipman family (led by Mark's father Robert) had firmly established themselves as successful serial entrepreneurs who repeatedly saw the value of reinvesting in our community. Their various business interests, among them National Leasing and the Birchwood Automotive Group, have become fixtures of the local landscape.
Join GROW in WINNIPEG host Peter Jordan inside MTS Centre as he chats with Mark Chipman about what it's like being a Winnipeg-based entrepreneur. Access to great talent, the sheer number of viable opportunities the city offers, and the supportive business community here all combine in a way that he believes gives local entrepreneurs of all kinds a real advantage in striving for meaningful, sustainable success.
As Mark says of Winnipeggers” collective entrepreneurial spirit at about the 1:50 mark: “I think it's in our DNA now.... It’s a gift that’s been given to us.”