The short and snappy company profiles presented hereafter offer a brief introduction to some of Winnipeg’s most celebrated business successes. A total of 16 EDW-authored profiles are currently available, showcasing the following sectors/firms/industries:
New Flyer Industries: Company Profile
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“Winnipeg is a great place to operate our business, and the city’s well-known geographic benefits tell only part of the story. Add to that its two big universities, its technical colleges, and the skilled workers these institutions produce, coupled with the work ethic and economic advantages Winnipeg offers, and what you’ve got is a city poised to help continue to grow New Flyer over the long term.” ~ Paul Soubry, President & CEO
Pollard Banknote Limited: Company Profile
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“Winnipeg’s advantages as a base for our business are many. Its central location, comparatively low labour and manufacturing costs, and ready access to skilled workers make it a great place to operate a company like ours. But more than that, Winnipeg’s welcoming business community and the warmth of the city in general make it a great place to live, work and invest.” ~ Doug Pollard, Co-CEO
Winpak Ltd.: Company Profile
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“Winnipeg and Winpak have been in lockstep for decades. I believe the success we’ve enjoyed as a company has come in large part thanks to the diverse talents of dedicated personnel who boast such strong ties to this community, and I’m honoured that long-standing employees who call Winnipeg home have become a hallmark of our organization. Add to that the host of other attributes Winnipeg offers its entrepreneurs and it becomes very easy to appreciate why the city is now seeing such unprecedented growth across multiple sectors.” ~ Bruce Berry, President & CEO
Boeing Canada Winnipeg: Company Profile
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“Winnipeg offers Boeing an array of compelling reasons to remain invested in this community. From its reliable and well-educated workforce to its competitive business costs, this city has proven to be a welcome addition to the Boeing family ever since first setting up shop here more than 40 years ago. And the company’s faith in Winnipeg as one of its most important suppliers shows no signs of abating any time soon. Quite the contrary: with our recent expansion, we’re ready to remain a key part of the Boeing equation for many years to come.” ~ Kim Westenscow, General Manager
Magellan Aerospace (Winnipeg): Company Profile
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Magellan Aerospace (Winnipeg) is the Winnipeg-based arm of this Canadian civil aerospace and defense company. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with operating units throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.
StandardAero: Company Profile
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“While Winnipeg’s many advantages have played a key role in the accomplishments StandardAero has enjoyed since its founding here more than 100 years ago, strategic positioning that allows for continued growth and prosperity trumps past achievements for any enterprise—ours included. But when we consider everything this city continues to offer our business, from easy access to applicable talent to competitive operating costs, we remain convinced that Winnipeg is the right place to bet on our future.” ~ Mike Scott, Chief Financial Officer
Canadian International Grains Institute: Company Profile
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“Winnipeg and agribusiness are synonymous, and Cigi’s work on behalf of Canada’s grain and field crop value chain has benefitted greatly from being centrally located on the Prairies. In addition to our talented staff, whose knowledge and expertise is unique in scale and scope, our success is attributable to an ecosystem in this city that sees leading businesses, stakeholder organizations and all levels of government working together to maximize opportunities across the many industries thriving within the agribusiness sector.” ~ JoAnne Buth, CEO
Granny's Poultry Cooperative Limited: Company Profile
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Incorporated in 1979, Granny’s Poultry Cooperative (Manitoba) Limited is the largest chicken and turkey processor in Manitoba, with member-owners who are chicken, turkey and hatching egg producers. Granny’s Poultry has been named one of Manitoba’s “50 Fastest-Growing Companies” eight times and one of the province’s "Top 100 Companies" 22 times.
Complex Games: Company Profile
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“Winnipeg is the perfect place to start a digital media business like ours. We’ve got a highly skilled and productive workforce that loves to be challenged, we’ve got tremendously competitive operating costs, and we benefit from unusually strong buy-in within academic, government and business circles. Provincial government programs have also helped us stay competitive as a small fish in a very big pond.” ~ Noah Decter-Jackson, Founder & CEO
Education & Training
University of Winnipeg: Institution Profile
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Located in downtown Winnipeg, the University of Winnipeg is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate institutions in the country by Macleans magazine and The Globe and Mail newspaper. The University of Winnipeg is a respected leader in academic excellence, aboriginal education, environmental studies and sustainability, as well as theatre and the arts.
Energy & Environment
Manitoba Hydro: Company Profile
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Manitoba Hydro is a Crown corporation and the province’s major energy utility. With its headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba Hydro serves hydroelectric customers throughout Manitoba and natural gas customers in various communities throughout southern Manitoba. The corporation’s capital assets exceed $12 billion, making it one of the largest energy and natural gas utilities in Canada.
National Leasing: Company Profile
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"Situated at the epicentre of the country, Winnipeg boasts a highly skilled local workforce comprised of some of Canada’s most experienced sales and accounting professionals, which affords us the flexibility and competitive advantages necessary to consistently stake our claim as the best operator in the industry. It’s a role we take very seriously. Our employees and our clients deserve nothing less." ~ Tom Pundyk, President & CEO
Information, Communications & Technology
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network: Company Profile
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“With its vibrant and growing Aboriginal community, Winnipeg is the perfect place for our national headquarters. I’m constantly moved by the creativity and resourcefulness our employees and contributors demonstrate, so I’m looking forward to what lies ahead as we increase our presence as a multi-platform broadcaster. And with the recent unveiling of our state-of-the-art news studio and expanded office space in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, our commitment to succeeding in this city is stronger than ever. ” ~ John La Rose, CEO
MTS Allstream: Company Profile
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MTS Allstream is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., delivering innovative products and services to business customers across Canada and to all market segments in Manitoba. As the fourth-largest communications company in Canada, MTS Allstream is one of Canada’s leading national
communication solutions providers.
Vita Health Products Inc.: Company Profile
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“Low operating costs, a central location with competitive transport options, and supportive municipal and provincial governments offering intelligent incentives all combine to make Winnipeg a great option for a company like ours. But Vita Health Products’ most important asset is its people. Creative, productive, skilled and dedicated to helping the company prosper, our local workforce is an essential contributor to our ongoing success.” ~ Stephanie Haverstick, Vice-President & Operating Officer
Canad Inns Corporation: Company Profile
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Canad Inns is a chain of hotels headquartered in Winnipeg. Founded by Leo Ledohowski, the company operates nine hotel properties across Manitoba and one in the U.S. state of North Dakota. In 2000, Canad Inns was named one of “Canada’s 50 Best-Managed Companies.” In 2010, Canad Inns was named one of "Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers," as published by the Winnipeg Free Press. The chain employs approximately 2,500 people.
Transportation & Distribution
Bison Transport: Company Profile
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Founded in 1969, Winnipeg-based Bison Transport is one of the largest truckload carriers in Canada, with over 1,050 tractors, 3,000 trailers and nearly 1,700 employees. Serving all of Canada and the mainland U.S., Bison is a high-service, dependable and value-creating supply chain partner. Bison Transport is a multiple award-winning Canadian company that employs the latest technology and operates one of the most modern fleets in its industry.