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.” ~ Kevin Bartelson, 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
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.
James Richardson & Sons Limited: Company Profile
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James Richardson & Sons, Limited, established in 1857, is a private family-owned and operated Canadian corporation. Headquartered in Winnipeg, the firm is involved in the international grain trade and agri-food business, energy, real estate, financial services and investments.
Vita Health Products Inc.: Company Profile
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Founded in 1936 by G.W. Seier, Vita Health Products manufactures, packages and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical and natural health products.
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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National Leasing provides sound financial solutions to businesses across Canada. The leader in commercial equipment leasing, the firm is recognized as one of the largest Canadian lessors in small- to mid-ticket transactions. National Leasing is supported through its partnership with Canadian Western Bank and is a proud member of the Canadian Western Bank Group of Companies.
Information, Communications & Technology
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network: Company Profile
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APTN is the first and only national aboriginal broadcaster in the world, with programming by, for and about aboriginal peoples. APTN was launched on September 1, 1999. This represented the first time in broadcast history that First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples were accorded the chance to share their stories on a national television network dedicated to aboriginal programming.
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.
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.