Winnipeg’s Sweet 16: World-Class and Competitive
Given Winnipeg’s diverse and stable economy, the 16 companies highlighted here present an unsurprisingly impressive array of sectors. From advanced manufacturing to transportation and distribution (and six more sectors besides) these 16 firms are just samplings of the kinds of industry powerhouses Winnipeg champions throughout the world. With heavy hitters like these, no wonder local business leaders say Winnipeg routinely ‘punches above its weight.’
1. Bison Transport Inc. – Transportation & Distribution
Bison Transport was incorporated in 1969. One of the largest truckload carriers in Canada today, Bison Transport serves Canada and the 48 nearby states. As a high-service, dependable and value-creating supply chain partner, Bison Transport offers full truckload service, full-service logistics, dedicated fleet operations, yard management, and warehousing and distribution.
2. Boeing Canada Winnipeg – Aerospace
Boeing Canada Winnipeg is one of the largest aerospace composite manufacturers in Canada. Boeing Winnipeg produces nearly 1,000 end item composite parts and assemblies for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, specifically for the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 airplane models. Major products include wing to body fairings, engine strut forward fairings, engine strut aft fairings and landing gear doors.
3. Buhler Industries Inc. – Advanced Manufacturing
Buhler Industries is an agricultural equipment manufacturer with several brands, including Versalite (tractors and sprayers), Farm King (grain handling) and others. The firm sells through a dealer/distribution network in North America and the Rostselmash network of more than 200 dealers in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Buhler employs more than 770 workers.
4. Cangene Corporation – Life Sciences
Cangene Corporation, recently acquired by Emergent BioSolutions, is a fully integrated developer and manufacturer of immune therapeutics, primarily targeting infectious disease, hematology, transplantation and biodefense applications. Four of its hyperimmune products have been approved in the United States and/or Canada, and three products are included in the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile. Cangene is committed to the safety and quality of its products, the service of its customers and the interests of its shareholders.
5. Investors Group Financial Services – Financial Services
Investors Group is one of Canada’s premier personal financial services companies. It is among the country’s largest managers and distributors of mutual funds and other managed asset products. The company offers financial planning such as retirement, estate, tax planning, mutual funds and a range of other investment products and financial services. It offers brokerage services through Investors Group Securities Inc. (IGSI) and a full suite of insurance products, mortgages and banking.
6. James Richardson & Sons, Limited – Agribusiness
James Richardson & Sons is a family-owned Canadian company established in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg. The firm manages successful operations in agriculture and food processing through Richardson International Limited, oil and gas exploration through Tundra Oil & Gas Limited, financial services through Richardson Financial Group and property management through Richardson Centre Limited.
7. Magellan Aerospace (Winnipeg) – Aerospace
Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers—and defence and space agencies—worldwide. Magellan designs, engineers and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced products for military and space markets, industrial power generation and specialty products. Magellan is a public company with operating units throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Poland.
8. Manitoba Hydro – Energy & Environment
Manitoba Hydro is a Crown corporation. It’s the province’s major energy utility and one of the largest energy and natural gas utilities in Canada. Its head office is located in downtown Winnipeg. Manitoba Hydro is amongst the lowest-cost providers of domestic electricity in Canada. It exports electricity to electric utilities through three wholesale markets in Canada and the Midwest United States, and it offers a wide range of energy services and programs to its customers. Manitoba Hydro generates nearly all of its electricity from self-renewing water power using hydroelectric generating stations.
9. MTS Allstream – Information, Communications and Technology
MTS Allstream is one of Canada’s largest business telecommunications providers by market share, employing more than 5,500 workers across Canada—including 3,000 in Manitoba. The company has invested more than $200 million over the past 10 years to ensure that Manitoba’s broadband networks are second-to-none in North America. The Allstream business unit works exclusively with businesses of all sizes and currently has a customer base of more than 65,000 businesses across Canada.
10. New Flyer Industries – Advanced Manufacturing
New Flyer Industries is the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty buses in the U.S. and Canada, founded in 1930. Offering the broadest line of transit vehicles, they provide reliable transportation solutions that meet the needs of today while anticipating the needs of tomorrow. Known for breaking new ground with the first low-floor bus, the first diesel-electric bus and, most recently, the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell fleet, New Flyer remains dedicated to innovation and excellence while providing customers with a wide range of products.
11. NYGÅRD International – Advanced Manufacturing
NYGÅRD International, headquartered in Winnipeg, is a leading fashion company that designs and markets women’s fashion apparel. NYGÅRD has corporate facilities in New York, Toronto and Winnipeg. The NYGÅRD name is expanding at an ever-increasing pace. In addition to its various product lines, NYGÅRD now offers an array of licensed products. Over the past 10 years, NYGÅRD has broadened its fashion repertoire to include outerwear, swimwear, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories (scarves, hats and gloves), belts, sunglasses and soft home furnishings (‘NYGÅRD Home’).
12. Pollard Banknote Limited – Advanced Manufacturing
Pollard Banknote has been in the instant ticket business for over 25 years. The success enjoyed to date has been based on an ability to form partnerships with its clients that are focused on the mutual goal of driving revenue. Pollard Banknote emphasizes innovation to bring new ideas, methods and products to the market. The company is known for having the best-looking tickets, with “like butter” scratch-ability and realistic play logic.
13. Skybridge Americas, Inc. – Information, Communications & Technology
Skybridge Americas offers fulfillment solutions, such as call centre, continuity management, multi-channel sales, eCommerce, business to business integration, business to consumer integration, catalog management, data security, supply chain management, lot control, drop ship management, shipping and tracking, refurbish and returns management, inventory management, data entry, payment processing and order management solutions. The company provides contact centre solutions, including first response, inside sales, customer support, interactive voice response and site management. Skybridge Americas, Inc. was formerly known as Carlson Marketing Services. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Greenfield, Minnesota. It has call centres in Minneapolis and Winnipeg. Skybridge Americas, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of AHL Services, Inc.
14. The North West Company – Advanced Manufacturing
The North West Company is a leading retailer to underserved rural communities and urban neighborhood markets. Its stores offer a broad range of products and services, with an emphasis on food. Core strengths include its ability to adapt the product mix to each market it serves, logistics expertise and knowledge in serving indigenous and lower-income customers. North West is one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world.
15. The Great-West Life Assurance Company – Financial Services
The Great-West Life Assurance Company, founded in Winnipeg in 1891, is a leading Canadian insurer, with interests in the life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings and reinsurance businesses, primarily in Canada and Europe. Together, Great-West Life and its subsidiaries serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada.
16. Winpak Ltd. – Advanced Manufacturing
Winpak manufactures and distributes high-quality packaging materials and related innovative packaging machines. The company's products are used primarily for the protection of perishable foods, beverages and in health-care applications. Winpak, part of a global packaging group, operates 10 production facilities throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. Cost-effective and innovative packaging solutions are tailored to its customers’ businesses and products worldwide by using the most advanced technology available.