Campaign 2020

Doug Harvey, President, Maxim Truck & Trailer and Chair, Investor Council

Please join me by becoming a YES! Winnipeg investor today.

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These organizations have already pledged their support:

Campaign 2020 Investors

5468796 Architecture

5468796 Architecture

6P Marketing

6P Marketing

Acryl Design

Acryl Design

Advance

Advance

Aikins Law

Aikins Law

Air Canada

Air Canada

Akman Property Management

Akman Property Management

ALT Hotel Winnipeg

ALT Hotel Winnipeg

B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd.

B.A. Robinson Co. Ltd.

Bank of Montreal

Bank of Montreal

BDC

BDC

Beal Business Growth Consultants

Beal Business Growth Consultants

Bee-Clean Building Maintenance

Bee-Clean Building Maintenance

Bell Media

Bell Media

Bentall Kennedy

Bentall Kennedy

Birchwood Automotive Group

Birchwood Automotive Group

Bison Fire Protection

Bison Fire Protection

Bockstael Construction

Bockstael Construction

Buhler Industries

Buhler Industries

Business Development Bank of Canada

Business Development Bank of Canada

Canadian National Railway Company

Canadian National Railway Company

Canadian Tire

Canadian Tire

Canadian Western Bank

Canadian Western Bank

Carlson Composites

Carlson Composites

Cibinel

Cibinel

Colliers

Colliers

Cushman & Wakefield Winnipeg

Cushman & Wakefield Winnipeg

Deloitte

Deloitte

Driving Force

Driving Force

Economic Development Winnipeg

Economic Development Winnipeg

Fillmore Riley LLP

Fillmore Riley LLP

FWS

FWS

GE Aviation

GE Aviation

Gendis

Gendis

GHY International

GHY International

Gourmet Coffee

Gourmet Coffee

Harris Leadership Consultants

Harris Leadership Consultants

Harvard Developments

Harvard Developments

Herzing College

Herzing College

HUB International

HUB International

IBEX Payroll

IBEX Payroll

Investors Group

Investors Group

James Richardson & Sons

James Richardson & Sons

James Richardson International

James Richardson International

Johnson Waste Management

Johnson Waste Management

KPMG LLP (Canada)

KPMG LLP (Canada)

Ladco Company Limited

Ladco Company Limited

Legacy Bowes Group

Legacy Bowes Group

Lexington Real Estate

Lexington Real Estate

Loewen

Loewen

Longboat Development Corporation

Longboat Development Corporation

MacDon

MacDon

Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg

Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation

Maxim Truck & Trailer

Maxim Truck & Trailer

Megill-Stephenson Company

Megill-Stephenson Company

MNP

MNP

MTS

MTS

MTS Data Centres

MTS Data Centres

National Bank

National Bank

National Leasing

National Leasing

Neptune Properties

Neptune Properties

Norwood and Inn at the Forks

Norwood and Inn at the Forks

Palliser Furniture

Palliser Furniture

Payworks

Payworks

PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Peerless Garments

Peerless Garments

People First HR Services

People First HR Services

Pinnacle

Pinnacle

Pitblado LLP

Pitblado LLP

Premier Suites

Premier Suites

Premiere Suites

Premiere Suites

Price Industries

Price Industries

Price Waterhouse Coopers

Price Waterhouse Coopers

Probe Research Inc.

Probe Research Inc.

Protegra

Protegra

Province of Manitoba

Province of Manitoba

Qualico Developments

Qualico Developments

Quick Transfer Moving & Storage

Quick Transfer Moving & Storage

Quintex Services

Quintex Services

Richard Wintrup & Associates

Richard Wintrup & Associates

Richardcon GMP

Richardcon GMP

Scatliff+Miller+Murray

Scatliff+Miller+Murray

Scotiabank

Scotiabank

Shelter Canadian Properties Limited

Shelter Canadian Properties Limited

Shindico

Shindico

Sightline Innovations

Sightline Innovations

Silver Jeans

Silver Jeans

SkipTheDishes

SkipTheDishes

Steinbach Credit Union

Steinbach Credit Union

Stuart Olson

Stuart Olson

Talentcor

Talentcor

TD Canada Trust

TD Canada Trust

TDS Law

TDS Law

Terracon Development Ltd.

Terracon Development Ltd.

The Boyd Group Inc.

The Boyd Group Inc.

The Great-West Life Assurance Company

The Great-West Life Assurance Company

The Johnson Group

The Johnson Group

Tripwire Media Group Inc

Tripwire Media Group Inc

Trivenity

Trivenity

True North Sports & Entertainment Limited

True North Sports & Entertainment Limited

Tundra Oil & Gas

Tundra Oil & Gas

Vector Construction

Vector Construction

Vickar

Vickar

Visual Lizard

Visual Lizard

Wawanesa Insurance

Wawanesa Insurance

Welcome to Winnipeg Inc.  Recruiting Tours & Relocation Services

Welcome to Winnipeg Inc. Recruiting Tours & Relocation Services

Western Glove Works

Western Glove Works

Winnipeg Airports Authority

Winnipeg Airports Authority

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Free Press

Wynward Insurance Group

Wynward Insurance Group

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Campaign 2020: Investment Levels and Benefits

Become an Investor

YES! Winnipeg’s investors have chosen to make a difference by supporting this important initiative. Say "Yes!" to Winnipeg today by becoming a YES! Winnipeg investor.

YES! Winnipeg’s essential business investment attraction service wouldn’t be possible without your support. Your contribution is critical to the many local businesses and entrepreneurs YES! Winnipeg assists, and it matters greatly to the non-Manitoba opportunities currently being persuaded to locate here in Winnipeg.

Choosing to invest with YES! Winnipeg means you support Winnipeg’s future growth and believe in the current businesses and organizations committed to accomplishing them. You believe a focused team is the right approach to attracting business here.

YES! Winnipeg’s investors embrace the idea that “a rising tide lifts all ships.” That's why more than 125 private-sector firms have collectively pledged over $4 million since YES! Winnipeg’s inception in 2011.

As YES! Winnipeg shifts into its second five-year mission at the start of 2016, your support is more important than ever.

Sponsorship Levels

There’s a sponsorship level that’s perfect for you, so please consider making YES! Winnipeg part of your effort to help outpace other cities’ aggressive business retention and attraction practices, allowing Winnipeg to grow in size and wealth.   

YES! Winnipeg offers four investment tiers:

  • Premier Level: $50,000+
  • Advanced Level: $20,000 to $49,999
  • Lead Level: $10,000 to $19,999
  • Pacesetter Level: $5,000 to $9,999

Sponsorship Benefits

Exclusive Opportunities
Investors get access to YES! Winnipeg’s recent successes and active prospects, which are updated on the last Friday of each month. YES! Winnipeg also provides a monthly update of activities to all investors.  

YES! Winnipeg regularly hosts ‘lunch and learn’ events with investors to gain an understanding of their organization and to ensure synergistic opportunities are explored.

Because YES! Winnipeg works with its clients to overcome barriers to expansion, it is often apprised of investment opportunities, staffing issues, real estate needs, etc. Whenever appropriate, investors are issued a supplier request—a detailed summary of a client’s needs that identifies potential opportunities.

Networking
YES! Winnipeg’s investors are often owners or executives of leading Winnipeg companies—and that means ample networking opportunities.

All investors can:

  • Attend YES! Winnipeg's annual meeting
  • Participate in quarterly breakfast events featuring presentations by successful clients (first right of refusal goes to higher-level sponsors)
  • Join CEO roundtables with incoming prospects (first right of refusal goes to higher-level sponsors)
  • Potentially serve on YES! Winnipeg’s Investor Council (years of eligibility are determined by investment level)

Elevate Y​our Profile
YES! Winnipeg does its best to give investors all the credit they deserve. Investor logos and business names are published on Economic Development Winnipeg’s award-winning website, showcased at presentations, added to YES! Winnipeg’s Investor Directory and included in an annual full-page advertisement in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Message from Investor Council Chair Doug Harvey

Winnipeg is teeming with visionaries who have engineered tremendous successes and who want to give back by helping others. Nowhere is this truer than in Winnipeg’s business community, which has long benefitted from an atypically strong bond not easily found in comparable jurisdictions. This cohesive sense of pride and purpose is one of our city’s most formidable advantages.

Like many of you, I have supported my fair share of local projects over the years with both my time and money. One such example—a real asset in our city—is Economic Development Winnipeg’s business development team, YES! Winnipeg. Since its inception in 2011, YES! Winnipeg has functioned in concert with Winnipeg’s business community and is unique in our city: it’s a public- and private-sector collaboration that proactively seeks out business opportunities intended to strengthen Winnipeg’s economy. As one of its original investors, I look forward to my new role as the chair of its Investor Council and to its next five years commencing in January 2016.

The initial impetus for YES! Winnipeg came about from business leaders like you who believed that Winnipeg would benefit greatly from a dedicated sales team to encourage business investment in the city (via expansion, attraction, retention and launch activities), while similarly fostering consequential connections with existing local businesses. Equally important, this needed to be accomplished in a way that allowed for successes to be measured and for the newly created entity to be held accountable.

From every vantage, YES! Winnipeg has evolved into an indispensable initiative that deserves a second multiyear term. The information on the ensuing pages fleshes out YES! Winnipeg’s purpose and its multiple successes over the past five years. But more importantly, it’s a blueprint for the 2016 to 2020 time frame that perfects the original business development vision, so we can even more effectively seek out new business opportunities for Winnipeg. It’s a sensible, realistic and yet ambitious action plan that builds on proven successes and adds new ideas in response to emerging trends.

Ultimately, this initiative can only be as successful as Winnipeg’s business community allows. Your contribution signals a willingness to play an ongoing role within this supportive environment, and it serves as an acknowledgment that YES! Winnipeg’s vital work should continue to help shape the future of our city.

Let’s keep the momentum going. Please join me by becoming a YES! Winnipeg investor today.

Sincerely,

Doug Harvey
Chair
YES! Winnipeg Investor Council

Message from Leader Vince Barletta

Winnipeg's reputation on the world stage is at an all-time high, and I’m proud to join the Economic Development Winnipeg team as leader of its YES! Winnipeg initiative, which will soon commence another exciting five-year term.

Winnipeggers know that meaningful change requires the collaborative efforts of many people. This community’s true strength resides in its leaders’ willingness to come together to support important projects that propel our city forward. Perhaps it’s our Prairie roots, but we know better than most that achieving something significant is rarely done in isolation; instead, it happens when we all come together to create the kind of momentum that leverages our city’s fullest potential.

Business development is a shared pursuit, and no organization appreciates this more than we do. The YES! Winnipeg initiative is an integral part of a support framework that helps local businesses prosper, convinces new businesses to lay down roots and urges entrepreneurs to explore an array of opportunities.

Since its inception in 2011, YES! Winnipeg has assisted over 60 companies in establishing new operations in Winnipeg, which translates into more than $480 million in capital investment and over 3,500 new jobs at maturity. To date, 165+ supplier requests have been directed to our investors, which enable new business-to-business relationships with a focus on local procurement. Without the active participation of our valued YES! Winnipeg investors in referring business leads, making connections and responding to supplier requests, this initiative would not have recorded so many impressive successes.

Winnipeg routinely punches above its weight when we work together. Be assured that YES! Winnipeg will continue to play its part by ensuring that clients receive unrivalled service, accelerated access to government representatives and incentive programs, and vetted opportunities to partner with leading businesses like yours.

Please consider an appropriate contribution that will allow YES! Winnipeg's vital work to continue into the future. With your support, Winnipeg’s best days lie ahead.

Let's get started.

Sincerely,

Vince Barletta
Leader
YES! Winnipeg

YES! Winnipeg's Purpose: What, Why, How?

What?

YES! Winnipeg is Winnipeg’s business development team. Its role is to proactively seek R.E.A.L. (i.e., retention, expansion, attraction and launch) business leads here at home and around the world, and to mobilize the community effort required to turn each prospect into a reality. YES! Winnipeg is a unique partnership between government and the private sector that leverages a variety of resources to extend its reach to find global business opportunities. 

Bolstered by Economic Development Winnipeg’s mandate to lead, facilitate and advance Winnipeg’s economic development efforts, YES! Winnipeg attracts new companies to the city, assists entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas to life and helps existing businesses expand. YES! Winnipeg’s mission is to grow and strengthen Winnipeg's economy by assisting in the creation of new jobs and by attracting capital investment.

Why?

YES! Winnipeg was created to build a more robust and growing private sector by:

  • Expanding the tax base
  • Assisting with the creation of new jobs
  • Retaining and attracting talent to grow Winnipeg’s workforce
  • Generating real and sustainable wealth
  • Fostering business-to-business relationships that ensure local procurement

Winnipeg is alive with opportunity. With an abundant supply of renewable hydroelectric energy at among the lowest prices in North America, a central location ideally suited to support a broad customer base and significant trimodal transportation assets (and CentrePort Canada, Canada’s official inland port), Winnipeg’s international standing is on the rise. YES! Winnipeg intends to capitalize on this positivity by intensifying its business retention, expansion and attraction activities.

How?

YES! Winnipeg showcases Winnipeg as an ideal location and a steadfast economic climate for business growth by facilitating connections to the people and organizations that can successfully address key decision triggers. Most often this includes:

  1. Navigating government assistance programs
  2. Uncovering pathways to key government officials for permits/approvals
  3. Connecting to the right people/workforce/talent
  4. Sourcing strategic suppliers
  5. Locating ideal real estate for each project
  6. Identifying financing and capital investment partners

Help YES! Winnipeg continue to promote Winnipeg’s unique business advantages by investing in Campaign 2020.

The First Five Years

R.E.A.L. (Retention, Expansion, Attraction and Launch) Results from 2011 to 2015

Throughout its first five years, YES! Winnipeg conclusively proved that a coordinated and proactive approach to growing the city’s business opportunities is the best strategy.

Since launching the YES! Winnipeg initiative in January 2011:

  • Over 2,050 letters have been delivered to leading non-Manitoba businesses
  • More than 2,450 meetings have been conducted with leaders of influential local businesses
  • 42 conferences and outbound business missions have been attended
  • 65 businesses and entrepreneurs have said ‘Yes!’ to Winnipeg to date
  • More than 3,700 jobs will be created or retained at maturity
  • Capital investment will total over $490 million at maturity
  • Over 165 supplier requests have been made to YES! Winnipeg investors

In partnership with other economic development organizations, YES! Winnipeg worked with local companies to strengthen their expansion capacity (yielding 58 per cent of all jobs created). These efforts were followed by global companies coming to Winnipeg (19 per cent of jobs) and launches of new Winnipeg businesses by local entrepreneurs (16 per cent of jobs). Retention of local firms considering a move (7 per cent of jobs) complemented YES! Winnipeg’s coordinated business development efforts.

2011
In 2011, YES! Winnipeg was instrumental in assisting 17 businesses with creating 475 Winnipeg jobs at maturity. This included investments made by Cara Operations Ltd. (Swiss Chalet restaurants), Whirlwind Media Group and HD-Petroleum in the early part of the year. Superior Finishes, the ALT Hotel project, the Canadian Western Bank and Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature committed to business in Winnipeg by mid-year. By year’s end, Yomm Beverages, Canadian First Aid Training, Acryl Design, PO-MO, Sergent Berry Hospitality and The Paradies Shops had all dedicated investment dollars and jobs to the city.

2012
YES! Winnipeg helped convince 28 companies to invest in Winnipeg in 2012. Collectively, these companies anticipate employing 790 staff when their operations reach maturity. Notable clients in 2012 included Winpak, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Reliable Tire Recycling and Vesta Home Delivery.

2013
YES! Winnipeg completed 2013 having assisted 11 clients in making their decision to launch or expand business operations in Winnipeg, among them Canadian Tire Corporation, Complex Games, New Flyer Industries, Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) and Buhler Industries. Collectively, these 11 businesses predict to invest over $180 million and employ 766 permanent positions at maturity.

2014
A total of 13 companies turned to YES! Winnipeg for assistance in 2014. Collectively, these 13 businesses predict to invest over $77 million and employ 820 full-time positions at maturity. From Price Industries, SkipTheDishes and Santorini Dairy to Samuel Coil Processors Winnipeg, Melet Plastics and Scootaround, businesses operating in multiple industries are betting on Winnipeg in ways that will create jobs and promote prosperity for our city and our citizens for years to come.

2015
While only midway through YES! Winnipeg’s final year of its inaugural five-year enterprise, it’s safe to say the anticipated year-end results show tremendous promise for a strong finish. The YES! Winnipeg team continues to build on community momentum in 2015 via the successful expansion of a large clothing manufacturer and the locating of machine-learning startup Sightline Innovation’s head office in Winnipeg, among other successes. In addition, the team is currently working with over 40 prospects actively pursuing projects in industries as diverse as information technology, food processing and alternative energy.

Help YES! Winnipeg ensure the best is yet to come.

Major Accomplishments

For five years, YES! Winnipeg has collaborated with business leaders looking to expand in Winnipeg and has assisted local firms striving to reach the pinnacle of success. As of mid-2015, YES! Winnipeg has successfully assisted more than 60 clients in launching or expanding operations in Winnipeg, some of which have been highlighted hereafter. At maturity, these clients will create over 3,500 jobs and generate capital investment of more than $480 million.

2011

HD-Petroleum (114 Jobs)
HD-Petroleum operates refineries that recycle waste motor oils and refuse petroleum products into a high-quality diesel fuel. The company wanted to launch operations in Winnipeg, which would focus on recycling Manitoba-generated waste oils into regionally distributed diesel fuel. The firm also wanted to develop a research and development centre to showcase new technologies in waste recycling.

  • YES! Winnipeg worked to connect HD Petroleum to key customers and provided assistance by identifying and navigating applicable government programs
  • With YES! Winnipeg’s help and additional stakeholder support, the company decided to invest in Winnipeg to the tune of 114 new jobs at maturity and a $17-million local investment 

Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature (100 jobs)
Based in Chelsea, Quebec, the Nordik Group took a chance on Winnipeg when it decided to build its second spa, an $11-million investment, adjacent to the city-owned Crescent Drive Golf course. Thermëa is a haven that features relaxation techniques from the Nordic countries. The spa features year-round outdoor pools and hot tubs, an outdoor waterfall, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and a series of cedar saunas and steam rooms, all connected by heated outdoor paths.

  • YES! Winnipeg played a role in communicating to Nordik Group executives the array of business advantages Winnipeg presents to innovative companies looking to expand
  • Thermëa is one of the city’s brightest jewels—a real “WOW!” destination for visitors and residents alike
  • Home to one of the most impressive spas in North America, Winnipeg has now taken its place alongside some of the world’s most popular destination spots for this kind of relaxing and rejuvenating experience

2012

Winpak Limited (125 jobs)
Winnipeg-based plastic-packaging manufacturer Winpak Ltd. invested $10 million to expand its primary production facility in the city. The 82,000-square-foot addition boosts the size of Winpak’s main plant to nearly 500,000 square feet. Although multiple sites across Canada and the U.S. could have been tapped to reap the various benefits this expansion promises, Winpak’s top officials ultimately decided Winnipeg presented the most compelling business case for this capital expenditure.

  • The expansion calls for an additional 125 employees over five years, eventually bringing Winpak’s local workforce to more than 775
  • Most of the new space will be used to expand the main plant’s production capacity, while the remainder will serve as warehouse space
  • Located at CentrePort Canada within the Murray Industrial Park, Winpak has grown from a single Winnipeg plant in 1977 to its current complement of 10 specialized production sites across North America—employing more than 1,900 personnel—with operations added in Ontario, Quebec, Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania, California and Mexico

2013

Manitoba Telecom Services (30 Jobs)
Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) and its subsidiary EPIC Information Solutions announced plans to build a $53-million data centre and cloud-computing facility, signaling what the company believes is a new era for the local ICT sector. The Winnipeg-based centre totals 64,000 square feet and offers IT users the ability to co-locate their own servers on the premises or use the centre’s third-party host-management options.

  • Dubbed the MTS Data Centre, this state-of-the-art building features the highest level of environmental design and operations
  • A favourable environment exists for centres like this, given a recently launched data-processing investment tax credit and Manitoba Hydro’s competitive power rates
  • Housing data north of the border has become an increasingly compelling option in recent years, given that reports continue to emerge about the ways some U.S. agencies make use of digital information; the centre expects to welcome between 500 to 800 long-term customers

Canadian Tire Corporation (80 Jobs)
Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) selected Winnipeg as the site of a new advanced cloud-computing data centre (and digital interactive media and gaming development lab). The centre is located in the Air Canada building in downtown Winnipeg. CTC was particularly impressed by the facility itself, Winnipeg’s hydro advantage, its workforce (both availability and quality), its ICT environment, its low business costs and its highly supportive community, with excellent contributions in particular from the Manitoba government, the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba Hydro, the University of Manitoba, Red River College, the Information and Communication Technologies Association of Manitoba and New Media Manitoba

  • The corporation conducted a national search to find the most suitable location to establish its new cloud-computing data centre, and Winnipeg came out on top
  • The new cloud-computing hub is among the most advanced of its kind within North America, home to a digital content warehouse, application lab, testing lab and high-performance data centre
  • This initiative greatly enhances the company’s existing technology infrastructure, which will see a 20-fold increase in computing power and a 10-fold spike in its network bandwidth capabilities

Complex Games (80 Jobs)
Complex Games is one of Winnipeg’s fastest-growing digital media companies. To accommodate this evolution, the firm expanded its physical footprint, relocating to downtown Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District into a space 25 per cent larger than its previous home. The decision to move resulted from several key factors, including its growing, highly skilled workforce and the chance to better address space and functionality issues. Once its expansion plans are fully realized, approximately 80 new employees will swell Complex Games’ ranks to roughly triple its pre-expansion contingent.

  • Complex Games has spent over a decade creating top-selling, award-winning mobile games for some of the world’s most renowned brands (e.g., Nickelodeon, Hasbro and Disney)
  • The firm has become a local trailblazer helping to pave the way for other industry innovators operating throughout the city
  • Support from the Manitoba government is strong for ventures like this: several grants are now available, and employment tax credits are also offered

2014

Price Industries Limited (175 Jobs)
HVAC manufacturer Price Industries selected Winnipeg as the new site for manufacturing facilities related to a recently developed technological innovation. The planned expansion will mean an investment of approximately $23 million over a five-year period and includes new testing chambers in Price Research Center North, a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing expansion and a highly interactive HVAC system ‘living learning lab’ at its Price Mechanical Division in Winnipeg’s West Kildonan neighbourhood.

  • The Price Group has evolved into North America’s largest supplier of air distribution, heating, cooling and ventilation equipment for the nonresidential sector
  • Provincial and municipal partners worked with Price in providing a compelling incentive package that was partly responsible for the firm’s decision to expand in Winnipeg
  • Gerry Price, chairman and CEO of the Price Group of Companies, has long praised the world-class engineering graduates of the University of Manitoba

SkipTheDishes (118 Jobs)
Winnipeg-based Internet startup SkipTheDishes connects hungry people to local restaurants via its cross-Canada network of food couriers using its proprietary food-delivery technology. The firm officially established its headquarters in Winnipeg in 2014, and aggressive expansion plans are currently in the works that will see this pioneering company grow exponentially in the near future. SkipTheDishes anticipates employing the majority of its local staff contingent in information technology, business development, administration and management roles.

  • The firm chose to establish a Winnipeg headquarters for several reasons: a  supportive network of over 50 business mentors and experts, critical training/assistance services, as well as commercialization funding and a number of interactive digital media credits from the Manitoba government
  • Many of the new positions are being filled by the city’s highly skilled technology grads from places like the University of Winnipeg and the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba
  • The company is also actively expanding its executive management team as well as specialists in customer support, marketing, design and in-house sales

2015

A Clothing Manufacturer (350+ Jobs Projected for New Facility)
A clothing manufacturer has grown significantly in the last decade and is recognized as a leader in rebuilding the Canadian apparel manufacturing infrastructure, particularly in Winnipeg.  It is now in the process of developing a manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, a significant step in revitalizing the local textile trade. A key component of this success is the availability of a skilled workforce and the opportunity to partner with government and supporting organizations to offer ongoing training.

  • YES! Winnipeg has worked closely with this firm during its establishment of a manufacturing site
  • The expansion calls for an additional 350+ employees over two years
  • Support from the provincial and municipal governments has been strong

Sightline Innovation (300 Jobs)
Sightline Innovation Inc. is a leader in enterprise, real-time and industrial cloud-computing services. The company designs and builds technical solutions for customers’ unique business needs. Sightline Innovation brings to market a breadth of technical services in the areas of computer vision, machine learning (artificial intelligence), field-programmable gate arrays, digital signal processors, real-time kernel programming, PLC integration, IBM iSeries servers, POS systems and more.

  • Since January 2015, YES! Winnipeg has assisted Sightline Innovation with a variety of activities geared toward moving its headquarters to Winnipeg, including identifying sources of finance and capital, offering business development assistance and navigating government assistance programs
  • Thanks to collective efforts, Sightline Innovation opted to establish firm roots in Winnipeg, with 20 employees and a $3-million investment initially
  • Over the next three years, the company anticipates aggressive local growth, projecting 300 jobs and $75 million in capital investment at maturity

The Next Five Years

Committed to Winnipeg’s Future

YES! Winnipeg’s business development team continues to be engaged and focused on growing Winnipeg’s economy through the proactive identification of opportunities. The team is also highly responsive to local businesses seeking partnering opportunities with complementary firms.

Whether meeting with Winnipeg’s business leaders and tapping into their networks, contacting the fastest-growing non-Manitoba companies, developing relationships with leading site selectors, or participating in strategic international conferences and business delegations, momentum is growing. 

YES! Winnipeg is currently pursuing over 40 active prospects totaling approximately 2,665 new jobs for the city at maturity. These retention, expansion, attraction and launch opportunities represent tremendous potential to grow Winnipeg’s economy in consequential, sustainable ways.

Given these impressive results, YES! Winnipeg’s second five-year mandate has been roundly supported, validated by extensive stakeholder consultation that has occurred over the last six months. Positive affirmations, strategic inputs and demonstrated successes have all inspired the structure of YES! Winnipeg’s next multiyear term, where shared knowledge and functional relationship-building will play key roles.

With your support, YES! Winnipeg can continue to serve as Winnipeg’s business development team.

Campaign 2020: Five Goals for Measuring Success

YES! Winnipeg is driven by measurable results. It sets goals and reports on outcomes with a transparency that is appreciated by investors in both the private and public sectors. Over the next five-year term, YES! Winnipeg will operate with a revised, more detailed group of goals. Introduced below, these five goals reflect the broad range of activities YES! Winnipeg exerts influence over within the economic development space, and they address important issues faced by the city.

  1. Jobs
    No other number better expresses a community’s prosperity than job statistics. Competitive wages and long-term employment are at the heart of a healthy and thriving city. From 2011 to 2015, YES! Winnipeg achieved 3,700+ jobs facilitated at maturity. Campaign 2020’s goal is to assist in the retention, expansion, attraction and launch of 4,500 jobs during the next five years, which represents an increase over the actual results achieved as well as an increase over the original five-year goal of 4,200 jobs.
  2. Capital Investment
    Ongoing investment in buildings and equipment supports existing Manitoba businesses and demonstrates confidence in the local economy. YES! Winnipeg will continue to track the level of capital investment from its clients, with the goal of reaching $500 million invested at maturity in 2020. This goal favorably compares to the $490 million in capital investment supported since 2011.
  3. Positive Impact on Government Revenue
    When Winnipeg succeeds economically, the services and amenities that make Manitoba such a tremendous place to live can be provided. YES! Winnipeg’s successes add to the tax bases of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Canada. Moving forward, YES! Winnipeg will track these benefits across all levels of government to ensure it remains accountable to taxpayers and demonstrates positive return on investment. 
  4. Business-to-Business Relationships
    YES! Winnipeg cannot be completely successful without fully engaging with leading local businesses, and its clients appreciate the connections facilitated with Winnipeg businesses that support this initiative. Over the past five years, for example, YES! Winnipeg has issued over 165 local supplier requests to its investors for a range of products and services. Moving forward, the goal is to increase the number of these requests and track the success rates of these transactions.
  5. Support for Business Attraction and Launch
    Supporting the retention and expansion of leading local businesses will always be a key focus for YES! Winnipeg. Since 2011, two-thirds of its successes have come from growth inside Winnipeg’s business community. While maintaining this important focus, YES! Winnipeg will escalate its efforts to attract new businesses here and to launch new opportunities from local entrepreneurs—creating more business for Winnipeggers to do business with.

Help YES! Winnipeg achieve even greater results over the next five years by presenting its strongest-ever business case to potential clients.

Investor Council: Leading by Example

Accountability and Advice

Winnipeg’s business community believes YES! Winnipeg has a leading role to play in creating investment opportunities in Winnipeg. YES! Winnipeg’s Investor Council provides ongoing counsel to the YES! Winnipeg team, while overall governance is maintained by the private sector-led board of directors of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.

The members of YES! Winnipeg’s Investor Council—chaired by Doug Harvey, president of Maxim Truck & Trailer and longtime Winnipeg booster—represent the economic breadth and depth that Winnipeg’s diversified economy is renowned for, and all have made impressive contributions toward promoting Winnipeg’s stable economic environment, which has proven so attractive to investors in recent years.

YES! Winnipeg’s Investor Council works to:

  • Represent the interests of the investors as a group
  • Support the initiative in achieving its goals and demonstrating its results
  • Suggest companies to approach, share leads
  • Lobby applicable government agencies

The Investor Council’s support, collaboration and expertise are integral to the ongoing success of YES! Winnipeg. Functioning as an advocate on behalf of YES! Winnipeg’s wider pool of investors, the Investor Council helps ensure YES! Winnipeg achieves maximum engagement in its work to grow jobs and increase investment in Winnipeg. 

Current Members

Doug Harvey, Maxim Truck & Trailer (chair)
Sean Barnes, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (past chair)

Austin Abas, KPMG
Dave Angus, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
James Cohen, Gendis Inc.
Joe Cyr, Price Industries Limited
John Daniels, Qualico
Hugh Eliasson, Department of Jobs and the Economy, Government of Manitoba
France Guimond, Western Economic Diversification Canada
Greg Hasiuk, Number TEN Architectural Group
Cheryl Hedley, Protegra
Charles Henaire, The Great-West Life Assurance Company
Marina James, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.
Dave Johnston, Johnston Group
Keith Jordan, HUB International
George Peletis, Parker
Karin Pooley, People First HR Services
Ute Rehill, Scotiabank
BJ Reid, Investors Group Inc.
Ross Robinson, B. A. Robinson Co. Ltd.
Sandy Sager, Premiere Executive Suites
Mike Scatliff, Scatliff+Miller+Murray
Mark Shayna, David Aplin Group
Andrew Stibbard, MNP LLP
Trevor Westwood, Gourmet Coffee Specialists Ltd.
Keith Wiebe, RBC Royal Bank

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