Nominations for Le Gala des Pionniers 2010 Now Open!

Dec 11, 2009 | Corporate Member News

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The Pioneer Recognition event highlights the achievements of Francophone individuals and families who have stood out over the years for their business success and their contribution to the growth of their community. This recognition also extends to individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the success of Manitoba’s francophone businesses. 

Recognition Categories And Criteria

A. Individuals / Families

A francophone individual (60 years of age or older) or family who has started up at least one business or company that: 

(a) had a community impact beyond the jobs and income generated; (e.g., support for small businesses, financial support or volunteer contribution to cultural, sports or community groups or organizations);

(b) provided succession or continuity of the business within the community;

(c) had a cumulative lifespan of at least 10 years;

(d) generated at least five (5) long-term jobs in the community. 

B. Builders

A francophone individual (60 years of age or older) or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the success of businesses in their community for at least 10 years. This category includes: 

(a) Professional advisors such as lawyers, accountants, consultants, as well as bank, Caisse or company managers;

(b) A public servant or politician who has had a leading role in the francophone business sector. 

C. Posthumous

A deceased individual meeting the criteria of categories A or B. 

N.B.  It is possible that there are no nominees meeting the criteria for a particular category. 

Nomination Procedure

Nominations must be made by at least two (2) people. Submissions must provide the following information: 

  • Name, address and telephone number of the nominators;
  • Name, address and telephone number of the nominee or a member of his/her family;
  • For category “A”:

– The name and a brief description of the business (or businesses) created or managed by the individual or family nominated (size of company, number of employees, main products and services, etc.);

– contribution of the individual/family/business to the growth of their community.

  • For categories “A” or “B”:

– a description of the contribution of these individuals to the success of francophone businesses in Manitoba. 

Additional pages may be attached to the Nomination Form. 

Nomination Deadline 

Nominations and all support material must be submitted by February 26, 2010. Nominations received after the deadline will not be accepted. 

-By mail: Nominations should be mailed to Julie Turenne-Maynard, CDEM, 200-614, Des Meurons St., St. Boniface MB  R2H 2P9

-By fax: Send all the pages of your nomination submission to the attention of Julie Turenne-Maynard by fax at 204-237-4618

-By e-mail: Download the nomination form at, and e-mail your nomination submission to  [email protected]  


An anonymous selection committee will evaluate the nominees on the basis of the stated criteria. The committee reserves the right to request additional information from nominators, as required. The committee’s decisions will be final and binding. 


The nominees (or family member) chosen by the Selection Committee will be notified by the Event Coordinator. The names of award recipients will then be published via the francophone media and CDEM communications channels.

A Recognition Gala will honour the Pioneers on Saturday, May 29, 2010. 

To access the nomination form or find out more about CDEM, click here.

The Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. It is also a partner of Western Economic Diversification Canada and a member of the RDÉE Canada national francophone economic development  network.

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