Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Announces Finalists for the 2011 Manitoba Business Awards

Oct 6, 2011 | Chamber News

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is proud to announce the Finalists for the 2011 Manitoba Business Awards, Presenting by Manitoba Lotteries. There are fifteen finalists in five different categories and two Recipients in the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.   

We will be announcing the recipients on October 26, 2011 at the Business Excellence Gala Dinner being held at the Delta Winnipeg. Join us as we honour this year’s finalists and announce the recipients of this year’s MCC Manitoba Business Awards. Tickets are available online here. For further information visit our website or contact Greg Findlay 948-0105 email [email protected]

A special thanks to our major sponsors

The 2011 Finalists for the Manitoba Business Awards:

Large Business           

Acrylon Plastics Inc. 

Acrylon is a Manitoba based manufacturer with five plants providing local and international companies with plastic parts created through rotomold, vacuum formed and profiled creation processes. Acrylon has grown to be one of the top rotomold plastics manufacturers in North America. Acrylon’s product capacities are diverse and include components for agriculture equipment, transportation, construction, architectural products to name a few. 

 Acrylon is an outstanding Manitoba business through a combination of its commitment to local growth, exportability of the majority of its projects, diversity of employment and overall contributions to the Manitoba business and cultural community. Acrylon is committed to expanding its plant locations and service offerings throughout North America but will continue its stated commitment to maintain its head office in Manitoba. Acrylon is poised to achieve a 2013 target of exporting 80% of its product outside of Manitoba. As a diversified employer, Acrylon has provided exceptional opportunities and wages for a wide range of emoloees – from established Manitoba managers through to new immigrants located within Winnipeg and throughout rural communities such as Winkler. Acrylon is very active in the community through direct sponsorship of programs and through its employees, who are active in a number of community institutions. 

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Caisse Groupe Financier/Financial Group 

Caisse Financial Group is the result of nearly 75 years of history, beginning with its founding as Manitoba’s very first financial co-operative in St-Malo, Manitoba in 1937.  Following a merger of the four Manitoba Caisses on September 1st, 2010, the newly formed Caisse Financial Group is a financial co-operative open to everyone. We offer quality personalized financial products and services in both French and English through 26 branch locations in urban and rural Manitoba to ensure the financial health of its 30,000 members . 

Ranked 7th among Manitoba’s financial co-operatives with over 890 millions in assets, Caisse Financial Group is an economic force that plays a significant role in the local marketplace and employs 220 people.  We are equally proud of our roots, continuing to offer our services in both French and English, and strive to develop sustainable partnerships with our communities, investing approximately 5% of our profits on an annual basis in projects and activities that make build strong and vibrant communities.  Our strength continues to be the close connection we have to the communities we serve, often being the first financial institution in the region and the only financial institution to remain in the region.  Our staff lives and works in our communities and therefore is intimately familiar with our members’ needs. Our members are at the heart of all we do.  Our adherence to the seven universal co-operative principles defines our culture and our way of doing business which provides us with a competitive advantage and provides the consumers of financial products and services with an interesting alternative. 

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WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc. 

In 1995, with interests in several restaurants and two dinner theatres, we had grown to a point where it was time to consolidate our management system. We had a really strong group of people, and we worked very well together, but it was time to clearly define what we stood for, and to create one entity which would embody the guiding principles by which we would manage our growth.

As inspiration often comes as a result of effort we found ourselves doing research for a new concept location in a fantastic BBQ restaurant in Raleigh North Carolina. We started discussing Tom Peter’s book In Pursuit of Wow. We realized that his philosophy encapsulated what we wanted to achieve, so what followed the book and found our new name, and the principles upon which we predicated of the Six Stars of WOW!

To WOW! you, we’ve got to make everything memorable. To do this we need motivated staff, so we create a work atmosphere that WOW!’s them. We WOW! our suppliers so we can ensure great quality food. We believe it’s our duty to give something back and WOW! the community. And we are not afraid to WOW! our competitors by setting a high standard for excellence.

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Medium Business 


Imaginet is a Manitoba company with services including application lifecycle management (ALM), Custom Application Development, our newly announced Imaginet Interactive division, among others. We have a proven track record for completing thousands of successful engagements with clients all around the world. 

Imaginet is a Manitoba success story starting as a small organization servicing local clients to becoming a global leader in every sense of the word without exaggeration. 

We grew from a small emerging company to a medium sized organization with global reach by accomplishing the following: 

  • Developing a company of though leaders in marketing and technology who help facilitate and support growth.
  • Acquiring one of our largest US competitors in the ALM market to become the global leader in ALM Visual Studio Services.
  • Doing great work and achieving great results, which gives us an opportunity to do work with large organizations like HBO, Sport Chek, Kimberly Clark and United Airlines.
  • Constant expansion into new markets where we have built head offices (Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Dallas and South Africa)

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Parenty Reitmeier Inc. 

Parenty Reitmeier is an expert provider of translation and localization services in over 100 languages. We translate and complete all formatting required for manuals, catalogues, training and safety materials, marketing literature, websites, software, audio/video, and more. We also specialize in voice-over recordings and subtitling into foreign languages. 

Since 1992, Parenty Reimeier has grown to become a specialized and reputable translation service provider for major exporters. Partnering with strategic clients in the industries we serve best, we have focused our operational efforts in investing in the right tools, software, staff and resources to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. As our business continues to evolve, our commitment to quality, timeliness and customer satisfaction is always our priority. Our Production Managers attend localization industry conferences all over the world to recruit nad network woth the most qualified Technical Translators and Language Specialists in order to ensure we have the best human resources available anywhere in the world.

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West End Tire 

West End Tire is a family-owned business operating in Manitoba since 1956 and provides exceptional services to individuals and businesses in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Mississauga. The company provides high quality tires, tire retreading and auto inspection services. 

West End Tire, operating since 1956, has been serving its clientele with a high quality product and exceptional services to ensure sustained growth in this highly competitive industry.  West End Tire’s attention to detail, customer service, and innovative practices has enabled them to grow by opening additional locations in Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario. 

The company has a strong commitment to its employees and goes the extra mile to offer them training and opportunities for advancement within the organization.  The family-owned business is very community orientated and is very receptive to helping those in need. 

The company is strategic in its business planning process, progressive, innovative, creative, and pays great attention to detail. 

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Small Business           

Brunet Monuments 

Brunet Monuments has been providing our customers with the highest quality memorials and other products made out of granite for one hundred years.  Every piece is handcrafted and carved meticulously to ensure the quality our customers deserve.  We strive to earn our customers trust by honoring their loved ones lifetime.  

Our dedication to outstanding work performance, quality of service and attention to detail is remarkable and is renowned throughout Canada and the United States.

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Focal Point Comprehensive Vision Care 

We are a progressive, six doctor optometric practice in Morden, Manitoba. Our state-of-the-art, 7700 square foot, 10 exam lane facility is now 6 years old and we continue to experience rapid growth.

The full-scope practice was established in 1970. We have always believed in being on the leading edge of optometry in all aspects of practice. We set high standards for our profession, certified support staff and have created an environment that fosters exceptional patient care. 

We have an amazing team that has a passion for helping people. We pride ourselves on our service and being able to offer the most value for the patient’s dollar and measure our success by the satisfaction of our patients. 

As we embark on a new chapter, with the recent retirement of Focal Point’s founder and a new partner stepping in, we look forward to facing the challenges that the future will bring and to the enjoyment of serving our communities. 

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Talbot & Associates 

Talbot & Associates is a professional firm of Certified General Accountants providing accounting services to individuals as well as several corporations in a variety of areas relating to corporate and personal financial management, including auditing, personal and corporate income taxes as well as assistance with government programs and agricultural investing, among many others. 

At Talbot & Associates, we promise to offer a service that is in all respects professional, easy to understand and that is delivered promptly. We strive to make our workplace one that is the envy of other accounting firms based on the culture in which the staff want to work in, and our goal that ensures that our clients are 100% satisfied. Talbot does its utmost to address the needs of its urban and rural clients as well as be of service to the communities to serve and live in. 

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Long Term Business – Winnipeg  

Bockstael Construction Ltd. 

Bockstael Construction Limited, a multi generation family owned business, was originally founded in 1912. The present day family continues to build their good reputation on the solid foundation established so many years ago. By combining their experience from the past with the technology and engineering skills of today, the company has grown steadily and has expanded its scope of services. It has positioned itself for continued growth beyond its 100th anniversary.

The company’s work consists of general contracting, construction management and design-build. Their philosophy is to deal fairly, honestly, and openly with every client. Their goal is to protect the client’s interests ultimately resulting in a successful project that exceeds the client’s expectations.

Bockstael Construction completes each project in a professional manner without compromising quality or service. Clients can expect maximum effort to finish the job in time and on budget. 

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Number TEN Architectural Group 

Number TEN Architectural Group is an integrated practice of architecture, strategic advisory services, interior design and planning with offices in Regina, Winnipeg and Victoria. For over 55 years, Number TEN has been a Canadian leader in design innovation and implementation; excelling in commercial, hospitality, institutional, education and recreation design. Project teams work seamlessly across all three offices. 

We are outstanding because we care about Manitoba and we have invested in Winnipeg throughout the years, through the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations. We have given of our professional time, volunteered our staff and been on the ground with many important projects. All six Partners started their careers with Number TEN and have been with the firm for their entire professional lives. They demonstrate commitment, longevity and a belief in the importance of strong business and personal relationships. The firm has very long term standing clients and long standing relationships with consultants and other allied professionals. Eighty percent of our client base is repeat clients. They rely on the consistent service of Number TEN and the importance of mutually supportive working relationships.

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Pitblado is a full service law firm. 

Over the years, we’ve learned that our clients want a Law Firm that is current with today’s legal practices and technologies, and capable of responding to their needs – now and in the future.

But we are also aware of the value that can be gained from broad experience and a long tradition of success. Like many firms, today’s Pitblado is the modern day result of the amalgamation of many of the region’s finest firms down through the years.

Today’s Firm has truly been “cut from the cloth” of some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs. In fact, the company namesake, Isaac Pitblado was a major influence in the legal industry during his time and his legacy lives on today.

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Long Term Business – Rural 

Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge

Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is one of Manitoba’s top fly-in fishing lodges. Located near the inlet to the Gammon River in the Atikaki Wilderness Provincial Park, Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge has been in operation since 1948. As the second deepest lake in Manitoba at 295 feet, Aikens Lake is a destination of choice for walleye, northern pike, lake trout, yellow perch, whitefish and burbot. 

“Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge offers a fantastic fly-in fishing adventure with a friendly, knowledgeable staff who supply superb service.” – Steve Pennaz, Exec. Director, North American Fishing 

“It’s not just the huge walleyes that bring me back to Aikens Lake year after year. I have fished allover Canada and this is one of the most peaceful and serene locations I’ve ever experienced, and there is absolutely no comparison to the friendly staff at Aikens Lake. From the chefs and housekeepers to the dockhands, everybody knows your name and loves talking about your day on the lake! By the end of your trip, you have become part of their family!” – Dale Jensen, Arizona Diamondbacks General Partner 

‘To the great and caring staff of Aikens Lake … I would personally like to thank you for the memories that my kids and I were able to create. The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” – Boomer Esiason, Former NFL MVP Quarterback

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CANDO Contracting Ltd. 

Cando is a dynamic employee owned company in the business of supplying specialized services, quality materials, and innovative solutions to customers in the rail sector and to those industries that depend on the movement of bulk materials. Our experience and diverse range of services positions our company as a high value, expert, and seamless means of meeting customer needs. In business since 1978, with operations spanning North America and sales world wide, our company is committed to innovation, entrepreneurship, and a “can-do” approach to doing business.

Cando’s core capabilities in the rail industry include railway operations and industrial switching, transloading and freight logistics, rail materials reclamation and sales, rail spur/in-plant construction and maintenance, on track services, and a variety of contract services for the railway and related industries. Our companies currently employ in excess of 270 people at over a dozen fixed locations in various parts of Canada and have more than a dozen separate mobile crews in Canada and the US. The company owns and operates 22 locomotives and over 300 pieces of automotive, rail service and construction equipment.

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Norbert’s Manufacturing Ltd. 

Norbert’s Manufacturing Ltd currently builds stock, flat deck, utility, enclosed, triple stage, dump, recreation, oilfield and custom trailers. We have a dealer network from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba and build about 400-500 trailers per year. 

Norbert’s could be a company like others and stream line their products building only certain styles and sizes. Norbert’s Manufacturing believes that we are different from the rest as we are more custom and build the strongest and toughest trailer on the market today. We believe in offering the best to our customers and daily are looking at ways to improve our products as well as production in any way we can.                       

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Lieutenant Governor’s Awards – Recipients           

Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business                                   

Tribal Councils Investment Group 

TCIG is a highly successful diversified investment holding company owned by the seven Tribal Councils of Manitoba.  As a prominent business leader we provide for the generation of profits, sustainability of wealth and create employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. 

TCIG’s mandate is to design and implement an investment strategy that returns significant dividends to its shareholders which will have a positive impact on the quality of life for Aboriginal people and communities.  TCIG has steadfastly dedicated its human and financial resources to achieve those principle objectives. 

We are committed to supporting and empowering Aboriginal peoples and communities through grants in the areas of education, culture, leadership, economic development, wellness and arts.  One of the most rewarding initiatives the TCIG has participated in is feeding the children before they go to school.  Children should not be thinking about the basic necessities, but be focused on their opportunities, goals and dreams.  We are extremely proud to partner with the ONEXONE Foundation to support the National First Nations School Breakfast Program.  In 2011 we will support five communities within our territory by servicing 257,000 breakfasts to over 1500 children. 

TCIG’s vision is to create hope and significance in people’s lives.  Things can be better; we can create a better life.  It can be done.  Work with us.  Let’s create a better world together.           

Click here to learn more.           

Outstanding Contribution to the Community by an Individual                                   

Don Penny

Don was never content to sit at his desk and perform accounting activities. He wanted to be a businessman, not just an accountant. As he described it: Accounting was his profession but business was his temperament. 

Don’s primary legacy is, without a doubt, his entrepreneurial zeal. He was tenacious is his pursuit of opportunities for MNP, which under his leadership grew twenty-fivefold. His passion, warmth and charisma also make Don the consummate people person. 

Throughout his career, Don has steadfastly committed to serving his community and his profession, values that pervade MNP today. Dedicated to enhancing Brandon’s social, cultural and economic landscape, he has generously given of his time and expertise to a number of fundraising campaigns and organizations such as Brandon University, the United Way, Brandon Minor Hockey, the YMCA and the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. As Chairman and former CEO of MNP, he has guided many young professionals and has sat on a number of board and audit committees for a number of public companies, including Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and Jovian Capital Inc. His professional and community involvement have earned him recognition as the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year as well as the Brandon Chamber’s Life Membership Award.

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