News and Noteworthy from Around the Chambers

Jun 5, 2012 | Chamber News


Peter Mansbridge will be the special guest at the Winkler and District Chamber of Commerce 2012 P.W. Enns Business Awards Gala.  November 1st at 6:30 pm in Winkler.  Call 204-325-9758 for more information and tickets.


World Wolf & Carnivore Conference on October 23-24, 2012 will be held in Thompson with world class presenters. Contact Spirit Way Thompson [email protected] or  1-866-WOLF-FUN (965-3386).


Rising Above Campaign – The Brandon Chamber of Commerce has developed a marketing strategy to support flood impacted businesses. The marketing strategy, entitled “Rising Above” is made possible through funding from the Province of Manitoba’s Economic Stimulus Program. The marketing campaign is being delivered at no cost to impacted businesses.  “Rising Above” is comprised of three main components all focused on increasing awareness of the businesses located within the evacuated area. Contact Carolynn Cancade at 571-5342  [email protected].

 President’s Award

The Brandon Chamber of Commerce announced Mr. Borden Hadley as the recipient of the 2012 President’s Award for Business Person of the Year which was presented at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce 129th annual awards gala earlier this year. Borden Hadley is the President, Owner & Founder of Smooth Freight Ltd, a family owned business that he has operated for over 25 years. The company has terminals in Winnipeg and Brandon and services over 300 communities.  Borden started his business with nothing, and has built it up to have over 200 trailers and 25 trucks. Smooth Freight’s motto is to provide ‘Knock Your Socks Off Service.” Borden has old fashioned values when it comes to business. He’s loyal and hardworking, and if things go wrong he does what it takes to make it right. Borden is a true entrepreneur.

The Brandon Chamber of Commerce announced D&B Sprinklers and B.O.B Headquarters as the recipients of the 2012 Business Excellence Awards which were presented at the Brandon Chamber of Commerce 129th Annual Dinner in March.

  • D&B Sprinklers was the recipient of the Business Excellence Award for under 15 employees. Jeff Fawcett and Todd Gudz have owned, operated, and grown D & B Sprinklers to its current day operations. They continue to concentrate on new system installation and service primarily in the Westman area ranging from residential systems to commercial landscapes, sports fields, and golf course upgrades. The success of D & B Sprinklers over the years has also been driven by maintaining a high level of service to their customers both in Brandon and the surrounding areas.
  • B.O.B. Headquarters was the recipient of the Business Excellence Award for over 15 employees. B.O.B. Headquarters is owned by Bob and Kim Ritchot and has been in operation in Brandon since 1996. It is one of Canada’s largest and well-known wholesale distributors of lifestyle products. B.O.B. Headquarters has demonstrated continual business excellence through positive business growth, exemplifying superior customer service and embracing an outstanding commitment to quality. Their mission is to operate the best specialty retail and wholesale business in Canada and beyond, offering unique giftware, bath and body products, to cutting edge fashion accessories and smoking articles.


The Steinbach Chamber hosted a seminar on the changes to the pension plan and how this would affect employers in March and  participated in a healthcare forum where the future of our healthcare system was discussed with a view to engage the business community in providing insight and ideas on how to develop a sustainable health care system for the future.

A reporter from the Globe and Mail visited Steinbach for a few days, to find out how they have managed the significant population growth that has happened due to immigration in the past 12 years.

Long-time Chamber Office Manager, Linda Burdett, has announced plans to retire later this year. This change resulted in us reviewing our current staff positions and a decision to restructure our staffing positions.

Steinbach has hired a new Membership Development Coordinator,  Kyla Murray, who will be working closely with  the business community.

As a result of the ever-changing, more multi-cultural community, they hosted another spectacular Culturama event again this year. Our Eastman Immigrant Services program coordinates this event, and provides the opportunity for everyone to experience many varied ethnic foods and entertainment, all under one roof with over 1400 attending this incredible event this year.

The Pas Chamber of Commerce

In an effort to track the number of attendees at this year’s Tradeshow & Sale in May, The Pas Chamber of Commerce charged a loonie admission at the door. When someone suggested donating some of the proceeds to a charity, Shel Hein, Chamber Office Manager, immediately thought of The Pas & Area Humane Society.

The Chamber sends out a huge thank you to Paulette Aamot who scheduled all the Humane Society volunteers who cheerfully worked the front door during the entire Tradeshow. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to support the Chamber’s effort to support those who are still “seeking their forever home.”


The Churchill Chamber of Commerce traces its roots back to the year 1934 with the Churchill board of Trade. On January 11, 1934 a meeting held at the old station chose a committee for the Board of Trade. In 1948 the organization became the Port Churchill Chamber of Commerce  and around 1963 the CN approached the Port Churchill Chamber of Commerce in an attempt to improve tourist reception in Churchill. CN provided space for a tourism office at one end of the CNR building in May, 1973 it opened for business.

Some of the issues they reviewed in those earlier days have not changed a lot from today.

– tethering sleigh dogs

– set up Town Planning Committee

– money be set aside to pay for coal for general meetings at the Community Hall

– set up a Fire prevention committee – purchase extinguishers and  install fire siren

– Churchill Hotel provided 24 hour telephone service

– long distance telephone – how necessary was long distance??

– permanent Customs officials

– curfew

– public washrooms

– help raise funds for a  teacherage

– support for the Port

– MTS inadequate

– road from Thompson

– northern university

– Senior Citizens home

– Incorporation of the Town

– hydro line from Gillam

– abuse to tundra

– lack of private housing

– joining NWT

The Churchill Chamber of Commerce worked closely with all the community organizations championing local concerns. It is also a strong member of organizations, such as the Hudson Bay Route Association, promoting the future economic growth of Churchill.

Minnedosa Chamber of Commerce

New Residents Welcome – If you are a new resident of  the Town of Minnedosa, RM of Odanah, Minto or Saskatchewan, the chamber extends a warm welcome to you. They will supply you with “Valley Greetings” a small gift from the Minnedosa Chamber of Commerce, along with some information on our area.


Arborg  – one of top ten destinations for new immigrants

One of a handful of Manitoba communities to employ its own “Immigration Settlement Officer”, Arborg-Bifrost is one of the top ten destinations for new immigrants in Manitoba. The community as a whole, including business, is benefitting from these new Canadians and the resultant increase to the labour force. Since 2008 the Arborg & Riverton Immigrant Settlement Services has helped more than 330 newcomers settle into the region.

“People living in this area are very accepting and welcoming.” states Koby Wiebe, Service Coordinator with the Arborg/Riverton Immigrant Settlement Services. “Our new immigrants settle in well and seem to be happy with their work and home lives. I know that businesses are very pleased to have their skills and the positive work ethic that they bring.”


Assiniboia Chamber

The St. James Board of Trade obtained its charter on March, 19, 1930. It became the St. James Chamber of Commerce in 1950. In 1969, the Assiniboia Chamber, which had been formed in 1959, amalgamated with the St. James Chamber to become the St. James-Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce.   At the 1996 Annual General Meeting the name was modified again to reflect the current reality of the part of the City of Winnipeg that the chamber represents. Their boundaries are those of the Civic Community Committee of Assiniboia, the civic electoral wards of St. Charles, Charleswood/Tuxedo and St. James/Brooklands including the airport area. 2011 recognized the 81st year of dedicated service provided by this community-based Chamber. They represent over 100,000 citizens and 4,000 businesses who live and work in West Winnipeg.

 Plum Coulee

Plum Coulee Community Foundation The Plum Coulee Community Foundation was founded in 2001, under the direction of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation of Montreal. It was established to manage donated funds, and to direct and monitor the work of a variety of volunteer committees, working on a number of projects throughout the community. The Bronfman Foundation, with historical ties to Plum Coulee, made a generous donation toward the projects, and provided extra funds for legal and architectural consultations, as well as for project maintenance.

Manitoba has the highest number of community foundations, per capita, in the country. Manitoba communities have embraced the concept of establishing permanent endowment funds and using investment earnings from those funds to support worthwhile, local projects that enhance the quality of life in their communities.



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