Innovation and Heritage Highlight 32nd Annual MBiz Award Winners

Oct 29, 2015 | Other News

On Wednesday, October 28th, in front of one of the largest crowds in its 32 year existence, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) added new names to the list of winners of the MBiz Awards presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. The evening, hosted by former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and restaurateur Obby Khan at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, offers a glimpse at the business excellence across our province. With nominees representing all corners of the province, the awards also celebrated the achievements of one of the patriarch of one biggest names in Winnipeg Business and a company dedicated to growing Manitoba.

“Manitoba is brimming with successful businesses”, said Chuck Davidson, President and CEO of MCC. “Both the nominees and the winners are committed business leaders. The awards showcase bright, innovative companies with executives and staff committed to making Manitoba great”.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to salute the class of 2015:

Robert (Bob) Chipman (Lieutenant-Governor’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Community)

RM was born to Robert and Natalie Chipman (Megill) on August 3, 1926 in Calgary, Alberta. The family moved to Kenora and then to Winnipeg where the young RM began his lifelong love of hockey, tending net with magazines taped to his shins.

RM cherished hard work, humility, reciprocity, and altruism, in principle and in practice, in professional as well as in personal life. His modesty was bottomless, and -though you’d never hear it from him- the breadth of his accomplishments were tremendous. With himself alone for a cornerstone, he built so much from so little, by building what he believed in. RM was the sort of rare fellow who could harness commercial opportunity for civic benefit, growing businesses and communities alike. He believed one could do well by doing well.

Over the years, RM served on most of Winnipeg’s major boards, including the United Way, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Enterprise, as well as the Royal Bank of Canada. He was inducted into the Citizens Hall of Fame in 2007.

015                                      Susan Millican accepts the award on behalf of her late father and their family

Johnston Group (Lieutenant-Governor’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Contribution by a Business to the Community)

Johnston Group has been helping companies find the right benefit solutions since 1981. With over $400 million of premium under administration, Johnston Group, through a unique mix of experience, service and technology, provides benefit plans to over 30,000 businesses across Canada. Recognizing different needs, Johnston Group’s Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan® addresses the challenges smaller enterprises face in acquiring coverage. Our Maximum Benefit® offering allows businesses to maximize their investment through a mix of insured and self-funded products, while our CINUP product specializes in pension and benefit programs for Aboriginal organizations. Johnston Group recognizes the importance of social responsibility and it is ingrained in our company’s culture, supporting community health, arts, education and amateur athletics in Winnipeg.

018                                Johnston Group Vice President Ed Zeghers accenting on behalf of CEO David Johnston

Outstanding Small Business (Award Sponsored by Workers Compensation Board)
got mats? – got mats? is a young, exciting company that demands to push and set new industry standards for access matting, ground protection, and environmental protection. Formed in 2011, the company focused on its owners’ oilfield drilling roots. But soon, a new diversification into other commercial sectors such as hydro projects, oil pipelines, environmental digs, train derailments, and other projects like the new Saskatchewan Roughriders Stadium, have contributed to building the got mats’? brand.  got mats? is a 2015 Outstanding New Business Award winner from the Brandon Chambers of Commerce, and continues to push forward one mat at a time.

006              (L-R) Eric Ducharme, Got Mats?, Darren Oryniak, VP, Compensation Services, WCB, Chris Allison, Got Mats?

Outstanding Small Business Finalists: Cypher International, Frostiak & Leslie Chartered Accountants

Outstanding Medium Business (Award Sponsored by Chartered Professional Accontants of Manitoba)
Red River Mutual – Red River Mutual has been a pillar of the community since 1875. In the beginning the mission was simple – provide insurance to local people who were unable to purchase insurance on the open market. Today, Red River Mutual is the second largest property insurer in Manitoba. Red River Mutual is a customer-centric company with a strong commitment to giving back to the Community.  Red River Mutual emulates the “Modern Mutual” by investing a portion of company profits back into the community through loss prevention education and through the support of worthy community projects.

008                                        (L-R) Robert Thorsten, Board Chair, CPA, Brian Esau, CEO, Red River Mutual

Outstanding Medium Business Finalists: Bold Commerce, Peak of the Market

Outstanding Large Business (Award Sponsored by Taylor McCaffrey LLP)
Wawanesa Insurance – Wawanesa Insurance is a Canadian policyholder-owned insurance company with a rich history. Founded in Wawanesa, Manitoba in 1896, it has grown into one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada. With an ongoing mission to earn the trust of customers and employees, the company takes pride in its stability and has a strong belief in giving back to the community.

009                         (L-R) Jamie Jurczak, Taylor McCaffrey LLP, Jeff Goy, President and CEO, Wawanessa and staff

Outstanding Large Business Finalists: Ag Growth International, Sunova Credit Union

Outstanding Not for Profit (Award Sponsored by AventPro)
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre – Founded in 1972, the CFDC houses Canada’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils including ‘Bruce’ – the Guinness Record holding largest mosasaur on display in the world at more than 13 metres or 43 feet in length. The CFDC also houses the world’s only publicly displayed vial of Woolly Mammoth blood and many other unique exhibits. Come DIG INTO Manitoba’s past. School groups, businesses and visitors to the CFDC can participate in actual fossil digs with our staff and become a paleontologist for a day!

024                       (L-R) Gary Hale, AventPro, Peter Cantelon, Executive Director, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre


Outstanding Not-for-Profit Finalists: Canadian Blood Services, Children’s Wish Foundation

Long Term Achievement Business in Manitoba (Award Sponsored by BDC)
Encore Business Solutions – Encore Business Solutions has been committed to helping organizations drive business efficiency with innovative business management solutions since 1990. As one of the largest, longstanding Microsoft Gold Certified Partners in western Canada their high performance team sells, implements, services, and supports Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions as well as business intelligence (BI) solutions. As a Microsoft authorized independent software vendor (ISV), Encore also develops and supports flexible and scalable software products that seamlessly integrate with Microsoft Dynamics GP. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Encore also has office locations in Calgary and Vancouver.

013                        (L-R) James Blase, Partner, Consulting, BDC, Ken Chartrand, COO, Encore Business Solutions

Outstanding Long-Term Achievement for Business in Manitoba Finalists: Big Dollar, SteelTech

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support and commitment to the Chamber movement in our province:

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Manitoba Pork
Johnston Group
Chartered Professional Accontants of Manitoba
Workers Compensation Board
Taylor McCaffrey LLP
Skills Connect
6P Marketing
Impact Studios

A special thanks to our Master of Ceremonies Obby Khan, the volunteers, MCC staff, Beyond Flowers, Simply Perfect Decorations, the hand crafted awards from George Klassen, our photographer David Moder, and the Victoria Inn and Convention Centre.

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