Record Crowd Takes in 33rd Annual MBiz Awards

Oct 31, 2016 | Chamber News

This past Friday (October 28), a record crowd, including the Lieutenant Governor, her Honour, the Honourable Janice Filmon, joined the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) to celebrate thriving businesses that are helping the urban and rural communities they operate in.   The MBiz Awards, presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, celebrate the diverse businesses that make up Manitoba`s growing sectors. With nominees representing all corners of the province, the awards also recognize the contributions of businesses and individuals that make a lasting impact on our province.

Lieutenant Governor, her Honour, the Honourable Janice Filmon begins the evening highlighting the impact businesses have on Manitoba.

Awards Emcee, Steinbach radio personality Corny Rempel, kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening with his quick wit and engaging stories.

We salute the class of 2016:

Polly Craik (Lieutenant-Governor’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to the Community)Ms. Craik is recognized across Manitoba as a seasoned entrepreneur, a well-known community activist, and a leader in the industry for more than a quarter century. Her many professional accomplishments have been recognized at the local and international level. In 2005, she made history by becoming the first female to be named Manitoba Business Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2007, she was named one of the most influential women in sport and physical activity by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity. She also received an honorary diploma from Red River College in 2010. Ms. Craik has a distinguished record of community service, volunteering and community involvement, all important aspects of her life. Before selling her company in 2015, as the owner of Fine Line Communications for more than 25 years, the company continuously evolved and became a leading provider of donor engagement and experience management services to large national non-profit organizations in both Canada and the US. FineLine continues to employ over 100 people in downtown Winnipeg and is now part of a public company with offices throughout North America. She has served as chair of the 2007 Women’s World Hockey Championship, Centre Venture Development Corp, the Business Council of Manitoba and most recently Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries.


Ms. Polly Craik accepts her LG Award during 33rd Annual MBiz Awards Gala.

Bison Transport (Lieutenant-Governor’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Contribution by a Business to the Community)Bison Transport was incorporated in 1969 by owner Duncan M. Jessiman, who continues to provide leadership to the Company as Chairman and sole shareholder. Utilizing specialized equipment, Bison began providing local cartage services to the construction industry and was then awarded the catalogue business first for Eaton’s and then Sears.Bison has been recognized by some of North America’s most coveted awards handed out by independent third parties who measure business innovation, road and operational safety, and environmental sustainability. Bison’s remarkable achievements include winning the coveted Truckload Carriers Association’s National Fleet Safety Award for carriers over 100 million miles. Winning this award once is a truly outstanding achievement. Winning it twice is even more spectacular. However, Bison has won three consecutive years; 2005, 2006 and 2007 – a feat that is remarkable. Bison Transport also holds a much-envied position as a Platinum Club Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.


Bison Transport CEO Don Streuber (m) joins MCC Board Chair Kyle Romaniuk (l) and Lieutenant     Governor, her Honour, the Honourable Janice Filmon (r).

Outstanding Small BusinessProgressive Sanitation (Brandon) Progressive Sanitation began in August of 2009 as Busy Bee Sanitary Supplies. This locally owned and operated sanitation supply and equipment rental company recently moved to their new location in Brandon to accommodate Progressive Sanitation and a new Mats & Uniforms division. Progressive Sanitation is Brandon’s leading supplier of sanitation supplies and equipment. Their foundation is built on a belief of putting the customer first, no matter what the circumstance may be. Satisfied and repeat customers are the key to any successful business, and they are dedicated to doing just that.


(L-R) MCC Board Chair Kyle Romaniuk, AVentPro’s Garry Hale (award sponsor), Progressive Sanitation co-owners Spencer and Riley Day.

Nominated: Penner Waste Inc. (Winkler), Pure Anada (Morden)

Outstanding Medium BusinessNetSet Communications (Brandon)NetSet Communications is a privately held telecommunications company providing next generation broadband services throughout the Province of Manitoba. Their network provides rural Manitoba unprecedented performance and reliability at speeds never before available in rural Manitoba. Connecting over 500 Manitoba Communities and Rural Municipalities to the world, they are a company built on a foundation of rural roots. Dependable, consistent and committed to providing their members the best service and experience by providing your Internet Service Solutions and more. NetSet’s network is engineered to meet the stringent demands of modern business operations.


(L-R) MCC Board Kyle Romaniuk, Karen Holden, Rogers Communications Manager (award sponsor), NetSet Executive Team

Nominated: Keystone Western Inc. (Grand Pointe), Powerland Computers (Winnipeg)     

Outstanding Large BusinessCanad Inns (Winnipeg) Founded 46 years ago, Canad Inns is Canad Inns is Manitoba owned, Manitoba grown, Manitoba proud, and the largest hotel chain in Manitoba. Their 15 facilities and affiliated restaurants and clubs serve 9 million customers annually in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Brandon and Grand Forks, ND. Canad Inns is proud to be Manitoba owned and operated, and that pride is reflected in their commitment to their employees, customers, and the city and province they call home. The Canad Inns “brand” is associated with service, quality, innovation and attention to detail. Their 3,500 family members continue to challenge themselves daily to meet and exceed the Canad Certified Four Star Service set for their properties.


(L-R) MCC Board Chair Kyle Romaniuk, Canad Inns CEO Dan Lussier, David Scott, Vice President, HR, Workers Compensation Board (award sponsor).

Nominated: Emergent BioSoultions (Winnipeg), Winnipeg Airports Authority (Winnipeg)

Outstanding Not for Profit: Habitat for Humanity Manitoba (Winnipeg)Habitat for Humanity was founded in Georgia in 1976, expressly to address the unfortunate housing situation for poor people across the southern USA. Quickly expanding to be an international organization, moving to Canada in 1985 with a home built by volunteers in Winkler, MB. Habitat for Humanity Manitoba incorporated in June 1987 and started building homes in 1988 and is the longest standing Affiliate in Canada building every year a  total almost 350 homes have built in 18 communities. By using the same money over and over again because they invest that money into a capital asset which produces a monthly return, they have accomplished something only a few charities can claim: they have developed a way to pay for themselves.


(L-R) MCC Board Chair Kyle Romaniuk, Jamie Jurczak, Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP. (award sponsor), Sandy Hopkins, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Board Chair, Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.

Nominated: St. Amant (Winnipeg), The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (Winnipeg)

Long Term Achievement Business in Manitoba New Flyer Industries (Winnipeg) Founded in Winnipeg in 1930, New Flyer is the largest transit bus and motorcoach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America with fabrication, manufacturing, distribution and service centers in Canada and the United States. Corporate headquarters are located in the Transcona area of Winnipeg. New Flyer employs approximately 5,000 team members of which half are located here in Manitoba. New Flyer is North America’s heavy-duty transit bus leader and offers a high-quality transit bus product line incorporating the broadest range of drive systems available. New Flyer actively supports over 42,000 heavy-duty transit buses currently in service (approximately 50% of all current transit buses).


(L-R) MCC Board Chair Kyle Romaniuk, Glenn Asham, CFO, New Flyer Industries, David Sachvie, Board Chair, CPA Manitoba (award sponsor).

Nominated: Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg), Gerdau Industries (Selkirk)

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to thank all our dedicated sponsors, and partners for their continued belief in the Chamber movement. We also send our congratulations to all the nominees and look forward to what the 34th Annual MBiz Awards will bring.

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