2019 Deputy Ministers’ Dinner Focuses on Economic Development

“We need to enable innovation and Indigenous economic capacity while respecting treaty rights. We also need to ensure our civil service is skilled, so we have allocated a $2 million training fund. Staff do not need their managers to recommend training for them anymore.”

Fred Meier, Province of Manitoba, Clerk of the Executive Council and Cabinet Secretary

On June 6, 200 business and community leaders joined the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and 19 Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers from the Province of Manitoba for an evening dedicated to sharing ideas and experiences to help boost our province’s competitiveness.

“This dinner is one of our flagship events and is well-attended because of the direct member access to government action drivers and policy shapers,” says Carolynne Jansen, MCC Director of Business Development and Partnerships. “The business community is highly engaged and invested in Manitoba’s success, and our members want to work together to improve life for all residents. We can only do that when we are able to share insights with influencers in government — those who can contribute to policy, foster economic development, and remove barriers to success.”

At The Fairmont Hotel Winnipeg, dinner guests heard an update from Fred Meier, Clerk of the Executive Council and Cabinet Secretary, also known as the head of the provincial civil service. Meier announced the creation of an economic committee of cabinet and secretariat — a rare structure in Canada. Phillip Houde is the committee’s secretary, and has been appointed CEO of the newly-formed Economic Development Office.

To learn more about the EDO and its programs, including the recently announced Innovation Growth Program: https://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/index.html 

According to Meier, the current government has been working hard to transform its approach to work by implementing more lean principles, reducing regulatory and red tape burdens, setting objectives and establishing measurements, and by creating a structure to support economic growth.

All reception and presenting sponsors had an opportunity to share their positioning messages with attendees, including Christine Watson, Vice-President – Academic from Red River College; Jasdeep Devgan, Senior Advisor, Public & Government Affairs with CN; Ed Dillon, board member, Manitoba Trucking Association; Chris Lorenc, President of Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, and Joe Healey, Managing Partner from Ernst & Young Winnipeg. Chuck Davidson, President & CEO of MCC, hosted the evening, and Michelle Kuly, Vice-Chair of the MCC board of directors and principal at Blueprint Inc, brought greetings on behalf of the board.

Special thanks to our evening’s generous sponsors and supporters, and to all Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers who engaged in lively conversation with their tablemates. We’ll see you in 2020!

Legacy Sponsors

manitoba pork
Johnston Group
Canadian National Railway

Partners and Affiliations

Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
canadian chamber
Winnipeg Free Press
chamber
Chambers Executives of Manitoba
CentrePort Canada