Economic Development Tours

Looking to grow your business?
Wanting to expand your markets into new communities and
invest in the north?

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Economic Development Tours showcase the excellent business opportunities that exist in the northern region of Manitoba.

Our two-day delegations are packed with planned events, arranged tours, and meetings with local elected officials and Indigenous leaders enabling delegates to network with decision-makers, view local operations, and consider future business alignments. These tours provide select host communities with a chance to showcase their value proposition, and to uncover and foster potentially lucrative and mutually-beneficial relationships that may not otherwise exist.

 NEXT UP: Thompson, MB on April 15 & 16, 2020 (Itinerary currently in development.).

Interested in joining us?

Interested individuals should download and complete the Expression of Interest Form and email to Shyanne Mattey or fax to 204-948-0110.

Note: Completing the form does not guarantee participation. Interested individuals will be notified of their participation following review of their completed form.

Economic Development Tours 2019 – 2020

April 15 & 16, 2020: 
Thompson / Nelson House
July 2020:

Adam Nepon

“The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce’s (MCC) Economic Development Tours are one of the most efficient ways for businesses just starting to explore opportunities in Northern Manitoba markets. The tours are supported by an exceptional team, company/delegate profiles, economic reports, and an itinerary outlined to the minute to maximize your time. As a delegate you simply board the plane and go along for the ride!

Once you arrive, you immediately get a sense that community members and businesses are sincerely interested in engaging; they are true ambassadors for their communities. And, like most tight-knit communities, reputation and who you know is everything. The team at the MCC takes care of that. Delegates are personally introduced to key decision makers that could potentially take weeks, months, or years to reach without proper information and contacts.

The tour to the North provides a streamlined approach to looking at expanding your business into Northern Manitoba market, and an opportunity for companies looking to start their paths to Reconciliation. Given the unique demographics of our great province, one in five Manitobans will identify as Indigenous by end of 2020 —  that’s 20% of our population and in turn 20% of our economic capacity!The Economic Tours are exactly what my organization needed to fast-track our new venture in offering services to Northern communities. Our team will now be able to assess market viability, potential partnerships, and pressure points unique to each community more effectively and accurately.”

Adam Nepon, Partner, Realcare Inc.,
Indigenous Services

“The OCN Northern tour was two days well-spent. I really appreciated the diversity of site visits and the level of engagement from local stakeholders and leaders. We were warmly welcomed and graciously hosted, and our time was efficiently organized to provide good exposure and value.  I was able to initiate a surprising breadth of business relationships with the Northern folks we met and networking with the Southern crew was productive and a lot of fun.

Personally, I made more valuable connections than I had expected and learned more about the communities than I had hoped. As a bonus, the location was beautiful and the food excellent… I will definitely be applying to attend future trips.”

Mick Lautt, CEO, SciMar Ltd. &
Executive Director, Wellness Transformation Network

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“The Manitoba Economic Development Tour to The Pas & OCN was a great experience! Not only was it informative and educational, it was a great opportunity to network with other businesses both on the bus and in the community. The Manitoba Chambers staff went above and beyond to deliver this tour and their dedication to developing connections across the province was evident every step along the way.

In my opinion, Northern Manitoba couldn’t ask for a  better champion than the Manitoba Chambers, and I can think of no better way to expand opportunities for your business than participating on one of these excellent tours.”

Michele Geres, Program Director
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

“The economic development tour allowed us to explore economic opportunities in Northern Manitoba communities. We were able to meet with both community leaders as well as business leaders from the area, and in doing so, gauge the demand for a business such as ours in the region.

It also provided a unique opportunity to network with business owners from southern Manitoba,  that were also facing the same challenges related to a northern expansion.”

Daniel Lacovetsky, President
Powertec Electric Inc.

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“Manitoba is a big province with a lot of unique small businesses throughout. Participating in the trade missions with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce introduced us to new opportunities that may not have been available without an organized tour. I would encourage all companies looking to diversify their client mix to get involved and join the tours.”

Justin Phillips, CEO & Co-founder
Sycamore Energy Inc

“I think every Manitoban dreams of going to Churchill at some point in their life (the Assiniboine Park Zoo Journey to Churchill does not count). Looking back, it’s hard to believe that this was a business trip, but as my Realcare colleague Adam Nepon and I shuffle through all the contacts we created, this was clearly business focused.        

The town of Churchill was so welcoming to all delegates and they kept enforcing the message that ‘Churchill is definitely open for business’. The unbelievable sense of community that the Churchill residents have is infectious and clear why some people come for a seasonal job then stay forever. The infrastructure they have for such a small geographical footprint is unparalleled and the 280,000 square foot community complex plays a significant role in the strength of Churchill. Once a thriving military community of over 10,000+ inhabitants the ability to scale up for an accelerated economy is there. 

After hearing in the media about the unfortunate string of events related to the rail line and Omnitrax it was hard to envision the community recovering; but it is clear that Churchill is back on track. Seeing the advancements happening at the Port of Churchill with the Arctic Gateway Group, you can foresee that the economic upturn from this project alone for global trade opportunities in Manitoba is enormous. 

From the tourism industry, the companies were able to withhold during these unfortunate events over the past few years. They also appear to be more than ready for all the attention Churchill received in the Lonely Planet article naming Manitoba a top destination for 2019. The business owners we met embody all the true characteristics of an entrepreneur: tenacity, resilience, and innovative thinking. They’ve understood what makes their community beautiful and unique then turned it into an economic venture.

This Economic Development Tour of Churchill gave us a glimpse of the many opportunities there are with delegates and community members. Not only did we create strong business contacts for expanding our services, we were able to check off one of our ‘Bucket List’ global destinations.”

Elba Haid, President & CEO
Realcare Inc

Economic Profiles

Communities in northern Manitoba range from small hamlets to bustling, modern towns where investment opportunities abound in industries such as mining and exploration, manufacturing and processing, transportation, forestry, and tourism. From small, unique shops to large corporations, many businesses have achieved success in northern Manitoba. To learn more about investment opportunities available in northern Manitoba, consult the Economic Profiles below.


Premier Partners

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Networking Partners


Community Partners


Travel Partners


Legacy Sponsors

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Johnston Group
Canadian National Railway

Partners and Affiliations

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