2021 MANITOBA ECONOMIC SUMMIT
The Next Normal: Thriving in a Post-COVID Era
Thank you to all our Chamber leaders, members, non-members, expert presenters, panelists and keynotes for your valuable participation in our 90th annual general meeting and Manitoba Economic Summit.
ICYMI: Click on the sections below to link to individual recordings for each segment of the day.
Opening Greetings and Remarks with MCC President & CEO Chuck Davidson
The Pandemic: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going - Andrew Enns, Executive VP – Winnipeg, Leger
Session description: Throughout the pandemic, Leger contributed to the fight against COVID-19 by publishing a major weekly North American survey about social, health and economic issues, in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), and published in The Canadian Press. The information gathered, including fear of the virus, economic and consumer decisions, vaccination, mental health, and government actions, helped guide political, business, health, and school leaders in adjusting their decisions and communications. Join Leger’s Winnipeg EVP Andrew Enns to take a look back at Canadians’ moods, insights, and opinions throughout the pandemic and what to expect as we come out the other side.
Panel 1 – Success Stories in a Pandemic
Session description: The pandemic has been brutal for many sectors, but certainly not for all. While some hospitality, in-person entertainment and health & fitness businesses, travel & tourism, and personal services have endured crushing capacity restrictions and lock-downs, other industries and sectors have enjoyed almost unimaginable success, from explosive mid-COVID launches to solid year-over-year growth. Join World Trade Centre Winnipeg President & CEO Mariette Mulaire to hear from four business leaders whose operations are thriving.
- Martin Petrak, CEO & co-founder, Precision ADM
- Andréanne Dandeneau, AnneMulaire Clothing
- John Sparrow, GoOil
- Nate Kasten, Grey & Ivy
Panel sponsored by World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Economic Outlook - Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist & SVP, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Q&A with Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President & CEO of Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Panel 2 – The Road to Recovery
Session description: The return after the pandemic will be a gradual process rather than one determined by government publicizing a date and declaring “open for business.” The stages will vary, depending on the sector, but only rarely will companies be able to flip a switch and reopen. Companies will advance where they can, retreat when they must, then adapt and start again. A coalition of Manitoba pillars supporting business and employees through the COVID-19 pandemic is helping to ensure they will be able propel our economic recovery, the Manitoba Business Matters partners will provide tools and resources to SMEs in real time and on an ongoing basis so that our province, our country and economy can emerge stronger.
Moderator: Alison Kirkland, CEO, Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada
- Dustin Mansfield, CPA, CA, Tax Partner, BDO Canada LLP for CPA Manitoba
- Scott Hoeppner, Partner, TDS Law; Serving Winkler, Morden and Pembina Valley
- Theo Heineman, President, 1Life Workplace Safety Solutions
Panel sponsored by Manitoba Business Matters.
Remarks & Q&A with Honourable Jim Carr, MP for Winnipeg South Centre & Special Representative for the Prairies.
Panel 3 – The Path to Normalcy
Session description: We could have crowned the term “new normal” the 2020 word of the year, but “next normal” seems much more appropriate now, in recognition of shifting consumer behaviour and worker expectations, changing public health protocols, and the pandemic’s powerful impact on the marketplace. As swaths of knowledge workers start to return to office buildings, and business emergency relief programs inch towards phase-out, we are not going back to once was. Manitoba businesses need to be ready to take on that next normal – with a skilled and digitally-savvy workforce, access to ongoing training, investments in technology, and powerful e-commerce capabilities. What else? Is there more? Yes, of course there is, but much of it we likely don’t even know about yet
Panel moderated by: Julie Rempel, VP, Marketing & Partnerships, Vexxit
- Janice Harper, CPHR; EVP, People & Culture, NFI Group & CPHR Manitoba past chair
- Fred Meier, President, Red River College
- Kelly Fournel, President & CEO, Tech Manitoba
Panel sponsored by Red River College
Annual General Meeting/Business Meeting
Chaired by Peggy May, Outgoing Chair, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
- Year in Review Presentation from Chuck Davidson, President & CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
- Recognition of retiring board members
- Swearing in of new board
- Message from incoming chair, Paul Provost, 6P Marketing