Pictured above (L-R): Colleen Shepherd - Calgary Regional Partnership, Don Iveson - Mayor of Edmonton, John Tory - Mayor of Toronto, Naheed Nenshi - Mayor of Calgary, Brian Bowman - Mayor of Winnipeg, Colleen Sklar - Winnipeg METRO Region and Malcolm Bruce - Edmonton Global at Collaborate to Compete 2017 If we are going...

Pledge for better Internet hits home in slow-speed Manitoba

By Dylan Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press dylan.robertson@freepress.mb.ca The Liberals have pegged the cost of giving all households access to high-speed Internet...

Fibre to the Farm – Protecting Manitoba’s Key Sector

The economy of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region is driven by the agriculture, transportation, and manufacturing sectors and if we are to grow and compete in these key sectors we must make significant...
With 85% of net new economic growth generated by metro regions across Canada, working regionally has never been more important. As Canada works to increase its competitiveness as a nation, provinces and municipalities too are looking for ways to collaborate to compete on the global stage for trade and investment. On February 28, 2019...

Leaders Step Up to Connect Communities

Planning and building strong communities today requires more attention than ever before.  Leadership at all levels of government have worked long and hard to provide residents with basic services...

Partnerships Build Prosperity

With the Winnipeg METRO Region growing, leaders from all levels of government, business and industry, as well as NGOs, will have to find ways to work together if we are to meet...
A Better Way We are at a unique place in time as we work to establish the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region model of collaborative development. Leaders from government, business and industry recognize that if we are to grow our economy, provide quality of life benefits for our communities along with a plan to responsibly manage our land and water resources, we...

Your vote 2018: How to make it count…

October 24, 2018 is municipal election day in Manitoba. Across our province, residents will be able to have their say on who will lead their community into the future by choosing their mayor, reeve, councillors...

Do you think it’s different this time?

The sky last week in Winnipeg was surprisingly eerie and a bit reminiscent of some of the sci-fi doomsday thrillers of the 1980’s and 1990’s.  It has been a long hot summer across the...
Great to be involved with our Francophone community in the Winnipeg Metro Region! This article speaks to the development of JohnQ Public - a arms-length regional development corporation that focuses on service delivery to all municipalities with a coordinated approach in order to increase services while saving tax-payers dollars. “By 2023, JohnQ endeavours to save between $18.9 million and $26...

Connecting to Opportunity – Local Leaders come together to plan for the future

Finding ways to work together, increase connectivity to communities while maximizing the use of tax dollars is on the agenda for many local governments across the globe. Improving access to high speed Internet is...

Supporting Local Farmers Never Tasted So Good!

With summer in full swing in Manitoba, it’s a great opportunity to check out the wide variety of local fruits and vegetables available. According to Peak of the Market, Manitoba produces over 120 varieties...
With another June long behind us, we have now officially entered Manitoba’s festival season. Across our province and the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, cities and towns are preparing to host festivals and events that showcase their communities. For many communities, festivals are a chance to highlight what their community has to offer, from entertainment, to arts and crafts, to local...

Avoiding Solo Cities

Avoiding Solo Cities: The benefits of tackling problems as a unified metro region, is an excellent article from the Chicago Forum on Global Cities where a panel of experts talked about the ability of...
Legislative Building Winnipeg, Manitoba 1950 Flood

What can we learn from disasters of the past…

A new report Aftershocks: Remodeling the Past for a Resilient Future released by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) takes a good look at various disasters from the past and explores the...
With summer just around the corner lawnmowers and garden tools are getting dusted off and yardwork is on my to-do list. As I’m looking over my brown, patchy lawn, I wonder how it will make it through the summer heat. Going online there are plenty of suggestions for lawn care, but one in particular catches my eye…..clover lawns. If you...
Active Transportation

Active Transportation – Good for Our Environment and Good for Our Health

Active transportation is most often regarded as a way to do our part in reducing our GHG emissions. But what is often left out of the dialogue is that active transportation options - getting...
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The “whiteout” may be gone, but Winnipeg has changed for the better

Oh the ups and the downs……….. Following the Winnipeg Jets over the last few weeks has been quite an emotional rollercoaster, and although this long awaited and thoroughly enjoyable ride has ended, it has left...
  Workforce development drives economic development, and the make-up of the workforce is changing with more workers choosing self-employment as free lancers and solopreneurs. Business leaders and governments better figure out how to respond effectively. Solopreneurs are simply business owners who work and run their business alone.  Using this definition, about a third of the American workforce comprising freelancers and consultants,...

Q and A with Susan Thompson

We caught up with Susan Thompson, former Mayor of Winnipeg and a founding partner of the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region (now the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region). Back in 1998, Thompson recognized the power of collaboration and the importance of creating...
April Showers - Creative Resolutions

Where are the April Showers?

Across Manitoba spring seeding has begun, but unlike other years, where we have to keep an eye on the potential of spring flooding, this year the province is in the midst of an unprecedented...
Source: Winnipeg Construction Association
Some call sports the universal language with the power to unite people from different backgrounds, beliefs or political affiliations, and in the divided world we sometimes find ourselves in, this universal language may be exactly what the doctor ordered. In Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Jets in the NHL playoff games has brought tens of thousands of people from across the city,...
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