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Rewarding the Future Leaders of Manitoba

Derek Gagnon

Business Council of Manitoba. Members including Hartley Richardson, one of the richest and most influ- ential people in not only Winnipeg, but in Canada as well. It was essential that if the event were to succeed, prominent and influential leaders in the business community attend and support the cause. Te idea was a simple one: find a way to recognize


and honour the business and personal contributions of young Manitobans to their community. Te awards grew from there. Kathy Kerr serves as President of FLM, and notes

how things have changed from the early days as we approach the latest instalment. “FLM came to be during a conversation of recent

graduates from Manitoban post-secondary schools in 2007. Lesley Hamilton, Andrew Kirk and Jordan Farber have been labelled as the three founders of the organization. Tey were graduating from their programs in university, and were noticing a lot of grads moving out of the province for opportunities,” said Kathy. “Tey made the conscious career decision to stay in Manitoba, even if they did have external opportunities. Tey started to talk about how nice it would be if there were some sort of acknowledgment and recognition for grads who were choosing Mani- toba as a place to build their career, contribute to the community through volunteerism and promoting Manitoba as a place to live.” An annual event in the late days of winter, the

awards have evolved as the categorization and re- quirements have changed. Sponsorship and nominations are the driving force

behind the event, and Kathy acknowledged that noth- ing would be possible without the generous contribu- tions of the local business community. At the 2015 awards, the event and reception saw

around 500 people attended. Te Honourable Philip Lee, Mayor Brian Bowman, the Honourable Kevin Chief and Business Council of Manitoba President and CEO Don Leitch spoke at the event. Evolution of Reward

Te 8th annual Future Leaders of Manitoba Awards

hen the idea for the first Future Leaders of Manitoba (FLM) awards night arose, it was welcomed with open arms by members of the

are taking place on February 4th. Since the incep- tion of the event, the categories for the awards have changed. Te first few years saw an Arts category, as well as Community Service and Business Professional categories. Nominations were from people between the ages of 25 and 39. In recent years, the age range for applicants has

increased to 20 to 39, and instead of professional categories, it is now divided by age groups. Tere is a 20-25 age group, a 26-32 age group, as well as a 33- 39 age group. Nominees must be successful in their professional field, and must be contributors to the community through volunteerism and promoting Manitoba as a place to live, work and thrive. Kathy says that while winners are named, the goal

is really to promote the nominees as a whole, and that naming winners is really about adding some fun and drama to the event. “Te event is focused on the three finalists in each

category. It’s a celebration of what they’ve done and their accomplishments. It gives them an opportunity to be recognized for their amazing contributions to the Manitoba community.” Behind the Scenes

FLM is run entirely by volunteers, with a group of

about 12 people putting everything together each year during their spare time. Board members are responsi- ble for the fundraising, recruitment of sponsors, and have recently delved into Alumni Relations to stay in touch with previous winners. Tey work closely with an event planner throughout the year to ensure that when the big day arrives, everything goes smoothly and it is an enjoyable evening for all. Get your nominations in

Nominations opened October 15th, with the full

criteria available on the FLM website at http://future- criteria/

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