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Time to reinvent the province of new and bold ideas

By RoseAnna Schick

awoke the other morning depressed by a dream where I was struggling against being held down, restrained, un- able to move forward. I was shouting, “You can’t hold me back. Stop trying to restrain me.” I had a choking, frustrated

“Our goal is to educate, enlighten and entertain, an feeling in this dream.


allowed Vision Quest to have such a long and successful history,” explains Bullard. Te 19th Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show takes ing to and engaging in with friends at the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council, the Women of Winnipeg and the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and so many others about where we are in Manitoba right now. These frustrations are top of mind for

place May 12 to 14 at the RBC Conventio Centre Winnipeg. Close to 1,000 confer- ence participants will come together fr m throughout Manitoba and across Canada to discuss and promote Aboriginal business, community, and economic development. Vision Quest attracts a wide range of del-

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most of us in business. It is time for a sea change in this province. It is time to step

up and take some risks, let the world know who we are, do things differently, give our kids a chance. I don’t want to be held back, to be tied down by last century t ohinking, by fear of competiti n, by an inability to accept the challenges of new ideas.

egates such as entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, community organiza- tions, and youth, as well as accomplished and inspiring speakers. One of the keynote presenters is Dr. Martin Brokenleg, co-founder of the Circle f Courage and consultant for Reclaiming Youth International, which provides train- ing worldwide for individuals who work

in Workshops on the schedule cover areas related to busi- Manitoba’s five Aboriginal Community Futures Develop- encouragement and leadership assuring us that we can do it and that our government is behind us with sensible legisla- tion, regulation and support.

as one of nine “Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know,” and the first Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the who generally lack only one thing: confidence in market- g themselves and their products. What we ne d is some

for a change with some real meaning behind it. Tis requires being open to altering old institutions and old approaches – what worked 20, 30, 50 years ago may not work now. Let’s be open, curious and ready to meet possibilities head on. Confident but not cocky

It’s not only time for a change in this province; it is time with youth at risk.

Winnipegger Wab Kinew is also a key- note presenter. He is a one-of-a-kind award- winning talent, named by Postmedia News

Manitobans are creative, resourceful, intelligent people University of Winnipeg.

What I want is a government that is confident in its people and their abilities to make good things happen for them-

he lth care system and allow it to gr w in a natu al way? I ’s happening in Saskatchewan!

way we do things now.

Let’s stop rejecting new ideas just because that’s not the DerRic Starlight and his down-home comedy with puppets. Vision Quest Conferences Inc. is a community-based charitable organization formed through partnerships with

Why not admit that there is already c ”

Open to new ideas and better way to do things performance featuring the multi-talented

petition in the Why not critically look at the delivery system for social

was the longest in more than 140 years (in fact, longer than the 2008 and 2011 contests combined). But before you shift out of

On to the next one... F

A major decision on the horizon for our province

eeling “election-ed out”? It’s under- standable. Te 78-day campaign that preceded last month’s federal election

of business growth? Te business focus is on growing industry sectors, innovation, and competitiveness. Are they prepared to put pieces in place to facilitate that and put a priority on job creation?” Coming up on Nov. 17 at our

elect ion mode, there’s an- other pivotal campaign on the horizon that demands your attention. The 41st Manitoba general

election to determine the Pre- mier of the province is sched- uled to take place on April 19, 2016. Tat leaves 167 days to hear from candidates on their vision for our province. Looking ahead to the provin- cial election campaign, The Chamber wants emphasis to be placed on boosting Manitoba’s economy. “We think the number one

Dave Angus

President and CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Wherever you go, you get to take your Junior Chamber International contacts with you, and make new friends in the area through the international business network. Photo by Jeroen Komen.

priority going into the next election is the economy,” said Dave Angus. “What tone is the next election going to have from all par- ties? Is it one that’s going to be supportive

next membership luncheon, Angus will sit down in con- versation with Conservative provincial candidate Brian Pallister following his own keynote address. Remarking on the subject of priorities dur- ing the upcoming provincial election, Pallister said, “Mani- toba is committed to improv- ing quality of life through fur- thering the economic, labour market and social inclusion of all Manitobans and grow- ing an innovative economy that benefits all Manitobans by advancing the Province as a thriving place to live, learn,

work and invest.” Pallister added, “We are focused on cre-

ating a competitive business climate, based on innovation, developing a skilled labour

Te Conservative Club of Winnipeg (Est. 1889)

One of the longest continually operating clubs in the British Commonwealth, with roots dating back 125 years.

Te club hosts luncheon meetings 10x per year, each featuring a guest speaker. Recent speakers have included:

M.P. Shelly Glover M.P. Steven Fletcher M.P. Lawrence Toet M.P. Joyce Bateman M.P. Jason Kenny MLA Brian Pallister

MLA Ralph Eichler MLA Myrna Driedger MLA Sid Green MLA Shannon Martin Sen. Terry Stratton David Chartrand

Arlene Wilgosh (WRHA) Col. Joel Ray Mayor Brian Bowman Mayor Sam Katz Dorothy Dobbie Fr. Sam Argenzianno

Contact Rob Harper at Gregory Burner, President

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Relocating around the world with help from JCI Building a transcontinental business network is easy with the international organization

services and see if there are better ways to provide care than how we are doing it now. Why do we need three different people, each one of whom does only one thing (and often not the critical thing that needs to be done) to provide home

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moving a few blocks away – even though the process of packing and transporting your items has its own stressors. I mean a bigger move – a “starting fresh” move to a different town, city, province, or country. I have moved 14 times over four prov-


inces. Five times as a kid (Dad was in the RCMP) and then nine more as an adult. Whether the move is to get into a great

pool, and red-tape reduction.” In addition to focusing on the economy,

oving can be a highly stressful thing to do. I’m not just talking about packing up your boxes and

Angus said there are a number of issues facing this provincial government related to mounting debt and the concern is that this will lead to tax increases. Te Chamber addressed the debt issue

program at a different school; find new job opportunities in the line of work you want to pursue or have been trained in; bridge the distance between you and your love to make the relationship work; or you just need a fresh start – whatever the reason, you go through the same process about a month after landing in your new place of residence. It can happen sooner for some, or if you have moved for love, it may hap- pen later – but nevertheless, you get an overwhelming feeling of “What the heck am I doing here?” Tis feeling, a strange combination of

buyer’s remorse and being a fish out of water, can come on suddenly – I once had a breakdown because I couldn’t find decent pizza in my new area – or it starts off as a nagging feeling and fully develops once you have placed everything around your new abode and you start to dwell on the massive change that has just occurred. Forget the fact that you have to learn all the new noises that happen at night before

following the release of the provincial government’s April 2015 budget. At that t ime, The Chamber’s Execut ive Vice President Loren Remillard shared con- cerns that Premier Greg Selinger’s budget decisions pointed to a belief that balanc- ing the books automatically comes at the expense of quality government programs and services. “Program efficiency and effectiveness

are not guaranteed because you spend more,” said Remillard, in an op-ed printed in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 1, 2015. “But on the other hand, innovation and the introduction of lean principles has shown you can produce better outcomes with the same or fewer dollars.” Another important topic for the candi-

dates is our aboriginal community. “Aboriginal issues are both our biggest

issue and our biggest opportunity all at the same time,” said Angus. “It’s the responsi- bility of all of us, including the aboriginal community, to define a positive future with an emphasis on education, economic opportunity, and dealing with poverty.” Te Winnipeg Chamber has been active

in raising aboriginal issues in our province, writing about Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in the Winnipeg Free Press and co-hosting a sold-out event with the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce to discuss urban reserves. “From the business perspective, in many

ways our future will be defined by our abil- ity to be able to engage aboriginal people and youth in the economy.” When asked, provincial candidate Brian

Pallister offered his party’s commitment to addressing aboriginal issues, specifically recognizing urban reserves as an impor- Facebook: Smart Biz

Close to 1,000 conference participants will come together from throughout Manitoba and across Canada to discuss and

promote Aboriginal busi- ness, community, and economic development.

“So far it’s proving to be a winning formula that has If this seems a bit “out there”, it probably only reflects the articles and discussions I have been listen-

If dreams are the portal to your real thoughts and feelings, per- haps this one was telling me that I needed to write about how it’s time for Manitoba to break its bonds of caution and insecurity and move forward boldly and courageously.

he Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show prides itself on doing three things very well, resulting in the event’s long-term success.

that’s what keeps people coming back year after year,” says Kim Bullard, chair of Vision Quest Conferences Inc. “We put together a top-notch schedule of speakers and workshops, bring in some fantastic performers, and tie it all together with an expansive trade show. We also include programming for youth in order to engage the next genera- tion of business and comm nity leader .

ness, entrepreneurship, and community. Delegates can take in topics on launching a business, apprenticeship opportunities, how to buy a franchise, understanding credit, and more. For the first time, Vision Quest is offering certification

courses as an exclusive opportunity for delegates. In Food- safe Food Handling, participants will learn safe practices in the food industry including workshops on food-borne illness, receiving and storage of foods, preparing food, serving food, and cleaning and sanitizing. Te second course is Emergency First Aid and CPR. Rec-

“What I want is a govern- ment that is confident in its people and their abilities to make good things happen

selves. We need to have the courage to tackle the b g chal- lenges with an o apden mind, supported by creative thinking. We need leadership that tells us to hold up o r heads and

ognized certification by all levels of government, Manitoba Workplace Health & Safety, and most employers, the goal of this course is to preserve life, prevent further injury, and promote recovery. Free admission to the popular trade show One of Vision Quest’s most popular at- tractions is the trade show. More than 80 exhibitors will be on display, represent- ing business suppliers, service providers, hospitality groups, career opportunities, economic organizations, educational institutions, information services, and a wide selection of artists and artisans. Te trade show is open to the public with free mission.

for themselves. We need to have the courage to tackle the big challenges with an open mind, supported by creative thinking.”

strike out boldly on the path to success anywhere in the world. We need to be open and welcoming to new companies and new investments. We have to project the message that if you’ve got a new en idtea, you ca bring it home to Manitoba to build and nurtu Jre here in the province of new and bold ideas with our government’s blessing and backing.

Plains Ojibway Singers and Dance Troupe, artistry by Jasyn Lucas, and a headlining

Te conference wraps up Tursday night with a gala banquet, which includes pres- entation of awards for the Dragon’s Quest Business Plan Competition and the Steve Prince Memorial Bursary. There will be

care? Wouldn’t it be better to have just one housekeeper/ cook/helper who can walk and chew gum at the same time to assist our seniors to live at home as long as possible? Surely there is a better way to provide the services needed

to support kids in difficult family circumstances than to rip them away from their parents, who themselves need support, and then abandon them to the streets or place them in even more abusive circumstances. Why not re-examine what we are doing with Manitoba

Hydro and again admit that the road we are on right now makes little sense in a world where fracking is producing an overabundance of power on this continent? Let’s acknowl- edge that, any day now, new technologies are going to make the transmission of hydro electric energy over hundreds of miles too expensive, too dangerous and finally obsolete. In preparation for this, why can’t hydro divert some of the

billions it’s spending on transmission lines and hydro dams to exploring the new technologies with guys such as Elon Musk, whose brilliant power options will not only reduce our need for hydro power but help save the planet? Open minds, open hearts, open future

We Manitobans can be so niggling, so closed, so afraid of

competition, when all that does is narrow the playing field for everyone. What happened to our pioneer spirit that made us leaders in the past? When did we lose the courage to seize the day and shake the gold out of it? Let’s get rid of the counter-productive marketing boards

rtainment, too, with music by guitarist Wab Kinew is a keynote presenter at this year's Vision Quest. ason Tuesday, a cultural presentation by

that stifle initiative in our province. Let’s open up the sales on alcohol and wine and allow other retailers to carry these products in competition with the government monopoly. Let’s encourage non-profit organizations to do their best

and continue providing services that they provide better than governments, instead of viewing them as completion for union jobs. And speaking of unions, why not respect the work that unions do and get them to open their minds and hearts and he Registration for the 2015 Vision Quest Conference & Trade

lp us c eate new and bigger opportunities, instead of slam- ming the doors on competition?

Tese are just a few ideas that would lead to real change

and help return Manitoba to the gateway to opportunity it once was. I’m sure you have a million more ideas. Let’s get the out

there and see if we can inspire our politicians to make change real and productive for us and our province.

ment Corporations – Cedar Lake CFDC, Dakota Ojibway CFDC, Kitayan CFDC, North Central CFDC, and Southeast CFDC. Since inception, nearly 13,000 participants have taken part in Vision Quest.

Show, along with more information, is available online at

Long-standing Aboriginal business trade show Vision Quest on deck with speaker Wab Kinew

you fall asleep, or that your bathroom may be in a different area, so when you get up in the middle of the night, you walk into a wall the first time. But the main thing you need to overcome

is the “missing” feeling – I miss my friends/ family, I miss my job/school, I miss my house/neighbourhood, I miss my coffee shop/daily routine. Having to establish “a life” again is a huge undertaking. Devel- oping a business network, finding people to do things with, creating friendships again… these always seem to be the hard- est. Connecting with new people is even tougher when you’re creating that connec- tion out of thin air. Finding like-minded people is the key;

tant economic development opportunity for First Nations. “We are supportive of the development

of urban reserves,” said Pallister. “In par- ticular with Kapyong Barracks, given the opportunity it represents in the province’s capital, we look forward to all parties find- ing resolution as soon as possible.” Manitoba stepped up in last month’s

JCI can be, and has been, a great source for me. I have found friendships that have lasted, clients to work for, and people to grow a business with. There are always events to attend – a good reason to get out of your new house! And the fact that JCI is international

federal election—voter turnout was up in every one of our province’s ridings. Results indicate that 68.81% of eligible Manitobans voted last month, slightly above the nation- al average and the highest voter turnout in our province since 1993. Te Chamber is calling on Manitobans

to continue that upward trend. Between now and Election Day, there are

meant there was always a chapter in any of the new centres I moved to. Between the casual mixers, the courses and semi- nars, and the volunteering aspects – I had a great way to meet new people, develop a couple of new skills, and finally… to feel at home again. You too can get involved. Join us at a JCI

a number of opportunities to hear directly from those who want your vote. We have invited both the leader of the opposition and current premier to speak directly to you—Chamber members—and the broader business community at upcoming events. On Tuesday, Nov. 17 the leader of the op-

Winnipeg’s Month End Mixer to share your vision of a better community, engage JCI members toward betterment, and discover the avenues of potential and impact that exist within JCI Winnipeg. Visit jciwinnipeg. for more information.

position Brian Pallister will deliver a key- note on his vision for Manitoba, followed by a one-on-one Q & A with Dave Angus, Chamber president and CEO. Less than a month later the current

premier will deliver the annual State of the Province Address on Tuesday, Dec. 15. “Our role as a chamber is to give politi-

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cal leaders a platform in order to articulate where they want to take the province,” said Angus. “Particularly a platform in front of the business community, so they can create a sense of confidence within the business community that we’re headed to a good place… We think these upcoming opportu- nities make for the perfect timing for them to send a strong message to business that they are committed to a competitive envi- ronment here in Winnipeg. One in which businesses can grow and thrive.” A request for comment from Premier

Selinger was made. A response has not yet been received.

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December May 2015

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