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Manitoba Business Event Roundup: May & June Edition

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Editor’s Note: We’ve updated this article as of May 25 with even more upcoming events in June. Thanks to our readers for the great suggestions. 

Though the wildly swinging temperatures may be making some of us feel otherwise, summer is almost here—and for many businesses here in Winnipeg, that means gearing up for a busy season of learning, networking and expanding our minds at some great events.

In this edition of our “Manitoba Business Event Roundup” we’ll be taking a look at some of the up-and-coming events in and around Winnipeg. Get a brief description of each event so you can quickly find the ones best suited to you and your business. And check out the important information like dates, times, locations and associated registration costs.

Need to brush up on your networking before the events? Earmark this article to read after: Tip of the Hat: Networking With…People.


Work Matters Conference

When: May 17 from 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre
Price: $279 (QNET member rate) or $319 (non-member rate)

The Work Matters Conference is presented by QNET, which is a non-profit made up of individuals and organizations dedicated to raising awareness about education and changing business environments.

This all-day conference features keynote presentations from business leaders such as Michael Bungay Stanier, author of Do More Great Work, as well as a variety of breakout sessions such as “Work Matters – From a Leader’s Lens”, “Job Crafting. Shaping Your Job for a Better Fit” and “Exploring Elements of a Supportive Work Environment.”


When: May 25–27
Where: RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg
Price: $1,350 (includes meals, speakers, gala dinner, access to the trade show and a prearranged meeting schedule)

Centrallia is a 2 ½ day annual conference organized by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg. Now in its fourth year, this professional networking conference is designed to help Winnipeg businesses connect with other World Trade Centre and Chamber of Commerce businesses from across the globe, providing them with opportunities for international commerce, trade and investments.

Some industries who may benefits from attending this conference are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Agribusiness
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Environmental Industries
  • Energy, Resources and Mining
  • Construction/Infrastructure
  • Innovation and R&D

Not only does Centrallia provide businesses with an opportunity to hear keynote speakers and get to know exhibitors at the trade show, attendees also benefit from a series of prearranged meetings with complementary businesses from across the globe. If you’re looking to expand your business beyond Manitoba and even Canada’s borders, then this is the conference for you!

Toasting Winnipeg Breakfast Series

When: May 31 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Where: Neechi Niche, 865 Main St., Winnipeg
Price: $25 (member rate) or $40 (non-member rate)

Toasting Winnipeg is a new breakfast series presented by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, which is dedicated to shining a light on original, innovative and inspiring stories from within the local business community. This informal gathering will feature success stories from businesses around the city with the intention of demonstrating that success is always possible.

The presenter for this breakfast series is Louise (Desmarais) Champagne, Owner of Neechi Commons.

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce 26th Annual Chamber Golf Classic

When: June 1 from 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Where: Pine Ridge Golf Club

Price: $475 (non-member rate) or $275 (member rate)

June 1st is the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s 26th Annual Chamber Golf Classic. This perennial event sells out every year and features an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Manitoban summer weather, swing some clubs around and enjoy the day with over 150 golf enthusiasts from our local business community.

All the money raised from the Golf Classic will be donated to a charity (yet to be announced) so make sure to sign up, have fun and do some good!

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce: MBiz Breakfast Series featuring Honourable Cameron Friesen, Minister of Finance

When: June 1 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Where: Hotel Fort Garry

Price: Member and Future Member rates start at $47.50 and 57.50 + GST respectively. Table rates also available.

The last MBiz Breakfast for the 2015-2016 season features the Honourable Cameron Friesen, Mister of Finance as he reviews the new provincial budget to the business community the day after it is released.


When: June 2

Where: Tom Hendry Warehouse, 140 Rupert Ave., Winnipeg

Price: $25

TEDxWinnipeg is a one-day event in the spirit of the TED Talks conferences which is dedicated to spreading great ideas and sharing inspiring stories. So far two of this year’s confirmed speakers are Isral Idonjie, who will be speaking on the topic of “Building Successful People”, and Dr. Nicole Buckley of the Canadian Space Agency, who will be doing a presentation on her research and findings on Health and Aging in Space.

Last year’s event featured incredible speakers from Manitoba. Check out the highlights.

But TEDxWinnipeg isn’t just about hearing great stories and having a “feel good” day. It’s also about connecting with other creatives and is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people from the local business, nonprofits and arts sectors.

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Annual Deputy Ministers Dinner

When: June 2 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: The Fairmont Winnipeg

Price: $125 + GST

One of the newest MCC Premier Events, which was created to allow members and sponsors to have direct access to Manitoba’s deputy ministers on a personalized basis. Enjoy dinner seated beside a minister, and engage in conversation about issues directly affecting you and your business.

Deputy Ministers rotate after each course to provide guests more opportunity to discuss issues with multiple ministers throughout the evening, further enhancing this great opportunity. Following dinner, there is a Q & A period opened to all DM’s in order for participants to hear their perspectives on the province’s pressing issues.

Celebrate Winnipeg – The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce June Luncheon

When: June 3 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: Delta Winnipeg, 350 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg
Prices: Varied. Visit their website for details.

If you’re a member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, then don’t miss your chance to connect with other local businesses and celebrate some local success stories at their June Luncheon. You can buy individual passes, or book a whole table for yourself and your employees, coworkers or business colleagues.

Professional Services Sales & Marketing Peer Forum IV

When: Six sessions throughout June. (June 9, 10, 14, 16, 21 and 23)

Where: The Manitoba Club in Winnipeg

Prices: $1,800. Potential discounts if you qualify for the Canada Job Grant. More details on the Beyond Referrals event page.

“A unique professional services sales and marketing peer forum learning environment and experience facilitated by Cal Harrison, President of Beyond Referrals – a leader in sales and marketing training for the professional services sector for well over a decade.”

Stay tuned to the MTS Business Hub throughout the year for news about upcoming events, conferences, and other information that busy Manitoban businesses can use to grow and connect.

Are we missing your event from this list or do you have an event you would like highlighted in future articles? Let us know in the comments.

Alyson Shane

Alyson Shane is a writer and business owner from Winnipeg, Manitoba who has been publishing content online for 16+ years. She runs Starling Social, an agency which develops digital marketing strategies that combine social media, paid advertising and content strategy to keep businesses growing and engaged with their customers. Outside the office, Alyson is a passionate urbanist who loves gardening, riding her bike and thinking about the public spaces that bring us together. She can be reached on social media at @alysonshane.

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