WTC Winnipeg's Podcast

WTC Winnipeg's Podcast

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Interested in hearing how local businesses are navigating these uncertain times? WTC Winnipeg’s short podcasts series showcases individuals sharing about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and also how they are adapting their oper?


“We’re taking a road trip through rural Manitoba with our wares” | Interview with Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk - Tourism series
Aug 4 • 8 min
In this episode, Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk, owners and “beer brothers” of Farmery Estate Brewing spoke with Mariette Mulaire and Colin Ferguson about the positive impact that their rural brewery has had on the community. They pride themselves in…
“We offer a private lakeside cabin experience” | Interview with Caleigh Christie - Tourism series
Jul 31 • 9 min
In this episode, Caleigh Christie, General Manager of Falcon Trails Resort spoke with Mariette Mulaire and Colin Ferguson about the 4-season experience they offer just a short drive from Winnipeg. Christie prides herself on the experience that her and…
“Connecting people with nature” | Interview with Liz Wilson - Tourism series
Jul 29 • 8 min
In this episode, Liz Wilson, President and CEO of FortWhyte Alive discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Dayna Spiring about the beautiful reclaimed greenspace that gives Manitobans the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a fun way. With modified…
“On travaille un projet gratuit de pique-nique” | Entrevue avec Jean-Marc Champagne - Tourisme
Jul 29 • 8 min
Dans cet épisode, Jean-Marc Champagne, propriétaire de la Fromagerie Bothwell discute avec Mariette Mulaire et Michelle Gervais de l’appui continuel qu’il offre aux autres commerçants manitobains en vendant leurs produits dans son magasin. Jean-Marc…
“Rediscover Winnipeg while enjoying our amenities” | Interview with Jean-François Vary - Tourism series
Jul 29 • 7 min
In this episode, Jean-François Vary, General Manager of Fairmont Winnipeg, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Dayna Spiring about the procedures and incentives that they have put in place to help Manitobans be tourists in their own backyard. In…
“Showing you all the secret hidden gems in St. Boniface” | Interview with Jean-Marc Champagne - Tourism series
Jul 28 • 8 min
In this episode, Jean-Marc Champagne, owner of Fromagerie Bothwell spoke with Mariette Mulaire and Michelle Gervais about being proactive in selling local products within his store. He reveals a new and exciting ‘Picnic in St. Boniface’ summer project…
“The symphonic jewel of North America” | Interview with Trudy Schroeder - Tourism Series
Jul 27 • 7 min
In this episode, Trudy Schroeder, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, spoke with Mariette Mulaire and Dayna Spiring about how they recomposed their current season to continue to enliven the summer through pop-up recitals,…
“The biggest collection of fossiled marine reptiles in Canada” | Interview with Adolfo Cuetara - Tourism series
Jul 24 • 6 min
In this episode, Adolfo Cuetara, Executive Director of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Colin Ferguson about Manitoba’s rich history and how archaeologists are still unearthing 80 million years later. The…
“An opportunity to really look at what our experience was” | Interview with Jeff Mayo - Tourim Series
Jul 23 • 5 min
The WTC Winnipeg welcomes Dayna Spiring, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, to our conversations with businesses in the Tourism Industry. In this episode, Jeff Mayo, General Manager or Thermea by Nordik Spa-Nature talks about how the…
“We tell this story the way it should be told” | Interview with Barb Gluck - Tourism Series
Jul 22 • 10 min
The WTC Winnipeg welcomes Colin Ferguson, president of Travel Manitoba, to our conversations with Manitoban businesses in the tourism industry.In this episode, Barb Gluck, president of the Gimli Glider Exhibit shares the amazing story of how a plane…
“On commence à rouler!” | Entrevue avec Darrel Nadeau | Tourisme
Jul 17 • 8 min
Le WTC Winnipeg est heureux d’accueillir Michelle Gervais, directrice de Tourisme Riel, aux conversations avec les entreprises manitobaines dans l’industrie du tourisme. Dans cet épisode, Darrel Nadeau, directeur général du Festival du Voyageur,…
“Reignite people’s joie de vivre” | Interview with Darrel Nadeau - Tourism series
Jul 17 • 9 min
The WTC Winnipeg is happy to welcome Michelle Gervais, Director of Tourisme Riel, to our conversations with Manitoban businesses in the tourism industry. In this episode, Darrel Nadeau, Executive Director of the Festival du Voyageur discusses how they…
“On Amazon alone we grew by 400%” | Interview with Alfred Lea
Jul 9 • 8 min
In this episode, Alfred Lea, founder and president of Tomahawk Chips, spoke with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about his company’s trajectory and growth during the pandemic thanks to an increase in e-commerce distribution. He elaborates on how he…
“The most important move forward is going to be mobility” | Interview with Rick Kemp
Jul 9 • 7 min
In this episode, Rick Kemp, owner and president of Dimension Display, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the need to stay mobile and modular to stay on the go. As a company that mainly sells trade show and conference exhibit…
“The mist in your mind becomes fog in your organisation” | Interview with Darrell Boyko
Jul 6 • 8 min
In this episode, Darrell Boyko, principal consultant for Boyko Innovations discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about how his company helps businesses that are over concentrated with few clients to go to the marketplace to acquire new…
“Always be willing to try something different” | Interview with Riley Day
Jul 6 • 5 min
In this episode, Riley Day, co-owner of Progressive Westman speaks with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about his company’s beginnings in selling sanitation supplies which has expanded to include mats, uniforms and fire protection. In honouring…
“Helping women use their voice to make an impact” | Interview with Jessica Dumas
Jul 6 • 6 min
In this episode, Jessica Dumas, president of Jessica Dumas Coaching and Training, discusses her passion for helping businesswomen live more confidently and independently. She shares with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson how her coaching career…
“Turn uncertainty into opportunity” | Interview with Cheryl Zealand
Jun 18 • 8 min
In this episode, Cheryl Zealand, president and CEO of Cranked Energy, describes how her company was able to make a quick pivot to operations in order to maintain sales since retailers were not restocking orders as they typically would. She explains to…
“It’s been a pretty exciting journey so far” | Interview with Jamie Wilson
Jun 18 • 9 min
In this episode, Jamie Wilson, Vice President of Corporate Development of the Arctic Gateway Group discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about how northern regions of Manitoba have maintained their essential services during the pandemic. He…
“I really do think this is the way of the future” | Interview with Karly McRae
Jun 10 • 8 min
In this episode, Karly McRae, president and owner of Lakehouse Properties, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the impact the pandemic has had on the tourism industry. She shares insight on how the quick implementation of digitally…
“Still on target to launch in the U.S.” | Interview with Michelle Lalonde
Jun 10 • 8 min
In this episode, Michelle Lalonde, president and chief officer of growth and happiness at Tiber River, speaks with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about how her company experienced a drastic increase in its direct sales division and adapted a new…
“If you have a strong team, empower them.” | Interview with Rafiq Punjani
Jun 10 • 9 min
In this episode, Rafiq Punjani, owner of Anago Cleaning Systems and Right At Home Canada, speaks with Mariette Mulaire about how both his companies came to be and the unique ways both were able to serve the community during the pandemic. Through Anago,…
“On était capable d’aider les manitobains à être ‘sauf’” | Entrevue avec Jean-Marc et Arthur Roy
Jun 5 • 9 min
Dans cet épisode, Jean-Marc Roy, propriétaire de MacMor Industries et Arthur Roy, président de MacMor Industries, discutent avec Mariette Mulaire de l’historique de leur entreprise et de leurs opérations durant la pandémie. Ils ont eu à rapidement…
“Unfortunately, we’re in the right business for catastrophes” | Interview with Jean-Marc and Arthur Roy
Jun 5 • 9 min
In this episode, Jean-Marc Roy, owner of MacMor Industries and Arthur Roy, president of MacMor Industries, discuss with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about needing to build new relationships with suppliers in order to source an increase in demand…
“When it shut down, we actually had zero work ” | Interview with John Wardrope
Jun 5 • 7 min
In this episode, John Wardrope, owner and president of Acryl Designs, speaks with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about his history of pivoting operations over the last few decades and how that has ensured his company’s continued success. The last…
“Not only is your home your castle, but also your island” | Interview with Andrea Kraj
Jun 1 • 10 min
In this episode, Andrea Kraj, CEO of CORE Renewable Energy, speaks with Mariette Mulaire about her entrepreneurial journey and how her company came to be. She explains the importance behind helping rural farming communities develop their own energy…
“Notre première responsabilité est d’avoir une place sécuritaire pour nos employés ” | Entrevue avec Butch Bouchard
May 29 • 6 min
Dans cet épisode, Butch Bouchard, président d’Arne’s Welding, discute avec Mariette Mulaire de son entreprise et des marchés dans lesquels elle opère. Avec plus de 65 ans d’expérience, l’entreprise était bien placée pour s’adapter rapidement à la…
“Sales have started moving again” | Interview with Butch Bouchard
May 29 • 8 min
In this episode, Butch Bouchard, president of Arne’s Welding, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the fluctuation in sales that his company has seen during the pandemic. His company has taken a corporate approach to implementing…
“The world is changing - people want their things at their door and they want it now” | Interview with John Sparrow
May 26 • 6 min
In this episode, John Sparrow, founder and CEO of Go Oil Canada, explains how his company was established following his participation in the 55-hour pitch competition led by North Forge and quickly flourished into a Canada-wide business. He discusses…
“By nature, business owners are an entrepreneurial bunch” | Interview with Ryan Rawluk
May 25 • 6 min
In this episode, Ryan Rawluk, Partner at Rawluk & Ryan Chartered Professional Accountants, discusses with Mariette Mulaire how impressed he is with the innovative ways his clients (small business owners) have adapted during the pandemic across…
“What we thought would take years is now going to take months” I Interview with Jason Leibert
May 25 • 5 min
In this episode, Jason Leibert, VP of Business Development at MSPrebiotic, chats with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the world’s best supplement grade resistant starch prebiotic fibre produced from potatoes – theirs! He also speaks about the…
“La boulangerie est encore ouverte” | Entrevue avec Sue Leclair
May 25 • 5 min
Dans cet épisode, Sue Leclair, propriétaire de Pretzel Place et A Baker’s Story, raconte à Mariette Mulaire les défis associés à la pandémie et l’effet que celle-ci a eu sur ses entreprises et ses clients, dont plusieurs habitent dans des résidences…
“COVID is just another way of pivoting” | Interview with Sue Leclair
May 15 • 6 min
In this episode, Sue Leclair, owner of Pretzel Place and A Baker’s Story, chats with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the challenges and effects the pandemic has had on her business. She has had to pivot by offering contactless deliveries – of…
“On avait des bouteilles de surplus qu’on a donné aux distilleries” | Entrevue avec Guy Chartier
May 15 • 6 min
Dans cet épisode, Guy Chartier, PDG de BeeMaid Honey, explique à Mariette Mulaire que son entreprise a pu donner ses bouteilles de plastique en ourson à deux distilleries en Alberta qui ont pivoté leur production de bière à une production de…
“For some reason, people are stocking up on honey as well” | Interview with Guy Chartier
May 15 • 7 min
In this episode, Guy Chartier, CEO of BeeMaid Honey, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the rise in demand for honey during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guy speaks about some of the social distancing measures they’ve implemented in their…
“L’équipe a dû virer à 180 degrés” | Entrevue avec Julie Michaud
May 14 • 7 min
Dans cet épisode, Julie Michaud, présidente et propriétaire de Portia Ella, explique la vitesse à laquelle son équipe a dû pivoter afin d’apporter les changements nécessaires pour faire avancer le tout en vue de la pandémie. Julie informe Mariette…
“It was a complete 180” | Interview with Julie Michaud
May 11 • 10 min
In this episode, Julie Michaud, CEO and Founder of Portia Ella, explains how quickly her team pivoted to the required changes needed to move forward during the pandemic. Julie informs Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about hiring a marketing agency…
“We are leaders in what we do” | Interview with Jack Maendel
May 7 • 6 min
In this episode, Jack Maendel, CEO of EcoPoxy, discusses with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson how his company is developing epoxies made from annually renewable resources and sells to clients all over the world. Jack touches base on the importance…
“We’ve done more business during COVID than in the history of the company” | Interview with Daniel Blair
May 6 • 5 min
In this episode, Daniel Blair, owner and CEO of Bit Space Development, chats with Mariette Mulaire about the interesting impact that COVID-19 has had on his business. The company’s innovative technology is in high demand for things such as simulated…
“We looked for everyone’s voice” | Interview with Ed Dornn and Tilda Fortier
May 5 • 8 min
In this episode, Ed Dornn and Tilda Fortier of Greenstone Building Products, discuss with Mariette Mulaire and Chuck Davidson about the changes they implemented in their manufacturing facility due to COVID-19 such as a two-shift approach. An approach…
“On track for a banner year” | Interview with Kevin Klaassen
May 5 • 3 min
The WTC Winnipeg podcast welcomes Chuck Davidson, president and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, to join Mariette Mulaire in chatting with Manitoba businesses. In this episode, Kevin Klaassen, co-owner of SK2 Custom Homes, explains that his…
“We’ve never worked this hard in our entire careers” | Interview with Brian Scharfstein
Apr 29 • 6 min
In this episode, Brian Scharfstein, owner and president of Canadian Footwear, discusses with Mariette Mulaire how they’ve recreated their marketing to offer a new door to door delivery service at no extra cost for customers. The company has been busy…
“There’s always a message in the mess” | Interview with Colleen Dyck
Apr 29 • 5 min
In this episode, Colleen Dyck, owner of GORP, reveals to Mariette Mulaire the personal approach that her company has taken to help boost online sales. The company began offering personal notes and messages in their packages that customers could then…
“It’s our duty to keep the economy going” | Interview with Mark Myrowich
Apr 28 • 6 min
In this episode, Mark Myrowich, owner and CEO of ECBVerdyol, explains to Mariette Mulaire how they have taken a new SBA approach with their team amid the COVID-19 pandemic - Safety, Belonging and Accolades. He touches on the duty that companies have to…
“C’était un apprentissage rapide pour nous” | Entrevue avec Jardins St-Léon
Apr 24 • 6 min
Dans cet épisode, Mariette Mulaire jase avec 3 des 4 entrepreneurs du Jardin St-Léon, Janelle, Luc et Colin Remillard. Ils discutent de l’évolution de l’entreprise et de son plan d’expansion. De plus, ils notent aussi les changements qu’ils…
“Hoping to have a very good year amid this pandemic” | Interview with St-Léon Gardens
Apr 24 • 7 min
In this episode, Mariette Mulaire discusses with 3 of the 4 owners of St-Léon Gardens - Janelle, Luc and Colin Remillard. Fortunately for the company, they had recently tested a small online ecommerce store this past fall. This gave them a bit of a…
“More business than usual” | Interview with Catherine Metrycki
Apr 24 • 5 min
In this episode, Catherine Metrycki, founder of Callia Flowers, explains that from a process perspective her business has been busier than usual. She speaks with Mariette Mulaire about the challenges associated to managing customer expectations by…
“Continuing to nourish the heart and soul” | Interview with Carly Minish
Apr 23 • 5 min
In this episode, Carly Minish, president and founder of Smak Dab Gourmet Mustard, expresses the importance of cooking for comfort during this challenging time. She discusses with Mariette Mulaire how her company which has 200 retail locations across…
“It affected us at a critical time” | Interview with Amanda Buhse
Apr 23 • 7 min
In this episode, Amanda Buhse, owner and art director of Coal and Canary, shares the creative approach her company has taken to continue engaging with their customers through a new VIP program. She tells Mariette Mulaire how COVID-19 affected them at a…
‘We’ve had to come up with a strategy to get through this weird time” | Interview with Heidi Reimer-Epp
Apr 22 • 5 min
In this episode, Heidi Remer-Epp, CEO and Co-Founder of Botanical Paperworks, shares the impact of COVID-19 on her business and how they have adapted their strategy to get through this challenging time. Heidi shares with Mariette Mulaire what she calls…
Finding opportunity amid a pandemic | Interview with David Dandeneau
Apr 22 • 3 min
In this episode, David Dandeneau of the fashion brand Anne Mulaire, reveals how the Métis fashion house and boutique pivoted to design and manufacture face masks to help protect the community. David discusses with Mariette Mulaire how the influx of…
“Il y a eu une tempête de demandes pour les masques” | Entrevue avec David Dandeneau
Apr 22 • 5 min
Dans cet épisode, David Dandeneau, co-créateur et responsable de la stratégie et du développement d’affaires chez Anne Mulaire, explique à Mariette Mulaire comment la maison de mode métis a rapidement saisie sa nouvelle réalité pour fabriquer des…
“If the internet is out for 90 seconds, we get a call right away” | Interview with Bryan King
Apr 16 • 4 min
In this episode, Bryan King, president of High Speed Crow, explains to Mariette Mulaire how their internet service has become even more significant during this challenging time. Rural Manitobans depend on his services in order to continue working and…
“Way ahead of the game” | Interview with Fiona Webster-Mourant
Apr 16 • 6 min
In this episode, Fiona Webster-Mourant, president of Manrex Limited, discusses with Mariette Mulaire about the importance of being prepared and to not forget the lessons we’re currently learning. She explains that going forward we have to be willing to…
“Everything you knew about change management goes out the window” | Interview with Judy Murphy
Apr 15 • 4 min
In this episode, Judy Murphy, president and CEO of Safety Services Manitoba, explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has really turned their world upside down. She discusses with Mariette Mulaire the quick and unexpected changes that needed to take place to…
“It’s always easier in person” | Interview with Allan Friesen
Apr 15 • 6 min
In this episode, Allan Friesen, International Business Development Manager for K-Tec Earthmovers, discusses with Mariette Mulaire about the changes in structure that they have been required to make on their manufacturing side. Allan explains how the…
“A win-win for customers and businesses” | Interview with Tyler Ibrahim
Apr 9 • 5 min
In this episode, Tyler Ibrahim of Protegra discusses with Mariette Mulaire how the newly launched Local Futures platform is a great way for Manitobans to support their favourite local businesses. This not-for-profit initiative will allow businesses to…
“Keep on trucking with your marketing” | Interview with Laura LaPalme
Apr 9 • 6 min
In this episode, Laura LaPalme, owner of L2 Marketing, discusses with Mariette Mulaire about the importance of remembering to promote positivity and continuing to move forward with your business’ social media strategies in the current situation. Laura…
Exploring digital options | Interview with Todd Burns
Apr 9 • 5 min
In this episode, Todd Burns, president of Cypher Environmental, discusses with Mariette Mulaire about how his company is still operating full force during the pandemic all while maintaining safety measures. The company has started exploring digital…
We’ll keep doing what we do best | Interview with Rob Read
Apr 9 • 4 min
In this episode, Rob Read, president of Bison Fire Protection, discusses with Mariette Mulaire about how his company continues to operate during the pandemic as an essential service but on reduced staff due to slower business activities.Bison Fire…
Travailler “sur” votre entreprise aujourd’hui pour l’avenir | Entrevue avec Carole Freynet-Gagné
Apr 6 • 8 min
Dans cet épisode, Carole Freynet-Gagné, propriétaire de l’entreprise Apprentissage Illimité, discute avec Mariette Mulaire au sujet de la façon dont son entreprise utilise cette période de ralentissement due au Covid-19 pour faire de la planification et…
Working “on” your business today for the future | Interview with Carole Freynet-Gagné
Apr 1 • 6 min
In this episode, Carole Freynet-Gagné, owner of Apprentissage Illimité, discusses with Mariette Mulaire about how her business is using this slower period during Covid-19 to do some self-learning and planning.Apprentissage Illimité is a publisher of…