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MBI Business Brief – December 16, 2022

Polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Eva Blue/Unsplash

Hon. Jim Carr passes away at 71

Winnipeg Member of Parliament and former cabinet minister Jim Carr passed away on Dec. 12 after a long illness.

Carr had a long and illustrious career in Manitoba, starting out as a musician with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He then moved onto journalism, working for the Winnipeg Free Press and CBC Radio. He entered politics in 1988, representing Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Carr went on to found the Business Council of Manitoba. In 2015, Carr was elected as the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre and named Minister of Natural Resources. He became Minister of International Trade Diversification in 2018, and was re-elected once again in 2019 and appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Prairies.

Carr’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg (555 Main St) at 11:00am with doors opening at 10:00am.

Rest easy, Jim. You will be missed and your contributions to Manitoba will never be forgotten.

Photo: Jim Carr Official Portrait. © HOC-CDC Credit: Bernard Thibodeau, House of Commons Photo Services

Assiniboine Park Conservancy names new president and CEO

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy announced on Dec. 15 that Ray Karasevich will become the organization’s next president and CEO. Karasevich joins the APC from the Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology, where he was president and CEO for five years.

“Mr. Karasevich possesses an impressive and unique combination of senior executive experience, advanced education, and community involvement. He has proven leadership qualities and a demonstrated ability to build strategic relationships across sectors. We believe Mr. Karasevich is the right person to lead the Conservancy at this time and look forward to welcoming him to the organization in the new year,” said Don Streuber, vice-chair of the APC board of directors and chair of the CEO search committee.

Karasevich will take over from Margaret Redmond, the APC’s founding CEO, when she steps down in January 2023.

“As a proud Winnipegger, I have admired and supported the revitalization of Assiniboine Park and Zoo, which has come to completion with the opening of The Leaf. I am looking forward to the next chapter and all the opportunities that lie ahead, to building new partnerships within our community, and to working with Conservancy staff and volunteers to bring these incredible spaces, attractions, and amenities to life in new, meaningful, and memorable ways,” said Karasevich.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries announces president and CEO stepping down

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MBLL) announced on Dec. 14 that Manny Atwal, the organization’s president and CEO, is leaving in early 2023 for a new role in the private sector.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Manny for his leadership and drive for excellence over these last three years,” said MBLL board chair Bonnie Mitchelson. “We were fortunate to have Manny’s keen eye for innovative and collaborative solutions in generating revenue for the government to help support important programs like healthcare, education, and social services.”

Atwal’s last official day is January 6, 2023. Gerry Sul, executive vice president, gaming and entertainment will act as president and CEO while MBLL searches for Atwal’s successor.

Sagkeeng First Nation launches program with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

The Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation, along with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), launched a Sagkeeng environmental monitoring program, which Sagkeeng First Nation has named “Nigan Aki,” meaning “Land First.”

The program will be launched at the Pinawa, Man. Whiteshell Laboratories site to allow Sagkeeng to monitor and steward its territory, and better understand the Whiteshell site and operations, which is located in the Sagkeeng’s unceded traditional territory.

“AECL and CNL are committed to meaningful engagement with local First Nations and Métis communities, and to identifying mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration,” said Fred Dermarkar, president and CEO of AECL. “In particular, we recognize that Indigenous knowledge and participation complements and improves the work that we undertake, and helps build First Nation understanding and confidence in site operations.”

The Nigan Aki Program will also incorporate Indigenous Knowledge into CNL’s monitoring and adaptive management system to provide Sagkeeng “with increased understanding and confidence in the monitoring results.”

“Sagkeeng is excited to build the Nigan Aki program on a foundation of our Anicinabe knowledge, ensuring that the decommissioning of the reactor at the Whiteshell Laboratories aligns with our traditional values, thereby protecting our community, our lands and waters,” said Sagkeeng Chief Henderson. “We are grateful that the current owners and operators – AECL and CNL – have directly engaged our community, have listened, and are now taking action to incorporate Anicinabe knowledge into the work at the Whiteshell site. While there is still much to be done, this is an important step and we look forward to CNL and AECL continuing to demonstrate respect for Sagkeeng First Nation citizens and our traditional territory.”

TIPI Group of Companies announces promotion of Chris Berthelette has been promoted to Vice President, Property & Casualty, with TIPI and TIPI-IMI Insurance Partners.

Chris Berthelette has been promoted to vice president, property & casualty with TIPI and TIPI-IMI Insurance Partners.

“There has been a lot of change within the organization since I joined in 2016. We have grown into the most trusted insurance brokerage in Western Canada. We have opened more offices, grew our staff size, and expanded our clientele while never losing track of who we were and who we service,” Berthelette said. “I am so lucky to work with the people that I do. Our Property and Casualty team is the best in the business and I look forward to working closer with each person.”

Berthelette has been with TIPI since 2016, and worked in insurance for almost 20 years.

“When we talk about our bigger picture, succession planning and mentorship have been synonymous terms. I have had the opportunity to work with Chris for nearly seven years. Chris’ energy and expertise in the field made him the obvious choice when we were looking at who should become our next vice-president for the property and casualty line of business,” Nathan Ballantyne, TIPI Group CEO said. “This is an exciting time for the TIPI Group of Companies and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Chris as he transitions into this role.”

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