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MBI Business Brief: January 6, 2023

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Pollard Banknote secures contract in Norway

Winnipeg’s Pollard Banknote announced Jan. 2 that the company has been awarded a contract with Norsk Tipping, the Norwegian national lottery. The contract will see Pollard provide instant scratch tickers for three years.

“Pollard Banknote has been a trusted partner for many years and through this new contract we look forward to leveraging more of their industry experience and expertise, including strategic marketing services, as well as exciting product innovations,” said Hans Erland Ringsvold, Head of Gaming Operations, Norsk Tipping. “We are excited to continue to work together to offer our players instant scratch tickets, both retail and online, in an innovative and sustainable manner that grow revenues to the benefit of sports, culture, and humanitarian organisations in Norway.”

This is the second consecutive contract won by Pollard with Norsk Tipping.

“We are thrilled to continue our successful relationship with Norsk Tipping,” said Julia Cloutier, senior director, sales & marketing, Pollard Banknote. “The Lottery has leveraged many of Pollard Banknote’s exciting product innovations over the years, including Scratch FX™, Iridescent FX™, and Scratch Tab™. This new contract will allow us to continue to work with the Lottery to offer our latest innovations and sustainable, market-specific strategies to ensure growth that benefits good causes across Norway.”

NFI to provide new buses for Winnipeg Transit

NFI Group Inc. has received new orders for for 16 battery-electric and fuel cell-electric transit buses from Winnipeg Transit.

“NFI has led innovation in North American public transit for decades, and today we stand ready with our next generation zero-emission buses to help communities transition to no-emission mobility,” said Chris Stoddart, president, North American Bus and Coach, NFI. “NFI’s partnership with Winnipeg Transit spans 35 years, and we have delivered more than 1,560 transit buses to Winnipeg Transit since 1987. We are now proudly enabling the agency’s transition to a low-carbon future through our efficient, long-range battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell-electric buses for healthier Manitoba communities.”

The contract also has options to be extended for up to four years to purchase up to 150 more zero-emission buses.

“We’re proud to extend our partnership with NFI to modernize our transit fleet and move toward zero emissions,” said Winnipeg mayor Scott Gillingham. “This purchase will also support local jobs and build Winnipeg’s reputation as a centre of excellence for transit manufacturing and sustainable transit technology.”

Delta 9 opens 40th store

Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. celebrated the opening of its fortieth retail cannabis store on Jan. 3, the eighteenth in Manitoba.

“Delta 9 expanded its retail network by 24 stores in 2022 and we expect continued expansion of our retail portfolio across Canada next year. The opening of our newest Winnipeg store highlights our commitment to continued expansion in our retail segment of our business,” said John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9. “The Winnipeg market has underpinned the growth of Delta 9 over the past four years, making us Manitoba’s best known cannabis store.”

The new store is located at 78 Marion Street in St. Boniface, as part of the Norwood Hotel.

Chip & Pepper buy KUB Bakery

Winnipeg-born entrepreneurs Chip and Pepper Foster have purchased long-time, recently closed KUB Bakery‘s recipes and brand. The bakery closed in November 2022, just before its 100th anniversary.

The Fosters expect to have the business running again in about three months with a new centralized operation. Pepper Foster and his wife Vanessa also co-own The Pennyloaf Bakery on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg.

King’s Counsel appointees named

On Jan. 1, 2023 the provincial government announced 17 Manitoba lawyers named King’s Counsel.

Those receiving the King’s counsel (KC) designation include:

  • Thomas Gordon Frohlinger, KC;
  • Jeffrey Brian Hirsch, KC;
  • John David Stefaniuk, KC;
  • Stuart James Blake, KC;
  • Kevin Terrance Williams, KC;
  • Helga Dale Van Iderstine, KC;
  • Evan Jay Roitenberg, KC;
  • Lawrence Isaac Pinsky, KC;
  • Grant Andrew Stefanson, KC;
  • Christine Ria Van Cauwenberghe, KC;
  • Michael Arlyn Conner, KC;
  • David Earl Swayze, KC;
  • Sarah Ann Inness, KC;
  • Lisa Junio Stiver, KC;
  • Rekha Nadine Malaviya, KC;
  • Priscilla Sternat-McIvor, KC; and
  • Sofia Mirza, KC.

King’s counsel is an honorary title given to a lawyer by the lieutenant-governor in council, based on recommendations made by the Justice minister following consultation with an advisory council. To be considered, lawyers must have demonstrated outstanding practice, operated with integrity and leadership, fostered excellence in the profession and been in practice for at least 10 years.

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