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MBI Business Brief – November 18, 2022

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Sephora Canada opens 100th Canadian store in Winnipeg

Nov. 18 saw the opening of Sephora Canada’s 100th location in Canada at Crossroads Station Shopping Centre in Winnipeg – the fourth in the city.

As well, the company announced it will donate $100,000 to Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) as part of its “ongoing commitment to championing a diverse and equitable beauty community in Canada.” The donation is a continuation of its existing partnership with NWAC, having first worked with the organization on Sephora’s National Roundtable on Indigenous Beauty and subsequent report.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our brick-and-mortar presence in Manitoba with the opening of Sephora Crossroads Station Shopping Centre, and to be celebrating this momentous 100th store milestone. Our mission has always been to make our unrivaled in-store beauty retail experience accessible to clients from coast to coast, and this is something we’ll continue to strive for as we expand our presence in the Canadian market even further,” said Thomas Haupt, general manager of Sephora Canada. “This opening is also an important occasion for us to celebrate with our clients in Canada, and to show gratitude to communities at large – they are the beating heart of our business and we are proud to serve them.”

Sephora opened its first Canadian store in 2004 and has over 500 stores across the Americas.

SkipTheDishes names new CEO

Manitoba food delivery tech firm SkipTheDishes announced Nov. 17 that Howard Migdal will now helm the company following the retirement of CEO Kevin Edwards. Migdal was most recently the company’s chief operating officer.

“Having been a part of Skip’s incredible journey and seeing the company’s success first-hand over the last ten years, I am honoured to now be leading the organization into the future,” said Howard Migdal, CEO at SkipTheDishes. “We want to continue leveraging our incredible network to become the go-to platform for both businesses and consumers when they need delivery. We look forward to continuing to drive success for our most important stakeholders across Canada: our customers, couriers, and restaurant partners.”

Edwards held the CEO role since 2018, taking over from the company’s founders before exiting this year.

Government support for mining

The Manitoba government announced on Nov. 14 that it will invest another $5 million to modernize and improve exploration and mining in the province.

“Our government is focused on attracting new investment into Manitoba’s mining sector and increasing Indigenous participation in mineral development activities,” said Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt. “We want the world to know that Manitoba is open for business and through this new investment we are accelerating Manitoba’s position as a world leader for responsible mineral development.”

The money will support streamlining regulatory processes and improve Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development’s ability to consult and engage with First Nations and Métis communities.

Jobs portal launched

The Government of Manitoba launched its new Work in Manitoba jobs portal on Nov. 14, creating a new website to connect employers and job seekers.

“We have heard from Manitoba employers that they are struggling to recruit the talent they need to grow their businesses and we are taking concrete action to help them overcome this barrier,” said Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen. “The Work in Manitoba job portal is a streamlined website that will enable employers to efficiently connect with local, national and international candidates that meet their labour market needs.”

The site is free to use for both job seekers and employers, and collects job market information in real time. Job seekers can create profiles with their skills and experience, and the site will notify them when jobs come available.

“The job opportunities in Manitoba span across all sectors — from manufacturing and transportation to technology and creative industries,” said Dayna Spiring, president and CEO, Economic Development Winnipeg. “The Work in Manitoba job portal is a powerful tool Manitoba employers can use to connect with job seekers not just from Manitoba, but from across Canada and around the world.”

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