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MBI Business Brief – October 7, 2022

Winnipeg welcome sign. Photo: Maddy Reico/EDW.

New signage for Winnipeg

Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW) revealed new welcome signs for the city featuring the new place brand Winnipeg: Made from what’s real. EDW president and CEO Dayna Spiring and Shane Storie, president & founder of SRS Signs and Services unveiled the signs at SRS’s shop on Notre Dame Avenue on October 6.

“When we looked at replacing the city signs welcoming people to Winnipeg, we wanted to engage a strong local company that reflects the genuine and creative people who help to drive our economy and our community,” said Spiring. “SRS is a great example of that and we’re proud to partner with them on these signs.”

The first welcome sign is located at Brookside Boulevard (Route 90 & Farmer Road), with nine installed around the city through the end of October. 

“We’ve had our hand in making two iconic signs so far including the Winnipeg sign at The Forks and the Garbage Hill sign, so it’s amazing to be part of another sign that will be part of the history and evolution of this city,” said Storie. “We hope we continue to get calls to be involved and engaged in the community I so love.” 

Westcap invests in WBM Technologies

Saskatoon-based Westcap Mgt. Ltd. (Westcap) announced on Oct. 4 that it has invested in WBM Technologies LP (WBM). The transaction was completed with Westcap’s Golden Opportunities Fund Inc. and Westcap MBO III Investment LP, Westcap’s third private equity fund.

WBM, one of Canada’s top IT services providers, has locations in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary, and Vancouver and employs 450 people. The company will use the investment to grow its business further.

“We are pleased to invest in WBM and be part of the company’s exciting future given the critically important role that technology is now playing in every organization and industry sector worldwide. The company’s exceptional reputation, customer service and culture has made it a successful leader and community partner in the industry. We look forward to bringing our portfolio partners and stakeholders to support WBM’s continued growth,” said Jamie Schwitzer, chief investment officer, Westcap.

Both JoeAnne Hardy, WBM’s president and Brett Bailey, WBM vice president will retain their ownership and leadership roles. WBM vice president Bob Hardy will retire after a successful 32-year career with the company.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this announcement, which to us represents an important next step in our journey,” said WBM President JoeAnne Hardy.  “It was critically important that we select a partner who shared and respected our values and was committed to seeing us move forward on our growth plan. We are thrilled to be moving forward in partnership with Westcap.  Empowered by their expertise and willingness to invest in further growth and success, now more than ever our focus can be on continuing to deliver around the commitments and expectations that our customers, our people and their families, our communities, and our technology partners have for us, all toward achieving our goal of being the best managed technology services provider in Western Canada.”

EnerPure Inc. signs MOU in Alberta

Winnipeg’s EnerPure Inc. announced on Oct. 4 that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Gold Fuels Ltd. to form a new joint venture. The companies will work together on a waste oil regeneration project in Alberta. 

The MOU will see EnerPure managing the full development, construction, and operations of the regeneration unit and Gold Fuels providing financing for all capital costs. 

“We are excited to be working with such a valuable strategic partner like Gold Fuels as we begin implementing our plans to roll out our regeneration technology,” said Todd Habicht, EnerPure founder and CEO.

The project is expected to be operational in 2024.

Founded in 2009 as HD-Petroleum and renamed in 2020, EnerPure uses a patented process to convert waste motor oil into a market-ready marine distillate fuel that exceeds the highest fuel standard now required for international ships under the IMO 2020 Fuel Standard.

Ducks Unlimited recognized by Government of Canada

On Oct. 5, the Hon. Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, commemorated the national historic significance of Ducks Unlimited Canada with a plaque at Oak Hammock Marsh.

“In commemorating the national historic significance of Ducks Unlimited Canada, we recognize their important role in conservation in Canada. Today, the organization is a continental leader responsible for the conservation and management of more than 2.5 million hectares of waterfowl habitat. Historic designations like this reflect Canada’s rich and varied history, and I encourage all Canadians to learn more about Ducks Unlimited Canada and its important contributions to Canada’s heritage,” said Guilbeault.

The Winnipeg-based conservation organization was founded in 1938 by Canadian hunter-conservationists and the More Game Birds of America Foundation. Its first major project, the Big Grass Marsh at Gladstone, Man., led the way for Ducks Unlimited to become a North American leader in conservation management of waterfowl habitat, now conserving 2.5 million hectares. 

“Ducks Unlimited Canada has shaped conservation practices in this country, and across the continent. By establishing the first wetland conservation projects more than 80 years ago, pursuing leading-edge science and fostering strong cross-border partnerships, we have learned much about these essential habitats and the positive impact they have on both wildlife and people.  We are proud of the legacy we continue to create, thanks to the support of our continental conservation community, and are humbled to receive such distinguished recognition of our storied history,” said Roger d’Eschambault, president, Ducks Unlimited Canada.

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