Province Encourages Manitobans to Contribute to Developing a New Economic Growth Strategy

May 4, 2018

Last week Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced a consultation process for the development of Manitoba’s Economic Growth Strategy (see media release below). An online survey was launched and several stakeholder summits will be held under the leadership of Dave Angus, former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and Barb Gamey, founder and CEO of Payworks, both of whom the Premier named in December 2017 to lead the development of Manitoba’s Economic Growth Plan.

The survey includes five questions about Manitoba’s potential for economic growth, generally, and provides an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about what is needed to continue to ensure the long-term sustainable growth of the Manitoba media production industry by answering the survey questions online or by emailing before May 18, 2018.

On Screen Manitoba will be making a formal submission and participating in a summit. If you have any questions or wish to contribute your thoughts with regard to On Screen Manitoba’s submission, please feel free to contact Executive Director Nicole Matiation.


News Release – Manitoba

April 26, 2018


A Strategy for Manitobans and the Economy: Pedersen

The Manitoba government is holding meetings this month with stakeholder groups to guide the development of a new provincial economic growth strategy, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

“We want to ensure our new economic growth strategy best meets the needs of Manitobans and our economy,” said Pedersen.  “The views of business, industry, economic development agencies, stakeholder groups, and Indigenous businesses and organizations will be essential in developing this strategy.  We look forward to hearing from interested groups and members of the public as we develop this bold new vision for economic growth in Manitoba.”

The province is partnering with local chambers of commerce to host three stakeholder engagement summits with representatives from business, industry, education and economic development organizations.  Additional meetings and roundtable discussions will be held throughout the province in the weeks ahead, the minister added.

Under the leadership of Dave Angus, former CEO of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and Barb Gamey, founder and CEO of Payworks, stakeholder engagement summits are planned for April 26 in Brandon, April 27 in Winnipeg and April 30 in Thompson.

“Working together with leaders in the business community is a critical step in the process,” said Angus.  “We want to build an economic growth strategy that focuses on our natural strengths as a province and looks outward to a world full of opportunity.”

“This process is for Manitobans – for businesses, job creators and those who care deeply about their communities and building a brighter future in Manitoba,” said Gamey.  “Our goal is to develop a shared vision with innovation at its heart, to help Manitoba companies realize their full potential and to attract new investment.  We want chart a course that will grow the provincial economy for the next 50 years and beyond.”

After completing these consultations, the Manitoba government will work with key economic development organizations, as well as the Premier’s Enterprise Team, to shape further strategic direction, programming and service delivery mechanisms.

A new website has also been launched to receive online submissions from the public.  Manitobans are encouraged to submit their ideas to

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.

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