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Gimli Hosts Economic Summit
May 1st was the start of a three-day event in Gimli hosted by the Gimli Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Executives of Manitoba held workshops and discussions during the day followed by a hands-on tour at the Gimli Glider museum, a networking dinner at Beach Boys and a visit to Gimli’s famous Ship & Plough Tavern.
The following day was the start of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and its first Economic Summit that would span a two-day period with over 100 people in attendance. Councillor Peter Holfeuer welcomed everyone to Gimli, providing insight into the activities underway to attract business investment to Gimli.
Gimli’s Lakeview Resort and Conference Centre provided an excellent location for the Summit. Delegates were given presentations from high-level speakers. Stewart Murray, Co-Chair, Manitoba 150 Host Committee spoke on Thursday. On Friday, Derek Johnson, MLA, introduced the Honourable Ron Schuler, Minister of Infrastructure. Chuck Davidson, President & CEO of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce introduced the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Late Thursday afternoon, delegates had a chance to explore the shops in Gimli. That evening, the Gimli Chamber with the support of the Sons of Lugh, hosted a Viking themed Delegate and Guest reception at the Johnson Hall at the top of the Waterfront Centre. By all accounts it was a huge success with many “getting Dinged” becoming honourary Icelanders, Vikings and Shield maidens. They were able to sample “a taste of Iceland” delicacies while taking in the fantastic views of Gimli, the Harbour and Lake Winnipeg. Gimli’s Mayor, Lynn Greenburg welcomed everyone to Gimli and encouraged them to explore Gimli during their stay.
Friday Delegates participated in four interactive panel sessions led by experts in a variety of disciplines. The topics covered a wide range of issues from Climate change impacts and opportunities, to harnessing the powerful forces of change being created by technology, to workforce concerns. The last session focused on the process of community “branding” highlighting Travel Manitoba’s community brand program.
Gimli Chamber President Steve Bannister noted “this was a great opportunity to showcase Gimli to Chamber Executives from across Manitoba and several commented to me that Gimli has so much to offer. We sometimes take what we have for granted and forget what a gem of a community Gimli is”. The Gimli Chamber wishes to thank all of the Gimli businesses and organizations that supported the Gimli Chamber of Commerce in our hosting activities. A special thanks to the RM of Gimli, Noventis Credit Union, the Gimli Ice Festival, the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, Gimli Chicken Chef and the Sons of Lugh.