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Introducing our 14th Annual Spirit of Winnipeg Recipients

June 23, 2023

On June 16th, we celebrated our Spirit of Winnipeg Awards at Club Regent Casino, hosted by Natalie Bell, also known as PegCity Lovely, and featuring Juno Award-winning pianist Will Bonness as our entertainment.

Together we celebrated 25 businesses who demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to their work in Winnipeg. It was an unforgettable night.

Read through our Spirit Program for more details on the evening.

The recipients of our nine categories included:

1. Rising Star Award

Good Neighbour Brewing

Established in the spring of 2021, Good Neighbour Brewing Co. became the first all-female and 2SLGBTQ+ owned and all-female-operated brewery in Manitoba and one of few in Canada. Good Neighbour Brewing Company has a taproom, One Sixteen, in the heart of West Broadway.

Finalists in this category were:

  • QDoc
  • Indigenous Nations Apparel Company (INAC)

2. Technology Award


TheoryMesh is a Winnipeg-based software company building solutions to digitize the agriculture and food supply chain to improve food safety and sustainability. By working collaboratively with Manitoba farmers and food companies, the local software company has facilitated data-driven changes to Manitoba’s food supply chain and its consumers’ lives.

Finalists in this category were:

  • Delphi Technology Corp
  • Vibes Energy

3. Environment and Energy Award

Assiniboine Credit Union

ACU is a financial co-operative with over $6 billion in assets. They offer a full suite of personal and commercial banking products and services and a financial and wealth advisors team to help their members succeed. Their commitment to reducing, reusing, and recycling has diverted over 16,000 kilograms of materials from landfills since 2016, thanks to a collaboration with Compost Winnipeg.

Finalists in this category were:

  • Compost Winnipeg
  • The Forks North Portage

4. Workplace Culture Award

Narratives Inc. 

Narratives Inc. is an environmental planning firm that celebrates differences and works to amplify voices that may otherwise go unheard. Their inclusive working model extends beyond culture, gender, and race by amplifying every voice to bring a different lens to a problem and create a different solution.

Finalists in this category were:

  • Amanda Lynn Gluten Free
  • Caisse Financial Group

5. Non-profit and Social Enterprise Award

Downtown Community Safety Partnership

The Downtown Community Safety Partnership (DCSP) serves those who work in, live in, and enjoy Winnipeg’s downtown core area. The three DCSP teams—Connect, Mobile Assist and Connection (MAC247), and the Community Outreach Advocacy Resource Team (COAR)—provide services to residents in the form of resource connections (such as housing and addictions), basic medical assistance, providing directions and suggestions to the public, and courtesy/safety walks.

Finalists in this category were:

  • Harvest Manitoba
  • Sara Riel

6. Trade Award

Coal and Canary creates hand-poured luxury wood wick candles for every occasion and every day. They are made with the highest quality vegan soy and vegetable wax blend and true-to-scent fragrance oils. All their candles feature an eco-friendly, clean-burning wood wick made from FSC Certified Wood. Their products are made by candle lovers for candle lovers to spark a little bit of eco-friendly joy in their lives.

Finalists in this category were:

  • Eyelet Dove
  • Zueike

7. Design and Building Award

Nestaweya River Trail, The Forks North Portage

The Nestaweya River Trail at The Forks, presented by the Winnipeg Foundation, is a unique and special winter amenity available to all our city’s locals and visitors. There is nothing quite like taking a skate on the 6+ km of River Trail, especially on a mild winter night. They continue to find new ways of making this amenity a draw for folks to check out – from their 13 years of Warming Huts to the now annual Windsock Exposition

Finalists in this category were:

  • 201 Portage
  • 300 Main

8. CODE (Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity & Equity) Award


KPMG provides audit and tax services for various companies to help them achieve their financial goals. They employ a diverse group of people and are constantly striving to uplift those who are marginalized, creating an inclusive environment where everyone is given equal opportunity to advance and thrive in the KPMG environment.

Finalists in this category were:

  • Manitoba Possible
  • Robertson College

9. Spirit of Winnipeg Award

True North Sports + Entertainment 

As Manitoba’s premier sports and entertainment organization, True North Sports and Entertainment has been a catalyst for unforgettable experiences since 1996. Through the hard work and passion of 300 full-time employees who truly bring the organization to life, True North Sports and Entertainment strives to be a consistent source of pride for the entire community.

Nominations for the 2024 Spirit of Winnipeg Awards will open in late 2023.

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