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The Winnipeg Chamber Recognized for National Leadership on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

October 16, 2023

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The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as one of three Chambers to receive the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Inclusive Growth Awards at their AGM on October 14, 2023.

The Canadian Chamber’s Inclusive Growth Awards recognize chambers of commerce, boards of trade, and business members who have implemented successful initiatives to advance economic reconciliation, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in their organizations and business operations. These awards also recognize underrepresented entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in innovation and social impact.

This recognition is a testament to The Winnipeg Chamber’s unwavering commitment to advancing reconciliation and supporting the local business community in adopting impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies.

In selecting The Winnipeg Chamber, a panel of judges noted they were deeply impressed by various Winnipeg Chamber initiatives, with a special focus on CODE (Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity).

CODE seeks to empower the business community to achieve three critical goals:

  1. Expand awareness of the opportunities for and benefits of greater diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  2. Increase the number of organizations in Winnipeg making a commitment to enhance inclusion and equity in their workplace.
  3. Increase the implementation of measurable actions in the workplace that further these goals.

“Receiving the Inclusive Growth Award from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous honour. We are committed to working collaboratively with our members, our community and local businesses to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all. This recognition affirms our dedication to these important goals and motivates us to expand our efforts.” – Loren Remillard, President and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber.

“Accepting the Inclusive Growth Award is a testament to the shared success achieved through CODE, reflecting our dedication to reconciliation and equity. I’m immensely proud to be part of a transformative movement in Winnipeg, where businesses and the community collaborate wholeheartedly on our profound responsibility to create a more inclusive and prosperous future.” – Sanjana Vijayann, Diversity & Inclusion Director of The Winnipeg Chamber

“As a proud sponsor of CODE and a long-time partner of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, we are truly honoured to witness its transformative impact on our community. The Chamber’s relentless commitment to expanding diversity and inclusion in the workplace aligns seamlessly with Johnston Group’s values, and it’s a privilege to see them recognized for their extraordinary efforts on a national level. We believe in the power of collective action, and together, we’re paving the way for a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse workforce for all.” – Dave Angus, President of Johnston Group.

“These awards embody our vision of an economy that leaves no one behind, and celebrates the winners’ unwavering dedication to creating a more inclusive and equitable business environment. Their exemplary work is a testament to the positive change that can be achieved through collaboration and innovation.” – Ian Faris, Senior Vice President, Chamber Network Relations & Advocacy.

For more information about The Winnipeg Chamber and to learn more about CODE, CLICK HERE.

For more information about the Inclusive Growth Awards and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, CLICK HERE.

About The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce:
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce uses its position as a community leader, a member business supporter and a public policy influencer to build a city where industry prosperity and community wellness grow.

Media Contact:
Jess Borys
Communications Manager
[email protected]

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s largest and most activated business network — representing over 400 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 200,000 business of all sizes, from all sectors of the economy and from every part of the country — to create the conditions for our collective success. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the undisputed champion and catalyst for the future of business success. From working with government on economy-friendly policy to providing services that inform commerce and enable trade, we give each of our members more of what they need to succeed: insight into markets, competitors and trends, influence over the decisions and policies that drive business success and impact on business and economic performance.

Media Contact:
Rewa Mourad
Public Relations Specialist
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
[email protected]
613-238-4000 (2211)

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