The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce commits to reigniting Downtown Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is moving to the center of Downtown Winnipeg– Portage and Main. In 2023, The Chamber offices will be relocated to the former Scotiabank building at 200 Portage Avenue and co-located with the World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTCW) and CentrePort Canada.
This move signifies The Chamber’s longstanding commitment to the Winnipeg business community as we work to reignite and rejuvenate our downtown.
“The Winnipeg Chamber is thrilled to make this commitment to our downtown and our city right at the center of it all– Portage and Main,” said Loren Remillard, President and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
“As a leader in the business community, we are actively working towards reigniting our downtown. With The Chamber celebrating our 150 anniversary, this is exactly the right time for us to publicly double down on our unwavering commitment to downtown – for the next 150 years and beyond.”
With approximately 41 employees between the three organizations, this new office space will bring together business and trade under one roof to be a downtown hub for growth, prosperity and development in Winnipeg.
Today at the new office space, three downtown Business Improvement Zones (Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Exchange District BIZ and West End BIZ) launched a new campaign that asks Winnipeggers to Find Their Way Back Downtown. The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, WTCW and CentrePort along with other community leaders jointly challenged individuals, families, entrepreneurs and established companies to rediscover downtown.
“Our member’s number one issue during the recent civic election was for us to continue our strong advocacy work for Downtown Winnipeg,” said Mark Jones, Board Chair of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. “Our announcement today of The Winnipeg Chamber investment at Portage and Main, the Crossroads of Canada, shows our ongoing and renewed commitment to work, live, invest and grow in our downtown. As we celebrate our 150th year, I am thrilled to be kicking off our next 150 years in our new home, in the heart of our city, in the heart of downtown.”
“The World Trade Centre Winnipeg Board of Directors is thrilled to be a part of today’s announcement which represents a significant step in our continued growth and commitment to helping Manitoba businesses trade with the world. Our vision of collocating with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce is now closer to reality. This new location at the very heart of our city and province, at the corner of Portage and Main, will further raise the trade profile of our great city and province, as part of a network of over 300 World Trade Centres. This partnership will allow us to share operational efficiencies with the Winnipeg Chamber, enhancing both organizations’ ability to assist businesses and help support Manitoba’s economic growth.” – JP Perron, Chair, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
“As a long-time partner of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, CentrePort Canada is thrilled to be joining them in their new location in the heart of downtown. Co-locating with the Winnipeg Chamber and World Trade Centre Winnipeg enhances our ability to collaborate with these key partners and to continue to connect with the business community as we drive forward the development of the inland port project.”– Kevin Hooke, Chair, CentrePort Canada Board of Directors.
“Our message is simple. The more people who are living, working and shopping downtown, the healthier it is for the whole city. We’re challenging Winnipeggers to find their own reasons for coming back downtown. Whether it’s hosting an in-person staff meeting, having lunch with a friend or dinner with your spouse, we want people to rediscover all the great things downtown has to offer.”- Kate Fenske, CEO of the Downtown BIZ.
“We want to appeal to existing offices that maybe now is the time to encourage more face time in the office. We also want to draw attention to entrepreneurs that downtown Winnipeg is a fantastic place to start a business. It remains the hub for our business community as well as our arts and cultural industries, but there’s so much more.”– David Pensato, Executive Director of the Exchange District BIZ
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credit: Rendering of the new office entrance designed by Cindy Rodych from Rodych Integrated Design Inc.
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credit: Rendering of the new office workstation designed by Cindy Rodych from Rodych Integrated Design Inc.