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Small Business Summit with Mayor Brian Bowman

Thursday, October 22, 2020
8:30 am – 10:30 am

Our small business community is the heart of Winnipeg.

In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, every year we bring together our small business community with City staff and officials at our Small Business Summit to discuss the future of our city and how we can work better together.

During Small Business Week on Thursday, October 22, we invite you to a virtual fireside chat with Mayor Brian Bowman where he will address our small business community. Take part in one-on-one virtual networking with 100+ attendees, virtual tradeshow booths and have your voice heard at video breakout sessions with Civic Leaders. Registration for the event is free for all members.​

Small Business Summit 2020
Host: Jessica Dumas, Past Board Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, 2019-2020
Featured Guest: Mayor Brian Bowman

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Mayor Brian Bowman was first elected Mayor on October 22nd, 2014 becoming Winnipeg’s 43rd Mayor. He was re-elected Mayor on October 24th, 2018, increasing his plurality and capturing more than 53 percent of the votes cast.

Both of Mayor Bowman’s campaigns signaled a positive, forward thinking vision for building a city whose population is on track toward a million people, and a vision to unite the city’s many diverse communities and cultures.

During his first term, Mayor Bowman successfully worked to ensure Winnipeg became a key national voice on racism and inclusion, setting the city on a journey of reconciliation and adopting the city’s first Indigenous Accord. In his second term, he’s committed to making Winnipeg an international leader for human rights education, leadership, and promotion.

Since Mayor Bowman took office, the city’s population has grown from 698,000 to over 753,000. Brian has remained focused on building a city today for the needs of a population forecasted to grow steadily and strongly well into the future. He oversaw and supported the city’s adoption of its first city-wide Asset Management Plan, as well as improved public disclosure and oversight of major capital projects.

Mayor Bowman has been a committed supporter of Winnipeg’s business community including the city’s growing innovation and technology sectors. He has supported annual reductions to the city’s business tax, reduced administrative barriers for businesses, and has worked to build the city’s reputation and attract international businesses to Winnipeg such as Ubisoft, an international leader in software development.

Prior to taking office, Mayor Bowman was a business lawyer and a partner in a major Winnipeg law firm. Alongside his law practice, Brian held many leadership roles across a range of boards and community organizations.

Mayor Bowman and his wife Tracy are proud parents of two sons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Adv) in history and political studies from the University of Manitoba and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto. He is the recipient of an honourary CPA.

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