Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Canad Inns Polo Park
Friday, October 27, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.

Movers and shakers, listeners and helpers, members of Manitoba’s community-supporting, prosperity-building business community – welcome to the 2017 Manitoba Business Awards.

We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.

Tonight we are gathered to celebrate excellence by individuals and companies in Manitoba’s business community.

We will recognize innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and philanthropic contributions to this province and its many communities.

These awards recognize the contributions made by small, medium and large businesses, by not-for-profit organizations and by individuals from within the business community. We will hear of great accomplishments and long-term achievements and we will hear many stories of businesses and individuals who contribute to the health and vitality of the community.

All of the businesses and individuals being honoured tonight contribute to Manitoba. They all create jobs that support families and communities. They all enhance the tax base needed to fund essential services. They all, by their presence and their example, inspire others to invest in knowledge and productivity for the future.

I’m particularly pleased that I will be able to present the two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards – those for outstanding contribution to the community by an individual and by a business.

In my years of involvement in community organizations, I have met countless dedicated and caring business leaders and watched many important community assets rise up as a result of business support. So I know what a difficult job it must be to select a short list each year for these honours.

To all of those individuals who log those extra hours, walk the plant floor, run those additional numbers, ask the “what if?” questions, make another batch of cold calls, get their hands dirty, take gut checks and make hard choices, I thank you for your dedication, creativity and leadership.
All who enjoy the tangible benefits of your leadership join me in wishing you well this year and in the years to come.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.