CEDF October Blog

The Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), the lead agency for the delivery of the Look North Report and Action Plan is reminding everyone of our upcoming On-Line Forum from November 2nd – November 6th. As presented below, we have a full schedule of exciting speakers from various industries. The forum will not only present CEDF’s “Year in…

October 29, 2020 Uncategorized

Newsletter #19 – Virtual Forum- Help Shape The Future Of Northern Manitoba

Follow the link to view this months Look North Newsletter. You can become a regular subscriber by clicking subscribe in the top right corner of the following link https://us19.campaign-archive.com/?u=be585897a7ba5743661171611&id=bcab6acb62

Northern Harvesters Market

Join us in Thompson , Flin Flon and OCN to purchase pickerel and other edible products from our northern forests.  

September 15, 2020 Uncategorized

New Media Manitoba- Virtual Game Development Camp Video Playlist

Visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYBlS3_Q5gyL1efjGqCuaa9SDfB2xMzjz to view all the Virtual Game Camp Sessions   #LookNorthMB

New Media Manitoba- Virtual Game Development Camp Information and Registration

The Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF), through Look North and in partnership with New Media Manitoba and our Northern School Divisions is pleased to announce a free Virtual Game Development Camp on, Monday, August 17th to Friday, August 21st from 1 pm to 2 pm daily with a question period from 2 pm to 3…

Manitoba Chamber of Commerce Publishes Federal & Provincial COVID – 19 Support Guide

MCC has created a guide to capture the range of available special funds, tax deferrals, and employer programs, as well as information about who is eligible, how to apply, and where to find more information on the Government of Canada’s and the Province of Manitoba’s websites. Click read more to access Support Guide. Click Here…

CEDF Blog – Issue 1

With 67% of Manitoba’s land area and just over 7% of its population, northern Manitoba has been a long-term net contributor to the economic prosperity of all Manitoba, as the source of some of the province’s richest natural resources and tourism icons.  Today however, it is a region that has suffered significant job losses in…

February 12, 2020 CEDF Blog

Darryl & Kim Pierce, Benito Premium Meats Ltd.

“CEDF was there for our family when we relocated to open our business. We look forward to dealing with them in the future.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Nelson River Logging Ltd.

“CEDF has assisted Nelson River Logging Ltd. (NRL) from the very beginning. Thanks CEDF for assisting us with our business.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

McBeth Fisheries

“The Fisher River McBeth Board of Directors are grateful for the financial support provided by CEDF that assists in the growth of our local commercial fishery.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Penny Rawlings, Arctic Trading Company

“This loan gave us ability to only make loan payments during our high season.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Board of Directors, Norway House Commercial Fishermen’s Co-op

“The fishers of the Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op thank CEDF for their assistance throughout the years and look forward to a continued successful relationship.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Guy Laframboise & Wendy Popika

“CEDF has definitely helped us succeed in business.“

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Gerald Slater

“We appreciate the understanding and support of our partners like the Communities Economic Development Fund.”

February 4, 2020 Testimonials

Three Decades of Thrilling Arctic Experiences

If you’re looking for an amazing arctic adventure, consider Frontiers North Adventures (FNA). FNA offers a dizzying array of arctic experiences, from traveling with leading scientists to view and photograph the majestic polar bears, to river rafting expeditions and Arctic cruises, to watching the Northern Lights come to life from the observation deck of an…

Manitoba Mukluks Building a Community

Sean McCormick, CEO of Winnipeg-based Manitoba Mukluks (MM), says his company isn’t just making mukluks, they’re building a community. MM is working to revive traditional arts by creating business partnerships with elders and local artisans who fashion mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. The company is also investing in education and employment through a partnership…

Iconic Winnipeg Restaurant Chain A Huge Success in Norway House

Now in its second year of operation, a Salisbury House restaurant in Norway House has become a great success story. The Winnipeg-based restaurant chain, affectionately known as “The Sals”, has been serving quality food to Winnipeggers since 1931. In May 2015, the firm ventured out of Winnipeg for the first time, opening a new 80…

Snow Lake Motor Hotel

These are exciting times for Snow Lake resident Gerald Lamontagne. He and three other partners took ownership of the Snow Lake Motor Hotel in May, 2012, and they are now on the verge of expanding into a brand new motel just a few steps away. “Our hotel, which has been around since 1949, has been…

Aurora Inn

If you’re visiting Churchill and you’re looking for a place to stay, owners David Daley and Bill Dingwall invite you to the Aurora Inn, their 22-room, apartment style suite hotel, open year round. Daley and Dingwall weren’t always in the hotel business. A few years ago, the Aurora’s previous owners decided to sell, but they…

Sweet Success for Rocky Lake Birchworks Ltd.

Move over, maple syrup – birch syrup has arrived. That is the key message behind the success of Rocky Lake Birchworks Ltd., a family-run company in Rocky Lake, MB, specializing in the production of birch syrup derived from the sap of Manitoba’s iconic paper birch trees. Johanna and Alan McLauchlan and their sons, Andy and…

Arctic Trading Company

Now in its 38th year, the Arctic Trading Company is a small business located in Churchill, Manitoba, on the shores of Hudson’s Bay. The company manufactures and sells native-made slippers, mukluks, mitts and gauntlets. They also sell furs and souvenir items, and they collect art from many different First Nations across Canada for resale. Owners…

Forbes Forest Finds

Finding a niche and filling it is a classic recipe for success. That is just what Rodney Forbes did in 2011, when he started Forbes Forest Finds. Based in The Pas, the company trains people to find and harvest natural products that are sold to other companies. Forbes Forest Finds also offers packaged wild rice,…

Casual Wear Extraordinaire

Growing up in The Pas, Jerome Conaty didn’t always have easy access to popular fashion items in his hometown, so he is making sure that today’s generation can easily avoid that challenge. Conaty owns and operates funkythreadz.com, a retail store offering family clothing and footwear, accessories, lifestyle products and services as cool as his growing…

Vale Canada Limited

Vale Canada Limited is a mining sector company located in Thompson, employing more than 1,000 people. Its Northern Employment Strategy was developed to create a sustainable workforce model based on attracting and training northern Manitobans. The program has enabled more than 200 employees from 12 northern Manitoba communities to successfully join Vale’s workforce since 2012.

Nelson River Logging Ltd.

Since founding Nelson River Logging Ltd. in 1992, owners Albert and Jim McIvor haven’t been sitting still. Always looking to grow their business, in their first year, they purchased a wood chipper. Several years later, they purchased a pre-engineered convex commercial steel structure to serve as the base for their business. In 1998, they purchased…

Norway House Cree Nation Water and Sewer Trucks

As they are in every northern community, water and sewer services are essential to the health and well-being of Norway House Cree Nation. “These services are critical to ever member of our community, and we work hard to ensure a high level of service,” said Gerald Slater, former Director of Economic Development for Norway House…

Amik Aviation

Amik Aviation is a 100 per cent owned and operated chartered air service, offering scheduled and chartered flights from St. Andrews to remote First Nation communities, including Pauingassi, Little Grand Rapids and Bloodvein. The company also offers chartered services to anywhere in Manitoba and Ontario. Owner and operator Oliver Owen had a vision to own…

Lazy Bear Expeditions

Wally Daudrich, owner and Founder of Lazy Bear Lodge, was a local Polar Bear tour guide who saw the potential of turning two tragic forest fires into a positive experience for visitors to the Arctic. His plan was to create an eco-friendly lodge that would reflect the history and beauty of its surroundings. With construction…

Sea North Tours

Operating tours in Churchill for almost 30 years, Dwight Allen currently operates the Polar Inn & Suites and Sea North Tours. Erin Greene operates stand up paddleboarding tours in Churchill beluga season through Sea North Tours.

Dave Daley, Wapusk Adventures

David and Valerie Daley are long time residents of Churchill, with David’s family history going back to the 1950s. Hard work has made their dreams come true with the creation of Wapusk General Store (hand-built by Dave) and Wapusk Adventures Dog Sled Camp. Wapusk Adventures takes pride in promoting this northern town. In 2005, Wapusk…

Churchill Wild, Mike and Jeanne Reimer

Twenty-five years ago, guide Mike Reimer and professional photographer Dennis Fast were flying north up the coast from Churchill, Manitoba to look at a few tumbled down shacks near the mouth of the Seal River. They were hoping to find a spot for a lodge. They did, and the rest, as they say, is history….

Frontiers North Adventures, John Gunter

Founded in 1987, Frontiers North is a family business that has been operating in Canada’s north for three decades, delivering unique itineraries and amazing experiences to travelers from around the world and growing the company into an internationally-recognized eco-tourism operation. Founders Lynda and Merv Gunter received the 2014 Canadian Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jasyn Lucas

The Gift of Art, art gallery and gift shop, owned and run by First Nations artist, Jasyn Lucas. A member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, Jasyn was born in Flon Flon Manitoba, and raised in Thompson Manitoba. In 2007 he chose to dedicate all of his time to a career as a visual artist…

Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op

The great tradition of fishing has long played an integral role in Indigenous culture and a group of northern Manitobans are working together to make sure that practice benefits fishers and their communities for years to come. Established 55 years ago, the Norway House Fishermen’s Co-op is an organization of 50 members, all of whom…


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October 20, 2019 Industry News

Province launches innovation growth program delivers funding to economic development partners

“The Manitoba government is moving forward with key elements of its Economic Growth Action Plan that build on Manitoba’s strengths and help to better respond to the needs of business and industry, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, vice-chair of the Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet, announced today on behalf of the Growth, Enterprise…


The Manitoba government is moving forward with key elements of its Economic Growth Action Plan that build on Manitoba’s strengths and help to better respond to the needs of business and industry, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, vice-chair of the Economic Growth Committee of Cabinet, announced today on behalf of the Growth, Enterprise…

Manitoba appoints new board, provides new mandate to communities economic development fund

Focused on Building a Strong, Sustainable Economic Future in Northern Manitoba: Pedersen The Manitoba government is taking an important step to advance northern economic development and position the region for long-term success, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “We’ve said from day one that in order to build a sustainable future in…


The Manitoba government is taking an important step to advance northern economic development and position the region for long-term success, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today. “We’ve said from day one that in order to build a sustainable future in the region, northern economic development must be led by northerners, based on…