A Winnipeg youth centre that uses urban art and hip-hop culture to engage youth and help them hone their life skills was one of six local businesses and organizations honoured Friday for their innovative practices.
Graffiti Art Programming Inc. was named the winner in the Charity category at the 2014 Spirit of Winnipeg Awards gala held at the Fairmont Winnipeg hotel. About 500 people attended the sold-out event.
The awards were launched five years ago by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and BDO Chartered Accountants and Advisors to shine a light on local businesses and not-for-profit organizations that make a difference through their innovative ideas. Fillmore Riley LLP is also a presenting sponsor for the awards.
The six winners were among 18 finalists -- three in each category -- that were selected by a panel of nine judges who reviewed, scored and ranked each of the applications received.
GAP Inc. was singled out for providing a venue for children, youth and young adults to develop life skills through team-building activities, self-discipline and hard work.
The other five winners were:
Advolve Media in the Start-up Business category. Advolve is a custom displays company that developed proprietary hardware and software technology that tracks real-time consumer analytics by collecting data on such things as what ad is being viewed, when it's being viewed, for how long, and by what gender and demographic.
IMT (Infomagnetics Technologies Corporation) in the Small Business category.
IMT is a software company that is recognized globally for its niche-focus in solving tough identity challenges by using advanced unstructured text and probabilistic algorithms software. Its solutions enhance electronic health-records systems, fraud detection and persons of interest applications, and secure registries.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods in the Medium Business category. The company aligned with farmers, government officials and industry experts to help legalize industrial hemp and is now the largest vertically integrated hemp-food manufacturer in the world.
Shindico Realty Inc. in the Large Business category. Shindico developed a proprietary, industry-leading management system that captures real-time data such as current and projected market rates, construction costs and potential legal and zoning restrictions. The system enables its employees to make quick decisions and provide feasible and practical solutions for its clients.
The Manitoba Museum in the Not-For-Profit category. The museum established a fund -- Alloway World Exhibitors -- which collects donations from private-sector partners to help backstop losses incurred as a result of bringing high-profile shows and exhibits to Winnipeg. Further information about the finalists' innovative ideas can be found at: