Also in attendance at the dinner, which featured keynote speaker and hockey hero Phil Esposito as well as stand up comedian John Caponera, were MC Scott Taylor; "the public relations and media relations director of almost everything" Ernie Nairn; David Chizda; Dorchester Developments' Jeff Rabb and Arch Honigman; Harold Buchwald, QC; Jeff Lieberman; Krevko's John Kreviazuk; Hester and Justice Guy Kroft; Blue Bomber head coach Dave Ritchie; Rabbi Allan Green; Goldeyes' manager Hal Lanier; recently appointed Blue Bomber GM Brendan Taman; Jewish Federation of Winnipeg president Neil Duboff; Hockey Manitoba past president George Ulyatt; Rady Centre president Judge Heather Pullan and dinner chairman Ken Kronson.
Congratulations to Skyler Berman and Naomi Casiro, winners of the Idy and Max Nusgart Memorial Award for young Jewish athlete of the year.
The Manitoba Printmakers' Associations Printhaus/Flyermania event provided a cool end to a hot day (were those 20+ temperatures merely a dream?) last Saturday night at the WAG. Spotted in the uber-hip crowd were Bio Designworks' Shaun Green; Berry Tennet; Kevin Cornellie; local author Barb Stewart; Groundswell's Deanna Radford; artist and Manitoba Printmakers' Association president Sheila Spence; the artist simply known as Rikai; Mike Johnston; Denise Miller and Morgan Cowrie.
Living in Winnipeg, it's always fun to play the connections game...
Last year, the I.H. Asper School of Business honoured Heather Reisman, chief executive of Chapters/Indigo, with the International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (IDEA) along with her husband, Onex chief Gerry Schwarz. This past Tuesday evening, the business school honoured Howard Schultz, founder and chairman of Starbucks.
Yes, there is a connection: Starbucks Coffee is sold in Chapters, and it was Heather Reisman who suggested Mr. Schultz receive the honour.
Albert Cohen, president of Winnipeg's Gendis Inc., had to persuade Mr. Schultz, head of the $17 billion Starbucks empire, to come to Winnipeg and accept the award.
The black tie IDEA dinner at the Convention Centre was attended by many of Winnipeg's major business figures, including Standard Aero president Paul Soubry; Jerry Gray, retiring dean of the Asper School; U of M president Emoke Szathmary; Gordon Webster, executive vice-chairman of Faneuil Group; Shelter Properties' Arni Thorsteinson; Asper School Commerce Students' Association president Alexis Hur; Sherman Kreiner of Crocus Investments; Leonard Asper and Tom Strike of CanWest; Babs Asper; Hartley Richardson; Sanford Riley; new U of W president Lloyd Axworthy; provincial leader of the opposition and man about town Stuart Murray; Art deFehr; American consul Todd Schwartz and Jack Fraser.
Visiting actress Kirstie Ally grabbed a bite to eat in the Palm Room of the Fort Garry Hotel last week, as did singer, fundraiser, and all around good guy Tom Jackson -- who was in town Saturday night at a dinner in support of Liberal candidate David Northcott.
"Sure, you can out my name in your column, but only if you say I've done something really bad." Flyermania attendee Derek Dunlop, who clearly prefers infamy over fame.
Phil Esposito's thoughts...
On the Tampa Bay Lightning: "When they won the Stanley Cup the other day, I felt like a proud father."
On the NHL players' strike: "This is the first time in my life I've disagreed with the players. These days, a guy scores five goals, he gets five million dollars. Hell, I used to crap five goals."
Worth calling in sick for
Mondays are usually a bit of a write off anyway, so it can't hurt to attend this year's Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) golf tournament for literacy June 14 -- even if you're not a golfer. The event, held at the Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, is to raise money and awareness for adult literacy programs throughout Manitoba.
More information on the PGI can be had by contacting Wally Stewart at 771-4997.
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