Martin Cash

  • Pulling the plug on IMRIS a sad fate

    It was easy to understand early on why IMRIS Inc.'s financial results would be "lumpy." The company formed in Winnipeg a decade ago by hard-headed entrepreneur David Graves makes MRI-guided medical and surgical therapy systems that are embraced by the international medical community, producing significant improvements in patient outcomes.
  • First-class mentors ready to help startups

    Earlier this year, Jeff Ryzner, the new president of the Eureka Project, won the 2015 BDC Mentorship Award. A longtime major contributor to the successes at Eureka while his predecessor, Gary Brownstone, was at the helm, Ryzner has a keen sense of how advice from seasoned professionals can make a difference for young startups, seeing how he was involved in three tech startups himself.
  • Simplified retirement

    Jack and Chrissie don't want to winter in Mexico. They have no desire to own a condo in Phoenix, and sunning themselves in Florida is out of the question. Instead, they plan to rent a lot for their trailer in Manitoba during the summer. It's a simple retirement plan they believe matches their modest savings of more than $400,000 mostly invested in GICs.
  • Centrallia to test city's WTC star power

    Mariette Mulaire and Dave Angus and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce are about to find out if Winnipeg's membership in the World Trade Centre organization is full value for the money. Winnipeg was awarded its WTC franchise -- at a cost of $200,000 -- six months before the last international Centrallia event in this city in October 2012.
  • When it comes to Morrissey, they still say 'yes'

    Team Morrissey was out in force Thursday afternoon. Three weeks after being fired as head of Yes! Winnipeg, Bill Morrissey was the keynote speaker at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Celebrate Winnipeg event.
  • Unjust end for Yes Winnipeg's noble warrior

    By the sound of it, Bill Morrissey was guilty of caring too much. Outsiders are never privy to internal human resource policies, so we don't really know to what extent you and I would think Morrissey was being insubordinate.
  • Dismissal of Yes! Winnipeg leader a shock

    Bill Morrissey has been dismissed from his role as the leader of Yes! Winnipeg only two months before his previously announced retirement. Morrissey was Winnipeg's version of the Energizer Bunny when it came to promoting economic development in the city.
  • Keeping startups here can be tricky business

    No matter how exciting the startup community may be in Winnipeg, the elusive secret to success continues to be finding enough local startup cash to keep the new companies going -- and keep them in Winnipeg. Not every angel investor or venture capital fund requires they be in close physical proximity to the client companies -- but many do.
  • Sales for those who can't sell

    A couple of years ago, Carrie Simpson took a job doing lead-generation telemarketing for local technology start-ups in Winnipeg. A year later, she formed her own business -- Managed Sales Pros -- and has already found herself on a list of the 50 most influential people in North America in a very specialized field.
  • It's not us, it's them, think-tank says

    The first time the Conference Board of Canada included a Winnipeg stop in its economic outlook tour has coincided with the think-tank's strongest forecast for Manitoba in many years. Monday's Winnipeg Business Outlook 2015 event -- co-sponsored by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce -- was preceded by the Ottawa-based think-tank's most recent provincial outlook that has Manitoba producing the second-best GDP growth this year and the strongest by far in 2016.
  • Gathering helps startups navigate aid jungle

    The price of oil is plummeting throwing the economy off-kilter, U.S. President Barack Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, Target is forfeiting billions of dollars of investment -- and thousands of jobs -- to shutter its Canadian expansion. Youth unemployment is on the rise and many employers who once may have provided "jobs for life" have long since gone the outsourcing route.
  • It's a scary digital world for many

    Gayemarie Brown, the national innovation leader for Deloitte Canada, understands it is stressful for business people to talk about the impact the digital economy can have on their businesses. "Most of my career has been in front of non-believers," she said at the opening day of the Driving Innovation conference and workshop this week in Winnipeg.
  • Workplace harassment still a work in progress

    NO reasonable person would condone sexual harassment in the workplace. Some, who might consider themselves reasonable people, may have dramatically different beliefs from others as to what constitutes harassment, but that's another story.
  • Businesswomen leading by example

    There was a celebratory atmosphere in the large main-floor meeting room at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Thursday, with close to 600 women in attendance at the inaugural (and likely annual) SheDay event. They had come to hear success stories from about a dozen Winnipeg women talking about networking, working their way through the leadership system and understanding the value of personal brands.
  • Grain executives bullish on Canadian wheat exports

    ON Thursday, Cargill Inc. the global agricultural and food company based near Minneapolis released second-quarter results showing a whopping 41 per cent increase in profits. Cargill operates in 67 countries -- with sizable operations in many of them -- so it's not clear how much of those US$784 million profits (from just one three-month period) came from its Canadian operations.
  • Taking care of business

    The most noteworthy dynamic about the local business scene in 2014 may have been the bustling startup community. Considering the deep and broad diversity of the Manitoba economy and the fact startups are notorious for not creating jobs (and many of them not lasting long), it's another way of saying it was not necessarily a big news year in the local business scene.
  • B Corp sees planet as important as profits

    As the ability of governments around the world to be the chief stewards of the world's social and environmental conditions declines, those responsibilities need to be shared. The B Corp movement (the "B" stands for benefits) believes it's time for the for-profit, private sector to step up.
  • Lone Wolf Trax now in good company

    The founders of Wolf Trax Inc. likely didn't know it at the time, but the history of that Winnipeg company coincided nicely with global investor interest in plant science and agricultural technologies. Wolf Trax benefited from the first wave of retail venture-capital investment in Canada and was part of the Ensis portfolio when that Winnipeg-based fund was sold to GrowthWorks.
  • Manitoba's agri-food industry has export expert's attention

    Among the benefits expected to come out of this week's announcement that Ag Growth International will acquire Westeel is the strength of their combined international sales networks. Westeel has been making inroads in eastern and western Canada and North Africa. In addition to Europe, Ag Growth is making sales into Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa.
  • Mobile migration pushes telcos back to the tablet

    A new survey on telecommunications habits among Canadians confirms what many industry experts have been talking about for some time -- we are migrating to mobile. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released survey results Thursday showing the most dramatic development is the increasing number of people who own smartphones or tablets.
  • Prentice still hoping airship dreams will fly

    There are no cargo airships flying into northern Manitoba these days. Indeed, there are no cargo airships of any kind currently flying here.
  • Tim Hortons the conquering hero this time

    If Tim Hortons Inc. is a Canadian national institution, then the merger (or sale) with Burger King ought to get patriot endorsement because it's designed to facilitate the export of the Timbit and the Double-Double, helping Canadian culture conquer foreign lands. The $12.5-billion deal is not the largest or most surprising commercial transaction, but it is freighted with assumed national values both companies carry, Tim Hortons to a greater extent in Canada than Burger King in the U.S.
  • Challenges, experience, growth

    Countdown! A 100-day countdown! That's right, it's 100 days until the launch of the annual 10-day conference of the International Association of Women Police to be held in Winnipeg. The conference is the culmination of four years of planning challenges and meeting after meeting after meeting. To celebrate this 100-day milestone, the conference committee held a volunteer pep rally at RCMP headquarters June 20.
  • Rancour over grain bottleneck only growing

    The finger-pointing and war of words between the railways and the grain shippers are not letting up. This week, the venue moved to Ottawa for hearings in front of the House of Commons standing committee on agriculture regarding Bill C-30 that attempts to address the current serious rail-capacity issues.
  • Collegial air aids manufacturing industry

    For many manufacturing businesses in Manitoba, the biggest issue of concern for the past few years has been the availability of skilled workers. That's saying something considering the myriad pressure points the manufacturing sector has to deal with in the age of technology, sophisticated cost containment and productivity demands, the global trade environment and volatile foreign-currency markets.

About Martin Cash

Martin Cash joined the Free Press in 1987 as the paper’s business columnist.

He has spent two decades chronicling the city’s business affairs.

Martin won a citation of merit from the National Newspaper Awards in 2001 for his coverage of the strike and subsequent multi-million-dollar union settlement at the Versatile tractor plant. He has also received honours and awards for his work on agriculture and technology development in Manitoba.

Martin has written a coffee-table book about the commercial and industrial make-up of the city, called Winnipeg: A Prairie Portrait.

Martin Cash on Twitter: @martycash

martin.cash@freepress.mb.ca

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