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Making connections key to Centrallia

Business-to-business event kicks off today

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press FILES</p><p>WTC Winnipeg president and CEO Mariette Mulaire</p>

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WTC Winnipeg president and CEO Mariette Mulaire

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Connections from the local Filipino community, a partnership between a northern Manitoba First Nation and a South Korean engineering company, and a tribal king from Ghana will provide some of the storylines among the delegates attending the Centrallia conference in Winnipeg starting today.

Organization of the business-to-business speed-dating event has been honed to perfection by Mariette Mulaire and her team at World Trade Centre Winnipeg, who are playing host to their fourth such conference.

“We have had our usual challenges (including last-minute visa cancellations)... but that is par for the course,” Mulaire said, undaunted. “That’s all made up for by people excited about coming.”

About 700 people from 30 countries are expected at the 21/2-day event that will feature a full day of comprehensive discussion on topics emerging as key drivers in Winnipeg’s future economy: doing business in the Arctic, and North and South America, with a focus on business opportunities in Mexico.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 25/5/2016 (901 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Connections from the local Filipino community, a partnership between a northern Manitoba First Nation and a South Korean engineering company, and a tribal king from Ghana will provide some of the storylines among the delegates attending the Centrallia conference in Winnipeg starting today.

Organization of the business-to-business speed-dating event has been honed to perfection by Mariette Mulaire and her team at World Trade Centre Winnipeg, who are playing host to their fourth such conference.

"We have had our usual challenges (including last-minute visa cancellations)... but that is par for the course," Mulaire said, undaunted. "That’s all made up for by people excited about coming."

About 700 people from 30 countries are expected at the 21/2-day event that will feature a full day of comprehensive discussion on topics emerging as key drivers in Winnipeg’s future economy: doing business in the Arctic, and North and South America, with a focus on business opportunities in Mexico.

The Arctic conference, which will be one of the most comprehensive public discussions about burgeoning development opportunities in the North, will feature high-level presentations from experts in Canada as well as northern Europe.

Interest was even stronger than organizers had anticipated and a larger venue had to be arranged at the last moment.

"The amount of interest we received was a surprise," Mulaire said. "We went out and got the best speakers we could find from various parts, including from here."

David Barber of the Centre for Earth Observation Science at the University of Manitoba and the Canada Research Chair in Arctic system science, will helm a talk entitled the Future of the North.

Marco Dale of the Canada West Foundation will lead today’s discussion in the Americas stream. The focus will be on doing business with Mexico, where several local opportunities are emerging, including an ambitious project for direct distribution of Mexican produce at Winnipeg’s CentrePort Canada.

For the first time, this year’s version of Centrallia will include a trade show featuring some of Winnipeg’s star startups in an "Innovation Alley" showcase.

Centrallia is going to overlap by two days with the national Liberal Party of Canada convention, with both followed closely by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference and trade show.

The three events in a row are expected to bring 5,000 visitors to the city over the course of 12 days.

Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice-president of Tourism Winnipeg, said with the completion of the RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre expansion, as well as a host of other significant community assets, convention traffic in the city is expected to be on the upswing.

"The next few years are looking like good, solid convention years," she said. "We have a lot on the prospects list, as well as confirmed for the future."

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Martin Cash has been writing a column and business news at the Free Press since 1989. Over those years he’s written through a number of business cycles and the rise and fall (and rise) in fortunes of many local businesses.

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