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Darcy Penner and Sarah Leeson-Klym, CCEDNet

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Darcy Penner

Darcy Penner has been working in community economic development since graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a BA (Honours) degree in Politics. Starting at CCEDNet in 2013, his role has seen him work with member organizations to pursue a broad policy agenda through workshops, presentations, budget submissions, policy papers and community organizing. He has also specialized in supportive social enterprise policy and research, including co-ordinating the Manitoba Social Enterprise Sector Survey and the Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy.

Sarah Leeson-Klym - Modern Earth Web Design - SEO - Winnipeg ManitobaSarah Leeson-Klym

Sarah Leeson-Klym obtained an Arts and Cultural Management certificate from MacEwan University, then worked and volunteered in a range of capacity-building programs before graduating with a BA (Honours) degree in Social Justice Theory and Practice from the University of Winnipeg. Starting in 2011, her previous position as learning and engagement co-ordinator focused on engaging CCEDNet’s Manitoba members, creating learning programs and co-ordinating The Manitoba Gathering and the Enterprising Non-Profits program for social enterprise development. She brings this wide range of experience to her current role as Manitoba regional director.

Social Enterprise - What Is It And Why Support It?

We are witnessing a global surge of innovative entrepreneurs breaking down the barrier between non-profit social organizations and for-profit business structures. Committed to both social and profitable outcomes, these blended-value businesses are creating effective, sustainable solutions for complex challenges facing our communities. What are some of the social enterprises in Winnipeg doing and what steps can the private and public sectors take to support this emerging sector?


Karen Keppler, University of Winnipeg Masters of Development Practice

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Karen Keppler, University of Winnipeg Masters of Development Practice

Karen Keppler is executive director of the Virtual Business Innovation Centre (VBIC). Since 1991, Karen has assisted More than 500 business start-ups. For the past five years, she has taught at the University of Winnipeg in the Department of Business and the Master of Development Practice program. As an experienced online instructor in strategy at the University of Manitoba, Karen is comfortable in classrooms, both actual and virtual. Karen also teaches courses at MITT in International Business.

As a business and social enterprise owner since 1997, Karen has run successful operations including a retail flower shop, retail clothing shop, art gallery, consulting firm, learning centre and e-waste recycler. Promotion is an important success factor in retail businesses.

She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Manitoba and is currently working on a PhD.

How To Get More Customers In Your Door

As a retailer, driving foot traffic to your store may seem something of a lost art, but it's no less critical to the health of your business than it ever was. Get your front door swinging … learn how to attract customers, whether through innovative promotions, sales, ad campaigns or charity events.


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Rick Reid, Supply Chain Management Association, Manitoba

Rick Reid is the executive director of Supply Chain Management Association Manitoba (SCMA Manitoba). Rick specializes in helping organizations optimize their supply chains and works with companies to develop strategies that maximize efficiency, reliability and profitability.

Rick has more than 20 years of supply chain management experience working in the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience in developing supply chain strategies that eliminate waste, reduce risk and reduce costs. He has helped many organizations find savings in the areas of material costs, process/labour efficiencies, cost avoidance, cost recovery and inventory management. 

Rick has served as president of SCMA Manitoba and two terms as director on SCMA’s national board of directors. He is currently a member of the SCMA Institute Advisory Council. 

Minimizing Your Customs Compliance Risk

To remain competitive in today’s business environment, many organizations find it necessary to source products from outside Canada. If not done correctly, importing goods can lead to unnecessary costs and delays. Learn how to set up an effective customs compliance process that can result in lower costs, fewer risks and greater consistency in your supply chain.


The 4ps Of Marketing

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Lisa Cefali, Legacy Bowes

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Lisa Cefali, vice-president of executive search with Legacy Bowes Group, is a dynamic bilingual executive with 24 years of senior leadership experience in such industry sectors as digital marketing and social media, e-business, telecommunications, agriculture, national retail and not-for-profit agencies.

Lisa has significant expertise in securing, developing and sustaining key partnerships and alliances stakeholders - having played an integral role in spearheading the creation of the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame.

Lisa’s strong leadership in her executive, strategic marketing and competitive intelligence roles has enabled her to quickly understand the needs of an organization and to recruit, train, develop and coach highly successful, multi-functional, national teams of professionals.

The 4ps Of Marketing

Marketing is integral to the success of a business, large or small, with its primary focus on quality, consumer value and customer satisfaction. Find out what you need to know about price, product, promotion and place.



Carol-Ann Borody-Siemens - Modern Earth Web Design - Search Engine Optimization - Winnipeg ManitobaThis Week In Chamber U:

Carol-Ann Borody-Siemens, GBL Solutions

Carol-Ann Borody-Siemens currently owns and operates GBL Solutions Inc., a group insurance brokerage. Previously, she owned and operated CW Pooles, a general brokerage firm that included group benefits and life insurance in its service portfolio.

She is accomplished in business management, including marketing, budgeting, human resources and strategic planning.

Group Benefits – A Primer

Whether your business is a one-person firm or more, there’s a low-risk way to get the basics about group benefits. Join us and find answers to these questions: Where to start? What having benefits can do for you? How to design one? What employees want? How to be flexible in what you offer? Why some plans work in the long run, and some don’t? How to ensure that your plans change as you change?