Schedule

Preview the schedule at a glance below. Subject to change. The conference will be held at the RBC Convention Centre at 375 York Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Last updated May 17, 2017

All sessions and speakers will be listed in the schedule as the information is available. To see the full session description and a list of speakers, click on the plus sign.
  • Meeting location: TBA

    Not a day passes without new headlines heralding the death of “brick-and-mortar” retail at the hands of e-commerce.  But how do we separate fact from fiction? While many retail experts argue that this narrative is overly pessimistic and does not fully capture the realities on the ground, there remains a healthy debate over what impact these trends might have on downtown.  Through both presentations and interactive discussion, this timely session will not only get into the nuances of what is in fact happening, but also introduce various strategies and interventions that place managers in both the U.S. and Canada might consider in an effort to help their districts mitigate the possible impacts and take advantage of the latent opportunities during the current period of transition.  The glass might be half full after all.

    Presenters: Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz and Associates and Michael Berne, MJB Consulting

    • Unpack media narratives and gain a more nuanced understanding of current trends in the retail industry
    • Assess the full impact that such trends are likely to have on your district and on urban places more broadly
    • Learn about strategies and interventions that can help your district to respond to this changing retail landscape

    Share your district’s specific challenges and receive real-time feedback from peers and instructors

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Winnipeg has long been a car city. Through strong community activism and persistence on the pedals, the City of Winnipeg has voiced their concern for more active transportation in our city. On this exciting bike tour you will learn about different active transportation projects in Winnipeg’s three largest BIZ zones: Downtown, Exchange District and West End. This informative tour will showcase beautiful sites and landmarks that are now accessible by bike.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Explore the historic town of Gimli located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This town of Icelandic heritage incorporates unique summer and winter events drawing tourists and keeping its economy going year around. The tour will also include a drive by of historic Winnipeg Beach with a narrative of its revival story. Escape the city; take in the beautiful prairie scenery and lake views while learning about Manitoba’s rich history.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Learn how collaboration by design is transforming urban centers globally.  This hands-on session will help you assess any design project, and determine the right type of charrette for your business district.  Through case studies and group exercises you will learn to activate the unique creative potential of all stakeholders by embedding them in the design process to co-create a transformative plan, while saving time and money using the National Charrette Institute (NCI) Charrette System™ approach.

    Presenters: Wayne R. Beyea, NCI Interim Director and Trainer and Bill Lennertz, Founder and NCI Lead Trainer

     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn a systematic approach to fostering creativity and innovation.
    • Identify and orchestrate the engagement of key stakeholders.
    • Learn how to create broad stakeholder support, reduce costly rework and produce a plan with an exceptional design.
    • Practice using key NCI Charrette System tools and techniques
  • Meeting location: TBA

    During this three hour session you will learn the proper sales method for garnering the most sponsorships. You will discover what to do in any economy and how to position your sponsorship so that people want to buy it.  You will be given the 12 steps needed to ensure sponsorship success from initial concept, to taking inventory, to establishing media partners, to determining your best partners, the sales process, making the sale, and post event follow up to ensure renewal.  During this session you will be given an event and, working in groups, you will develop sponsorship offerings.

    Taught by sponsorship guru (the queen mother of sponsorship), Sylvia Allen, you will learn AND be entertained.  Come prepared to walk away with knowledge that guarantees your success and, while you are at it, have fun.

    Presenter: Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting (BA, MA, CFEE)

     Key learning points to be covered in this course include:

    • Understanding the sales process for sponsorship
    • Proposing your sponsorship for sales success
    • The proper way to approach sponsors
    • How to customize your offerings to meet the sponsor’s needs
    • Discovering the steps to take to ensure sponsorship success
    • Creating a strong sponsorship sales strategy
    • Developing your own sponsorship tactics
    • Preparing sample sponsorship offerings
  • Meeting location: TBA

    If pounding the pavement is the way you like to discover a city, this tour is for you. Visit Winnipeg’s key attractions on this walking tour. Start the tour walking past the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, followed by a stop at Winnipeg’s famous Portage and Main intersection. A quick visit to Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District will introduce participants to Winnipeg’s early history. Then follow the recently redeveloped riverfront visiting the French Quarter and Canadian Human Rights Museum, The Forks and Manitoba’s unique Legislature building. Ready, set, explore!

  • Meeting location: TBA

    This tour will take you through a historic inner city neighbourhood. The West End is the largest BIZ zone in Winnipeg, and is rich in cultural diversity and history. In recent years a surge of revitalization in the neighbourhood has brought new energy to the neighbourhood rapidly increasing its property values. Learn how the West End Biz is preserving its community while accommodating new growth through BIZ capital projects and program. Join us and learn how this community is poised to become the one to watch!

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Winnipeg has an incredible history and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Development downtown is at an all-time high. Tour several downtown developments and learn how the tax incentive financing is helping to create a residential rebirth. The tour will also touch on the development of Winnipeg’s new Rapid Transit system and how that ties in to better serve a city in fast forward!

  • Meeting location: TBA

    It is estimated there are anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 homeless people in Winnipeg. In this workshop you will also hear about three successful Downtown BIZ ; the CEO Sleepout, CHAT (Community Homeless Assistance Team) and MOST (Mission off the Street) program. Participants will also visit two other projects; the Bell Hotel and Red Road Lodge that are helping to make a difference in addressing this complex and intricate community issue.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    This mobile workshop takes you to Winnipeg’s most eastern BIZ zone. Once a former city on its own, Transcona has its own downtown, which faced some decline when Winnipeg merged with its surrounding municipalities in 1972. Transcona is now expanding rapidly and a major development project renewed the “downtown” to refresh the community’s identity. You will hear from the business owners on the successes of this suburban BIZ. The tour will also pass through Provencher BIZ area, known as the French Quarter. On this tour, learn about some of the challenges that these smaller BIZ zones outside of the city center face.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    In Winnipeg’s vibrant Exchange District, a National Historic Site of Canada, you will learn about the many benefits and challenges of working in an historical district. The Exchange District is home to over 150 heritage buildings and the highest concentration of restaurants, shops, art, and entertainment venues in Winnipeg. They adhere to a whole different set of rules and policies that affect parking, signage, patios and facades and more.  Hear about the balance between advocates and stakeholders as they navigate these hot button issues.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Award-winning Downtown Campus blends the old with the new – Red River College is the province’s largest institute of applied learning and applied research. Red River College is at the forefront of showing how adaptive re-use of historical buildings can contribute to an extremely modern state of the art learning facilities. This campus is Silver LEED certified and has won numerous environmental awards. One block away, the Paterson Global Foods Institute transformed a long vacant bank into one of the country’s renowned culinary and hospitality school. Learn how these campuses have transformed vacant spaces and revived the downtown area.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness establishes a shared vision, action framework, and grounding principles needed for effective systems’ integration, policy and program alignment, and collaboration to reduce and end youth homelessness. The presenters will introduce the Plan and its action strategies related to the provision of affordable and social housing for youth, cross-sectoral collaboration, and reconciliation. They will discuss the implications for downtowns and the way in which services and programs are developed to address homelessness.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    In 2003, the closing of the Eaton’s department store  made way for the MTS Centre. Although there was mass opposition to demolishing the department store for a downtown arena, years later it is one of the busiest venues anywhere in the world and helped bring the NHL back to Winnipeg. The success of the arena has helped create a new district within the downtown, The Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED), which has become a focal point of the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown. Learn how the MTS Centre and the upcoming True North Square is helping to create an economically viable district that brings a sense of community to downtown.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Description: This tour takes participants to some of the most impressive small park developments in Winnipeg’s core area. This tour will share the histories of Central Park, Old Market Square, and Saigon Park. Participants will explore each of the parks to learn what makes them so unique and hear presentations about their redevelopment and the challenges of these historic parks.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Description: Adelaide Street in the Exchange District is home to Innovation Alley: a start-up community of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists. Recently, Innovation Alley has seen over 75 new businesses started, 750 patents created and over $110 million in revenue generated by shared resources and ideas. Backed by Winnipeg’s Mayor Brian Bowman and attracting international thinkers such as Prince Charles, Innovation Alley is Winnipeg’s Silicon Valley. Come and explore Winnipeg’s start-up technology hub in the heart of a National Historic Site of Canada.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Description: Rivers are the lifeblood of many cities. Good urban design connects people to natural features such as parks, green spaces and waterways. In 2004, the City of Winnipeg undertook the Waterfront Development Project transforming an underused, unsafe and pedestrian unfriendly area into a thriving business and residential community. Streetscape to brick and mortar, see for yourself the transformation from the Waterfront Development Project.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Description: Bringing businesses back to neighbourhoods that have been in decline is a daunting challenge, but it is one that Winnipeg’s BIZs are addressing head-on. Visit Winnipeg’s West End and see how the West End BIZ tackled negative perceptions step by step. The tour will take you past former vacant properties to show off how directly targeting business owners and start-up entrepreneurs has led to an increasingly lit up streetscape. Hear how pop-up shop locations in the Downtown and the Exchange District are giving entrepreneurs a leg up in testing out their business dreams and participants will have an opportunity to mingle with current business owners in the West End BIZ zone.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Description: Winnipeg has the largest per capita population of Indigenous people of any major Canadian City. Past policies have devastated our indigenous community so what is being done to move forward together? And what does it mean to exist on Treaty One land? From our Municipal Government, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and business community, and other organizations, Winnipeg is taking the lead with meaningful engagement and action. Hear how the Downtown BIZ created a strategic initiative “Indigenizing Downtown” and developed policies to focus on creating a city that recognizes respects and includes our Indigenous community through consultation, reconciliation, programming and partnership.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Join us to visit and learn about Downtown’s skywalk system and underground city! Participants will learn about the impact of having tenants above and below ground, and visit the historic Portage and Main intersection.  Learn about the drive and opposition involving re-opening this intersection to pedestrian traffic and what that may mean for the future of the walkway.

  • It’s been a busy few days of learning, touring and networking! Now it’s time to wind down with a visit to our world class Ten Spa for a Turkish HAMAM treatment, the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. This experience is exactly what you need to return home refreshed! Ten Spa also offers a variety of other services to relax and prepare you for the journey home. Book at time best for you at www.tenspa.ca. The Spa is located in the Hotel Fort Garry within walking distance of the RBC Convention Centre.

  • Meeting location: TBA

    Go deep into the heart of Manitoba’s north without leaving the City of Winnipeg! Your journey starts with a private tour of the 10-acre exhibit, where you’ll get unobstructed views of a variety of northern species. Watch in wonder as the majestic polar bears swim and play above and around you in the underwater viewing tunnels. Then join a zookeeper for a personalized animal encounter. Get an insider’s look at this important part of the care of the polar bears and other animals at the Zoo.

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Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location TBA

Hosted by TBA

Celebrate the opening of the 2017 Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Winnipeg with IDA. Details coming soon.

 


Closing Reception

Friday, September 15, 2017 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Location TBA

Details coming soon.


Tours & Workshops

Pre-Conference tours and workshops fill up quickly. If you did not previously register for a tour or workshop, contact the registration team at registration@downtown.org to add it to your itinerary.

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

The Future of Physical Retail in the Age of Online ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

8:30am – 11:30am

Not a day passes without new headlines heralding the death of “brick-and-mortar” retail at the hands of e-commerce.  But how do we separate fact from fiction? While many retail experts argue that this narrative is overly pessimistic and does not fully capture the realities on the ground, there remains a healthy debate over what impact these trends might have on downtown.  Through both presentations and interactive discussion, this timely session will not only get into the nuances of what is in fact happening, but also introduce various strategies and interventions that place managers in both the U.S. and Canada might consider in an effort to help their districts mitigate the possible impacts and take advantage of the latent opportunities during the current period of transition.  The glass might be half full after all.

Presenters: Larisa Ortiz, Larisa Ortiz and Associates and Michael Berne, MJB Consulting

  • Unpack media narratives and gain a more nuanced understanding of current trends in the retail industry
  • Assess the full impact that such trends are likely to have on your district and on urban places more broadly
  • Learn about strategies and interventions that can help your district to respond to this changing retail landscape
  • Share your district’s specific challenges and receive real-time feedback from peers and instructors

 

Pre-Conference Workshop #2: TBA ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

8:30am – 11:30am

Description: TBA

 

Charrette Planning for Urban Space Leaders ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Learn how collaboration by design is transforming urban centers globally.  This hands-on session will help you assess any design project, and determine the right type of charrette for your business district.  Through case studies and group exercises you will learn to activate the unique creative potential of all stakeholders by embedding them in the design process to co-create a transformative plan, while saving time and money using the National Charrette Institute (NCI) Charrette System™ approach.

Presenters: Wayne R. Beyea, NCI Interim Director and Trainer and Bill Lennertz, Founder and NCI Lead Trainer

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a systematic approach to fostering creativity and innovation.
  • Identify and orchestrate the engagement of key stakeholders.
  • Learn how to create broad stakeholder support, reduce costly rework and produce a plan with an exceptional design.
  • Practice using key NCI Charrette System tools and techniques

 

12 Steps to Sponsorship Success ($75)

Wednesday, September 13

12:30pm – 3:30pm

During this three hour session you will learn the proper sales method for garnering the most sponsorships. You will discover what to do in any economy and how to position your sponsorship so that people want to buy it.  You will be given the 12 steps needed to ensure sponsorship success from initial concept, to taking inventory, to establishing media partners, to determining your best partners, the sales process, making the sale, and post event follow up to ensure renewal.  During this session you will be given an event and, working in groups, you will develop sponsorship offerings.

Taught by sponsorship guru (the queen mother of sponsorship), Sylvia Allen, you will learn AND be entertained.  Come prepared to walk away with knowledge that guarantees your success and, while you are at it, have fun.

Presenter: Sylvia Allen, President, Allen Consulting (BA, MA, CFEE)

Key learning points to be covered in this course include:

  • Understanding the sales process for sponsorship
  • Proposing your sponsorship for sales success
  • The proper way to approach sponsors
  • How to customize your offerings to meet the sponsor’s needs
  • Discovering the steps to take to ensure sponsorship success
  • Creating a strong sponsorship sales strategy
  • Developing your own sponsorship tactics
  • Preparing sample sponsorship offerings

 

 

Pre-Conference Tours

IDA Golf Outing ($150)

Wednesday, September 13

8am – 2pm

 

City Orientation – Bus Tour ($50)

Wednesday September 13

9am – 11:30am

The guided tour will give a general over view of the city, visiting several urban areas and key sites pertaining to Winnipeg’s History. Participants will enjoy an engaging narrative, learning about our past, present and opportunities for the future.

 

City Center Bicycle Tour ($50)

Wednesday September 13

9am – 11:30am

Winnipeg has long been a car city. Through strong community activism and persistence on the pedals, the City of Winnipeg has voiced their concern for more active transportation in our city. On this exciting bike tour you will learn about different active transportation projects in Winnipeg’s three largest BIZ zones: Downtown, Exchange District and West End. This informative tour will showcase beautiful sites and landmarks that are now accessible by bike.

 

Small Town Downtown! ($75)

Wednesday September 13

9:30am – 2:30pm

Explore the historic town of Gimli located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. This town of Icelandic heritage incorporates unique summer and winter events drawing tourists and keeping its economy going year around. The tour will also include a drive by of historic Winnipeg Beach with a narrative of its revival story. Escape the city; take in the beautiful prairie scenery and lake views while learning about Manitoba’s rich history.

 

Downtown, My Town! ($25)

Wednesday September 13

12:30pm – 3pm

If pounding the pavement is the way you like to discover a city, this tour is for you. Visit Winnipeg’s key attractions on this walking tour. Start the tour walking past the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets, followed by a stop at Winnipeg’s famous Portage and Main intersection. A quick visit to Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District will introduce participants to Winnipeg’s early history. Then follow the recently redeveloped riverfront visiting the French Quarter and Canadian Human Rights Museum, The Forks and Manitoba’s unique Legislature building. Ready, set, explore!

 

West End Story ($25)

Wednesday September 13

12:30pm – 3pm

This tour will take you through a historic inner city neighbourhood. The West End is the largest BIZ zone in Winnipeg, and is rich in cultural diversity and history. In recent years a surge of revitalization in the neighbourhood has brought new energy to the neighbourhood rapidly increasing its property values. Learn how the West End Biz is preserving its community while accommodating new growth through BIZ capital projects and program. Join us and learn how this community is poised to become the one to watch!

 

Our Winnipeg in Fast Forward ($25)

Wednesday September 13

12:30pm – 3pm

Description: Winnipeg has an incredible history and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Development downtown is at an all-time high. Tour several downtown developments and learn how the tax incentive financing is helping to create a residential rebirth. The tour will also touch on the development of Winnipeg’s new Rapid Transit system and how that ties in to better serve a city in fast forward!

 

Mobile Workshops

 

Finding Home – Ending Homelessness in Winnipeg ($25)

Thursday, September 14

8am – 10am

It is estimated there are anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 homeless people in Winnipeg. In this workshop you will also hear about three successful Downtown BIZ ; the CEO Sleepout, CHAT (Community Homeless Assistance Team) and MOST (Mission off the Street) program. Participants will also visit two other projects; the Bell Hotel and Red Road Lodge that are helping to make a difference in addressing this complex and intricate community issue.

 

Suburbia BIZ ($25)

Thursday, September 14

8am – 10am

This mobile workshop takes you to Winnipeg’s most eastern BIZ zone. Once a former city on its own, Transcona has its own downtown, which faced some decline when Winnipeg merged with its surrounding municipalities in 1972. Transcona is now expanding rapidly and a major development project renewed the “downtown” to refresh the community’s identity. You will hear from the business owners on the successes of this suburban BIZ. The tour will also pass through Provencher BIZ area, known as the French Quarter. On this tour, learn about some of the challenges that these smaller BIZ zones outside of the city center face.

 

Heritage or Hassle ($25)

Thursday, September 14

1pm – 3pm

In Winnipeg’s vibrant Exchange District, a National Historic Site of Canada, you will learn about the many benefits and challenges of working in an historical district. The Exchange District is home to over 150 heritage buildings and the highest concentration of restaurants, shops, art, and entertainment venues in Winnipeg. They adhere to a whole different set of rules and policies that affect parking, signage, patios and facades and more. Hear about the balance between advocates and stakeholders as they navigate these hot button issues.

 

From Historic to State of the Art ($25)

Thursday, September 14

1pm – 3pm

Award-winning Downtown Campus blends the old with the new – Red River College is the province’s largest institute of applied learning and applied research. Red River College is at the forefront of showing how adaptive re-use of historical buildings can contribute to an extremely modern state of the art learning facilities. This campus is Silver LEED certified and has won numerous environmental awards. One block away, the Paterson Global Foods Institute transformed a long vacant bank into one of the country’s renowned culinary and hospitality school. Learn how these campuses have transformed vacant spaces and revived the downtown area.

 

Here and Now: Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness ($25)

Thursday, September 14

3pm – 5pm

The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness establishes a shared vision, action framework, and grounding principles needed for effective systems’ integration, policy and program alignment, and collaboration to reduce and end youth homelessness. The presenters will introduce the Plan and its action strategies related to the provision of affordable and social housing for youth, cross-sectoral collaboration, and reconciliation. They will discuss the implications for downtowns and the way in which services and programs are developed to address homelessness.

 

A True North Story ($25)

Thursday, September 14

3pm – 5pm

In 2003, the closing of the Eaton’s department store  made way for the MTS Centre. Although there was mass opposition to demolishing the department store for a downtown arena, years later it is one of the busiest venues anywhere in the world and helped bring the NHL back to Winnipeg. The success of the arena has helped create a new district within the downtown, The Sports, Hospitality and Entertainment District (SHED), which has become a focal point of the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown. Learn how the MTS Centre and the upcoming True North Square is helping to create an economically viable district that brings a sense of community to downtown.

 

Park and Place ($25)

Friday, September 15

10:15am – 12:15pm

This tour takes participants to some of the most impressive small park developments in Winnipeg’s core area. This tour will share the histories of Central Park, Old Market Square, and Saigon Park. Participants will explore each of the parks to learn what makes them so unique and hear presentations about their redevelopment and the challenges of these historic parks.

 

Innovation Alley – Winnipeg’s Silicon Valley ($25)

Friday, September 15

10:15am – 12:15pm

Adelaide Street in the Exchange District is home to Innovation Alley: a start-up community of innovators, entrepreneurs and artists. Recently, Innovation Alley has seen over 75 new businesses started, 750 patents created and over $110 million in revenue generated by shared resources and ideas. Backed by Winnipeg’s Mayor Brian Bowman and attracting international thinkers such as Prince Charles, Innovation Alley is Winnipeg’s Silicon Valley. Come and explore Winnipeg’s start-up technology hub in the heart of a National Historic Site of Canada.

 

Reworking the Waterfront ($25)

Friday, September 15

1pm – 3pm

Rivers are the lifeblood of many cities. Good urban design connects people to natural features such as parks, green spaces and waterways. In 2004, the City of Winnipeg undertook the Waterfront Development Project transforming an underused, unsafe and pedestrian unfriendly area into a thriving business and residential community. Streetscape to brick and mortar, see for yourself the transformation from the Waterfront Development Project.

 

Open for Business ($25)

Friday, September 15

1pm – 3pm

Bringing businesses back to neighbourhoods that have been in decline is a daunting challenge, but it is one that Winnipeg’s BIZs are addressing head-on. Visit Winnipeg’s West End and see how the West End BIZ tackled negative perceptions step by step. The tour will take you past former vacant properties to show off how directly targeting business owners and start-up entrepreneurs has led to an increasingly lit up streetscape. Hear how pop-up shop locations in the Downtown and the Exchange District are giving entrepreneurs a leg up in testing out their business dreams and participants will have an opportunity to mingle with current business owners in the West End BIZ zone.

 

Adjusting the Lens – Winnipeg’s path to rebuild relationships with our Indigenous Community ($25)

Friday, September 15

3pm – 5pm

Winnipeg has the largest per capita population of Indigenous people of any major Canadian City. Past policies have devastated our indigenous community so what is being done to move forward together? And what does it mean to exist on Treaty One land? From our Municipal Government, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and business community, and other organizations, Winnipeg is taking the lead with meaningful engagement and action. Hear how the Downtown BIZ created a strategic initiative “Indigenizing Downtown” and developed policies to focus on creating a city that recognizes respects and includes our Indigenous community through consultation, reconciliation, programming and partnership.

 

Above and Beyond – Winnipeg’s Skywalk System ($25)

Friday, September 15

3pm – 5pm

Join us to visit and learn about Downtown’s skywalk system and underground city! Participants will learn about the impact of having tenants above and below ground, and visit the historic Portage and Main intersection. Learn about the drive and opposition involving re-opening this intersection to pedestrian traffic and what that may mean for the future of the walkway.

 

 

Post-Conference Activities

 

 

TenSpa – The Ultimate in Spa Experience (Book on your own)

Saturday, September 16

Saturday hours are 9am – 8pm

It’s been a busy few days of learning, touring and networking! Now it’s time to wind down with a visit to our world class Ten Spa for a Turkish HAMAM treatment, the tradition of physical and spiritual purification. This experience is exactly what you need to return home refreshed! Ten Spa also offers a variety of other services to relax and prepare you for the journey home. Book at time best for you at http://www.tenspa.ca/. The Spa is located in the Hotel Fort Garry within walking distance of the RBC Convention Centre.

 

Journey to Churchill – Canadian Signature Experience at Assiniboine Park Zoo ($50)

Saturday, September 16

Time TBA

Go deep into the heart of Manitoba’s north without leaving the City of Winnipeg! Your journey starts with a private tour of the 10-acre exhibit, where you’ll get unobstructed views of a variety of northern species. Watch in wonder as the majestic polar bears swim and play above and around you in the underwater viewing tunnels. Then join a zookeeper for a personalized animal encounter. Get an insider’s look at this important part of the care of the polar bears and other animals at the Zoo.

 

 


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Downtown Achievement Awards

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Every year, IDA recognizes outstanding improvements to downtown by the work of dedicated individuals around the globe through the Downtown Achievement Awards. These exceptional projects highlight organizational advances in a variety of categories and stages of completion. The application process runs from March to June with all winners announced at the Annual Conference & Tradeshow in September. Applications for the 2017 awards are now open. The deadline to submit is June 9, 2017. Learn how to apply, view criteria and categories, and research past winner summaries and presentations by visiting our website.