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Anchor Institution Based Community Economic Development Panel Discussion

The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation


The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation presented a panel discussion as part of a national series of discussions called OPEN DOORS created by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to promote community engagement. 

The anchor institution based development model is an intentional effort to create successful social enterprises with broad mainstream support. This model is built on the assumption that anchor institutions (universities, hospitals, etc.) can provide many of the solutions to lessen enterprise development risk, including leadership, investment capital and protected markets. View Sherman Kreiner's recently published article on Anchor Institution-led Development here.

Panelists highlighted projects such as the redevelopment of the Merchant's Hotel on Selkirk Avenue and the creation of Diversity Foods at UWinnipeg, and the critical role that collaborative partnerships play. Panelists included:

  • Sherman Kreiner, Managing Director, University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation (UWCRC) - view opening remarks by Sherman Kreiner framing the panel discussion here [PDF]
  • Nathan McCorrister, Executive Director, Peguis First Nation TLE Implementation Unit
  • Wayne Flamand, Senior Business Analyst, UWCRC
  • Robert Neufeld, Executive Director, North End Community Renewal Corporation
  • Jeff Palmer, Manager of Real Estate, Planning, and Development, UWCRC
  • Vera Goussaert, Executive Director, Manitoba Cooperative Assocation
  • Dr. Claudia Sanchez Bajo, Chair of Co-operative Enterprises
  • Dr. Sylvie Albert, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics, UWinnipeg
  • Cindy Coker, Executive Director, SEED Winnipeg
  • Lydia Warkentin, Senior Financial Officer and Manager of Campus Living (Food Services), UWCRC