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Success stories

It's the individuals and businesses that continue to make a difference in the lives and communities in Western Canada. Here are their success stories.

Western Canadian success stories and how WD helped

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Publication date Region Category Stories
2020-01-24 Manitoba Francophone, Women
Educalme brings bilingual mindfulness to Manitoba schools

Educalme brings bilingual mindfulness to Manitoba schools

Two young teachers in Manitoba wanted to share mindfulness practices with their French-language students, but they could not find bilingual materials geared to young people. So, they created their own, and Educalme was born.

Publication date: 2020-01-24
Region: Manitoba
Category: Francophone, Women

2019-12-17 Saskatchewan Indigenous, Clean technology
Cowessess Renewable Energy Storage Facility

First Nation creates carbon-free electricity and new economic opportunity

With help from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), Cowessess First Nation's unique hybrid renewable energy project is a first in Canada.

Publication date: 2019-12-17
Region: Saskatchewan
Category: Indigenous, Clean technology

2019-06-28 Pan-Western Francophone
Two participants in the Official Languages Twinning Program

Official Languages: Who’s your “twin”?

At Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) we’re bolstering our bilingual bench strength in both official languages.

Publication date: 2019-06-28
Region: Pan-Western
Category: Francophone

2019-02-05 Manitoba Francophone, Community economic development, Tourism
Advertisement for documentary t the heart of Manitoba's Francophone Community

Entreprises Riel

At the Heart of Manitoba's Francophone Community is a documentary film produced by Tourisme Riel and Entreprises Riel, about the strong Francophone and Métis culture in the province.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: Manitoba
Category: Francophone, Community economic development, Tourism

2018-09-04 Manitoba Indigenous, Business growth, Skills and training
Participants at Vision Quest

Vision Quest

In 2018, Vision Quest marked its 22nd annual conference and trade show: "From Vision to Reality", through partnerships with 5 primarily Indigenous-based Community Futures Development Corporations.

Publication date: 2018-09-04
Region: Manitoba
Category: Indigenous, Business growth, Skills and training

2018-08-04 Manitoba Women, Business growth, Skills and training
SHEday 2018

SHEday 2018

The one-day, annual conference sprouted from a desire to provide services to female business professionals and a venue for them to network.

Publication date: 2018-08-04
Region: Manitoba
Category: Women, Business growth, Skills and training

2018-08-04 British Columbia Youth, Community economic development
Karina LeBlanc's Field of Dreams

Karina LeBlanc's Field of Dreams

Canadian Olympic soccer star Karina Leblanc now has a sports field in Maple Ridge, BC, where she can share her passion for sports with the next generation of Canadian athletes.

Publication date: 2018-08-04
Region: British Columbia
Category: Youth, Community economic development

2018-08-04 British Columbia Clean technology
Food in plastic packaging

Reduce, reuse… rethink recycling

If only there were durable packaging materials that were also biodegradable. A western Canadian company may have the solution.

Publication date: 2018-08-04
Region: British Columbia
Category: Clean technology

2018-08-04 Alberta Women, Skills and training
Cora-Lee Fedoruk, with Women Building Futures

Women Building Futures - You got this!

The pursuit of inclusive participation in the economy requires a change in perspectives and a change in traditional ways of thinking. This belief prompted a small group of women to set up Women Building Futures (WBF) in 1998.

Publication date: 2018-08-04
Region: Alberta
Category: Women, Skills and training

2019-02-05 British Columbia Clean technology, Digital technology
Cherry orchard

Semios precision technology helps growers respond to crop threats

Farmers and engineers are working together to keep fresh produce on our shelves. They are finding innovative solutions to challenges from climate change, harmful pesticides, and crop disease.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: British Columbia
Category: Clean technology, Digital technology

2019-02-05 Alberta Clean technology, Natural resources
Solving high pressure risk through intelligent innovation

Solving high pressure risk through intelligent innovation

The aptly named, Intelligent Wellhead Systems (IWS) knows a lot about working under pressure in the energy sector.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: Alberta
Category: Clean technology, Natural resources

2018-09-04 Saskatchewan Skills and training, Youth
Saskatoon youth learning new skills

Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre – creating inclusive and responsive opportunities

Vulnerable, inner city youth lack the training, experience and, in a lot of cases, confidence to secure good jobs that can lead to careers in the skilled trades. At the same time, employers in many industries find it difficult to hire young tradespeople.

Publication date: 2018-09-04
Region: Saskatchewan
Category: Skills and training, Youth

2018-09-04 Saskatchewan Digital technology
Solido employee at work

Solido Design Automation bought by German conglomerate

Saskatchewan based Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative recipient, Solido Design Automation Inc, is a world leader in microchip design and characterization software powered by proprietary machine learning technology – a form of artificial intelligence.

Publication date: 2018-09-04
Region: Saskatchewan
Category: Digital technology

2019-02-05 British Columbia Digital technology, Trade
Submarine

Canadian Navigation Technology makes waves on a global level

Over 600 naval vessels across the globe rely on tactical navigation software from British Columbia's OSI Maritime Inc.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: British Columbia
Category: Digital technology, Trade

2019-03-06 Alberta Francophone
Edmonton's Francophone Radio Cité 97,9

Radio Cité brings Edmonton's Francophone community together

Radio Cité brought the heart and the people. WD helped them with funding. Now Radio Cité is making beautiful music and so much more for Edmonton's francophone community.

Publication date: 2019-03-06
Region: Alberta
Category: Francophone

2019-02-05 British Columbia Community economic development
BC wildfires

Rebuilding after British Columbia wildfires

The 2017 and 2018 wildfire seasons were the worst in British Columbia's history. British Columbians regrouped and WD was there to help.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: British Columbia
Category: Community economic development

2019-02-05 Manitoba Community economic development
Woman holding head of lettuce grown in Churchill, Manitoba

Churchill Region Economic Development Fund

The Churchill Region Economic Development Fund helped businesses survive when the town was cut off from ground transportation.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: Manitoba
Category: Community economic development

2019-05-22 Saskatchewan Clean technology, Francophone
HumaTerra's operations

Francophone farmers growing green with HumaTerra

What do francophone farmers in Saskatchewan, an agricultural scientist from France and about a trillion microbial organisms have in common? The drive to make prairie soil more fertile and productive!

Publication date: 2019-05-22
Region: Saskatchewan
Category: Clean technology, Francophone

2019-02-05 Alberta Indigenous, Skills and training
Trade Winds for Success - Alexander Hunter

Investing in Indigenous Peoples in Alberta

In 2015, Trade Winds to Success Training Society received $1,069,938 from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) to support the expansion of pre-apprenticeship training for Indigenous Peoples in Alberta.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: Alberta
Category: Indigenous, Skills and training

2019-12-09 Manitoba Francophone, Clean technology, Trade
Raynald Pambrun of Raysolar

Raysolar brings renewable energy to Africa

Manitoba’s Raysolar sets up solar and wind energy systems. Technical expertise combined with being able to work in both of Canada’s official languages has opened up doors to expand into Francophone African countries.

Publication date: 2019-12-09
Region: Manitoba
Category: Francophone, Clean technology, Trade

2019-02-05 Saskatchewan Clean resources, Natural resources
The Mine Overlay Site Testing (MOST) facility in Saskatoon.

Getting the MOST out of mine reclamation

Returning a mine site to its original state is far more complex than covering it over and planting trees. The design and materials that go into the cover system must ensure that mine wastes are properly sealed off.

Publication date: 2019-02-05
Region: Saskatchewan
Category: Clean resources, Natural resources

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