PrairiesCan Success Stories

It’s the individuals and businesses that continue to make a difference in the lives and communities in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Here are their success stories.

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Publication date Region Sector(s) Stories
2022-11-29 Manitoba Francophone, Indigenous, Tourism, Women
Josée Curé

Rural Manitoba restaurant gets help re-inventing its business during the pandemic

Food, culture, and history come together at J'em Bistro, a restaurant in a museum in rural Manitoba.

Publication Date: 2022-11-29
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Francophone, Indigenous, Tourism, Women

2022-11-17 Alberta Tourism, Indigenous
A guest at Painted Warriors Ranch cooks bannock over an open fire.

Indigenous tourism builds bridges of understanding

Visitors are looking for authentic, hands-on experiences to connect with Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. PrairiesCan funding is supporting Painted Warriors to offer an enhanced experience for visitors to engage with Indigenous culture.

Publication Date: 2022-11-07
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Tourism, Indigenous

2022-10-11 Alberta Tourism, Women
Visitors gather around a dining table at Prairie Gardens and are served locally grown culinary dishes.

Rural culinary experiences boost Alberta tourism

Visitors are looking to make connections through locally grown and prepared food. Two rural tourism operators are growing to showcase the best of Alberta through culinary delights.

Publication Date: 2022-10-11
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Tourism, Women

2022-09-27 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology
An employee inspects circuit boards in Levven Electronics' manufacturing facility.

Edmonton company's smart technology saves time, materials and money when building new homes

Levven Electronics, based in Edmonton, focuses on making homes more affordable to build, buy and operate. Levven offers sustainable in-home technology to home builders to help them save time, materials and cost during construction. Homeowners get a whole new level of control and convenience in their new homes.

Publication Date: 2022-09-27
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology

2022-08-25 Alberta Digital technology, Women, Indigenous
An employee writing on a whiteboard

Calgary firm brings diversity to companies hungry for talent across North America

Calgary-based Virtual Gurus is changing how talent agencies, businesses and freelancers interact. The company uses innovative technology to match the needs of clients with the talents and skills of their diverse virtual assistants.

Publication Date: 2022-08-25
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Digital technology, Women, Indigenous

2022-08-16 Alberta Business growth, Community economic development
Staff at Green Eggs and Ham water crops in a greenhouse

Rural businesses in Alberta relied on support from Community Futures through the COVID-19 pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic changed how people accessed goods and services in their communities, rural businesses turned to Community Futures for support.

Publication Date: 2022-08-16
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Business growth, Community economic development

2022-08-09 Alberta Indigenous, Tourism
Métis Crossing in winter

Authentic Indigenous tourism experience grows in Alberta

Visitors are looking for authentic, hands-on experiences to connect with the land and Indigenous People. PrairiesCan funding is supporting Métis Crossing in developing the "Farm and Forest to Table" culinary experience.

Publication Date: 2022-08-09
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Indigenous,Tourism

2022-07-28 Saskatchewan Indigenous, Women
Amanda Sanderson preparing an image Every Child Matters

Clothing business gets support from PrairiesCan’s Indigenous Business Development Services

Amanda Sanderson created an inspiring clothing line to help people in her community deal with mental health issues. She succeeded with help from PrairiesCan’s Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS), delivered by Community Futures Sagehill.

Publication Date: 2022-07-28
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Indigenous, Women

2022-06-30 Saskatchewan Life sciences
Preparing for the next pandemic with made-in-Canada vaccines

Preparing for the next pandemic with made-in-Canada vaccines

With PrairiesCan funding, the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) set up a centre to make vaccines in Saskatchewan. Longstanding funding has boosted VIDO’s capabilities, as it becomes Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research.

Publication Date: 2022-06-30
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Life sciences

2022-05-31 Saskatchewan Disabilities
The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program helps a photographer grow his business and support others

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program helps a photographer grow his business and support others

Through the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program, delivered by the South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (SSILC), Ross McCreery turned his passion for photography into a business that allows him to continue working with his disability and help other entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Publication Date: 2022-05-31
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Disabilities

2022-01-26 Alberta Francophone, Tourism
At the Flying Canoë Volant festival

Winter tourism in Edmonton gets a boost with the interactive Flying Canoë Volant festival

Flying Canoë Volant is boosting Edmonton’s reputation as a cultural and winter city destination. It bridges French-Canadian, First Nations and Métis cultures through a unique and interactive winter Prairies experience.

Publication Date: 2022-01-28
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Francophone,Tourism

2021-10-25 Saskatchewan Agriculture and agri-food
Community Futures helps small rural Saskatchewan business expand into new markets

Community Futures helps small rural Saskatchewan business expand into new markets

With the support of Community Futures, Three Farmers Foods was able to increase its production capacity to sell its snack foods into new markets.

Publication Date: 2021-10-25
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Agriculture and agri-food

2021-07-26 Manitoba Indigenous, Women
Winnipeg Indigenous business expands sustainable fashion line to new markets

Winnipeg Indigenous business expands sustainable fashion line to new markets

WD supported Anne Mulaire Designs to develop online and direct marketing strategies, boost production capacity and patent its cutting-edge production process.

Publication Date: 2021-07-26
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Indigenous, Women

2021-07-14 Manitoba Digital technology, Women
Women succeed in STEM careers and as tech entrepreneurs

Women succeed in STEM careers and as tech entrepreneurs

WD supported NSD Tech Inc. through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, to upgrade and market CARMIS—client management software for non-profit agencies serving refugees and immigrants.

Publication Date: 2021-07-14
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Digital technology, Women

2021-07-06 Alberta Life sciences, Digital technology
Two men view a digital scan of a heart on a monitor between them

Calgary imaging company gives healthcare professionals a better diagnostic tool

Blending artificial intelligence into cardiovascular imaging software is new to the market. It will also help doctors work more efficiently and help more patients

Publication Date: 2021-07-06
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Life sciences, Digital technology

2021-06-18 Alberta Transportation, Digital technology
Winged drone is launched at the Foremost UAS Test Range

Test range makes Alberta a hub of unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technology

The Foremost Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Range offers 700 square nautical miles of restricted airspace in rural Alberta, perfect for developing drone technology and fueling Western Canada’s growing role in the UAS sector.

Publication Date: 2021-06-18
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Transportation, Digital technology

2021-06-11 Alberta Digital technology
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping businesses solve problems

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are helping businesses solve problems

AltaML uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help Alberta businesses unlock the competitive advantage in their data.

Publication Date: 2021-06-11
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Digital technology

2021-06-02 Alberta Digital technology
Bench-top magnetic resonance (MR) spectrometer from Nanalysis

Calgary innovation takes chemical testing to new heights in labs around the world

From pharmaceuticals to agriculture: How Nanalysis is transforming scientific measurement for researchers worldwide.

Publication Date: 2021-06-02
Region: Alberta
Sector: Digital technology

2021-05-17 Alberta Personal care, Manufacturing
Lab technician at work

Edmonton salon and spa expands to become personal care products manufacturer

From salon and spa to manufacturing leader, EC Labs is leading the charge to establish a personal care manufacturing hub in Alberta, while setting its sights on the global market.

Publication Date: 2021-05-17
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Personal care, Manufacturing

2021-05-12 Manitoba Life sciences
Suppliers test COVID-19 medical devices like N-95 masks in Winnipeg

Suppliers test COVID-19 medical devices like N-95 masks in Winnipeg

Martin Petrak, President and CEO, and Trevor Gascoyne, Director of Operations, share how the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre in Winnipeg has become an internationally accredited laboratory to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Publication Date: 2021-05-12
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Life sciences

2021-04-13 Alberta Transportation
Cold Shot group photo

Rural bus service connects Alberta communities

For many Albertans, inter-city bus transportation and parcel delivery connects them safely to family, neighbours and medical services that are not available in their own community. COVID-19 public health measures are impacting this essential service.

Publication Date: 2021-04-13
Region: Alberta
Sector: Transportation

2020-11-19 Alberta Women, Indigenous, Arts
Colouring books

Indigenous art advances reconciliation

Colouring It Forward embraces art to advance education on Indigenous issues and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Publication Date: 2020-11-19
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Women, Indigenous, Arts

2020-10-07 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology
Attabotics robotics equipment

Calgary company reinvents supply chain management

Attabotics is taking inspiration from nature and disrupting traditional logistics, storage and fulfillment. This Calgary-based innovation combines robotics with efficient ant colony design to reduce warehouse footprints by 85%.

Publication Date: 2020-10-07
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology

2020-09-21 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology, Life sciences
Kent Imaging spectroscopy display

Calgary company grows Alberta’s health technology sector through leading-edge imaging software

Kent Imaging is expanding its services with the introduction of near infrared spectroscopy-imaging technology, which allows healthcare professionals to monitor tissue viability at a wound or surgical site in a timely and non-intrusive manner.

Publication Date: 2020-09-21
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology, Life sciences

2020-09-10 Saskatchewan Francophone, Skills and training
University of Regina program trains Francophone nurses

University of Regina program trains Francophone nurses

A unique partnership between the University of Regina’s La Cité French language hub and faculty of nursing is preparing nurses to care for Saskatchewan patients in French as well as in English.

Publication Date: 2020-09-10
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Francophone, Skills and training

2020-08-13 Manitoba Disabilities, Women
How an entrepreneur with disabilities grew her business in Winnipeg

How an entrepreneur with disabilities grew her business in Winnipeg

Lisa Hazelwood seized the opportunity to overcome barriers. She got the support she needed from Equal Opportunities West’s Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. Lisa’s business, Dog Nerd, is a dog sport and training centre that uses positive training methods in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Publication Date: 2020-08-13
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Disabilities, Women

2020-08-07 Alberta Manufacturing, Digital technology
Cochrane, Alberta, company expands market to export globally

Cochrane, Alberta, company expands market to export globally

With its light and robust power meter, Cochrane’s 4iiii is poised to take over the global fitness monitoring market.

Publication Date: 2020-08-07
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Manufacturing, Digital technology

2020-07-17 Saskatchewan Francophone, Tourism
Francophone business draws tourists to rural Saskatchewan

Francophone business draws tourists to rural Saskatchewan

Over the Hill Orchard and Winery is attracting attention as Saskatchewan’s first Économusée.® Over the Hill makes wines and jams on site using fruit grown in their orchard, providing a unique artisanal experience to French and English-speaking visitors.

Publication Date: 2020-07-17
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Francophone, Tourism

2020-07-08 Alberta Agriculture and agri-food, Women, Clean technology
Coaldale, Alberta, company transforms the produce sector

Coaldale, Alberta, company transforms the produce sector

Whole Leaf is transforming the leafy green section of the produce department. Using less water, its pesticide- and chemical-free produce brings new ideas to Canadian tables.

Publication Date: 2020-07-08
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Agriculture and agri-food, Women, Clean technology

2020-03-11 Alberta Women
Edmonton entrepreneur creates possibilities for special needs children and young adults

Edmonton entrepreneur creates possibilities for special needs children and young adults

AdaptAbilities is an inclusive environment where people with special needs can develop essential life skills.

Publication Date: 2020-03-11
Region: Alberta
Sectors: Women

2020-03-05 Manitoba Francophone, Women
Bilingual small business serves Francophones from Pinawa, Manitoba

Bilingual small business serves Francophones from Pinawa, Manitoba

Julie Germain moved from Quebec to Manitoba to learn English. Now, she designs beautiful rooms for Manitoban homes in both English and French at Julie’s Creations.

Publication Date: 2020-03-05
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Francophone, Women

2020-03-04 Manitoba Business growth, Francophone
Manitoba’s bilingual municipalities and entrepreneurs get support

Manitoba’s bilingual municipalities and entrepreneurs get support

Bilingual entrepreneurs and municipalities in Manitoba have a lifeline. Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM) is there to help them grow.

Publication Date: 2020-03-04
Region: Manitoba
Sectors: Business growth, Francophone

2020-02-17 Saskatchewan Agriculture and Agrifood, Manufacturing
Prairie farm machinery manufacturers expand their markets to Europe

Prairie farm machinery manufacturers expand their markets to Europe

The Canadian-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has opened up new doors for Western Canadian agricultural equipment makers that are large enough to drive a combine through.

Publication Date: 2020-02-17
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Agriculture and Agrifood, Manufacturing

2020-01-24 Manitoba Women, Francophone
Bilingual entrepreneurs bring mindfulness to Manitoba schools

Bilingual entrepreneurs bring 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
Sectors: Women, Francophone

2019-12-17 Saskatchewan Indigenous, Clean resources
Cowessess First Nation creates renewable  clean energy in Saskatchewan

Cowessess First Nation creates renewable clean energy in Saskatchewan

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
Sectors: Indigenous, Clean resources

2019-12-09 Manitoba Clean technology, Francophone
Winnipeg firm exports renewable energy systems to Africa

Winnipeg firm exports renewable energy systems 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
Sectors: Clean technology, Francophone

2019-05-22 Saskatchewan Clean technology, Francophone
Francophone farmers create renewable fertilizer from Saskatchewan soil

Francophone farmers create renewable fertilizer from Saskatchewan soil

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
Sectors: Clean technology, Francophone

2019-03-06 Alberta Francophone
Radio station serves as cultural hub for Edmonton’s Francophone community

Radio station serves as cultural hub for Edmonton’s Francophone community

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
Sectors: Francophone

2019-02-05 Alberta Clean technology, Natural resources
Wellhead innovation makes drilling for oil and gas safer

Wellhead innovation makes drilling for oil and gas safer

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
Sectors: Clean technology, Natural resources

2019-02-05 Alberta Indigenous, Skills and training
Training program opens opportunities for Indigenous people across Alberta

Training program opens opportunities for Indigenous people across 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
Sectors: Indigenous, Skills and training

2019-02-05 Manitoba Tourism, Francophone
Francophone and M´tis culture attract tourists to Manitoba

Francophone and Métis culture attract tourists to Manitoba

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
Sectors: Tourism, Francophone

2019-02-05 Manitoba Community economic development
Churchill gets lifeline when cut off from the rest of Manitoba

Churchill gets lifeline when cut off from the rest of Manitoba

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
Sectors: Community economic development

2019-02-05 Saskatchewan Clean technology
Technology made in Saskatchewan helps refurbish mines when the mining is over

Technology made in Saskatchewan helps refurbish mines when the mining is over

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
Sectors: Clean technology

2018-09-04 Manitoba Indigenous, Business growth, Skills and training
Community Futures promotes Indigenous business across Manitoba

Community Futures promotes Indigenous business across Manitoba

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
Sectors: Indigenous, Business growth, Skills and training

2018-09-04 Saskatchewan Skills and training, Youth
Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre helps vulnerable youth get hired

Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre helps vulnerable youth get hired

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
Sectors: Skills and training, Youth

2018-09-04 Saskatchewan Digital technology
Saskatoon company helps the world build microchips

Saskatoon company helps the world build microchips

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
Sectors: Digital technology

2018-09-03 Saskatchewan Natural resources, Trade
Saskatchewan mining suppliers expand into global exports

Saskatchewan mining suppliers expand into global exports

Through an investment of $185,000, WD is helping Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) build its capacity to connect local mining industry suppliers with large industrial and resource companies.

Publication Date: 2018-09-03
Region: Saskatchewan
Sectors: Natural resources, Trade

2018-08-04 Alberta Women, Skills and training
Alberta women gain training in valuable skilled trades

Alberta women gain training in valuable skilled trades

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
Sectors: Women, Skills and training

2018-08-04 Manitoba Women, Business growth, Skills and training
Women help each other build careers and businesses across Manitoba

Women help each other build careers and businesses across Manitoba

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
Sectors: Women, Business growth, Skills and training

 

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