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    CEO: Joelle Foster

    441 – 100 Innovation Drive
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6G2• P: 204-262-6400

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    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-753-5170

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    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0W4 • P: 204-799-2033

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    University College of the North
    436-7th Street East, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7
    (204) 623-0311

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Top regional law firm champions tech and manufacturing startup innovation

Nestled amongst Winnipeg’s downtown prairie stone skyscrapers, artisan restaurants, and lively art scene, you will find one of the largest law firms between Toronto and Calgary. Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS) has been providing local, national, and international legal services in over 25 areas of the law to clients across every major sector for more than 130 years. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm (with 100+ lawyers). It has long been recognized as a centre of excellence in the areas of business law, IP protection, financing, data protection and privacy law, dispute resolution, employment law and global legal services. In 2020 TDS was named the Gold Winner for Prairie Law Firm of the Year at the Lexpert® 2020 Canadian Law Awards.

TDS’ diverse client base ranges from True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd. (Winnipeg Jets) to Tech Manitoba and start-ups like Callia and VidDay, to established and growing tech companies like Bold Commerce and Farmers Edge. TDS has been involved with North Forge for over a decade now, dating back to the Eureka Project days. Mark Howe, TDS’ Director of Business Development & Client Relations says, “More than 10 years ago, I worked with TDS’ senior IP lawyer Silvia de Sousa to get the firm involved with what is now North Forge. We knew we had to take ‘the long view’ in the start-up space.” When it comes to the start-up community, Mark adds, “We were ‘all in’ at the start with North Forge, and we are ‘all in’ now.” 

TDS’ 11 offices across Manitoba and Saskatchewan give back and are cognizant of their responsibility to make a positive contribution to our local communities. Over $250,000 is contributed every year to supporting more than 100 worthwhile community initiatives, including the arts, environment, technology, education, the advancement of medical care, local economic development, children’s causes, and providing access to legal services for disadvantaged community members. Hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services are also provided by TDS’ lawyers, which includes offering North Forge founders the opportunity to meet one-on-one with TDS start-up lawyers at no cost. It is this community mindfulness that solidifies TDS’ partnership with North Forge.

With a keen understanding of the unique and fast-paced world of tech, TDS actively sponsors North Forge to foster local tech-enabled and advanced manufacturing start-up innovation. This allows TDS to keep up with changes and developments in the tech and advanced manufacturing industries while providing North Forge start-ups with expertise from TDS’ lawyers, including access to seminars, articles, and webinars.  

Do you want to learn more about how TDS can help to protect and grow your start-up? Check out their website at www.tdslaw.com or contact Mark Howe at mhowe@tdslaw.com.

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North Forge Technology Exchange partners with PCL Construction Inc.

PCL Construction Inc.

From small renovations to complex billion dollar projects; from modular construction, to advanced digital technologies, to cutting-edge sustainability, PCL has you covered.

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6P Marketing

6P Marketing is your collaborative marketing agency, working with you to achieve your goals.

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Bell MTS

Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm.

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Wawanesa

Wawanesa works exclusively with insurance brokers across Canada, offering home, auto, farm and commercial business products.

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Bit Space Development

Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

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Princess Auto

For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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Bockstael

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

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Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

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