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Business Opportunities in Nunavut

October 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Presenter: Derek Earl, World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Panelist: Derrick Webster, COO – EPLS Group of Companies

Nunavut is a vast northern territory with a small population, yet a robust economy whose growth rate exceeds the national average. Manitoba has a special relationship with Nunanvut, and the Kivalliq region in particular. The re-opening of the Churchill rail line offers new opportunities to develop business opportunities for Manitoba companies. This seminar will offer a backgrounder and brief economic overview of Nunavut, provide a basic understanding of potential business opportunities in Nunavut from a Manitoba perspective, and identify some resources and references for entrepreneurs looking to pursue new business in the North.

The seminar will feature a presentation as well as a fireside chat with Derrick Webster, COO of EPLS Group of Companies, a leading Inuit-owned company based in Nunavut.

Attendee will learn the following:
1. Introduction to the Nunavut economy and the special relationship with Manitoba
2. Overview of business opportunities in Nunavut
3. Tips and resources for doing business in Nunavut

Derek Earl is the Vice-President of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg, overseeing strategic initiatives, northern business development, Indigenous engagement, and international trade. A senior executive with over 15 years of experience in business and international trade, Derek has advised and assisted hundreds of companies with their international business development. He has been instrumental in numerous key projects, such as launching the WTC Winnipeg in 2013, organizing four editions of the global business forum Centrallia, and establishing Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP). He also oversees the WTC Winnipeg’s northern and Arctic trade development strategies, working with businesses, northern communities, and business networks across the Arctic market in North America and in Europe.

EPLS Group of companies is an Inuit-owned company with multiple operations in Arviat and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, as well as in Winnipeg. Founded in 1974 as Eskimo Point Lumber Supply, EPLS is a retailer and distributor of goods and services to Northern communities. EPLS has grown substantially over the years, into over 150 employees in 3 different locations. EPLS prides itself on the ability to offer all-inclusive services and providing employment opportunities in the North. The company works in industry sectors such as retail, construction, corporate services, maintenance, general contracting, hospitality, and commercial real estate.

This seminar is available for remote participants via webinar (i.e., from a computer, tablet or smartphone). Please choose “Online” at registration. The day before the event, we will send you a confirmation email with the link to join the seminar online.

Online registration will close at 12:00 p.m. the day prior to the event. To register past this deadline, contact us at 204.253.4888.


October 23, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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WORLD TRADE CENTRE Winnipeg (Old City Hall in St. Boniface | Ancien Hôtel de ville Saint-Boniface)
219, boul. Provencher Blvd, 2nd Floor
Winnipeg, R2H 0G4 Canada