The Manitoba Business Podcast

Presented by

Tyler Gompf (Tell Us About Us, Specialloy, Slot Drain)

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Today’s guest built a business with his brother for 15 years before selling it in 2011. Now, they’re at it all over again and seem to be well on track for another success. In the interview, we cover the entire story, along with the whys and hows behind it all. There are several points where we get some insight into their investment strategy, which is both shrewd and refreshing.

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Steve Kroft (Conviron)

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The subject of today’s interview leads another great example of an incredibly successful Manitoba business that most of us have never heard of. For 50 years, they have been the world’s largest supplier of controlled environment chambers for agricultural research and production, with over 100 employees spread across 5 continents. As usual, our conversation is all about trying to understand how they got there, and where they’re going.

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Mike Fata (Manitoba Harvest)

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The interview you’re about to hear is with an entrepreneur that has defied all odds with his business. 17 years ago, he set out to sell a product that no one wanted, and which was barely legal to produce. Last year, he sold the company for $132 million dollars. My goal in the interview is to figure out what happened in those 17 intervening years.

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Amanda Buhse & Tom Jansen (Coal & Canary)

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Today’s interview features two guests for the price of one. And, while I don’t intend to diminish their hard work in any way, these guys are the closest thing to an actual overnight success story I’ve ever seen. Just over a year ago, they started making candles together as a hobby. Since then, their candles have been handled by some of the world’s biggest celebrities, and they fill orders for several thousand candles a month. In the interview, I do my best to dig into the mechanics of their breakout success.

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Stu Henrickson (Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship – Asper School of Business)

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Today’s guest spent the first part of his career earning a position of leadership in banks around the world. He then switched course toward teaching and guiding the next generation of young entrepreneurs in our province as an academic leader. In the interview, we discuss what led him down that path, which lessons he finds most important for young entrepreneurs today, and what the future of entrepreneurship in Manitoba should look like.

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Dave Reid (formerly EPIC Information Solutions)

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Today’s guest spent about 20 years building up his business. He had set a goal to exit the business before he turned 50—and that’s exactly what he did. In the interview, we cover a wide variety of subjects, including the strategy behind his path to a successful acquisition.

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Doug Harvey (Maxim Truck & Trailer)

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Today’s guest is another incredible Manitoba success story. When he was only 27 years old, he scraped together enough money to purchase a struggling truck dealership with a partner. He turned it around almost immediately, and has since grown the company from one location to 17 across Canada, along with several subsidiaries. Our conversation walks through the entire story, together with what he would call his keys to success.

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Polly Craik (formerly FineLine Solutions)

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Today’s interview guest has done it all. She inherited a small business and grew it into a much larger one right here in Winnipeg before recently completing its sale to a giant public company in the U.S. In the interview, we dig into the importance of finding a growth market, guiding organizational growth, and what the transition looks like—organizationally and personally—during the acquisition process.

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Rick Duha (Duha Group)

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Today’s guest runs another huge business that most Manitobans have never heard of. When you go to buy paint at a hardware store anywhere in the world and you look at the paint chips to choose your colour, there is a very good chance those paint chips were created by this company. In our conversation we discuss family business and the challenges in building and overseeing a global enterprise.

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Art DeFehr (Palliser Furniture)

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Today’s guest is part of a Manitoba business dynasty. In addition to his significant non-profit work, he oversees a company that employs hundreds of Manitobans—in addition to many more employees outside of Canada—and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year. Our conversation explores his storied past, and how to lead a gigantic international enterprise part-time.

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