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  • NORTH FORGE SMARTPARK

    WINNIPEG

    CEO: Joelle Foster

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

  • North Forge | East

    PINAWA

    President: Shane Li

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

  • Fabrication Lab

    WINNIPEG

    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    3rd Floor, 125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0W4 • P: 204-799-2033

  • North Forge | North

    THE PAS

    Northern Director/Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Jerome Conaty

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

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Sponsor Spotlight: Bockstael Construction

Building Manitoba Together: How Bockstael Construction is building up Manitoba’s economy one project at a time. 

Within every organization, there are always people who have managed to find some new and creative way to challenge the status quo. The old processes become something of the past, and everyone benefits from the new ideas that these innovators bring to the table. For years, the North Forge Fabrication Lab has acted as an extension of the workplace for members in the field of carpentry and construction, allowing them to create customized work without having to purchase the expensive equipment themselves. This allows for continuous improvement of processes, creativity, and innovation, in the fields of carpentry and construction. Access to expensive tools and equipment allows these intrapreneurs to take their new ideas back to their employers, where they can focus on improving their job sites. Such was the case with Morgan Fiks, a carpenter at Bockstael Construction.

After hearing of Morgan’s involvement at the North Forge Fabrication Lab, Bockstael took an immediate interest in the North Forge Fabrication Lab as it promoted two of the company’s core values; focusing on continuous improvement to help businesses create a lean culture, and building strong community ties between the construction industry and the entrepreneurial community. 

Lean culture is a management philosophy that is tough on processes and easy on people. It puts innovation and continuous improvement as a top priority and ripples those changes throughout the organization to save time, resources, and energy. For over 100 years, Bockstael has been using this very philosophy to take on large, complex projects while maintaining stellar customer service. This client-first lean management approach allows the company to take on complex problems and complete them both on time and on budget. “Our partnership with North Forge helps us keep continuous improvement in focus and gives our employees a space to work on innovative projects with current tools and technology,” says Alain MacNair, Construction Manager at Bockstael. 

Bockstael took this innovative approach to their project management and brought it back to the North Forge Fabrication Lab, where their employees were submerged in a creative environment which encouraged them to think up new solutions to typical worksite problems. This new addition infused a culture of continuous improvement at the Fabrication Lab, which encouraged members to improve their own production processes as well. 

“We’re very happy to support an organization like North Forge that encourages entrepreneurs and makers to innovate and improve their worksites and manufacturing processes,” says Sarah Anderson, Business Development Manager at Bockstael. “It’s ingenuity and hard work that our company was founded on, and we want to continue to support that for other entrepreneurs in Manitoba.”

Bockstael Construction’s dedication to refining its processes is cultivating a strong culture of innovation and continuous improvement in Manitoba that is bound to boost the province’s economy in the coming years!

To learn more about Bockstael Construction, click here.

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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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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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