covid-19 webinar


 Business owners across the city are invited to join a free online webinar dedicated to helping local businesses adapt and respond to the unprecedented challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO Kate Fenske said today. 

“The financial and emotional strain COVID-19 is having on local businesses is truly historic,” Fenske said. “We know business owners have pressing questions about everything from keeping their employees safe to simply staying afloat, and we want to do all we can to help.” 

The online webinar, scheduled for this Monday, March 30 at 9:45 a.m., will bring together a panel of business continuity and crisis recovery experts. Panelists include: 

 Jason Shaw, Assistant Chief of Emergency Management and Public Information with the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service. Shaw is a disaster recovery professional who advises businesses on how to optimize operations and regain their footing after an emergency or interruption to regular business. 

 Josée Lemoine, Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Leader at Blackswath Management. Lemoine is an experienced business continuity strategist who has helped advise and guide numerous businesses on developing and implementing strategic plans. She is also President of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Manitoba. 

 Sachit Mehra, Co-owner and Manager of East India Company Pub and Eatery. Mehra has been part of the family company for 25 years and serves on multiple boards and committees, including serving six years on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Board of Directors, including two years as Board Chair. 

“We know from speaking with local business owners that cash, clarity and continuity are top of mind right now,” Fenske said. “We’re in this together and invite businesses from anywhere in the city to join us for this free event.” 

Registration is open to all businesses at no cost, although participants must pre-register at www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ website also includes a continually 2 

updated listing of downtown businesses that Winnipeggers can still support even though many have had to change their hours, temporarily close, or adapt business due to COVID-19. 

Fenske noted the BIZ’s appreciation of its partners including the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Winnipeg for their advocacy and support of the business community and to Winnipeggers who have continued to support local businesses during the pandemic. 


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: 

Tineke Buiskool-Leeuwma, Director of Marketing, Events and Communications 

Cell: 204.806.2506, Email: tineke@downtownwinnipegbiz.com