Downtown Winnipeg Safety Summit


Downtown Winnipeg Safety

Downtown Winnipeg partners have a clear vision for the safety of our Downtown – friendly, safe and secure neighborhood for everyone.

And we are committed to this vision for the safety for all those who work, live, shop, learn and play in our Downtown.

We do this with the friendly presence and services that the Downtown Watch Ambassadors, the Community Homeless Assistance Team (CHAT), the Exchange Patrol and the West End BIZ Safety Patrol provide, plus programs and partners like the Downtown Security Network, Centreline, Winnipeg Police Service, Cadets, Impark, City of Winnipeg and so many more to provide information, tips and resources to improve downtown safety.

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You’re invited to please provide your thoughts on downtown safety so we can ensure that we touch on those topics at our Downtown Winnipeg Safety Summit and look to include solutions in our report to the City of Winnipeg.


Downtown Winnipeg Safety Summit

Click HERE to view the recommendations from the Safety Summit.

On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Exchange District BIZ and West End BIZ are bringing together partners in the first Downtown Winnipeg Safety Summit.

This Downtown Winnipeg Safety Summit is designed to bring together a cross  representation of public, not-for-profit, charitable, Indigenous and private sector people  from key organizations and groups who share our vision. Together we will discuss and  share best practices in creating a safer, more welcoming and more inclusive downtown  through public and private sector collaboration and partnerships.

This Safety Summit will provide constructive recommendations that build on and  support the outstanding work being done by community stakeholders dedicated  to making our city and communities safer places to live. Coming out of the Safety  Summit, the plan is to have identified a series of short term safety projects which can be  implemented immediately towards managing a safer downtown, along with long term  safety strategies and projects.

The thoughts and input received both from the public  feedback and at this event are critical in shaping downtown safety moving forward as the information gathered at the Safety Summit will be presented to the City of Winnipeg for their consideration as they prepare to invest more into safety in the downtown.

Topics at the Summit are focused around:

  • Policing and community foot patrols
  • CCTV cameras and technology
  • Community communication strategies
  • Social intervention, managing the social challenges
  • Crime Prevention Through Environment Design, eg: improved lighting

Brought to you by: Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, The Exchange District BIZ and West End BIZ.

Sponsored by: RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg Sun, Alt Hotels, City of Winnipeg


Speakers at the Summit are listed below.

  • Superintendent Ryan Ayliffe, Calgary Police Service
  • Dora Bastista, Stantec
  • Mayor Brian Bowman, City of Winnipeg
  • Steve Cramer, Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District
  • James Favel, Bear Clan Patrol
  • Stefano Grande, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
  • Adam Melnyk, Calgary Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership
  • Albert McLeod
  • Kyle Morphy, Stantec
  • Chief Danny Smyth, Winnipeg Police Service
  • Diana Wiesenthal, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
  • Daria Zmiyiwsky, Winnipeg Sun