Partners in Safety Hold First-Ever Downtown Winnipeg Safety Summit


May 7, 2018


Winnipeg, Manitoba – 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

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

Learn more about Downtown Safety HERE.

About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ

Especially for people who are downtown, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the friendly and hardworking host that improves the perception of downtown by providing a welcoming environment, keeping things clean and safe, and advocating for continuous and positive change.



Erica Urias, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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