About

Stefano“Every three years, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ undergoes a vigorous consultation exercise with our members, general public, staff, and our Management Board. This dialogue provides us with a healthy consideration and critique of our strengths, values, and opportunities moving forward. In addition, this self-appraisal helps us reconfirm our vision, set our priorities, and discuss downtown challenges like urban sprawl, a growing car culture, and a lack of focused and dense development. While our refreshed Strategic Plan will be a nimble and flexible document, it provides us with a solid base of actions that we believe are integral change agents critical to get us to closer to our shining vision for the heart of our city.” – Stefano Grande, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO


About the Downtown Winnipeg BIZResidential Village_Night
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. Established in 1989 by the City of Winnipeg, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the oldest of Winnipeg’s 16 business improvement zones. Directed by a management board of 15 business owners/leaders and a representative from city hall – elected by our members at our annual general meeting – the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ markets the city centre on behalf of 1,300 businesses and runs programs and provides services that target downtown image, cleanliness, safety, transportation, and parking. We also host events and promote downtown as a great place to work, shop, and live. In addition, the BIZ is the voice of the downtown business community and advocates for continued downtown revitalization and enhanced services on behalf of our members. We work with all levels of government to better our downtown. Every retail, commercial and professional business in the zone is a BIZ member.


Organization Statement
Especially for people who live, work and play downtown, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is the friendly and hardworking host that improves the perception of the downtown by providing a welcoming environment, keeping things clean and safe and advocating for change.

Our Vision for Downtown Winnipeg
A thriving downtown neighbourhood vibrant with people, seven days a week and at all hours of the day, visiting unique entertainment, culture, arts, heritage, and retail destinations, with many people living downtown, and a street culture which reflects our ethnic and social diversity, together leading to the creation and expansion of business, a strong tax base, and employment opportunities that will excite our youth and attract even more people to the heart of our city.


Strategic Planning Advisory Committee
Stefano Grande (Chair), Jason Syvixay, Stephanie Voyce, Shawn Matthews, Ron Enns, Amanda Chalmers

Planning Consultant
Hazel Borys, PlaceMakers Inc.

Strategic Plan Team
Jason Syvixay, Project Lead
Kalika Hoogstraten, Planning Assistant
Paul Bell, Planning Assistant
Kyle Wiebe, Planning Assistant
Evan Sinclair, Planning Assistant
Kristen Lourie, Design and Branding Lead