One Fascinating Province

posted: Monday, December 19,  2016

Manitoba is a pretty fascinating place. It's home to over 100,000 lakes and waterways, is packed with festivals year-round (including Western Canada's largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur), and has an impressive arts scene including the world's largest collection of contemporary Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. We have one of the longest skating trails in the world, and our Royal Canadian Mint produces coins and currency for 60 governments around the globe. And let's not forget everybody's favourite bear: Winnie-the-Pooh, named after real-life sociable black bear Winnie, named by Lt. Harry Colebourn in World War I after his home city of Winnipeg. 

Manitoba is definitely a pretty cool place - but it's also full of some pretty cool people. Local radio DJ Ace Burpee recently released his annual list of Manitoba's Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans for 2016 - and we're proud to see several SJR alumni making the cut!

At numbers 76 through 74 are Andrew Parks, Alex Ethans '03, and Maciek Hunek. "The first letter in their last names make up the e, p and h in EPH Apparel, and what they’re doing is working. Providing custom tailored suits at fair prices, EPH Apparel saw a gap in the market and pounced. The U of M Asper School grads hold down a space on Garry Street downtown, and now employ around 30 people. Growth is up more than 1,000 per cent over five years, good enough for top spot on Profit 500’s 2016 list of fastest growing Winnipeg companies."

Coming in at number 68 was Matthew Corrin '99: "You know those amazing, healthy fast-food places called Freshii that have popped up all over Winnipeg? They are the brain-child of Winnipegger Matt Corrin, Freshii CEO. He started with one location called Lettuce Eatery, and now the new brand has more than 100 locations between North America, Europe, and Central and South America... with more expansion — potentially a lot more — on the way soon. A true success story."

At number 67 was Steve Onotera '05. "You must check out his YouTube channel. This dude is awesome. He can be found at 'samuraiguitarist.' He’s a ridiculously gifted musician who was just recently named one of 15 creators to participate in YouTube NextUp Canada. He’ll receive a grant from YouTube to purchase new equipment in addition to participating in a five-day creator camp at YouTube Space Toronto. Again, check him out."

Lindsay Shearer Nelko '04 came in at number 46: "Born, raised and trained in Winnipeg, Lindsay has put together an incredible career in dance and choreography. She’s represented Canada internationally in dance, choreographed the dance on Taylor Swift’s Red tour, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, X Factor, and tons more. She’s killing it."

And Adam Brooks '97 made number 38, who alongside Matthew Kennedy "made a freaky, funny and fun horror film called The Editor. It’s played at the Toronto International Film Festival, and cleaned up at the Winnipeg Film Group’s inaugural Windy Awards this year, celebrating the best in Winnipeg film."

Today, we're definitely proud to be Manitoban! Congratulations to our alumni for making the list! To read the full list of this year's 100, click here