CPA Manitoba Announces Significant Sponsorship with Red River College Polytechnic

CPA Manitoba is excited to announce an upcoming multi-year sponsorship with Red River College Polytechnic (RRC Polytech) and their new Innovation Centre project.

RRC Polytech’s Innovation Centre project -- a first of its kind in Manitoba -- is set to open November 2021. Connected to the Roblin Centre through a new bridge and pedestrian plaza, it is the third building to join the College’s Exchange District Campus (which also includes the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute). The new 100,000 square-foot facility will anchor Winnipeg’s “Innovation Alley” and provide an advanced model of education that joins students together with businesses and entrepreneurs through co-operative projects and research. It also sets aside space for community gatherings, including ceremonies and large events such as the annual Pow Wow honouring Indigenous student achievement.

The building features prominent art from Anishinaabe artist Jackie Traverse and Cree/British artist KC Adams, which is meant to provide representation and inspiration for Indigenous learners and community members. Winnipeg’s downtown has the highest urban population of Indigenous people in Canada, and through this new building, RRC Polytech intends to provide new opportunities for community groups, organizations and entrepreneurs to collaborate on projects with students.

At this time, RRC Polytech is working with Elders and Indigenous stakeholders to create a name for the building – one that captures the experiences of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene and Metis people who have lived and innovated on the treaty lands of Manitoba for thousands of years.

CPA Manitoba Sponsorship at the Innovation Centre project
CPA Manitoba has acquired the exclusive naming rights to a second-floor Collaboration Workroom, located within the new Innovation Centre project. Situated near the 210-seat Roundhouse Auditorium, the CPA Manitoba Collaboration Workroom is a modern space designed for study, work, community meetings, video chat or other small group activities. The space may be used during events or ceremonies as a private place to reflect, or for small groups to connect and collaborate.

The nearby Roundhouse Auditorium is fully ventilated and allows for the use of the four sacred medicines: tobacco, sage, sweet grass and cedar. The room was created using a birch bark technology which is embedded into the floor of the space.

The sponsorship complements the recent launch of CPA Manitoba’s Indigenous Understanding website and our commitment to making the CPA designation more accessible to all Canadians.

With the formal opening of the new building set for November 10, 2021, additional information will be shared soon.