Highlights and Convention Photos

Click HERE for the 2017 Convention Video - a highlight reel of some of the fun we had in Winnipeg!

  • Keynote Tim Hague, winner of Amazing Race Canada
  • Keynote Sheldon Smithens, co-host of Canadian Pickers
  • WoodLINKS Workshop
  • Hermetic Code Tour at the Manitoba Legislative Building
  • Assiniboine Park
  • Golf at Bridges Golf Course
  • Thermea Spa Experience
  • Chocolate and Beer Tours
  • President’s Gala at CMHR

    Forty golfers headed to Bridges Golf Course Thursday morning in Starbuck, MB, while 20 spa enthusiasts relaxed at Thermea Spa to unwind before the Welcome Reception and Partners Showcase at the Manitoba Club.

    On Friday morning, Sheldon Smithens, co-host of Canadian Pickers, started the day off with a breakfast and keynote prior to the AGM and companion chocolate and beer tour. 56 participants attended the tour and had their fill of samples! The President's Gala was held Friday evening at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights where 140 attendees came out to toast the incoming 2017/2018 National Board of Directors!

    On Saturday morning, Tim Hague, winner of Amazing Race Canada, delivered a standing-ovation keynote over breakfast; his speech stirred a lot of emotion in the crowd! After breakfast, delegates chose to either take part in the WoodLINKS session - discussing ways to further woodworking trades in schools, or headed off to do more sightseeing. The Hermetic Code Tour introduced 36 people to the mysteries behind the Manitoba Legislative Building while 55 people took in another chance to explore the Canadian Museum for Human Rights after a casual group lunch dining over the Red River on Provencher Bridge.

    The Saturday night send-off began with three buses of 115 people heading off to Assiniboine Park for a horse-drawn wagon ride at the McFeeters Heavy Horse Centre before strolling through the zoo to dine with the polar bears and seals! They then headed back downtown to the Manitoba Hydro Building, a Platinum LEED certified building and home of Rudy's Eat and Drink to enjoy food, fun and patio dancers on the patio at sunset.

    There was no shortage of things to see and do, especially with the convention hotel being on site at Inn at the Forks during Pride weekend! There were 74 full delegate registrations and 31 guest delegate registrations sold, along with a number of individual tickets for 11 different events chosen to showcase some of Winnipeg's gems!