Workplace Awards

In Manitoba, 7,242 people registered for the challenge! We saw 498 workplaces participate in the 2017 Commuter Challenge this year, making it 70 new workplaces registered compared to last year! Every year Green Action Centre celebrates the wrap of Commuter Challenge with our workplace coordinators at an Awards Lunch. We got together to share stories and give out awards for top performing workplaces. Congratulations everyone and let’s continue to make our daily commutes to work more sustainable all year round! Below you’ll find the list of the 2017 winning workplaces for Winnipeg. To see stats on how Manitoba did this year overall check out our Manitoba results page.

Green Action Centre can help you bring sustainability to your workplace year round! See below for glimpse into our programs that can help keep up the momentum for sustainable commuting going at your workplace and help you continue to be a leader in sustainability now that the challenge has ended! 
The Workplace Commuting Options:
  1. GoHappy Consulting Service: workplace commuting surveys, policy and program assessment, developing action plans, implementation assistance, behaviour change solutions, training sessions and workshops, and evaluation. 
  2. GoManitoba: register with this new platform to connect with like-minded people, share your commute, save time, money and reduce congestion. Your workplace can even register for a customized sub-site for employees to find ride matches.
  3. Workplace Presentations / Bike Blender Rental: book a Green Action Centre presentation to green your workplace routine. Enhance the fun by renting our Bike Blender!
  4. Speaker Events: bringing workplaces together to learn from speakers and each other on topics related to sustainable transportation and workplace commuting. Be on the look out for workplace commuting events hosted by Green Action Centre in the future!

Compost Winnipeg home and office compost pick up:
You can sign up your workplace for our office package that makes composting at the workplace super easy. It includes high-quality step bins (hands-free!), an information session, posters and regular waste diversion reports. We pick waste up weekly and leave your bin clean and smelling fresh! Click here to learn more about Compost Winnipeg, a social enterprise of Green Action Centre.

Winning Workplaces in Winnipeg

To see a full list of participating workplaces in Winnipeg visit the national website.
Photos from the awards lunch can be found in our Commuter Challenge 2017 facebook album here!

  • 100% Participation for workplaces with 1-19 employees
    • Bike Week Winnipeg
    • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba Office
    • Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
    • Council of Canadians
    • First Person Strategies
    • Green Action Centre
    • Home Mennonite Church
    • Kirby Design
    • Lake Winnipeg Foundation
    • Manitoba Centre for International Cooperation (MCIC)
    • Manoverboard Inc.
    • Natural Healing Vet Care
    • Prologica
    • Summerhill Group
    • Thomson Reuters
    • Urban Systems
    • Vincent Design Inc.

  • 20-49 Employees
    • Silver
      •  Emerge Knowledge Design Inc.: 21 employees, 17 participants, 81%
    • Gold: (3way tie)
      • Opportunities for Employment Inc.: 45 employees, 45 participants, 100%
      • The Winnipeg Foundation: 44 employees, 44 participants 100%
      • Scatliff+Miller+Murray: 22 employees, 22 participants, 100%

  • 50-99 Employees
    • Silver: Manitoba Theatre Centre: 50 employees, 28 participants, 56%
    • Gold: Parks Canada: 80 employees, 69 participants, 86%

  • 100-199 Employees
    • Silver: iQmetrix: 100 employees, 40 participants, 38%
    • Gold: Fairmont Hotel Winnipeg: 196 employees, 195 participants, 100%

  • 200-499 Employees
    • Silver: Universite de Saint-Boniface: 200 employees, 46 participants, 23%
    • Gold: Assiniboine Credit Union: 410 employees, 119 participants, 29%

  • 500-999 Employees
    • Silver: Manitoba eHealth: 525 employees, 77 participants, 15%
    • Gold: Red River College: 636 employees, 189 participants, 30%

  • 1,000-2,999 Employees
    • Silver: Manitoba Education and Training: 1 000 employees, 37 participants, 3%
    • Gold: Investors Group – Head Office: 1 343 employees, 358 participants, 27%

  • 3,000+ Employees (updated)
    • GOLD: University of Manitoba, 8.29% participation (5,248 employees)
    • SILVER: Manitoba Hydro 7.99% (6010 employees)
    • BRONZE: City of Winnipeg, 7.71% (9000 employees)


Every year we celebrate sustainability with our participants by awarding some AMAZING prizes. BIG thank you to all of our prize donors who help raise the profile of our event every year and support this event in Manitoba. In addition to the health, financial and environmental benefit of participating in the Commuter Challenge, participants were also eligible for awesome prizes by logging their green commute KMs during the challenge June 4 – 10, 2017.


#CommuterChallengeMB social media prizes

We added several social media prizes this year and we LOVED that you shared your stories, favourite green commute routes and pictures with us online using the hashtag! Check out the fun engagement we had with the Commuter Challenge community on InstagramTwitter and Facebook! Use the hashtag next year to increase your chances of winning great prizes.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners & thank you EVERYONE for participating!

See you next year for the 2018 challenge: June 3 – 9! 

Prize # Grand Prizes (Random draw of all participants) Value  Winners have been contacted via email – names posted once prize has been claimed
1 Winnipeg Transit Peggo Card with Free Transit for a Year! $1000+  Goretti C.
2 VIA Rail Train Voucher $500  Christine S.
3 Full Weekend Passes Winnipeg Folk Festival July 6-9 2017 $500  Joanne S.
4 Oh Doughnuts! Free Doughnuts for a year (1 doz/month for 12 months) $360  Shevaun F.
5 Bicycle hand-built by by W.R.E.N.C.H. 5’8″-6’4″ $250  Melanie S.
6 Fairmont Hotel (Friday/Saturday) and Gift Certificate to the Forks Market $200  Sam M.
Prize # Theme Prizes Value 
  Winnipeg Wanderer (3 prizes)
7 2-V.I.P. Tour Visas for Folkorama $500  Madeline M.
8 Winnipeg Fringe Festival – V.I.P. 6-pass
Prairie Theatre Exchange “Gracie” October 11-29, 2017 – Two tickets
BeeProject Apiaries – Two jars of Neighbourhood Honey
25$ Carnival Brazilian BBQ Restaurant Betula Lake Resort Cabin Rentals (1-coupon)
$250  Andrea B.
9 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Two tickets to ANY concert
30$ Prairie 360 Skyline Restaurant and Lounge
$150 Sergey P.
Cycling Superstar (3 prizes)
10 Natural Cycle Helmet, Lock, Water Bottle, T-shirt $220  Lynne F.
11 M.E.C. giftcard, Bike Light, water bottle $40  Jeff B.
12 Brandon Bikes (prize for brandon participants only)
Gift Certificate to local Bike Shop ($25)
Bike Lock & Bike Wash from Stream and Wood
$50 Coeenrad F.
 Prize #  Social Media Mogul (3 prizes) 
13 Winnipeg Art Gallery- Two passes to Picasso Exhibition, Swell Water Bottle, Generation Green Gift Certificate $75 Paul P.
14a The Forks Market- 10$ Gift Certificate redeemable at any store, restaurant or bar on-site
McNally Robinson Bookstore Gift Certificates ($25.00)
Betula Lake Resort Cabin Rentals (1-coupon)
$60  Emma M.
14b As above ^  Katie D.
 Prize #  Family Packages (3 prizes)
15 Children’s Museum Family Pass & Swag Bag and Gift Certificates, Fort Whyte Alive Family Pass, Bodegoes GC $110  Dawn L.
16 YMCA 1-month family membership
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Swag Bag (baseball cap, water bottle, t-shirt), Bodegoes Gift Certificate
$110  Scott W.
17 Enigma Escapes Gift Certificate ($25.00)
15$ Barley Brothers Restaurant
Betula Lake Resort Cabin Rentals (1-coupon)
$50.00  Gen P.
 Prize # Even MORE Prizes! (Random draws)
18 Serene Yoga Studio 10-class pass
Prairie Shore Botanicals:
Cookbook,Salve, Herbal Tea
Betula Lake Resort Cabin Rentals (1-coupon)
$150  Diana M.
19 The Getaway Spa Package
Betula Lake Resort Cabin Rentals (1-coupon)
$150  Terminder S.
20 Moksha Yoga Studio – 50-individual passes awarded throughout the challenge +500$  Various winners
21  Yoga north 5 class pass + human rights museum passes  180$  Heidi P.
22 Workplace Recruitment Prize! Awarded to the individual who successfully recruits the most workplaces to participate in the Commuter Challenge. 40$ Kenton L.
(Workplace: Opportunities for Employment)