Busi­ness leader given Duff Roblin Award

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS - MUR­RAY MCNEILL mur­ray.mcneill@freep­ress.mb.ca

OCAL busi­ness leader and community phi­lan­thropist Bob Kozmin­ski is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the Duff Roblin Award.

The Univer­sity of Win­nipeg an­nounced Wed­nes­day the founder and long-time pres­i­dent of the for­mer Key­stone Ford auto deal­er­ship will be pre­sented with the award at a gala din­ner Oct. 26 at the Fort Garry Ho­tel.

The award, which is named in hon­our of the for­mer Man­i­toba premier, rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing Man­i­to­bans who have demon­strated a long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion and to sup­port­ing their community.

Kozmin­ski is a found­ing mem­ber and cur­rent vice-chair of the Univer­sity of Win­nipeg Foun­da­tion board of direc­tors. He also has led plan­ning ef­forts in sup­port of the Duff Roblin Scholar’s Fund and in rais­ing more than $300,000 in sup­port of the U of W’s Path­ways to Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tives.

In ad­di­tion to his work with the univer­sity, Kozmin­ski pro­vides sup­port and guid­ance to a num­ber of other community or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Royal Win­nipeg Bal­let, the Busi­ness

LCoun­cil of Man­i­toba’s Abo­rig­i­nal Awards Pro­gram, the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba, United Way and CancerCare Man­i­toba.

“Bob has been a tire­less cham­pion and fundraiser for UWin­nipeg, and his ef­forts reach be­yond cam­pus de­vel­op­ment,” said An­nette Trim­bee, the univer­sity’s pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor. “He rec­og­nizes how im­por­tant it is to sup­port in­di­vid­ual stu­dents so they may ful­fil their po­ten­tial and his ef­forts have con­trib­uted to the cre­ation of more than 300 new stu­dent schol­ar­ships, bur­saries and awards. That is an in­cred­i­ble legacy.”

Kozmin­ski said he was hon­oured and hum­bled to be re­ceiv­ing the award be­cause of his long-time ad­mi­ra­tion of Roblin and the other dis­tin­guished award re­cip­i­ents.

Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents in­clude Tom Jack­son (2008), Kerry Hawkins (2009), Ed­ward Kennedy (2011), Charles Cof­fey (2012), Jan Be­langer (2013), Gail Asper (2014), Jus­tice Mur­ray Sin­clair (2015) and Gerry Price (2016). SAN FRAN­CISCO — Uber’s new CEO told com­pany em­ploy­ees Wed­nes­day that the ride-book­ing com­pany must change and what got it to this point won’t get it to the next level.

Dara Khos­row­shahi, who was CEO of Ex­pe­dia, spoke at Uber’s San Fran­cisco head­quar­ters three days after the com­pany’s board of­fered him the job. His of­fi­cial start date was not dis­closed, al­though he tweeted a pic­ture of his Uber em­ployee badge Wed­nes­day.

Khos­row­shahi led Ex­pe­dia from 2005 and helped build it into one of the largest travel-book­ing sites in the world. An­a­lysts say his ex­pe­ri­ence is a good match for the trou­bled Uber, which is try­ing to shuf­fle off a cul­ture of ram­pant sex­ual ha­rass­ment and faces al­le­ga­tions of cor­po­rate es­pi­onage and of try­ing to thwart in­spec­tors from cities AV­ER­AGE weekly earn­ings in Man­i­toba have been fall­ing at one of the fastest rates in the coun­try in re­cent months, but Statistics Canada says it’s hard to pin­point why and too soon to know if it’s the start of a longer-term trend.

In its monthly Pay­roll Em­ploy­ment, Earn­ings and Hours re­port re­leased on Wed­nes­day, the agency said av­er­age weekly earn­ings for Man­i­toba’s pay­roll em­ploy­ees — peo­ple who work for some­one, as op­posed to be­ing self em­ployed — de­clined to $897.79 in June from $909.57 in May. That’s a drop of $11.78 per week, or 1.3 per cent.

It was by far the big­gest drop among the prov­inces. In fact, only two oth­ers — New Brunswick and Que­bec — posted de­clines and they were for 0.6 per cent and 0.1 per cent, re­spec­tively.

The re­port also shows av­er­age earn­ings in Man­i­toba in­creased only 0.7 per that wanted to reg­u­late it.

The com­pany gave a few de­tails of Khos­row­shahi’s speech in a se­ries of tweets.

He said that cul­ture has to come from the bot­tom up. If it comes from the top, peo­ple don’t be­lieve it.

He also said bring­ing in a chair­man “to be my part­ner at the board level — driv­ing agenda and rhythm of the board” is im­por­tant.

Uber must fo­cus on its core busi­ness, pay the bills and “take big shots” to build for the fu­ture, he said, ac­cord­ing to the tweets.

Khos­row­shahi will meet with small groups of em­ploy­ees and spend time with driv­ers in the com­ing weeks, the com­pany said. cent, or $6.09 per week, in the 12 months to June. That’s less than half the na­tional av­er­age in­crease of 1.8 per cent.

De­spite the de­cline, Man­i­toba still re­mains sixth among the prov­inces in terms of av­er­age weekly earn­ings. Al­berta is still in the top spot at $1,131.87.

Em­manuelle Bourbeau, a se­nior econ­o­mist with Statistics Canada, noted June’s 1.3 per cent year-over-year de­cline fol­lowed a 1.5 per cent drop in May. That was the sec­ond high­est de­cline among the prov­inces for that month.

She said a num­ber of fac­tors could have con­trib­uted to the re­cent ero­sion in weekly earn­ings. They in­clude an in­crease in the num­ber of lower-pay­ing jobs within the economy, which can drag down the over­all av­er­age earn­ings.

Bourbeau said re­tail and health care and so­cial as­sis­tance were two sec­tors which saw a no­tice­able drop in earn­ings in June and both have a lot of low­er­pay­ing po­si­tions. She noted that while doc­tors and nurses earn higher wages, oth­ers in the health care and so­cial as­sis­tance in­dus­try do not — for ex­am­ple, main­te­nance work­ers and cafe­te­ria em­ploy­ees.

She also noted weekly earn­ings had been climb­ing in the seven months prior to May, reach­ing a record high (for Man­i­toba) of $923.44 per week in April. That’s why it’s im­por­tant to wait a few more months to see if earn­ings con­tinue to drop, or if they start to re­bound, she added.

Wed­nes­day’s re­port also in­cluded data on the num­ber of pay­roll em­ploy­ees in the prov­ince. Those num­bers were more en­cour­ag­ing, show­ing another 2,000 pay­roll em­ploy­ees were added in June, boost­ing the to­tal num­ber to 600,000. That’s 7,800 more than there were in June 2016.


Dara Khos­row­shahi will meet with driv­ers and groups of em­ploy­ees in com­ing weeks.


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