Business leader given Duff Roblin Award
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.