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RBC Wins Naming Rights to Expanded Convention Centre

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (HANDOUT)

The Winnipeg Convention Centre has a new naming rights holder through a partnership with the Royal Bank.

The RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg — as it will be known January 1, 2016 — is a 10-year agreement for the expanded $180 million facility.

“We are thrilled to have their name attached to our convention centre for years to come. RBC has played a significant role in the history of our country and having their support is monumental,” said Klaus Lahr, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

The financial terms of the deal, along with how many other naming rights contenders bid, were not released.

Work on the expansion is already underway in a parking lot on York Avenue.

RBC to Award Gordon Bell with $40K Grant

By Tyler Sutherland


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Gordon Bell High School will be awarded $40,000 today to fund an after-school program for students aged 12-18.

The funding comes from the RBC Foundation and First Book Canada and will be presented during a morning assembly.

The program provides homework assistance in students’ native languages, literacy instruction, language tutoring, sporting activities, nutrition guidance, and leadership and mentoring opportunities.

The school will also receive a $500 credit towards the order of brand new books and reading materials for the program.

RBC Olympians Jill Officer and Jared Funk will be on hand at the 11 a.m. event.

Clara Hughes, Jared Funk to Present RBC Grants

By David Klassen

Clara Hughes

Two local Olympic athletes will be on hand for the opening of a new bank in Sage Creek today.

Hometown champions Clara Hughes (cycling and speed skating) and Jared Funk (wheelchair rugby) will celebrate Team Canada’s success at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in London. The pair is appearing on behalf of RBC, who is opening its newest branch is the southeast neighbourhood.

The athletes will announce RBC Olympian Grants for organizations which have touched their lives and fostered their love of sport. The event at RBC’s newest Winnipeg retail location includes an open discussion with Funk and Hughes, special activities for children and youth and a free BBQ lunch.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 50 Sage Creek Boulevard.

Final Touches Being Put on Inner-City Youth Centre

By Brian Schultz

Urban Circle Training Centre, 519 Selkirk Avenue (STAN MILOSEVIC / MANITOBAPHOTOS.COM)

A new children’s resource centre at 519 Selkirk Avenue is nearing completion for its grand opening on May 31.

The Urban Circle Training Centre is a new and distinctive early learning and child-care centre that will offer 52 new child-care spaces providing students and community members a special place for children to thrive and grow.

Employees from RBC will be on site today for a day-long push to get the centre ready. Volunteers, along with youth aboriginal dancers, will be assisting with construction, painting, yard work and landscaping including the planting of a special garden with healing herbs.

RBC’s involvement is part of their partnership with the Makoonsag Intergenerational Children’s Centre for a United Way Day of Caring.

Hockey Winnipeg Receives $25K Grant

Hockey Winnipeg Receives $25K Grant

Hockey Winnipeg is one of 36 recipients chosen by RBC to receive a grant to help fund its programs.

The organization has received $25,000 as part of the RBC Play Hockey grant, which helps to invest in the city’s growing women’s hockey programming, including free coaching clinics for the newly developed novice and atom programs. The funds will also benefit the inner-city all-female atom team.

Winnipeg was one of the top regions to receive the large grant. OneGoal Association in Brossard, QC, Redvers and District Recreation Board in Redvers, SK, and Urban Hockey Assn. of NYC, Inc. in New York City also received $25,000. Other recipients on the list either received $10,000 or $5,000.

The grants were announced Tuesday, the same day RBC announced a six-year extension of its Hockey Canada sponsorship through 2018.

Only One Way Down in Annual ‘Drop Zone’ Fundraiser

RBC Building, 220 Portage Avenue

About 88 brave souls will rappel down 17 storeys today in support of SMD Foundation/Easter Seals Manitoba.

The 7th annual Easter Seals Drop Zone will see dedicated “superheroes” make their way down the RBC Building at 220 Portage Avenue as part of the fundraiser.

All Drop Zone participants raise a minimum of $1,500 in pledges in order to participate in the in rappelling 200 feet down the building.

In 2010, more than $140,000 was raised in Manitoba. This year, the goal is to raise in excess of $160,000, with all funds raised staying in Manitoba to support vital programs and services that reach over 47,000 children, youth and adults with disabilities per year.

This year’s media participants include Brenna Rose (Global Winnipeg), Adam West (Hot 103), George Denoon (Winnipeg Free Press), Maralee Caruso (CTV Winnipeg), John Sauder (CBC Manitoba), Meera Bahadoosingh (Shaw TV), Jeremy John (Citytv) and Jay Oliver (102.3 Clear FM).

The Drop Zone runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public can watch from the courtyard at 201 Portage Avenue across the street. Entertainment and food will be provided.

CURVE 94.3’s Jay Richardson Conquers the Drop Zone

It might not look like a big building compared to the office towers that surround it, but the RBC Building at 200 Portage Avenue is still intimidating when looking 17 stories down.

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On Thursday, over 100 brave participants rappelled down the side of the building in the sixth annual Drop Zone event in support of SMD Foundation/Easter Seals Manitoba.

We asked CURVE 94.3’s Jay Richardson to wear a POV camera and wireless mic for ChrisD.ca as he rappelled down to the ground below. This was Jay’s second year in a row, so it was a piece of cake for him. Many other media personalities also suited up, including CTV’s Gord Leclerc and Global TV’s Nicole Dubé.

More than $130,000 was expected to be raised in this year’s event, which goes to help Manitobans living with disabilities.

ChrisD.ca video/WpgCameraMan

No Place for Fear in Sixth Annual Drop Zone Fundraiser

Dozens of brave souls will rappel down 17 stories of the RBC Building in downtown Winnipeg on Thursday, all in the name of charity.

The annual Drop Zone event in support of SMD Foundation/Easter Seals Manitoba raised over $107,500 last year for children, youth and adults with disabilities in Manitoba.

Over 100 participants are signed up to take the plunge at the corner of Portage Avenue and Fort Street beginning at 8 a.m.

All rappellers must generate a minimum of $1,500 in pledges to participate in the adventure, which will see them drop 200 feet down to the earth below — safely, of course.

This year a bride and groom — Miranda Dorno and Claude Labossiere — will rappel down together at 12:40 p.m. The couple will recite their vows at the top of the building at 11:25 a.m.

A number of media personalities will also take the plunge, including:

  1. Alex Freedman (CBC)  at 11 a.m.
  2. Kim Babij (Shaw TV) at 11:10 a.m.
  3. Evan Campbell (Citytv) at 11:20 a.m.
  4. Beau (99.9 BOB FM) at 11:30 a.m.
  5. Nicole Dubé (Global TV) at 12 p.m.
  6. Gord Leclerc (CTV Winnipeg) at 12:20 p.m.
  7. Jay Richardson (CURVE 94.3) at 12:30 p.m.
  8. Brodie Milne (Winnipeg Free Press) at 1 p.m.
  9. Rena Jae (Power 97) at 1:10 p.m.
  10. Clay Young (CJOB) at 1:20 p.m.

CURVE 94’3 Jay Richardson will be wearing a POV camera and wireless mic for ChrisD.ca as he ventures down the side of the RBC Building to the ground below.

The Drop Zone goes until 4:30 p.m. The public can get a great view of the action from the Canwest Place Courtyard at 221 Portage Avenue.

Watch video of last year’s drop.

Volunteers a Plenty at Winnipeg Harvest

Volunteers a Plenty at Winnipeg Harvest

Jack Neima (right), Regional Operating Officer for RBC, helps empty a bag of rice Thursday at Winnipeg Harvest at 1091 Winnipeg Avenue. RBC staff volunteered their time at the food bank and made a generous donation to the “Kids Who Care” program. RBC’s assistance is part of the new Team Service Grant employee initiative to help out in the community.

ChrisD.ca photos/Ted Grant

Extra Hands Help Pack Boxes at Winnipeg Harvest

By Sarah Klein

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, staff from RBC will help pack boxes at Winnipeg Harvest later today.

RBC is lending their time as part of its new Team Service Grant employee program to help out in the community and raise $1,000 for charities of their choice. Winnipeg Harvest was the lucky beneficiary this time around.

The RBC Foundation is also donating $7,500 in support of the “Kids Who Care” program at Harvest, where youth gain valuable volunteer experience and an appreciation for others in poverty and life skills.

Staff will get to work at 4:30 p.m. at the Winnipeg Harvest warehouse at 1091 Winnipeg Avenue.

To date, $72,000 has been donated to the Winnipeg food bank by the RBC Foundation.