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Jim Blanchard Online Book Launch

Wednesday Jul 07 2021 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Online, Zoom

Join Jim Blanchard as he celebrates the virtual launch of Thinking Big: A History of the Winnipeg Business Community to the Second World War (Great Plains Publications), featuring a conversation hosted by Christopher Adams.

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

From the HBC and the Indigenous free traders of the fur trade to the establishment of companies that still exist today, Thinking Big examines the history of Winnipeg’s business development. Through profiles of Manitoba industries and personalities, Blanchard reveals how Winnipeg’s business community dealt with challenges, organized itself to take advantage of periods of growth and prosperity, and shaped the city we know today.

Jim Blanchard holds an History from the University of Manitoba and a Library Science degree from Western University. He is a retired academic librarian and Librarian Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, past president of the Manitoba Historical Society, and the author of several books on Manitoba history, including the award-winning Winnipeg, 1912. He lives in Winnipeg.

Host Christopher Adams is in his second term as the Rector of St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of Politics in Manitoba: Parties, Leaders and Voters and the co-editor of Métis in Canada: History, Identity, Law, and Politics.


Thinking Big

- by Jim Blanchard

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From pre-contact Indigenous trading through 1939, Thinking Big examines the history of businesses, business leaders, and organizations in Winnipeg. Discover how the Winnipeg business community dealt with challenges such as the Great Depression and the post-World War I depression, and organized itself to take advantage of periods of growth and prosperity.