Thinking Big: A History of the Winnipeg Business Community to the Second World War

Jim Blanchard


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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.

Watch Jim present Thinking Big at the April meeting of the Probus Winnipeg Club.

“Jim Blanchard has produced yet another great read about the history of Manitoba” – Sandy Riley, Canadian lawyer and business leader

“Jim Blanchard is a prolific local historian, whose books have brought the early history of Winnipeg to life for countless readers. In Thinking Big, he draws our eye to the city’s business development, from the HBC and the Indigenous free traders of the fur trade, to the much less well-known story of North Star Oil. His case studies show that ‘thinking big’ was not only about private capital and intrepid settler entrepreneurs, but relied critically on public investment and oversight.” – Esyllt W. Jones, Professor of History, University of Manitoba


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About the Author

Jim Blanchard

JIM BLANCHARD grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. After completing a B.A. at Brandon University, he earned 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.