Westman Communications Group

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Westman Communications Group
Type Consumer cooperative
Founded 1977 (1977)
Headquarters Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Area served Southwestern Manitoba
Key people
  • David Baxter, CEO & President
  • Rob Bazilewich, Director, Technical Operations
  • Shep Kaastra, Chief Financial Officer
  • John Quail, Chief Marketing Officer
Products Cable Television, Internet, Telephone service provider, and local radio broadcaster
Net income + $20 million
Employees 125
Subsidiaries Riding Mountain Broadcasting
Website westmancom.com

Westman Communications Group (WCG) is the operating name of Westman Media Co-operative. Formerly referred to as Westman Cable, it is the main cable television company for the city of Brandon, Manitoba and the surrounding towns and villages of southwestern Manitoba.

WCG was established in 1977 and originally provided cable television to the city of Brandon. In 1978, WCG expanded its coverage to include Carberry. Today, WCG provides

Digital Television (and analog), Home Phone, and High Speed Internet services to the following communities: Brandon, Carberry, Dauphin, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Rivers, Shilo, Souris, Virden.

Digital Television (and analog) and High Speed Internet services to the following communities: Boissevain, Killarney.

Digital Television (and analog): Benito, Binscarth, Birch River, Birtle, Bowsman, Deloraine, Elkhorn, Erickson, Gilbert Plains, Gladstone, Glenboro, Grandview, Hamiota, McCreary, Melita, Minitonas, Roblin, Rossburn, Russell, Sandy Lake, Shoal Lake, St. Lazare, Ste. Rose, Strathclair, Swan River.

As a consumer co-operative, WCG is one of the few cable companies where the customer earns equity (by being a Co-op), which can be cashed in if they move out of the service area. WCG is a member of the Manitoba Cooperative Association.

Governance[edit]

WCG, as cooperative, is a business owned and controlled by its members. Membership in WCG is open to anyone wishing to purchase services. Members, through a board of directors, determine how the co-operative will be run and allocation of any profits. The elected Board of Directors carries the ultimate responsibility for the policies for Westman and for giving direction to management. Westman's Board of Directors for 2013: Dave Hughes (Chair), Susan Brechmann (2nd Vice Chair), Brian McVicar (Secretary), Doug Smallwood (Treasurer), Bill Zaporzan, Gary Brawn, Rick Borotsik, Jim Ferguson, Barrie Brooking, Debbie Brown.

Other Company Growth[edit]

  • 2003

In 2003, WCG purchased Riding Mountain Broadcasting Ltd. With the purchase, WCG now owns and operates two Brandon-based radio stations, CKLF 94.7 ("94.7 Star FM"), and CKLQ 880 ("Q-Country").

  • 2007

May 1, 2007, WCG purchased the naming rights to the Keystone Centre's main arena and the associated viewing lounge. It is a ten-year deal with an option to renew. As part of the deal, WCG will install HD televisions in the concourse and two electronic reader boards.

  • 2008

March 15, 2008, WCG was listed by Industry Canada as a participant in the upcoming auction for spectrum licenses for advanced wireless services.[1]

December 15, 2008, WCG was certified as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and began providing landline home phone service in competition with MTS.

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