Westman Communications Group

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Westman Communications Group
Consumer cooperative
Founded 1977 (1977)
Headquarters Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Area served
Southwestern Manitoba
Key people
  • David Baxter, CEO & President
  • Doug Smallwood, Chairperson
  • Rob Bazilewich, Director, Technical Operations
  • Neil Thomson, Director, Marketing & Sales
  • David Thorpe, Chief Financial Officer
Products Cable Television, Internet, Telephone service provider, and local radio broadcaster
+ $20 million
Number of 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 analog and digital cable, and internet service to the following communities: Benito, Binscarth, Birch River, Birtle, Boissevain, Bowsman, Brandon, Carberry, Dauphin, Deloraine, Elkhorn, Erickson, Gilbert Plains, Gladstone, Glenboro, Grandview, Hamiota, Killarney, McCreary, Melita, Minitonas, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Rivers, Roblin, Rossburn, Russell, Sandy Lake, Shilo, Shoal Lake, Souris, St. Lazare, Ste. Rose, Strathclair, Swan River, Virden.

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. The current board of directors are: Doug Smallwood (Chair), Gail Janz (First Vice-Chair), Miriam McLeod (Second Vice-Chair), Theresa van Hoof (Secretary), Susan Brechmann (Treasurer), Leo Boivin, Barry Delmage, Ryan Gibson, Brian McVicar, Terri Roulette-McCartney, and Bill Zaporzan.

Recent activities[edit]

2008[edit]

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

2008[edit]

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

2007[edit]

As of 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.

2003[edit]

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

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