The town of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a hotbed for the burgeoning fibre industry.
It’s been the site of fibre-rich projects for years.
But the town has been able to grow its business out of necessity.
The town is not only home to a major fibre provider, but it also supplies fiber to cities in Canada and the U.S. and has made strides in its own fibre business.
“We have been very lucky in Winnipeg.
We’ve been able,” says Eric Dickey, the town’s president and CEO.
“There have been many opportunities that we’ve taken advantage of.”
Dickey says he knows there are some people who might not appreciate how the town of more than 10,000 people is making its mark on the fiber industry.
“The community has been very good,” he says.
“But it’s not just about fibre, it’s about sustainability.”
Dixy is an avid outdoorsman who’s always been involved in nature.
When he’s not working, he enjoys golfing and hiking.
He says he’s had a few good experiences working with people in other communities who are more passionate about their work.
“I don’t think anyone can be doing their work in isolation.
There’s a lot of good people out there, but the good ones are a little more focused and a little bit more efficient,” he said.
Dickey said he believes that people in Winnipeg are more interested in helping to make the town a leader in the industry than they are about the industry itself.
“If you’re a good citizen, you’re going to want to help out. “
It’s not a matter of just being good at what you’re doing, it has to be about the whole community,” he explained.
“If you’re a good citizen, you’re going to want to help out.
You’re going of course to want your neighbours to be a good neighbour.”
Dickson said his town was able to capitalize on its local fiber network in part because the town also had a strong fiber provider.
He believes it’s important for Winnipeg to become a hub for the industry.
While he has a strong connection to the town, Dickson says he thinks it’s time for the city to take on more of the responsibilities of building a community in the fibre business and helping it become a leader.
He said he wants the town to grow into a leader for the fibre industry and that is something he believes the town can do.
“Our business is growing and our fibre business is booming.
So, I think it’s fair to say, I’m not a local businessman,” he told CBC News.
“So, I want to be the one who’s driving the industry forward.
I think we should be driving it forward and not a lot has changed in the last year.”
The town started building a fibre network to be able to provide a network of fibre to a large number of people and said it made good use of the fiber to build its own networks, but is looking to partner with other communities in the future.
Dixys plan is to partner on infrastructure and to expand on the community’s fibre network.
“Fiber is a very sustainable industry.
I don’t see any reason why it can’t be.
It will take some time, but we’re just going to try and take advantage of whatever opportunity we have,” he concluded.
Dickson believes that the town will be able support the industry in Winnipeg and that will benefit the town.
“My vision is to be one of the best places in the world to do this.
I’m proud of what I’m doing,” he continued.
“And I think there’s a great opportunity in Manitoba to be very, very successful in this industry.”