Five great places to study in Winnipeg

As a student at PACE you work a rigorous schedule in the same building everyday. As great as the facility may be, sometimes finding a fresh new environment is just what you need to recharge your mind. International students are primarily here to study, but many are here to experience the Canadian culture as well. Unfortunately, many  International students stick within the confines of our school and their homes, due to the lack of knowledge and exposure from our fine city.

Winnipeg can tend to be somewhat of a members club where you need to know a local to uncover many of its hidden secrets. Luckily Winnipeg is also located in a province otherwise known as “Friendly Manitoba”, and as a new friend, I will provide you with the following compilation, of great places to study outside the University, to get you feeling like part of the community.

Millennium library

251 Donald St.

Just a 15 minute walk away from The University of Winnipeg is the Millennium library. This beautiful building is filled with tons of natural light, a coffee shop to fill your caffeine fix, and free WiFi. The aesthetics of this beautiful building will be sure to open your mind to the world around you, just like the floor to ceiling windows available.

Source – Winnipeg Public library

The library is open:

Weekdays 10 am to 9 pm

Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm

Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm


171 McDermot Ave.

Located in the heart of the exchange district is Forth. Grab yourself a Flat white, an Avocado toast and get your study on with free WiFi in an industrial, exposed brick setting. This coffee shop has tons of study room in the back, a rooftop patio, and a little private area just down the stairs. Did I mention they also have a cocktail bar?


Forth is open:

Weekdays 7 am – 10 pm

Weekends 9 am – 5 pm

Mountain Bean Coffee Co.

2001 Henderson Hwy, Unit 5

Enjoy the outdoors but hate the snow? Get lost in this lodge-like coffee-house inspired by the Canadian Rockies.  Enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee or grab a “Caramel Snow cap” while you study with free WiFi.

Source: Lift Saver

Mountain Bean Coffee Co. is open:

Weekdays 6:30 am – 10 pm

Weekends 7 am – 10 pm

Kawaii Crepe

201-99 Osborne St.

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Right in the heart of Osborne village is Kawaii Crepe. A Nutella lovers dream, with Japanese style crepes filled with all sorts of treats. Sweet tooth? Savoury? they have you covered. Great lighting and free WiFi make this upbeat environment a great spot for your next study destination.

Kawaii Crepe is open:

Sunday to Thursday 7:30 am – Midnight

Friday and Saturday 7:30 am – 1 am

Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea

250 Kennedy St.

Just a few steps away from the Buhler building is Thom Bargen. With amazing lattes, delicious pastries, and friendly baristas, this place is sure to satisfy. You can stay connected while you study with free WiFi in a clean enviroment that’s light and airy. It also doesn’t hurt that they carry mouth-watering donuts from Oh Doughnuts.

Source: Lift Saver

Thom Bargen is open:

Weekdays 7 am – 5 pm

Saturdays 8 am – 5 pm

Winnipeg is full of treasures just waiting for you to discover. No matter where you choose to study, Winnipeg is sure to have a spot thats just right for you. Welcome home.


Top Winter Coats to Survive Winter in Winnipeg: A Student’s guide to staying warm in the Great White North


Winnipeg, or “Winterpeg”, as it is known to the locals, is one of the coldest cities in the world and if you have not grown up here, it can be quite a shock to the system. Even if you have lived through a Winnipeg winter, it never gets easier…or warmer!

As a student from another country, it can be quite difficult to imagine how cold it will get and what type of clothing you will need, to stay warm. Budget is also a consideration when deciding on your winter coat and accessories.

Typically, November is the start of colder temperatures; however, this year, the city relished in above normal temperatures that delayed the snow. December, on the other hand, has shown just how low the thermometer can go. December 21st is also the First Day of Winter! It is hard to believe, considering that we have already experienced enough snow, but hopefully, freezing temperatures will stay at bay.

Winnipeg’s winter climate is a dry cold and its Prairie location means that harsh winter winds blow down from the Arctic and across the plains. December and January are the coldest months with temperatures dipping to -25c on average but of course, you should also be prepared for snow storms that will bring an abundance of snow, ice, and temperatures that can reach as low as -36c to -40c. As intimidating as this sounds, it is possible to stay warm and enjoy the snow’s beauty and the variety of winter activities on offer.


The best way to approach your winter wardrobe is to wear thin layers that you can add on or take off. This will help you to deal with the extremes between outdoor and indoor temperatures, such as walking to school, running between classes, or travelling on a hot and stuffy bus.

The most important articles of clothing are:

  • Gloves or mittens with a fleece or fibrefill lining
  • Wool or fleece scarf
  • Wool or fleece hat (toque) – How can there not be an emoji for this?
  • Boots with a good tread to prevent slipping on ice
  • Wool or down-filled jacket or coat, preferably with a hood
  • Fur scarves or hats are also an option for warmth; however, there are ethical issues associated with the treatment of animals and the wearing of fur for fashion’s sake. Fur trim on a hood is generally accepted but there are plenty of fake fur options available.

Whether you have more dash than cash or are wanting to make a major investment, here are the best jackets and coats to buy for winter.


Zara – $159               Asos – $96.85                     H&M – $79.99

Moderately Priced

J.Crew – $358             Club Monaco – $459   Club Monaco -$495


NET-A-PORTER.COM – $3,410  Cabala’s – $950  MR PORTER.COM – $2,357

The Secret to Getting a Job After You Graduate

The online job search struggle

The old saying is true: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!

If you are anything like me, you know that online job hunting in a new industry is like searching for a needle in a haystack.

You can’t land an interview for an entry-level position with less than five years of experience, and everyone and their grandmothers are applying for the same jobs through the same online search engines as you are.

When I first graduated from university, I was one of the only students in my Environmental Studies class that had actually managed to score a full-time, salary earning, dental-covered, and professional position within the environmental sector. Prior to that, I had applied online for at least 50 jobs in the industry without as much as an email recognizing that my resume had even been received.

So, what am I getting at?

Well, if you can’t find a job, it’s because you’re looking in the wrong places!

Good jobs aren’t advertised on job search engines

Having worked in the industry now for a few years, I have witnessed the hiring of over a dozen new staff members — none of which have been hired through an internet job posting.

Yes, we are all aware of formal job markets. A company has an opening, posts an ad on an online search engine and boom, they receive 300 applications – not only from people all over the country, but all over the world. Yep, you are competing in a global job market.

The informal job market is a little less obvious, as 80% of jobs aren’t even advertised. Through networking, you get VIP access to the informal job market that isn’t broadcasted to the entire world through job search engines. Through networking, you get your name out there and have access to these jobs before anyone else.

You’re not networking

The word networking used to send chills down my spine. I would think, “Yuck, salesman, awkward, fake, and exhausting.” A lot of my colleagues feel the same way and throw it on the back burner, chuckling, “That’s what the sales team is for!”

You need to start thinking of networking a little differently. All networking really requires is for you to socialize. You’ve been socializing your entire life – making friends and having fun. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, so don’t complicate things.

How networking really works

Picture this:

Someone you work with has disclosed to you that they are accepting another position with a different company (probably through a referral from their network, but I digress). You know there will be an open position in your department soon and you think, “My friend John would be great for this job!” You recommend John to your hiring manager and before you know it, John has a job because he is a stand-up guy!

There will most likely be a referral bonus in it for you too! A what? A referral bonus! Yes, management rewards you for saving them the process of posting a job on the internet. Here’s two-thousand dollars for saving us the hassle of hiring someone on our own.

Networking is about your ability to build relationships and it is ultimately what will distinguish you from your competition. The most efficient way to get ahead is to network.

Not only will networking give you access to the informal job market, it also provides you with other useful advantages.

Networking perks

First of all, professional advice isn’t cheap; and what’s better than access to free information? Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t. Often you will have an opportunity to network with someone older and well established in an industry. Professionals will have much more experience and knowledge of your industry than you do. CAPITALIZE ON THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Be vulnerable, show that you want to learn and that you are interested in hearing about what they have to say. You won’t be remembered for what you said, but for how you made someone feel. If you show genuine interest in the professionals career and show thanks, they will remember you as an eager young professional and respect you.

Lastly, every person you meet has the ability to introduce you to someone else in their network. Everyone is connected by just 6 degrees of separation. So, even if that someone can’t give you the job you want, they can probably introduce you to someone else who can.

Stop wasting your time

Yes, online job search engines are a great starting point to finding the requirements needed to get a job. But, they certainly are not the most efficient or effective way to actually get a job.

So stop wasting your time behind your computer. Get out there and start socializing, and have fun like your future job depends on it.

By: Ask Tech Girl

Student, Full-time Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications Diploma Program, September 2016 Intake

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PACE Yourselves!

Apart from being a witty title for this blog, I say PACE yourselves because you have just embarked on a special journey this year. Last year around this time, I moved to Canada with my girlfriend and signed up for the PACE program at the University of Winnipeg. I left behind a career in international sports events and a comfort zone for a seat in the second row on the far left in a classroom on the second floor of the Buhler building.

(If you are sitting in my former seat, make a comment!)

Fast-forward one year; I am sitting in my sunroom typing this blog for you who are embarking on a similar journey. During this intense program, I learned how far I can push myself as PR professional, and got the opportunity to let my creativity loose as it was restricted by a budget and executive decisions. It was a great educational program and a better experience. The year will fly by as the program is designed to keep you as busy as possible.

By the end of this trip you will be overloaded with information to a point that you think you don’t know anything. But the minute you get your first task, it all comes back to you it’s like swimming or riding a bike you don’t forget it!

By this time next year you will be half way through your internships and failing miserably at making plans with the great friends you made in the program due to schedule differences of the working world. On the other hand, the internships will help you learn more about employment opportunities in the local market and obviously set you on the right track to figure out your calling.

I am interning at Dooley Communications, the only strictly Public Relations and Communications firm in Winnipeg. This work placement has been putting my existing work experience and PACE education to the test. It has exposed to me to major players in the market a well as smaller businesses. I have learned along the way their different needs, learned their voice and tone and spoken on their behalf in different media outlets.

My time with Dooley Communications has taught me a lot about client relationship, further improved my writing skills, and most importantly it got me managing my time. As a virtual company, each team member works from home, submitting everything electronically. Managing myself and having a routine from the comfort of my home is, in my opinion, a rather unique opportunity that I am mastering.

I wish everyone a great journey at PACE. Make some memories and create long-lasting friendships, which may be future work connections. To sign off I will leave you with this small checklist:

  • Don’t miss class; you snooze you loose
  • Challenge yourselves
  • Have fun whenever you have time
  • Attend every networking event; you never know whom you’re going to meet. Worst case, it’s a good excuse a have a drink and socialise.

Bye for now, and good luck!

Christian Houjei, it’s good to talk!

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Top 10 Summer Must-Do’s for Under $10

“No money, no funny” is a statement my Baba ingrained in me from a young age.  Even through her broken English, my childhood ears knew this to be true advice.

As a student of PACE’s Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications program, I am in classes full time until September; however, I am no stranger to the desire of relinquishing the textbooks and camping out on a patio with a leisure read and a pint, or five.  Unfortunately, the cost adds up.

While the words of Madonna’s Material Girl still resonate with me, I’ve learned to enjoy Winnipeg summers on a budget.  Thankfully this city is equipped with tours, events, and activities to entertain those with vast interests, even if on a non-existent student allowance.

Winnipeg is notorious for its grueling winter, leaving summer the task of resurgence.  It’s time to turn the spotlight to June, July, and August.  My Top 10 list is more-so geared to those who are spending one of their first summers in Winnipeg and are looking for what Winnipeggers do once out of hibernation.


  1. First Fridays in The Exchange District
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Mark your calendars and get to bed early Thursday night–Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District comes alive every first Friday of the month. Various art galleries and boutique stores open their doors from 5 PM- late.  Galleries are free of charge and happy to exhibit what is within.  I’d recommend looking at the First Fridays website for the specific exhibits and galleries partaking.


  1. Leo Mol Sculpture Garden


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The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is nestled within the beautiful Assiniboine Park.  This garden is serene, breathtaking, and educational, as it is home to many fine art pieces.  If art isn’t your thing, bring a book and relax under one of nature’s many reading nooks.


  1. Fitness in the Park

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There are many excuses not to exercise (trust me, I am well acquainted with them). Thankfully Fitness in the Park allows you to cross off ‘price’ and ‘inconvenience’, as these hour-long workouts are free and accessibly located downtown.  The activities range, as do the workout locations.  Please check the website for specifics.


  1. Jazz Fest’s Free Opening Weekend fest
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Manitoba is notorious for its variety of music festivals throughout the summer.  Kicking off the season is Winnipeg’s TD Jazz Festival.  The Jazz Festival’s free Opening Weekend runs  Thursday June 16 until June 19 in Old Market Square.  Saturday, June 18 is Indie Rock Night, showcasing local talents such as Rayannah, Vikings, and Micah Visser.


  1. Mural Walk of Winnipeg

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The West End Biz provides a unique way to capture the history and culture of the West End.  The West End Biz’s tour showcases over 50 pieces of public art as it takes you through Sargent and Ellice Avenue.  This tour can be customized to the needs of your group–just remember to bring your walking shoes!



  1. Lunch Hour Concert Series

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Another reason to get outside during the noon hour is the variety of free, live lunch hour concerts.  Concerts run from June 1- August 31, from noon – 1 PM.  Locations vary, but are all centrally located, such as the Air Canada Park and the Outdoor City Place Terrace on the second floor of City Place Mall.


  1. From Here & Away Field Trips
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From Here & Away, a local creative community created by photographer Joseph Visser is back with free summer photography programming.  Visser describes it as “open to all skill levels and shooting styles. At our workshops everyone is a leader and everyone has something to learn. All are welcome!”  Please visit the Facebook event page for more information.



  1. Tour of The Legislative Building

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It’s hard to miss the outside of The Manitoba Legislative Building; however, the inside often goes unnoticed.  Take a guided tour inside to discover The Grand Staircase, The Rotunda, The Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room, and more! (PS: this  may or may not be the time to pull out any Harry Potter costumes)



  1. Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME)

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August brings us the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME), a festival of digital arts and learning.  MEME offers a large, outdoor family-friendly area and hosts free concerts at The Cube in Old Market Square from August 12-14.



  1. Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks

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June 25, 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Aboriginal Day Live!  What can we expect this year?  A jam-packed day of Indigenous musicians, artists, family-friendly activities, a skateboard competition, and a pow wow.  Click here to see the array of talented musicians playing.


Despite being born and raised in this city, I am always looking for new ways to make the most out of summer.  Please feel free to post your favourite Winnipeg summer activities below.

Thanks for reading– now turn off your electronic devices and enjoy the season!

Written By, Natasha Havrilenko, PACE PR, Marketing and Strategic Communications student.