About the Biz

The businesses of Academy Road formed a Business Improvement Zone in 1995 to market the area as Winnipeg's preferred shopping and service experience, to sponsor events which would enhance the safe and family friendly character of the street, and to improve the physical appearance of Academy Road. The BIZ also provides a voice in the political sphere on issues of concern to member businesses. The BIZ is working closely with the City of Winnipeg and other levels of government to ensure our maintenance needs are met and lobby for a major street enhancement program.

For several years, the BIZ has provided flowers and hired a student through the Province of Manitoba's 'Urban Green Team Program' to keep Academy Road free of trash, graffiti and weeds. We also partner with other Biz zones to actively prevent graffiti from buildings and public spaces.

The BIZ is working to beautify and enhance the historical character of Academy Road and live up to our potential as a "Neighbourhood Main Street to River Heights".

The 2020 Volunteer Board of Academy Road Business Improvement Zone is made up of zone business members that donate their time in the joint effort of improving business conditions within the area.

Academy Road Biz Board Members 2024

Scot McTaggart - Board Chair
Fusion Grill, 550 Academy

Praise Okwumabua - Vice Chair
Freshair Boutique, 542 A Academy Rd

Shane Halliburton - Treasurer
Sobr Market, 484 Academy Rd #2


Tom Doran
Jupiter Cannabis, 580 Academy Rd Unit C

Cory Fogel
624 Dental, 624 Academy Rd

Amanda Borsboom
Executive Director