Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS), Manitoba’s leading independent law firm, officially moved into its brand new 53,000 sq. ft. Winnipeg office premises at True North Square on July 23, 2018. The Winnipeg office move encompassed over 80 lawyers, more than 125 students and staff, as well as the firm’s strategic partner Acumen Corporate Development. As the first tenants to move into the 17-storey office tower at 242 Hargrave in the heart of Winnipeg’s Sports Entertainment and Hospitality (SHED) District, TDS saw the True North Square development as an ideal opportunity to redefine its workplace and solidify its reputation for leadership, collaboration and superior client
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The office is designed to integrate leading edge-technology, encourage collaboration, and enhance the overall client experience. To achieve this, the office’s three floors are organized with efficiently planned private offices sharing daylight and views with a variety of multi-functional meeting and administration spaces. A sky-lit, interconnecting staircase in the center of the floor plate encourages casual office interaction leading to impressive staff and client amenities on the 17th floor atop True North Square.


 “An office with more meeting space frees our people up to be better leaders and collaborators,” said TDS CEO and managing partner Keith LaBossiere in a press release. “We are also very proud that every day our clients and staff will be inspired by made-in-Manitoba art all around them, including indigenous art and pieces from the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit collection.”

A dramatic 16-ft-high vaulted ceiling and Manitoba Tyndall stone wall will greet TDS’ clients when they visit the top floor.  TDS’ new client experience provides an array of comfortable sitting areas, private meeting rooms, flexible conference rooms and access to a state-of-the art café and gathering space called The Northern Lights Lounge. Large revolving glass doors will open up the space, allowing TDS to host industry events and client gatherings.


“TDS was an ideal client to work with,” said Number TEN practice leader Greg Hasiuk. “Moving an established, highly reputable law firm with 130 years of history from a place they occupied for nearly three decades is no easy task. However, they were very well organized, open to new ideas and came with a strong vision of what they wanted to achieve within the space. I think the new office reflects TDS’ strong leadership and vision for the evolving practice of law in Canada.”

Working with Toronto-based design firm figure3, Number TEN’s Workplace Interiors Studio was able to achieve all critical milestones on a challenging schedule that involved close coordination with True North’s base building design and construction teams. “There was no margin for error with a tight move-in schedule for TDS. Our multidisciplinary team pulled out all the stops and managed to overcome significant obstacles to make it happen. We are very proud of the results achieved,” said Hasiuk.

Design detail showing the new TDS logo and the view looking west

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Shovels hit the ground Wednesday July 18 at Red River College’s Exchange District Campus, on the site of what will become the new Innovation Centre @ RRC. In front of a distinguished audience of dignitaries and project stakeholders, RRC executive director of Indigenous strategy Rebecca Chartrand blessed the site on behalf of campus elders.

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Images: Land blessing ceremony at the site

The new Innovation Centre is designed to foster collaboration between students, faculty, industry and the community, leading to new ideas and partnerships that support the college’s goal of preparing students for the job market and moving local industry ahead of the curve. Designed by Number TEN Architectural Group and Diamond Schmitt Architects inc. in joint venture, the facility’s striking design features will capture the imagination of both building users and passersby.

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Image: Conceptual rendering of the project

“During the design process, we proposed that wonder, Imagination, empathy, mystery, being startled, and engaging in passionate search are the key experiences underpinning innovation,” said Number TEN partner-in-charge Doug Hanna in his address to the audience. “In our search for additional layers of meaning that complemented the project charter, it was our intention that the Innovation Centre @ Red River College inspire these qualities in students and faculty.”

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Images: Number TEN partner Doug Hanna speaks prior to the blessing ceremony  | Rendering of the project interior "Agora" space. 

The Innovation Centre’s project charter – a set of established and agreed upon project objectives – includes the following goals:
• Community connectivity, inclusion and collaboration
• Socially responsible programs and initiatives
• Agility and adaptability to enhance innovation
• Unique architectural design relevant to innovative learning and teaching
• Heritage adaptive re-use sensitive to the exchange district
• Leading edge sustainability

Among the project’s most ambitious goals is its net zero energy target – a first for a project of this scale in Manitoba. A net zero building is one where the total energy consumed annually is approximately equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site and returned to the grid.

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Image: From left - Mayor Brian Bowman, Honourable Ian Wishart - Minister of Education and Training, Rebecca Chartrand - RRC Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy, Doug Hanna - Partner at Number TEN, Paul Vogt - RRC President and CEO

To learn more about this exciting project, visit our projects page.
The key to success for any leading professional services firm is to employ knowledgeable professionals who demonstrate passion, commitment, and dedication to the continuous development of their craft. At Number TEN, we believe in recognizing and sharing the accomplishments of our staff, management team and leadership group.

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Dave Lalama
Number TEN partner and Hospitality / Entertainment Studio lead Dave Lalama was recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) - the leading voice for excellence in the built environment in Canada. The fellowship recognizes outstanding achievement in design excellence, exceptional scholarly contribution, or distinguished service to the profession and community. Dave was one of 40 architects across the country, and one of two in Manitoba, to earn the prestigious fellowship.



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The Number TEN Partners are very pleased to announce Leslie Myers as a new associate in the firm. Leslie is the lead interior designer in the firm’s Victoria Office and possesses a balance of experience and skills that translate into great client service and continued success for our firm. As an associate Leslie will broaden her involvement in firm-wide strategic planning, firm management, and leadership succession. 

Leslie has grown the Victoria office's interior design practice during the past five years and has recently achieved her professional NCIDQ certification. Currently, the Victoria office’s interior design work has been focused on a range of BC government projects including the redevelopment of the historic Queen’s Printer building in downtown Victoria. Read about the interesting story of the Queen’s Printer project on Number TEN’s Inspired blog.

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Brent Bellamy
Creative director and associate Brent Bellamy was selected to be part of an esteemed jury for Infrastructure Canada's Smart Cities Challenge, which encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Brent was invited by Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities to be part of the twelve-member jury to advise on the selection of finalists and winners of the Smart Cities Challenge Canada.

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Greg Hasiuk
Number TEN practice leader Greg Hasiuk has been nominated and selected as a prairies region finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program, which recognizes the achievements of Canada’s top entrepreneurial talent. Greg will join the other distinguished regional finalists at the Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year gala in Calgary on October 18.

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Three Number TEN staff members achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) green associate status from the Canada Green Building Council. Aruna Anaparti, Laura Thomson and Sian Porter earned the credential in recent weeks, bringing the firm’s total number of LEED certified staff members to 23.


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Residential / Commercial Studio lead Laurene Bachand and architectural intern Aaron Pollock played leading roles in organizing Winnipeg’s On the Docks; a campaign to engage community members and design professionals to develop ideas for the redevelopment of Winnipeg’s derelict Alexander Docks site. Check out their recent interview with CBC news. Laurene and Aaron also placed as finalists for the Winnipeg Architecture and Design Film Festival’s Archishorts competition for their independent entry titled Beige City.


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Partner Doug Hanna is serving as the MAA’s new treasurer, while architectural intern Aaron Pollock is appointed as intern representative. Designer and intern architect Erin Riediger recently completed her tenure as student representative. The MAA is a self-governing professional association, mandated by the Province of Manitoba under The Architects Act to regulate the practice of architecture in the province.

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Craig Bachynski
Long-time Number TEN contract administrator Craig Bachynski received the CCCA (Certified Construction Contract Administrator) designation from Construction Specification Canada (CSC). The professional certification attests to Craig’s knowledge of recommended practices in organizing, implementing and supervising construction contract documents, as well as expertise in written communication.

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Richardson International announced plans to invest more than $30 million to develop an innovation centre in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, featuring state-of-the-art technology and equipment for research and product development. This world-class facility, designed by Number TEN Architectural Group, will complement Richardson’s food and ingredients division and will provide an extensive opportunity for industry collaboration. The new centre will not only facilitate agri-food research and product innovation, it will help invigorate the downtown area and serve as a lasting legacy for the Winnipeg community.

“Our goal is that the Richardson Innovation Centre will become a centre for collaboration - as a training facility for our employees and customers and an education centre for food science students and the culinary community,” says Chuck Cohen, Richardson’s Senior Vice-President, Technology. “As a Winnipeg-based company, we look forward to bringing our customers, suppliers and partners from around the globe to this centre to showcase our products and capabilities and provide them with a rich experience in a very unique setting.”

The four-storey, 5,800 square metre (62,000 square feet) facility will house Richardson’s food development team, product development suites, analytical laboratory and a culinary test and demonstration kitchen.

“Our hope is that the Innovation Centre will be a catalyst for new development, pulling the success of the Exchange District further south, and establishing a high-quality architectural precedent for other buildings to come in the future,” says Number TEN Associate and Creative Director Brent Bellamy. “We also hope the building engages the sidewalk and inspires pedestrian activity in the area.”

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Brent Bellamy speaks at event 

To support Richardson’s quality assurance and food safety teams, the centre will boast a cutting-edge microbiology lab and an extensive quality analysis area. The building will also include office areas with room for expansion to focus on innovation such as the increased use of robotics and automation in food packaging and processing. The strategic positioning of these core departments within the same multi-level space will optimize research, analytical and educational activities and facilitate the efficient development of truly innovative products.

“The process of product development requires a modern platform for testing solutions, troubleshooting issues and exploring new ideas as they relate to market needs and evolving customer taste profiles,” says Curt Vossen, Richardson’s President and CEO. “In order to test derivatives of existing products or create entirely new product streams, our team’s technical capabilities must be backed by the right technical facilities. We anticipate the Innovation Centre will provide them with the technical capacity and resources necessary to meet and exceed customer expectations.”

Located at the corner of Westbrook Street and Lombard Avenue, the Richardson Innovation Centre will be in close proximity to Richardson’s head office at Portage and Main. Construction will begin in April and is targeted for completion by the spring of 2020.

Richardson is Canada’s leading agribusiness and is recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing. The company is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and is a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products.

Over the past two decades, Richardson has become a significant player in the global food business, producing a wide variety of food products and ingredients for the retail, foodservice and industrial markets. One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Richardson is headquartered in Winnipeg with over 2,600 employees worldwide.
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Number TEN Architectural Group is proud to be recognized with the Gold Standard for Canada’s Best Managed Companies program in 2018. The Gold Standard acknowledges companies that have successfully retained the Best Managed Company status for four consecutive years.

The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

“We thank all of our valued clients, team members and employees for contributing to our innovative design and business culture,” says Number TEN Practice Leader Greg Hasiuk. “We are proud to be part of such an esteemed group of companies across Canada.”

Now in its 25th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the caliber of their management abilities and practices.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums.

Canadian Business Announcement:

Deloitte Announcement:
September 18, 2017


Red River College has awarded a $95-million Innovation Centre project to Diamond Schmitt Architects in joint venture with Number TEN Architectural Group. The 100,000-square-foot development will comprise new construction and incorporate a repurposed downtown heritage building to provide state-of-the-art facilities that will help create jobs, expand research, and foster innovation in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

Diamond Schmitt and Number TEN were selected for their combined team experience designing flexible, collaborative educational space that can readily be adapted as learning methods evolve to keep pace with changes in the workplace. “We are excited to work with Red River College to design a facility that prepares students for their careers and enables both the college and the business community to work together,” said Ms. Sydney Browne, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Among the features to advance student projects to marketplace development include a pitch session room and open teaching areas the college calls “collision” spaces that accommodate students working together alongside industry and social service partners.

The project received $40.6 million in funding from the federal government through its post-secondary institutions strategic investment fund (SIF), which stipulates a fast-track timeline for construction. "We are now in the design stage and we expect to be building within twelve months," said Red River College president Paul Vogt. RRC is currently in the early stages of implementing a major fundraising campaign – the largest in the history of the College – to raise the additional $54.8 million to support the development of this project.

The project site is at Red River College’s Exchange District campus and will include the 100-year-old, three-storey Scott Fruit Building. An existing structure is being demolished for the new construction and building site preparations are underway.

“Red River College is a forward-thinking institution that recognizes the important role that innovation and industry partnerships play in creating the best opportunities for today’s workforce,” says Number TEN Partner Doug Hanna, who led the design for Red River College’s new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre, currently under construction. “Our team combines Diamond Schmitt’s industry-leading experience in the design of similar facilities across Canada with Number TEN’s reputation for design excellence in the Winnipeg market.”

Red River College announced plans for a new state-of-the art aerospace technology and training facility Wednesday at its Notre Dame Campus. The new Smart Factory will showcase the college’s innovative applied research programming and collaboration with Manitoba’s aerospace industry.

Images: Left - Conceptual rendering of the space |  Right - Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development speaking at the official announcement 

The Smart Factory will be a centrepiece to Red River College’s new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) – a 102,000 sq. ft. educational centre of excellence designed to accommodate up to 1000 students each year in high-demand trades such as electrical, machining, manufacturing, carpentry, sheet metal, refrigeration and HVAC. The Smart Factory will also serve to connect existing trades facilities on campus to the new STTC with a fully glazed circulation route that reveals the building’s state-of-the-art robotics, composites milling technology and more. The Smart Factory component of the STTC was funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Standard Aero, with the objective of enhancing partnerships with the private sector leading to enhanced innovation and economic development.

The STTC, designed by Number TEN in association with Ager Little Architects, is currently under construction and is on track to open in time for the 2018 academic year.

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Image: Conceptual rendering of the space

Weeks before the 150th Canada Summer Games takes centre stage in Winnipeg, a new high-performance sports training facility officially opened its doors in the city’s downtown core. A large audience of athletes, project and community stakeholders, government officials, and project team members witnessed the ribbon cutting ceremony, bringing to a close a 12-year effort to fill a void in city’s historic Exchange District.

Number TEN's architects were proud to work with Qualico in Winnipeg on their new training centre.Photos: Grand opening ribbon cutting | Interior showing the spacious playing surface

The 150,000 sq. ft. Qualico Training Centre, the second and final phase of Sport Manitoba’s Sport for Life Centre project, is set to become the legacy building of the summer games. As a host facility for volleyball and basketball, the versatile fieldhouse will welcome athletes, visitors and spectators with a light-filled space that will continue to serve athletes, community members and not-for-profit organizations long after the torch is extinguished on the games.

“It’s going to be an incredible asset during the Canada Summer Games,” said Mayor Brian Bowman in his address to the audience. “But as mayor of Winnipeg what makes me particularly proud is the what it’s going to do for our downtown.”

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Photos: Mayor Brian Bowman speaks at the grand opening event | Project team members Don Beaton and Craig Bachynski  (Number TEN)

The project is the result of a determined effort on behalf of Sport Manitoba to address the needs of Manitoba’s high-performance athletes in a multitude of sports who previously lacked suitable training and clinic space. To achieve maximum benefit for Winnipeggers, especially downtown residents and employees, the facility also serves the broader public with a wide-range of affordable programming ranging from gym memberships and spin classes to not-for profit outreach, wellness and rehabilitation programs for organizations such as the Salvation Army.

Sport Manitoba CEO Jeff Hnatiuk thanked a long list of project stakeholders including the Sport for Life building committee, board of directors, all three levels of government, volunteers, private sector and community donors, residents, as well as the multidisciplinary project team led by Number TEN for bringing the building to life after years of hard work. “When the games are done, those efforts will be remembered for the legacies they have left on our province.”

The Canada Summer Games will take place from July 28-Aug 13. Tickets for all events are on sale and can be purchased at For information on community programming and gym memberships, visit

Project Team for Canada Games Sport For Life Centre and Qualico Training Centre (Phase 1 and 2):
Prime Consultant: Number TEN Architectural Group
General Contractor: Bockstael Construction
Structural Engineering: Crosier Kilgour & Partners
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: Tower Engineering
Media Release 

(June 16 2017, Toronto, ON) Architects and EIFS industry professionals gathered on the night of June 13th in Toronto to celebrate the Finalist and Grand Prize Award Winners of the 2016‐17 ECC Architectural Design Awards. At the event the EIFS Council of Canada announced Mr. Barrie Ottenbreit and his team at Number TEN Architectural Group as the Grand Prize Award Winner from among the four finalists.

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The ECC Architectural Design Awards Program received submissions from a variety of projects across Canada. The finalist projects exhibited excellence in the areas of design, contribution to community, sustainability and the innovative use of EIFS. The project finalists are as follows:

1. Seton Marriot Hotels, Calgary, AB – Don Dessario, NORR Architects, Engineers, Planners
2. 1st Avenue Residence, Montreal, QC – Guillaume Marcoux, Architecture Microclimat
3. Wilson’s Walk, Victoria, BC – Paul Hammond, Low Hammond Rowe Architects
4. Enchokay Birchstick School, Pikangikum, ON – Barrie Ottenbreit, Number TEN Architectural Group

The Enchokay Birchstick School was unanimously selected by the Judging Panel as the Grand Prize Winner from the four finalists. Mr. Michael Sigurdson from Number TEN Architectural Group was present to accept the Award on behalf of his firm.

“The Judging Panel could easily see that the Enchokay Birchstick School has become a vital part of the Pikangikum community,” says Dr. Ted Kesik, the representative for the Awards Judging Panel, “The original school was destroyed by a fire in 2007 and students were attending classes out of temporary portable classrooms. The new school is a focal point for the community and also serves as a gathering space.”

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Above: ECC Architectural Award Grand Prize Winner with the ECC President/CEO and Judging Panel representative
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John M. Garbin, President and CEO of the EIFS Council of Canada,
Michael Sigurdson, Number TEN Architectural Group, on behalf of Barrie Ottenbreit, Number TEN Architectural Group,
Dr. Ted Kesik, Professor of Building Science, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

“We are indeed pleased to have the Enchokay Birchstick School as our inaugural Grand Prize Winner,” said John M. Garbin, President and CEO of the ECC, “This is an exemplary project. It presents a new way of building schools and responding to the harsh climate, remote location while at the same time respecting the distinct and proud culture of Pikangikum.” 

“Number TEN would like to thank and share credit for this award to the entire project team, including design-builder Penn-Co Construction Canada, Crosier Kilgour & Partners, SMS Engineering and all of the specialist consultants for a job well done,” said Ottenbreit. “We would also like to recognize the contributions of the Pikangikum First Nation community and project managers Keewaitin-Aski Ltd., who were equally instrumental to the success of this project.”

The ECC Architectural Design Awards Program was established to recognize design professionals and firms which incorporate EIFS products into innovative and creative built projects. The goal of the ECC Awards Program is to create a new benchmark in EIFS construction, and will help professionals to achieve Canada’s national objective of creating resilient, sustainable buildings. 

The EIFS Council of Canada (ECC) was formed to represent the Canadian EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) industry across Canada and all its user sectors. The EIFS Council looks back over the industry’s 40‐year history in Canada to chart the course forward – advancing innovation balanced with preservation and supported by independent and government validation. The ECC serves as the "official voice" of the EIFS industry with a mandate to provide for the advancement and growth of the industry across the country, through advocacy, education and marketing.
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For decades, one of Number TEN’s key strengths has been its large, integrated team of professional interior designers.  Following an exhaustive search in 2017, the firm expanded its capabilities in the growing commercial interiors sector by welcoming Genevieve Bergman to the team. As commercial interiors design lead, Genevieve will direct numerous initiatives to enhance Number TEN’s workplace design expertise, with a focus on strengthened client service, quality and innovation.

After spending nearly ten years developing her professional design skills in the Toronto market, Genevieve recently returned to her home-town of Winnipeg, bringing with her extensive knowledge and a well-rounded skill-set developed through experience on a variety of innovative projects for clients such as Deloitte, MasterCard, RBC, and Holt Renfrew. She has also been a key contributor to a number of award winning Toronto projects such as the Edelman PR, Fuel Advertising and Saatchi & Saatchi office interiors projects.

“We are thrilled to add a professional of Genevieve’s calibre to the team,” says Commercial and Residential Studio principal and partner Barrie Ottenbreit. “Her advanced design and project management skills, combined with her energetic and friendly personality will further strengthen Number TEN’s interior design capabilities resulting in enhanced client service, design quality and thought leadership.”

Genevieve’s passion for design innovation and client collaboration, combined with her positive attitude and business disposition make her a valuable asset to the Number TEN team.

“Design to me is the perfect combination of beauty and function, it’s why I do what I do,” Genevieve says. “Design affects how we function in our everyday surroundings and plays a great part in our well-being, productivity and mood.”

“I enjoy working in a collaborative environment with clients and colleagues and that is something that really intrigued me about this firm. It’s a place where new ideas are welcomed and encouraged, and the concept of teamwork is strongly valued. I’m very excited to be back home and humbled by the opportunity to work with the talented interior design staff at Number TEN.”