Born and raised in Ukraine, Martin Bergen arrived in Canada in 1953 at the age of twenty-six however, this was not the beginning of his story. In 1939 when he was only 12 years old, WWII broke out. Having already lost his father at a young age, the war years brought additional hardships to his family. Having been taken to a refugee camp and then as a P.O.W. for three years, Martin persevered and reached Montreal then travelled by way of train to Winnipeg and his parent’s home on Thanksgiving Day, 1953. Martin worked his way up with hard work and determination, from contracting drywall and painting, to constructing apartment properties that represent, to this day, the cornerstone of Winnipeg’s apartment landscape. As current President of Edison Properties, Miriam Bergen, Martin’s daughter, carries on the family legacy of property management and development.