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BUSINESS View April 2011

Kevin Hursh

Predicting a positive year for farm income in Saskatchewan

Awards & Honours Welcome new Chamber President Monica Kreuger

News and Coming Events


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Kevin Hursh


Awards & Honours

Predicting a positive year for farm income in Saskatchewan

Welcome new Chamber President Monica Kreuger


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President’s View


Food for Thought


Campus View


Committee Updates


Chamber Events

Climate regulations a complex political issue

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STAFF Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director Derek Crang, Membership & Marketing Director Terry Lawrence, Administration Judy Chudskov, Membership Relations Officer Roz Macala, Executive Secretary Breanne Lishchynsky, Committee Co-ordinator Linda Saunders, Bookkeeper Kevin Meldrum, Communications




askatchewan is known as “Canada’s Bread Basket” with about 45 percent of our total area being farmland. While wheat makes up the bulk of production, barley, canola, oats, rye, flax, mustard and lentils are also grown and exported to countries around the world. World leaders in mustard production with 1/4 of the world’s mustard, we also produce almost 1/3 of the world’s lentils and flaxseed. We are home to almost 1/3 of Canada’s organic production with $60M of exports from processing ingredients and products for the natural health and functional food sector and we have over 75 organic processors. We are the centre of agricultural biotechnology in Canada with more than 700 scientists working in 30 private, public and academic facilities. With all this primary production, and the R&D talent and facilities, the possibilities for value added production are mind boggling and yet we have only 250 value added processors. Why? Regulation, taxation and lack of capital are some of the biggest barriers to development for entrepreneurs, including agricultural entrepreneurs.

The Growing Forward agreement signed by the federal and provincial governments in 2008 to support agriculture and its value added sector is a step in the right direction; however, we also need to ensure the tools for entrepreneurs are available to take ideas to the next level. A competitive taxation environment such as recommended in A Change Today For Your Tomorrow is needed. Funded by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS®, Certified General Accountants of Saskatchewan and the Certified Management Accountants of Saskatchewan, this report was produced by the Canada West Foundation and is the most comprehensive tax review undertaken in Saskatchewan since 1965. We need to attract more capital through tools such as Angel Investment Tax Credits and expanded Venture Capital. SAINT, the Saskatchewan Angel Investment, is the province’s interactive investment meeting place for angels and entrepreneurs and they do a great job, however, we need to join other provinces in offering tax

credits for direct private investment in addition to the current offering of tax credits for investments in pooled funds through the Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporation (LSVCC) program. Without an instrument to incent investment in the province’s most promising seed- and early-stage businesses, a lack of quality deal flow up to the LSVCC and venture capital firms will continue to hinder economic Continued on page 7

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Monica Kreuger Global Infobrokers Inc.

Christian Braid Braid Flooring & Window Fashion

Troy Davies M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd.

Brian Chalmers Concentra Financial

Tracy Arno Adecco

Troy Larmer United Group of Companies

Barry Bergland CTV

Gerry Bonsal SIAST Kelsey Campus

Debby Criddle Bayshore Home Health

Lynn E. Hnatick MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman LLP

Randell Morris Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology

Shawna Nelson Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon

Sanj Singh

Rhonda Speiss PotashCorp

Tony Van Burgsteden AREVA Resources Canada Inc.

Stacey White Wiegers Benefits


W. Brett Wilson Centre of Entrepreneurial Excellence, U of S

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Predicting a positive year for farm income in Saskatchewan by Kevin Hursh

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t’s a rare time in primary agriculture. Both grain and costs are expected to cut into grain returns in Saskatchewan livestock are enjoying profitable prices. and Manitoba. Fewer government support dollars are also Farm income problems have received a lot of forecast. Specifically, there’s no provision factored in for attention over the years. By comparison, very little another excess moisture support program. attention has been paid to the record profitability achieved The Statistics Canada projection was based on by Saskatchewan farmers in both 2009 and 2010. information from a number of months ago and since then There are many statistical we’ve seen unprecedented market measurements of farm income, but volatility. Political turmoil in Egypt and perhaps the best single number is Tunisia has been followed by a United realized net farm income. This takes Nations action against a cruel dictator into account all the sources of farm in Libya. revenue minus all the expenses, And we’ve seen the triple disaster including depreciation. The one in Japan. Any one of the events would drawback is that changes in inventory have been catastrophic on its own. are not factored in, but it’s still the best Taken together, the impact on the overall profitability measurement. island nation has been devastating. For 2009, Statistics Canada lists Grain futures were limit down a realized net farm income of $1.6 followed by limit up in the wake of the billion for Saskatchewan. For 2010, Japanese disaster. No one knows how the number is $1.7 billion. Not only it’s all going to unfold in the weeks are these records, but they eclipse the ahead. returns received in other provinces. Another big variable is the excess For comparison, the numbers in Kevin Hursh is a consulting agrologist moisture in eastern regions of the grain Alberta are only $264 and $64 million. belt. How much land will go unseeded? and farmer based in Saskatoon Saskatchewan is much more reliant on Despite the uncertainty, farmer grain than livestock and that improved optimism is high. There are more young our numbers relative to our western neighbour. Manitoba’s people at farm meetings. Land prices and cash rents are numbers were also much stronger than Alberta’s at $553 the highest ever. Some of the best farm land is approaching and $404 million. $1,500 an acre and there are cash rents of more than $60 Those who like to view the glass as half empty will point an acre. out that adjusted for inflation, Saskatchewan’s realized net Records are also being set for cattle prices. For the farm income of over a billion dollars for two consecutive years first time since the BSE (mad cow) crisis of 2003, cow-calf back in the early 70s was actually much more impressive. producers are looking at strong profitability. Still, the nominal records set in 2009 and 2010 are a vast As producers are painfully aware, there are no guarantees improvement over the that the good times will continue. But market projections are many dismal numbers promising and there’s a good chance that 2011 will turn out we’ve seen over the stronger than the Statistics Canada projection. years. What does 2011 hold? Statistics Canada Based out of Saskatoon, Kevin Hursh and his wife Marlene is predicting a realized operate Hursh Consulting & Communications Inc. Kevin and net farm income decline Marlene manage Crop Production Week held annually in to $593 million for Saskatoon. Saskatchewan. That would be closer to recent As well, Kevin serves as Executive Director for the norms. The projections Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission, the call for an improvement Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan and to $250 million in the Inland Terminal Association of Canada. Alberta, while Manitoba is expected to decline to Each year, Kevin is a guest speaker at scores of agricultural $126 million. conferences and conventions. While stronger cattle prices will propel Kevin can be reached at returns in Alberta, rising

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SaskCanola partnering with Prairie canola growing groups in new variety testing program


next generation canola variety testing program is moving forward this year to serve the needs of canola growers. The initiative, a result of extensive consultations, will involve most of the seed industry. The approximately $1 million program will be funded by the three Prairie canola grower groups - Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola), Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC), and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA), as well as by seed trade entry fees. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) will coordinate the program as a service to growers. "I am very grateful for the open and positive approach of all stakeholders in this process," says Denise Maurice, CCC Vice-President of Crop Production. "I am confident that the new program will fulfill the objectives that growers have had from the outset." The objective of the new variety testing program is to provide growers with the information they need to make informed seed selection choices based on: • A systematic approach. • Trials based on commercially available varieties. • Trials consistent with actual grower practices. • Third-party credibility. • Economic analysis based on contribution margin. In order to meet these criteria, the protocol for the program will involve two components: small plots that will examine relative performance of commercial varieties, and an audited field scale component based on field trials conducted by seed companies. The small plots component will involve both varieties with the greatest market share and newly-introduced varieties used with the corresponding herbicide systems that are also commercially available to growers. Management of the small plots will address some of the shortcomings of former trials through plot design, data delivery and harvest management. "What we like about this new program is that it is truly representative of the commercial varieties that are available to growers, and reflective of the actual production practices most commonly used in western Canada," says SaskCanola chair Brett Halstead. "Another important component is that the corresponding herbicides will be used." The field scale component will involve a review of the seed trade field scale projects through an audit of the protocols being used for constructing the trial data analysis and reporting. The development of the audit process will involve qualified statisticians and professionals with extensive background in conducting field scale research trials. "Including the seed trade field scale projects will be an added service to growers," says ACPC chair Jody Klassen. "It's not about imposing a protocol on them. It's about ensuring their protocols are based on sound science so that the data accurately represents performance." Small plot and field scale data will be presented separately. Detailed reporting will include site specific data


on weather, soil type, previous crop, fertility, seeding date and rate, harvest date etc. Print copies will be published and a web based application housed on the grower association websites and CCC website. The data will continue to be reported in the provincial seed guides. "This is good news for our growers," says MCGA President Rob Pettinger. "Seed is a major investment for farmers and this new program will give them the information they need to make informed individual decisions that suit their particular operations." A governance body will be established shortly to oversee the program, and to provide a mechanism for evaluating success and making improvements to protocols in the future. The governance body will be charged with resolving details around data analysis and reporting. Membership will include growers, provincial specialists, the seed trade and the CCC. I have been very impressed by the participation of the seed trade throughout the consultations," says Maurice. "They have brought nuances to the discussion that has added great insight into many issues. There has been a great spirit of participation."

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Welcome new Chamber President Monica Kreuger


n March 10th, 2011 Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce welcomed Monica Kreuger as its new President, taking over from outgoing President Brian Chalmers. Kreuger brings with her a wealth of experience in business as the President of Global Infobrokers - a private educational institute in Saskatoon in the areas of entrepreneurship and business management training. As well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan, Kreuger spent several years designing and delivering marketing and entrepreneurship courses at the U of S. Dedicated to business and entrepreneurship, she developed and is continuing to organize Canada’s premier business plan competition, Venture Forward, in Saskatoon with $100,000 in cash awards available to the winners to help them start their businesses. Kreuger has most recently been involved as the co-founder of Praxis International Institute, Canada’s only private high school dedicated to entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and global citizenry. Please join us in congratulating Monica Kreuger as the new President of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.

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Brian Chalmers presenting the gavel to incoming president Monica Kreuger. Image courtesy of The StarPhoenix

Crestline Coach Honoured Crestline Coach Ltd. was recently named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. Crestline has grown to become one of North America’s most advanced and innovative manufacturers of custom built ambulances and emergency vehicles. Their commitment to quality is demonstrated in ISO 9001:2008, Ford QVM Certification and KKK-A-1822 compliance. Since 1975, Crestline has led the industry with innovations such as the Aero Body – an all aluminum aerodynamic module body, the O2 to Go Loading System, ergonomic interior design configurations, high visibility exterior graphics and their exclusive CrestCoat exterior powder coat finish. In 2010, Crestline Coach received an ABEX award for Health and Innovation and was most recently honoured again with the distinction of being one of Saskatchewan’s Top 20 Employers.

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growth. And we need a continued focus on reducing regulatory barriers to growth. The work being done by the Regulatory Modernization Council with Enterprise Saskatchewan is also moving in the right direction. We have great entrepreneurial capacity in our province and we are adding to that pool as our immigration policies have expanded to allow more business and entrepreneurial investment – let’s continue to press forward the importance of making it easy to do business in Saskatchewan!



Yanke Group of Companies awarded “Best Fleet to Drive For”


he Yanke Group of Companies, a leading global transportation company, founded and headquartered in Saskatchewan, is proud to announce that they have been selected as one of North America’s top 20 ‘Best Fleets to Drive For’ as declared by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). 2011 marks the third consecutive award for Yanke since the inauguration of this award in 2009; Yanke is also one of two Canadian companies to receive the award for three consecutive years. Each year the award identifies North American for-hire trucking companies that provide the best workplace experiences for their drivers. “We are very proud of this achievement and attribute our success to the hard work and dedication of all our employees both in the office and on the road” says CEO and founder of the Yanke Group of Companies, Russel Marcoux. The extensive nomination process interviews company drivers, owner operators, human resource representatives and executives on a wide range of categories, such as: total compensation package (including base pay, bonuses,


vacation and sick days); health benefits; pension plans; professional development and career development opportunities; the company’s commitment to personal growth, work-life balance, driver family support and employee directed charitable contributions; overall commitment to continuous improvement; driver community development activities; annual driver turnover and the fleet’s safety record. Stephen Pengelly, a Professional Transport Operator (PTO) with Yanke comments on his experience as an employee, “Yanke really puts an emphasis on safety, and the needs of all employees. They have excellent pay, benefits, and incentives. It’s great to drive new, well maintained equipment as well. PTO’s are treated as professionals, not just called professionals. They have great communication between on road and off road staff. I am truly proud to be a member of the Yanke family”.

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New investment in Food Centre technology


he Saskatchewan food processing industry will soon have access to new technologies that will reduce production costs and increase the development of innovative food products for the changing marketplace, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. An announcement was made March 4th in Saskatoon by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada, to support the development of Saskatchewan’s food processing industry. The Government of Canada is providing $800,000 to assist the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc. (Food Centre) in purchasing new equipment for use in product and process development. “Our Government is pleased to promote increased competitiveness and productivity in Saskatchewan’s food industry,” said Minister Yelich. “Access to this equipment will allow food processors to produce new products that will help create even more jobs in our communities.” The Food Centre will purchase new equipment which will assist food processors in reducing costs, increasing

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product quality, enhancing food safety and developing new product lines. The availability of new equipment and processing methods will lead to the development and commercialization of new food products for Saskatchewan food processors. There are almost 300 food processors in Saskatchewan, creating approximately $2.5 billion in annual sales. “The Food Centre is extremely grateful for the Government of Canada’s investment in Saskatchewan’s food industry. This new funding will enable the Food Centre to expand its expertise through the purchase of new technologies. This project will assist food processors in discovering new possibilities in food development and exploring new market opportunities,” said Muriel Garven, Chair of the Board of Directors for Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc.



New Pipe Flow Technology Centre at the Saskatchewan Research Council


he Pipe Flow Technology Centre™ at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) will become one of Canada’s first research facilities equipped to handle hazardous explosive materials such as crude oil, thanks to an expansion funded jointly by the federal and provincial governments. The funding was announced March 18th by Brad Trost, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Enterprise and Minister Responsible for Trade. “Energy producers depend on constant improvements in production methods, materials and processes to meet the growing demand for energy,” said MP Trost. “Our Government’s investment in the SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre expansion will help fill a research gap for the Canadian petroleum industry to help it increase productivity, lessen environmental impacts and create more jobs.” “This project will generate significant benefits for Saskatchewan,” said Minister Harrison, “We expect that it will lead to the commercialization of new innovations that will assist oil, gas and mining companies in improving


productivity.” The SRC will expand an existing explosionproof building at the centre to accommodate research on light and heavy crude oils and refined petroleum products, all of which are flammable and require special equipment for safe storage and handling. New labs outfitted to handle hazardous research samples will be added to the main building. With these new research capabilities, the centre can test a wider range of substances and help the provincial, and national, oil and gas industry enhance oil recovery, reduce operating costs and improve processes. The federal and provincial governments are jointly investing $1,730,000 through the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA) for this project. Saskatchewan Research Council will contribute a further $305,000. The expansion will create two jobs. “The expansion and enhancements to SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre will enable industry to test new ideas and solve current problems with effectively designed solutions,” said Dr. Laurier Schramm, President and CEO of SRC. “The Centre has been undertaking pipe flow research for 50 years and this expansion will help it continue to evolve to meet industry needs.” SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre™ is acknowledged as an international leader in its field and has collaborated with Canadian and international clients on a range of groundbreaking pipeline and fluid mechanics applications. Both Canada and Saskatchewan are contributing $25 million each over four years to the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement to strengthen economic activity and improve quality of life in western Canadian communities. “The SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre™ is acknowledged as an international leader in its field and has collaborated with Canadian and international clients on a range of ground-breaking pipeline and fluid mechanics applications.” “Both Canada and Saskatchewan are contributing $25 million each over four years to the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement to strengthen economic activity and improve quality of life in western Canadian communities.”

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At PotashCorp, we help farmers around the world grow nourishing food that supports our growing population. And to meet increasing global demand for potash, we need to grow, too. We’re continuing to work on expansions in Saskatchewan that will bring our annual operational capability to 17.1 million tonnes by 2015 – nearly double our capacity when we began these projects in 2005. More than that, by investing more than $5 billion in our Saskatchewan operations, we’re contributing to a strong and vibrant economy in our home province and helping to build a better future for us all. It’s part of our plan to get ready for tomorrow, today.

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Climate regulations a complex political issue by C.M. (Red) Williams


yoto is old news, or at least will be in 2012; Copenhagen didn’t put much on the to-do list beyond some money for developing countries and a cap of a 2% increase in CO2, while Cancun was mostly more of the same. Nevertheless, there is that pressure to make some advances. Canada has made little progress beyond tying our cart to the U.S. Pony, and insisting that we will move when the newly emerging economies such as China make stronger commitments. Just how important is a move by China, one of our biggest and growing markets? Well, if we put some emission controls on our industrial high energy users, that could give those that do not do likewise an advantage in the short term (it is called emission leakage). But if carbon limitations become more general the early ones in will benefit because we would own the technology to change. It is suggested that if the big fossil fuel users (like us) lower our use that will lower world fuel prices and encourage the non-conformists to increase their use (not a happy outcome).

However, concerns over sector-level international competitiveness hinder ambitious climate policies. The OECD suggests that if a country reduces its CO2 production by 50% by 2050 its energy intensive industries will lower productivity by 3%, while a country that does not will gain in productivity by 1% - not an overwhelming advantage. Models show that border taxes against non-compliant countries don’t work, and grandfathering out some of the energy intensive industries, although attractive politically won’t work in the long term. It is indeed a complex political issue.

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Tomorrow’s Airport Frequently Asked Questions


askatoon’s Airport of tomorrow will emerge from a 10 year $105 million plan including sweeping redesign and expansion of the Terminal building. By the end of 2013 passengers will be moving through a totally redesigned airport. Final design concepts are nearing completion led by local architect Kindrachuk-Agrey. It is expected the expansion will begin in late 2011 and take approximately 24 months to complete. Primarily the expansion will focus on additional area post security to allow for additional passenger waiting area, bridges as well as food, beverage and retail outlets. Close to 60,000 square feet will be added to the existing second floor hold areas alone. Frequently Asked Questions:

it be expanded in size? A: We are working on this issue as part of the design process. There are currently three baggage claims – two for domestic flights and one for customs. The Terminal expansion calls for a fourth baggage claim to be added, and it will swing between domestic flights and customs, providing additional capacity in both areas. We’ll also have an ability to alleviate crowding by adding space to the customs area.

Q: Didn’t you just build a new Airport? A: In the last Airport redevelopment, between 1999 and 2002, we built the Terminal Building as large as possible without disrupting roads, parking, aprons or runways. The coming expansion will add a new dimension to the Terminal as a pier is extended outward to allow more gates closer to the core of the airport and shorter walks for customers.

Q: Will the Airport Improvement Fee be increased to pay for this expansion? A: We anticipate financing the entire project through the AIF at its existing level along with annual Airport profits.

Q: The customs baggage area is already crowded. Will

Q: Will money from any level of government fund the 2011 Terminal Building expansion? A: No, there are no government grants or financing for the expansion project.

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Partnerships that work...

Building Success in Saskatchewan’s Mining Supply Chain “We’re bidding on projects that we wouldn’t have looked at before,” says Tom Foster of Industrial Machine and Manufacturing in Saskatoon. Speaking of his company’s developing relationship with Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., a foundry and equipment manufacturer from New Liskeard, ON, Foster says “Together we’re able to tackle projects that neither of us could do on our own. We’re getting into new markets; we’re bidding in the States, we’re exploring joint opportunities in South America, and we’re going after projects together in Saskatchewan that were previously beyond our reach.” This is typical of the business relationships that Lester Cey is working to develop in the Saskatchewan mining community. Lester’s company, LPC Consulting, represents a consortium of twenty-two Northern Ontario firms, all of whom are experienced suppliers to the mining and

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heavy construction industries. “These Billiton Freeze Plant project at Jansen, companies have years of experience, SK, Lester connected them to Rob often with unique areas of expertise Simpson, of New Concept Industries. that make them ideal partners for local According to Simpson, “We wouldn’t firms,” says Cey. “When we bring them have known about this opportunity if together, and both sides get talking, they Lester hadn’t gotten us together. We start to see all kinds of opportunities see great potential to work with TESC together that weren’t even on the radar as our skills are a good fit for what they before.” need locally.” New Concept is a metal Some of those opportunities fabrication, welding and equipment are coming from Saskatchewan’s manufacturer based in Lanigan, SK. aboriginal communities. Bruce Simms, From Cey’s point of view, “this of Mamawe Northwest partnership model “The opportunities in Resource Partnership, really seems to be Saskatchewan’s resource is excited about a new working. We’re strategic partnership building local sectors are huge. And they’re forming with everywhere I hear the same business, building new two of the consortium joint opportunities, thing - we need people, we and we’re connecting companies, Wabi Iron & Steel, and TESC need resources. I think we S a s k a t c h e w a n need more partnerships.” companies to new Contracting Company. TESC is a Sudbury, markets as well. These ON mining contractor are literally win-win Lester Cey with an established relationships.” LPC Consulting 10,000 sq. ft. facility The consortium of in Saskatoon. twenty-two companies “These companies that Lester represents have experience in the mining sector, is an initiative of ONEDC (Ontario North and they’re very receptive to transferring Economic Development Corporation). skills to our communities,” says Simms. Lester’s company LPC Consulting is the “We give them a local presence and a Saskatchewan in-market consultant for local workforce in the North. We can the ONEDC consortium. access training and skills development programs together, we can build the aboriginal workforce, and we can For more information on the increase aboriginal participation in twenty-two companies that Lester Northern Saskatchewan’s mining represents, visit: projects.” By connecting the consortium members to local companies, and weaving them into the local business fabric, LPC Consulting helps both sides succeed. When TESC needed some local help for their work on the BHP

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New U of S undergraduate student residences: a multicultural experience


he new undergraduate student residences at the University of Saskatchewan will be an environmentally sustainable and multicultural place for hundreds of new students living on campus. Construction is well underway on two of the four new student residence buildings being built in the University of Saskatchewan’s College Quarter with construction of another exciting project, a 250-bed graduate student residence, to begin in the spring. One of the university’s priorities is to achieve a more balanced multicultural residence community with an emphasis on engagement and scholarship of Aboriginal Peoples. According to Sylvia Cholodnuik, manager of student residences, the goal is for students to live in a global community. “The University wants to enhance the student experience for those who are living on campus,” says Cholodnuik. “The logic behind making our residences a place where people from all over the world will live is to gear students’ experiences towards a more diverse environment, similar to what they might find in the workforce.”

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Not only will the new undergraduate residences house an additional 400 students starting next year (over 200 beds will be ready for the fall and the rest by January), but the buildings are just the beginning of a master plan to develop the university’s College Quarter (a 145-acre site bordered by College Dr., Preston Ave., Cumberland Ave. and 14th St.) into a pedestrian-friendly and environmentally sustainable community with not only graduate and undergraduate residences, but an assortment of commercial property and common spaces for everyone in the community. “We want life in residence to be a multicultural experience that appeals to students from all over the world,” she adds. “The new student residences will further our ability to offer students a place to gather under one roof to live, eat and work together while pursuing personal goals.” A show suite is now completed so students can get a sneak peek of their new home on campus. Photos of the four-bedroom suite are available on the U of S Flickr gallery.



Power to the people - Political revolution through social media


Commentary by M.Mouneeb Shahid, CEO,

n the past few months we have seen a major shift in the North African and Middle Eastern countries due to a democratic spark that originated from Tunisia. It all started by the self-immolation of a street vendor who set himself on fire after confiscation of his wares and harassment by municipal authorities. After this gruesome tragedy, most people could relate to the hardships imposed by the government and widespread demonstrations were held across Tunisia. This movement created a massive political unrest that ultimately brought down the 23 years of dictatorship in 28 days. The Tunisian revolution was very closely followed by Wael Ghonim, a Google executive, who had started a Facebook page called “We are all Khaled Said” back in June, 2010. The page commemorated Khaled’s torturous treatment by Egyptian authorities under the emergency law which resulted in his death. It didn’t take long for the Facebook page to become popular very quickly as many Egyptians could relate to the event. There were political discussions and talks about what could be done to deal with such events in future, but more so it was an open platform to share frustrations and provide unbiased feedback. The events in Tunisia were a mere spark in an already fueled up crowd of a frustrated generation in Egypt that was well networked through the Internet and social media. Collaborating and coordinating a widespread protest was not a problem through the Facebook page. In fact, all it took was a mere announcement and since everyone shared the same ideology on political reform, the result was a tremendous and united outcome. Millions of people protested actively across the country and as a result, once again the people were victorious. Three decades of dictatorship was over within 18 days. The trend has traversed in to neighbouring countries where the repercussions of political revolution of Tunisia and Egypt have shocked other nations. Libya in particular has been on the hotspot where violence has transcended across the borders of Tripoli and other major cities. We all hear the disturbing news of unnecessary civilian casualties as a result of a nation’s war against its own people.


The underlying fact is that such revolutions are being taken place by mostly the youth and people under 35 years of age. This group of people are also the most “connected” segment of the population using communication technologies, primarily the Internet and social media. What they say is heard by many due to the reach that they have using social media and therefore the impact is profound and powerful. Coming on more familiar turf, just a couple of years ago as we recall President Obama came in to power for a number of reasons. Certainly his prominent message of hope was powerful, but it was the way that it was communicated using infectious social media techniques that made him very popular. In all social networks Obama had a clear lead. On Facebook for instance Obama gained 10 times the new friends on election day than McCain. On MySpace Obama had 4 times more friends, on Twitter Obama led by more than 20 times more followers and overall Obama had 3 times more blog posts. The result of all this was the highest number of younger voters coming out to vote for Obama. Governments are accustomed to work and communicate a certain way. Too often we see governments ignoring means of gaining valuable information directly from the people using social media techniques and this results in a retarded response rate. In today’s fast paced environment, facilitated by technology and convenience, people are more impatient than ever. Waiting around is simply not an option whether it is for governments or businesses. Social media has consistently proven that it can facilitate communication and cause change on larger and smaller scales. It is about time we learn to embrace it more effectively so we can be part of change, otherwise we will have to embrace change that we do not want to be a part of.

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April 2011



Canadian Chamber: Keep your promise to reduce business taxes


n February, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with all the provincial and territorial chambers across the country, announced it is launching a national campaign calling on all federal parliamentarians to keep their promise of reducing business taxes. In a message to over 420 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes across Canada, Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce stated: “Our political leaders have to live up to the promises they have made. Businesses across the country have invested with the understanding that taxes would decline. A sudden change of course would constitute a broken promise to thousands of businesses and the people they employ.” With government stimulus programs ending this year, the tax reductions are especially important as they will free up capital to be put to work to grow Canada’s businesses and its economy. This strategy has been supported by a majority of parliamentarians in two federal budgets since its inception in 2007. “Government stimulus was important during the crisis, but it’s not the basis of real economic growth,” added Mr. Beatty. “Sustainable growth requires the private

sector investment that can generate new jobs and federal revenues to pay down the deficit. The current tax plan, which was supported by both Liberal and Conservative parliamentarians, is essential for that investment.” Mr. Beatty told Canadian Chamber members that Canada’s businesses need to speak out on tax competitiveness. “All Canadians lose when the political parties squabble over this issue. Our job is to help secure sustainable economic growth. We have a weak recovery underway, and we need the help the business tax strategy provides. The issue is too serious to be left to political game players.” In addition, the Canadian Chamber released a report entitled Business Tax Relief is Crucial to Canada’s Economic Success. In its report, the Canadian Chamber outlines that Canada has made steady progress in improving its business tax competitiveness over the last decade and that those actions have not gone unnoticed. The report demonstrates that increasing taxes on Canadian families and businesses is the wrong way to eliminate deficits. In a highly integrated global economy, the tax base is constantly on the move. Skilled workers, businesses, jobs and capital move easily across national borders, seeking the best economic opportunities. They are drawn to low-cost, low-tax environments. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will be working with its membership and Canadian business all across the country over the coming weeks to continue to sensitize the federal politicians of the importance of this issue for Canada’s economic prosperity. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 420 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 192,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. With global demand for natural resources increasing – driven by developing economies – Canada’s remote communities are among the brightest spots in our economy today, and will play an even greater role in worldwide economic development. “The economic potential of remote communities is very much on the minds of Canada’s businesses, community stakeholders and various levels of government,” said Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “That one of Canada’s largest corporations and a Canadian Chamber member is undertaking an initiative that engages some of the country’s smallest businesses – also Canadian Chamber members directly or through their local chamber – is a testament to the reach and relevancy of the Canadian Chamber to economic policy discussions in Canada.”

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COMMITTEE UPDATES COMMITTEE CHAIRS Aboriginal Opportunities Melanie Stroh - Radisson Hotel Lana Binning - RAVE

Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month - 9:00-10:30 am

Agribusiness Development Bert Sutherland - Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

Business Growth Tracy Arno- Adecco Employment Services Ltd. Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month - 8:00 am

Celebrate Success! Monica Kreuger - Global Infobrokers Troy Davies - M.D. Ambulance Care

Meetings: Depending on need - more closer to event

Environment & Sustainability Al Scholz - A.N. Scholz & Associates Inc. Shane Borchard - Cameco

ABORIGINAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE The Aboriginal Opportunities Committee began a new initiative in late March. A focus group was held to discuss the challenges Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis owned businesses face. The Committee learned how the Chamber can better support these businesses in order to help them grow and expand.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE The Government Affairs Committee has prepared a reaction to the Provincial budget which was released in late March. Please check the Chamber website for the Chamber’s reaction to the budget.

BUSINESS GROWTH COMMITTEE The Business by Design Technology Series was up and running again Thursday mornings in March. Members were encouraged to attend five different sessions with great speakers including; Harley Rivet, Brett Bailey & Jules Ouellette, Mike Klein, Melanie Schenstead & Joel Garand, and Brian Hnatiw.

Meetings: Last Monday of the month - 3:30-5:30 pm

Future Opportunities Bill Brooks - eclecthink international Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month - 8:00 am

Going Global Ken Ziegler - Robertson Stromberg Pedersen LLP Monica Kreuger - Global Infobrokers Troy Davies - M.D. Ambulance Care

SCIENCE CITY COMMITTEE The Science City Committee would like to thank all organizations that participated in the Science in the City initiative in early 2011. Attendees were provided non-scientific information about the organization as well as a tour of the facility. This event was well received by the membership and the committee is possibly looking towards facilitating this event again in early Fall.

Meetings: Depending on need

Government Affairs Christian Braid - Braid Flooring and Window Fashions Inc.

Meetings: 1st Wednesday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

Health Opportunities Dave Dutchak - MD Ambulance Care Ltd. Debby Criddle - Bayshore Home Health Meetings: TBA

Knowledge & Youth Development Dawn Wotherspoon - ClubMynx Fitness Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the month - 5:30 pm

Membership Development Troy Larmer - United Group of Companies

Meetings: 2nd Friday of the month - 12:00-1:30 pm

Science City Carol Reynolds - Genome Prairie Sanj Singh - Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial


Meetings: Depending on need More information available online at under Committees.


CELEBRATE SUCCESS COMMITTEE Celebrate Success! SABEX applications have now been received and we’re excited to start the judging process!! Finalists will be announced at our Finalist Reception on April 13th 2011 at Prairieland Park. Join us for an incredible evening of networking, champagne and delectable cuisine as we honour the Saskatoon region’s finest businesses! The Celebrate Success! Awards Gala will take place Wednesday, May 18th, at TCU Place. Tickets can be purchased online at

AGRIBUSINESS COMMITTEE On Tuesday, March 15th the Agribusiness Committee met to discuss “The Last Cattle Frontier” with speaker Naomi D. Paley, Livestock Specialist Regional Services Branch, Ministry of Agriculture. Participants were excited to learn about the Last Cattle Frontier and it’s endeavors. The Last Cattle Frontier project operated for a total of six years promoting the benefits of farming and living in East Central Saskatchewan to people and ranchers from Alberta and beyond. Besides the obvious benefits of increasing rural populations the new influx of people brought with them new ideas and provided valuable diversity to our local communities. April 2011


CHAMBER EVENTS On Tap with the Chamber

Shaken with a Twist Series at TUSQ

Join us the first Wednesday of every month in the Rhino Room at Earls Restaurant & Lounge for Chamber on Tap, where your host Troy Larmer has a “pint sized chat” with a prominent business leader in Saskatoon in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy refreshments and network with others in the business community while getting to know the guest of honour a little bit better. In March, Chamber on Tap featured Tom McClocklin of Colliers McClocklin Real Estate Corp (shown below, left). For information on future Pint Sized Chats be sure to check out for details. Photos courtesy of Grant Romancia.

On January 27th 2011, the Chamber’s “Shaken with a Twist” series, hosted at TUSQ in the Staquatto Lounge, featured speaker Dawn Wotherspoon. Dawn is the owner of ClubMynx, who spoke about the success of her alternative fitness studio in Saskatoon. This evening’s sponsor was Monica Kreuger and Praxis School of Entrepreneurship. Past speakers and sponsors include February 17th with Rebecca Simpson & Jordana Jacobson of Cravings Maternity & Baby - sponsored by Braid Flooring & Window Fashions. Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique, Cravings Kids, The Cupcake Conspiracy and Tusq. March 17th featured Brynn Boback-Lane of Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan - sponsored by: Braid Flooring & Window Fashions, Children’s Hospital Foudation of Saskatchewan and Tusq. The next “Shaken with a Twist” series will be held on April 21st at TUSQ. See for details.

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TCU Financial Group is a local business proudly working with local businesses like Arctic Spas, Saskatoon.

“Arctic Spas is making a splash with help from our TCU Business Services partnership. Business is very good.� - Chuck Walker, Owner, Arctic Spas, Saskatoon TCU has made a commitment to helping proprietors, professionals, partners and small business owners achieve commercial success with practical financial business solutions. Our TCU Business Services Team is a group of experts ready to provide you with financial solutions for your unique business situation - like we have done for Chuck and his team at Arctic Spas. Visit us in-person or call to make an appointment with one of our Business Services Team representatives for a stress-free and informative consultation.

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Bamboo Shoots Audio Visual - Equipment / Productions / Rental AND Video / Film - Productions / Equipment 639 Main St, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 933-4212 Russ Besenski / Adrienne Thomas Bill’s House of Flowers Florists AND Retail 712 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-8809 Jana Ellis Bus Sales of Saskatoon Ltd. Automobile - Lease / Rental / Sales AND Transportation Industry 3234 Millar Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 933-3135 Rudy Goertzen Canadian Youth Business Foundation Business Development / Information Services AND Non-Profit Organizations 301-129 21st St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-1824 Jeff Taylor Catterall & Wright Consulting Engineering Consultants - Engineering 1221 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 343-7280 Carleen Bartel / Lyle McLeod Comedy on Demand Entertainment / Attractions AND Video / Film Productions / Equipment Phone: (306) 229-5544 Matthew Murray Dark & Twisted Smoke Shop Corp. Retail AND Retail - Gift & Novelty 102-626 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-2706 Sheldon Lakinger Dekker Security Building Systems Consulting Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 716-9750 Ron Dekker ESTI Consulting Services Computers - Sales / Services / Supplies AND Consultants - Computer 812 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-2436 Mark Dick / Simon Gadd Feng, Zhihai Individual Members Global Transportation Hub Authority (GTHA) Transportation Industry AND Government Agencies - Provincial / Federal 350-1777 Victoria Ave, Regina Phone: (306) 787-4842 Rachael Campbell-Toth

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New Members

Homes by Ens Ltd. Home Builders / Renovations PO Box 1622 Stn Main, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 933-9864 Allan Ens J. Lou Charlebois Consulting Associates Consultants AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 280-3020 Lou Charlebois Layon International Electronic & Telecom Co. Ltd. Home-Based Business Chen Bao Yi Li, Jianhao Individual Members Li, Xianhe Individual Members Li, Zhibin Individual Members Liang, Hua Zhao Individual Members Liew, Judy Yang Individual Members Phone: (306) 880-2282 M. V. Consultants AND Janitorial / House Cleaning Services Phone: (306) 955-9606 Toffic Salah Nature Conservancy of Canada Environmental / Recycling AND Non-Profit Organizations Hangar 16, 16 Wayne Hicks Lane, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-4020 Larry Gabruch Nova-Tek Innovations Inc. Computers - Sales / Services / Supplies AND Graphic Design 15-1724 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 665-7885 Matthew Murray Prosper Consulting Inc. Consultants - Employment / Training AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 227-1101 Silas Dain Robertson Organizational Development Consultants Consultants - Business AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 477-0951 Douglas Robertson

Rock Creek Tap & Grill Restaurants 102-1820 McOrmond Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 979-7337 Jim Beck

Rosler Construction Agricultural Implements AND Construction 120 71st St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 933-0033 Dwayne Rosler S & E Trusted Online Directory DBA: Trusted Internet AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 341-3003 Ele Smiroldo Street Side Signs Signs AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 381-7070 Pat Wilmot Sylvan Learning Centre Education / Training 407 1st Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 978-7323 Madeline Fernandes / Neville Fernandes Telus Communications Internet AND Telecommunications / Wireless Phone: (306) 716-9246 Shawn Brennan Tron Power LP Contractors AND Mining Equipment / Supplies 301-2555 Grasswood Rd E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-4989 Jonathan Louie / Doug Reynolds U of S - Huskie Athletics Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan 87 Campus Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 966-1025 Basil Hughton Xie, Chunling Individual Members Zhang, Feng Individual Members

To refer your leads or for membership information, please contact:

Derek Crang

(306) 664-0702 Visit today under Member Services for more details, or contact the Chamber Office at (306) 244-2151




April 2011


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