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BUSINESS View August 2011
Helping people achieve personal goals through skill development
Education in the City Highlighting educational institutions in Saskatoon
Earl Driedger, owner of Maximum Training - Image by Grant Romancia
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t is the middle of summer and most of us have been enjoying a different pace, more sunshine, more outdoors, great events like the Jazz Festival, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Fringe, outdoor markets, a Taste of Saskatchewan, walks along the river after work, the cabin, and long weekends. For those with children, there is the reprieve from dropping them off at school activities, making lunches or parent teacher meetings. We have a fabulous city in the summer! It seems too early to think about our theme this issue education. But the time passes quickly and before anyone is prepared, school will be upon us. However, education is much more than schools and classrooms. For many of us it is an ongoing practice, one that happens often outside the classroom. In a study done by Statistics Canada on how entrepreneurs prefer to learn, informal training, mentoring on the job training and tutoring are the most popular methods of learning for SMEs. Most people are too busy to take traditional formal education but given the need for all of us to continue to grow in our knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to serve our clients well in a global economy, there are many ways to do that in addition to traditional methods. Webinars are popular, distance education where people can take classes at their own pace, videoconferencing, peer mentoring…there is a wide range of alternatives today. And then there is the ongoing review of industry and business information gleaned through business magazines, online forums, associations, conferences and other places where
people gather to discuss issues of the day, share information and learn. And most business people will tell you that they have learned most from their mistakes. We are in a country, a province, and a city where we have access to excellent public and private education alternatives. Education is considered a right and even though we have work to do to connect more people to the education available, we all can avail ourselves of the opportunity PRESIDENT to learn, advance our knowledge and as a result, the capacity to Monica Kreuger innovate in our community. There is much we are doing well in the world but perhaps the most important commitment we can each make is to continue to develop our skills and knowledge through formal and informal education and to encourage and support others to do the same. None of us should ever become complacent about what we know. This above all, is what will prepare us for the next century. Have a glorious rest of the summer! - Monica Kreuger
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2011-12 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 Berglund CTV
Gerry Bonsal SIAST Kelsey Campus
Debby Criddle Bayshore Home Health
Evan Drisner Nu-Fab - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry
Lynn E. Hnatick MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman LLP
Randell Morris Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology
Shawna Nelson Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon
Rhonda Speiss PotashCorp
Tony Van Burgsteden AREVA Resources Canada Inc.
W. Brett Wilson Centre of Entrepreneurial Excellence, U of S
PROFILE MAXIMUM TRAINING
Maximum Training - helping people achieve personal goals through skill development
aximum Training has been involved in the truck driver training industry for over 10 years as a business, and owner Earl Driedger himself has been training for over 15 years amongst his overall 25 years in the transport industry. The passion for this business started at age 15 while taking basic driver education and through his general life and work experiences it became a natural career path. “The recession caused a lot of experienced drivers from surrounding provinces to seek jobs in Saskatchewan, and employers had many choices when hiring in 2010” says Driedger. “This
Maximum Training has now expanded into motorcycle training and skill development (Photo: Grant Romancia)
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year in 2011 employers began picking up the phone and asking for drivers again to fill positions. Although 2009 and 2010 were weaker years in the driver training industry, 2011 is developing into a very positive year.” Often, clients put off their training until the spring and summer months but Driedger wants people to know they can beat the spring rush by training in the fall and winter time. “These times offer ice and snow with certified instructors beside you, versus facing the elements alone for the first time,” he says. After 10 years of business, Maximum Training has now expanded into offering motorcycle training. “Motorcycle training has such a broad spectrum of riders it has made the program very interesting,” says Dreidger. “Once again the passion for this program has been ignited. We train motorcyclists who have never ridden motorcycles to experienced riders who want to A passion for the industry and over 15 years get rid of bad habits or simply of instructing experience has led to success develop a higher skill level. for Earl Driedger, owner of Maximum Training We are proud to be the only (Photo: Grant Romancia) Saskatchewan representative for the Canadian Safety introducing an on-road training Councils Gearing Up Program which program for those who have completed is recognized throughout Canada.” the Gearing Up Program, which is Motorcycle damage and injury attracting great interest from the public often occurs at low speeds, while a and the safety industry. drop or slow-speed collision will cause Often instructors are asked, “How hundreds of dollars damage, not to do you have the patience? How can you mention injury. The development of put up with traffic and other drivers on low speed skills are the fundamentals the road? How do you teach some of that teach one skills at higher speeds. these people?” Driedger sums up the value of this Driedger’s response is that “the type of education: “When considering answer is so simple, both for our truck property damage or injury, the cost of a and motorcycle division: when a person training program is extremely minimal comes to you they may need a new career and potentially could save your life or to create income because they have without you even knowing it.” Continued on Page 17 Maximum Training is also
EDUCATION IN THE CITY
GDI Apprenticeship Initiative - linking Aboriginal apprentices with Saskatchewan employers By Lisa Wilson
he Gabriel Dumont ‘Red Seal’ program. Institute (GDI) has GDI is the official recently announced a education arm of the Métis multi-million dollar Nation—Saskatchewan and project to improve the the largest Métis educational participation of Aboriginal institution in Canada. In 1980, people in apprenticeship in GDI was incorporated to serve Saskatchewan. The new GDI the educational and cultural Apprenticeship Initiative needs of Saskatchewan’s Métis will provide funding so that community. In addition to the employers can take on Métis new Apprenticeship Initiative, and First Nations apprentices. GDI offers a wide variety of The funding is in the education opportunities and form of wage subsidies services for Métis people that will help offset costs across the province, including to employers of hiring and programs at the university, training apprentices. The technical, and upgrading program recognizes the levels. In addition, career unique training needs of The GDI Apprenticeship Initiative will help employers train and employment services apprentices and therefore, Aboriginal apprentices (Photo courtesy of GDI) are offered in more than a offers wage subsidies for up dozen Métis communities via to 52 weeks, which are also the Training & Employment Aboriginal apprentices and at the same renewable. This helps ensure that Métis time help Aboriginal people to access arm of GDI. Moreover, dozens of and First Nations apprentices and the good jobs in the trades. It’s a win-win scholarships and bursaries are awarded indenturing employers can receive the situation.” each year to Métis students by way of a support they need for the apprenticeship The practical on-the-job training Métis Scholarship Foundation. In 2011 period. At the end of the apprenticeship of an apprenticeship is combined with GDI celebrated the graduation of 1,000 period employers are encouraged to hire in-school educational components SUNTEP teacher graduates since 1984, the Métis apprentices. designed to provide the apprentice with and surpassed the $1 million mark in “Reports indicate the trades sector the skills necessary to be competent scholarships awarded under the GDI is facing moderate to severe labour in a trade. Most apprenticeships scholarship foundation. supply shortages,” said GDI’s Vice Chair involve about 80 percent work-based The new GDI Apprenticeship Glenn Lafleur. "The GDI Apprenticeship training (under the direction of a highly Initiative is funded by the Skills Initiative will help employers train skilled journeyperson) and 20 percent and Partnership Fund, an initiative classroom or shop technical of Human Resources and Skills training. Generally, Development Canada, along with apprenticeships take four key partners such as the Ministry of years to complete, however, Highways and Infrastructure, the they can range from one Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Trade to five years in length Certification Commission, and private depending on the trade. sector apprenticeship employers Upon successful completion throughout the province, who together of the apprenticeship will contribute approximately $8 program and passing million to the project over three years. the certification exams, The initiative also builds capacity the apprentice receives a within GDI by training educational Certificate of Completion counsellors who will coordinate and of Apprenticeship manage apprenticeships between and a Journeyperson Aboriginal workers and employers, as Certificate of Qualification. well as developing a long-term strategy Journeyperson certification for apprenticeship programming at GDI offers a wide variety of education with a seal is recognized GDITE. For more information contact opportunities and services for Métis people across Canada through the GDI at 242-6070. across the province (Photo courtesy of GDI) Interprovincial Standards
EDUCATION IN THE CITY
Busy month of June for Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
he month of June was very busy for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) staff and students. Three major events were the 2nd Annual Presidents Pancake Breakfast, 2011 SIIT Convocation, and the 13th Annual SIIT Scholarship Golf Tournament. The annual President’s Pancake Breakfast is for the purpose of bringing the community together and raising money for a charity chosen by the President. This year on June 10th, 2011, President Randell Morris donated the funds raised to the Nurse Navigator Position at the Leslie and Irene Dubé Urology Centre of Health located at St. Paul’s Hospital. On June 16th, 2011 SIIT held their Convocation at TCU Place in Saskatoon. There was a total of 258 graduates in attendance, and as of May 30th, 2011 there were a total of 1505 graduates from all programs. Programs and courses run up until the end of June each fiscal year. The final event of June was the SIIT 13th Annual Scholarship Tournament that is sold out in 3 weeks every year. This support shows how much our partnerships and relationships with the local community is important. This tournament provides immense support to our students annually with scholarships to assist with their studies.
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A total of 258 graduates were in attendance at the June Convocation of SIIT (Photo courtesy of SIIT)
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SIAST wins NSERC grant with cutting-edge green technology had to get our house ready before we put it on the market, so to speak, and NSERC was impressed.” “We’ve gained credibility for future funding to sustain the environment,” Dr. Khalid says. “Our goal is improving water quality in Saskatchewan.” Dr. Khalid describes the initiative as “a team project” in partnership with two Saskatchewanbased companies: EcoLibra SIAST, Kelsey Campus located in Saskatoon Systems and Ground Effects Environmental Services. (Photo courtesy of SIAST) He’s also quick to praise ot everyone thrills to the clean, green potential of a lagoon of the contributions of SIAST students
livestock sewage or a pond of industrial wastewater. But Dr. Salim Khalid can hardly contain his enthusiasm about two SIAST applied research projects focused on cleaning them up. “I like to take up a challenge, that’s my nature,” says the Chemical Technology program head. “There are many green applications that could come from our research down the road. We could give water back for reuse by industries or replenish the lakes where the water came from.” Dr. Khalid is energized about the potential future benefits of removing ammonia from rural sewage lagoons and extracting harmful contaminants such as heavy metals, hydrocarbons and PCBs from industrial wastewaters. So energized, in fact, he almost forgets to mention a significant fact: These two applied research projects represent SIAST’s first Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant. The $200,000 awarded in 2010 for the two-year initiative marks a significant milestone, further establishing SIAST’s mission to be become a leader in applied research. “This is our opportunity to show we can do what we say we can do,” says Dr. Khalid. “We spent a lot of time in 2009 laying the groundwork for our application – building relationships, finding partners and networking. We
“We’ve gained credibility for future funding to sustain the environment,” Dr. Khalid says. “Our goal is improving water quality in Saskatchewan.”
underway – improvements in specialized equipment for more efficient ammonia extraction and an electrical coagulation technique to separate out industrial by-products – will create practical solutions. He’d like to see the research applied to municipal wastewater recycling and put to use by the oil-and-gas and agricultural sectors to clean up the wastewater that is a byproduct of both industries. He’s also exploring how to recycle contaminants removed from the wastewater to create reusable products. “Along the way we’re also exposing students to the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills they’ll need in the future as researchers,” says Dr. Khalid. The work he and his students are undertaking positions SIAST as an applied research leader. And it puts Saskatchewan forward as a leader in green technology.
Dr. Salim Khalid, SIAST’s Chemical Technology program head (Photo courtesy of SIAST) Christina Frayne and Danielle Bader. Over the past year, research focused on optimizing lab techniques; later testing will move into the field. “We’re making good progress,” says Dr. Khalid. Dr. Khalid hopes the innovations
Students Christina Frayne and Danielle Bader have contributed to Dr. Khalid’s research (Photo courtesy of SIAST) August 2011
Experiencing business education at the U of S
tudents taking advantage of cooperative learning programs in the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan land jobs after graduation 100 per cent of the time. “In 2007 we launched Edwards Career Services with the purpose to enhance the undergraduate student experience,” said its director, Brent Wellman. “We offer experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom with our co-operative programming.” Through the Co-operative Education Program, third-year business students have the chance to work for up to eight months—split into two four-month placements from January to August—in a full-time position with a local organization, explained Wellman. “These placements make use of the students’ education and give the students the chance to make connections between classroom instruction and reallife work situations,” he said, adding that students in all business majors can participate in the program and that the experience is recognized on their transcripts and parchment degree. Wellman sees it as a win-win situation. Beyond making connections between class and career, students also connect with mentors, said Wellman. “Finding a mentor can be a valuable experience for students and can provide a lot of insight into figuring out what career path to pursue.” Students also benefit from eight months of full-time paid work experience, he said. “The opportunity
to work for that length of time provides real experience working on real projects. This contributes to the student’s educational experience and improves employability upon graduation,” Wellman explained, pointing to a 100 per cent employment rate for co-op students immediately after graduation compared to 74 per cent of non-coop students, although some recent graduates travel or continue their education as opposed to pursuing a career. The partner organizations also benefit. “Employers get the chance to hire an eager and well-educated student,” he said. “Because it is for eight months, they can dedicate the student to a specific need or project and get specific expertise.” Another employer advantage is the program is “more viable financially for a company to bring in a student for eight months rather than hiring a fulltime employee. But the truth is most students do become full-time employees of the company with which they were placed once they graduate. This saves recruitment and training costs as well.” Wellman stresses the importance of identifying a need for the employer as the best way to ensure mutual benefit. “We always ask potential employers what their needs are. Then we determine if we can meet those needs. The important thing is that the organization’s needs and resources match our timelines and skills of the students.” According to Wellman, the coop program, now five years old, has proven to be quite successful. “More
than 50 local companies have taken part in placements; everything from government, corporations and industry. There are diverse opportunities from mining to advertising to public accounting.” Expectations in 2012 are pretty high, said Wellman. “We already have 70 students enrolled looking for placements starting in January. We are also starting an experiential learning component to the MBA program this fall.” For more information, call (306) 966-1283 or (306) 966-1454 or email email@example.com.
Jantina Kowbel, a third-year management student in Edwards School of Business, struck gold this past January by enrolling in the Co-operative Education Program and landing a position with Claude Resources. “I love the decision I made to enrol in the program,” said Kowbel, who has been working in human resources for the gold mining company. “It is exactly what I wanted to do. It gives me the opportunity to learn and make a difference.” The program not only confirmed that she picked the right career path, but has also supplemented her in-class experience. “What I have learned in school is great, and has been improved by having the chance to apply it in a real-world setting. The extra perspective and personal growth I have gained from this placement is amazing.”
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In Kowbel’s opinion, employers benefit too. “It’s a low-cost way to get a good employee. Because we chose to enrol in the program, placement organizations get students who are eager to get the experience. It is a great stepping stone.”
EDUCATION IN THE CITY
Entrepreneurship as a career - the Praxis method
n July this year, thirty people launched their companies after what entrepreneurs do. Some of their best work happens completing the 2010/2011 StartSMART program at the at 2 a.m. so if they have a question, there will be someone Praxis School of Entrepreneurship to give them support early the next day located in Ideas Inc. Begun in 1991, if not at 2 a.m.” says Monica Kreuger, the school has worked with over 750 President of Praxis. entrepreneurs while they took an idea “We also believe in the value they were passionate about, researched of learning about the mechanics of and developed into something enterprising – hence the name Praxis – that was viable, and developed the Latin for the point at which theory and entrepreneurial management skills practice meet,” explains Kreuger. The and networks needed to implement program has an intensive, experiential the idea. based workshop portion lasting 10 As Adele Kulyk, President and weeks that takes people through the CEO of Global Healthcare Connections development of an idea, management states, “I will tell you that the past skills, networks and a business, year has certainly had its challenges culminating in the presentation of and accomplishments. Starting a a comprehensive business plan to a new business is a big job, let alone group of business people. Then they deciding on a new industry with Global are provided coaching and mentorship Connections! I am so thankful that I for the first 6 months of their business made the decision to do this, but it so that they continue to have access to would not have been possible to take support and experience. such a big leap without the belief and They are connected to a variety of ongoing support of my family, and the resources in the business community entire Praxis team. so that they can develop the essential The Praxis team is made up of business networks that they need to practicing entrepreneurs, hence survive and thrive. Praxis also offers a the school’s motto - entrepreneurs Above - The Technology Room at Praxis distance option for people who might teaching entrepreneurs. One of the International Institute. Below - the Great be working, in a smaller centre or in best ways to learn how to set up Room (Pictures courtesy of Praxis) another province or country. and run a business is through the The program starts every April, facilitation and coaching of people who have been there and July, October and January and the intake process is done that. Participants have access to advice, ideas, support thorough. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone so people and expertise 24/7 through phone, in person, email and are referred to other career search options if this is not the skype. “We don’t close down at 5 on Friday because that isn’t right one for them. Due to the success of the training method for adults, Praxis built and launched an eco-friendly high school last year, Praxis International Institute, located in the Craik Eco Village across the highway from Craik, Saskatchewan. The principles of the school are Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Global Citizenry, and Technology. “Over the past year the school has hosted some amazing international camps for youth from around the world,” says Kreuger. “This fall we have our first full time students. As the first fully private high school option in the province, it will cater to creative youth from around the world who want the opportunity of a hands on environment where they can experiment, create and learn in what some have called the biggest home school in the west. “Young people will learn the Saskatchewan curriculum and more in a fluid learning space where the practical and International youth busy making pizza with Canadian the theoretical come together. We can’t wait to see what they create. Perhaps we will see one of your children there!” children at the Eco Village (Picture courtesy of Praxis)
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Research funding for new wheat varieties
n July, Mr. Brad Trost, MP for Saskatoon-Humboldt, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration and Minister responsible for Innovation, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Bjornerud, Minister of Agriculture, announced more than $5.6 million in research funding that will result in new wheat varieties for Canadian farmers. “The Government of Canada is investing in science and research to create jobs, economic growth and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” MP Trost said. “These investments will help farmers and others in the agricultural industry by increasing the diversity of high quality wheat produced in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner.” “Agriculture research is a continuing priority for our government and we are pleased to fund this important project,” Minister Norris said. “This research will result in new varieties of wheat that will benefit our producers and the entire agriculture industry.” This project will be managed by Genome Prairie and is part of the $8.5 million Canadian Triticum Advancement through Genomics (CTAG) project. It will also represent
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Canada’s contribution to the new international sequencing effort led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWSWG). The CTAG project was provided $4.1 million in funding through Genome Canada’s 2010 Large Scale Applied Research Project Competition, announced on March 25, 2011 as part of $60 million in Government of Canada funding for 16 new Genome Canada applied research projects that will use genomics research to improve key sectors of the Canadian economy. The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $1.5 million through its Agriculture Development Fund. Research in Saskatchewan will be lead by Drs. Curtis Pozniak and Pierre Hucl, working out of the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. “This research is timely and necessary, and supports other international efforts in providing Canadian wheat breeders with tools and resources to accelerate wheat improvement to meet the global challenge of increased food production,” Genome Prairie President and CEO Wilf Keller said. “Research is vital to the growth of our industry,” Western Canadian Wheat Growers Saskatchewan Vice-President Geoffrey Hewson said. “This project will lead to new and improved wheat varieties that will benefit producers for years to come.”
AWARDS & HONOURS Walter Murray student Rui Song named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Rui Song, a 15 year old Walter Murray student has been named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 by Youth in Motion. In 2010 at the age of 14, she was the youngest person to win the $5000 top prize in the history of the national SanofiAventis BioTalent Challenge. Her project found genetic markers in two similar types of fungus in lentil crops - one of which attacks the plant aggressively and causes serious crop loss and the other which is less serious. By determining a test for the fungus, farmers could then more efficiently treat their crops knowing which disease their lentils had. The award is designed to identify and reward young Canadians who have demonstrated innovation, achievement and leadership. “It is a great honor to Rui Song, to her family and to Rui’s school, Walter Murray Collegiate, for her to be named as a Top 20 Under 20 Award Winner,” says George Rathwell, Director of Education of Saskatoon Public Schools. “Rui is a wonderful citizen of Walter Murray Collegiate who is well known amongst her peers and her teachers as a gifted student and brilliant Mathematician, as well as a highlyskilled debater, a leader, a creative student in all academic areas, and she is especially known for her sense of humour.” “Rui is an outstanding young person who has already displayed great wisdom and creativity in her work and her studies,” continues Rathwell. “The entire Saskatoon Public School Division is extremely proud of her for her many academic accomplishments and for the great citizenship she displays amongst her peers and in our community.”
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Celebrating Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes August 6th & 7th
n August 6th to 7th, 2011, Saskatchewan’s tradition of honouring our veterans continues with the hosting of the Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes being held at the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway. The event will showcase demonstrations by such favorites as the Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron and the CF-18 Hornet. However, this year will also include unique features that complement the aviation performances and focus on the Project’s primary theme: “Honouring Veterans and Supporting the Troops”. The event will launch Canada’s inaugural “National Concert for the Troops” with tribute appearances from artists and bands who have already performed for the troops in Afghanistan or other parts of the world. This year Glass Tiger and country artist Julian Austin spearhead the line-up with First Nation’s Blues-guitar wizard George Leach joining in (George’s Grandfather was a WWII Veteran). In addition, the Ladies for Liberty will travel from Kentucky to Saskatoon and bring a flavor of WWII era tunes made popular by the Andrews Sisters. Songwriter Dennis
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Leclair will also perform one tribute song “To Our Canadian Troops” each day of the event. One particular feature this year will be Canada’s firstever appearance from the United States Air Force Honour Guard Drill Team; approvals had to pass through various Pentagon and U.S. Consulate Offices for this first-time visit, with the result certainly being a one-time only opportunity for Saskatchewan residents to experience the formality and precision of this highly regarded U.S. Military Ceremonial Team. The Canada Remembers Tribute to Veterans Project was created in 1995 to recognize the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII. Over the years this project has educated and entertained well over 400,000 people and has helped raise over $450,000 for a variety of non-profit, community-based and charitable programs; to date, five nationally televised documentaries about this Saskatoon tribute have aired across Canada, with the 6th edition, ‘Festival for Heroes’ being filmed on site Aug. 5th-7th with a national release date on the Vision Network set for Nov. 11th, 2011.
INTERNATIONAL MANPOWER INC.
International solutions to local staffing shortages
s Saskatchewan continues to grow the Mercan Group of Companies who permits to stay longer in Canada, IMP its economy, local businesses are provide full-service, recruitment-to- offers efficient processing services. steadily facing staffing shortages. settlement assistance and immigration These programs turn short-term In this ever-prevalent situation, to Canadian firms experiencing labour staffing solutions into long-term human International Manpower Inc. (IMP) has shortages. From locating qualified resource answers. been able to enhance companies’ human people to Canadian immigration, In addition to these services, resources strategies by filling staffing the Group is uniquely positioned to IMP works with foreign investors shortages with international employees. deliver effective solutions in a timely, and entrepreneurs, assisting them Michael Lieffers, in the immigration president of IMP, process and business explains that both the planning in Canada. federal and provincial IMP introduces governments offer potential immigration complimentary candidates to necessary programs which professional contacts, give companies helping them to better the opportunity to establish themselves in welcome qualified the Canadian economy. foreign workers into the In terms of Canadian workplace social responsibility, and community. Mercan Group of This solution has Companies has given already worked for back to areas from many companies which many foreign in Saskatchewan, workers originated. and the trend is not They recently donated diminishing. With over 10,000 units of their assistance, medicine kits to the local companies have Department of Labour welcomed food and Employment counter attendants, International Manpower Inc. (IMP) helps businesses fill their staffing of the Philippines. welders, mechanics shortages with international employees The medicine kits truck drivers, cooks, which cost a total of nurses and many other professionals convenient, and customized manner. US$200,000.00, equipped nurses and specialists to their workplaces. IMP proposes the opportunities under the Nurses Assigned in Rural More and more business owners are available to you, and their effective Services program with tools that can recognizing the benefits of international processing system allows qualified help them in their service training. foreign workers to be easily and quickly Under the program, unemployed nurses recruitment. IMP, based in Saskatoon, is part of placed within a workplace. will be mobilized in their hometowns IMP and Mercan as warriors for wellness to implement Group’s services primary health and school nutrition are not limited to programs, maternal health programs Saskatchewan. The and initiate first line diagnosis. They Saskatoon office will also provide information about manages and services community water sanitation practices, Canadian clients conduct health surveillance and from coast to coast. immunize children and mothers. Once workers have If your company is struggling to arrived in Canada, find qualified workers or if you are a Mercan Group offers foreign worker looking for assistance in their immigration immigration, IMP can help you! services (over Located at #703 in the CIBC Tower 35,000 approved (203-21st Street East) in downtown applicants), helping Saskatoon, IMP welcomes interested to reunite families. clients to drop in, call (1-306-651-5335) For companies or email (email@example.com) for more More businesses are recognizing the benefits of wishing to extend information. (website: impcanada.ca). international employee recruitment their foreign workers’
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MEMBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Yanke Group of Companies latest tenant at Global Transportation hub
anke Group of Companies President and CEO Russell Marcoux along with Global Transportation Hub (GTH) Board Chair Wayne Elhard and Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for the GTH Jim Reiter, officially announced the beginning of the company’s new three-stage development in the city of Regina on July 12th Yanke and their affiliate organization, AFI Distribution Group’s 40-acre project will be the next major transportation and logistics centre at the Global Transportation Hub. Yanke’s total investment in the GTH is valued at up to $20 million and their presence will bring up to 400 to 500 truck loads per week at the GTH and 40 new jobs to the city. “Our concept plan for this site involves expansion, the development of new service offerings and greater efficiencies for each of our operating entities,” Marcoux said. “The potential and the infrastructure are a great fit for our operations as the major anchor tenants of the GTH have long-standing relationships with Yanke. “The addition of the Yanke Group of Companies to the GTH is another major step forward for what is clearly one of the most important economic development initiatives in Saskatchewan”, Elhard said. “The GTH has the opportunity to be a recognized, world class template for cooperation, participation and efficient operation of multiple
transportation modes and we are pleased to welcome Yanke as a partner.” Yanke joins Canadian Pacific and Canadian Logistics Services, which serves the Loblaw Group of Companies, in locating to the GTH which is made up of about 2,000 acres of serviced land. “Yanke’s arrival at the GTH is important as it will further stimulate provincial economic development by providing enhanced and more efficient access to global supply chains for Saskatchewan exporters,” Reiter said. “This addition will enhance Saskatchewan’s growing profile in a world that needs energy and food security.” Yanke’s initial plan for development at the GTH encompasses a yard for its intermodal and over the road, truck and trailer operations, along with expansion of AFI Distribution Group’s services which include refrigerated warehousing and transportation. Yanke will also develop a storage yard for containers to facilitate supply and fluidity for shippers, with additions to include a transload bulk or bagged operation to compliment the needs for Saskatchewantype commodities and a refrigerated warehouse facility that will service current clients, as well as many other local and international food producers and distributors.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Saskatoon Boiler Mfg. Co. opens a new regional Maximum Training continued from page 5 office in Weyburn Saskatoon Boiler Mfg. Co. Ltd. announces the establishment of their South East Saskatchewan Regional Branch Office to 509 Railway Avenue in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. “This is an exciting development for our firm and our customers in this area” Ray Graves, President of Saskatoon Boiler, says. “We have many long term and loyal customers in south east Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota, and the establishment of this office will provide improved attention and service. A major parts stock is in place in our Weyburn office which is also welcomed by our customers.” The oil industry in this area holds great potential for Saskatoon Boiler in boilers and pressure vessels, and prompts a lot of development in peripheral industries. It is a level of activity that holds high potential for other Saskatoon firms and Graves expects to see migration “south” in the near future. “The opportunities are enormous” says Graves. For information contact manager Wilbur Grams at 306842-2408.
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personal or financial issues and are in a potentially gloomy place in their lives. Or they may have an opportunity to better themselves within their current employment. “Someone may want to ride a motorcycle because it is something they have always wanted to do. We want to help open the door to achieving a personal goal, opening a door to a new career or to new adventure through education and training.” According to Driedger, the reward as an instructor is the feeling that opportunity is given to others, and the gratification that his clients express to him. “Years after, we run into clients and they express how we have changed their lives and how much they enjoyed our instruction,” he says. “The personal reward and satisfaction is the reason why we dig deeper for understanding and patience. The client who you could swear never road a 10-speed bicycle before is now riding a motorcycle, the client who saved his homestead and stops into see you every year to ask how I and my staff are doing, the client who owns a business and has repeatedly sent you customers for over 10 years.” Maximum Training’s slogan is “Our Product Is You” and Driedger and his staff feel a deep connection to this message. “Thank you to all our customers because without you we are nothing” says Dreidger.
SYNERGY 8 COMMUNITY BUILDERS
Synergy 8 Community Builders bringing Nick Faldo to Saskatoon for charity event
ynergy 8 Community Builders and matching partner PotashCorp are proud to present the 2011 Drive for Kids Campaign This is the 3rd campaign for the non-profit community group; the first campaign was 2009 when a new pediatric ambulance was purchased for Saskatoon and surrounding area for $240,000. In 2010 the group raised $160,000 for an ultrasound machine for fetal assessment and pediatrics. The group also partnered with the Saskatoon Blades and Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan raising $145,000 when Kelly Chase and Kyoko came to Saskatoon. Synergy 8 had several sports memorabilia items that were
are donated to other charities for their fundraisers. There are several people, organizations, foundations and other non profit groups who have taken the time to share advice and experiences to help us be successful; we hope to share that same advice to other groups who are trying to fundraise for our community”, states Davies. Synergy 8 came up with a unique idea 3 years ago to help them be successful in their campaigns. The group brings in a sports celebrity and develops campaigns around them to purchase a specific item for children. This year Synergy 8 have signed Golf Legend Nick Faldo: “Nick Faldo is one of the best golfers to ever play the game, in the 90’s he won 6 Major’s including the Master’s back to back. He is in the World Golf Hall of Fame and currently works for CBS as their golf analyst, this will be the first time he has been to Western Canada” states Jamie Windjack, Synergy 8 Board Member. This year’s event will take place at Prairieland Park on Sept 7th, 2011 at 6:30pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling 931-7544 or go to the Synergy 8 website at www.synergycommunitybuilders.ca
The Synergy 8 Community Builders 2010 celebrity golfer John Daly (Submitted Photo) donated to them and decided to donate those items to 22 other Charities in Saskatoon who were able to generate revenues of $35,820. This year with the help of its matching partner PotashCorp, the group will try to raise $360,000 for a new health bus for the community. The current health bus (which is staffed with a nurse practitioner and a paramedic) treated 3009 patients last year and 1/3 of these patients were children. The current health bus needs to be replaced as it was built to last the 6 month pilot project 3 years ago. Synergy 8 Community Builders Board Members partnered with the Saskatoon Health Region, PotashCorp, and Crestline Ambulance and designed a new Health Bus that will be the first of its kind in North America. “We are very fortunate to have the support of several partners over the last 3 years, our goal when we started Synergy 8 Community Builders was to develop a Campaign each year to purchase a piece of medical equipment that will make an immediate impact on the well being of the children in our Community” says Troy Davies, Synergy 8 Community Builders spokesperson. “Raising $545,000 over the last two years can be directly contributed to the people of Saskatoon. We ensure that every dollar we raise on each campaign is directly put back into the community, and any items we have left after a campaign
2011 President's Golf Classic The 22nd Annual President’s Golf Classic was held on June 9th at Moonlake Golf & Country Club. The event honours the Chamber President and provides Chamber members with an informal venue to network while enjoying a friendly game of golf. This year’s event was filled with great fun and ideal golfing weather. A slew of prizes are awarded to all golf participants, made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors. It is due to the sponsor’s donation that nobody goes home empty-handed!
Congratulations go out to the winning team: Ryan Bergquist (Calidon Financial Services), Quincy Adrian (Johnston Equipment), Jason Konechny (PGI Printers) and Mark Milligan (RSC Equipment). Also to the most honest team: Ken Wood (Credit Union Centre), Harvey Dickson, Will Antonishyn (Credit Union Centre) and Milton Taylor (Imagery Photography). The winners of the contest holes are: Rose Sentell (Stuart Olson Dominion Industrial Contractors), Brett Gerich (Smedco), Judy Harwood (Park Town Hotel), Curtis Gulka (National Leasing), Tracey Arno (Adecco), Todd Standing
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Thank You to our Sponsors: Affinity Credit Union Budget Car & Truck Rental Community Futures Saskatchewan Conexus Connect Energy Credit Union Centre Frontier Group of Companies Global Saskatoon, div of Shaw Media Golf USA Homes by Dundee M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd.
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(Saskatoon Tribal Council), Evan Drisner (Nu-Fab Building Products), Shawna Nelson (Sheraton Cavalier Hotel) and Jason Hynd (Saskatoon Prairieland Park). The tournament also served as an occasion to donate to charity, with half of the proceeds raised from the BBQ Fun Pack draw presented to KidSport Saskatoon in the name of the Dennis Neudorf Trust Fund. Congratulations to Chad Ekren (Saskatchewan Abilities Council), the winner of the BBQ Fun Pack.
Mark your calendar for the President’s Golf Classic next year on June 14th at Willows Golf & Country Club for a champagne breakfast and a day of golf, prizes and fun. Join as a team or individually. Special thanks to Golf USA of Saskatoon for sponsoring a free club to every participant in the tournament.
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Thank You to our Prize Donors: 2Web Design Inc. Action Office Interiors Adecco Employment Services Ltd. Affinity Credit Union Aim Electric Ltd. AREVA Resources Canada Bartzen Ag Supply Ltd. Bazaar Novelty Braid Flooring & Window Fashions Bridge Carriers Inc. Brunsdon Junor Johnson Appraisals Budget Car & Truck Rental Business Development Bank of Canada Business Infosource Canadian Western Bank and Trust The Cave Restaurant Choice Electrical Supply Colony Coffee & Tea Concentra Financial Services Connect Energy Creative Compliments Gift Baskets & Flowers Credit Bureau of Saskatoon Credit Union Centre Data Business Forms
Days Inn Saskatoon ERCO Worldwide Fabmar Communications Frontier Group of Companies Golf USA Golf’s Carwash Great Western Brewing Hamm Construction Ltd. Hergott Duval Stack LLP Horizon Innovation Place J & S Picture Frame Warehouse JaKe’s on 21st Joe’s Sports Bar & Grill Johnston Equipment Ken Cheveldayoff - MLA Silver Springs Kenmore Land Co. Ltd. Kentucky Fried Chicken Lynne Yelich - MP Blackstrap Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting The Marketing Den McMaster Photographers Meewasin Valley Authority Meyers Norris Penny LLP Miller Thomson
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Nordic Industries North Ridge Development The Nosegay Novozymes Biologicals Canada Park Town Hotel The Partnership Peace Hills Trust Co. Percy H. Davis Limited PGI Printers PIC Investment Group Picture Perfect Portraits PotashCorp PrintWest / Mister Print Ramada Hotel & Convention Center Rayner Agencies Ltd. Ray’s Moving & Storage RBC Royal Bank Robertson Stromberg Pedersen Saskatchewan Abilities Council Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Saskatoon & Region Home Builders’ Association Saskatoon Airport Authority The Saskatoon Club
Saskatoon Folkfest Incorporated Saskatoon Inn Saskatoon Prairieland Park Saskatoon Soccer Centre SaskTel Scotiabank Shakespeare On The Sask Festival The StarPhoenix Sunrise Publishing Supreme Basics TCU Place Thomson Jaspar & Associates Tourism Saskatoon The United Group West Wind Aviation The Wireless Age Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan
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 - BERTradioonline.com Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm
Business Growth Ron Dekker - Dekker Security Building
Shawna Nelson - Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month - 8:00 am
Celebrate Success! Christian Braid - Braid Flooring & Window Fashions
Tracy Arno - Adecco Employment Services Meetings: Depending on need - more closer to event
Environment & Sustainability Al Scholz - A.N. Scholz & Associates Inc. Shane Borchard - Cameco
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 Meetings: Depending on need
Government Affairs Andrew Coutts - Deloitte & Touche LLP Michael Choudoba - Innovative Residential
Meetings: 1st Wednesday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm
Health Opportunities Dave Dutchak - MD Ambulance Care Ltd. Debby Criddle - Bayshore Home Health
The Agribusiness Committee identifies, discusses and recommends action on issues and concerns that impact the growth and development of the Agri-business sector in the Greater Saskatoon Area. The Agribusiness Committee, along with Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Mangers Association (SEIMA) will be hosting the 3rd Annual “Going Green... Growing Green” on November 16th 2011 at Prairieland Park. This event will provide farmers and farm businesses with information that will help discover and implement environmentally sustainable practices, explore alternative energy sources, and obtain first hand information from experienced practitioners and suppliers regarding environmental stewardship. Farm Managers and Producers are encouraged to attend this one day event in November.
BUSINESS GROWTH COMMITTEE The Business Growth Committee is excited to announce two new Committee Co-chairs Ron Dekker of Dekker Security Building Systems Consulting, and Shawna Nelson, of Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. The committee would like to thank Tracy Arno of Adecco of Employment Services for her dedication to the Business Growth Committee over the past 4 years. The Business Growth Committee is working hard to bring you new and exciting opportunities to learn and network. On October 20th the Business Growth Committee will be hosting a Business Breakfast Resource Blitz. This initiative is help inform existing businesses about the many organizations that can support and educate their business growth in Saskatoon. This exciting speed networking event will be held at Ideas Inc. from 7:30-9:00 a.m. on October 20th
CELEBRATE SUCCESS COMMITTEE The Celebrate Success Committee would like to thank Monica Kreuger of Global Infobrokers and Troy Davies of M.D. Ambulance for their leadership and time commitment to the Celebrate Success! Awards for the past 3 years. The Committee is very excited to welcome and work with the two new Committee co-chairs, Christian Braid of Braid Flooring, and Tracy Arno of Adecco Employment Services.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE The Government Affairs Committee is excited to welcome two new Committee CoChairs, Andrew Coutts of Deloitte & Touche LLP and Michael Chudoba of Innovative Residential. The Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Brian Chalmers of Concentra Financial Services and Christian Braid of Braid Flooring for their time and dedication to the Government Affairs Committee.
Knowledge & Youth Development Vacant 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
KNOWLEDGE & YOUTH COMMITTEE The Knowledge and Youth Committee would like to thank Dawn Wotherspoon of ClubMynx Fitness for her guidance and engagement to the Knowledge and Youth Committee.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE The Membership Development Committee is excited for the 2011-2012 season of Chamber on Tap. Chamber on Tap will begin September 7th. Make sure to visit our Events Calendar at www.saskatoonchamber.com More information available online at www.saskatoonchamber.com under Committees.
101153915 Sask Ltd. Home-Based Business AND Real Estate Residential Phone: (306) 979-0464 Dean Hrytsak
Global Healthcare Connections Inc. Health Care - Services / Supplies 628 10th St E, Unit C, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 974-2470 Adele Kulyk
Athabasca Basin Development Limited Partnership Investments / Venture Capital AND Mining & Exploration PO Box 183, Wollaston Lake Phone: (306) 763-5636 Dean Desjarlais / Geoff Gay
Hoisting Ltd. Equipment - Leasing / Rentals AND Equipment Maintenance 2230 Speers Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 664-4770 Kelly Low
Awareness Life Health & Fitness AND Home-Based Business 201 Garfield St, Davidson Phone: (306) 567-4303 Gail Sitwell Bridge City Cakes Caterers / Food Services AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 716-2846 Arvelle Van Dyck Canada Life Tax Planning 1000-201 21st St E, Suite 11, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 382-0572 Jos Herman Castle Designer Glass Glass - Auto / Plate / Window 840 47th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 477-0098 Janet Parkinson Childrenâ€™s Wish Foundation Non-Profit Organizations 1402 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-0511 Kristy Rempel Clans Celts & Clover Retail - Gift & Novelty AND Retail - Jewellery / Accessories 1-1005 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 382-4443 Kathi Davis-Lepage Denis Design Works Inc. Graphic Design AND Advertising / Public Relations Phone: (306) 373-0173 Roger Denis Fit on the Fly Personal Training Inc. Health & Fitness AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 716-5068 Christina Breker The Food Mentor - Nutrition Counselling Health & Fitness AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 291-7563 Cathy Langdon
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Information Services Corporation (ISC) Government Agencies - Provincial / Federal AND Non-Profit Organizations Phone: (306) 787-2509 Jeff Demitor International ManPower Inc & Mercan Group Employment Agencies AND Immigration / Relocation 703-201 21st St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 651-5335 Michael Lieffers McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Consultants - Engineering Phone: (306) 649-0740 Leon Botham Meridian Development Real Estate - Developer AND Home Builders / Renovations 524 2nd Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 384-0431 Karl Miller MGI Securities Inc. Financial Services / Planning AND Investments / Venture Capital 600-224 4th Ave S, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 385-6250 Kaelen Both / Mark Smith-Windsor Money Express Retail 236 20th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 665-3232 Lionel Wong OutGROW OutPLAY Saskatoon Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 343-7399 Melissa Zimmer Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. Agricultural AND Livestock 475 Valley Rd, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 382-1299 Byron Hamm / J. Wallace Hamm Saskatoon String Ensemble Entertainment / Attractions AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 292-6811 Marla Cole
SCS Express Inc. Courier / Delivery Service 30-901 1st Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 979-6644 Mahbubur Rahman
T.S. Surelock Security Ltd. Security / Surveillance Systems 6-2404 Thayer Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-3511 Helen Perry / Nikki Stuhr VerEco Homes Inc. Environmental / Recycling AND Home Builders / Renovations 1212 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 261-4542 Ronn Lepage Vidya Yoga Inc. Health & Fitness 1003 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-9642 Yohannes Petros WD IT Solutions Computers - Sales / Services / Supplies 204-2225 Hanselman Crt, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 716-9981 Nathan Woroniuk Weight No More Consulting Ltd. Health Care - Services / Supplies AND HomeBased Business Phone: (306) 343-0907 Debra Simons Westbridge Capital Ltd. Investments / Venture Capital AND Real Estate - Developer The Mall at Lawson Heights, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 668-1919 Mike Meekins Woloshyn & Company Legal Services 200-111 2nd Ave S, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-2242 Randal Touet / Jenny Underhill WorleyParsons Saskatoon Consultants - Engineering 410-135 21st St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 649-2331 Steve Hendricks / Paul Labbe / Bryce Reiter Zhao, Yin Zi Individual Members
For membership information, contact: Derek Crang (306) 664-0702 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit saskatoonchamber.com today under Member Services for more details, or contact the Chamber Office at (306) 244-2151
Education in the City Helping people to achieve personal goals through skill development Highlighting educational institutions in Saskatoon...
Published on Aug 1, 2011
Education in the City Helping people to achieve personal goals through skill development Highlighting educational institutions in Saskatoon...