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Urban A. Donlevy and the Donlevy Family Hall of Fame Inductees
Business for Peace Award Nominee
Members News & Announcements
GREATER SASKATOON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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Urban A. Donlevy and the Donlevy Family and Jerry Grandey Award winners
SABEX & Celebrate Success! List of all the winners
Urban Donlevy and family - Image by Grant Romancia
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Food for Thought
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PROFILE AWARD WINNERS
his issue is all about Celebrating Success - something we need to develop as a habit because it honours the people who work with us, creates a successful community and province, and makes us an attractive destination to live and do business. In keeping with the spirit of celebration, I thought it appropriate to celebrate our very own Chamber. Chambers play a vital role in our economy and as we move further into the 21st century – their reach and impact is rapidly increasing. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce has almost 1800 members thanks to the efforts of great staff and referrals we receive from our members. As we grow, we have the potential to provide an even bigger voice for business in our community. Historically, our Chamber has had significant impact in the development and growth of our community. Established in 1903, we have: • • • • • • • • •
And we are doing more. Our youth are busy innovating and recreating our environment; entrepreneurs are busy building great companies; the generation before us is mentoring our youth and investing their wisdom in high growth opportunities; and international companies are locating here with confidence in our economy. We must continue working towards a barrier free climate so we can attract new organizations, build partnerships, create new and better ways of doing business around the world, and truly build our landscape of possibilities and opportunities. That is where you come in. Our Chamber exists to serve its members and the community at large but can only do that effectively if we understand the issues facing our very diverse Continued on page 17
Provided services and recruited some Barr colonists to stay in Saskatoon Brought the communities of Riversdale, Nutana and Saskatoon together to form the City of Saskatoon Secured the University of Saskatchewan Managed Prairieland for over 20 years Helped establish the United Way Established Tourism Saskatoon Formed SREDA Became accredited with Distinction Led the chambers in member retention
PRESIDENT Monica Kreuger
Building the Best Business Climate in Canada. Thereby Creating a City of Opportunity.
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 Bergland 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
Urban A. Donlevy and the Donlevy family, and Jerry Grandey honoured at 2011 Celebrate Success! awards gala
he recent 2011 Celebrate Success! gala, in addition to recognizing the achievements of local businesses, also honoured two individuals in our community for outstanding commitment to both the local business community and global community at large. This year, the Chamber is proud to present the Hall of Fame award to Urban A. Donlevy and the Donlevy family. As Entrepreneurial leaders in Saskatoon, Urban Donlevy and the Donlevy family have created a number of leading edge and innovative Saskatchewan based companies over the last 60 years. The Donlevy family began their entrepreneurial endeavors with Mercury Graphics. All six children found themselves growing up in and helping out with the family business. This instilled the family’s - Urban A. Donlevy entrepreneurial spirit. Not long after studying at The University of Saskatchewan and Ryerson University and graduating from Harvard University, Urban purchased the family company and embarked upon a corporate innovation strategy that created a series of leading edge specialized business entities. Subsequent to the sale of Mercury Graphics to the employees, Urban continued with varied entrepreneurial interests. Growing up with the family patriarch involved in the Cosmo Club, the Donlevy family instilled the family value of community betterment in their children. This value was expressed by Urban, as he became a part of many different volunteer organizations within Saskatoon. Urban led the team that started the first Kinsmen Telemiracle in 1977. Since being a part of the founding of Telemiracle, Urban continued in the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan volunteer community with various leadership positions including the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and board. Urban and the Donlevy families continue to prove their resilient entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community contribution. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and the Celebrate Success! Committee congratulate Urban
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A. Donlevy, and the Donlevy Family on their commitment to Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Business Community. Their contributions have made Saskatoon and Saskatchewan better.
he Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is also pleased to nominate Cameco, and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Grandey, for the 2011 Oslo Business for Peace Award. The Business for Peace Foundation was initiated in 2007 in the belief that socially responsible and ethical initiatives will constitute an integrated part of modern business. The aim of the Foundation is to accelerate the development of ethical business practices through increasing the awareness of the strengths of the ethical business case. The vision is to inspire and encourage business people, as individuals, to foster peace and - Jerry Grandey stability to the benefit of humanity. Recognizing trade is a potent force for peace and prosperity, Business For Peace Honourees from around the world will be announced during an October ceremony at Oslo City Hall, Norway. The awards are presented by the international Business for Peace Foundation based on the independent decision of a committee of Nobel Laureates. Jerry Grandey and Cameco fight global warming, aid disarmament and bring economic development to disadvantaged peoples. As a uranium producer, Cameco fuels nuclear power plants which slow global warming by reducing carbon emissions. As a proponent of “megatons to megawatts,” Jerry helped craft the agreement to convert stockpiles of U.S. and Russian military warheads into uranium for peaceful electricity production. As Canada’s largest industrial employer of Aboriginal people, Cameco brings sustainable employment and economic growth to remote Northern communities.
2011 SABEX Awards Winners Community Involvement Award
2011 SABEX Awards Winners
Affinity Credit Union
Affinity Credit Union is the second largest credit union in Saskatchewan and aims to be the financial institution of choice. They provide access to a complete range of financial products and services including everyday banking, insurance, mortgages and wealth management products to 95,000 members through a network of 44 branches in 36 communities across Saskatchewan. As an institution, they are dynamic, progressive and committed to creating great opportunities for their employees, communities and members. They are socially responsible and support the community financially through sponsorships, donations and non-traditional loans, and through employee voluntary work in a variety of ways to create positive change. They commit at least 3% of their annual pre-tax profits to community support annually.
Customer Service Award
The management style at Bath Fitter is best described as a team orientation that is focused on providing excellent customer service. From the very first contact to the visit and the completion, Bath Fitter always places the customer first. Team meetings are held each week to share success and discuss challenges in order to continually improve and remain its high standards. Bath Fitter has taken the novel of a “one day bath remodeling’ and expanded upon it to serve five areas across Canada and the US. Since commencing operations in 2000, they have found their customer service and expertise has significantly reduced the number of issues that may occur with future installations. The customer service program consistently elevates the level of excellence and has contributed to the steady increases in sales and profitability. Referrals and feedback are constantly increasing making them proud to deliver products and services to Saskatchewan.
Environmental Sustainability Award
Studio 2.0 Interior Design Consultants
VerEco Homes Inc.
Magna Electric Corporation
New Business Venture Award
Muskeg Lake CREE Nation
The Cupcake Conspiracy
Magna Electric Corporation (MEC) has been serving the institutional, utility and industrial sectors throughout North America and select international markets for over 20 years. MEC provides electrical engineering services and consulting, manufacturing, electrical construction, field testing and commissioning services and training to a wide range of clients. MEC has seen substantial growth over the past few years - in 2008 MEC employed 175 people and has increased to 350 this year. In order to position the company for continued growth and success, they have recruited key personnel all across the company. MEC believes in practicing continuous recruitment as a strategy for continued growth. They truly believe their strength lies in the abilities of their highly skilled and valued employees. MEC truly believes their strength is their people and they focus on relationships with their clients, vendors and staff to ensure they create an inclusive and respectful environment. Through this approach MEC has created positive attitudes that have yielded incredible results.
VerEco Homes Inc. (VerEco) is dedicated to helping Canadians build smart green homes. VerEco is owned by Ronn Lepage who is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Management Consultant with over 30 years of experience at Deloitte. He took an early retirement, completed his MSc in Environmental Strategy focusing on residential housing at the U of S. His thesis work led to the beginning of VerEco. The VerEco Home is a net zero home, which means it produces as much energy as it uses on an annual basis. It will reduce energy consumption by 40,000 kWhs per year, reduce Green House Gas emissions by 33 tonnes per year, reduce water consumption by 192,000 liters per year, reduce material consumption by 15% and construction waste by 75%. The VerEco Home is targeting LEED for Homes Platinum certification, which demonstrates that in addition to being energy efficient, the VerEco Home is also innovative in design, minimizes the use of potable water, is built with sustainable materials and resources and has high indoor air quality.
Studio 2.0 Interior Design Consultants is an award winning design firm based in Saskatoon, providing custom design plans for clients throughout Saskatchewan. This includes renovation and new construction projects. Each custom design plan is carefully crafted to meet the client’s specific needs and wishes, while focusing on their individual lifestyle, personal style and budget. The customizable services offered by Studio 2.0 include design consultation, floor plan drawings, elevations, electrical and lighting design, ceiling design, as well as product and material selections. Adrienne Zvacek, Studio 2.0’s founder and principal designer, ensures Studio 2.0’s customers expectations are always exceeded by having a professional, user-friendly approach to each project. Zvacek is committed to continual training and has strategic alliances with vendors and other complimentary design professionals. This enables Studio 2.0 to be a one-stop shop for their clients.
Growth & Expansion Award
The Cupcake Conspiracy was started by cousins and best friends, Kim and Christin Butcher. Their doors opened in the beautifully restored King George Hotel in November of 2009. They specialize in peanut and tree nut free cupcakes for business functions, weddings and every day indulgences. After Kim and Christin traveled the world they saw an opportunity and niche in Saskatoon for the Cupcake Conspiracy. Every recipe has been tested, tweaked and perfected to find favorites. Currently, 17 flavors are offered daily, including an additional flavor of the week. The marketing goal for the next few years is to increase sales by 15% and expand to a second location. This goal is being met by using social media to market their products and services. This is a unique approach in Saskatoon and it has been working extremely well for the Cupcake Conspiracy. The goal is to remain local by buying from local vendors and keeping the operations within the city.
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2011 SABEX Awards Winners New Product Award
2011 SABEX & Celebrate Success! Award Winners Award of Innovation
Text2Car When Vince Hardy and his wife moved to downtown Winnipeg 18 years ago they had to park their car in an old converted barn house about two streets away out of car starter reach. Hardy drove his car to a service bay, told the technicians to take the vibrating motor out of a numeric pager that was in inventory and connect the wires to the existing car starter He went to his office phone and dialed the pager, within seconds his car started! The idea was great but it never took off until constant urging from his wife and new technologies did Hardy decide to create Text2Car. Text2Car allows you to send a message to start your car just before the movie or hockey game ends. The vehicle-installed device is the size of a deck of cards and has a built in GPS receiver. The receiver allows for additional features such as mobile and online vehicle location maps and will tell you if your teenager is speeding via text messages to your phone.
Small Business of the Year Award
Hui Wang, Ajay Dalai and Jianguo Zhang Hui Wang and Ajay Dalai from the U of S College of Engineering and Jianguo (Jack) Zhang from the Saskatchewan Research Council have created advanced catalysts used to transform carbon dioxide and methane - both potent greenhouse gases - into synthesis gas, or syngas, a basic feedstock for producing gasoline and other fuels. California-based Carbon Sciences, the company that has licensed the technology, calls it a “game changer” for the oil and gas industry, allowing fuels to be produced near greenhouse and natural gas sites and aiding the drive to global energy independence.
Strategic Alliance Award
Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique In February 2006, friends & business partners, Jordana Jacobson and Rebecca Simpson opened Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique. While pregnant, they both found themselves shopping out of province for fashionable maternity clothing and hip baby gear, they didn’t want to have to change their style just because they were pregnant/new parents - and neither should you! Now you don’t have to leave Saskatoon to find designer maternity clothing and nursing accessories, solid wood nursery furniture, top-of-the-line strollers and car seats, amazing gifts, and so much more! Jordan, Rebecca and the Cravings staff have made every effort to create a warm and personable environment that will provide customers with the ultimate shopping experience. Cravings Maternity & Baby Boutique is a onestop-shop for all your maternity and baby needs. They have hand-picked every item and look forward to sharing them with their customers! Witnessing a need for children’s clothing, they have grown their boutique to include Craving Kids Lifestyle Boutiques which opened February 22nd, 2011. Their long-term goal involves franchising into other Canadian markets.
Business of the Year Award
MacDermid Lamarsh - Canadian Deaf Blind Association (Saskatchewan Chapter) Randy Klein, partner at MacDermid Lamarsh, met Al Love in 1986 at the Yellowhead Cosmo Club. Al was a parent of Scott, a young man born deafblind and involved with CDBA Saskatchewan. Al’s storey made an impact on the members and a lasting relationship was developed and helped lead us to where we are today. The Yellowhead Cosmo Club began sponsoring the agency and paying off the mortgages of two of the agencies group homes. MacDermid Lamarsh wanted to go above and beyond in supporting this agency and that was when the idea of holding a charity golf tournament was born. This year on June 1st is the 7th annual golf tournament at the Dakota Dunes Golf Links. All money raised at the golf tournament goes directly to CDBA. The money is used for the group homes but also a portion directly into the recreation funds for the Individuals. This provides them the opportunity to go on vacations like cabin rentals in the summer and trips to other cities, along with recreation activities such as tickets for community events, swimming and movies.
Community Leadership Award
Om Kochar - Vice President of the Silverwood Community Association
Being a full service running store, Brainsport offers consumers a variety of products, including running shoes, racing flats, track spikes, running apparel, electronics and nutritional supplements. Brian Michasiw opened Brainsport in the summer of 1991 for two reasons: his passion for running and the desire to share this knowledge with consumers and to offer to people a place where they could find a shoe that fit their foot correctly. Brainsport also operates its sister store Pedestrian, which is a shoe boutique of fashionable shoes, hikers, sandals and orthopedic shoes. By having two stores that serve different needs of people Brainsport has been able to diversify its business model to target a larger market segment. Sponsoring the community events and groups such as Bridge City Boogie, Saskatoon Track and Field Club and the University of Saskatchewan’s Cross Country Running Team, Brainsport is committed to community. Wednesday July 13, 2011 will mark the 20th Anniversary of Brainsport and the 1000th Free Run Club. From the beginning as a small running store that could barely survive to growing into Saskatoon’s centre for running events, Brainsport has grown leaps and bounds and is a genuine Saskatoon success story of entrepreneurial spirit.
Mr. Kochar’s contributions to community leadership in Saskatoon include being the Vice President of the Silverwood Heights Community Association, and a past Board member of the Forum for Racialized Canadians. He worked as a Regional Coordinator for “Sense of Belonging” project by the United Nations Association Canada, was a member of the Community Education and Action Committee for the City of Saskatoon and was also a Director of the Board of Child Find Saskatchewan. He has also been a volunteer for Juvenile Diabetes and the Food Bank.
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AWARDS & HONOURS Our program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. The Celebrate Success! Planning Committee is proud to have worked with these exceptional local businesses and would like to thank them for their support of this annual event!
orking from Regina, outside the fashion mainstream, Saskatchewan. “It’s a fantastic time to be here. Our economy Rachel Mielke has propelled her Hillberg & Berk is strong. Our population is growing. Our infrastructure is designer jewelry brand firmly into the spotlight. being developed. All kinds of new and exciting things are Through high-profile marketing initiatives such as happening.” taking her designer jewelry to the 2008 Academy Awards Rachel started her company in 2007, turning her highand appearing as a contestant on CBC TV’s school jewelry-making hobby into a highDragons’ Den, she has built a national profile, lucrative business. Hillberg & jewelry brand sought after by international Berk is known for its handmade products celebrities. of sterling silver, vermeil, semi-precious For her growing success, Rachel, 30, stones and Swarovski crystals that boast has been named Saskatchewan’s Business multi-functional features which make them Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 2011 stand out from the crowd. Young Entrepreneur Award winner and was It was after she had studied business honoured recently at a gala in Saskatoon. “I that friends encouraged her to make a believe that if you have a great product, career selling her creations. “I went to a understand marketing and keep on top of - Rachel Mielke, BDC’s Young few sales and right away noticed that the the latest online trends, you can really be Entrepreneur Award winner product sold really well and there was an successful,” says Rachel. opportunity to start a company with it.” Although she acknowledges that there Today, the jewelry is available in boutiques, are challenges to being “out of the loop” of the Toronto-centred galleries and gift shops across Canada. Canadian fashion industry, Rachel is firmly committed to Through a connection with The Fashion Incubator in Toronto, Rachel was invited to provide jewelry for the 2008 Academy Award gift bags. Upon her return from Los Angeles, she auditioned for Dragons’ Den which led to a venture capital investment from dragon Brett Wilson. Building on this momentum, Rachel designed pieces for G20 Summit attendees and promoted a new line, Memento Mori that was tied to Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair. Rachel supports causes that help empower women though charitable donations of time and products. One of the organizations to which Hillberg & Berk contributes is Wings of Hope, dedicated to helping breast cancer patients with day-to-day expenses. “I always dreamed that this would be a big company,” says Rachel, “and I feel like right now I am taking Hillberg & Berk towards our goal of becoming the number one in Canada’s designer jewelry sector. Being able to build a national fashion-industry brand from Saskatchewan makes it that much better.” “Many people dream of taking their product to the Academy Awards or going on Dragons’ Den, but very few ever do it,” says BDC President and CEO Jean-René Halde. “Rachel has had the courage to step out of her comfort zone to gain heightened visibility for her brand. It has paid off in the form of growing success for her company and a sense of individual accomplishment for Rachel. ” Created by the BDC in 1988, the Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) pay tribute to remarkable young Canadian entrepreneurs who are outstanding not only because of their success in business, but also because of their creativity, innovative spirit and community involvement.
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Community leaders honoured at Saskatoon Shines! Tourism Leadership Celebration
ourism Saskatoon, Saskatoon Sports Tourism and the Saskatoon Hotel Association are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Saskatoon Shines! Tourism Leadership Celebration. The third annual event took place on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at the Sheraton Cavalier. The recipients included eleven individuals who dedicated their time and energy to bring spectacular events to Saskatoon in the past year. The recipients included: • • • • • • • • • • •
Slawko Kindrachuk – Chair, Ukrainian Day in the Park Brad Sylvester – Chair, Optimist Club Canada Day Celebrations Brenda Mundell – Chair, Pionera Vice Chief Lyle Whitefish – Chair, FSIN/SIGA Pow Wow Neil Collins – Chair, IBEW All Canada Progress Meeting Scott Banda – Chair, Federated Co-Operatives Conferences and Meetings Virginia Wittrock – Co-Chair, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Conference, 2013 Craig Smith – Co-Chair, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Conference, 2013 Steve Carroll – Chair, Summer Senior Diving Nationals, 2010 Carol Benkic – Chair, Speedo Western Swimming Championship, 2010 Basil Hughton – Chair, CIS Men’s Hockey Championships, 2013 & 2014 and CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship, 2015
“So much of our tourism economy, including revenues and employment, is dependent upon the willingness of local leaders coming forward and saying, ‘I am willing to commit!’” says Todd Brandt, President & CEO of Tourism Saskatoon. “Hosting events of any type takes a great amount of time and energy, but the final results are so appreciated. The Saskatoon Shines! Tourism Leadership Celebration is our industry’s recognition of our honouree’s extraordinary effort. Thank you and congratulations to this year’s recipients!”
Saskatoon Airport Annual General Meeting acknowledges retiring and new board members
he Annual General Meeting (AGM) held May 4th reinforced the strong business climate that exists at the airport, including the strength of general aviation operations on the hangarline. Passenger growth continued its record setting pace with a record high of over 1.2 million passengers being greeted in our Airport Terminal last year. This represents an increase of 5.1% over the previous year. This all-time high is a clear indicator of the robust economy in both Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. Record passenger traffic is the driving factor in the Terminal Expansion Project scheduled to start in the spring of 2012. Two long serving Board members were recognized at the AGM for their effective leadership and dedication to Airport operations. Retiring are Mr. Tom Coates after nine years of service and Mr. Karim Nasser after eight years. SAA Board Chair Nancy Hopkins welcomed two new members to the Board; Mr. Russel Marcoux, Chief Executive Officer for Yanke Group of Companies was nominated by the R.M. of Corman Park and Mr. Jim Kerby, Partner with MacPherson, Leslie and Tyerman was nominated by the City of Saskatoon. The 2010 winter charter program ended a strong season
with 17 weekly flights to warm destinations. This program has increased significantly over the past decade, having only three destinations in 2000. Air Canada’s direct service to Ottawa – with same plane service on to Halifax made a welcome return in May. As well, Air Canada has increased capacity to Calgary and Vancouver to meet increased demand. The transborder sector is showing the largest increase in traffic at 12%. This is due in large part to increased service to USA destinations. Scheduled service to the USA includes: • • • • •
Delta twice daily to Minneapolis. United Airlines twice daily service to Denver. United Airlines daily service to Chicago. WestJet weekly service to Phoenix. WestJet twice weekly to Las Vegas.
Visit www.yxe.ca for information on our Saskatoon Airport.
Tourism Saskatoon is a membership-based, non-profit visitor and convention bureau marketing Saskatoon and region as a destination of choice for leisure and business travel. Services include convention and events attraction, media relations, and membership advocacy and promotion. One of a few destinations in Canada, Tourism Saskatoon holds Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International. Nicknamed “the hub city” for its numerous domestic and international transportation connections, Saskatoon is known for its expansive parklands and admired for its arts and culture scene, festivals and major sporting events. For more information, call 242-1206 or 1-800-567-2444, Ext. 41 toll free. Visit our website at www.tourismsaskatoon.com, or scan the QR code on the right.
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Saskatchewan International Raceway wins Track of the Year award
Where industry and research meet: the Industry Liaison Office
askatchewan International Raceway, a drag racing facility located near Saskatoon, announced today that it has received the 2010 National Hot Rod Association (“NHRA”) Northwest Division Summit Racing Series Track of the Year. The award is presented annually to an NHRA Northwest Division member track that has developed a highly successful Summit Racing Series program at its facility and whose racers have been successful racing within their NHRA geographical division. The NHRA Northwest Division includes the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and also Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana in the USA. Of the seventeen NHRA member tracks within the Northwest Division, eight were eligible for the Summit Racing Series Track of the Year Award in 2010. This is the first time that SIR has won an award such as this in its
forty-four year history as a member track of the NHRA. In addition to this award, three racers from SIR were also in attendance to receive awards for their 2010 achievements: Walter Fernets of Biggar, SK who finished in first place in the Super Pro class in the Division’s Land of the Leaders series; Kurt Schultz of Warman, SK who finished in first place in the Super Pro class in the Division’s National Open Series; and Andy Closkey of Quesnel, BC who travels east and attends races at SIR, for his win in the Pro class at the Division’s Summit Series Finals in Mission BC this past September. The Summit Series Track of the Year award was accepted by SIR track Manager Shawn Zezula. Zezula has been track manager for ten years and feels that SIR is very deserving of the award, stating that he is “very proud of the recognition SIR received and of the distinguished accomplishments of
its racers”. Trevor Jacek, president of the Saskatchewan Drag Racing Association (“SDRA”), which owns and operates SIR, echoed Zezula’s comments, stating “It is great for our track to get divisional recognition. Over the past several years our organization’s members and sponsors have worked together to improve the quality of our facility and our racing programs and we look forward to improving our reputation again in 2011 with a record number of events at SIR”. The 2011 SIR racing season runs from May 1st to September 25th. SIR is a ¼ mile drag racing facility located thirteen kilometers south of Saskatoon on Highway 11. SIR runs a local pointsracing series, a street legal racing program and other special events. SIR, which was opened in 1966, will host twenty-eight racing events in 2011. For more information on SIR, please visit www.racesir.com.
he Industry Liaison Office (ILO) at the University of Saskatchewan has increased its successes year over year by following a simple mantra: creativity commercialized. Glen Schuler, managing director, ILO, said that the economic impact the office had over the last year is “conservatively estimated at $9 million.” But that figure only scratches the surface of what the ILO does. “It is an important office because it moves university technology and research out to the marketplace faster,” explained Schuler. “It is critical to get this into the hands of the public where it benefits society. If we aren’t licensing technology and getting it to the public, we aren’t being successful.” All signs point to a successful 2010/11 fiscal year in which the office managed 43 active licenses, an increase of almost 33 per cent since the end of the 2009 fiscal year. Coupling the 2010/11 ILO licensing revenues (almost $6 million) with that earned by other units on campus (over $1.25 million) puts the U of S in the top 10 per cent of Canadian universities and top 30 per cent of North American universities when compared to the latest data from the Association of University Technology Managers. In simplest terms, what the ILO does is connect researchers with industry in order to commercialize findings. “We identify those technologies that have the highest commercial potential, patent them and then search for companies that can commercialize them,” Schuler explained. One example Schuler mentioned is a green catalyst— developed by U of S engineering professor Hui Wang and his team and licensed to California-based Carbon Sciences. This technology transforms carbon dioxide and methane—both potent greenhouse gases—much more efficiently into synthesis gas, a basic feedstock for producing gasoline and other fuels, than
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Carbon Sciences’ existing catalyst. Carbon Sciences’ CEO Byron Elton has indicated that this technology is a game changer for his business. Commercialization takes a lot of work, explained Schuler, adding that of all the products that receive patents, one study noted that only about three per cent make it to the marketplace. Patents are expensive propositions, costing tens of thousands of dollars to properly prosecute them before the product is commercialized. This is one reason the ILO is becoming selective in determining which innovations to commercialize. Another area that the ILO is getting involved in is start-up companies—they have helped launch five companies in the past two years. “This is an area of potential growth. It will take time, but the economic benefit for Saskatoon and the province will be significant.” For more information on the ILO, visit: www.usask.ca/research/ilo
CAMPUS VIEW U of S Creativity Commercialized A number of technologies developed at U of S facilities have come through the ILO and made their way to the public. Here are a few of the U of S creations turned commercial:
Martin Reaney, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, developed a series of processes that reduce biodiesel production costs while increasing performance.
Chad Jones was one of the principal architects of iUsask developed in the Department of Computer Science, a first-of-its-kind in Canada application developed for the iPhone and iTouch. Jones is now CEO of the start-up company College Mobile.
John Giesy (centre), Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, is co-developer with Markus Hecker and Xiaowei Zhang of a cost-effective new test to determine the effects of certain chemical compounds on the human body.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
WCBC’s results of paid time off policies survey
Feeding the world by C.M. (Red) Williams
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espite the glee that is understandably the response of Canadian producers to stronger grain prices, there is the nagging concern that these price increases are causing serious food crises around the world. We are compassionate people, so what should our reaction be? The first reaction should not be to fiddle with the market prices, for that is how we encourage farmers around the world to increase production and productivity. That said, there are other reactions called for: first that our aid programs need to be up to the job of ensuring that starvation and under nutrition are avoided. Second, that those stores for emergency feeding are built up in strategic locations. And third, those programs to increase grain production in the areas underproducing are put in place. Of course there is the question of the third of the U.S. corn crop that goes into biofuels production. Some suggest that it only represents 3% of the world production while
others point out that it is truly a factor in elevating food prices because it is a third of the major exportable source of corn. The U.S. Congress seems to be gradually coming around to the latter argument which conveniently allows them to cut subsidies and debt. It could be a bumpy few years until we get world production up, particularly wheat, to match the world’s increasing demand. Geneticists - C.M. (Red) Williams tell us that playing with the genetics of wheat is complex and slow. The “green revolution worked well in Asia but Africa’s abilities to absorb advanced technology appears too slow to match needs. And, with cities taking water away from irrigators, we have a challenge worthy of our best.
n April 2011, Western Compensation & Benefits Consultants (“WCBC”) completed a national survey of paid time off policies. A total of 427 organizations from across Canada participated in this survey. Employers need to balance the high cost of paid time off with the need to have an attractive paid time off policy for recruiting new employees and retaining existing staff. The majority (73%) of Saskatchewan employers feel that paid time off is an important or very important component of their compensation strategy. Fifty-one percent of Saskatchewan employers feel that their current paid time off policies assist in attracting new employees while 57% feel their policies assist in the retention of existing employees. With the exception of Saskatchewan, all other jurisdictions in Canada have a minimum paid vacation entitlement of two weeks. The Labour Standards Act in Saskatchewan provides that every employee is entitled to a paid holiday of three weeks per year increasing to four weeks on the 10th anniversary of employment. In other provinces, such as British Columbia, employers typically provide new hires more than the legislated two weeks annual vacation. The higher minimum requirement in Saskatchewan results in employers in that province providing new employees with the required three weeks annual vacation, but after 15 years employment the typical
Saskatchewan employer increases the vacation entitlement beyond the required four weeks to five weeks. With the exception of public sector employers, vacation time is typically accrued throughout the year as opposed to being credited at one time during the year such as on an anniversary date or the beginning of the calendar year. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of Saskatchewan employers permit employees to take vacation time within the first six months of their employment. Statutory holidays are legislated by the provincial government. While Saskatchewan has 10 statutory holidays (New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Saskatchewan Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas Day) the typical Saskatchewan employer grants 11 paid holidays. Five percent of Saskatchewan employers have policies permitting nonChristian workers the option of working on Christian-based statutory holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, and taking off an alternative holiday of their choice. The majority (81%) of Saskatchewan employers believe that their current paid time off policies are “about right”. However, over half (54%) of the employers feel that their employees do not recognize the cost of providing employees with paid time off. Participation has begun in WCBC’s 2010/2011 suite of national and regional compensation surveys. Participate in any of the surveys and receive up-to-date market data specific to Saskatoon and other cities. Savings of 15% have been arranged for Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Members. Information can be found at: www.wcbc.ca/ surveys or call Nancy MacLeod at 1-800-781-2411. President’s View continued from page 4 membership. We need you to speak up and let us know what you need to do business more effectively, and if you feel passionate about making a difference, join a committee, run for the board or just call or send us an email about what you feel is important to your business. Over the next year we plan to reach out through our world chamber network and business partnerships. We are working more closely with our friends at the Regina and Saskatchewan Chambers of Commerce; we hosted the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce board retreat; we met with several US Chamber board members in China and at the Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference. In June we are heading down to Mexico for the World Chamber Conference where we will open more doors for our members. When we host visitors from other countries, we hope you will take the time to explore the global possibilities for your companies that may result. As Chamber members, please help our community create the best business climate in Canada, thereby creating a city of opportunity and a means by which we can ensure the future health and prosperity for our children and our grandchildren well throughout the 21st century. Let’s celebrate!
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PHENOMENOME DISCOVERIES INC.
Province first to license made-in-Saskatchewan blood test for colorectal cancer risk
etecting colorectal cancer in its early, curable, stages is the goal behind Phenomenome Discoveries Inc.'s licensing of a diagnostic blood test in Saskatchewan. Colorectal cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Every year approximately 650 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in this province and 250 people die from the disease. Phenomenome Discoveries Inc.'s test measures blood levels of a novel metabolite that is low in people with colorectal cancer. "This is an encouraging development right here in Saskatchewan that will help with the early detection of cancer," Premier Brad Wall said. "This has the potential to make a big difference to Saskatchewan people dealing with cancer." "Determining cancer risk through a blood test has the potential to strengthen cancer care for Saskatchewan people, something that is a high priority for our government," Health Minister Don McMorris said. The trial for the blood test took place over two years and
involved more than 5,000 patients in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. The results of this clinical trial indicate that the test led to the diagnosis of 87 per cent of early stage cancers, making it the most sensitive blood test available for colorectal cancer. "Colorectal cancer is more than 90 per cent preventable and easily treated when found in the early stages," Saskatchewan Cancer Agency Chief Executive Officer Scott Livingstone said. "Finding ways to detect and prevent the disease is an important aspect of our work in the fight against cancer." "We are pleased to be able to detect such high rates of early stage colorectal cancer using a non-invasive blood test, and that Saskatchewan will be the first province to license the right to use it," Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Dayan Goodenowe said. Saskatchewan has made reducing colorectal cancer mortality a priority. Continuing to expand screening programs that detect early stage cancer is the best way to achieve this goal, allowing Saskatchewan to maintain a leadership role in cancer screening.
The “Sales on Steroids” e-commerce model by M.Mouneeb Shahid, CEO, 2WEBDESIGN.com.
he Internet has evolved to a point where it has become a powerful application for businesses. One of those powers is to be able to facilitate business by accepting orders online. With the prominence of the Internet and online marketing, people today like the idea of buying products or services they need at a simple click of a mouse. It is ultimately this state of “customer convenience” or “lazy lifestyle” (as I’d like to put it) that has led to the development of e-commerce solutions. Just over a decade ago, who would have guessed that over 30% of the population in North America today would be regular online shoppers. E-commerce is no doubt one of the most powerful applications of the Internet that facilitate businesses to earn revenue online. In simple terms, e-commerce shopping carts are tools that allow your customers to buy products and services from your website with the help of an automated online payment system. This way, you reach a wider clientele, which can not otherwise be reached through brick and mortar stores and conventional selling techniques. Now that we have identified that e-commerce is the norm, we have to ask what qualities of a website make people buy online? This is a tricky question and it also depends on the industry. Generally however, when someone visits a website, the “credibility factor” strongly influences a customer’s purchasing decision. If your business is not well known, there are still ways you can instill credibility. First of all you need to ensure that your site looks professional. An outdated site can have severely negative consequences in today’s web era. It is estimated that a prospect would visit your website 5 to 7 times before making a final decision to purchase. During these visits your potential customer is battling between logic and emotion to make that key decision. It is for this reason why you need to make better use of previous customers as they have already experienced your service. The second aspect is functionality and usability. With e-commerce websites, the shopping cart functionality is an important factor but many forget that usability is just as important. There are many different kinds of shopping carts
M. Mouneeb Shahid Your Web Consultant 2 WEB DESIGN Inc.
Registering your business is now just a click away. The Business Registrations Saskatchewan website is an easy and convenient way to register your new business in Saskatchewan.
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New Members 101142791 Saskatchewan Ltd. DBA: Sunsera Salon Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies 102-3102 Clarence Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-5534 Kelly Krause
101180019 Saskatchewan Ltd. Consultants AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 270-3962 Tim Martens AAA Motel Ltd. DBA: Bridge Water West Hotel Hotels / Motels 1414 22nd St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 974-2900 Ritchie Gill APA Marketing Advertising Specialties / Sportswear AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 664-2038 Mark Anderson Autoright Service Ltd. Automobile - Parts / Repair / Maintenance AND Retail - Tire / Auto Service 2501 1st Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 934-1525 Dean Lemieux Bridge City Transmission Ltd. Automobile - Other Vehicle Services AND Automobile - Parts / Repair / Maintenance 405 22nd St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-3393 Jim Manly Broadstreet Properties Property Management AND Rental Phone: (306) 974-1490 Susan Saville Brown, James Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 882-7884 BuildTECH Consulting & Inspections Inc. Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 229-6916 Chris Gates Caddy Marketing Inc. Advertising / Public Relations AND Home-Based Business Phone: (250) 878-9575 Dennis Huntley
CBC Saskatchewan Communications AND Television Stations 2440 Broad St, Regina Phone: (306) 347-9518 Kerry Fraser
FingerTech Robotics Retail - Electronics AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 880-1898 Kurtis Wanner
Century Vallen Equipment Maintenance 2631 Faithfull Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-1166 Jason Roberge
Haven Builders Inc. Cabinets / Windows AND Home Builders / Renovations 829 46th St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 382-3667 Nathan Stobbe / Donna Senterre Human Touch Counselling Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 230-3171 Dana Case
Chen, Qing Individual Members Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan Non-Profit Organizations 10-510 45th St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-7810 Anne Yvette Sibomana Conversations Consulting Consultants AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 222-2354 James Mitchell
The Ivy Dining & Lounge Restaurants AND Night Clubs / Lounges 301 Ontario Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 384-4444 Curtis Korchinski Liu, Zhijie, Individual Members
DG Industrial Ltd. Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 239-4237 Dwight Gallinger
Logia Consulting Inc. Consultants - Business Phone: (306) 373-1998 David W. Smith
Dingwall Designer Guitars Manufacturers 518B 44th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-6201 Sheldon Dingwall
Magna Electric Corporation (MEC) Consultants AND Manufacturers 851 58th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-8131 Devon Davidson/Todd Grychowski Manitou Springs Hotel & Mineral Spa Hotels / Motels AND Tourism Industry PO Box 610, Watrous Phone: (306) 946-2233 Dwight Hayter/Melissa McGregor
Edge Immigration Consultants AND Immigration / Relocation 501-230 22nd St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 343-1555 Ed Ryan Elise Hildebrandt - Mortgage Broker TMG Financial Services / Planning AND HomeBased Business 506 Queen St, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 221-2373 Elise Hildebrandt Fast Consulting Marketing / Market Research 117 3rd Ave S, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 956-3070 Doug Fast
Marco Developments Ltd. Home Builders / Renovations PO Box 22144 RPO Wildwood, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 281-8120 Jim Martin Mega Scientific Inc. Manufacturers 224 3rd St, Craik Phone: (306) 261-0154 Bhabani Panigrahy
Metric Design Centre Interior Designers / Decorators AND Retail - Home Furnishings / Decor 160 2nd Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 974-0190 Tamara Bowman
Saskatoon Housing Authority Government Agencies - Civic / Municipal 525 24th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 668-2700 Ray Neale
Mortgage Link Financial Services / Planning 1134 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-4663 Marcel Brossart / Scott Tremblay
Saskatoon Pilates Training Centre Health & Fitness AND Education / Training 610 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-2965 Kathy Bond
White’s Pharmacy Pharmacies 3315 Fairlight Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-6380 Duc Dinh
Neural Net Interactive Computers - Sales / Services / Supplies Retail 62-2325 Preston Ave S, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 651-1400 James Frost / Cindy Moreira
Saskatoon Sports Council Non-Profit Organizations AND Associations / Clubs / Organizations 510 Cynthia St, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 975-0830 Shane Carter
York Executive Properties Property Management AND Rental 3-320 5th Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 229-9098 Janice Istace
Norseman Structures Inc. Manufacturers AND Construction 3815 Wanuskewin Rd, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 385-2888 Kent Anderson / Ryan Hunt / Amy Konkel
SNC-Lavalin Inc. Consultants - Engineering Architects 229-116 Research Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 668-6692 Archy Gamvrelis
Northern Strands Co. Ltd. Contractors - Equipment / Supplies AND Mining Equipment / Supplies 3235 Millar Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-7073 Curt Dittmer / Darrell Mote
Source Office Furnishings Office Furniture / Equipment 1-805 Circle Dr E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 384-8870 Mark Allberg
Original Joe’s Restaurants 1515 8th St E, Bay A, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 979-0718 Ryan Peet People First HR Services Ltd. Consultants AND Consultants Employment / Training Phone: (306) 683-9882 Glenda Ball Prairie West Fabricating and Welding Ltd. Metal Fabrication - Equipment / Supplies 3315 Faithfull Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-3195 Don Williams / Vern Williams Pristine LED.com Electrical Contractors / Equipment / Services AND Sound / Light Systems 1527 Paton Cres, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 612-1844 Boyd Anderson
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Taverna Italian Kitchen Restaurants 219 21st St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-6366 Tasos Kangles TVZ Media Corp Video / Film - Productions / Equipment AND Marketing / Market Research 1005-606 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 290-4210 Allia Janzen W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence Non-Profit Organizations 25 Campus Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 966-8675 Sanjeev Singh Welcomehome Relocations Immigration / Relocation AND Rental 120 Mill St, Stouffville, ON Phone: (877) 538-2569 Jane Maryniak
West Canadian Development Corp Home Builders / Renovations AND Real Estate - Developer 9-215 Hampton Green, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-9077 Chris Smith
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today under Member Services for more details, or contact the Chamber Office at (306) 244-2151
MEMBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Saskatoon Funeral Home finalists in CAFE Achievement Award The Canadian Association of Family Enterprise has announced Saskatoon Funeral Home as a National finalist of the CAFE Canada Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award for 2011. This award recognizes significant achievement made within a Canadian family-owned business and will be presented at the 2011 Gala being held at Terminal City Club, Vancouver, British Columbia on Thursday May 26th, 2011. The award is sponsored by Presenting Partner, BMO Harris Private Banking. Since 1910 the W.A. Edwards Family have owned and operated their family business. The current President & CEO, Bill Edwards believes that the success and longevity of their family business has been built on a strong foundation of four important corner stones. The company focuses on 1. Service Quality, always improving and innovating 2. Commitment to belonging to the community 3. A Staff of dedicated and concerned people and 4. Adherence to the basic Core Principles of fairness, honesty, integrity, trust, justice and compassion which define relationships with clients, suppliers, associates and each other. Congratulations from the Chamber on this nomination!
development of the third world, ABIC financially supports a travel bursary for researchers from developing countries to attend an ABIC conference. ABIC Conferences move around the globe, offering the opportunity to explore, discuss and understand many global challenges and triumphs facing agricultural biotechnology. The 2011 conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa; 2012 in New Zealand, and Calgary in 2013. A call for proposals is currently underway for ABIC 2014.
Saluting Leaders in our Community The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) - staff, board and investors would like to congratulate all nominees and winners of the SABEX and NSBA awards. Learn more at SREDA.com
President’s Golf Tournament 2011 The President’s Golf Tournament has SOLD OUT for 2011. Thanks from the Chamber for all those who have supported the tournament over the years. We look forward to seeing you out on the course!
Dr. Clive James appointed Chair of ISAAA The Chairman of the board of the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) Foundation, Mr. Jerome Konecsni, is pleased to announce the appointment of Clive James, Chair of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). ISAAA is a small, responsive, non-bureaucratic, international network with three Centers in North America, Africa and Asia. The network is composed of the AfriCenter in Nairobi, Kenya; AmeriCenter in Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and the SEAsiaCenter in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Konecsni stated “at its very core, the ABIC Foundation supports the development of agricultural biotechnology as a major force in developing, creating and ensuring a sustainable planet. The appointment of Dr. James to the ABIC board enhances our mission of linking the global science, business, government and development communities to enable the application of sustainable agricultural biotechnologies for the good of all.” "Whereas biotech crops are not a panacea, a compelling body of scientific evidence, generated in 29 countries around the world during the last 15 years, clearly indicate that they should be an essential element in any global strategy designed to achieve food security, sustainability and a more just society, stated James.” He went on to add “biotech crops offer multiple and significant benefits, which is why 100 million farmers have adopted biotech crops faster than any other crop technology - an unprecedented 87 fold increase in hectares between 1996 and 2010.” As part of the commitment to internationalization and
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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