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August September 2012



Education in the City A Special Feature on four institutions in the city, each with a new leader at the helm

Promise Meets Experience The unique bond between mentor and mentee Chamber and Member news, President’s Golf Tournament & more The historic Thorvaldson 271 classroom on the University campus blends classic architecture and modern technology

Is safety Is safety your mIssIon? your mIssIon?

Safe Employer K-Line Maintenance and Construction Ltd. (White City), Jim Kellett

Safe Employer K-Line Maintenance and Construction Ltd. (White City), Jim Kellett

“Safety is an integral part of our business. It’s not simply a priority, but a main component Senior Vice of Operations and Engineering at K-Line “Safety ofiseverything,” an integralsays partJim ofKellett, our business. It’sPresident not simply a priority, but a main component Maintenance and Construction Ltd. of everything,” says Jim Kellett, Senior Vice President of Operations and Engineering at K-Line

Maintenance Construction A leaderand in safety and injury Ltd. prevention, K-Line is proud to be the 2012 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Employer winner. K-Line’s “no blame safety culture” encourages reporting of all hazards,

A leadernear in safety injury prevention, is proud to beisthe misses and and incidents. Kellett saysK-Line this reporting structure the2012 key toWorkSafe prevention. Saskatchewan “If you can get people reporting near“no misses, then you can controlencourages or eliminate hazards before Safe Employer winner. K-Line’s blame safety culture” reporting of they all hazards, result in actual incidents or injury.” near misses and incidents. Kellett says this reporting structure is the key to prevention. “If you can get“We people misses, then because you canatcontrol hazards before sharereporting this awardnear with our employees, the endor of eliminate the day, they’re the ones that they result inmake actual incidents orKellett. injury.” it happen,” says For more information about the WorkSafe Saskatchewan SafeofWorker andthey’re Safe Employer “We share this award with our employees, because at the end the day, the ones that Awards, visit make it happen,” says Kellett.

For more information about the WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Worker and Safe Employer Awards, visit

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Featured Articles


Promise Meets Experience

The unique bond between mentor and mentee

6 Dr. Larry Rosia President, CEO SIAST

Ilene Busch-Vishniac President, University of Saskatchewan


Education in the City

A Special Feature on four institutions in the city, each with a new leader at the helm

President’s Golf Tournament

Thanks to everyone for a great event

Promotional Features

Greg Chatlain Director of Education, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Avon Whittles Director of Education, Saskatoon Public Schools

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Campus Update


Saskatoon Fall Home Show




Airport Update

The Chamber

Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Building the Best Business Climate in Canada, Thereby Creating a City of Opportunity


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Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director Derek Crang, Membership & Marketing Director Terry Lawrence, Administration Roz Macala, Executive Secretary Breanne Lishchynsky, Director of Operations Linda Saunders, Bookkeeper Kevin Meldrum, Director of Communications Kayla Brien, Amy Dugan & Carson Widynowski, Committee Activity Co-ordinators




ach year the province of Saskatchewan rallies behind its war cry against high liquor prices. “How could liquor prices be so high?” we scream; “Why do I have to buy from the government?” we shout. This battle over whether to privatize the province’s liquor stores is one that has been bubbling under the surface for decades and is showing no signs of disappearing. Not that long ago, we felt hope as the government issued a private license for Cava Secreta in Saskatoon. Finally a store we could find unique wines and liquor never before seen in Saskatoon. The prices were certainly not any better but the selection was unique. Our dream was short lived as Cava was forced to shut their doors leaving us once again to the mercy of the SLGA. Now that the store is gone and our emotions have calmed, perhaps now is the time to look at the bigger picture. No I’m not talking about government versus private but something much more concerning. How can the

government operate as a monopoly in a market that it regulates? The government’s role in relation to business is to create safe markets which attract new and continued investment thus generating tax revenues for the province. They have tools available to them which helps stimulate job growth, increased investment, and all while generating greater revenues for the province. The private sector has shown time and time again that if profits can be generated in a sustainable manner, it will invest its own money into the community. We know from other communities that if given the opportunity to open private liquor stores, individuals will risk their own capital to open such stores. So then how can a government take a market, regulate and tax it, and provide the only store to the market? There are serious transparency, regulatory, and conflicts of interest at play here which are cause for concern. The SLGA is an operator of

liquor outlets, a regulator of those same outlets, and a regulator of outlets in which it competes with. The private outlets are forced to buy from their competitor's wholesale division PRESIDENT with the service and pricing non Christian Braid negotiable. In a recent interview, Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk commented “It is important that information on pricing be transparent so that citizens can understand government revenue and related policy decisions embedded in the pricing of liquor.” What we also need to know is where the funds from their wholesale operations are going? The fear is that the government is article continued on page 22...

2012-13 Board of Directors Barry Berglund CTV

Debby Criddle Synergos Management

Silvia Martini Interlink Research Inc.

Shawna Nelson Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

Evan Drisner Nu-Fab - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry

Sanj Singh AdeTherapeutics Inc.

Rhonda Speiss PotashCorp Gerry Bonsal SIAST Kelsey Campus

Tanya Knight MNP LLP Randell Morris Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Kristy Rempel Children’s Wish Foundation

President: Christian Braid Braid Flooring & Window Fashion


1st Vice-President: Troy Davies M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd.

2nd Vice-President: Tracy Arno Essence Recruitment

Past-President: Monica Kreuger Global Infobrokers Inc.

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Executive: Tony Van Burgsteden AREVA Resources Canada Inc.

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Promise meets experience The unique bond between mentor and mentee


arly morning sunshine beams warmly through the sunroof, promising another beautiful Saskatchewan summer’s day. The passionate arias of tenor Andrea Bocelli weave their way from the car stereo, touching my soul. I steer toward my early-morning business meeting, thoughtful of the opportunity to catch-up with my newest mentee of the Raj Manek Mentorship Program before the busy day ahead takes all good intentions and creates a new order. As I zigzag through road construction, I recognize its metaphor for my own journey as a business woman and entrepreneur; for the vision and ambition, the strategic plans met and those that have gone awry – the twists and turns; the exciting, the unexpected, the terrifying, the disappointing, the exhilarating - the totally passionate and satisfying journey that now leads me to share my knowledge and, dare I say, humble wisdom. “The mentor should challenge the mentee by setting the stage for new ideas, since real learning very rarely happens in a sterile and safe environment.” Decidedly I’m early for my meeting, taking the time to comfortably settle into the booth, leisurely sipping my fresh cup of java, reviewing my notes, capturing my thoughts. I’m ready to listen, reflect and challenge, knowing that the lead now in these discussions is not mine, although I am actively engaged; coaching at times, guiding to potential resources and provoking new thought processes toward business success. Terry* dashes in, scanning the coffee shop; her face beams a huge smile that reaches her eyes when she sees me. She is energetic, excited, and has much

By Silvia Martini

to share. It’s been about five months since we first met, and our relationship has grown in both trust and respect over this time; our personalities recognizably complementary. We meet regularly, and engage in increasingly deeper and more challenging areas of discussion. I am rewarded as much as she in this relationship. “Mentoring is a partnership between two individuals, the mentor and the mentee. In considering the roles of the mentor, he or she must wear many hats throughout the process.” Terry is a great business mentee. She is open to learning; to change up the dance to a new tempo – she is hungry to succeed. I see it in her rapt attention, hear it in her questions, and watch it in the way she takes what she learns, digests it and then decidedly adapts to fit her needs. She sees an opportunity to make it on her own, and now realizes that sustainable success requires a strong, solid foundation from which her business must grow. She is not afraid of hard work, or to do things differently; in fact, that’s how she thrives. She is in first gear, while her ego is safely parked outside for our discussions. She is an entrepreneur – and I appreciate, understand and applaud her determination. The business mentorship program is a perfect fit for her. I’m here to help her shorten her learning curve on the road to realizing her vision; providing a safe objective place for her to voice her many questions, to provide empathy and “tough business” sense, strength and courage throughout the inevitable

myriad of experiences on the road to business success. Today, our community is truly fortunate, for quality business mentorship programs are readily available and supported in this city. I’ve long been inspired by the generosity to share knowledge and assistance within Saskatoon’s business community; this is where cooperation helps competitiveness in making Saskatoon the best business climate in Canada. One day, Terry will share her knowledge, experience and success, passing it forward – that’s just how it’s done here.

Silvia Martini, Vice-President – Interlink Research Inc., is currently a Director of the Board for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, the Raj Manek Trust Fund Board, and Board President of The Princess Shop. She is a mentor and seminar presenter with the Raj Manek Mentorship Program. A long-time member of The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Silvia and her business-partner and husband have run successful businesses in Saskatoon since 1982.

For more information on business mentorship programs supported by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, please visit

*Names, locations and mentorship details changed to protect privacy.

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Education in the City

SIAST’s new president and CEO expects continued high demand such an important time.” Dr. Rosia succeeded Dr. Robert G. McCulloch, who retired after leading SIAST through a period of growth and innovation over the past decade.

prosperity, however, is an educated, productive workforce. A technical education is becoming a first choice for learners attracted to lucrative job and career opportunities.

In conversation with Dr. Larry Rosia

What are the challenges for technical education in Saskatchewan?

What attracted you to the role of SIAST president and CEO?


IAST’s new president and CEO, Dr. Larry Rosia, brings experience that is well suited to SIAST’s priorities. Dr. Rosia was most recently dean of the School of Construction at SAIT Polytechnic in Alberta, where he was instrumental in implementing baccalaureate-level programming in developing applied research capabilities and in the development of the SAIT Trades and Technology Complex. He assumed his new role with SIAST on July 1. “SIAST has experienced doubledigit enrolment growth as it has evolved to meet the changing needs of learners and the labour market,” says Pam Schwann, SIAST board chair. “As Saskatchewan emerges as an economic leader, we anticipate greater demand for innovation and growth linked to labour market needs and student success.” Dr. Rosia’s skills will maintain SIAST’s momentum, capturing new opportunities and ensuring that students have access to a high-quality education – and that employers have access to a highly skilled workforce, she says. “We live in a time when the significance of a post-secondary technical education, training and innovation has never been greater – both for individual success and for the strength of the province,” says Dr. Rosia. “I am honoured to have the opportunity to join SIAST and play a role in the success of this great organization at


The incredible potential I see in SIAST, in the training and education it provides, and in the vital role it plays in ensuring the social and economic prosperity of Saskatchewan. The province is emerging as an economic leader in Canada, and SIAST is part of that success story. What are your priorities as you start your new position? My first priority is to engage with faculty, staff, students and key external stakeholders, including alumni and people in industry, government and education, to learn more about the context in which SIAST operates. I want to gain perspectives about the institution’s strengths and opportunities. SIAST has made significant strides in providing responsive and relevant technical education, in supporting Aboriginal student success and in international education. What are the key opportunities for technical education in Saskatchewan? Technical education is a primary driver of economic wealth in Saskatchewan. As new technologies evolve, drive the economy and shape society, SIAST is well positioned to play a critical role in a prosperous province. Saskatchewan is enjoying unprecedented resource-driven economic growth that positions the province to take its place as a national leader in growth and innovation. The key to sustainable growth and economic

The critical importance of a technically skilled workforce to the economic and social well-being of Saskatchewan means we need to address key challenges. Some of these include raising awareness about the value of a technical education in today’s economy and ensuring that the programming and curriculum are relevant to industry. We have to attract and retain qualified instructors in a competitive labour market and ensure that providers of technical education have learning spaces, facilities and capital equipment required to stay current with changing technology. We should have learning spaces and delivery methods that meet the changing needs of diverse student groups to give them access to a high-quality post-secondary technical education. About SIAST’s new recruit Larry Rosia was dean of the School of Construction at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary since 1999. His career in education and education administration spans more than 35 years. An alumnus of SAIT Polytechnic and a lifelong learner, Dr. Rosia has a background in telecommunications engineering, adult education and educational policy and administration. In 2006 he completed his PhD in academic leadership at the University of Calgary, and he attended the Executive Leadership program at Harvard University. Dr. Rosia has earned recognition and awards from organizations such as the SAIT Board of Governors, the Conference Board of Canada and the Chair Academy. He is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University in Victoria and author of a book titled The Successful College President.

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Chatlain ready to lead Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools


s a superintendent at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, it was Greg Chatlain’s job to oversee two of the division’s most critical portfolios – English as an Additional Language programming and education for students with intensive needs. Before taking over these responsibilities, he had served as a French Immersion teacher, viceprincipal and principal. It was this broad range of experience that led Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools trustees to choose Chatlain as the division’s new director of education, succeeding f o r m e r director Bev Hanson, who retired last month. “Greg was the right choice for Board Greg Chatlain is the new our several Director of Education for for Greater Saskatoon reasons,” says Catholic Schools Board chair Diane Boyko. “He has a very broad range of experience in our division, has a track record as a leader in the organization and he is widely respected by staff members throughout Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.” Most importantly, Boyko says, the Board is confident Chatlain has the strength, ability and necessary commitment to Catholic education to successfully lead the school division as it enters its second century of existence. For his part, Chatlain was humbled by the selection, yet is ready to continue the work under way in three key areas: enhancing student learning, leadership development, and faith formation of staff and students. “We have a dedicated and committed staff that will continue to focus on improving student achievement in literacy and numeracy, while still supporting students on their faith

journeys,” he said. Chatlain was born and raised in Saskatoon and attended Catholic schools here. He and wife Angela have four schoolage children. He takes over the division as it concludes a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. In September 1911, 69 students and three nuns Teachers at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools are gathered for the regularly using Smart Boards with their students first day of school bilingual are other areas of strong in the basement of then St. Paul’s growth. Church. Since then, the division has In order to cope with growing grown to 44 schools, and encompasses enrolments, three schools – Georges Saskatoon, Humboldt, Biggar, Viscount, Vanier and St. Matthew elementary Martensville and rural areas southeast schools and Holy Cross High School of Saskatoon. The division also jointly – are receiving multimillion dollar manages Humboldt Collegiate Institute renovations. The new St. Mary’s with Horizon School Division. Wellness and Education Centre will The technological tools available open in the fall and construction will now – computers, Smart Boards, begin on the new Holy Family Catholic and data projectors – are certainly School in Willowgrove. far beyond what teachers could have envisioned decades ago. Today, teachers are creatively incorporating these tools into their classrooms. Three times in the past five years, teachers at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools have been recognized as Microsoft Canada Innovative Teachers and have travelled to world symposiums to share how they have integrated technology and learning. Along with the strength of its teaching staff, the division’s future is bright for other reasons. Last year’s enrolment increase was 530 students and another increase is projected for this fall. A significant number of new students enrolling require English as an Additional Language programming These two Grade 1 students at – there are currently about 1,100 Ecole St. Gerard School are part students receiving these services in of the division’s growing French their neighbourhood schools. French Immersion program Immersion, kindergarten and Cree

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Education in the City

Saskatoon Public Schools welcomes Avon Whittles as new Director of Education


Council and Central Urban ith unprecedented Métis Federation Inc. growth and new Through the Saskatoon opportunities, Trades and Skills Centre, Saskatoon Public the division has partnered Schools is thriving and will with multiple organizations have a new director leading including SIAST and SIIT in it to further success. order to introduce students Avon Whittles will take to the trades. This year, over as Director of Education students from the High School on August 1st. Over the past Carpentry Apprenticeship 25 years, Whittles has Program earned valuable contributed to the division’s work hours building a Habitat success through numerous for Humanity home, now roles, from teacher to, most recently, deputy director. High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program located on Whitecap. The Saskatoon Public Knowing the strength and students in front of the home they built for Habitat Schools Foundation supports commitment of the division for Humanity the division by forging staff, Whittles is inspired to With the goal of achieving greater connections with generous businesses. see what more can be done. “I am so proud of the strong success for students, Saskatoon Public Students benefitted from a $200,000 professionalism and ethic of care our Schools has pursued community grant from PotashCorp that expands staff displays through its relationships partnerships. For several years, the nutrition and community garden with our students, families and division has worked with the Whitecap programs. PotashCorp also donated partners,” said Whittles. “Together, we Dakota First Nation to improve student $1 million to build the PotashCorp are focusing on innovative, research- learning and retention, support staff Eco-Science and Indigenous Learning based practices that will improve our and increase understanding of First Centre at Brightwater, which will open students’ learning outcomes and help Nations in Saskatchewan. This unique this fall. partnership will be strengthened further Through it all, the school board celebrate our wonderful diversity.” The division has approximately through a wider-ranging agreement remains focused on its strategic 22,000 students and 2,400 full-time to be signed this summer. This is in priorities: Literacy for Life and equivalent staff. With 43 elementary addition to the long-standing Okicīyapi Collegiate Renewal. The goal of Literacy Partnership with the Saskatoon Tribal for Life is for all elementary schools, 10 secondary students to read and schools and two write at or above grade associate schools, it’s the level in multiple subjects. largest school division Collegiate Renewal in Saskatchewan and utilizes innovative continues to grow. educational programming, Construction will technology and learning begin on Willowgrove practices to enhance School this summer, with student engagement. an expected opening in Both priorities have September, 2014. In the been recognized with past year, Saskatoon the Premier’s Award for Public Schools welcomed Innovation and Excellence nearly 500 new students, in Education. many of whom are new to “There is a wonderful Canada. In its first year, momentum in our city and the division’s Newcomer province and Saskatoon Student Centre has completed 829 language Garry Benning, President of the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation, Public Schools strongly assessments and has Bill Doyle, President and CEO of PotashCorp and George Rathwell, embraces the opportunity helped introduce new retiring Director of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools marking to prepare our students to families to the education the start of construction on the PotashCorp Eco-Science and Indigenous lead and to contribute in Learning Centre at Brightwater the future,” said Whittles. system.


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Building futures together Unique opportunities for the business community to invest in U of S students


askatchewan was built on helping your neighbour and lending a hand to strengthen your community. That proud history is still evident today, especially in the province’s entrepreneurial spirit. But just as businesses across the prairies have helped strengthen our province, so too has the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The U of S has long partnered with business and industry to achieve mutual goals to the benefit of the province and the people that call it home. Consider the story of local entrepreneur Don Mills, general manager and owner of Saskatoon Disaster Services Inc. Mills, through his business, has become a valued U of S annual donor. “We believe in investing in higher education as part of our company’s charitable priorities,”

explained Mills, who chose to support the U of S with an annual gift last year. “This is where we are from, and we want to be a part of the growing community in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan by investing in the success of local charitable organizations like the U of S.” The Building Futures Fund was created to develop new scholarships and bursaries from the annual support generously given by business and industry, like Saskatoon Disaster Services Inc. Contributions to this fund will have an immediate impact on the lives of students. Businesses can also give by establishing a business-named, annual student award that supports a minimum $2,000 scholarship or bursary per year for five years or more. This award can be directed towards particular areas of study that tie into the business.

Investments in the U of S are investments in the students of today and the business community of tomorrow. All financial support allows students to focus on pursuing their dreams at the U of S, without having to worry about financing their education. Many hands make light work, and many contribute to the success of our students who, backed with a rich and rigorous education, go on to make a difference in communities in Saskatchewan and beyond. Charitable giving from business helps our students achieve their goals and strengthen the province. For more information or to make your business donation, please contact: Shirley Zhou Development Officer, Annual Giving (306) 966-7517 Sandra Lazar Associate Director, Annual Giving (306) 966-7910

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“Higher education is a good investment.” –Don Mills Canada Revenue Agency

Charitable Registration Number Don Mills, general manager and owner, and Jordan Mills, project manager of Saskatoon Disaster Services Inc., an annual business donor to the U of S.

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U of S campus stimulates growth in Saskatchewan economy


ith Peter MacKinnon stepping down and Ilene BuschVishniac stepping in as the ninth president at the U of S, it is a perfect time to take stock of the campus’ transformation. As indicated by the number of cranes that dotted the campus skyline during the past decade, the University of Saskatchewan has experienced unprecedented growth to support academic and research priorities. With more than a billion dollars invested in capital projects, construction on campus has included the completion of 36 major capital projects between 1999 and 2012. This includes renovations to existing buildings, along with new construction resulting in state-ofthe-art facilities where research and learning can flourish. While the growth on campus certainly benefits the people that come to the university to learn, work and teach, it also stimulates the economy in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. New facilities attract world-class researchers and faculty to the province, bringing more money, growth and consumer spending. As the university continues to expand, so too does the province’s economy. “It’s been well-documented over the years that there are many advantages to a knowledge-based economy,” said Colin Tennent, associate vice-president, Facilities Management Division and university architect. “Critical and focused thinking leads to a more strategic, vital and creative economy.” There is a trickle-down effect. The new buildings on campus need to be built, and local design, project management and construction firms are hired whenever possible. “We really only look to external expertise when there’s an area of rare and high specialization required,” said Tennent. With the work staying in Saskatchewan,


there continues to be many people contributing to the local economy. With more than 100 years of history, the U of S benefits from a beautiful and storied campus with historic architecture—a valued investment from previous generations that influences the architectural design of all current projects. But in order to ensure this previous investment remains a legacy for future generations, it is necessary to continue investing in the maintenance of existing buildings. “Each of the projects undertaken represents a key strategic piece of the infrastructure required to place the U of S in a highly competitive position on the national and international stages,” Tennent said. The university must construct new buildings to address expanding, technically complex and sophisticated space demands. The ultimate goal of university capital development is to provide functional space in an efficient and effective manner that will allow the university’s academic and research community to perform their tasks effectively. “The InterVac and Canadian Light Source facilities are among the top dozen big science projects in Canada. Without these projects, the remarkable advances made by our top-shelf academics and researchers would not be as enhanced as they are now,” Tennent said. “What has occurred here at the University of Saskatchewan has been, and will continue to be, a major force in attracting and retaining the most qualified faculty, students and staff.” Over the next four years, the university expects to continue to grow by creating additional childcare spaces, building the Gordon OakesRed Bear Student Centre, developing distributive health sciences education, training and research centres within the province, securing capital funding

for the development of the College Quarter student amenities project, and continuing to advance projects in the early stages of planning.

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CAMPUS VIEW The map below indicates the growth of the University of Saskatchewan from 1999-2012. There is more development happening on campus right now than in any other point in its history.

“Each of the projects undertaken represents a key strategic piece of the infrastructure required to place the U of S in a highly competitive position on the national and international stages.” – Colin Tennent, associate vice-president, Facilities Management Division and university architect

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2012 President's Golf Classic The 23rd Annual President’s Golf Classic was held on June 14th at The Willows 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.

Congratulations go out to the winning team: Dennis Esperance, Glen Iron and Tom Semaganis (Saskatoon Tribal Council). Also to the most honest team: Lawrence Zaharia (Business Development Bank), Jim Zaiachowski (CJVR FM / CK750), and Tim Hansen (Sutton Financial Group).

This year’s event was filled with great fun and a little rainy 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!

The winners of the contest holes are: Linda Prafke (Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan), Bill Restall (Saskatoon Airport Authority), Holly Patzer (Dundee Developments), Troy Larmer (The United Group), Darlene Danyliw (MisterPrint), Frank Dryka (Supreme Office Products), Erin Ostland (Saskatoon Inn), Evan Drisner (Nu-Fab - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry), Shawna Nelson (Sheraton Cavalier Hotel), Tim LeClair (SREDA), Judy Sokoloski (TCU Wealth Management), and Jeremy Lang (Stantec).

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The tournament also served as an occasion to donate to charity, with half of the proceeds raised from the draw presented to Kinsmen Kids Hockey - in the name of the Dennis Neudorf Trust Fund. Congratulations to Rob VanMeenen (Sleepers Mattress Factory) winner of the Golf Swing Hitting Cage and Frank Dryka (Supreme Office Products) winner of the Corporate Suite Blades Package.

Mark your calendar for the President’s Golf Classic next year on June 13th at Dakota Dunes Golf Links for breakfast and a day of golf, prizes and fun. Join as a team or individually.

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Conexus Credit Union Connect Energy Cordella Credit Bureau of Saskatoon Custom Promotion & Award Services Davies Supply Group Ltd. Earl’s Restaurant East Side Marios Edward Jones Enterprise Rent-A-Car ERCO Worldwide Ernst & Young LLP Chartered Accountants First Nations Bank of Canada Golden Opportunities Fund Inc. Golf USA Golf’s Carwash Great Western Brewing Company Limited Hamm Construction Ltd. Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd. The James Hotel Jay’s Moving & Storage Ltd. Joe’s Sports Bar & Grill

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Size & Focus...what the business community and home Owners need to know about the Saskatoon “Fall” Home Show WHY IS THE FALL SHOW IMPORTANT?

Call it a “niche” event, the annual fall home show is a consumer event dedicated specifically to homeowners who need or want to change or improve their living environments. Featuring a wide ranging list of products and suppliers, homeowners will be able to see and touch products, engage in conversation with professional contractors and designers, and start a plan that will help them pull the dream of change all together.

The show is strategically positioned to attract homeowners when they are most available and interested ... the fall season typically after harvest. The show acts as an important and timely resource for homeowners looking to upgrade, especially before winter sets in. For renovation contractors and suppliers, it extends their business season into the fall, winter and spring, keeping people employed and markets protected in an increasingly busy and competitive marketplace.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE SPRING SHOW? The extremely popular spring home show is a huge event featuring a wide variety of products and services, while our event is physically smaller, and specific to the renovation category. We expect to attract 130 exhibiting companies and 8,000 -10,000 of the most qualified buyers in the area. We do allow some lifestyle products into the show, but the focus is primarily on “renovation”.

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“Drive the River” tradition continues


he 2012 Conexus “Pro-Celebrity Drive the River” golf kickoff to the Dakota Dunes Open and charity BBQ (sponsored by the Chamber) was a great success. Despite some slightly rainy weather and windy conditions, the crowd cheered on both pros and local celebrities alike as they took a shot at the pin from about 300 yards away across the river. Thanks to sponsors Sasktel, Conexus Credit Union, SREDA, Tourism Saskatoon, and Country Style BBQ for their support, as well as the Dakota Dunes Casino Open and golf course.

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Canadian Country Music Association Awards Country music tells my story. I know what the words mean because I’ve lived them. I hear the guitar player start to strum and it’s a tale about my life. I work hard, I play hard. And no matter what happens, I come out on top. Just like a country song. That’s what it’s all about. My city is hosting the Canadian Country Music Awards and I couldn’t be prouder. Saskatoon is a cool place year-round and now we get to kick up our heels, cowboy style, honouring the music of our lives.

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Mobility and Beyond - a strategic guide to mobile marketing By Mouneeb Shahid


t is time to dig deep in to your customers pockets, literally. In today’s technology race, businesses need to become more proactive to engage with their audiences. There is a staggering increase in the rate at which users are now accessing information through their mobile phones and tablets. Reasons being, data plans are becoming faster and more affordable, smart phones are now more mainstream, and WIFI hotspots are on the rise. Another trend catalyst is the increased use of mobile applications that use geographic coordinates and location based services to present customized information. These factors are resulting in powerful shifts in how people research businesses and make their buying decisions. It is therefore necessary for businesses to develop a mobile marketing strategy. However, with an overwhelming amount of information, businesses often get confused as to the route they need to take to be effective. Whether it is an App for a native platform (iPhone, iPad and Android devices) or a mobile website that is universally accessible, the decision mainly lies on the goal that you want to achieve. Sure, there is an “App for everything”, but developing an App for the sake of having an App is lame. Keep in mind that your audience demands great usability and engagement through whatever platform you select. It is therefore crucial that you define your objectives clearly and derive key performance indicators that allow you to measure your returns. Following are some key points to consider when developing an effective mobile marketing strategy: 1. Define your goals 2. Research and understand mobile platform limitations 3. Identify user expectations 4. Review your competition 5. Establish key performance indicators and analytics to measure them 6. Have a budget and timeline to execute your mobile marketing strategy An App or a mobile website?


Native Apps are great for usability as they can allow functionality that is specific to the platform and device that a user is operating. The two major platforms are of course iOS (Apple) and Android (Google). A specialized skill-set is usually required for each platform but with developments in programming code (such as HMTL5), web-based apps are now becoming more common. The advantage of a web-based app is that you can deploy it independently from 3rd party marketplaces such as Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, overriding any limitations and saving you on merchant fees in case you have a paid app. It is important to consider 3rd party marketplaces as great distribution channels for promoting your app. Another option is to develop a “hybrid app” that makes use of web-based technologies and allows deployment to multiple marketplaces. Consider the advantages of all these options when planning your mobile marketing strategy. The main disadvantage is usually the increased cost and timeline if you plan on targeting multiple platforms. A mobile website on the other hand provides a user friendly layout for browsing content on mobile devices. According to a recent study by, 25% of people in the US use smart-phones as the only means of surfing the web. It is therefore important that your website design be responsive and fluid so that it can adapt to mobile devices. Recently we helped several business launch a mobile website to engage more effectively with their audiences. is a high traffic website that sells Christian Drama Scripts around the world. We recently redesigned the website and integrated a fully integrated e-commerce shopping cart that is mobile friendly to purchase scripts on the go. Bourgault Tillage Tools ( is another recent project that features a mobile website. Because they sell around the world and go to trade-shows, the mobile website is effective for presenting their product catalogue on the go. Whichever route you choose, businesses need to go where their customers are, right in to their pockets! -Mouneeb Shahid

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Airport passenger volumes continue to grow


ur numbers continue to grow into 2012! We have seen yet another excellent month with passenger volumes. June 2012 is the 12th consecutive month with a year over year increase. The number of passengers passing through our airport has increased by 30% over the past 5 years! Phase I of the terminal expansion project is currently underway. The expansion will feature a pier design, and offer eight bridgeable gates and three ground load positions. While construction has begun on the ATB project; however you are not likely to notice any disruptions unless you are arriving on a transborder flight. The customs area is the most affected at this time. Upon arrival, you can expect to see “progress” and may experience smaller waiting areas. To watch the construction in progress, check out our website at http://www. Our President and CEO, Bill Restall has announced his retirement. He will be on board and at the helm of the Airport Authority until December of this year. The search for his successor has begun. For more information, please visit our website at We are pleased to be the location for UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel’s Fall Product Launch! We invite you to join UNIGLOBE

Carefree Travel on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 from 1pm-4pm at Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker Airport! Meet with their suppliers, enter exciting prize draws, take in live entertainment, book with their agents, and more. Discover what is fresh and new for travel in 2012 and 2013!

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Business community unites behind Prosperity Saskatoon


askatoon’s business community is taking an important and significant step into the public domain with a marketing campaign designed to get people thinking about the positives of economic growth and prosperity. Labeled as Prosperity Saskatoon, the campaign begins with a soft media launch this month. Although the second component will also consist of a get-out-the-vote message prior to the October 24th, 2012 civic election, the message is a relatively simple one: A growing and prosperous Saskatoon means more opportunities for you and your family. The intention of the campaign is to inform Saskatoon residents, and hopefully the electorate, of the positives related to Saskatoon’s current economic growth. Saskatchewan is at or near the top of virtually every economic statistic relative to the other provinces. Among the favourable statistics are GDP growth, average weekly earnings, business confidence, consumer confidence, and record employment figures. “These are exciting times for our community and our province overall,” says Keith Moen, Executive Director of the NSBA. “What’s driving this excitement is the business community and more specifically the capital investment into our city and province.”

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Indeed, more people are working today in Saskatchewan than at any point in our history. In spite of having more wage earners, the average weekly earnings in Saskatchewan are in excess of $900 per week, which is the highest it’s ever been. Not only is a bigger pie meaning bigger pieces for everyone, but having more wage earners making more money means that there are more taxpayers contributing to the various levels of governments. “We need to stress the importance that business plays in our everyday lives, and collectively this growth, investment and development is a very good thing,” Moen says. “A crucial piece of this puzzle is to have governments that provide the environment for business to flourish. When that happens, we can all prosper.” “But just the opposite is true as well,” he continues. “If governments enact policy and legislation that will stifle economic growth and development, that will have a detrimental effect on our economy, and by extension, on us all as individuals. We’re in this together – government, business and employees. We need to work together or we’ll suffer the consequences if we don’t.” “In terms of our economic activity and potential, we are the envy of virtually every other jurisdiction in the world,” adds Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. “Yet there will be people here in Saskatoon who will say this growth is a negative. We’re here, standing together as a business community, to tell those naysayers that they’re wrong. Growth and prosperity is a far better scenario than the alternative.” Smith-Windsor points to American cities such as Detroit and Cleveland where poor economic conditions have had truly negative consequences. Indeed, these cities have seen thousands of homes demolished due to foreclosure and oversupply. The driving force behind the Growth and Prosperity marketing campaign is the Combined Business Group (CBG), which consists of most business groups, associations and business improvement districts in Saskatoon. A listing of the CBG members can be found on the Prosperity Saskatoon website. “We’re simply saying that growth and prosperity is a good thing – that’s all,” says Tim LeClair, CEO of SREDA. “So if you’re against us, you’re against growth and prosperity. It really is that simple.” “We’re not promoting one candidate over another,” he adds. “We’re encouraging all candidates to support growth and prosperity, and for the electorate to support growth and prosperity. If we can get that message to sink home, then it’s far more likely that we’ll continue to see the economic momentum continue for some time into the future.” For more, visit

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CHAMBER COMMITTEES COMMITTEE CHAIRS Aboriginal Opportunities Melanie Stroh - Radisson Hotel

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

Agribusiness Development Bert Sutherland -

Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

Business Growth Evan Drisner - Nu-Fab Building Products

Meetings: Last Tuesday of the month - 8:00 am

Celebrate Success! Christian Braid - Braid Flooring & Window Fashions Tracy Arno - Essence Recruitment Meetings: Depending on need - more closer to event

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

Meetings: Last Monday of the month - 3:30-5:00 pm

Future Opportunities Bill Brooks - eclecthink international Meetings: Depending on need

...President’s View continued from page 4 reinvesting the funds into their own liquor outlets to compete with private outlets. More questions than answers I’m afraid but one thing is certain; a government cannot compete in a market using predatory tactics against private operations. If the government wants to compete with private outlets then it needs to release its grip on controlling the market. Businesses need the flexibility to change their offerings, pricing, and programs based on the demands of their customers and right now they don’t have that option. This is not a free market. This is not a market focused on customers. This is not a market where private outlets can thrive. This is a market developed and controlled based on the needs of the government. This is a case where the government has become addicted to the cash flow and is protecting that cash flow by squeezing out private entities. While this issue won’t be solved over night, it is summer time in Saskatoon so get out on that patio and enjoy a nice cold beverage! - Christian Braid

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Knowledge & Youth Development Taunya Woods Richardson - Canadian Youth Business Foundation Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month - 5:00 pm

Membership Development Evan Drisner - Nu-Fab Building Products Troy Davies - M.D. Ambulance Care

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Ashmeade & Low Investigations Ltd. Investigations 823 50th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 978-2700 Sherry Rousell Beagle Productions Internet AND Technology 104-733 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-9948 Tom Ross Camigi CAD Inc. Home-based Business Phone: (306) 880-5427 Ian Baranesky CollegeMobile, Inc. Computers – Custom Software 201-120 Sonnenschein Way, Saskatoon Phone: (800) 298-7081 Chad Jones Cordella Real Estate - Developer AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 260-8398 Myron Derow Dena’s Retail AND Retail - Clothing / Costumes 5-105 21st St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 373-6966 Joan Cline Dez Reed’s Comedy Club Entertainment / Attractions AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 261-7011 Dez Reed Fab Tech Welding Inc. Fabrication / Machine Shops Services AND Home-Based Business Angela Brockmeyer Fashion Chronicle Retail - Clothing / Costumes 3310 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 668-9946 Rob Jones Gao, Yan Home-Based Business

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Harden & Huyse Chocolates Retail 718 2nd Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-6663 Geraldine Franklin

Ryno Mechanical Welding Ltd. Home-Based Business Phone: (780) 919-6010 Ryan Thibault

Hunter Creative Services Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 343-1914 Scott Hunter

Saskatoon Council on Aging Non-Profit Organizations 301-506 25th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-2255 June Gawdun

JR & Co. Contractors Inc. Contractors 224-120 Sonnenschein Way, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 491-8586 Janie Gaudet

Saskatoon Fall Home Show Trade Show Service / Supplies 200-10310 124 St, Edmonton Phone: (800) 316-7366 Carol Harker Telecommunications / Wireless AND Internet 1845 Victoria Ave E, Regina Phone: (306) 310-5867 Allison Weed

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Non-profit Organizations 253-111 Research Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 975-1680 Rodney Antonichuk

Lexington Homes Construction Ltd. Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 955-4099 Bonnie Barkman

Shift Development Inc. Real Estate - Developer 220 20th St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 651-0510 Curtis Olson

MHPM Project Managers Inc. Consultants AND Management Services - Project / Construction 207-728 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 974-4407 Michael Dudar / Sharyn Matthews

St Solo Computer Graphics Inc. Communications 720 Duchess St, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-7119 Osa Magee / Shawn Magee

MING HAI INC. Advertising Specialties / Sportswear 1-3603 Kochar Ave, 2nd Floor, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 668-8887 Shaopeng Bian Night Owl Entertainment Audio Visual - Equipment / Productions / Rental AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 343-8749 Bill Webster Pozniak Safety Associates Inc. Consultants Phone: (306) 373-1444 Paul Pascoe

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TESC Contracting Saskatchewan Ltd. Construction AND Contractors 100-3530 Millar Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 979-2590 Mallory Cey / Sheldon Volk Wang, Xue Ping Individual Member Wanuskewin Heritage Park Entertainment / Attractions AND Non-Profit Organizations RR 4 Penner Rd, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 931-6767 Dana Soonias


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