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February/March 2012



Investing in Saskatchewan Germany’s K+S Group sets its sights on the province

Chamber Board of Directors 2012 Airport Update, Campus View, Nominee profiles Tourism Update, SIAST Kelsey Campus

Chamber Report Card & SaskatoonConnected Tim Brier 2012, Celebrate Success!

Is safety your mIssIon?

Safe Employer Harvey Harriott, BMTR Ventures

“Safety is and always will be our number one rule,” says Harvey Harriott, owner and CEO of BMTR Ventures, a Meadow Lake-based road, sewer and water construction company. BMTR is proud to be the 2011 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Employer winner. Since starting out in July 2007, BMTR has never had a lost time injury. “We are proud of our Mission: Zero track record. It shows that our safety programs are working,” says Harriott. “The ultimate result is sending everyone home safe at the end of the day.” “Winning this award is a huge pat on the back for our employees. It’s acknowledgement that all our safety efforts are worth it. We have something to strive for in the future to maintain Mission: Zero.” Nominate someone today for the 2012 WorkSafe Saskatchewan Safe Employer Award by visiting Deadline for nominations: October 31

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Investing in Saskatchewan

Germany’s K + S Group sets its sights on the province


Campus View

Employment, Saskatchewan retention rates up for U of S business graduates


Food for Thought


Chamber Board of Directors 2012

Yes We Can! By C.M. (Red) Williams

Nominee profiles

K + S Group is investing in Saskatchewan - Image by Grant Romancia

BUSINESS View­is a bimonthly publication of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce 104-202 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1 Phone: (306) 244-2151 Fax: (306) 244-8366 Email: Website: Twitter: @stoonchamber SaskatoonConnected: Reproduction of any material contained in Business View is permitted provided credit is given to the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Articles and criticisms are invited, but views expressed in Business View are those of contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by, or are policy of, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. We encourage you to support the business leaders whose names and products you see advertised in this issue as well as throughout our entire membership. The Board reserves the right to edit submissions.

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Chamber Report Card & SaskatoonConnected

Cover image by Grant Romancia STAFF 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




appy New Year to all of you! Each time the calendar year advances, it automatically brings with it a reflection of the past and a look ahead to the future with all its opportunities and possibilities. This year is no different. Our city continues to be a leader in growth and investment thanks to the time and energy of our business community, small and large; an increasingly positive business environment with lower taxes and regulatory burden, and an increase in the number of entrepreneurs and businesses choosing to come to our province and city to set up their operations. We are leading the nation in investment attraction, and population growth. We have been named the Most Entrepreneurial City by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. We are #2 for cost competitiveness in Western Canada and the Midwest U.S. according to the KPMG 2010 Competitive Alternatives Report. We are home to several large companies such as Areva, Cameco, BHP Billiton, Alcatel, K+S, Bayer Crop Science, PCS, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp, Rio Tinto, SNC Lavelin, Novozymes and many others as well as home to an incredible array of approximately 10,000 small to medium size companies that are the heart of Saskatoon. We have business associations that work diligently as the voice of business and community based organizations that remind us of who we truly work for – each other. It would be easy to ride on the coattails of the success we have seen in the past few years, but that would be a mistake. We must continue to advocate for lower taxes, less regulatory burden, freer trade and increased social and environmental responsibility. We must continue to reach outward beyond the

borders of our city by exploring markets, finding partners, developing talent, and innovating. We need to welcome the entrepreneurs and companies that are investing their time and money here. We need to explore the possibilities within our city by taking the time to connect with people and enterprises we have never met before. And most importantly, we need to remember that PRESIDENT the people that work for and with us are Monica Kreuger the reason we are doing so well. So make it your New Years resolution to call the Chamber and let us know what is important for you to do business in Saskatoon. Call us and ask for the contact information of a Chamber in another market, anywhere in the world, that you would like to explore. Take a look at the latest Chamber Directory and find the name of a company you have never visited and ask for a meeting and an introduction to their services. Meet with your staff and close business associates and spend a day reviewing your plans for the year, making changes where necessary to stay relevant in the future. Say thank you to your customers for the opportunity to serve, your employees for their investment in your company, your suppliers for their belief in your vision, your professional service providers for their support and feedback along the way, and your family and friends for supporting the work you do. Let’s invest in ourselves and each other as we move forward in 2012! - Monica Kreuger

2011-12 Board of Directors of Directors Barry Berglund CTV

Debby Criddle Synergos Management

Gerry Bonsal SIAST Kelsey Campus

President: Monica Kreuger Global Infobrokers Inc.

1st Vice-President: Christian Braid Braid Flooring & Window Fashion


Lynn Hnatick MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman LLP

Evan Drisner Nu-Fab - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry

2nd Vice-President: Troy Davies M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd.

Shawna Nelson Sheraton Cavalier Hotel

Tony Van Burgsteden AREVA Resources Canada Inc.

Rhonda Speiss PotashCorp

Randell Morris Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Sanj Singh AdeTherapeutics Inc.

Past President: Brian Chalmers Concentra Financial

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Executive: Tracy Arno Essence Recruitment

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Investing in Saskatchewan

Germany’s K+S Group sets its sights on the province

K+S Potash Canada’s Vice President, Engineering Franz X. Spachtholz. Image: Grant Romancia


he globe’s fifth largest potash producer, and number one producer of salt, has committed to investing over $3 billion in a new potash mine in the R.M. of Dufferin, about 38 kilometers northeast of Moose Jaw. K+S Potash Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of the German K+S Group,is working to open the first new potash mine in Saskatchewan in nearly 40 years. Their head office is located in downtown Saskatoon, and though they currently have only 40 employed with the company, that will skyrocket to over 1000 employees and contractors in 2013/2014, when the mine is at the peak of construction. The Legacy

Project was green lighted by K+S Potash as a significant economic benefit to Canada’s parent company on November Saskatchewan. It’s estimated that the project will create roughly 6 29, 2011. K+S Group, the parent company million hours of direct employment of K+S Potash Canada, agreed in late during its construction, with another 2010 to launch a friendly takeover of 1 million hours being required for Potash One, a small Canadian-based indirect employment. The project will company which held several potash become a valuable new customer for exploration permits here in Southern Saskatchewan’s public utilities, with Saskatchewan. The German company is a new natural gas line needed from the world’s fifth largest potash producer, Transgas, telecommunications lines and already operates a salt plant in from SaskTel, electrical transmission the province near the existing Mosaic lines from SaskPower, and a water potash mine in Belle Plaine. It has a pipeline from SaskWater. Recruitment long history in the mining business, of First Nations and Metis people, and and is the only commodities stock on use of contract services owned by First the German benchmark index DAX, the Nations and Metis people will also be a stock index composed of that nation’s high priority for K+S Potash Canada. The construction and operation of the 30 largest listed companies. So why invest in Saskatchewan? new economic development project “Our Legacy Project is one of the world’s will also mean substantial additional economically most attractive greenfield tax revenues for the federal, provincial, projects”, says Joachim Felker, member and municipal levels of government, of the Board of Executive Directors resulting in tax dollars estimated in the of K+S Aktiengesellschaft, whose millions of dollars annually. With Saskatchewan quickly responsibilities include the Potash and Magnesium Products business segment. becoming Canada’s most economically “The benefits of the project include the successful province, K+S Potash already existing very good infrastructure, Canada’s beginning in our province the significantly earlier availability of is well timed. “We’re very proud of product that solution mining brings.” the Legacy Project,” says Franz X. The North American site will also Spachtholz, K+S Potash Canada’s act as a supplement to the existing Senior Vice President Engineering. German production network, opening “We’re anxious to work with all of you the possibility of unique diversification to make it an important addition to of production amongst global potash Saskatchewan’s growing success.” producers. The new site will act as the starting point for sales to the emerging growth markets of Asia and South America, as well as the rest of North America. K+S Group will continue to carry out distribution of potash globally via its tried and tested infrastructure. The Legacy Project will not only be a great asset to K+S Group, K+S Potash Canada is making significant investment it will also serve in Saskatchewan. Image: Grant Romancia

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Chamber members win at Design Week 2011


esign Week 2011 wrapped up in November, with Chamber members collecting a number of awards. The week-long event, which is held every two years, was established to illustrate the importance and impact of applied design in our daily lives. The range of disciplines encompasses architecture, community planning, engineering, graphic design, interior design and landscape architecture. Chamber member Stantec was the recipient of three Premier’s awards in Design, which recognize the applied design work being done across the province. Stantec received the Premier’s Award of Excellence for: Studio FIAT, Saskatoon, SK - Interior Design Category, River Landing Pedestrian Linkage, Saskatoon, SK – Collaborative Category and the Award of Merit for renovations to the Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK in the Interior Design Category “This is the second consecutive year that Stantec’s Saskatoon Interior Design group has received the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Design. These awards are something our team is very proud of and excited about because it recognizes the innovative work our team is doing in Saskatchewan,” Rebecca Stewart, a member of the Saskatchewan Interior Design Team, says. Other Chamber members to walk away with awards include aodbt architecture + interior design for the work on

the Mistawasis Health Centre and the International Vaccine Centre, as well as member Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse and their interior design by HDH Architects.

Studio FIAT by Stantec, winner of the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Interior Design. Supplied photo.

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Do you have sticky notes everywhere? Microsoft’s best kept secret by Meaghan Avery, Training Co-ordinator - The Bridges Centre Inc.


neNote – ever heard of it? If you have not, then you are not alone. OneNote has been around for quite a while. It now has increased integration and functionality that helps keep you and your projects organized. Microsoft calls it “an idea processor” and it lives up to its name. OneNote lets you organize information that you gather (while you are gathering it) into pages, sections, and notebooks. You can include everything from general notes to websites and emails right along with photos and other pieces of information needed to inform your work. You can quickly capture meeting notes, brainstorming notes, ideas and thoughts, audio from discussions, video from interviews, diagrams, grab information from web pages, audio and video recordings, and a host of other tidbits from around the web. You can skip from making a note to adding to your grocery list, adding a contact, updating your To Do list, request a meeting and email a file, all from within OneNote using the keyboard, pen or the recording capabilities in OneNote. It has text recognition so you can even get text from a picture and include it as text in OneNote. For example, a picture of a business card can become text using this feature and then popped over into a Contact in Outlook. OneNote gives you the ability to have multiple open pages, sections, and notebooks; almost everything can be put away – right away. • The enhanced Screen Clipping feature makes it easy to add a screen shot of whatever is open on your computer. Perfect for demonstrating! • The Search feature is phenomenal. Search the page, section or notebook and get a summary report of every time that item is mentioned. • It’s wonderful that OneNote is integrated with Outlook. I can use a To Do tag on an item in OneNote and it enters it in my Outlook To Do pane. • Attaching a relevant file to a OneNote item means I never lose information and I can retrieve the information anytime at all since OneNote is mobile too! • With a shared notebook stored in an accessible location, several people can edit the same page at the same time and changes are merged automatically. Live sharing sessions can be the solution for a time sensitive project.

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All you need is an Internet connection. Tables and Bullets could use a little work, but then – maybe next version. Many Saskatoon companies, from large to small, are recognizing the value of digital note taking and OneNote is just the program to do it painlessly.

“I love that I can include information for a project I am working on, on the fly. Have you ever been working on one item and remembered something about another item? By the time you finish with the first one, you have forgotten about what the other one was. “Since The Bridges Training Centre creates some of its own courseware, we often remember a tip or trick about something while we are working on something else. OneNote makes it very easy to make a side note for filing later in the appropriate page or section or notebook. This way we never miss a trick.” OneNote is included in the 2010 Office Suite. Incorporate OneNote training into your staff retention strategy. It is a comprehensive, cost-effective, and easy to implement way to do more with less. Good training adds value to your bottom line. The Bridges Training Centre is proud to be locally owned and operated with an undertaking to enhance the careers of business professionals through computer skills development (including OneNote). We advocate lifelong learning and take our own advice. Investing in software skills training is good for everybody – no matter what the economy. Invest in your people. Invest in Saskatoon. Invest in Saskatchewan.



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A long-standing Saskatoon partnership


or 25 years Acklands Grainger and The Children’s Wish Foundation have maintained a very unique and special partnership. Acklands Grainger has provided the Foundation with in-kind office space, financial support, donations of volunteer hours, donation of delivery services throughout the province and community support. The partnership began in 1986 when Chuck Newmeyer, Zone Manager at the time for Acklands Grainger in Saskatoon, read an article on The Children’s Wish Foundation and decided to provide the organization with a home office. “We are frequently overwhelmed with the generosity of the Acklands Grainger staff” said Gay Oldhaver, Chapter Director - newest member to the Children’s Wish team. “We were honoured to be included in their plan to move to the new location on Millar Avenue in January. The space is beautiful and we are so very grateful to have such an amazing donor and partner.” Beyond the inclusion in their office building the Acklands Grainger staff and support network has also adopted Children’s Wish as one of their main Charity of Choice options. Each year Acklands Grainger hosts a “Wish Game” with the WHL and the Foundation is encouraged to invite wish families as guests of Acklands Grainger along with their staff. The evening consists of dinner, the hockey game in addition to an on-ice presentation of the funds raised through the Pointman Program. The program consists of Acklands Grainger donating funds based on goals scored by a designated Saskatoon Blades player, all benefiting The Children’s Wish Foundation. The growth of this partnership has seen the incoming and out going of two Acklands Grainger General Managers and five Children’s Wish Chapter Directors. “It means so much to have


the Foundation staff here in the office with us. To watch them (Foundation Staff) deal with the wish kids and their families is very heart warming. The close proximity allow us to witness the smiles first hand and to celebrate with them the granting of each wish,” said Acklands Grainger GM, Frank Murray. “I have encouraged other Acklands Grainger branches to use our model and would encourage other Saskatoon

“We are frequently overwhelmed with the generosity of the Acklands Grainger staff... We were honoured to be included in their plan to move to the new location on Millar Avenue in January.” businesses to become involved a little or a lot in a charity” With the support of Acklands Grainger and other annually dedicated sponsors such as Saskatchewan Blue Cross the Children’s Wish Foundation has been able to grant more than 700 exceptional wishes in Saskatchewan. The Foundation works to grant the most heart felt wishes of children ages three to 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. These children have been through so much in their short lives and, in many cases, they have been denied the chance to play their favourite sport, or spend time with their friends or go on family outings. Instead of regular kids activities, they’ve seen doctors, radiation, chemotherapy, needles and hundreds of other medical procedures. The Foundation

relies in part on donations from individuals and corporations and funds raised through their three high profile events in the province, Exile Island, Swing and a Wish Golf Tournament and the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes. “So much more of our fundraising efforts stay with the foundation thanks to the generous donation of office space by Acklands Grainger” said Kristy Rempel Fundraising and Event Coordinator with the Children’s Wish Foundation. The continuation of this joint venture illustrates an active commitment by Acklands Grainger to remain a source of support to Children’s Wish and to many charities in the Saskatoon area. It also contributes to staff morale to have Children’s Wish as part of the Acklands Grainger culture and the shared office space – “Supporting the foundation this way allows them to grant more wishes and seeing a family forget about their day to day and just enjoy the wish is what it is all about,” adds GM, Frank Murray. Acklands Grainger staff is also encouraged to become engaged with Children’s Wish Foundation projects and events. “Another important point to mention is the personal willingness by Acklands Grainger management to incorporate us [Foundation staff] into their corporate culture. Their welcoming nature is what makes this partnership so much more than a donation” added Gay Oldhaver. Our whole community has been strengthened through this partnership and the community spirit and philanthropy shown by Acklands Grainger.

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Employment, Saskatchewan retention rates up for U of S business graduates


recent employment survey by Edwards grads are seeing higher wages. Edwards Career Services at the Mean starting salaries went from Edwards School of Business $40,580 in 2008 to $42,554 in 2011, shows how our thriving provincial a jump of almost five per cent. Those economy is benefiting graduates. Over who majored in marketing and human 20 per cent more U of S business grads resources reported the highest earnings. are now staying in Saskatchewan to Overall employment rates for fall start their careers 2010 and spring 2011 are compared to 2006. up too, added Wellman. “A consistent “We’ve seen a steady trend over the rate of employability last five years is improvement over the the number of last three years,” he graduates staying said. “Of those who in Saskatchewan,” were looking, 86.6 said Brent per cent have secured employment, compared Wellman, director of S students networking at a Co-op of Edwards Career U to 78.6 per cent in 2009.” Open House event. Services. According The rate is even to the statistics, 84.3 per cent of better for graduates who participated recent graduates accepted jobs in in the Cameco Business Co-operative Saskatchewan, compared to 63 per Education Program. The survey cent in 2006. “We always knew our indicated that more than 97 per cent graduates were making a difference in of former co-op students are now the business world, but that this talent employed. “The co-op program results is staying in Saskatchewan will pay in greater employability for graduates dividends for years to come.” and we are continuing to invest heavily The survey data, collected both in the growth of the program,” said online and by telephone, show many Edwards School of Business Dean

Daphne Taras. Other programs and activities offered by Edwards Career Services, including networking events, three mentorship programs, drop-in resume workshops and the three-day Resumania event, make the most of the trend by connecting Edwards students to the local business community. “I am very proud of our team and the goals we have achieved,” said Wellman. “It will be a busy new year working with 51 students on co-op placements while we recruit new students for next year’s intake.” “We all sense the buoyancy of the provincial economy, and it is clear that this is translating into great opportunities for our business school graduates,” said Taras. “It is also bringing happiness to their parents, who no longer have to bid them adieu.” For networking and co-op opportunities for your business and the U of S Edwards School of Business, contact Brent Wellman at (306) 9661283 or

Edwards School of Business graduates are finding more success in Saskatchewan than ever before.

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Where growth and possibility lie Proud to be a part of the city of Saskatoon


llisDon is one of the nation’s top construction services companies, employing over 1,400 people as well as countless subcontractors and tradespeople. We are also a bit of a Canadian success story; exporting our construction expertise and services across North America and around the world. More importantly, we’ve been building hospitals, transit systems, government buildings, and numerous other structures that become the very fabric of the communities we do business in, for over sixty years. So, though we may not necessarily be known to you, we’ve been here all along. Saskatchewan’s flourishing economy and growing population offer an excellent long term opportunity for sustained development. Jason Sheldrick, in his role as Area Manager took on the challenge of heading up the EllisDon office in Saskatoon. He believes, “the economy in the Prairies is on the rise, and the time is right for EllisDon to set down roots in Saskatoon.” We recently won the $100 million Saskatoon Police Headquarters, a 4-storey, 350,000 sq. ft. facility, to be located in the city’s downtown 25th Street area. Scheduled for

completion in the fall of 2013, the new facility will feature the 911 communication centre, state-of-the-art forensic labs, a detention centre and indoor firing range, as well as a community room and training rooms. The relocated facility also boasts 125 underground and 440 outdoor parking stalls. EllisDon’s proposal, “offered the most desirable balance between price, design, quality and functionality,” said Mike Gutek, Saskatoon’s infrastructure services manager. “We are looking forward to participating in the expansion of the community and the province and are actively tendering projects throughout Saskatchewan.” Thriving in the unknown is what we do best. That’s where growth and possibility lie. With multiple projects on the horizon, EllisDon is excited and committed to work and live within the community of Saskatoon. For more information, please visit or call us at (306) 343-2022.

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Support for small and medium sized business


mproving the long-term productivity and competitiveness of Saskatchewan’s manufacturers and processors is the objective behind a new federal-provincial initiative. To optimize their business performance, Saskatchewan smalland medium-sized businesses are engaging in a productivity benchmarking course managed by the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). BDC is also offering on-site comprehensive operational assessments which will generate additional techniques for businesses to improve their overall productivity. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations for Saskatchewan, on behalf of the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister of Enterprise and Minister Responsible for Trade announced a shared investment of $515,500 to increase the productivity and profitability of Saskatchewan’s manufacturers and processors. “Small business is big business in Saskatchewan, and supporting training to improve business skills is a win-win for all,” said Minister Cheveldayoff. “SEDA has done excellent work in economic development programming. This initiative will produce better business performance with the end result of more jobs, more investment and more opportunity in our province.”

SEDA and BDC delivered several workshops last spring with 55 small to medium-size manufacturers and/ or processors participating. Attendees took away 10 specific strategies to improve their manufacturing productivity. BDC plans to conduct a rigorous diagnostic of business operations for 45 selected firms and will make targeted recommendations to improve their productivity. Twelve months after these operational assessments, BDC will return to measure the selected firms’ productivity improvements. To date, twentysix companies have participated in the BDC assessment. The private sector is contributing $315,000 to this initiative and BDC is contributing $228,000, along with its expertise. The federal and provincial contribution of $515,500 is provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA). The total project costs are $1,058,500. A comprehensive productivity initiative specifically targeting Saskatchewan’s manufacturing and processing sectors has never been offered before. A final report, compiled by BDC and SEDA, will provide Western Economic Diversification and Enterprise Saskatchewan with an assessment of trends in the sector and directions for future program development. The project’s objective is to increase the competitive position of manufacturers and processors in the national and international marketplace.

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Yes We Can! by C.M. (Red) Williams


es We Can was the rallying cry of President Obama at the meetings concerning nuclear disarmament. They could equally apply to the movement to bring democracy to international decision making, and particularly to the United Nations deliberations. At first blush one might consider that the United Nations is as close to a world democratic forum as one could hope for; but that is far from fact. The United Nations has the Security Council of selected superpowers with veto provisions. The Assembly is made up of country functionaries who were not voted into their positions and therefore do not necessarily represent the wishes of their national populations, nor can speak for them. With the global marketplace rapidly taking on the power position in world affairs it becomes apparent that there must be a democratically elected governance body that can set the


regulations, just as a nation’s business affairs require an over sight. The European Union is an example but there are others with more or less power in Asia, Africa and South America. The most often cited world body is for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, made up of elected members who could avoid the national bickering now stalling the decisions demanded of the current system. This is not a “pie in the sky” point of view because countries and parliamentarians the world over are calling for just such a change in addition to international democracy. The major issues of our day; disarmament, climate change, water sharing, eliminating poverty, fair trade, all require the concerted efforts of all nations working in a democratic framework. The alternative is the repeated travesty of the climate discussions in Durban.

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Airport sets another record for travellers


askatoon has set another record for the number of passengers travelling through our airport! The passengers flying into or out of totalled approximately 1.25 million in 2011. That’s an increase of 2.5% from our previous record in 2010 and it is the 8th consecutive year that passenger traffic has increased in Saskatoon. Eight years ago we were just getting comfortable in our “newly” expanded terminal building and since that time our traffic has grown by 63%. The rapid growth in passenger demand has necessitated a terminal expansion sooner than anyone might have imagined eight years ago and we are delighted to be able to respond to that growth. You will begin to see signs of the expansion project in the coming months and we look forward to being able to accommodate continued growth at our airport and in our community. The construction is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2012 and will be a 30 month project. Passengers will experience minimal disruption during the construction but we are proud to say, it will be business as usual at the airport! The winter charter season has been very busy with many flights filling up! As the charter flights fill, so does our parking

lot! In the unlikely event that when you arrive the parking lot is full, overflow parking is available within close proximity of the parking lot.

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No construction disruption will be experienced until after the coming winter charter program. The new Terminal will feature a pier design and offer eight bridgeable gates along with three ground-load positions. The expansion will include opportunity for a variety of food, beverage and retail services as well as a business lounge. Existing terminal is 139,000 square feet - new building area will be 266,670 square feet. Increased seating capacity is a primary focus and will incorporate comfortable seating areas, business stations, a fireplace and children’s play areas. The expansion will be funded through the current Airport revenues including the AIF fund.

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SIAST launches mining diploma program


he Saskatchewan mining industry, already a significant employer of SIAST graduates, is experiencing a period of exponential growth that shows no sign of slowing. Maintaining this boom requires an increasing supply of qualified workers to enter the sector, and SIAST has initiated a new program to help meet that need: the Mining Engineering Technology program. “The program responds to current needs in the Saskatchewan mining industry and will help ensure that we have both a competent and qualified labour force to meet the growing demands of the industry both today and in the future,” said Jamie Hilts, dean of Technology. “New SIAST graduates are in extremely high demand, and that demand is literally growing by the year. It’s not just specific to the Mining Engineering Technology program, but they need people skilled within various trades, within business and within technologies -- environmental, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technologists. Then, specific to the mining field itself, will be the mining engineering technologists, who will work closely with engineers and other technologists in the mining industry.” “Approximately 15,100 additional workers will be needed in the mining industry in the next ten years,” said Pam Schwann, executive director of the Saskatchewan Mining Association (s is working with institutions like SIAST to address this challenge. “Trades and technologist training, as well as engineering and geoscience programs, are key to preparing the next generation for careers in the mining industry,” said Schwann. In order to ensure that graduates of the program best


meet the requirements of the mining industry, the program’s designers consulted with industry experts extensively. “It’s been a very involved and collaborative process where we’ve had an enormous amount of support, feedback and contribution from the various mining companies within the province,” said Hilts. “That’s why we anticipate that the program will be such a tremendous success, because it is founded on a robust partnership.” Describing the program details, Karen Coates, program head of Mining Engineering Technology, concurred: “It’s tailored to the needs of the mining industry, no question about it, and the Saskatchewan mining industry at that.” Said Coates, “The two-year program will focus on surface and underground surveying, mine ventilation, ground control and mine planning and design in both hard and soft rock mining environments. It’s going to be everything from hands-on to theory classes.” Although the educational facilities are currently under construction, development of the program is on schedule and enrolment has begun. “We started accepting applications January 4th,” Coates said. “There are three different options: You can apply online, in-person or by mail. Students should apply early at to secure a seat for fall 2012.” SIAST is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for post-secondary technical education and skills training, recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and innovation. SIAST serves 26,000 distinct students, operating campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and providing a number of courses and programs through distance education.

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Taking Control of Your Life’s Financial Journey By Jill Norrish CFP Senior Manager, TCU Wealth Management Financial success is not exclusively about your investment portfolio. It’s about achieving a balance in your life, enjoying peace of mind and having the satisfaction of knowing that you’re on the right track. A well done, followed and regularly reviewed financial plan will help you achieve this balance. Having a financial plan is a lot like having a travel plan – it identifies where you’re going, how and when you’ll get there, how much it’ll cost, and offers advice on things to do along the way. Like planning a vacation, your financial plan can be loosely structured or highly detailed based on your individual needs. But, having no plan at all could leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. A financial plan answers three primary questions: 1. How much, when and where should you save? 2.  How should your savings be invested until they’re needed? 3. How much, when and from where will you access savings when it comes time to spend them? It helps to think in terms of wants and needs. This may allow some goals to lean toward the “want” side, while others can be closer to the “need” side. For example, you may choose to work and save for a longer period of time so you can lower your savings rate to take nicer vacations now, or you might plan on spending less in the future so that you can lower your investment risk now. Planning can help you balance comfort and compromise. A financial plan should also have a constant method of evaluating

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The top four website ingredients to drive traffic and sales (Part 1)


hether you’re venturing out with your very first website or you’re a long term website owner whose site really isn’t getting real results, you have likely wondered what it takes to make a website successful. If you currently own a business and are operating without a website, that’s just silly. By having a website (that’s done right) you can save money on advertising, expand your market, gain a 24/7 salesperson for your company and of course, generate more leads for your business. So what can you do to make your website successful? First you’ll need to figure out how to get people to your website. #1: Be Easy To Find Your website will do little or nothing for you if no one can find it. That’s why it’s imperative to learn how to market your website or at least hire someone who can do it for you. The first term that you should learn very well is, “Search Engine Optimization” otherwise referred to as, “SEO”. Now this can sound intimidating but it’s really a simple concept. You know when you search for things in search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo and results pop up? Well, the order of those search results can actually be influenced meaning that your website can be optimized to appear high in those search results. For example, say you own a landscaping business in Saskatoon. Wouldn’t it be great if when your customers typed in, “Saskatoon landscaping”, your company was number one result on the list? That’s called Search Engine Optimization and it’s today’s cheapest and most effective way to get new business. Social media is another valuable tool to attract people to your website but we’ll touch on that another time. #2: Design & Usability This is an area that is very important to have done right. When a user visits a website for the first time, they immediately develop an opinion of your business. They will ask themselves: • Is this website credible? • Is this company professional? • Do I feel welcome?


• Is this company trustworthy & stable? Through hiring the right web design company, your website’s design will give you a step ahead of your competitors and make your company reputable. #3: Good Content In 1996, Bill Gates wrote an article entitled, “Content is King”. Ever since, content has become one of the most important elements a website can have. When writing content for your website simply ask yourself these questions: • Will people understand what I do quickly? • Will they know what the next steps are? • Why should they buy from me and not my competitors? • Are there keywords in my content? (ex: Saskatoon landscaping) If your content answers all these questions it will do a lot to convert prospects into customers. Which brings me to the last ingredient of a successful website: #4: Conversion The last step to a successful website is “Conversion”. Having a website is great but if it doesn’t convert prospects into leads than it’s being under utilized. In order to do this you’ll need an effective Call To Action (CTA). A call to action tells users where to click in order to take them to next step and is the starting point to conversion. Keep it simple, make it look clickable, give away free stuff and make it stand out in some way (bold, color, etc.). Each of these ingredients can be elaborated on at length so be sure to check in to your next Business View to keep you updated on all things online! Ryan S. Yedersberger Having trouble with your current website? Need someone to talk to regarding a website idea? Contact my team at Stealth Web Designs located on 8th Street East right here in beautiful Saskatoon. Also, a big thanks to Rene Prefontaine for the fantastic photography. Visit his website at reneprefontaine. com.

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SIEF: Celebrating 25 years of First Nation entrepreneurial spirit


his year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc. Established in 1986, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc. (SIEF) offers commercial and agriculture lending and business consulting services to First Nations businesses in Saskatchewan. The offices are situated in Saskatoon (Head Office), on the Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve, Regina and North Battleford. All three locations provide business consulting services. SIEF is governed by a board of directors that consist of seven members. The directorship is made up in the following manner; two members appointed by the FSIN; two members representing the business sector; two members representing the agriculture sector; one member representing the financial services sector. The current members of the Board are: • • • • • • • •

was access to capital. Traditional business financing was not readily available for many First Nation people nor was it available to many First Nation Bands. SIEF came from concept to reality in 1986 to fill this business financing need and to serve a niche market of First Nation entrepreneurs. SIEF was the first Aboriginal Financial Institution (AFI) of the 59 AFI’s currently across Canada. It is also by far the largest in terms of the number of loans provided. SIEF has lent out more than $62 million to First Nation entrepreneurs Lucy Pelletier – Cowessess First Nation – Chair of the creating more than 3,200 businesses and generating Board – (Business Sector) approximately 7,000 jobs over 25 years of operations. Trevor C. Acoose – Sakimay First Nation – (FSIN For more information visit Appointed) Everette Bear – Muskoday First Nation – (Agriculture Sector) Terry Kremeniuk – (Agriculture Sector) Crystal Fafard – Yellowquill First Nation – (FSIN Appointed) Ray Gamble – Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation – (Financial Sector) Audrey Ahenakew – Ahtahkakoop First Nation – (Business Sector) Senator Jimmy Myo – Moosomin First Nation – (FSIN Appointed)

SIEF has always been committed to developing a strong economic base among First Nations in Saskatchewan and continues to assist in the creation of jobs and to foster economic growth for First Nations people. SIEF currently has 11 staff. These well qualified and business minded individuals are dedicated to providing exceptional business lending and consulting service for their clients. In addition to lending and business services, loans management, the Business Service Office (BSO) continually visits communities to ensure clients have the resources needed to sustain efficient operations. SIEF has begun to offer business training (accounting software courses, bookkeeping workshops to First Nation entrepreneurs that cannot attend courses offered at other colleges due to time constraints or for reasons that may interrupt the course of their business. In the early 1980’s, the need to establish a lending corporation was identified by the 74 First Nations of Saskatchewan. These 74 First Nations now make up the membership of SIEF. At the time, The First Nations, Federal and Provincial Governments and the business community realized that a key component needed to generate economic development and jobs in the First Nation community


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TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to the Saskatoon Financial Centre on winning the Excellence Cup! Sun Life Financial is pleased to announce that the Saskatoon Financial Centre, led by Glen Ungar has won the Excellence Cup. The Excellence Cup is the most prestigious annual award in financial centre management. This award recognizes management teams that have excelled in their overall performance. Glen, and his management team, consisting of Darren Rosenberger, Adriana Rogic, Kim LaFreniere, Jason Schnitzler and Andrew Collin were the winners of the 2011 Excellence Cup. Ranking is determined using several key measures of success including productivity, sales force growth and client service. Congratulations to Glen Ungar and the Saskatoon Financial Centre on this great achievement.

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Investing in Saskatchewan’s future


t the root of any great business and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® evolve. To engage with an SFG advisor, lies a solid foundation of good Certified Practitioner consulting to it means a commitment to goal setting, values. The team at Sutton further enhance the service offerings life planning and integrated financial Financial Group are proud to of Sutton Financial Group. Andrea is planning and not just a one-time provide objective and reliable advice to well known in the community for her investment or purchase of an insurance the Saskatchewan business community achievements as an industry leader in product. SFG advisors use technology and have been doing so since 1990 when group benefits and for her high integrity and experience to develop strategic the company was originally founded and great results. Andrea understands solutions meaningful to your financial by Bob Sutton. His original goal was what it takes to run a business; she takes situation, lifestyle and stage in life. simple, to help clients in their pursuit the time to understand her clients and Together the five partners of financial security and peace of offers unique, innovative, and tailored continue to grow the foundation laid mind. This philosophy by Bob, building on still holds true today his early success. As when working with a advisors, they are Sutton Financial Group optimistic, authentic, advisor. Bob believes and genuinely that if you treat people happy people. Their with respect and always happiness comes put their interests first, from a grounded then a business will be belief system that sees a success. them fully engaged The original story with respect to their behind the Sutton physical, emotional, Financial Group mental, and spiritual partnership coming needs. They believe together is part of a their perspective on longer history than at the world is highly first glance. Bob has correlated to financial been in the financial success, so they lead services industry by example. It is by since 1975 and the this example that relationships he built The Sutton Financial Group team believes in helping you reach they believe they can are the foundation for financial success. and will inspire their where the business clients to greater life has evolved to today. Bob’s son Stuart, solutions. fulfillment, by enhancing their client’s Group benefits are the foundation wealth and enabling each client to joined the firm in June 2002, followed by Jay Stark in April 2003. Tim and for a total rewards strategy, and the SFG impact the world in a way that is Andrea worked with Jay as their own approach has moved beyond benefits meaningful to them and their families. financial advisor until Tim entered the to provide a more dynamic solution industry himself and became a Certified for businesses, including recruitment, For more information, visit www. Financial Planner. Tim Hansen joined employee development and training in the partnership in April 2011 and late personal leadership effectiveness. The last year his wife Andrea Hansen joined result is increased employee retention, the partnership. As their friendship engagement and well-being which has has developed, they realized that their a positive financial impact for their common values and stage in business business clients. An in-depth understanding and and life had the makings of a remarkable appreciation of your values, dreams and partnership, and they were right. 22 years later, the team has grown personality are critical to developing to five trusted advisors that are able to your personal financial plan. SFG help create custom plans to help plan clientele is primarily professionals and and protect the future of Saskatchewan business owners and the SFG approach while increasing prosperity within the to serving these clients has resulted in community. Most recently, Sutton the expansion of the company. SFG Financial Group has welcomed a new Advisors monitor progress and prepare partner, Andrea Hansen to join the team you for important future actions as and bring her expertise in group benefits your life circumstances continuously


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Trade Mission to South East Asia creates ties with new markets


en Ziegler, Co-Chair of the Going Global Committee, recently led another Trade Mission to South East Asia for the food processing industry in Western Canada. The Food Processing Associations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. are working together under an “Export Enhancement/Investment Attraction” Project supported by Western Economic Diversification. Members of these Associations regularly undertake Trade Missions to South East Asia. These Trade Missions have expanded trade and exports and attracted investment to the Food Processing Industry in Western Canada. The initiatives the Associations have undertaken include: 1) Establishing a succession strategy for the food Ken Ziegler, with several members of the Trade processing owners in Western Canada by attracting a specific Mission meeting with Chamber Representatives in class of entrepreneurs from Asia with experience in the food Davao City, Philippines. Supplied photo. processing sector; 2) Attracting capital to finance the growth and expansion This Trade Mission travelled to Hong Kong and the of the food processing sector to a new level in Western Philippines in late November and early December, 2011. Canada; Delegates met with importers, exporters, processors, 3) Expanding export trade in the Asian markets; and distributors, retailers and investors in Hong Kong and the 4) Forming alliances with other Canadian industry Philippines. sectors, to expand the food processing sector across Western The first stop for the Canadian group was Hong Kong. Canada. With a large, wealthy ex-pat community anxious to buy Canadian brand products, this is an ideal target market for Canadian food and beverage producers. Hong Kong is also an important entry point to the China market. As a free port, Hong Kong also receives many products which are processed, repacked and re-labeled for markets throughout China. The Trade Mission worked with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to organize business to business meetings for the delegates. The Philippines was the next destination for the Trade Mission. The Philippines is an entry port to the Asia marketplace for many Australian, North American and European companies. The first stop was the Capital region of Manila. As a centre of Government, banking and industry, Manila serves the large northern region of the Philippines. The Trade Mission then went on to Davao, in the southern most part of the Philippines. Davao is looked upon as the ‘breadbasket’ of the Philippines as this region is home to many food producers and processors. The last stop was Cebu, located in the more central region of the country where it serves as a major industrial and business centre. In all three destinations, delegates met with industry representatives, traders, investors as well as representatives of the Government of the Philippines. The Trade Mission worked with the Manila Chamber of Commerce, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Cebu to arrange business to business meetings with Philippine business owners. The next Trade Mission under this Project will travel to Indonesia and Vietnam in March, 2012. The Trade Mission is open to representatives of the food industry from across Western Canada.

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Gold exploration is full-steam ahead in Saskatchewan


askatchewan has become can continue toward achieving the goals Project, which is largely unexplored, recognized worldwide as a of this young venture. Moving into 2012, has potential still for discovery with resource-rich province. A company they are looking forward with great numerous gold showings being reported that would like to take advantage focus and intent. Exploration growth and recorded on the property. of these resources spread throughout plans are being executed on the Jojay With the significant escalation the land of the living skies is in the price of gold and the Wescan Goldfields Inc. market suggesting that the At this moment in time, price of gold will continue the company is excited about to rise in 2012 & 2013, the the strides being taken within company believes the timing their property portfolio, is right to develop these gold with their gold holdings properties in the Wescan within Saskatchewan’s portfolio as well as pursue borders ramping back into other opportunities as they exploration. present themselves allowing In 2004, Wescan was Wescan to grow to their full spun out of Shore Gold Inc potential. — a decision made to protect and continue their gold interests as Shore had moved Wescan Goldfields Inc. into diamond exploration. Darren Anderson The company was created in 300-224 4th Avenue South symbiosis with the established 306.667.3552 firm and now Wescan is ready to step out of the shadow of their big brother corporation and become a major player in Saskatchewan mining. With a shared team of strong The first gold doré bar produced from the Jasper Mine. leadership, both companies have been able to ride the storm of economic turmoil and come Gold Project which has an existing through it stronger and excited about National Instrument 43-101 Resource Estimate (NI 43-101) on the deposit of the future that lies ahead. Not only are they full steam ahead over 100,000 ounces in indicated and on all their exploration programs, but inferred categories. Jasper Gold Project the young company is confident about is 100% owned by Wescan Goldfields Inc. This deposit was abandoned their future in the resource industry. Wescan President Darren Anderson, in the 1990’s due to very low gold along with CEO Ken MacNeill are very prices, yet potential for development encouraged that with recent successful increases in the area as gold prices now financings, exploration on their projects continue to escalate. Munro Lake Gold


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Regional Managing Partner, MNP LLP Chamber Involvement: Government Affairs Committee. Other Organizations: Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Past Vice-President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan Professional Conduct Committee Member, Saskatoon Community Foundation Audit Committee Member, and Brandon Family YMCA Past President. Why the Chamber Board? I was involved in the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Board, so I understand and appreciate the value that the Chamber brings to the business community and the time and commitment required to be an active participant in the Chamber movement. I enjoy being an active community member, and look forward to becoming even more connected to the business community.

Darryl Bazylak

Superintendent of Education, Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division Chamber Involvement: Chamber Member. Other Organizations: League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents of Saskatchewan (LEADS) Member, Saskatchewan Educational Technology Association (SETA) Board Member, Saskatchewan Regional (RIC) Inter-Sectoral Support Team, Child and Youth Services Team, Saskatoon Tribal Council Partnership Committee, Communities for Children-C4C, Keeping Kids in School Committee, Restorative Action Program, and Core Neighbourhood-Building Health Equity Committee. Why the Chamber Board? At first glance some might see Education and the Business sector as two separate entities. The reality is we share a common goal of creating a strong and vibrant community in Saskatoon. The role of education is to prepare students to be active and contributing members of our Saskatoon community. Being on the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Board will allow Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools the opportunity to be more involved with the Chamber and to better understand the present and future needs of the Saskatoon Business Community.

Tracy Arno

President, Essence Recruitment Chamber Involvement: Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Celebrate Success! Committee Co-Chair, and Business Growth Committee, Other Organizations: YWCA Women of Distinction Gala Committee and Board, Community Baseball Executive Board of Directors, Local Hockey Teams Manager, and various charities volunteer. Why the Chamber Board? I believe in the mission of the Chamber of building the best business climate in Canada. By being an active volunteer with the Chamber I believe I can support this mission by bringing ideas and supporting the initiatives to continually improve the climate of this very dynamic and diverse city.

Josh Opheim

President, Discovery Marketing Ltd. Chamber Involvement: Chamber Member. Other Organizations: Saskatoon Sports Council Director, University of Saskatchewan Alumni Advisory Council Director, Edwards School of Business Mentorship Program Mentor, Saskatoon Usadians Association Member, North Saskatoon Business Association Member, and Saskatoon Homebuilders Association Member. Why the Chamber Board? As a owner of a two-year old business in Saskatoon, I am excited to be actively involved in what I consider to be the best business environment in the world. I am excited at the potential opportunity to be actively involved within an organization, such as the Chamber, to take advantage of current opportunities and exploit new ones to better the business climate within Saskatoon. I believe the Chamber is well structured and respected to do this and that is why I would like to be an active contributor to the board and organization.

Gerry Bonsal

Director, SIAST Kelsey Campus Chamber Involvement: Board of Directors, Aboriginal Affairs Committee, Knowledge Industry Committee, and Government Affairs Committee. Other Organizations: Saskatoon Industry- Education Committee, City of Saskatoon Emergency Social Services Development Committee, and Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee. Why the Chamber Board? The purpose for seeking nomination for re-election to the Board of Directors is to allow me and SIAST the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of our city by working collaboratively with leaders from the business and industry community, especially in potential initiatives involving technical education, skills training and workforce development.

Troy Davies

Director of Public Affairs, M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd. Chamber Involvement: Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Celebrate Success! Committee Past Co-Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair, Government Affairs Committee, and Going Global Committee. Other Organizations: Founder of Synergy 8 Community Builders, 2013 Memorial Cup Host Committee, and Sensations on 4th Salon Owner. Why the Chamber Board? I have learned a lot from the Chamber Board members that I have had the privilege working with, and would like to continue my journey with the Chamber of Commerce. I had the honour of representing the Saskatoon Chamber in China with 25 other Chamber representatives from all over the world. Sharing our stories I realized just how big the Chamber of Commerce is and also how the Saskatoon Chamber is accomplishing great things.



Executive Officer, Saskatoon Region Association of Realtors Chamber Involvement: Chamber Member. Other Organizations: Combined Business Group Board. Why the Chamber Board? Represent the interests and input of 560 realtors.

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Fundraising and Event Coordinator, Children’s Wish Foundation - Saskatchewan Chapter Chamber Involvement: Membership Development Committee, Celebrate Success! Awards Gala Past Coordinator. Other Organizations: NSBA Member Why the Chamber Board? I believe it is important to be part of your community and work together towards the change you hope to see. I have a vested interest in the business community from having an entrepreneurial background and enjoy maintaining that in some form.

Andrew Coutts

Partner, Deloitte Chamber Involvement: Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair. Other Organizations: Usadians Executive Association Member, and Lakeview Church Audit and Finance

Committee. Why the Chamber Board? I want to make additional contributions to making Saskatoon a great place to do business. Having a healthy, vibrant and growing business community is key to having a community that families want to live and grow in.

Scott Verity

Office Managing Partner, KPMG Chamber Involvement: Chamber Member. Other Organizations: North Saskatoon Business Association Member, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan Member, The Refinery Board Co-Chair, St. James’ Anglican Church Board Co-Chair, Edwards School of Business Mentor, Saskatoon Youth Soccer Coach, and local charities volunteer. Why the Chamber Board? I would like to make a greater contribution to the Chamber in continuing to foster a positive economic environment and quality of life in Saskatoon.

Bhabani Panigraphy

President, Mega Scientific Inc. Chamber Involvement: Chamber Member. Other Organizations: University of Regina Member of Senate and Co-President. Why the Chamber Board? My previous background is in the Maritime Industry. I have travelled all over the world and want to share my expertise and experience in the field of transfer technology, science, trade, industry, and collaboration between different Chambers of Commerce of the world, Orissa, India and Odessa, Ukraine.

Debby Criddle

Owner / Partner, Synergos Management Inc. Chamber Involvement: Board of Directors, Health Opportunities Co-Chair, and Government Affairs Committee. Other Organizations: Saskatoon Business & Professional Women’s Club of Saskatoon Member, Cheshire Homes of Saskatoon Board Member and Past President, and Saskatoon Women’s Network Past President. Why the Chamber Board? As a business owner in Saskatoon, I can’t imagine not being involved and active in the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. It is the collective voice of/for business in the city and the province. As well, it is an excellent resource for information on current business topics, networking events, learning opportunities and simply the best place to go to find out about businesses and business people in our city. The directory is a great resource for finding goods and services. Actively choosing to work with Chamber members is just good business

Silvia Martini

Vice-President, Strategy & Market Development, Interlink Research Inc. Chamber Involvement: Business Growth Committee, Raj Manek Mentorship Program Board Member and Mentor, Saskatoon Chamber Past Director of Special Events: Celebrate Success!, Canadian Chamber of Commerce National Conference, and Health Vision Conference. Other Organizations: Board of Directors – The Princess Shop Board of Directors President. Why the Chamber Board? Being in one of the best business climates in Canada is exhilarating. To both continue to build and sustain success are now the exciting challenges. I believe these are possible, in part, through enhancing business expertise to address a new reality of hypercompetitive and dynamic business environments, and by supporting a stronger, cohesive city brand that exemplifies and supports the growing global sophistication of Saskatoon’s unique and diverse offerings. Effective governance within The Chamber is well supported by a clear strategic focus, active values and meaningful leadership. With my intimate knowledge as a successful entrepreneur and business owner in Saskatoon of 30 years, experience in board governance and within Saskatoon’s economic development agencies, and with my proven track record in market development and strategy, I can and wish to offer members a meaningful contribution and representation at this important leadership level.

Jos Herman

Estate & Tax Planning Consultant, Canada Life Chamber Involvement: Chamber Member. Other Organizations: Saskatoon Business & Professional Women’s Club of Saskatoon President, AIESEC Saskatoon Board, Estate & Tax Planning Council of Saskatoon Member, Canadian Tax Foundation Member, CALU Member, CAGP Member, and health, sports and science volunteer.

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The 2012 Board of Directors Election Ballot will be electronically forwarded to all Chamber Member representatives.

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Kristy Rempel

Why the Chamber Board? I would truly like to make a difference in the city and to be a part of an organization that believes the same. I know from previous chamber members that they have enjoyed their time on the board and that says something…it does. I am excited to have the opportunity to work hard and bring any expertise I can offer in business, finance, and fairness to a role in the Chamber.



Your Chamber Report Card

The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is working hard to support the business community A busy year for the Chamber Committees Wondering what the Chamber Committees have been working on? In September the Going Global committee brought in Karl Schamotta, Senior Market Strategist for the Western Union Business Solutions. Mr Schamotta spoke about The Global Currency Market Outlook and Strategy Session. He designed and implemented risk management and trading strategies for hundreds of companies, ranging from small businesses to large corporations. Our boardroom was full of Chamber Members eager to learn about the global currency market outlook. In October the Business Growth Committee was working hard for our members by facilitating an event called “Connections!” The event was designed to acquaint Saskatoon entrepreneurs with the different organizations that are willing to help them start, grow or answer questions about their business. In total we had 40 businesses attend this great event which highlighted 6 different organizations including Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc, PwC LLP, Praxis School of Entrepreneurship, Ideas Inc. Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and the Raj Manek Mentorship Program. In late October the Aboriginal Opportunities Committee had Blaine Favel, CEO of One Earth Oil and Gas, in to speak about “Building Aboriginal Partnerships”. One Earth Oil and Gas, started in 2009, is an exploration corporation focused


on oil and gas development and is committed to providing First Nations communities with the greatest opportunity to maximize economic value and assert control over development of their resources. The objective of One Earth is to develop Aboriginal Corporations that are sustainable in terms of providing income and employment through the extraction of oil and gas on Aboriginal lands. Over 60 people attended the luncheon. The Membership Committee of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce has continued to bring you “Chamber on Tap” Sponsored by Sutton Financial Group on the first Wednesday of every month. In the past 4 months the committee has brought in such speakers as Norm Wallace of Wallace Construction Specialties Ltd, Jim Nowakowski of JNE Welding, Michael Micovcin of Great Western Brewing and Vic Dubois of Saskatoon Media Group. The Membership Continued next page

Did You Know? Over 350 people attend our annual Mayor’s Luncheon each year. This year’s event will be held on February 17th at TCU Place.

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CHAMBER REPORT CARD Continued from previous page Committee invites all Chamber and Non-Chamber members to join us for a sampler beer and appetizers at Earls on the first Wednesday of every month. Hope to see you there! The Business Growth Committee continues to work hard to bring you monthly Shaken with a Twist networking events. Shaken with a Twist is held on the third Thursday of the month at Tusq Lounge. In the past few months we have had such speakers as Rhonda Speiss of PotashCorp; Ainsley Robertson of the Princess Shop; Arlene Jorgenson of HEALTHSERV; and Brenda Wasylo of JNE Welding.

Did You Know? The Chamber office completed 1870 Certificates of Origin sets for our members in 2011. That’s an average of 7 sets every work day!

Get online with SaskatoonConnected! SaskatoonConnected is a new feature on the website which allows members to easily share news, events, and other information with other members and the general public. It’s the Chamber meets social media in one comprehensive site. Our most popular feature is called NewsShare, it's a pretty simple concept: Got news? Articles? Share 'em! This news will then be pushed out using the Chamber's social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, reaching over 1,000 people! Have an event to share? Place it on our EventShare Calendar. These events will automatically be shared using our social media platforms yet again. SaskatoonConnected also supports video and photo sharing, which offers unlimited possibilities. Want to provide a virtual tour of your businesses new office space or workshop expansion? A photo of your new staff team? Here’s the place to do it. The site was released to the Chamber Membership in November 2011, with 94 members already posting. Members, non-members and the public are able to access SaskatoonConnected to read the news articles, view the community calendar, photos and videos, however, only Chamber Members are able to create posts on the site. To access Saskatoon Connected please go to www.

The Chamber’s Kent Smith-Windsor is working hard for you, the Membership Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kent Smith-Windsor is a busy man, working hard to represent the Chamber members and promote good public policy. Here’s a quick look into the life of Kent. Business View: How many events have you attended in the last two months on behalf of the Chamber? Kent Smith-Windsor.: I would say 200, but that’s probably being conservative. BV: What are some of the highlights? KSW: One highlight was attending the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Political Forum, which was a chance to meet with the senior elected officials and cabinet members from the Government of Saskatchewan on both the opposition and Saskatchewan party sides. We pressed the case for a better property tax assessment system and lower tax rate for businesses. We’ve also been very busy hosting potential investors from Asia and the Middle East in Saskatoon – about 150 in the last few months. These are people looking to learn more about our local economy and its economic opportunities. BV: Promoting positive public policy is a major part of

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any Chamber – what policies have you been working on improving lately? KSW: We’ve been working towards an improved competitiveness on our education property tax and the importance of a strong trade relationship with Europe – which is particularly important with the recent City Council debates on this topic. BV: What events are coming up in Kent’s Day Timer? KSW: Travelling to Edmonton to meet with their Chamber, and also travelling to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to meet with chamber leaders and volunteers from across the region such as Alberta, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana to build cross-border relations and improve our skill-set as a Chamber. In May, we’ll be hosting the Saskatchewan Chamber’s AGM in Saskatoon, which is their major forum for Provincial

policy work. BV: What are some recent “wins” for Saskatoon and the business community? KSW: There have been some major wins for Saskatoon and the Peter Ballantye Cree Nation in terms of business development. Ever wonder where the sand for fracking comes from? Check out an upcoming issue of Business View .


COMMITTEE UPDATES 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 - 3:30-5:30 pm

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

Going Global Ken Ziegler - Robertson Stromberg Pedersen LLP Monica Kreuger - Global Infobrokers Meetings: Last Thursday of the month - 3:30 pm

Government Affairs Andrew Coutts - Deloitte & Touche LLP Michael Chudoba - Innovative Residential

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

Health Opportunities Dave Dutchak - MD Ambulance Care Ltd. Debby Criddle - Synergos Capital Management Inc. Meetings: TBA

Knowledge & Youth Development Taunya Woods Richardson - Canadian Youth Business Foundation Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the month - 4:00 pm

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

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

Business of Science Carol Reynolds - Genome Prairie Sanj Singh - AdeTheraputics Inc.

Meetings: depending on need

More information available online at under Committees.


The Membership Committee’s “Chamber on Tap” event in December feature Michael Micovcin, President and CEO of Great Western Brewing Corp. The Chamber on Tap is held the first Wednesday of each month at Earls’ Restaurant. Photography courtesy of Milton Taylor of Imagery Photography.

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For membership information contact Derek Crang (306) 664-0702 Visit today under Member Services for more details

1-800-GOT-JUNK? Waste Management / Removal Services 1802-241 5th Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 715-2466 Andrew Snead 3twenty Solutions Manufacturers PO Box 25040 RPO River Heights, Auction Mart Rd, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 382-3320 Bryan McCrea Action Mechanical Inc. Plumbing / Heating / Air Conditioning E-418 47th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-8115 Lawrence Deitsch Assemblée Communautaire Fransaskoise Immigration / Relocation AND Non-Profit Organizations 308 4th Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 423-5537 Darron Taylor Audrey’s Auto Repair Automobile - Parts / Repair / Maintenance 107-418A 50th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 652-4091 Audrey Gottlieb Comfort Auto Sales Ltd. Automobile - Lease / Rental / Sales 611 47th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 978-8010 Marcella Duns Discovery Marketing Ltd. Marketing / Market Research 701 45th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 222-7936 Josh Opheim Drop Dead Gorgeous Day Spa Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies 2410 Richardson Rd, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-2534 Bailey Kreuger

New Members

Epicure Group Event Planning 137 2nd Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 933-9888 Dan Reid Eureka Experience Education / Training 630 Gabriel Rd, Grasswood Phone: (306) 371-8348 Rachelle Brockman Hudsons Saskatoon Ltd. Night Clubs / Lounges 401 21st St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 974-0944 Greg Clark / Shelley Pasini International Labor Centre & Immigration Recruitment Services Canada Inc. Immigration / Relocation 908A Central Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-4024 Gareth Charpentier Klassen Jewellers Ltd. Wholesale Phone: (306) 652-2112 Barbara Klassen / Susan Peters Luna Metal Works Ltd. Fabrication / Machine Shops Services AND Metal Fabrication - Equipment / Supplies 1008 20th St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-9004 Myron Luczka McKim Cringan George Advertising / Public Relations 1939 Scarth St, Regina Phone: (306) 564-1375 Linda Tiefenbach Pivotal Results Coaching Inc. Consultants - Medical / Disability AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 384-8078 Lynn Latta Home-Based Business AND Real Estate - Residential Phone: (306) 652-4897 Keri Parsons

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Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse Restaurants 340-2600 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 249-4454 Jason Porat Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Business Development / Information Services AND Non-Profit Organizations 203-220 20th St W, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-5188 X230 Shaun Dyck See Your Future Education / Training 812 Rock Hill Lane, 2nd Flr, Martensville Phone: (306) 260-1314 Tracey Kowalchuk SPIN-Nutrition Health & Fitness AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 222-8875 Twila Leflar Summit Auto Service Automobile - Parts / Repair / Maintenance Phone: (306) 384-2128 Randy Worobec Trinity Safety & Training Business Services 2301 Millar Ave, Bay H, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-9933 David Chalmers ULS Maintenance & Landscaping Landscape Services 2 Cory Lane, East Corman Industrial Park, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 934-5353 Nick Goreas / Sue Jones Waldner, Dallas L., CGA Prof. Corp. Accountants / Bookkeepers PO Box 70, Langham Phone: (306) 222-4037


InveSTInG In SASkATChewAn WORKS Reduce your taxes and keep your investment dollars at home with the SaskWorks Venture Fund The SaskWorks Venture Fund is a Saskatchewan-based mutual fund that invests in small and medium-sized private businesses. Invest in SaskWorks and diversify your portfolio with companies that you would otherwise not have access to – all while keeping your investment dollars at home in the province.

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In 2011, SaskWorks: 

Raised a record breaking $50 million*

Grew to having over 21,000 shareholders

Since inception, the Fund has:

SaskWorks offers two focused share classes to help our shareholders meet their individual investment goals. DIVERSIFIED (ClASS A)


Oil & Gas  Value-Added Agriculture  Manufacturing

Oil & Gas


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Raised over $217 million and approved for investment over $199 million**

Made 162 Investments in 75 companies

Exited 32 companies for total proceeds of over $115 million***

Had over 1,100 investment advisors sell SaskWorks to their clients

reDUCe yoUr TAXes Investments in SaskWorks are RRSP-eligible and qualify for a 20% Provincial tax credit and a 15% Federal tax credit. * Assumes a $5,000 RRSP investment with a marginal tax bracket of 44% ($128,801 and over).

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