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GREATER SASKATOON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Entrepreneurship Leier legacy continues in the hotel industry in Saskatoon

Promise Meets Experience (Part II) Nurturing wisdom in mentorship Chamber and Member news, President’s View & more

Hotelier Paul Leier in front of the boutique James Hotel, which opened last October in Saskatoon.


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 worksafesask.ca. make it happen,” says Kellett.

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


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Featured Articles

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Entrepreneurship

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Promise Meets Experience (Part II)

Leier legacy continues in the hotel industry in Saskatoon

Nurturing wisdom in mentorship

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It Takes a Community A world of support options for today’s entrepreneur

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9 10 The new James Hotel is part of the ongoing legacy of hotelier Paul Leier. Image by Grant Romancia.

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SIAST High Performance Human Resources

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Campus Update

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Hunter’s Bowling Centres

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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

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PRESIDENT’S VIEW

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y the time you read this our Civic Election for 2012 will be complete, bringing to a close a hotly contested campaign. We as a community will have chosen the people we feel will best represent our interests at City Council. Let’s hope we have chosen the ones who will continue to work towards growing and strengthening this community. This campaign saw 31 individuals vying for positions on City Council which we would expect based on past elections. What was refreshing with this campaign was the vocal support for key initiatives which came from the sidelines. For the first time in my existence as a voter, the business community stood tall together to say here is what we believe is the best course of action for our community. The voice I’m referring to came from a group of business associations who came together to create a campaign called “Prosperity Saskatoon”. The campaign was aimed at educating the community as to the value a strong economy has on a community. It

was also about encouraging people to educate themselves and vote. Interest groups of all types work hard during these campaigns to raise funds in order to share their message. Each group brings a valuable message to the forefront of the debate which helps shape policy. The question becomes “where has the business community been?” In the past, businesses have stayed eerily silent during elections of any type. The fear stems from the possibility of losing customers based on a difference in viewpoints. This line of thinking is concerning, but the reality is customers are entitled to their viewpoints and can exercise their concerns by placing their disposable income in the hands of businesses who share the same view point. The easiest way to avoid this is to keep your opinions to yourself and focus on customer service. The problem with this mentality is that the concerns of the business community are not at the forefront of crucial discussions. The business community is one important factor

in the success of Saskatoon and its success is vital to creating a strong well rounded community. The business community should be involved in discussions such as transportation, PRESIDENT affordable housing, Christian Braid and community development. Business leaders understand the roles these items play in the health of our community. A healthy community is good for all - including business. Why do you think we’ve recently seen an abundance of philanthropic donations to various community efforts? So regardless of what your viewpoints are or where you stand on the political spectrum, stand up and share your ideas. The responsibility for creating a strong community is on all of our shoulders. - Christian Braid

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 Saskatoon Community Foundation

President: Christian Braid Braid Flooring & Window Fashion

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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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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Leier legacy continues in the hotel industry in Saskatoon changing beds, and working with the community to build the reputation necessary to insure the hotel’s success and position in Saskatoon. Build a Top Notch Team The first significant strategic move Paul made was to form an advisory board that provided great advice as to how to leverage two wonderful assets those being the real estate the company owned and the strong, experienced staff and management that operated its hotels. Paul truly loves the business, especially working with the team to create experiences guests will value. He firmly believes that no single person can build a successful enterprise alone. It’s a task that requires a team that is committed to the business and takes pride in its success. Paul Leier is a third generation hotelier in Saskatoon. Image - Grant Romancia.

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aul Leier is a third generation hotelier. Having grown up in the family business, conversations around the supper table with grandfather, James, and father, Joe, gave Paul the home schooled version of Hospitality Management which has kept the Leier legacy afloat, alive and soaring. Paul is the president and co – owner of Cavalier Enterprises Ltd., located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Cavalier owns and operates two Sheraton hotels, the Sheraton Cavalier Calgary and the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon, as well as the company’s first boutique hotel, The James, set to celebrate its first anniversary in October. Work In and Work On your Business Paul took over running his family’s business at the young age of 27 due to the untimely passing of his father. He credits the invaluable benefit of learning the business from the ground up, having checked guests in at the front desk, serving coffee in the restaurant,

Manage Money Wisely It became very clear early on that the key to success in the hotel business is continually upgrading and invigorating assets through a wellplanned, thoughtful, long term capital investment program; in effect creating a new hotel and outlets every 7 years. The recent reinvigoration of the Sheraton assets (Saskatoon and Calgary) is also a current example of the capital required to protect asset value. Be Creative and Look for Opportunities The family legacy of hospitality continues with Paul’s most recent manifestation of entrepreneurial

“The Roderick” two bedroom suite at The James Hotel, Saskatoon. Supplied photo. energy, The James Hotel. This latest venture was centered around converting a tired apartment building, in a wonderful location on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, into a premium boutique hotel. It has quickly positioned itself as a favorite amongst business and leisure travelers in the city, ranked #1 by TripAdvisor, but also a recent winner of the 2012 SABEX award in New Product/Service. Get Involved Paul and his family selflessly give of their talents, time and money to the community. Paul Leier has demonstrated in his brilliant entrepreneurial career that sharing your blessings to others is much more rewarding than all the accolades and awards combined. Always go out of your way to get involved in the community that supports your business. It’s a fact that people like to do business with people they know, like and respect, and with people who do things to help them as members of the community. What’s Next Once again, Paul sees himself involved in another exciting opportunity working on the $400 million dollar mixed use development at River Landing. This will prove to be an innovative development that places another mark on the map for Saskatoon.

The boutique James Hotel opened last October in Saskatoon. Image - Grant Romancia

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Hansen recognized as leading Chambers plan representative

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ndrea Hansen was recognized as a leading representative of the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan® at the program’s national conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 13th-16th. The top 100 Chambers Plan representatives from across the country were honoured at the event for experts who met stringent qualifying criteria. Andrea Hansen, of Sutton Financial Group in Saskatoon, is the exclusive Plan agency in her area. Andrea Hansen is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a Certified Financial Planner and Group Benefits Associate. Andrea values community involvement and inspiring others to reach their full potential. Her accomplishments have been recognized by various awards, including a nomination for the YWCA

Women of Distinction Awards in 2005, the Saskatchewan Young Professional Award presented by SYPE in 2006 and the ATHENA Young Professional Award in 2009. She is currently part of the Membership Committee for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Andrea Hansen has been in the financial services industry for 12 years and associated with the Chambers Plan for 8 years. She specializes in group benefits and employee engagement. She is passionate about providing businesses with expert advice in group benefits. In addition to group benefits, her practice has evolved to include a more dynamic solution to clients, by providing them with opportunities to engage in team building and employee development. Nationally, the Chambers Plan provides group benefits to more than 25,000 small and medium

sized businesses, members of 900 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade which endorse the program. The Plan was introduced over 35 years ago to make group benefits available to smaller firms. Today the program offers competitive rates, outstanding guarantees, and many free, value-added features for participants, including Best Doctors® diagnostic support services. The Chambers Plan has become the largest group insurance program of its kind in the country, providing tangible benefits to members of participating Chambers and Boards. From the National Service Centre, located in Winnipeg, the Chambers Plan is administered by Johnston Group Inc., named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies in each of the past 11 years.

More to smile about! “Itallowedustoincreaseinventoryandoffercustomersagreater selection—whichisimperativetooursuccess.” - Paula Woodhouse (right), with partner Tammie McCumber, owners of The Giggle Factory in Saskatoon, used a loan from a local Small Business Loans Association (SBLA) to expand their business. Now it’s twice the fun.

To better meet the needs of today’s entrepreneur, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Economy has raised the loan limit of its SBLA program. New and existing businesses that might have difficulty accessing traditional financing can borrow up to $20,000 from their local SBLA. The giggles might be free, but getting your own business up and running isn’t. To learn more visit www.economy.gov.sk.ca or e-mail SBLA@gov.sk.ca 5670 SBLA Ad-Giggle 7.5x4.75-FA.indd 1

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THE POWER OF MENTORSHIP

Entrepreneurship

Promise Meets Experience (Part II)

By Silvia Martini

Nurturing Wisdom in Mentorship

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he old adage that “time is money” has, I expect, never been more stringently tested than in today’s accelerated business environment. The young entrepreneurial spirit is ready with a quick innovative mind, driven by opportunity, enthusiasm, passion and energy, often in uncharted territory. These are exciting times, but can quickly turn terrifying for the young entrepreneur without the benefit of business experience. Enter Stage Right – The Business Mentor, often carrying not only extensive experience, but also most importantly, wisdom. Nurturing wisdom learning from our mentorship relationships is, frankly - priceless. Business mentorship is now well enhanced by on-line business forums. Exciting are the synergies occurring across, and within demographic lines. These are a great adjunct to the oneon-one mentorship relationship, and together can significantly shorten the learning curve to success. The following offers some helpful tips for nurturing a quality mentorship relationship:

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hear new ideas and suggestions, and overcome blind spots. Always be considerate and respect your mentor’s time as you do your own. Return phone calls promptly and be on time with commitments or meetings. Respect your mentor’s confidence and trust. Express your appreciation. Assume the mentoring connection will be strictly professional.

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Initially, allow your mentor to take the lead in the relationship. Determine the capacity of the mentoring connection, i.e., decide the amount of help and guidance you need. Prepare the goals and objectives you have for your business. Be prepared to ask for specific guidance and advice on your goals, plans and strategic ideas.

3. Build Effective Communication:

Share how you prefer to get feedback. • Recognize the mentorship • Periodically evaluate progress, sharing constructive feedback relationship as a privilege; be for fine-tuning mentorship gracious and thoughtful. effectiveness. • Listen and respect the opportunities, limitations and • Make only positive or neutral comments about your mentor to format the mentor relationship is others. able to provide for you. • Demonstrate that you are open to • If you disagree with your mentor’s values, behaviors, or attitudes, discuss it with him/ The GALLERY / art placement inc her directly. 1. Build a Positive Relationship:

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• Absorb the mentor’s knowledge and have the ambition and desire to know what to do with this knowledge. • Practice and demonstrate what has been learned. • Take the initiative to ask

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for help or advice and to tackle more challenging issues. Seriously consider all advice or suggestions you receive. Demonstrate that you have followed advice or commitments for action, even if you have modified your plan. Share outcomes.

5. See a Future Beyond the Mentor Relationship: • • • • •

Prepare yourself to move beyond your mentoring connection, once it has served its purpose. Be sure to end on a positive note. Keep the door open to return to your mentor for assistance or advice at a future time. Follow up with your mentor after termination to keep in touch, and to share your progress. Keep learning!

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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 Past-President of The Princess Shop. Silvia can be contacted at martini.interlink@ sasktel.net

For more information on business mentorship programs supported by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.manekmentorship.sk.ca

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SHAD VALLEY INTERNATIONAL

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eginning in 2013, the U of S will be one of two universities in Western Canada to host this prestigious university-based development program for high potential secondary school students. The Shad Valley program is focused on science and entrepreneurship and is designed to challenge and motivate high-achieving youth to use their talents to address important global problems while making a strong contribution to Canada’s economic and social vitality. In July 2013, the U of S will welcome about 50 upper-year high school students from across Canada at its inaugural one-month intensive Shad Valley program. Acceptance into the program is a highly competitive, application-based process, with students accepted generally having averages over 90 per cent. The program involves lectures, labs and workshops, as well as social and recreational activities to enhance students’ knowledge and build skills. They will also have the opportunity to invent a new product or expand on an existing one as members of teams working on an entrepreneurship project. Participating faculty and mentors live in residence alongside students during the month which lends itself to life-long connections and friendships. Leading the program will be Program Director Rick Retzlaff from the College of Engineering and Assistant Program Director Stephanie Yong, director of the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Rick Retzlaff, department of mechanical engineering (U of S) and program director for Shad Valley has this to say about the program: “Bringing Shad Valley to Saskatoon is a wonderful opportunity for the U of S and partner organizations. Over the next few months we will be working on all the logistical arrangements, including housing and food and getting the teaching and programming organized. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to spend a month at Queens University this past summer

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observing and helping with their program which gave me a good idea of how to bring the vital ‘Shad culture’ to U of S as we welcome so many students from across the country.” Barry Bisson, president, Shad Valley International: “Shad Valley International is committed to expanding its footprint in Saskatchewan. Our notfor-profit organization is focused on building entrepreneurial capacity in all regions of Canada by being a catalyst in unleashing the potential of exceptional youth. “The pillars of enduring success in a Shad Valley program are a strong partnership with a university in which opportunities to expose brilliant students to innovation and entrepreneurship are abundant and strong engagement of the private sector through financial support for the program and internships that will showcase great career opportunities for our students. “We are delighted with the rich academic environment that our new partner, the University of Saskatchewan will provide for our program and we are confident that in Saskatchewan’s vibrant innovation-driven economy, we will be able to engage great private sector partners who will play a significant role in helping us achieve our mission.” Shad Valley's mission is to provide a transformational experience that unleashes the entrepreneurial and innovative potential of exceptional youth. The primary goals is to encourage brilliant young students to pursue fields of study that will increase Canada’s innovation and economic capacity, and expose these change agents to opportunities to use their abundant talents to advance the country in a competitive global environment. On-campus involvement and internships are part of our corporate partners’ early talent identification and acquisition strategy, providing an opportunity to develop relationships and build reputations as employers of choice. Joining the Shad community

is an opportunity to meet and positively influence high potential future employees at an early stage in these young achievers’ development, cultivating the relationships during university through summer and co-op positions, and ultimately securing them as high-value full-time team members. Shad Valley has recently committed to launching post-program initiatives. Termed “Shad Plus”, these activities will continue to mentor Shad’s outstanding high-potential achievers through different facets of their education and career, to ensure they reach their full potential, and create positive results for all Canadians. Shad Valley has some 12,000+ outstanding alumni with remarkable achievements, including business leaders, entrepreneurs, patent holders, Top 20 Under 20 winners, Top 40 Under 40 honorees, and Rhodes Scholars, to list a few of their many accomplishments. With ongoing investment, Shad will continue to build resources and capacity to deliver its important mission for many years in the future. Canadian high school students who meet the requirements are welcome to apply, and there is no limit to the number of students admitted to the program from any school, school board or region. Admission deadline is midDecember. For more information, please visit www.shad.ca.

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SIAST

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SIAST cuts ribbon on new mining building

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n September 21, 2012, SIAST officially opened the SIAST Kelsey Campus Mining Engineering Technology Building The repurposed building includes geology and computer labs, traditional and technology-enhanced classrooms and student study areas. “The Mining Engineering Technology program was created with industry input, in response to industry need,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO of SIAST. “It’s one of several SIAST programs that prepares students to contribute to this particularly vibrant sector of Saskatchewan’s economy.” SIAST’s Mining Engineering Technology program has proven immediately popular with students. The first intake of the 25-seat program drew 56 qualified applicants within a matter of months. Renovations to the 18,000-squarefoot building used innovative partnering and contracting approaches to meet aggressive cost and schedule targets. The overall schedule from concept design to occupancy was 10 months at a cost of $150 per square foot, less than

half the estimated cost. The Government of Saskatchewan contributed $378,000 toward equipment for the program as well as ongoing operational funding support. “The Government of Saskatchewan understands the importance of postsecondary education to maintain Saskatchewan’s strong and steady economy,” Jennifer Campeau, MLA for Saskatoon Fairview said, on behalf of the Honourable Don Morgan, Minister of Advanced Education. “The new Mining Engineering Technology program will provide students with the training and skills required for a career in our growing mining sector.” Students in the Mining Engineering Technology program will receive realworld learning opportunities – the hallmark of a SIAST education. Through a survey camp, field work and labs, they will apply what they learn in the classroom. SIAST’s Mining Engineering Technology program applies scientific principles to basic mining engineering problems in both hard and soft rock mining environments. SIAST’s role in supplying the

human capital required by the mining industry is clearly critical. More than half the workers needed by the sector in the decade ahead will require a technical or trades education. Two-thirds of the space in the SIAST Kelsey Campus Mining Engineering Technology Building is devoted to the mining program and the rest will house SIAST’s Business Development and Advancement Division and other administrative offices. 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 with programs and courses that touch every sector of the economy. SIAST operates campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and provides a number of courses and programs through distance education.

The ribbon is cut on SIAST’s new Mining Engineering Technology building on the Kelsey campus

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HIGH PERFORMANCE HUMAN RESOURCES

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A bad hire could cost you your business

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ccording to a survey of 444 North American organizations by management consultancy firm Right Management, 42% per cent of respondents said a poor hiring decision cost them twice the employee’s annual salary. 26% said it cost them three times the employee’s annual salary, 15 % quoted an amount equal to the employee’s annual salary, while 11% cited the cost as five times the employee’s annual salary. Why are the costs so high? There are a number of hard and soft costs that can be factored into a poor hiring decision. Some of the hard costs include the cost of the ad or hiring a search firm, time invested in interview preparation and planning, time spent sorting through resumes and applications, interviewing the candidate, employment testing and conducting reference checks, the cost of training and orientation, termination costs and interview costs like travel, hotel and meals. Other examples of hard costs include moving costs and signing or referral bonuses. Then, there are the soft costs – the ones that are hard to measure but could be lethal to your business. They include but are not limited to things like reduced employee morale, customer dissatisfaction, lost customers, lost sales, low productivity, reduced quality of products and services and damage to the company’s brand. “If you’re not a professional interviewer, why take the chance of making a poor hiring decision when you

can use a professional”, says Dave Hagel of High Performance Human Resources, a firm specializing in the recruitment of skilled trades. Hagel brings more than 30 years of experience developing and implementing recruitment and selection systems for companies Canada-wide. He also taught Recruiting and Selection in the Human Resources Management certificate program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario for ten years. Hagel uses a thorough and detailed approach to the recruitment process. This includes conducting an organizational and job analysis to determine the critical success factors, creating a detailed job profile, writing job postings, developing a low cost multifaceted recruitment strategy, writing interview questions and rating skills based on a competency measurement system. In addition, the candidate will undergo thorough comprehensive criminal, education, reference and credit checks. “All candidates will have been screened, interviewed multiple times and fully checked before they are passed on to the employer for additional interviews”, says Hagel. High Performance Human Resources also uses a sophisticated behavioural profiling tool to identify the candidate’s preferred work atmosphere and determine the ideal job fit. It paves the way for second-level interviews and/or more in-depth assessments of specific capabilities. This tool can also be used to determine whether your existing employees are well suited to their

current job functions and are operating at peak efficiency. Other applications include managing conflict and employee performance, coaching, interpersonal communications, motivation, new employee orientation and team building. Here’s the bottom line. Protect your business by making the best hire possible. No hire is better than a bad hire. To quote best-selling author and hiring expert Brad Smart: “It’s a heck of a lot easier to hire the right people to begin with than to try to fix them later.” And, it’s a lot cheaper! For help with your recruiting needs, call Dave Hagel at High Performance Human Resources at 306-986-3357 or e-mail him at dave@ highperformancehr.ca.

David Hagel of High Performance Human Resources can help with all your recruitment needs

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New university-business partnership fights obesity

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he University of Saskatchewan has partnered with Saskatchewan Blue Cross to curb childhood obesity in the province. With a $1-million investment from Saskatchewan Blue Cross, the College of Kinesiology will launch the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It (MEND) program in Saskatchewan this September, the first of its kind in the province. MEND is a free program that inspires children and families to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives by changing behaviours that cause obesity. In Canada, more than a quarter of children ages two to 17 are overweight or obese; in Saskatchewan that rate exceeds 29 per cent. “The College of Kinesiology is particularly committed to this program. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and highlighting the importance of increased levels of physical activity are key components in reversing this trend,” said Carol Rodgers, dean of the College of Kinesiology. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty across the Colleges of Kinesiology, Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy and Nutrition to work together in an interprofessional model of wellness program delivery.”

MEND is a program that has evolved into one of the most successful and internationally recognized obesity prevention initiatives in the past decade with programs in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark. The three-year project will start with Saskatoon in year one, expand to Prince Albert and northern communities in year two and then throughout the province to include Regina and southern regions in year three. The programs are provided free of charge, focusing on children aged two to four, five to seven and seven to 13. Together with their parents, children learn about topics that range from nutrition and portion size to motivation and goal setting. Additionally, children participate in group physical activity while parents discuss ways to improve the overall health of their families. “We care about Saskatchewan people and feel a strong responsibility to address the pressing health issue of childhood obesity, as our children’s health will determine the future health of our province,” said Arnie Arnott, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Blue Cross.

Carol Rodgers, dean of the College of Kinesiology at the gift announcement

“In Canada, more than a quarter of children ages two to 17 are overweight or obese; in Saskatchewan that rate exceeds 29 per cent.“

Children participating in College of Kinesiology Children’s Activity Camps

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HUNTER’S BOWLING CENTRES

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The Hunter family legacy evolves

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positive change to the vitality and growth of bowling in Saskatoon occurred in 1951 with the arrival of Ken (Red) Hunter. He moved to the city partially to play hockey with the Saskatoon Quakers, but also to join his brother Bill in the opening of the Bowlarena, which was located on 1st Avenue next to the Queen's Hotel (today, this is the site around the current Galaxy theatre). Ken and Bill, along with their wives Margaret and Anne, worked very hard in the early days to build their legacy and develop and expand their business. Bill passed away in 1972, but Ken remained active as President until 1979, with his sons; Alan as General Manager of Operations, and Rick as Manager of Eastview Bowl and Gallery Restaurant, and son-in-law Ed Whitehead as Manager of Fairhaven Bowl and Fairhaven Restaurant. In 1951, Bowlarena, which was initially a 16-lane house, was by 1958 expanded to 24 lanes. In addition to the Bowlarena, the Hunter’s also built the 24-lane King George Lanes in 1961, purchased the 16-lane Grosvenor Park Lanes in 1965, the 16-lane North Battleford Bowlarena in 1975, and built both 24- lane Fairhaven Bowl in 1977 and the 32-lane Eastview Bowl in 1980. Hunter’s Bowling Centres has enjoyed a great relationship with tens of thousands of bowlers over the last 61 years. Both the Eastview and Fairhaven locations, the two remaining centres under the Hunter’s name, cater to all bowlers regardless of age and skillset by promoting 5 and 10 pin competitive bowling as well as casual social leagues. The friendly and knowledgeable management and team members at

Hunter’s excel at making each bowler’s experience enjoyable, whether they are on a competitive or casual level, or for a special event such as a birthday, company or Christmas party, team windup or and charity fundraiser. In addition to a full array of snacks and beverages available, Hunter’s Bowling Centres offer fully licensed restaurants and in-house catering services. Bowlers can relax before or after a game in their restaurant or lounge, or take advantage of lane service during a game. By offering these services, Hunter’s guarantees an enjoyable hassle free and unique experience regardless of the event or group size. Saskatoon has become a hot-bed

The Hunter family has supported the sport of bowling in Saskatoon since 1951 for competitive bowling and continues to dominate at both provincial and national levels. Youth bowling is a priority and boasts many Canadian titles in single and team play in both 5 and 10 pin bowling. As part of Hunter’s commitment to promote bowling as a sport that can be enjoyed regardless of age, gender, size or strength, they have created a “Learn to Bowl Program” with assistance from Bowl Canada. Supporting and giving back to the community has been, and continues

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to be, important to the beliefs, values and success of everyone involved with Hunter’s Bowling Centres. Cosmopolitan Industries has been a lifelong commitment for Ken and his son Alan, along with Howie and Mike Stensrud, Eric Antonini as well as many others. Ken served on Cosmo’s board for fifteen years, as well Alan continues as chair of the Riverside Vipond Golf Charity raising over one million dollars for Cosmo and its participants. The business also hosts the Cosmo Bowla-thon, sponsored by Pat and Christy from 92.9 the Bull. In addition, Hunter’s was excited to host the first annual "Alley Rally and Strike a Pose Fashion Show" which took place at Hunter’s Fairhaven Bowl and Restaurant on September 15th, 2012. This event was put on, by the Pink Wig Foundation, in loving memory of Tracy Dinh. Every dollar that was raised goes to support individuals and families who are facing enormous challenges due to cancer. Today, as bowling has become more popular than ever, Hunter’s Bowling Centres have and will continue to evolve to offer clients their unique “spin” on entertainment, which includes a trendy place to bowl, socialize and enjoy great food. Hunter’s constantly thrives to excel and be a leader in not only the bowling world, but in the entertainment industry, while ensuring the needs and expectations of their clientele are met. Through the entrepreneurial spirit and passion of Ken’s grandchildren Megan, Allison and Dave, who remain on a major part of the Hunter’s Bowling Centres team, the Hunter’s legacy will continue to live on for years to come.

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TOURISM SASKATOON

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How travel media can help local small business with Tourism Saskatchewan and the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) to host a global blogger familiarization tour. The bloggers participating in the tour hailed from Germany, Japan, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada. Tourism Saskatoon spends hours working with its members and other community partners to plan itineraries tailored to each travel media’s personal preferences, but the stories are often told through encounters with people in our community – from local business owners and shopkeepers askatchewan is thriving. We have a strong economy, to artists and entertainers. and according to the latest projections from the Royal It creates a unique opportunity for smaller mom-andBank of Canada, we’ll bounce back to the top in 2013. pop businesses to gain exposure beyond the city limits, People are talking. While most and generate interest from a of the chatter is about agriculture wider audience of potential and natural resources, other travellers. Saskatchewan stories are finding their Alan Solomon, a Chicagoshare of the spotlight, too. based travel writer, visited No longer just “fly-over” territory, Saskatchewan in July. travel media are making a point to He travelled all over the come to the province and explore. province. In the resulting Some of them are drawn by the article, Solomon describes economic news, while others have less Saskatoon as “restaurantobvious reasons for visiting our city. blessed” and gives a shout“I just thought the name was out to Truffles Bistro, saying interesting,” claimed a Washingtonit is “by consensus one of the based blogger, Matt Long, who best French restaurants in the travelled to Saskatoon in July. province.” New York-based Lonely Planet The article was featured writer, Robert Reid, did an informal in the Chicago Tribune on Twitter poll on the best city name. Sunday, September 2. The In competition with the likes of newspaper reaches about 1.2 Timbuktu, Kathmandu, and Muscat, After spending a few days in Saskatoon, Lonely million people daily, and on Saskatoon took the top spot. This Planet’s Robert Reid described the city as a “real Sundays, that number rises to happened just months after Mr. Reid surprise on the prairies”. almost two million. Combine visited and produced a video called those numbers with the ‘Saskatoon Sensation’ – a rap-style ode to our city. millions of people who read the newspaper online. In the end, it doesn’t matter why they wanted to come Tourism Saskatoon was proud to secure the rights to host to Saskatoon. What matters is that they came, they saw, and the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) conference they told people about the great experience they had in the and annual general meeting in 2013. We will welcome nearly city with a “tongue-roller of a name.” 200 TMAC members, including travel journalists and tourism In the past two years, Tourism Saskatoon’s media industry professionals. This is an excellent opportunity for relations team hosted nearly 30 press trips, including media local businesses to have their stories told on a national – and from all over Canada, the U.S. and even Mexico. in some cases, international – stage. In mid-September, Tourism Saskatoon partnered

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Tourism Saskatoon is a membership-based, non-profit visitor and convention bureau, marketing Saskatoon and region as a destination of choice for leisure and business travel. Services include convention and events attraction, media relations, membership services and advocacy. Tourism Saskatoon holds Destination Marketing Accreditation by Destination Marketing Association International – one of only a few in Canada. For more information, visit www.tourismsaskatoon.com

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Food for Thought

By C.M. (Red) Williams

Punching Below Our Weight

Foreign affairs analysts are agreed that our current government avoided cultivating Canada’s role in world affairs and then recently reversed direction and waded in with enthusiasm. The pertinent point, however, is that our involvement is not as the model world leader we once were, but struggling to improve our position as a trader. To be fair, Canada’s part in the Libyan affair showed a flash of the old peace keeper, but it will take many more such good works to restore our reputation. The great vision of the likes of Norman Robertson, Mike Pearson, Joe Clarke and Lloyd Axworthy provided the process through which world conflicts could be avoided. We currently find that our credibility at the UN didn’t provide the anticipated seat at the Security Council. Our hectoring of the EU on its finances has drawn nothing but resentment. Badgering NGOs providing international services to bend to some ideological standards has led to questioning of our commitment to international aid. It is either a new agenda that Canadians have not been told about or naivety by our leaders. Admittedly the world changed after the uncomfortable but stabilizing impact of the Cold War. Local conflicts do not respond to the soft power of the “Blue Beret” era as readily as before although the hard power of overt military action is

still a poor second choice. Canada’s reputation internationally was highest when we were the advocates of peace. We have a battled hardened military as we did in 1945, but that does not require putting them in the battlefield to prove it. We will regain international respect by proving our commitment to world peace, protecting the environment and fighting poverty.

Defending Democracy

Political columnists in both Canada and the US have taken up the issue that democracy is failing its fundamentals in both countries. And yet our political leaders criss-cross the globe promoting our pure form of democratic governance in order that it may be adopted by emerging nations. A little dab of history may put this situation in perspective. The US made its move to form a republic with two houses and an executive branch; however it drew heavily on the Westminster rules of order. The proposal of universal suffrage was not at all popular initially as the general public was not considered sufficiently responsible and there was blatant racism most notably against the Jewish people. From the very beginning there was political elite that retained positions of power through wealth. As for Canada’s evolution of governance it was a matter of gradually crawling out from under the controls of Westminster. Of course local government was in the hands of cliques until a whole was created out of Upper and Lower Canada. As was with the US the debate was whether only landed citizens could exercise a vote. Now of course the mother parliament in Britain did not embrace democracy initially since the vote was for the wealthy and the land owners. That reluctance in all three countries was overcome over the decades until we truly had universal suffrage. We can’t do much about the multi-billion dollar political battle for power in the US; however in Canada we can still insist that the candidates we support have the vision of true democracy and fortitude to buck the power base.

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logging really took off about a decade ago since Google bought Blogger.com. Since then blogs have been used to educate audiences, source business news, act as a tool for reputation management and even document personal vendettas. The reason why businesses should have a blog is all the above AND the fact that it adds a bit of personality to your brand online. A casual post every couple of weeks not only encourages interactivity with your audience through the blog, it also accounts for increasing the awareness of your brand. Not to forget, Google also gives you brownie points for blogging. These days businesses realize that customers out there are doing their research. A world of information is literally accessibly through their pockets (referring to mobile phones) and because of this, customers are now more informed than ever. Hence, we are making smarter decisions on who we want to do business with. Often, we get asked the question “What to write?” You see blogs are all about your target market and you should write about how you can help them. Following are some questions that might get the Shakespeare out of you: • What is your UVP? • How do you solve problems? • What are the trends in your industry? If you are having trouble finding content, use Google Reader to gather content that is relevant to your industry, utilize guest blogging (yes, have others write for you) or if that doesn’t work, perhaps give a university student in your field a case of beer to generate some copy for you (just make sure they don’t drink before they write). Now that we have come to an agreement that “blogging” is one of the pillars of doing business, we must understand how we can use this powerful tool to communicate your personal or commercial brand. There are extensive varieties of tools out there that you can use to enhance the functionality and the sociability of your blog. To get started however, you need an action plan to be effective, so here it is: 1. Customize Your Blog: If you are building a commercial brand or already have a website, DO NOT get a free blog on a 3rd party domain and use one of those cheesy templates. What you want to do is get the blogging script installed on your website domain in a subdirectory and create a customized template that follows the branding of your website. Not only does this keep the traffic on your domain, but it also builds search engine value on your website

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By Mouneeb Shahid creating many opportunities for in-bound links and a source of targeted traffic. Besides, it looks a lot more professional. 2. Generate compelling titles that inflict curiosity but are also keyword rich. 3. Keep the search engines in mind, so adding relevant key-phrases related to your industry topic in the beginning and bottom of the article is good practice. 4. Add dynamic content: Text alone is boring, add complimentary visuals and videos if you can (tip: use www.istockphoto.com for nice imagery). 5. Always keep content fresh: Blogs are not like wine, they don’t age well, so ensure that you are active and consistent on whatever time periods you do decide to blog. 6. Be a little controversial at times to generate a dialogue. 7. Add social sharing tools to allow users to post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. 8. Have the blog auto-archive content and ensure that it is searchable. 9. Respond to genuine comments. 10. You will get a lot of SPAM as your blog becomes popular, so use a spam-blocker tool like akismet.com. 11. Use a Feed Manager (call us and we will tell you what this is). 12. Incorporate RSS Feeds to allow syndication. 13. Categorize effectively. 14. Have Trackbacks and ping-backs that act like a blog radar. The above key aspects should give you a starting point on developing an effective blog. Have a look at some of the blog websites that we have developed at 2WebDesign.com As a tribute to our clients, the following are some of our recent projects: • • • • • • •

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

It takes a community

A world of support options for today’s entrepreneur

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nly 20 years ago, there were virtually no services available for entrepreneurs – in fact, most people didn’t use the word entrepreneur or know how to pronounce it. Learning was done by trial and error, or if you were lucky you had a friend or family member who was a business owner and could give you some advice. But really it was prehistoric ages for entrepreneurial support as we know it today. Business plans were done on a typewriter. There was no Google to find a business plan template, although there were some sample plans in the library. There was not much information on how to research and develop a business plan. Entrepreneurs just had to give it a try and see what happened. Little wonder that at the time, one in every two new businesses were shuttered in only two years. Fast forward to today – and technology has taken us light years ahead; entrepreneurs who call themselves “entrepreneurs” abound; there are mentors and coaches, training and incubators, business associations, entrepreneurial competitions and communities and a million opportunities to pursue that did not exist in 1990. These and other tools are part of the reason that today, one in two businesses is still in business after five years. So what has happened over the past 20 years? Lots. First of all, entrepreneurship is now considered a career path – not just something you do when you have nothing else to do. It is not yet, however, a “real” or recognized occupation because it does not have a National Occupational Classification System (NOCS) code, so we still have work to do. Second – it is something people aspire to, there are great role models with success stories that have spread around the world because of technology. Third – there are all kinds of templates and tools for entrepreneurs to access in their pursuit of their dream and their purpose – business

plans, forecasts, contracts, media communication examples, social media tools, LinkedIn groups to join and endless sources to research before opening the door, expanding or exiting. Fourth – there are mentors willing to volunteer their time to support entrepreneurs by sharing their experience and expertise through programs like the Raj Manek Mentorship program and coaches who make their living helping entrepreneurs develop their vision and strategy. Fifth – there are training programs and opportunities for people to learn about the complex nature of entrepreneurship today, and how to get into it or move through it with eyes wide open. The Praxis School of Entrepreneurship provides training and coaching for ready-tolaunch entrepreneurs by “practicing entrepreneurs.” With almost 80% of the several hundred alumni still in business after five years, they say the intense process they go through is unlike any traditional school they have been in, and they reach break-even in about half the time as startups without this training. Other organizations provide workshops for people exploring how entrepreneurship might fit for them or who want a refresher on a topic. Sixth – there are location options for startups such as collaborative working spaces or incubators. Training, mentoring, incubation - these tools add more percentage points to an entrepreneur’s long term success. Seventh – There are organizations and individuals that can help with developing and commercializing new products, assisting with strategic planning and marketing locally and globally – keys again to increased long term success. Eighth – Funding opportunities are all around - Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, Clarence Campeau, Small Business Loan Associations, micro financing loans, Saskatchewan Capital Network angels, crowdfunding and many more – there is a lot to choose

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By Monica Kreuger from although we still do have some major funding gaps to address. Ninth – there are many accounting, legal and business professionals and business associations to connect with and access knowledge and expertise as businesses grow and mature. Chambers of Commerce and Business and Professional Women’s clubs are examples of internationally networked organizations and can be conduits into a global market and supply chain. Other local associations such as the North Saskatoon Business Association provide support and advocacy at a local level. Perhaps the most important point is that while there may be more support than ever, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that being an entrepreneur is not some mysterious, magic process – true entrepreneurs are committed and passionate and often seen to be crazy because they “work” hours on end – we are often our own worst enemies and best cheerleaders and have to continually be reminded that this is a messy, twisted journey that takes us into territory we never anticipated and yet would still never press the “undo” button. As a result, all the support in the world cannot and should not take the challenge away – or leave us without the necessity of the unknown – we need it – we thrive on it. Service providers must be careful not to over support. In today’s global environment, the entrepreneur needs to struggle more than ever to create an enterprise that is sustainable. They can only do that if they do the work. In celebration of all those who help the entrepreneur, Monica Kreuger Founder/CEO Global Infobrokers Inc. Home of the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship and the Praxis International Institute www.globalinfobrokers.ca

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The 2nd Annual Huskie Tailgate Party and BBQ

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n September 2nd, the Chamber presented the Huskie Tailgate Party and BBQ in support of Huskie Football with a salute to our soldiers, sponsored by Conexus Credit Union. In what’s become an annual tradition, the event featured a BBQ (sponsored by the Concorde Group) with proceeds donated to the Soldier On Fund. As well, the Conexus Credit Union free stage hosted BullRush, who entertained the crowd during the party. Special thanks to the Canadian Forces pilots for the military flyover during the opening ceremonies.

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CHAMBER EVENTS

The Fall kicks off with great Chamber events

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eptember 5th marked the beginning of the season for great Chamber events and programs for the members. We started off the Chamber on Tap speaker series (brought to you by the Membership Development Committee) with PotashCorp CEO Bill Doyle at our new location, Hudson’s Canadian Tap House on 21st Street (photos shown right, by Grant Romancia). October was hosted by Paul Martin of Martin Charlton Commuincations, and November 7th will feature Dennis Baranieski, Vice President of Business Development and Customer Relations for WestWind Aviation. Shaken With a Twist (third Thursdays of the month at Tusq Lounge), brought to you by the Business Growth Committee, features prominent businesswomen in our community and started the season off with guest Debby Criddle of Synergos Management. Join us November 15th where we will feature Susan Lamb of the Meewasin Valley Authority. The Chamber also hosted a New Member Orientation to introduce new members to the various benefits of the Chamber. The turnout was great, and allowed new members to network with each other and introduce their businesses (photo below). Look for the next New Member Orientation in the new year on January 24th. This event is sponsored by Andrea Hansen of Sutton Financial and Rachelle L’Heureux of TD Merchant Services. For more great upcoming events, check out our website at www.saskatoonchamber.com/events or follow us on Twitter at @StoonChamber.

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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 Opportunities Committee Bert Sutherland - BERTradioonline.com Dave Sim - Dave Sim Consulting

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

Business of Science Sanj Singh - AdeTheraputics Inc.

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

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.

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

Going Global Ken Ziegler - Robertson Stromberg Pedersen LLP Monica Kreuger - Global Infobrokers

Awards and Honours Laura Small, CEO of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. (W.E.) has been recognized by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) for the difference she has made to the economic empowerment of women in Saskatchewan. Laura is one of seven Canadians who have been named to the TIAW World of Difference 100 list. The TIAW World of Difference Awards honour women who are often the “unsung heroines” of our societies; ordinary women who accomplish extraordinary things. This year over 300 nominations were received from more than 70 countries. Through her leadership at W.E., Laura has helped to shape and create the economic climate and business community for women entrepreneurs in the Province. Laura is a true trailblazer and has worked tirelessly to help women start businesses, as well as access financing, training, mentoring and networking opportunities. Over her fifteen years of service at W.E. she has listened to the needs of women entrepreneurs and has been their voice, persistently working towards creating a business climate where the barriers to success, recognition and advancement are eliminated. “I am truly honoured to receive the TIAW Award. To be nominated by my peers and then recognized on an International scale for the contributions I have made is a humbling experience,” said Small.

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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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Heney Klypak Architect Ltd. Architects AND Interior Design / Decorators 1-125 Avenue C N, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 249-9000 Heney Klypak

Comfort Suites Saskatoon Hotels / Motels 203 Bill Hunter Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-6565 Sally Ifill

Huang, Luming Individual Members

DIRTT Environmental Solutions Manufacturers 1 Phillips Cres, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 220-8988 Heather Morgan Doctors Naylor and Murdoch Optometrists Health Care - Services / Supplies 103-3301 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 955-2288 Greg Murdoch Dominion Lending Centers Team Kehler Inc. Financial Services / Planning AND Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 931-8470 Wendy Perry

Macaskill, Dr. Leslie - Medical Prof. Corp. Health Care - Services / Supplies 15 Ashwood Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 374-5119 Dr. Lientjie Macaskill Navacare Inc. Education / Training 440-3310 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 221-1188 Brett Bayda NSC Minerals Ltd. Manufacturers AND Other Services 2241 Speers Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 934-6477 M. Neil Cameron / Malcolm Leggett

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New Members Odeon Events Centre Convention & Entertainment Facilities / Services AND Entertainment / Attractions 241 2nd Ave S, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 651-1000 Ken Wood Quad-Father Renovations Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 652-6544 Jackie Iverson Rempel Engineering & Management Ltd. Consultants - Engineering AND Construction 1809 Lorne Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 343-8737 Corey Kasner / Cliff Rempel Sisters Two Restaurant & Catering Caterers / Food Services AND Restaurants PO Box 743, Delisle Phone: (306) 493-2239 Lisanne Regnier tiles in style Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 891-6690 Justin Fellner VDC Virtual Data Corp. Consultants - Computer AND Internet 108-116 Research Dr, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 683-9543 M. Cole Thompson void gallery Art Galleries - Dealers / Supplies 2-1006 8th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-8643 Kris Kershaw Warman Diagnostics Ltd. - The Ultrasound Centre Health Care - Services / Supplies 1-100 6th Ave S, Warman Phone: (306) 933-4500 Kanigan Nadine Wellspring Organization Development Consultants - Business 902 10th St E, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-5554 Jean-Guy LeBlanc

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Business View October/November 2012  

Paul Leier, Saskatoon hotelier

Business View October/November 2012  

Paul Leier, Saskatoon hotelier