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February/March 2017

Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

Saying farewell to the Chamber

Executive Director Kent Smith-Windsor set to retire this Spring after 21 years of service

What if we celebrated success in in our community? PotashCorp is proud to sponsor and take part in honoring all nominees of the SABEX Celebrate Success! Awards. We share their commitment to business excellence, and helping our province to continue to shine bright.


Table of Contents

February/March 2017

Featured Articles President’s View Pg. 4 The 2017 SABEX Awards

Saying Farewell to the Chamber Pg. 6 Executive Director Kent Smith-Windsor set to retire after 21 years

2017 SABEX Awards

Pg. 12

A recap of the winners of the 2017 Saskatoon Achievement

Five Minutes for Business -

Pg. 17 2017 - The Year when Populism Meets Policy

Members Supporting Members Pg. 19

Saying Farewell to the Chamber Pg. 6 Image: Grant Romancia Photography.

BUSINESSView­is a 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 Feedback on articles is 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 or its Board of Directors. 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.


Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director Derek Crang, Sales & Membership Director Terry Lawrence, Administrator Roz Macala, Executive Secretary Kevin Meldrum, Marketing Director Linda Saunders, Bookkeeper Terri Eger, Events and Communications Manager

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Writer: Terri Eger Photographer: Grant Romancia BUSINESS VIEW SASKATOON FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 3

President’s View

The 2017 SABEX Awards A story of success It seems to be the norm of home grown entrepreneurs in the province of Saskatchewan to quietly and successfully go about building remarkable businesses and Jason Yochim success stories. 2016/17 President Greater Saskatoon Those who have Chamber of Commerce grown up in this province have been raised with a humble approach to life, excellent work ethic, creative problem solving and strong business savvy. Others who emigrate to our province are drawn to invest and live here because of this culture and the attractive opportunities that are available. Twenty two years ago, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) launched this annual awards gala to both celebrate these successes as well as elevate these success stories in our community and beyond. This year’s event was held at Prairieland Park on February 9th. Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director for the GSCC, has been a passionate driving force behind these awards from the outset. Kent has been a strong proponent for celebrating local entrepreneurs in their innovation, marketing, customer service and environmental stewardship. It was a

pleasure to see such a great attendance from so many business leaders, many of whom took the time to personally thank Kent for his accomplishments as Executive Director and specifically his contributions to this event. Those who submitted nominations had up to ten categories to choose from covering categories such as Customer Service, Marketing, New Product or Service and Business of the Year. Every year the selection committee is faced with a tough decision to award one out of several very worthy nominees. My congratulations to the winners in each or the ten categories on a job well done. I also extend congratulations to the many nominees, in my opinion, all nominees are winners whether they walk the stage with a trophy or not. On February 9th, we also celebrated the Hall of Fame inductees, Barry and Marion Ghiglione and the Oslo Business for Peace Nominee, Murad Al-Katib. I, like many in the community, was not aware of the many success stories that are home grown but whose reach

is worldwide. We tend to not toot our own horn when it comes to achievement in Saskatchewan. Being involved as the President of the GSCC has exposed me to many great entrepreneurs, pioneers and leaders who have each taken their place to make this city and province great. In fact, without this diversity I don’t feel that we would have weathered the current economic storm as well as we have. A venue like the SABEX Awards is a great opportunity to bring awareness to these many businesses. For those who apply, I salute you. The process does take time and effort however this is important to ensure the quality of the candidates. For those who are finalists and winners in their category, I know that the benefits of recognition are well worth any effort to apply. This event would not be the success that it is without the dedication, hard work and creativity of the committee, the leadership of its chair people over the years and the tireless support of the Staff of the GSCC. I want to personally thank you all for your commitment in making this event such a huge success year in and year out. Jason Yochim, President 2016/17 Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce CEO Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®

2016-17 Board of Directors for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce President Jason Yochim - Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. 1st Vice-President Kelly Bode - WMCZ Lawyers & Mediators. 2nd Vice-President, Finance Peggie Koenig - Koenig & Associates. Past President Tanya Knight - MNP LLP Chair, Governance Bill Cooper - PotashCorp. Paul Labbe - Stantec Inc. Silvia Martini - Interlink Research Inc. Linda Mason - PCL Construction Management Ltd. Deborah Meyers - Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Karl Miller - Meridian Development. Sandra Ribeiro - Canadian Light Source Inc. Chris Sicotte - Affinity Credit Union. Sanj Singh - Lighthouse Management Co. Brian Skanderbeg - GFG Resources Inc. Trevor Thiessen - Redekop Manufacturing. Chris Woodland - MLT Aikins.




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Saying farewell to the Chamber after 21 years By Terri Eger



After 21 years as the face of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Kent Smith-Windsor is moving on to other things. As the Executive Director, SmithWindsor developed the Chamber to be “The Voice of Business” in Saskatoon. When people in the community think of the Chamber they automatically think of SmithWindsor but it’s a position he didn’t anticipate holding for more than two decades. “I saw it as a short-term move,” he recalls of his initial introduction to the position. “I thought I’d be here for a few years.”

Cover Story Born and raised in Saskatoon, SmithWindsor attended Buena Vista Public School and Nutana Collegiate before continuing his education with a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Partnership He describes early positions at Eaton’s Department Store and Federal Business Development Bank as very interesting and great learning experiences which led to a position as the Executive Director of The Partnership, now known as Downtown Saskatoon. At the Downtown Business Improvement District he worked on enhancing the look, feel and profitability of the heart of the city. “The downtown was in real trouble,” he said, thinking back. “We needed a reason for people to stay in the downtown longer and the events and attractions we brought in added to the quality of life in Saskatoon,” he said. Targeting specific audiences, the group introduced festivals to appeal to a wide audience. It was the start of great things for Saskatoon. Today the city is known as a festival city with countless activities taking place in the heart of the community and Smith-Windsor was instrumental in starting that movement. Work with urban planners, elected officials and interested parties was done to slow the vehicles and encourage pedestrian traffic. “It took a lot of planning but we had great support from City Hall,” he said remembering how angle parking was introduced to 2nd Avenue. “We needed to change in order to compete.” Smith-Windsor’s time at The Partnership was a great transition to the Chamber of Commerce due to the close working relationship the two organizations had.

Chamber of Commerce In 1996 he accepted the position of Executive Director at the Chamber, expecting to move on after a year or two. Once he saw the scale of the issues and opportunities at the Chamber, Smith-Windsor rolled up his sleeves and went to work. It’s a role he’s become synonymous with. His attention to detail and vast knowledge of countless areas adds increased value to each of the Chamber committees. Whether it’s agribusiness or science and technology,

health and innovation or government affairs, Smith-Windsor knows the material and can share valuable insight with each group. The policy and advocacy role of the Chamber is one that Smith-Windsor covers well. He has been involved in pressing the various levels of government on issues that affect businesses and individuals including personal and property tax rates, royalty rates and corporate tax to name a few. Smith-Windsor has seen many changes over the years. The current economic climate may not be as positive as some would like but it’s not all doom and gloom, according to Smith-Windsor. “It’s not as good as it could be but it’s probably the best in Canada right now,” he said. “If you’re in business you need to ask yourself if you’re doing everything you can to make your business successful.” That advice and opportunity is where the Chamber comes in. “It’s about making connections through business development,” he said. “The Chamber is a key component to connecting the pieces of the various businesses.”

Volunteer Service & Recognition Smith-Windsor’s family is known for its community service and he has done his part over the years. He was Chair of the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute established by the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation and the Saskatchewan Abilities Council. He has been involved with the Jazz Festival, Children’s Festival and other events in downtown, as well as Kinsmen Telemiracle and the International Downtown Association. In addition, he served on the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. His commitment have been recognized by the Raj Manek Mentorship program which presented him with the Above and Beyond Award in 2008. In 2001 Smith-Windsor was one of three Chamber managers instrumental in resurrecting the Canadian Chamber Executives of Canada (CCEC) and filled the role of President in 2002-2003. He was named the Executive of the Year in 2005, in recognition for outstanding performance and in 2011 was appointed to the CCEC Council of Excellence, to recognize long time outstanding service to the Chamber of Commerce movement in Canada.

“SASKATOON HAS A SUPPORTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND I WANTED TO HELP THEM SUCCEED.” The Future So what kept Smith-Windsor in his position for 21 years? “I stayed because of the potential,” he said. “There was a need to make things better. Saskatoon has a supportive business community and I wanted to help them succeed.” The decision to move on cannot have been an easy one for Smith-Windsor whose day timer is filled with back to back meetings and engagements where he adds value and support. He credits his success to the ongoing support of his wife, Maureen, and their four grown sons who continue to live in Saskatoon with their families. With a family that has grown to include two granddaughters in the past year, Smith-Windsor is planning to take time to enjoy life at a bit slower pace. At least that’s the plan. He explains that he intends to take a one year “walk about” before he makes any decisions, but time will tell. He sees his move away from the Chamber as an opportunity for both himself and the organization. “It’s time for some fresh eyes,” he said. Smith-Windsor’s advice for people in business is two-fold. “The number one thing is to believe you can and the number two key is to actually figure out how to get the right product to the right market.” His final piece of advice for the business community and Saskatoon as a whole: “It’s got to earn its way.” Whatever the future holds for SmithWindsor he leaves behind a legacy of growth and positive change. He is a man of compassion and integrity, a vast knowledge of Saskatoon and its history, a strong work ethic and a big smile, and he will be missed.


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Winners of the 2017 SABEX Awards FULL COLOUR


New Business Venture (Sponsored by Tourism Saskatoon - Conventions Saskatoon): Sandy Shores Resort Community Involvement (Sponsored by SaskTel): Brainsport

Hosted by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and presented by PotashCorp., the SABEX Awards Gala is a celebration of the exceptional businesses growing and operating in the Saskatoon region. The awards gala was held at Saskatoon Prairieland Park on February 9th, 2017 with hosts Evan Drisner and Shawna Nelson. The SABEX Awards are open to all private sectors (non-governmental), for profit, enterprises based in the greater Saskatoon area, whether large or small. The applications were forwarded to EY for initial sorting and processing. Applications from each of the various categories were delivered to independent and anonymous judges. Judges were secured by the Organizing Committee and remain anonymous. The Award Recipients are as follows:

Customer Service (Sponsored by Briske Financial Group - Assante): CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids Marketing (Sponsored by Handy Special Events): North Ridge Development Corporation Growth & Expansion (Sponsored by Miller Thomson): Vendasta New Product and/or Service (Sponsored by BDC): Soilvision Systems Ltd. 12


Safety (Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic): TimeLine Logistic Sustainability (Sponsored by Federated Cooperatives Ltd.): Chain Reaction Urban Farm Small Business of the Year (Sponsored by MNP LLP): CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids Business of the Year (Sponsored by Edwards School of Business): Vendasta Hall of Fame Inductee (Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank): Barry and Marion Ghiglione Image: Grant Romancia

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Oslo Business for Peace Nominee (Sponsored by Canpotex): Murad Al-Katib Award of Innovation (Presented by Innovation Place and the ILO - Industry and Liaison Office - U of S) Dr. John Gordon AND the team of Dr. Stephen Foley/Mr. Loghman Moradi/ Mr. Hiwa Salimi (Two Winners This Year) Strategic Alliance Award (Presented by Saskatoon Community Foundation) Cargill (Nominated by the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre) Cherry Insurance Leadership Saskatoon Community Leadership Award (Presented by Cherry Insurance & Leadership Saskatoon) Namarta Kochar “Congratulations to all the finalists and winners,” said Jessica Tetu, Chair of the SABEX Awards Committee. “And a special thanks to all the volunteers, staff, sponsors, and attendees. Without you, this event couldn’t happen. We look forward to seeing you all in 2018!”

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2017 - The Year when Populism Meets Policy By Hendrik Brakel Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

If 2016 was the year of Populist Surprise (none of us predicted Brexit or the victory of Mr. Trump), then 2017 will be the year of Populist Policy. More precisely, this will be the year we find out whether this global wave of populism will translate into concrete policies. A new U.S. president has taken office and his supporters’ expectations are beyond sky-high. Mr. Trump didn’t just promise to strengthen the economy, he promised a people’s revolution to bring back manufacturing and coal mines (“Your jobs will come back […] steel will come back. We’re putting miners back to work.”) and “unleash massive wealth for American workers.” There are few policy specifics yet, though we know the new administration favours big tax cuts and deregulation, a “no”’ to border adjustment taxes but a “yes” to tariffs on companies that leave the U.S. These ideas are pretty conventional. They’re essentially George W. Bush’s economic policies with a sprinkling of tariffs. Will they satisfy the angry masses who eagerly await transformative results? As one supporter put it, “My boss is a smart man and he said it can’t change overnight, but give it six months to a year.” Across the Atlantic, Prime Minister Theresa May clarified that Britain’s membership in the EU would be replaced with a free trade

agreement. And if the U.K. were unable to reach an agreement, it would simply leave. Strong words and a shock to business and young people who want close integration. Europe is in for more upheaval in 2017. The Netherlands is set for a general election in March and France will have its elections in April and May. In both countries, the populist, right wing parties are widening their leads and promising to leave the EU following a referendum. Again, there are no policy specifics, just slogans about taking the power back. So what does it actually mean in policy terms to reject trade, refuse globalization and close borders? We’ll find out in 2017, but in the meantime, here are three predictions. Firstly, the U.S. economy is going to have a strong 2017—unemployment is just 4.6%, and wages are rising 3% year-over-year. Consumer confidence is at the highest level in 12 years, and business confidence is close to an all-time high. This impressive performance combined with PR wins, like Carrier and Ford making important investments in the U.S., will lessen the pressure on the Trump administration to push for destabilizing tariff policies. The renegotiation of NAFTA will cause uncertainty, but will take time and will not be resolved in 2017. Secondly, just a short time after the British begin the Article 50 process to leave the EU

(likely in March), one or both of France and the Netherlands will elect leaders who also want to leave the EU. But rather than spell the end of the union, this will bring about a new flexibility from Brussels. If members want greater control over immigration and taxes and an exemption from certain regulations, surely that is preferable to dismantling the union. Lastly, Canadian business will see stronger export demand from a healthy U.S. economy and a weaker loonie. The uncertainty surrounding NAFTA will be troublesome, but we’ll be working with businesses and allies in the U.S. to promote the benefits of trade. Overall, 2017 will be a year of Shock and Opportunity. To find out more, check out our Crystal Ball Report. For more information, please contact: Hendrik Brakel, Senior Director, Economic, Financial & Tax Policy 613.238.4000 (284) | (Reprinted with permission)

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Intact Solutions Computers - Custom Software AND Business Development / Information Services 42-1703 Patrick Cres, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 850-6421 Usman Tariq

Saskatchewan Construction Association Associations / Clubs / Organizations AND Construction 320 Gardiner Park Court, Regina Phone: (306) 525-0171 Amanda Thick

Janzen Heavy Equipment Repair Equipment Repair / Maintenance / Mechanics Phone: (306) 370-0849 Dean Janzen

Saskatoon Health Region Health Care - Services / Supplies 701 Queen St, Level 2 Administration, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 655-7975 Nilesh Kavia / Amy Ratcliffe

BN Steel & Metals Inc. Steel 1920 Quebec Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 242-3669 Felicia Hofstra

Look Agency Marketing / Market Research 1815 Rae St, Regina Phone: (306) 757-4686 Heather Zimmer

Chai, Jeff Real Estate - Residential 511 Vincent Cres, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 261-7178 Guofeng Chai

Orangetheory Fitness Health & Fitness 102-311 Cope Lane, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-6764 Chris Shaw

Collège Mathieu Education / Training 201-308 4th Ave N, Saskatoon Phone: (800) 663-5436 Francis Kasongo / Sebastien Laperriere / Nicolas Roussy

Osowsky, Andrea Home-Based Business Phone: (306) 981-4799 Andrea Osowsky

Custom Courier Courier / Delivery Service AND Transportation Industry 2405 Wentz Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 653-8500 Jason Gelowitz / Bryan Thiessen DreamsWork Counseling Counselling / Training 1814B Lorne Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 321-4595 Katherine Harriman Fire Sand Glass Ltd. Manufacturers 3639 Burron Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 244-7744 Dan Kirkup GFG Resources Inc. Mining & Exploration 202-640 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 931-0930 Brian Skanderbeg IBM Canada Technology 500-201 1st Ave S, Saskatoon Phone: (306) 667-0874 Adam Porter

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