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January / February 2019

STAFF Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Kendra Cruson, Vice President, Operations Dana Wilkins, Director, Member Experience Dara Hrtzak, Director, Policy & Government Relations Terry Lawrence, Office Administrator Roz Macala, Executive Assistant Kate Dupuis, Events & Marketing Coordinator Janelle Kubica, Member Services Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Peggie Koenig - Koenig & Associates Inc. 1st Vice-Chair Chris Sicotte 2nd Vice-Chair Carla Browne - Real Canadian Property Management Professionals Inc. Past Chair Kelly Bode - WMCZ Lawyers Sandra Ribeiro - Canadian Light Source Inc. Jason Aebig - Creative Fire Stacy Dybvig - ICR Commercial Real Estate Linda Exner - PCL Construction Management Ltd. Dale Lemke - Quicklinkt Solutions Inc. Adam McInnes - Med Hack Enterprises Incorporated Graham Snell - Saskatoon Aerocentre Trevor Thiessen - Redekop Manufacturing Inc. Colton Wiegers - Wiegers Financial & Benefits Chris Woodland - MLT Aikins LLP

PRODUCTION Publisher: Kendra Cruson Layout & Design: Terry Lawrence Contributing Writers: Kendra Cruson, Peggie Koenig, Darla Lindbjerg, Elizabeth Ireland Sales: Kendra Cruson, Dana Wilkins Photography: Gina’s Portraits

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Chamber Events The Chamber is building out an exciting events calendar for 2019. You can look forward to over 45 events from networking to gala evenings. Watch our weekly e-blast for announcements.

Chamber Networking Events


Members Night Connect with the business community and enjoy great food and drink at Chamber on Tap on the first Wednesday of each month. Learn Entrepreneur Insights when our host Mark Hawes interviews members of the business community. TIME: Doors open 4:30pm, Speaker 5:00pm LOCATION: LB Distillers, 814 47th St E DATE: Wednesday, January 9 * SPEAKER: Health & Wellness Panel DATE: Wednesday, February 6 SPEAKER: Dalyn Bear, Councillor Whitecap Dakota First Nation

Ever wondered what the Chamber of Commerce does? Join the Chamber’s Dana Wilkins for a laugh-filled and informative session on “what’s in it for you” with a Chamber membership. This event is FREE of charge for future members and includes a light dinner. Please register at www. SPEAKER: Dana Wilkins DATE: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 TIME: Doors open 5:45 pm, Speaker 6:00 pm LOCATION: Chamber Office, 110-345 4th Ave S

* please note this is the second Wednesday


This is your introduction or refresher on how you can make the most out of your Chamber Membership. Learn about the Chamber Group Benefits Plan; cost savings programs for Staples, First Data and more; marketing opportunities; advocacy; events and other info you need to know. PLEASE REGISTER DATE: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 TIME: 3:30 pm LOCATION: LB Distillers, 814 47th St E


Your Voice in Business Happy New Year! In 2019, we are looking ahead to a successful year full of advocacy, events and connection with our members.


To build the right framework we want to begin with our members. By understanding what matters most to members, we can develop policy positions on key priorities that will contribute to growing our economy and building the best business climate in Canada.

Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

For more on the Summit, check out the ‘Working for You’ portion of this publication on page 21. We are now in the process of summarizing our findings from the Chamber Summit and will use this information to inform our policy and advocacy work going forward. I would like to thank all of our members that engaged in this process as it was a huge success!


Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


We are focusing on putting tools in place so that our members have the opportunity to engage with us more easily. As part of our plan to connect with our members and enhance our toolkit, we are launching a new website in Q1 of 2019! Our website will focus on: • Communicating the benefits of Chamber membership. • Offering a job portal to our members. • Creation of a member-to-member marketplace. • Giving our members an easy and centralized way of submitting and promoting local success stories. • Creating a centralized hub for storing and communicating business information and Chamber resources. • Access to a member-only portal. • Ease of use to explore and engage in our upcoming events. • Engaging our members around public policy topics and work we do on these files. • And opening doors for opportunities that exist within and through the Chamber.

The first step has recently been undertaken when we brought our members together for the annual Chamber Summit. Eight sector roundtables were convened with representatives from our diverse membership to discuss and communicate the issues that matter most.

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The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce represents the voice of business. We advocate on behalf of our members at the local, provincial and federal levels, ensuring that the issues concerning business are raised and heard. In line with our new five-year Strategic Plan, we are embarking on a new way of engaging our members to ensure that we have the right strategy for meaningful and impactful advocacy.

We know that events are a way for our members to connect with each other, learn valuable skills and grow their businesses. Because of this, we are working on a line-up of over forty-five events for 2019. We are working to create a diversified and relevant event stream that will offer value to you as a member, regardless of what size you are or sector you work in. Stay tuned!

The Chamber was formed by business for business and we are ultimately here to ensure our business community is successful so that we can have a thriving and vibrant community. We look forward to engaging with you this year to make 2019 an amazing year for businesses in Saskatoon!

Darla Lindbjerg, President & CEO, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019 5


NEW MEMBERS BNI Saskatchewan

A word of mouth marketing organization that teaches business professionals how to refer quality business to each other. Lawrence Roberts 120 Sonnenschein Way, Saskatoon p: (639) 998-2456 w: Associations / Clubs / Organizations AND Marketing / Market Research

CAKe.Hair Design

Beautiful hair salon with experienced stylists located in the courtyard of The Banks (Saskatoon Farmers Market). Colleen Kohlman 104-412 Avenue C S, Saskatoon p: (306) 931-2253 w: Hair Salon / Stylists

Canadian Elite Basketball League / Saskatchewan Rattlers In a league created by Canadians for Canadians, the team on the court will play at a very high level that appeals to ardent basketball fans, and wrap the game within an electric atmosphere. Brad Kraft 2-183 2nd Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 244-2181 w: Sports Club

Canadian Linen and Uniform Service

Specializing in industrial and image uniform rental services. Colin Fick / Todd Watkins 302 1st Ave N, Saskatoon p: (306) 652-3614 w: Uniform - Business / Industrial / Recreational AND Event Planning

Chef de Partie Catering

Full service catering and special event services. Re-defining the private catering service in Saskatoon. Heather Bekar-Schulte 104-308 4th Ave N, Saskatoon p: (306) 222-5158 Caterers / Food Services

Clarity Coaching & Development

Services include: corporate Myers-BriggsÂŽ team building workshops, professional speaking, facilitation, stress management coaching, personality profiling, and networking etiquette workshops. Jolene Watson p: (306) 220-0739 w: Consultants - Employment / Training


Saskatoon's edgiest high-end organic salon. Kris Hautzinger 300 3rd Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 668-6611 w: Hair Salon / Stylists AND Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies


Great prices | Quality used cars | Delivered to your door. Brent Gudelot 229-116 Research Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 713-0051 w: Automobile - Lease / Rental / Sales



(October and November)

Ddiy Property Maintenance & Renos Ltd.

A registered City of Saskatoon company with WCB coverage, BBB accredited, and affiliated with Kijenga. If you are a property manager, or own property in the city, you need our services. Doing all types of jobs for commercial and residential renovations big or small - painting, drywalling, flooring, roofing, clean up or any other service that property ownership involves. If you are a private homeowner or business owner call us for any job including any of the above or garage construction, yard clean up, eaves-trough cleaning, snow removal, and the list goes on. Dave Teichroeb 502B Avenue M S, Saskatoon p: (306) 717-6145 w: Contractors AND Home Builders / Renovations

Denis Tremblay Individual Member

Fifth Business Mediation and Organizational Consulting Designing and facilitating excellent processes to meet organizational and multi-stakeholder goals such as: strategy, decisions, team performance, conflict resolution, and change mgt. Tim Nickel p: (306) 203-9142 w: Consultants - Business

Fitness 2J2

Health & wellness programming for all ages and abilities. Fitness, SelfDef, sport conditioning for corporate to small group, personal training. Joel Pedersen p: (306) 281-5338 w: Health & Fitness


NEW MEMBERS FlexNetworks

Owns, manages and operates extensive fibre-optic networks. Current core geographic footprint includes Ottawa, as well as the Saskatchewan cities of Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Moose Jaw and Estevan. A facilities-based provider, offering tailored solutions to medium and large organizations looking for flexibility. Ensuring your network has the scale and bandwidth it needs, within your budget. Chris Armatage / Jaques Taillefer p: (800) 724-8353 w: Telecommunications / Wireless

Furbaby Pet Care Inc.

Certified canine massage therapy, certified professional pet sitting and dog walking. Jocelyn Davey-Hawreluik 322 Meilicke Rd, Saskatoon p: (306) 281-4484 w: Pets / Pet Supplies / Pet Training

Gall Law Office

Small boutique law firm located in downtown, specializing in real estate, corporate, estate planning and family law. Seanna Neufeld 100-316 6th Ave N, Saskatoon p: (306) 933-2233 w: Legal Services

Gerlinde Sarkar Individual Member

GO Productivity

A non-profit corporation with a mission to assist companies scale up and grow through productivity and innovation, enabling companies to improve their competitiveness and compete on a global scale. Pam Thompson / David Wilcott 11850-142 St, Edmonton p: (780) 784-6000 w: Business Services AND Management Services - Project / Construction

Greenline Electric Inc.

Specializing in energy efficiency and consultation. Shaun Fehr p: (306) 281-4781 w: Electrical Contractors / Equipment / Services

GT Glass Ltd.

Supply and installation of residential and commercial glass products including shower doors, mirrors, railing and custom glass. Gregory Holst / Trish Holst 124-103 Marquis Crt, Saskatoon p: (306) 665-2033 w: Construction

GUIDE Hair Salon

Located in the Riversdale Community of Saskatoon, providing all hair services and retail needs in a beautiful, open and relaxing space. Kara Firman 413 Avenue B S, Saskatoon p: (306) 974-4247 w: Hair Salon / Stylists

Heritage Education Funds, a division of Knowledge First Financial

Helping families be prepared financially for the rising costs of post-secondary education with the RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan). Carol Henry p: (306) 281-3914 w: Financial Services / Planning

(October and November)

Hope Restored Canada

A Federally incorporated charity that began in Saskatoon. Vision: is to create a world where humanity is renewed & restored in healthy relationships. Mission: is to eradicate sexual exploitation and trafficking through holistic restoration, outreach, partnership and education. Jodi Kozan 310 Wall St, Saskatoon p: (306) 371-4673 w: Non-Profit Organizations

Kinakin Entertainment

A professional entertainer from Saskatoon, having travelled five continents around the world, and happy to be back performing in the province that he calls home. Being one of the youngest professional performers around this area Andrew Kinakin brings a new, fun, high energy form of entertainment that you will find both captivating and refreshing! Andrew Kinakin p: (306) 222-3877 w: Entertainment / Attractions

Levis Media

A digital media agency interested in solving our clients' challenges through smart technology and data backed strategy. Web, app and digital marketing specialists. Michelle Beckett / Andrew McWiggan 1729 Ontario Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 250-5387 w: Marketing / Market Research

Living Sky CafĂŠ

Located in the heart of downtown serving up all-day breakfast, lunch, specialty coffees and cocktails. Offering off-site catering or rental space for private events. Taylor Morrison 245 3rd Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 933-3021 w: Caterers / Food Services



NEW MEMBERS Louac Investments Inc. Kyle Klassen 702-922 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 227-0103 Property Management

Millennium III - M3 Securities

Founded 37 years ago here in Saskatoon, facilitating the collective ownership of commercial real estate through a limited partnership structure. Benefit from tax advantages, capital gains and long term income from their real estate investments. Lindsay Sukkau 2612 Koyl Ave, Saskatoon p: (639) 317-7480 w: Investments / Venture Capital AND Financial Services / Planning

Nu-Urban Developments Karl Miller p: (306) 241-0075 Associate Member of Meridian Development

Ownex Properties Ltd. Real estate holding and managing company. Mumtaz Naseeb p: (306) 880-7706 w: Real Estate - Services

Professional Computer Services

An end-to-end IT provider located in Saskatoon. Providing IT solutions to the local area and beyond. Chris Yeo 10-1015 Central Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 665-1500 w: Consultants - Computer

Radouga Distilleries Inc.

A Blaine Lake based distillery focused on manufacturing premium spirits and liqueurs for domestic and export markets. Jon Bracha / Paul Riben Blaine Lake p: (306) 203-3977 w: Manufacturers AND Beverages

Red Shear Studio Ltd.

Hair salon offering a number of services including barbering. Also specializing in colouring. Laryssa Scott 108-208 19th St W, Saskatoon p: (306) 514-3196 Hair Salon / Stylists

Solar Gardens

Succulent greenhouse growers, retail and wholesale (Canada wide), seasonal wood-fired oven restaurant, just opened Saskatoon location at Avalon ( Chris Carnegie 2-2605 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 280-2761 w: Greenhouses / Garden - Equipment / Supplies

Soul Paper

A premier paperie, stationer and creative hub in the heart of Saskatoon. Inspiring creativity, promoting connection and sparking the inner artist in everyone. Susan Gallagher 118 20th St W, Saskatoon p: (306) 665-7685 w: Retail


(October and November)

Sunlight Machinery Trading Inc.

Supplying products for server, network, video and sound systems. Including cabinet, open frame rack, wall mount cabinet and accessories. Heng Guo 2-501 Neufeld St, Warman p: (639) 317-7795 w: sunlight-machinery-trading-inc. Computers - Sales / Services / Supplies

Sushi Raku

Authentic Japanese restaurant, providing high quality food items and affordable prices. Jason Sung 239 Idylwyld Dr S, Saskatoon p: (306) 244-1100 Restaurants

University of Regina External Relations Public post secondary institution. Hyder Kazmi 3737 Wascana Pky, Regina p: (306) 337-2453 w: Education / Training

Vendera National Inc. Carolene Funk p: (306) 249-3323 Home-Based Business

WOW Pizza Inc.

The newest pizza chain started in Saskatoon in November 2018. Established on a franchise model and the flagship store is now open on College Drive. Sanjay Joshi 1402 College Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 999-3836 Restaurants



October and November)

14North Construction Ltd. 614225 Saskatchewan Ltd. Advanced Electronic Solutions Ltd. Air Canada / Air Canada Express Aspen Films Jenkins Media Assante Capital Management Ltd. Bayshore Home Health Saskatoon Beverly Ashdown Day Spa Ltd. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon & Area Biggsy Enterprises Inc. Black Fox Farm & Distillery Black Mesa Wellsite Consulting Ltd. BNT Sales Agency Limited Booth Burnett Insurance Ltd. Botting Leadership Inc. Business Plan Genius Ltd. CAA Saskatchewan Cactus Roofing Ltd. Cambiar Consulting Can-Seed Equipment Ltd. Can-West Agencies Ltd. Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market Services Canadian Tire Associate Store Candle Lake Golf Resort CBRE Limited Central Animal Hospital P.C. Ltd. Choice Payment Solutions Circle Dr & 8th Street Dental City of Saskatoon-City Manager's Office Commerce Holdings Limited Culligan Dairy Queen - College Drive Dance Saskatchewan Inc. Data Group of Companies DDJ Accounting Services Definitely You Spa Inc. Denovo Window & Door Inc. Desjardins Financial Security Investments DK Security Solutions Inc. Doctors Naylor & Murdoch Optometrists Downtown Saskatoon Dr. Leslie Macaskill Medical Prof. Corp. Dr. M. Gurgul Podiatrist Prof. Corp. Dream Home Appraisal Co. Ltd. Early's Farm & Garden Centre Electronic Products Recycling Association Saskatchewan Ellen's Whole Body Health Ltd. Engineering Management Services Croscan Ltd. (EMS Croscan)

Evershine Construction Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. Firesign Holdings Corp. Frontline Industrial Solutions Ltd. Full Throttle Sports & Leisure Inc. German Cultural Centre GFG Resources Inc. Gov't of SK-Entrepreneur Immigration Heart and Stroke Foundation of SK Heney Klypak Architect Ltd. Hnatyshyn Gough Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hounjet Tastad Harpham Hudsons Saskatoon Ltd. Ideas Inc. IIBC - International Immigration & Business Consulting Impark Inclusion Saskatchewan Interlink Research Inc. International Road Dynamics (IRD) It's a Dog's Life Pet Grooming Inc. J-S Gauthier Creative Services Inc. J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning Janzen Heavy Equipment Repair Jetpatcher Canada Ltd. June HR Solutions Inc. K. Sutherland Architect Ltd. Ken Cheveldayoff - MLA Saskatoon Willowgrove Kinnaird Bagpipes & Reeds Inc. Lafarge Canada Inc. Laser Impressions Inc. Lean Practitioners Association of Saskatchewan (LPAS) Loraas Disposal Services LutherCare Communities Mainstay Suites Saskatoon Maurice Soulodre Architect Ltd. Maximum Poly Inc. McMaster Photographers Michael Rogalski Michael's Independent Mid-West Group of Companies Midtown Stylists Boutique (1982) Ltd. Millis Nutritional Healing Minuteman Press Saskatoon North Atlantic Potash Inc. Northend Transport Inc. Nu-Fab Building Products - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry Nu-West Electrical Services Ltd.

Paul Davis of Saskatoon Peace Hills Trust Company Pelican Media Pembrook Capital Advisors Inc. Pinnacle Distribution Saskatoon PINTER & Associates Ltd. Platinum Homes Plus Inc. Prairie Modern Plumbing Prairie River Cruises Ltd. Prairie Sun Brewery Prairie Wild Consulting Co. Prairieland Veterinary Clinic Prery Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Pro AV Queen Street Pharmacy Quorex Construction Services Ltd. Radius Community Centre for Education & Employment Training Ramada Hotel - Saskatoon Realty Executives Saskatoon Remai Modern Royal University Hospital Foundation Ryan Mollberg iSask Mortgage Brokers Salon Vibe Samaritan Place Corp. Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Inc. Saskatchewan Lotteries Saskatchewan Pension Plan Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse Club Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board Saskatoon & Region Home Builders' Association, Inc. Saskatoon Community Foundation Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming Inc. Saskatoon Fire Protection (1983) Ltd. Saskatoon Import Auto Service Saskatoon Open Door Society Saskatoon Opera Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon School of Horticulture Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre Saskatoon Soccer Centre Inc.




RENEWALS (Paid in October and November

Saskatoon Tribal Council-Economic Development & Investments SaskMade Marketplace Secrets Hair & Esthetics Studio Seventy Seven Signs Ltd. Sheri Willick, REALTOR® SHIFT Restaurant SleepWell Consulting Inc. Smith Industries Ltd. Special Olympics Saskatchewan Saskatoon Speech Language Network, Ltd. Staples Stephen H. Walker Sterling Homes Ltd. Stor-All Mini Storage LLP Synergy Sales Inc. TAM International Inc. Text2Car The AIM Program The Barrister Group The Bridge on 20th Fellowship Centre The Franklin by Revera The James Hotel The Rent-It Store The Saskatoon Colostrum Company Ltd. The Western Producer Thomson Jaspar & Associates Trinity Safety & Training Twisted Goods Inc. U of S - Edwards School of Business, Executive Education U of S - Student Employment & Career Centre Universal Church Supplies Valerin Technologies Ltd. Van Norman Developments Inc. Varial Technologies, Inc. Verdient Foods Inc. VIDO Viking Innovations Ltd. W.D. Plastics Ltd. Webb's Office Equipment Inc. Wellpoint Health Ltd. Westcrest Embroidery Corp. Wurtz Industries Ltd. YasTech Developments Inc. Yellow Quill Holdings Inc.


Australian Medical Sheepskin

Green Medical sheepskin was implemented as a medical standard for the prevention of bed sores in Australia in 1998. Many people suffer from this problem, but hip replacements are one of the major causes in surgery due to shearing and moisture build/up on the skin. The hollow wool fibers and leather wick away moisture keeping skin dry and healthy. Many thousands of fibers reduce pressure on the bony prominences, while hollow fibers maintain body temperature through natural insulation, maximizing blood flow to the skin tissue. It is a game changer for home, long term and acute care. Cost savings to the health systems is staggering. (306) 934-7119

Bridges Health

Saskatchewan’s largest locally owned multidisciplinary workplace wellness resource, offering holistic health and wellness strategies and solutions to organizations. Goal: to support and assist individuals and employers in ‘bridging the gap’ between work, life, and leisure. Your health and wellness ‘quarterback’, assisting with the logistics of enhancing organizational culture and overall wellness.


Camelot Introductions

For 25 years Camelot Introductions, Saskatoon's most successful matchmaking service, has been turning singles into happily matched couples. Matchmaker, Lianne Tregobov, is gifted with very keen intuition which enabled her to be a leader in the industry with the thousands of matches she has facilitated. Camelot Introductions' clients are all personally interviewed by Lianne, are non-smokers and have had a criminal check performed on them. Each of her clients are interested in a long term relationship and hire her to reach their relationship goals. Tregobov is often referred to as Saskatoon's Love Hunter who is an old fashioned matchmaker with a modern day flair. (306) 978-LOVE(5683)

For over 21 years, Bridges Health has developed and molded creative tailormade programs to be seamlessly integrated into your organization, no matter the size, industry, or location. Pride in award-winning programming that offers an individualized approach, interactively supporting people and their organizations. (306) 668-5520



Ellen’s Whole Body Health Choice Nutrition

Founded in 1993, Choice Nutrition has since grown into one of Saskatchewan’s most established and successful providers in the Natural Health care field. Naturopathic Medicine combines modern medicine with natural therapies to address the root cause of illness, with a heavy focus on preventative medicine, not just focusing on the symptoms! Philosophy is individualized and extensive practitioner-patient interaction to ensure a comprehensive treatment plan with respect to the body as a whole. You may wonder what they can help you with? Anything! Whatever you would see your MD for, you can see them for. Some examples include blood pressure and cholesterol management, cancer, thyroid issues, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, etc. Services by Naturopathic Doctors and RMT’s qualify for insurance coverage under most extended health care plans.


We’ve been evolving at ClubMynx Movement & Wellness Studio! The time has come for a fresh perspective on movement, mindset, and wellness that soothes the soul. As ambassadors of #playfulmovement we bring the fun, simply for the joy of moving. Want to feel better? What if instead of seeking lipstick solutions, you chose to focus inward and create real shifts to your inner confidence, self love and acceptance? With expanded services in the area of meditation and life coaching, ClubMynx is looking beyond the outer layer and connecting to the whole of who you are. If you’re looking to grow, expand and evolve inside and out, ClubMynx is the place for you.

The Chopped Leaf

Built on the understanding that health involves all levels of the body, including the energetic and emotional body. Ellen offers a variety of methods to heal the body including Reiki, Raindrop with Young Living Essential Oils, Infrared Sauna sessions, Crystals and semi-precious stones, crystal lamps, Singing Bowls, Buddhas, Supplements, Skin and Body Care, Essential Oils and many other healthy alternatives to support health and healing. Together Ellen and Sydney provide expert guidance on supplementation and alternatives, as well as where to find the best and most nutritious local foods to support the body.

The Franklin

We were looking for a healthy choice, quick service restaurant that we could frequent as customers. Upon finding The Chopped Leaf, we knew we wanted to be a part of this Canadian Franchise. After opening the first Saskatchewan location in 2014, we then expanded to Blairmore, and soon will be opening in Stonebridge. We are able to accommodate different dietary needs (Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy free), and offer a mix of salads, wraps, rice bowls and quesadillas, homemade soups and sandwiches. The Chopped Leaf offers dine in or take out, and catering is an integral part of our business, delivering to many different groups.

Located in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, The Franklin offers a wide arrange of suite layouts, personalized services and lifestyle packages to meet your needs and preferences. Made fresh daily, our food is nutritious, delicious and served in our full-service dining room. Our recreational programs are focused on providing a holistic approach to your overall well-being, so you can do the things you love every day and lead a full, enriched life. Pets are welcome! We are excited to show you what makes us different, and to learn what makes you unique. Call 306-664-6366 to book your personal tour today!



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Brainsport has been in business for 27 years and at its current location – right off Broadway Avenue – for the past four years. The business is a long-time member of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Michasiw points out interesting features of the historical lumberyard building where the store is located and that are unique to the architecture of the space. These include the A-frames for storing lumber that have been repurposed to display shoes and salvaged high school gymnasium flooring. Michasiw describes Brainsport as “51 percent shoe store and 49 percent running store” all under the umbrella of achieving a healthy, active lifestyle. The store has 16 staff members, including his nephew Matthew. Michasiw has three children of his own and actually met his wife at Brainsport’s Wednesday night running club.

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Brainsport has won several SABEX (Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence) awards, including Business of the Year twice, as well as awards for Community Involvement and Marketing. Michasiw has also served as a mentor for businesses nominated for


a SABEX award for the first time and to help guide them through the application process.

Winning a SABEX award gives a business credibility and shows consistency. That’s important for customers and other stakeholders in our business. At Brainsport, we want to convince you everyday that we stand for something and a SABEX award reinforces that dedication. Brian Michasiw, Brainsport

Imagine predicting an aspect of your future when you’re 12 years old. Brian Michasiw – the owner of the Saskatoon store Brainsport – did just that in a handwritten letter for a time capsule in 1982. When the time capsule was unearthed years later, Michasiw discovered that he had written about athletic shoe brands that are still popular today and that he carries at Brainsport.

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He has a few pieces of advice for new business owners. “Have an elevator pitch ready – for Brainsport that’s 'Shoes That Fit.' Also, don’t make assumptions about the market or your customers. One of the dangers of being a business owner is becoming like a fish in a fishbowl or drinking your own Kool-Aid. Outside factors such as weather and location can always have an influence on your business.” How does the macroeconomic climate impact a running store? “When people are stressed, people run so that will always be a positive for our business,” explains Michasiw. Drew Wakefield is a dedicated Brainsport customer who also lives in the neighbourhood. “I’m an avid runner, sun or snow, so I’m always looking for good-quality shoes that suit my needs. I also have growing active kids who constantly need new gear. Not only is it important to me to support local businesses like Brainsport, but


Walking the Walk and Running the Run

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Each November Brainsport holds its own fundraising fun run called the Ginger Bread Run. Michasiw and some friends conceived the idea for the Ginger Bread Run “over tequila at Las Palapas.” The event draws 400 participants to either a 5K or 10K run and registration typically fills up very quickly. “We thought it was a natural theme for a fun run. As in – Run, run as fast as you can, you’ll never catch me, I’m the ginger bread man,” says Michasiw. The Ginger Bread Run benefits SaskAbilities – a registered charity dedicated to providing programs and services to people experiencing disability in Saskatchewan. SaskAbilities have served community members since 1950 and the store’s relationship with SaskAbilities is something that Michasiw values.

I find they are passionate about their business and our community. They are much more knowledgeable in their products and that helps me to find what I’m looking for,” says Wakefield.

Michasiw and his team are also conscious of the issue of accessibility with the products they sell. Brainsport is the only Canadian store to carry BILLY Footwear. Fairly new on the scene, the brand focuses on shoes that incorporate universal design, meaning the shoes can work for everyone.

While Brainsport carries everything for the running and swimming portions of training for a triathlon, the store does not sell bicycles. This connects to Michasiw’s philosophy of sticking with what you know and expanding without diluting the strengths of your business. He observes: “When customers complain about service it tends to indicate a gap between the standard of service they receive versus their expectations coming into a store.”

BILLY Footwear uses zippers that go along the side of the shoes and around the toe, allowing the wearer to place his or her foot onto the footbed unobstructed. The concept makes putting on shoes a lot easier for children and those living with disabilities, plus the shoes look great.

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For example, organizations around the city put on “fun” runs (versus competitive timed races). There is an unwritten fun run rule to contact a local running store to be involved. This partnership leads fun run registrants to picking up a race package at Brainsport. Which, in turn, provides an opportunity to walk through the store and see all the great products on display.

Finally, what might people not know about fitting shoes?

We fall somewhere between hairstylists and bartenders in terms of the personal things that people tell us. Our staff are really good listeners.

“No store can be everything to everybody. For us at Brainsport, we aim to create an open and inviting environment for all people who love to run, walk and live a healthy lifestyle. I think a lot of the future of brick and mortar stores lies in creating a sense of community and connection.”

“We’re dedicated to helping you find the most comfortable shoe you’ll ever find – whether you’re training for a marathon or taking your grandchildren to Disney World. We want our customers to get away from the shoe wall and a specific brand to focus on the shoe that will be a match with their feet. Finding the right show can be like solving a puzzle.”

Brian Michasiw, Brainsport

Brainsport 616 10th Street East, Saskatoon (306) 244-0955









Meet Kendra Cruson, Vice President of Operations

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After leaving the farm, Kendra went to work for her would-be husband’s family business, Dutch Industries Ltd. Through the 90’s, she simultaneously worked full-time, raised two kids and attended four years of night school. Looking back Kendra remembers coming home from work, making supper, grabbing a 20-minute nap and heading back to Regina (they lived on a farm near Balgonie at the time) for a three-hour class twice a week. Full on go.

What do you really know about your Chamber’s Vice President of Operations? Likely that she loves travel and adventure and is the Chamber Trip group leader. But how does one get to going? If you ask Kendra’s mom, she would tell you she was born with “GO” written on her forehead. A badge still proudly worn! Going back in time, Kendra recalls, “we were not rich but we had what we needed.” Kendra thinks fondly of growing up on the farm. It built character and terrific work ethic. Animals needed to be fed, eggs collected, grain planted and harvested along with food preparation for the winter, including butchering and preserving. Kendra smiles as she reminisces about stuffing jars with cucumbers, perhaps adding an extra toe or six of garlic, or watching her great aunties stretching out dough on the backs of their hands to make paper thin layers for strudel. She recalls how her family would just go to the neighbours for a spontaneous visit, void of electronic schedule checking and hours of preparation and planning, a tradition she believes has died with her generation.

Since then, Kendra has owned a furniture store on 13th Avenue in Regina (until 2012), travelled to 23 countries in one year (24 if you count the stopover in UAE) during her mini retirement and then, while working full-time for an Ag finance start-up, she achieved an MBA in Executive Management from the University of Regina. Her MBA connections had her on the GO again, this time to the Chamber in Saskatoon. Kendra loves her work at the Chamber, especially connecting with business owners. “They have rich experiences to share but often need to be reminded of how much they have

accomplished. I love to share how valuable applying for a SABEX award can be for their business, it highlights and brings to light all at the same and is a big step towards going to the next level.” Kendra is a strong proponent of organization advancement with methods of continuous improvement along with consistent communication and a healthy dose of fearlessness. With a strong theme of going, Kendra wants to remind, “While it is fun to be on the go, take some time to just stop by.” For Kendra, taking time to stop happens by heading north to the family fishing cabin, getting off the grid (literally) and eating fresh fish for all three meals a day.

The Dirt What’s something people might not know about you? I can have an apple pie from scratch oven ready in less than 20 minutes. What’s your dream job? I would be a buyer for the fashion/decor retailer, Anthropologie, travelling the globe and sourcing exquisite products to share with lovers of curious goods across the land! Favourite virtue? Forgiveness. Favourite quality in a man? Generosity. Favorite quality in a woman? Vulnerability. What do you most appreciate in your friends? That they listen well and call me out when I need it! What is your idea of happiness? Being close to nature. What do you consider your chief characteristic? Honesty.




















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Indigenous Business Forum Panel: Kevin Michael, First Nations Bank of Canada, Joel Pederesen, Fitness 2J2, Sean Willy, Des Nedhe Developments Indigenous Business Forum Moderator: Gilles Dorval, City of Saskatoon The first step was bringing our members together for the inaugural Chamber SUMMIT. In November, eight sector roundtables were held throughout the day to allow members to convene and discuss the issues that matter most. All sessions were well attended and the roundtable format provided a useful and valuable forum for members to discuss a wide variety of issues most prevalent within their sectors. In addition to the roundtables, the Chamber hosted two other important events

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The Saskatoon Chamber would like to thank all the members who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the inaugural Chamber Summit. The event was well attended and members provided valuable insight regarding key advocacy priorities. Thank you to our sponsors who made the day possible, including our title luncheon sponsor, the University of Saskatchewan; and title breakfast sponsor, Creative Fire. We would like to thank the Advocacy Committee for their efforts in organizing the event and acknowledge the Radisson Hotel and RBC for their assistance and support. In line with our 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, we have embarked on a new way of engaging our members to ensure that we have the right strategy for meaningful and impactful advocacy. To build the right framework, we wanted to begin with our members. By understanding what matters most to members, we can focus on developing key policy positions on priorities that will contribute to growing our economy and building the best business climate in Canada.

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Chamber SUMMIT informs 2019 Advocacy Plan

during the day. We held our first Indigenous Business Forum over breakfast, featuring a diverse panel of Indigenous business leaders who provided their perspectives on current success and future growth. Panel members included Sean Willy, President and CEO of Des Nedhe Developments; Joel Pedersen, CEO and founder of Fitness 2J2; and Kevin Michael, VP Commercial Banking at First Nations Bank of Canada. The panel was moderated by Gilles Dorval, Director of Aboriginal Relations with the City of Saskatoon. A second feature event was the Summit Luncheon. Valerie Chort, VP Corporate Citizenship at RBC, provided the keynote presentation on the future of work in the age of disruption. Ms. Chort discussed key findings from a report recently published by RBC entitled Humans Wanted, providing insight on the coming skills revolution and how businesses can prepare for this shift. Based on the information collected throughout the Summit proceedings, we are now finalizing our 2019 Advocacy plan and look forward to circulating this plan to members in the new year.

Summit Luncheon Speaker: Valerie Chort, RBC BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019 21


Child Find

If you’re a parent, you’ve most likely had the gut wrenching experience of temporarily losing your child in a mall or at a playground. Panic sets in and you pray that your worst nightmare has not come true. Parents suffering the loss of a missing child know that feeling of panic, not for a minute or two, but for days. Then those days turn into weeks, then into months and then years. The pain is relentless. For 34 years, Child Find has worked to support searching families navigate this horrific minefield. We have seen mothers pull out their own hair or vomit until they have lost their voice. They are so driven in searching for their child that they fail to seek help for themselves. Still through the agonizing pain, they continue their search because they have that one thing. Hope. They believe they will be reunited with their child or at the very least find answers. We have seen this hope become a reality. Jonah Kent, abducted at age 2, found after 17 years. And recently, Jermaine Mann, located after 31 years, was reunited with his family. This is why we never give up. There is always hope. For more information on Child Find and our programs and services, visit www.

LutherCare Communities LutherCare Communities founded in 1955, has been providing care, shelter and support for more than sixty years. The vision for LutherCare was really set in 1955 by Knut Bersagel, the first Superintendent of Luther Special Care Home, when he made reference to providing the best care to body, mind and soul. This vision that was created over sixty years ago is alive and flourishing today. Inspired by this founding vision, many generations of talented and caring staff members, supported by dedicated leaders, volunteers and donors, have helped to build LutherCare Communities into a multi-faceted organization serving a variety of needs in many different locations. As a fully accredited organization our Continuum of Living model helps to support residents and clients in nurturing and familiar environments, even as their needs change. Providing services to over 1200 residents throughout Saskatchewan, the majority of 22 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019

our services are here in Saskatoon. We offer the most choices when it comes to Seniors Housing, ranging from subsidized rental for low incomes seniors, to Life Lease and market rental. We also have a long standing funding agreement with Saskatchewan Health Authority for our 129 bed long term care facility and adult day programmes. Since 1995 LutherCare has been providing support to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Today we operate eleven group homes, and are in the planning process of opening two more in 2019. As you can see this LutherCare Communities is a very dynamic organization meeting the needs of seniors and those with disabilities lead vibrant and meaningful lives. Please check out our website for a complete listing to see all of what our ‘Continuum of Living' has to offer.


OUTSaskatoon If you have ever stood on a downtown street as the Saskatoon Pride Parade roared by or heard about how life-affirming GSAs are for young people, then you have had front-row seats to the value of supporting the LGBTQ2S community. OUTSaskatoon is a community centre that supports LGBTQ2S people year-round, and we proudly celebrate the strengths of our community at the same time that we acknowledge the barriers that still exist. Experiences of exclusion and isolation continue to be the most common stories that we hear from people of all ages, and every story reminds us that we are hardwired for connection and belonging, no matter who we are. Throughout our 27 years of operation, we have discovered that the greatest long-term impact that we can have on health and well-being is through

enabling strong support systems, providing access to community resources, and through having opportunities to express oneself freely as both Pride and GSAs enable people to do. OUTSaskatoon’s drop-in centre, counseling and support groups, and many community events offer just that support, while our professional development and education program connects us with local businesses and schools across the city, and Pride Home—our group home for LGBTQ2S youth ages 16-21—provides a place for LGBTQ2S youth to grow up in a safe and supportive home. Through these building blocks, OUTSaskatoon provides the sturdy foundation that is needed for LGBTQ2S people of all ages to reach their potential and to help build a vibrant local community.

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Awareness Saskatchewan Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan delivers Awareness Saskatchewan’s “Good Access is Good Business” initiative. The main objective is to support businesses in the inclusion of individuals with physical disabilities in the workplace. Diversity in the workplace and inclusion of people with disabilities fuels innovation and growth. Thus far, SCI Sask Client Service Coordinator Colin Farnan has conversed with over twenty Chambers of Commerce, four Tribal Councils and ten Rotary Clubs regarding accessibility awareness and the value added for employees, employers and customers to experience universally accessible work environments. SCI Sask participates in several tradeshows, including SUMA ad SARM, to deliver the message, network, and promote collaboration regarding the built environment and attitudinal change towards full inclusion for individuals living with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. One of the initiative highlights is the development of Awareness Videos that profile the story of six individuals journey through life with a physical disability. These videos

share work, leisure and wellness strategies and can be seen via the website; click on “You Tube.” SCI Sask continues to work with business, community stakeholders and clients to enhance opportunities for individuals with unique abilities in the workplace and within society. We conduct accessibility consultations with business and

community stakeholders. An easy “Business Accessibility Test” is available in print and electronic format. Contact SCI Sask at 306.652.9644 or to schedule a meeting or presentation.



Fitness 2J2’s Joel Pedersen

Stays Grounded in Community by Elizabeth Ireland




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Scheduling Joel Pedersen for an interview involves catching him between his many athletic activities. Business Voice met up with Pedersen just before his Learn to Run youth group at St. Mary's Wellness & Education Centre began. It was hectic with the young athletes arriving for their indoor run, but also a terrific insight into Pedersen’s positive, communityminded philosophy.

A member of Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation, Pedersen was born in Saskatoon and spent his high school years in Prince Albert. His father was an editorial writer for newspapers such as the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and the Brandon Sun. His mother was also a writer and a journalist, writing with the Prince Albert Daily Herald. At the age of 17, Pedersen joined the Army Reserves and after a couple of years service, he deployed to the Middle East in a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the end of the First Gulf War. He was then a member of the Saskatoon Police Service for 25 years before retiring as a Sergeant. Pedersen remains a Regimental Sergeant Major and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) with the military. CWO is the most senior non-commission officer rank in the Canadian Armed Forces. “My time in the army, and then as a police officer, provided so much opportunity for me and opened so many doors. It was a great starting-off point. I’ve had several mentors throughout my military and policing careers, and now as an entrepreneur I value the mentorship I receive from other Saskatoon business owners.”

Pedersen is passionate about contributing to the success and vitality of Saskatchewan’s communities – whether that’s a core neighbourhood in Saskatoon or a more isolated northern community. His goal is to promote healthy and positive lifestyles for Indigenous people of all ages and abilities. The sports of hockey and soccer remain Pedersen’s personal favourites, but his company has run skills camps for everything from rugby to triathlons. “Even before I retired from the Saskatoon Police Service, I asked myself ‘what do I enjoy doing?’ The answer always came back to physical activity, leadership and community involvement. Founding Fitness 2J2 during that transition time was a combination of these things and because I’d already had a career, I was able to fund myself and reinvest in the business.”

I received the valuable advice early-on that if I wanted Fitness 2J2 to grow, the business could not just be my hobby. It had to be a full-time commitment.

In business for seven years, Fitness 2J2 is a socially responsible community-based health and wellness company with the slogan “strong, healthy, proud.” As the company’s founder and CEO, Pedersen focuses his business on professional Indigenous fitness instruction and consulting. He is also a health and sports columnist for Eagle Feather News.

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Joel Pedersen, Fitness 2J2


Fitness 2J2 has been providing functional fitness programming since its inception. Functional fitness is known for preparing participants for real life (rather than something specific like one race or competition). Pedersen’s holistic fitness programs cater to private clients, small groups or corporate sessions. His 10 parttime employees are able to provide fitness programs for all ages and all abilities.

One of the programs Fitness 2J2 offers is beginner Aikido and Jujitsu-based self-defence and safety awareness for women and youth. With no cost to participate, these programs are empowering while inspiring women and youth to pursue healthy lifestyles. Pedersen is also a motivational speaker.

Overall, at Fitness 2J2 we work to break down systemic barriers to health and f itness – whether that’s cost or living in a core neighbourhood. It’s great to feel and to be a part of something and physical activity and sports provide that.

Joel Pedersen, Fitness 2J2

Pedersen considers his membership with the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce as “an investment” and looks forward to continuing to partner with other Saskatoon-based businesses on community initiatives.

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Fitness 2J2 (306) 281-5338



Chamber Happenings

Pulse on Politics Chamber on Tap (November)

What a treat to host Dale Mackay from the Grassroots Restaurant Group. Dale told tails of working his way up in the infamous Gordon Ramsay empire before starting his own enterprise.

Deputy Premier Gordon Wyant talked procurement centralization at the Chamber luncheon in December. Big changes expected to be in place for April 2019.

Future Members Night

A new event held at the Chamber office the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Chamber staff and service providers are on hand to discuss the benefits of Chamber membership.

Chamber on Tap (December)

Alisha Esmail of Road Coffee joined Chamber on Tap in December. Tap host, Mark Hawes and Alisha shared a fun evening with our packed house at LB Distillers.


A strong crowd showed up for our bimonthly 101 where the Chamber team reviews the benefits for new members or for those wanting a refresher.


ChristMingle and a Cocoa Bar

The Chamber provided a quick lunch and a delicious cocoa bar for members to celebrate the Christmas season at the Chamber office. The best daytime business mixer of the year!


Chamber Happenings

Chamber Summit

Kick off to our inaugural Summit took place at the Radisson in early November. The event started with an Indigenous Economic Development panel breakfast wit concurrent roundtables throughout the day. Keynote lunch speaker was Valerie Chort of RBC.


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The Uselessness of Envy by Kendra Cruson

Is it a flaw with the human condition that we so easily covet that of which is our neighbours? That so frequently we allow ourselves to believe that other people are living our perfect life? For me personally, Anthony Bourdain occupied the most perfect life. He truly knew what it meant to ‘go.’ He travelled to amazing destinations worldwide, connected with people from

every culture, and ate amazing food - for work. He was just plain cool. At face value, an enviable position. But clearly there was more at play than what could be gleaned from an outward impression. While the romantic notion of fame and fortune, is, well, romantic, it is severely short on data. Should one take the time to examine the data on Anthony’s life, it would suggest that he was incredibly lonely, bringing truth to the old adages of “lonely at the top” and “money cannot buy happiness.” As a business community we know and understand this. The more “success” we achieve, the more responsibility

we bear, and the fewer people we can relate to. And the more people want to be just like you. And so it goes. So what? Next time you are feeling green because of another's accomplishments - back that bus right on up and change your mind. Remember that your longing aroused by someone else’s position or possession has an entire back room of things you have not seen or considered. Set yourself a challenge to channel the energy wasted on envy into your own health and wellness regime. Over-indulge less, get more sleep, invest in relationships and give yourself a break. Set and write down your S.M.A.R.T. goals and get on with it. If you find yourself having a hard time, reach out to professional for help; your family doctor is a good start. Together we got this! If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the Saskatoon Crisis Interventions Service, 24 hours: (306) 933-6200.

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The Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc. /EGADZ The Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre/ EGADZ opened its doors April 1, 1990. The youth centre was supposed to be a place for young people to hang out away from the downtown. Since then EGADZ has become a larger staple in our community providing services and assistance to some of our most vulnerable population in Saskatoon. From a Drop in Centre, we now have become one of the largest youth serving agencies in our province. EGADZ believes every person deserves the opportunity to become a contributing citizen. We believe that individuals must have hope and skills to ensure personal success in their own lives. Through our Drop in Centre, Street Outreach, Operation Help, School and Day Programs, Operation Runaway, Action to Employment, My Homes, Sweet Dreams Early Learning Centre, to our specialized housing for mothers and children, the focus remains on assisting their personal journeys in positive ways to ensure there are options

for a better life. We are proud to be community leaders and innovators providing assistance that is based on a plan created by the clients we serve. We look for outcomes that will not only benefit the client, but the community at large. Our youth have a say in what programming they need as well an opportunity to give back through our Random Acts of Kindness, Action to Employment, as well as mentoring each other for success. The health and wellness of a community begins with the people living there. For the past 28 years we have faced many challenges as well as rewards in helping to create contributing citizens. When you see our young people out in the community giving back, attending school, parenting their children, we know we are a journey that continues to put a lasting mark on a city we all love to call home.


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Red Cross introduces Psychological First Aid training How do you tourniquet depression? What are the compression rates for anxiety? Where do you place a splint for workplace stress? Psychological First Aid training, a new initiative from the Canadian Red Cross, addresses the invisible health concerns that require the same care and attention as physical injuries like broken bones and cardiac arrest. The training begins with a mental health self-assessment and the creation of a selfcare plan to build resiliency and balance. Equipped with a deeper understanding of their own mental health issues, students are then ready to learn how to respond to a mental health crisis. The Psychological First Aid responder has a simple but effective tool belt at hand: Look, Listen, Link, Live. 1. Look for signs of stress, anxiety, and

exhaustion. 2. Listen actively when someone discloses their feelings of distress. 3. Link the person in crisis to resources in the community. Psychological first aid is just the first step. Healing mental health issues can be a lengthy process, and a responder needs to provide good links so that a person in distress can get the help they need. 4. Live a healthy, balanced life, and be alert for signs of stress. Available online at and through Canadian Red Cross training partners across

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Are you in charge … of your health and wellness?

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on physical and mental wellness. As business owners, we focus on ensuring the wellness of our employees but how much focus are we putting on our own health and wellness? What works for employees also applies to the business owner and leader. How do we work on our own health and wellness so that our business continues to be sustainable and has a strong and healthy leader? As business owners and leaders we need to establish boundaries to save us from ourselves. Ask yourself hard questions about how you spend your time and behave as a business Saskatoon Chamber Board Chair Peggie Koenig leader. Do you need to look at your phone before you’re out of bed in the morning? We need to be time in the morning or time of day that kinder to ourselves. Trust me, the business works best for you. Morning is often best as will keep until you’ve had your run and first it gives you calmness and focus for the rest of cup of coffee. the day. Studies show repeatedly that taking It goes without saying that maintaining some time for meditation and mindfulness a healthy balanced lifestyle is paramount has a positive effect on stress hormones and to your health and wellness – eating well, mental health. Most importantly, remember regularly exercising, and getting enough sleep. you are not alone. You are part of a business However, we also need to establish time community and it is highly probable that your for ourselves, families, and friends. Social fellow entrepreneurs and business associates connectivity and laughter is important to are dealing with many of the same issues. keep us grounded and mentally well. Don’t Commiserating about challenges and wins cancel opportunities to connect with people with other business owners can make a big because you are too busy. And take some difference to your health and wellness at the time for yourself to meditate and increase end of the day. mindfulness. The time for yourself could be Be healthy and well my friends. It’s good a minute alone in your office or scheduled for you and your business! Best Wishes, Peggie Koenig

Here we are – the start of another year! What better time to reflect on our own health and wellness. As entrepreneurs, business owners and business leaders, we all know the adrenaline rush associated with owning and leading a business. The call of business is typically felt by individuals who have ideas, immense reserves of energy, a thirst for independence, and a desire to grow something. These traits make us successful in business. However, running a business has a dark side that is not talked about – the impact of owning and operating a business on the health of business owners and leaders. There are many benefits to being your own boss but studies show that the demand of business ownership places people at a higher risk for specific mental health problems. The lifestyle can wreak havoc on our psychological well-being. Many entrepreneurs work such long hours that they're not able to take care of themselves. The "time is money" mentality means less time is devoted to sleep, leisure, exercise, and other activities that ward off health issues. Every business owner wants to ensure their business is a success and this can mean putting in the extra hours from time to time. But consistently working long hours and managing an excessive workload can take a toll on our physical and mental health, reduce resilience, and potentially have a negative effect on business performance. Stress often creeps up on us until it gets our attention by manifesting itself as physical and mental symptoms that affect our health. Mental health is now seen as a major issue that small business owners are dealing with in silence. Several years ago, Psychology Today tagged cortisol, the stress hormone, as public enemy number one. Exposure to cortisol on an ongoing basis has a detrimental impact

Many Entrepreneurs work such long hours that they're not able to take care of themselves. Peggie Koenig, Chair Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


Peggie Koenig is the Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and President & CEO of Koenig & Associates Inc.


Peggie Koenig Chair

Chris Sicotte First Vice-Chair

Carla Browne Second Vice-Chair

Kelly Bode Past Chair

Sandra Ribeiro Executive

Jason Aebig Director

Stacy Dybvig Director

Linda Exner Director

Dale Lemke Director

Dr. Adam McInnes, MD Director

Graham Snell Director

Trevor Thiessen Director

Communications Advisor Canadian Light Source Inc.

President & CEO Quicklinkt Solutions Inc.

Colton Wiegers Director

Business Development Wiegers Financial & Benefits

Individual Member

Partner Creative Fire

Founder, CEO & Co-chairperson Med Hack Enterprises Incorporated

Chris Woodland Director

Broker / Owner Real Canadian Property Management Professionals Inc.

Managing Partner ICR Commercial Real Estate

General Manager Saskatoon Aerocentre

Lawyer / Owner WMCZ Lawyers

Manager, Finance & Administration PCL Construction Management Inc. Images: Gina’s Portraits

President / CEO Koenig & Associates Inc.

President Redekop Manufacturing Inc.

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Partner MLT Aikins LLP


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