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July / August 2018

Protein Supercluster Page 14

Star Egg Company Page 24

| Members in the News pg. 10 | State of the Province pg. 28 |

Agrium and PotashCorp are now Nutrien. What do you get when the world’s biggest crop input retailer combines forces with the largest crop nutrient production and distribution operation on Earth? You get an unmatched supply of crop inputs, an extensive and efficient delivery infrastructure and more than 1,500 retail locations, staffed with generations of farming experts. In the race to feed the world’s exploding population, ours is a whole new business model. And as we help growers produce more food, we’ll continue to support the communities where we operate, working together with local partners to keep our city, and our province, shining bright.

July / August 2018

STAFF Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Kendra Cruson, VP Business Development Terry Lawrence, Administrator Roz Macala, Executive Assistant Kate Dupuis, Events & Marketing Summer Intern Linda Saunders, Bookkeeper Steve Hawes & Mark Hawes, Brand Evangelists

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Peggie Koenig - Koenig & Associates Inc. 1st Vice-Chair Paul Labbe 2nd Vice-Chair Chris Sicotte Past Chair Kelly Bode - WMCZ Lawyers Sandra Ribeiro - Canadian Light Source Inc. Jason Aebig - Creative Fire Carla Browne - Real Canadian Property Management Professionals Stacy Dybvig - ICR Commercial Real Estate Linda Exner - PCL Construction Management Ltd. Dale Lemke - Quicklinkt Solutions Inc. Adam McInnes - Med Hack Enterprises Incorporated Deborah Meyers - Saskatchewan Polytechnic 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, Andrea Hansen, Elizabeth Ireland Sales: Kendra Cruson, Steve Hawes & Mark Hawes Photography: Gina’s Portraits

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Upcoming Chamber events

April and May 2018

Star Egg Company


Chamber Happenings


Saskatchewan Polytechnic




Chair’s Message

Members in the News

Members celebrating expansions, new ventures, anniversaries and more

Cover Story - Protein Supercluster

The Prairie provinces already form one of the largest agrifood exporters in the world



Three Insights

From Chamber on Tap Host Evan Drisner

Leading Light in Local Food Production

State of the Province Address, AGM / Member Appreciation, Chamber on Tap, Chamber 101, Mining Week

Applies Research and Inspires Innovation

Downtown Arena and Conference Center, Trans Mountain Pipeline and International Trade Agriculture and Technology

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1:00 pm Shot Gun Start Greenbryre Golf & Country Club

October 3rd 3:30 pm LB Distillers

October 3rd Season Premier 4:30 pm LB Distillers

Chamber Open House

AUDITION! After nine years, Chamber on Tap host Evan Drisner Evan Drisner is “hanging up his skates.”

Image: Gina’s Portraits

Got Talent?

Evan Drisner, host of Chamber on Tap and seller of “quality cabinets at a fair price,” has decided it’s time for him to step away from Chamber on Tap. The Chamber is very grateful to Evan Drisner for his leadership, vision and commitment to this programming. And to the many committee volunteers that have made this program possible, thank you! The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications to audition for the volunteer position of our monthly host of Chamber on Tap. Hosting term is from October to June. If you are unfamiliar to our program, you can view previous editions, “Chamber on Tap” at: Would you like to be our next Evan Drisner? WAIT ... how could that even be possible?

Auditions to be our next super amazing and awesome host of Chamber on Tap are coming soon to a city near you! THANK YOU TO OUR CHAMBER ON TAP SPONSORS

October 10th

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Your Voice in Business Looking back to see the future It has been said that to know your future, you must first know your past. Therefore, it seemed fitting that we took a look at our past and discovered how the Chamber has impacted Saskatoon over the past 115 years. We discovered that some of our proudest successes were initiatives that were started by the Chamber and now exist as other organizations. As an example, the Chamber played a key role in starting the following organizations that now, on their own, add so much value to our city (just to name a few!): • United Way of Saskatoon • Tourism Saskatoon • SREDA • Downtown YXE • Raj Manek Mentorship Program • Leadership Saskatoon

Image: Gina’s Portraits

The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce also promoted the creation of the city’s first three bridges in Saskatoon and helped to bring the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium, the Bessborough, SaskTel Center, and the Canadian Light Source to our city. We will continue to push towards creating value in the present for our business community through our education and event series. A few of our highlights over the past two months include hosting Mayor Charlie Clark to deliver the State of the City Address, hosting Premier Scott Moe to deliver the State of the Province Address, and taking a leadership role and advocacy position on the Trans Mountain Pipeline! We are only in the second quarter of 2018 and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have welcomed over 100 new businesses as Chamber of Commerce members – a growth rate of 65% year over year from 2017. This increased membership allows us to speak with a louder and stronger voice when we lobby the municipal, provincial and federal governments on behalf of our membership.

The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have welcomed over 100 new businesses as members so far this year.

Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce We are excited to continue growing our city. If you would like additional information about the work that we are doing, I encourage you to reach out to our office and get involved. We hope that you thoroughly enjoy this issue of the Business Voice and use the information in this publication to be an ambassador of our city and business community successes!

Darla Lindbjerg, CEO, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce



NEW MEMBERS 101293257 SK Ltd.

Long haul truck driving flatdecks from Canada to USA. Anna Vaughan p: (701) 339-2816 Transportation Industry

102045025 Saskatchewan Ltd. Business Coaching and Consulting. Dean York 906 Spencer Cres, Saskatoon p: (306) 380-2855 Consultants - Business

ACT audiovisual

Provides the technology to make your event or renovation a success. Projection, sound systems, staging back-drops, tradeshow services, providing industry best service and technology. Marc Holt PO Box 25025 RPO River Heights, Saskatoon p: (855) 692-2828 w: Audio Visual - Equipment / Productions / Rental

Amirzadeh Law Office Immigration law office. Haidah Amirzadeh 1001-201 21st St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 978-6633 w: Legal Services

Conscious Choice Personal & Professional Development

A learning and development consulting company that works with organizations to minimize time spent away from work at training while maximizing learning retention and application. Koreen Mak p: (306) 914-1111 w: Consultants - Employment / Training

Doepker Industries Ltd.

Customers choose Doepker trailers because they listen to customers in order to make them successful. This has shaped their reputation as the best value trailer manufacturer on the road. Manufacturing semi-trailers for the bulk haul, commercial, heavy haul, gravel, forestry and energy industries. Evan Doepker 240 103rd St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 956-0057 w: Manufacturers

EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.

p: (306) 227-4543 Individual Member

Environmental consulting company specializing in aquatic and terrestrial biology, environmental assessments, permitting, and environmental construction monitoring. Cameron Jackson 101-1132 College Dr, Unit 26, Saskatoon p: (306) 373-0594 w: Consultants - Environment

Cleeve Briere

Etta Architecture Inc.

Avis Gerwing

p: (306) 343-9010 Individual Member

Architecture studio and creative environment led by architects Robyn Robertson and Mark Sin, who are licensed to practice in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Robyn Robertson p: (306) 979-7007 w: Architects


(April and May)

FreshWest Media

Saskatoon premier lifestyle magazine. Find out where and how to spend your time and money in Saskatoon. Print, publishing and media consulting, ad design, and consulting. Paul Miazga 122 Edmund Park, Saskatoon p: (306) 261-0883 w: Advertising / Public Relations

Global Institute for Food Security

Founded to perform research that will help deliver transformative innovation to agriculture in both the developed and the developing world. Gwen Miller 110 Gymnasium Pl, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-3707 w: Technology

Green Villas Construction Ltd. Construction/management new home building company. Ahmed Butter 215-2750 Faithfull Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 716-3867 Construction

Harris Greenaway Communications Ltd.

Corporate Communications, PR, Crisis Management, Government Relations. Teresa Greenaway 619 Main St, Saskatoon p: (306) 384-6200 w: Advertising / Public Relations


NEW MEMBERS HX Industrial Control Corp.

A direct drive solutions provider for the mining industry. A division of a successful mining equipment manufacturer in China. Ruying Huang 813 46th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 713-2408 w: Equipment Repair / Maintenance / Mechanics AND Mining Equipment / Supplies

Janis Woodward p: (306) 382-2902 Individual Member

Jesjon Holdings Ltd.

Commercial real estate holding company. Marie Agioritts p: (306) 227-8989 Real Estate - Commercial

Kamanashis Deb

Residential, commercial, investment, farmland and property management. 1106 8th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 262-6000 w: Real Estate - Residential

Klassique Designs

Modern and timeless fashions in a comfortable atmosphere. Experience the personalized service at the street level boutique in the Scotia Centre. Clothing made for the fearless woman! Kajoo Kamal 123 2nd Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 975-3915 Retail - Clothing / Costumes AND Retail - Jewellery / Accessories

Kojo Barnes

Lawyer (Corporate, Commercial, Family, Wills and Estates, Real Estate) Nana Barnes p: (306) 955-0690 Legal Services AND Home-Based Business

Luminary Design

(April and May)

Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc.

Interior design for commercial and residential. Lucienne Van Langen 510-230 22nd St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 242-2402 w: Interior Design / Decorators

Manestreet Hair

Locally owned boutique salon with pride on great customer service and amazing knowledge of the hair care industry. Megan Gustafson 16-1610 Isabella St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 477-1022 w: Hair Stylists AND Retail - Jewellery / Accessories

Massage Experts Saskatoon Grosvenor Park

A provincial community based addictions agency with locations in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Meagan MacLean 1-2220 Northridge Dr, Saskatoon p: (306)-651-3021 w: Non-Profit Organizations

Momentum Clothing

Saskatoon’s premium apparel and sneaker boutique specializing in rare sneakers, casual footwear, boots, mens and ladies clothing, outerwear, bags and accessories. Asif Moola 160-2102 8th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 955-2381 w: Retail - Clothing / Costumes AND Retail - Shoes

Motum Consulting

Registered Massage Therapy, Sports Taping, Cupping, Reiki, Hot Stone Massage, and Reflexology. Marilyn Osecap 36-2105 8th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 380-3299 w: /SaskatoonGrosvenorPark Massage Therapy

Merel Kriegsman Media

Copywriting business that serves business owners by writing high converting website and sales copy - so they attract more leads, get more sign ups and and more sales. Merel Kriegsman Osler p: (306) 321-5823 w: Marketing / Market Research

Business and leadership consulting, strategic planning, communications strategy and design, individual or team coaching and development. Alan Dedman 4507 Argyle St, Regina p: (306) 541-1973 w: Consultants - Business


Offering leading-edge project solutions to customers worldwide. Team includes engineers, mining professionals & construction specialists supplying the mining industry with technical assistance. Chris Murray 818B 59th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 651-2727 w: Concrete Products / Supplies AND Mining Equipment / Supplies



NEW MEMBERS NeedExtraData Systems Ltd.

Safe + Sound Exteriors

Neil Stubbs Music

Saskatchewan Collaborates Inc. DBA: Co.Labs

Get more customers through your door with a cost effective conversion driven marketing platform that drives high quality, valuable customers to your business. Lorri Baird 102-294 Venture Cres, Saskatoon p: (306) 974-4485 w: Marketing / Market Research

Background, easy listening, dinner music with single on pop piano, accordion or saxophone or duo with vocals and more instrumental variety. Themed music for receptions, parties, trade shows, festivals Neil Stubbs 1304 Avenue G N, Saskatoon p: (639) 471-1575 w: Entertainment / Attractions


Helping people learn how to make their money work for them using simple financial concepts. The wealthy have used these principles for decades to achieve success. Jocelyn Paulhus 37-901 1st Ave N, Saskatoon p: (306) 343-7608 w: Insurance Companies / Agents

Primerica Financial Services Curtis Forcier 1307 Rusholme Rd, Saskatoon p: (306) 961-5466 Financial Services / Planning

Royal LePage Varsity

Real estate services for residential, commercial and farm, and relocation. Gary Emde 1106 8th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 665-3600 w: Real Estate - Services

Locally based business servicing Saskatoon and surrounding areas. Services include roofing, soffit, fascia, eaves, hardie board, vinyl siding, windows, doors, fences and decks. Giuseppe Almeida 1048 East Centre, Saskatoon p: (306) 361-5070 w: Construction

Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and is purpose driven to support early stage technology startups along their commercialization journey. Jordan Dutchak 229-116 Research Dr, Saskatoon w: Technology AND Non-Profit Organizations

Sirius Health Inc.

Massage therapy and wellness clinic located at River Landing in downtown Saskatoon and is dedicated to Thai Massage in the Lanna tradition. Grant Martens 105-412 Avenue C S, Saskatoon p: (306) 700-5115 w: Massage Therapy


An international software as a service digital advertising solutions firm, specialising in machine learning, automated search and display advertising and profit driven marketing. Tom Douglass 1055 Osler St, Regina p: (855) 775-0062 w: Advertising / Public Relations


(April and May)

Sober is Sexi

Mike Scott is a renown motivational speaker who has traveled to over 300 communities across Canada. He also sells Sober is Sexi merchandise as a way to help promote sobriety and well being. Michael Scott p: (306) 380-1932 w: Consultants - Community Planning

Spring River Holding

Clark Kovar 102-655 Kenderdine Rd, Saskatoon p: (306) 774-9714 Consultants

Sugar Spa YXE

Specializing in body sugaring hair removal and natural skin care. Also offering sugaring education and wholesale product distribution across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Karen Kobussen 113-120 Sonnenschein Way, Saskatoon p: (306) 955-2599 w: Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies AND Education / Training

Swadesh Group

Grocery store, Restaurant, Robin’s Donuts, and Real Estate. Sadiqur Rahman 2107 22nd St W, Saskatoon p: (306) 262-5633 w: Food Stores AND Restaurants

Twitch Bodyworks

Offering deep tissue and therapeutic massage in body positive and safe space. Evening and weekend appointments available. Online booking. Gillian Halyk p: (306) 665-0101 w: Massage Therapy

Xiao Nan Liu p: (306) 914-3150 Tax Planning


MEMBER RENEWALS 588342 Saskatchewan Ltd. Abacus Signs (2013) Inc. ACE Manufacturing Inc. AED Advantage Sales Ltd. Agri Biz Communications Corp. AGT Foods All West Veterinary Clinic Animal Protection Services of SK Ashley Tilsley RMT Ashmeade & Low Investigations Ltd. Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® Athabasca Basin Development Atrium Dental Prof. Corp. Auto Spa and Imports of Saskatoon Bamboo Shoots BASF Agricultural Specialties Ltd. Bath Fitter BBK Engineering Saskatoon Ltd. BDM IT Solutions Inc. Beverly Cantin Beyond Measure Design Inc. Boost Strategic Coaching Breck Construction Broadway Theatre Brunner’s Construction Ltd. Burgess Law Burnett’s Key Shop Ltd. Business Development Bank of Canada Canadian Tire Associate Store Carter Holdings Ltd. Cathedral Social Hall Saskatoon CBI Health Group Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan CLAC Colleen Christensen Combine World Contango Strategies Country Style BBQ Creative Compliments Gift Baskets & Flowers Crestline Coach Ltd. Crossroads Therapeutic Solutions Crown Store-All Facilities Custom Labels Inc. Custom Trenching Ltd. DancEgypt Dance Co. Danrich Environmental Control Systems Della’s Music House Delta Air Lines Delta Bessborough

Denis Design Works Inc. DG Industrial Ltd. Dingwall Guitars Inc. Display Systems International Dorothy Allen Dr. Annika Card Dr. Joanne Bourgault Dental Prof. Corp. Dream Development / Homes by Dream Drop Dead Gorgeous Day Spa Eastern Market Ebenezer Baptist Church Elk Ridge Resort Enns & Baxter Wealth Management Evolution Audio Visual EXIMPRO (Exim Promotion Inc.) Farms and Families of North America FEX Saskatoon Final Draft Co. Ltd. Friedt Finishing Inc. Fuse Design Inc. General Management Services Ltd. Geotemps International, ULC Gibson Trucking Ltd. Greenbryre Golf and Country Club Hanson Lake Sands Corporation Hardpressed Print Studio Inc. Hats & That Haven Builders Inc. HBI Office Plus Inc. Heagy Altrogge Matchett & Partners LLP Hertz Canada Ltd. Heyday Communications Inc. Holiday Inn Saskatoon Downtown Holistic Wellness Advantage Inc. Horizon Leasing & Financing Ltd. Hub City Display Ltd. Hunters Bowling Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. Infinity Management International Minerals Innovation Institute J. Beck Consulting Inc. J.A.B.A. Construction Limited James Frost Luxury Outfitters Jeremy Wiebe Mudding JNE Welding Limited Partnership JonesE Property Maintenance Solutions Jubilee Ford K. M. Paulson Goldsmith Ltd. K.C. Charities Inc. KEES Taekwondo Inc. Krakken IT Services Inc. L & L Transport Ltd.

(Paid in April and May)

Lafarge Canada Inc. Leanne Nyirfa, Strategic Communications Counsel Legacy Homes Ltd. Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing Little Rock Construction Logia Consulting Inc. Lube Stop MacDermid Lamarsh Marathon Construction (Sask) Ltd. Martin Charlton Communications McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Meridian Development Metric Design Centre Michelle Kormos MING HAI INC. Montana’s Cookhouse Saloon Morris Interactive Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual Novozymes BioAg Limited NRTLP - Northern Resource Trucking Limited Partnership Office of the Treaty Commissioner Original Joes 8th Street OUTSaskatoon Packham Avenue Dental Palisades Residential Group Pally Performance Products Park Town Hotel Payworks Pelican Media Penney Murphy and Associates PM Signs Prairie Meats Prairie Therapists and Trainers Inc. preferred choice Development Strategists Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd. Quality Care Homes Ltd. Radisson Hotel Saskatoon Rayner Agencies Ltd. Realty Executives Saskatoon Reed Security Regan Meier Resident Doctors of Saskatchewan Riversdale Business Improvement District Riviera Motor Inn Robertson Stromberg LLP Royal Hotel Group Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate Saskatchewan Blue Cross Saskatchewan Craft Council Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club

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MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Growing in more ways than one

Kyle Markusa, CCT President of a Local Fiberglass manufacturing company, was inspired a few years ago when he received a small indoor herb garden for Christmas. After running the machine for a couple of months, he was rewarded with fresh mint, dill, and some other small herbs. But Kyle wanted to scale up. “I went to the Farm Progress show in Regina looking for something that was commercially available, and couldn’t find anyone that had even heard of Aquaculture, or Aquaponics and was shocked.” As all serial entrepreneurs with an exceptional ability to manufacture custom products do, Kyle decided to build a bigger version. “We build lots of custom projects for local companies so why not just invent what I want?” After a couple of revisions, Kyle feels like he’s got it nailed. Kyle soon realized that most of the items required for a project like this are difficult to find due to the nature of the product line. “I am very good at problem solving; figuring out what fittings and connectors were needed to grow produce indoors was intense. There has got to be a better way.” What Kyle has created will allow almost

anyone to have their own indoor garden. “I’ve created a “Turn-Key” Hydroponics system. You get the pump, tubes, net pots, hydroton expanded clay pebbles, rockwool cubes, seeds, lights, fiberglass container, etc... basically everything except the water. We have the one size currently (36” wide x 83” long x 12” tall) and are working on a smaller one (36” wide x 41” long x12” tall) for decks and balconies. Currently I am growing cucumber, tomato, lettuce, and snap pea, and it is very rewarding to supplement your salad from your indoor garden in February. We have available a standard white one for $1,847, and a black carbon fiber (soon to be released) for $2,363 at

Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

At the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on 33rd Street, we believe that you should talk to a pharmacist at every visit. That’s why we’ve redesigned our store, adding 2 new Patient Interaction Stations, to make the patient-pharmacist interaction an integral part of our workflow. Have your important health care conversations in a space that was specially designed to improve your privacy and facilitate a face to face interaction, whether you have questions about your prescription medication, non-prescription products or minor ailment prescribing. Feel free to drop in and see what a custom-designed professional pharmacy has to offer.

MEMBER RENEWALS Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Saskatoon Cabinet Office Saskatoon Disaster Services Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Co-operative Saskatoon Industry Education Council Saskatoon SPCA Inc. Saskatoon StarPhoenix Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra Saskatoon Ultimate Disc-Sport Society Saskatoon Youth for Christ SaskTel Scotia Centre Retail Store SED Systems Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan Festival Inc. Shark Club Showtime Glass Inc. Snap Fitness Saskatoon

Spinal Cord Injury Saskatchewan Square One SREDA Inc. Stewart, Gee & Murray CPA LLP Stuart Commercial SUCCESS Office Systems Suncatcher Solar Ltd. Superior Cabinets T Bar C Cattle Co (2013) Ltd. TCU Financial Group The Broadway Roastery The Mosaic Company The Princess Shop Three Farmers Timeline Logistic Touchstone Development Corp. Towriss & Associates Workforce Solutions Ltd.


(Paid in April and May)

Traeger BBQ Canada Ltd. Travel Masters Saskatoon Trek 2000 Corporation Ukrainian Catholic Episcopal Corp of SK Untapped Potential Business Consulting Vallen Vecima Networks Inc. Veritas Research & Communications Wanuskewin Heritage Park Wayne Watts WEED MAN WESK - Women Entrepreneurs SK West-Central Machine Ltd. Western Carpet One White’s Pharmacy WiBand Communications Corp. WMCZ Lawyers zu


MEMBERS IN THE NEWS Rayglen celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Rayglen Commodities is a grain brokerage and consulting firm celebrating its 25th year in business! Rayglen focuses on facilitating trades with producers and grain buyers around Western Canada and the Northern US. Rayglen offers logistics services – helping buyers and sellers move grain, seed or fertilizer. They also source high quality seed suppliers that offer the top varieties for your farm. Alongside a few support staff, Rayglen has about 14 traders & freight forwarders with additional offices in Moose Jaw, Regina & Calgary. Their traders have over 100 years of combined experience and are ready to help you with your grain marketing & logistical needs.

Upgrades and Renovations At Prairieland Park

Having invested over $20 million in the last 10 years on renovations and expansion, Prairieland Park is excited to announce its latest projects in a continuous effort to improve and upgrade. “We’re incredibly proud to have funded our own growth,” comments Prairieland Park CEO, Mark Regier. Prairieland Park is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors, elected from its membership, not reliant on city funding. “Over our 132 years, we’ve changed from a small Ag Society running the Fair/Exhibition, to a world-class convention facility.” Currently under construction is the exterior main foyer and lobby space of the Main Trade Center Entrance, as well as the Ruth Street entrance to the main parking lot! Prairieland will post alternate entrances and directional signage amid the construction to direct guests on and through the park. #wheregreatthingshappen

Trusted Is Going Up In the World … S & E Trusted Online Directories recently celebrated it’s 7th anniversary and to honor the milestone held a party at their new location, atop the Urban Oasis Building on 21st E. “Riversdale’s vibe was awesome, but with a Saskatoon team of 9, an open plan office was restrictive. The new space is perfect, we immediately felt a productivity boost, and we are digging the downtown creative hustle. The secret to Trusted’s multi award winning success and steady growth is my talented, loyal team, and our phenomenal clients across Western Canada. Together we are achieving new heights…literally!” Sara Wheelwright, Founder. 129, 21st St East #500

New Workplace Wellness Strategies The world’s best companies to work for take care of their most important asset, their employees. This provides a competitive edge in hiring and retaining the best people, a major concern of Saskatoon businesses according to a Chamber of Commerce survey. Robust workplace wellness strategies help employees take better care of their health with education on nutrition and stress management, for example, which creates a healthier workplace culture. This helps reduce risk of injuries and absenteeism, improves energy and focus, and can save companies thousands of dollars in lost productivity. To learn more about new workplace wellness programs and other company benefits, call: Melody Byblow 306-500-8200



COMMUNITY Grow Where You’ve Never Grown Before People who struggle with food insecurity often live in areas of the city where it is difficult to find affordable, good-quality, fresh food. CHEP Good Food addresses this by providing a variety of healthy food options for children, families and seniors living in fresh food-deprived areas in Saskatoon. Urban agriculture - growing food within city limits – empowers people to take greater control over their own food resources. CHEP supports almost 50 community gardens in Saskatoon and promotes urban agriculture through a unique summer internship for youth. CHEP’s award-winning askîy (Cree word for “earth”) project demonstrates the potential to grow food in unexpected places by equipping youth interns with knowledge and skills needed to manage an urban farm. In addition to the hands-on work of planting, growing and harvesting a variety of vegetables, the interns develop marketing and operational strategies for selling their produce. This includes building partnerships with local restaurants and hosting “pick your own produce” days at the garden. The askîy project’s main garden is located near Station 20 West. A former “brownfield” site, the soil was potentially contaminated by a large fuel storage site that once occupied a nearby lot. The askîy team overcame this challenge by growing above ground in container gardens. Big blue plastic barrels, cut in half and raised up on wooden pallets, were used to create more than 400 individual raised beds. Through urban gardening, CHEP encourages the community to “Grow Where You’ve Never Grown Before.”

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PROTEIN SUPERCLUSTER The Prairie provinces already form one of the largest agri-food exporters in the world. by Elizabeth Ireland


Jackie Robin, Communications Director, Ag-West Bio Image: Gina’s Portraits

The Protein Industries Canada supercluster will address the demand for plant-based proteins consumed by both humans and livestock. We are building on our existing regional strengths in crop innovation.

Cucumber Tomato Lentil Salad, Coconut Lentil Soup, and Lentil Patties - recipes on page 35



On February 15, 2018 Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains announced a $950 million federal government investment in f ive superclusters located across Canada. Fortunately, the Prairie provinces will benef it f rom this large investment in innovation in a field that Saskatchewan already excels in. Defining the Protein Industries Supercluster

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) is the name of an industryled supercluster concentrated in the three Prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The focus of PIC will be innovation surrounding agri-food enabling technologies, including plant genomics and food processing. Superclusters are typically defined as dense areas of business activity where high-quality jobs, venture capital and infrastructure exist. Ideally, superclusters attract large and small companies to collaborate with educational institutions and other organizations to bring ideas and technology to market. Probably the most wellknown supercluster is Silicon Valley in northern California.

“Each of the five chosen innovation superclusters is unique in its own special way. PIC is definitely market-driven, grounded in what we can do today and how to accelerate it,” says Dr. Phillips. “Clusters or superclusters can be described as greenfield and that’s not what PIC is. The Prairie provinces already form one of the largest agri-food exporters in the world and this investment is a natural follow-on.”

Canola, Pulses and Cereals

PIC will use plant genomics and processing technology to increase the value of key regional crops. These crops include canola, pulses (lentils, dry peas, beans and chickpeas) and wheat. Crops that grow well in our province are very popular in high-growth foreign markets, especially China, India and northern Africa. In Saskatchewan, pulses alone account for a $2 billion a year global export business. Founded in 1989 and located in Saskatoon, Ag-West Bio is the province’s bioscience industry association and a catalyst for growth and commercialization of the bio-economy. Ag-West Bio receives funding through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. “Ag-West Bio has had the privilege of serving as a founding member of PIC, coordinating and building pan-Prairie interests, and leading to a successful proposal. We look forward to working with PIC management, Board of Directors and members to develop a true, value-add and crop ingredient strategy to make the Canadian Prairies a global centre of excellence for high-value crop products,” says Wilf Keller, President and CEO of Ag-West Bio.

Economic Impact on Saskatoon and Saskatchewan

According to the Canadian government, the expected economic impact of the protein industries supercluster over 10 years is more than $4.5 billion in GDP and more than 4,500 jobs across the three provinces. The types of jobs that can be expected to be created include scientists, high-tech workers, support staff and employees for new food processing facilities. Frank Hart is Chair of the Board of Directors of PIC. Hart is also Vice-Chair and Chief Risk Officer of the Regina-based investment management firm, Greystone. Plus he is working with the industry-based venture capital fund that is being developed to invest in companies associated with the protein industries supercluster.

Dr. Peter Phillips is a professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Phillips is an expert on value creation and the role of the biosciences in Saskatchewan. He served as an economic advisor during the PIC supercluster proposal process.


“The purpose of the government’s support of the five superclusters is to spur an increase in innovation across Canada and create highquality jobs. There is a risk interventions like this don’t always succeed but for PIC the strong elements are already here in the Prairie provinces. These elements include tremendous industry support, a skilled workforce, more infrastructure than found in a developing country, and existing food safety systems already well-established. As a result, PIC hopes to make Canada a dominant world player in agriculture and agri-food development around plant proteins and related co-products,” says Hart.

COVE R STORY In terms of which of the three provinces will take the lead in PIC, Dr. Phillips believes that the ideas and technologies with the best return-on-investment will rise to the top. “There are natural agricultural clusters along the Yellowhead Highway, including around Brandon, Saskatoon and Edmonton. The cities of Winnipeg, Regina and Calgary offer strong industrial anchors for the supercluster.” Specific to Saskatchewan, Hart expects that Saskatoon will benefit from its ability to serve industry’s R&D needs through Innovation Place and the University of Saskatchewan. This should produce many new high-quality jobs in science and innovation. Regina may emerge as more of an industrial or processing hub, given its proximity to new trade and logistics services with trucking, two railway lines, a new container port under construction, the Global Transportation Hub, and the presence of companies such as AGT Foods and Viterra. One goal of the supercluster is to bring more food development and processing to the Prairie provinces and to continue to be a leader in innovation, adding to the agri-food value chain, instead of sending commodities offshore to be further processed in other countries. Hart notes that of the major breadbaskets of the world – located in Brazil, Canada, China and Kazakhstan/Russia – the Canadian Prairies are by far the most politically stable with the best infrastructure and the best environmental regulations in place. And, with its close location to the equator, Brazil may be increasingly vulnerable to changes in weather patterns due to climate change.

Why Plant-Based Proteins?

The supercluster’s focus on plant-based proteins sounds very specific but, in fact, it impacts everyone. Plant-based proteins can be used in human diets, as well as livestock feed and food for companion animals. An example is canola, which is grown primarily for its healthy, edible oil. A by-product of the processing is a high-protein meal, which can be used in feed for dairy cattle, swine, poultry and fish feed.

The purpose of the government’s support of the f ive superclusters is to spur an increase in innovation across Canada and create high-quality jobs ...

Frank Hart, Chair Board of Directors, PIC

The sheer size of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is impressive. Here are some statistics: • • •

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The world population is expected to reach 8.5 billion people by the year 2030 and 9.7 billion by the year 2050. The current world population is 7.3 billion people with approximately 3 billion people described as middle class and seeking higher-quality foods. In 2014 Canada was the fifth largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food products in the world (only behind the four powerhouses of Brazil, China, the European Union and the United States). Primarily based in Western Canada, the national canola industry has an economic impact of $26.7 billion and employs 250,000 people. In 2015 the national pulse industry (all in Western Canada) exported six million tonnes of pulses, worth more than $4.2 billion.

Source: Unleashing the Potential of Canadian Crops by Protein Industries Canada.

The goal is that innovation in high-value crops will also serve growing markets in North America and Europe for plant-based meat alternatives and new food products, especially for those adopting vegetarian or vegan diets. “There are more and more people in the world, and they all need to eat. Animal-based protein can be expensive. There is also a trend towards vegetarian and vegan lifestyles in some parts of the world. The Protein Industries Canada supercluster will address the demand for plant-based proteins consumed by both humans and livestock. We are building on our existing regional strengths in crop innovation,” says Jackie Robin, Communications Director at Ag-West Bio.

And What about Farmers?

“For Prairie farmers, PIC will lead to tangible longer-term economic benefits. New technologies, more diverse markets and more stable crop prices, paired with an increasing global demand for protein – this is all very good news for farmers,” says Robin. Dr. Phillips describes other advantages that the Prairie provinces have in the agriculture and agri-food sector. These include our location in a temperate climate zone which is expected to suffer less from changes in weather patterns, sound and sustainable farming methods, and a strong governance model. A key strength is that Western Canada is not as dependent on aquifers for farming as the United States or other major exporters. Dr. Phillips sums up the protein industries supercluster: “On the whole, this is a nice incremental investment in something that is already a natural strength for the Prairie provinces.”


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Three Insights f rom “Chamber on Tap” Host Evan Drisner by Andrea Hansen

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Evan Drisner is an experienced leader in the finance, construction and non-profit industries and works as Sales and Business Development Manager for Nu-Fab Building Products. He is passionate about business and community building and has been actively involved in the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. He has served as board member, committee member, co-host of the SABEX Awards, and for the past 9 years, as host of the popular networking event Chamber on Tap, profiling Saskatoon business leaders for a “pint-sized chat.” Evan Drisner convinced me to join the Chamber on Tap committee almost a decade ago, just as he was taking over as host. My commitment was asking local business leaders & entrepreneurs to be our guests (and trying to keep Evan on track during the event). It was rewarding shining the light on the talented guests and giving them a platform to share their story in a casual, conversation-style interview. We would select our guests intentionally, knowing that they had to be comfortable with Evan’s entertaining, self-deprecating humour and (sometimes shocking) random comments.

Evan Drisner, Sales & Business Development Manager, Nu-Fab Building Products

A natural on-stage and not one to follow a script, Evan made it look easy and usually had the guest at ease and the audience engaged and quickly laughing. Anyone attending would learn from the respected guests as they opened-up and shared their successes, challenges and perspective on doing business in Saskatchewan. As the host, Evan’s experience was unique and as he concludes his final season as host of Chamber on Tap, I had the opportunity to interview him. No doubt, he had many insights gained from interviewing almost 100 Saskatoon business leaders. Evan was able to summarize what he heard most consistently. No one said it quite the same, but there were three main themes all of which are intertwined. Just as Evan has applied the insights in his own life and business, he hopes that you can do the same. 1. Seasons for everything. Any person in business long enough knows you can’t control the markets and the ebbs and flow of business. There are seasons for everything including your business. The key is to recognize when you are in a season and don’t pretend you are not. In Evan’s words, “If you are in winter, don’t put on shorts and t-shirt and complain that you are freezing.” Don’t force it. Be patient. Be consistent and work hard and opportunities are going to come back. The season will come again. 2. No one can do it alone. Strong character, authenticity and kindness are the qualities you must have to build trustworthy relationships. A common message in all interviews was that other people helped those entrepreneurs get to where they were, whether it was mentoring, advice, strategic alliances, sales or networking. If you want to be helped, you need to be helpful. If you don’t have strong character, you are not going to build trust. If you are not authentic, people are going to see through you. If you are not kind, people are not going to want to be around you. As Evan said, “it’s much like life, we don’t spend our time around

toxic people with poor character who are rude and unkind, so why would people in business want to surround themselves with that, let alone help you?” Relationships matter, especially in smaller markets like Saskatoon. 3. Believe in yourself. Everyone interviewed had above average belief in themselves. Not in an arrogant way, but in a way that they could push themselves further than anyone else could. As entrepreneurs, if you don’t believe in yourself, you are going to struggle and it’s going to be an up-hill battle. You must have confidence to execute your goals and learn how to get over fear of the unknown. Having confidence and knowing yourself helps. Evan cautions, “If you are super confident, but borderline pass confidence to arrogance and no one trusts you or likes you, you are not authentic or kind to people, then you are by yourself.” Believing in yourself only works if you have learned the first two things, which is to be patient and build good relationships so that other people can trust and believe in you too. “The seasons do not push another; neither do clouds race the wind across the sky. All things happen in their own good time.”Dan Millman Thank you, Evan Drisner, for your commitment to our business community and for the many years served as host of Chamber on Tap. The optimist, the comedian, the music lover, Reverend, the business leader and devoted husband and father - thank you for sharing a window into your life for all of us and reminding us not to take ourselves too serious. Just as you always closed the show, we won’t forget where to find you…“for quality cabinets at a fair price.” Andrea Hansen, B.Comm., CFP®, GBA, is a Business Advisor, educator, writer and the creator of the SFG Employee Engagement Wheel™. She can be reached at 306-9345540 or



Ensuring the safety of our food supply Agrologists are science-based professionals in agriculture, food and the environment who ensure the safety of the agriculture and food supply chain. The public can rely on agrologists to ensure food safety. Agrologists set aside self-interest to act in the best interests of the public. Foremost is their concern for the safety of the food supply. Environmental sustainability is critically important to agrologists. Agrologists practice good stewardship of agricultural and natural resources through an in-depth understanding of the relationships between the environment and agriculture. They strive to protect the environment and ensure the production of healthy and safe food. There are over 1,700 licensed agrologists practicing in Saskatchewan with 700 located in the greater Saskatoon area. Agrologists in Saskatoon work across the agriculture and food continuum. They are engaged in research through the University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and

Bioresources and organizations at Innovation Place; they provide crop and livestock supplies and extension services through private firms; they do reclamation and remediation work with environmental firms; and those with agribusiness degrees work with banks on

the business side of the food supply chain. Agrologists can be expected and relied upon to act professionally, competently and ethically, and in the public’s best interest.

Lean Practioners Association of Saskatchewan

For over two years, the Lean Practitioners Association of Saskatchewan (LPAS) has strived to share, connect and educate practitioners on their journey of continuous improvement.

For those not familiar with the term Lean it is best described as - An organization of people that have developed the ability to relentlessly reflect, seek out waste, and eliminate it while simultaneously improving the customers experience. To many that are following the Lean methodology, the results demonstrate an enhancement to the customer experience and a valuable way to differentiate your organization from the competition. Art Byrne calls Lean “An unfair

competitive weapon.”

The focus of the LPAS has been to provide shared learning opportunities for Saskatchewan individuals interested in advancing their personal capabilities related to continuous improvement methodologies in order to help their teams, departments, and ultimately their organizations achieve operational excellence. Present LPAS members work in both large and small organizations, which represent both the private and public sectors. This includes manufacturing, healthcare, mining, facilities management, service and repair, plus multiple government departments.


Local experts facilitate monthly events, alternating between venues in Regina and Saskatoon. In February 2017, a group of LPAS members visited Winnipeg for a twoday tour of local facilities that are operating with Lean practises. In October 2017 the LPAS hosted Saskatchewan’s first Lean conference, which was attended by close to eighty individuals from across the province. Whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned continuous improvement practitioner, or just looking to learn how these methodologies can benefit you and your organization, please check us out online at: and on Facebook.


Saskatoon Farmers’ Market by Erika Quiring

Once in a while I get to visit one of the farms of a Saskatoon Farmers’ Market vendor. I recently toured Floating Gardens, near Osler, co-owned by siblings Rachel and Chris Buhler. Their parents farmed dairy and grain. Rachel and Chris wanted to farm, but also wanted to innovate. So they built an entirely new venture to supply an underserved niche: they grow vegetables 365 days-a-year, exclusively to supply the Saskatchewan market. Their greenhouses rely on natural sunlight and they monitor and fertilize carefully to meet the needs of each specific crop – this attention is where the flavour profile of each vegetable comes from. They use organic pest control methods including insects and mites. They maintain meticulous standards of cleanliness to ensure crop safety and food safety. For those who don’t know, only around

5% of produce consumed by Saskatchewan people is grown in Saskatchewan. We’re a tough bunch of humans here on the prairies, and we’ve grown accustomed to the taste sacrifices of shipped produce. But now, thanks

to Floating Gardens, we have real tomatoes, lettuces, fresh herbs, even eggplants – things that taste like summer – all year round.


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Leading Light in Local Food Production by Elizabeth Ireland

Star Egg Company was established in 1966 and specializes in the grading, distribution and marketing of shell eggs – also known as the table market. The company now operates a state-of-the-art egg grading business in Saskatoon and provides all types of eggs to its customers. Star Egg is a long-time member of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Immersed in the egg business his whole life, Shawn Harman is Chief Executive Officer of Star Egg. His grandfather Walter founded the company in Prince Albert and his father Bert is still involved in the business. Shawn is also the Chair of the Saskatchewan Egg Producers farmer organization (which has a partnership with Star Egg).

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Our Omega Choice eggs have that rich, dark yellow yolk that is very appealing visually, which chefs appreciate.



Shawn Harman, Chief Executive Off icer, Star Egg

“Eggs are an extremely healthy food and produced locally. They are a great source of protein and the only naturally occurring food that has all nine essential amino acids. Eggs contain a wide array of vitamins (A, B, D and E), as well as choline, folate, lutein and zeaxanthin,” says Harman.

Eggs contain a wide array of vitamins (A, B, D and E) ...

In 2017 Star Egg joined the Nutrigroupe network, which is based out of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. This partnership means Nutrigroupe has an egg distribution presence across Canada. Star Egg remains operated by the Harman family and distributes to most major supermarkets in Saskatchewan.

And how does Harman like to eat his eggs? “I’m a fan of hardboiled eggs, especially chopped in a chef ’s salad. My three kids really like scrambled eggs and my father enjoys a sunny-side up fried egg.”

Star Egg’s egg grading facility processes eggs from 65 Western Canadian producers, including three of its own (one in Prince Albert, one in Humboldt and one in Steinbach, Manitoba). This translates into an astounding 1.2 million eggs a day. Processing the eggs includes grading, washing, candling (using bright light to check each egg for imperfections), packaging and shipping. Interestingly, types of hen housing are diverse and include conventional, enriched, free run, free range and organic. The cost of each egg increases with each more specialized type of housing, as factors such as biosecurity and natural predators come into play. Star Eggs grades eggs from all types of hen housing environments. These days Harman is thrilled by the attention local Saskatoon chefs are giving eggs on their menus. “Our Omega Choice eggs have that rich, dark yellow yolk that is very appealing visually, which chefs appreciate. The yolk colour comes from supplementing the hens’ feed with marigold and camelina. Usually Saskatchewan eggs have a pale yellow yolk from the hens eating grain-based diets.”

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When an Egg Is More Than an Egg

Here’s a quick guide to some different types of eggs available to Saskatchewan consumers through Star Egg. Omega: Hens are fed a flax-based diet and metabolize elevated levels of omega 3 into the eggs. As a result, 3.75 mg of omega 3 fatty acids and 1 mg of DHA omega are in each egg. Vitamin D: Hens are fed a vitamin D supplement to elevate levels of vitamin D in their eggs. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a wide array of illness and it’s required to metabolize calcium. Humans need to get some vitamin D from our food, especially during the long winter months. Grain Fed: Hens are fed a vegetarian diet with no meat products. Omega Choice: Hens are fed marigold and camelina meal supplements, plus additional lutein and zeaxanthin. These supplements are good for human eye health and preventing macular degeneration. They also give the yolk a rich yellow appearance. 26 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON JULY / AUGUST 2018

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Images: Gina’s Portraits These are two crucial issues that have farreaching negative effects on our province’s prosperity. We all have to work hard to halt the tax and support the building of the pipeline,” says Peggie Koenig, Chair of the Chamber’s 2018-2019 Board of Directors. As an export-driven province in a competitive world market, Premier Moe is confident that “Saskatchewan has a great story to tell.” He mentioned our province’s distinct advantages in the production of canola, pulses, potash, uranium and oil & gas. In 2017 alone, the overall value of Saskatchewan’s exports was approximately $28.9 billion.

Premier Scott Moe Gives First State of the Province Address in Saskatoon by Elizabeth Ireland

On May 25th, at Prairieland Park, Premier Scott Moe gave his first state of the province address to a crowd of civic, academic and business leaders. Premier Moe recognizes the federal government’s carbon tax as a significant concern for Saskatchewan’s exportdriven economy and focused his comments to addressing this issue. The Chamber’s CEO Darla Lindbjerg introduced Premier Moe to the audience. Mayor Charlie Clark, multiple MLAs and several Saskatoon City Councillors were

also in attendance. Premier Moe was sworn in as Saskatchewan’s 15th premier on February 2, 2018, but has already had a busy four months. In April, the provincial government submitted a reference case to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to determine if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau government’s carbon tax is constitutional. During his address, Premier Moe referred to the proposed carbon tax as “a shell game.” “Premier Moe’s address on the federal government’s carbon tax and the Trans Mountain Pipeline was compelling. It drove home the impact of additional taxes and no pipeline on the citizens of Saskatchewan.


Premier Moe pointed out that “capital investment is mobile” and if the federal carbon tax is implemented, there is no reason why corporations and investors won’t leave Saskatchewan and move to more hospitable business environments in countries such as the United States or China. Premier Moe incorporated the real-life examples of the companies Crescent Point Energy and EVRAZ Regina into his address. He encouraged the audience to read his government’s strategic document (released in December 2017) entitled ‘Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy.’ Premier Moe observed our province’s investment in innovative technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS), with the example of SaskPower deploying CCS technology at its Boundary Dam Power Station south of Estevan. This innovative


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technology is now being offered to countries such as China, India and Vietnam. In his address, Premier Moe praised the city of Saskatoon’s role as a leader in agricultural research with the work being done at the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). The Saskatchewan story also includes an agricultural industry that sequesters nearly 12 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The address ended with some goodnatured joking about the rivalry between the Saskatchewan towns of Shellbrook and Parkside (Premier Moe is MLA for the riding of Rosthern-Shellbrook). The Chamber looks forward to welcoming Premier Moe back to Saskatoon for future updates on the State of the Province.



Chamber Happenings Annual General Meeting / Member Appreciation

His Worship Mayor Charlie Clark graciously attended our Annual General Meeting in May to swear in our new Chair, Peggie Koenig, First Vice-Chair, Paul Labbe, and Second Vice-Chair, Chris Sicotte. Tanis Taylor was awarded Member of the Year. After the business portion finished, a surprise anniversary party was held to celebrate long-term staff Roz Macala and Terry Lawrence for their admirable 20 and 25 years (respectively) spent serving the Greater Saskatoon Chamber.

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Black Dog Republic

Host Evan Drisner and Brandon Moore of Black Dog Republic shared a few laughs at our May edition of the Chamber on Tap Series. Brandon shared his impressive entrepreneurial journey in the real estate sector and the remarkable efforts Black Dog puts forth to improve our community.

Mining Week

Chamber 101

New and seasoned Chamber members alike gathered at Chamber 101 in May. Collin Willms of Aurora Financial Solutions Inc. explained the Chamber Group Plan, an affordable insurance option for small businesses, one of the many perks of being a Chamber member.

The Honourable Minister Bronwyn Eyre broke the day with the “Sustaining Success� Chamber Breakfast. She highlighted the many mining companies in our province providing employment and sustainable resource extraction.




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program. The webinars are hosted online, available to watch live, or each registered participant can receive access to the recorded session after its set date. You can visit to view the whole class schedule and to register today. Below is a list of the topics and courses currently available: Business Process Improvement July 29, 2018 9:30 - 11:00am CST Network and Business Development August 23, 2018 9:30 – 11:00am CST Interviewing 101 September 6, 2018 10:30am – 12:00pm CST Strategic Planning September 18, 2018 1:00 – 2:30pm CST


Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applies Research and Inspires Innovation I want to put a ding in the universe. Steve Jobs

On May 23rd students from around the province presented 31 different projects – across a broad spectrum of topics – to a panel of judges, faculty and industry representatives. It was an opportunity to address real-world problems at Sask Polytech’s first annual Applied Research Student Showcase (held at Saskatoon’s Innovation Place).

Delivering solutions to industry problems

Dr. Susan Blum is Associate Vice-President, Applied Research and Innovation at Sask Polytech. “Our institution’s goal is to find applied research solutions to questions that business, industry and our community partners might have. As a provincial resource, our doors are open to collaborate with business and this diverse showcase of students’ research is just a first step,” says Blum. No stranger to applied research herself, Blum has been in her current role at Sask Polytech for just over a year. She completed her PhD as a polar bear field biologist in Nunavut in the 1990s, before working at the University of Saskatchewan in Research Services for several years.

Getting R&D funding

Blum notes that one advantage of working with a Canadian polytechnic on an applied research project is that all intellectual property (IP) rights remain with the business. Sask Polytech also has the know-how to access Mitacs and federal government R&D funding. Mitacs is a national research organization that manages research and training programs through funding for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Helping to innovate and develop prototypes

At the Student Showcase, projects on display ranged from migratory birds at Redberry Lake (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) to cavity stability for jet boring mining operations a Cameco’s Cigar Lake uranium mine. Other projects delved into issues facing lake sturgeon in northern Saskatchewan and three displays related to Sask Polytech’s Faculty of Nursing students and graduates. The projects on display also utilized some of the top-notch resources that Sask Polytech has access to. These include 3D printing capabilities, robotics and the Biomaterials Testing and Prototyping Facility in Regina. Blum’s message to small- to mediumsized businesses and industry is definitive: “Contact Sask Polytech with your research idea, your prototype or your project. We are responsive – we are here to collaborate with you and to service the needs of industry. And, with hands-on experience, our students can become a direct talent pipeline to industry in our province.”

Involving students in applied research and innovation

Neil Foster is a Mechanical Engineering Technology student and grew up on a cattle and grain farm. His design project combined mechanical engineering and agriculture, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan-based

Ken Santos and Dr. Susan Blum air seeder company Bourgault Industries Ltd. “For me, this Student Showcase was a great way to display technical knowledge applied to one of Saskatchewan’s leading industries. It lets people know what opportunities come out of our province and how we are players in the worldwide Ag market,” says Foster. Based out of the Prince Albert campus, student researcher Ken Santos was the first place winner of both the Student Showcase and the industry choice award. Santos presented impressive 3D visualization modelling of the subsurface geology of Al Khadar, Saudi Arabia as a way to identify groundwater contaminants. His wins resulted in a combined cash prize of $1,000. Sask Polytech serves 28,000 students through distance education and applied learning at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. Next year’s Applied Research Student Showcase will be held in Regina with a return to Saskatoon in 2020. Find out more about Applied Research and Innovation opportunities at Sask Polytech at



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Saskatchewan’s Patent Box Gaining Momentum by Rob Hendry, MLT Aikins LLP In 2017 the Saskatchewan government proclaimed legislation introducing a novel tax incentive for technology plays, the Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive (Patent Box) Act. Nearly a year later, indications are that the program is fully on track with its goals and interest continues among potential applicants. Questions and concerns remain, but this is a promising start. The Act was designed to encourage Saskatchewan-based technology commercialization, R&D activity, tech sector job creation, and entrepreneurial talent attraction by reducing the corporate income tax rate to 6% on income earned through such commercialization, with a rebate lasting for 10 or 15 years (from a starting year selected by the applicant) depending on the amount of R&D that takes place in the province. The commercialization has to take place in the province, through a corporate vehicle whose income is derived solely from the commercialization. While not technically a “patent box” in the traditional sense, any IP assets are taken into account when assessing the commercial opportunity. The program itself has a relatively simple structure, with a “scientific eligibility” assessment followed by an “economic eligibility” assessment. That being said, the “scientific” assessment is really more a determination of commercial viability/ readiness, as the application focuses extensively

on how the technology is positioned vis-àvis competitors and unique market value proposition, while there is a troubling lack of clarity around what exactly needs to be established by applicants – thresholds in the application process don’t align with what the legislation requires. Once scientific (read: commercial potential) eligibility is established, the application is then assessed for economic eligibility, requiring that “economic growth benchmarks” are met (e.g., creation/maintenance of new jobs, spending prescribed amounts on R&D, paying prescribed amounts of corporate income tax, etc.). Applicants may alternatively propose a “new economic benefit.” The program incorporates a significant degree of flexibility – which does give the Ministry room to explore novel plays, but it introduces a lot of uncertainty for applicants. The Ministry of the Economy (which oversees the program) is working to manage any flaws/challenges and ensure the goals and purposes of the program are met. In addition, amendments to the Act and associated regulations will be considered down the road as experience is gained in processing applications. In terms of corporate interest, indications are that the program met its application filing goals for 2017, and applications have continued to roll in for 2018. This is excellent news for the new program. Earlier this year, the Ministry was able to share news of its first


successful applicant, Clean Seed Agricultural Technologies Ltd. Clean Seed passed the scientific eligibility assessment phase of the program, and according to reports their plans include moving the headquarters of the Burnaby-based company to Saskatchewan over the next couple of years. The application proposed an alternative economic benchmark, so the flexibility of the system is already making its mark in a positive way. It is noted that Clean Seed already has a Saskatchewan facility, and a technology focus that is directly centred on the agriculture industry, so there certainly are a number of possible drivers for enhancing the company’s Saskatchewan presence. It remains to be seen whether other companies with less Saskatchewan connection will find the patent box tax incentive a sufficient motivator in and of itself to relocate facilities to our fair province. Rob Hendry is a partner in the MLT Aikins Science and Technology practice area, focusing on patent prosecution, technologyrelated agreements and IP portfolio strategic advising. Note: This article is of a general nature only and is not exhaustive of all possible legal rights or remedies. In addition, laws may change over time and should be interpreted only in the context of particular circumstances such that these materials are not intended to be relied upon or taken as legal advice or opinion. Readers should consult a legal professional for specific advice in any particular situation.

Recipes f rom Cover Story Cucumber Tomato Lentil Salad Ingredients: 1 cup lentils - rinsed 3 cups water 3 green onions - chopped 3-4 cucumbers - chopped 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes - chopped 1 lemon 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup fresh dill - roughly chopped or cilantro (whatever you prefer) 2 tbsp basil leaves - torn or thinly sliced 1 pinch sea salt + more to taste 1. To cook lentils - place them with water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce head and simmer for 15 minutes.. Remove from heat and cool - drain water and ready to use. 2. Slice vegetables - add to bowl. Mix together olive oil, juice of the lemon, dill/ cilantro, basil and salt. Add cooked lentils to veggies - add the dressing on top and mix!

Coconut Lentil Soup Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 yellow onion 2 cloves garlic 1 inch fresh ginger (about 1 tbsp grated) 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric pinch red pepper flakes 2-3 carrots sliced into rounds 1/2 lb red or yellow lentils 4 cups water 13.5 oz can coconut milk 1/2 tbsp salt or to taste Toppings: 1/3 cup large unsweetened coconut (slightly browned in skillet) 1/4 bunch cilantro 2 cups cooked jasmine rice 1. Add the olive oil to a large pot. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and grate the ginger. Saute together over medium heat

for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are soft and transparent. While the onions, garlic and ginger are sauteing - peel and slice the carrots. 2. Add the turmeric and red pepper to the pot and saute for a minute more. Add the carrots to the pot, saute for a minute more, then add the lentils and water. Place a lid on the pot, bring it up to a boil over high heat, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. 3. Toast the coconut flakes while the soup simmers. Add the coconut flakes to a dry skillet and place it over medium-low heat. Stir continously as the flakes heat until they are about 50% brown (1-3 minutes). Remove from the skillet immediately to stop the toasting process. 4. After 20 minutes, the lentils should be soft and broken down. Stir in the coconut milk into the soup. Use a hand blender or carefully blend the warm soup in small batches until about half the soup is pureed (or completely if you want it smooth). Once blended, begin adding salt, 1/2 tsp at a time until the soup is properly seasoned. I used 1.5 tsp or 1/2 tbsp of salt in mine.

Lentil Patties Ingredients: 1 cup cooked lentils, drained 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1/2 cup purple onion chopped fine 1/2 cup cilantro leaves finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 pinch cayenne pepper salt to taste 1 egg - lightly beaten 2 tablespoons olive oil 1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. 2. Place half of the mixture in a small food processor and process until it has a paste consistency. Combine with another half of the mixture. 3. Use a 1/4 cup to divide the mixture. Use your hands to form patties of approximately 3 inches in diameter. 4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden brown. drain water and ready to use.


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Working for You The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce continues to actively advocate on behalf of the membership. Downtown Arena and Conference Center

A new downtown arena and conference center will significantly improve the opportunities for business and create additional draws to the city. The Chamber is supporting this initiative and as part of this objective, The Chamber and several other partners brought Dr. Mark Rosenstraub to the city on June 7th. Dr. Rosenstraub is an expert on downtown arenas and their potential to draw investment and development back to the city center is significant. Some key points identified by Dr. Rosenstraub included that these projects have a strong history of significant return on investment for business and the taxpayer. That the arena is used as a focal point to create new mixeduse neighborhoods in the city core. This in turn draws high-earning citizens to live and work in the city core who might otherwise have lived in a different city or in an outlying

area. Further, Dr. Rosenstraub shared his insights into the specific issue of traffic and parking, as this is a significant concern for Saskatoon. Dr. Rosenstraub advised that parking will likely not be an issue within five to ten years, as self-driving vehicles are not just on the horizon, but are driving on the roads. He noted that Ford has chosen to stop producing sedans and that at the University of Michigan where he is based, there are self-driving vehicles in use within the campus to move people around.

Trans Mountain Pipeline

On May 23rd, Darla Lindbjerg joined other Canadian Chamber executives, business and provincial government officials in Ottawa to meet with members of parliament and senators to address the need to complete the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Taking the message of our members to Ottawa was an important addition to the other voices who attended. The Government listened to the concerns and acted to take control of the project and allow it to proceed without further delay.

International Trade

As the Saskatchewan economy is dependent on international trade, the recent positioning

of the United States has been concerning. The Chamber has engaged with several foreign leaders to help build relationships and seek new trading opportunities. Recently, the Chamber met with the Hungarian Consular General and their trade representative. The meeting focused on what potential new trade could be added between Saskatchewan and Eastern Europe. On June 11th, Darla Lindbjerg travelled to Toronto with Saskatchewan officials and joined federal representatives to meet with The Honourable Sheikh Hasia, Bangladeshi Prime Minister, one of the world’s most powerful women. This meeting was focused on how to create new market and trade opportunities for Saskatchewan goods and services. In addition, Ms. Lindbjerg was able to use the opportunity to meet with the federal and provincial officials to address the need to resolve the trading issues with the United States. The Chamber will continue to address the concerns of our members and businesses in Saskatoon and the surrounding area to ensure that Saskatoon has a thriving business climate and is the place to live and do business on the prairies.



Agriculture and Technology The Board of Directors is very pleased and enthusiastic about the result of our Board Retreat and the new Strategic Plan for the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. With four major strategic goals to steer the Board and staff, including Advocacy, Membership, Indigenous Economic Growth, and Organizational Effectiveness, the Chamber continues to support a strong business environment and community prosperity while adding value to members. As we roll out the plan, it will be imperative we have the support and benefit of member intelligence and participation. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to provide input and contribution over the next year. We will be in touch!

local innovation resulted in wind mill production and rock pickers and jobs. The importance of agriculture to the community became very clear to me when there were bad crop years. I am sure this is a story that is common in many rural communities in Saskatchewan!

continue to develop our technology and agriculture industries.

Peggie Koenig, Chair Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


Image: Gina’s Portraits

Agriculture has always been a player in Saskatchewan’s and Saskatoon’s economic, business and social landscape. Today, Saskatchewan agriculture business continues to feed the A few words related to our themes in this world as well as provide an issue, Agriculture and Technology. I didn’t incubating environment for grow up on a farm but in a small village fusion between agriculture with a business and community that was and technology, be it dependent on and supported agriculture. biotechnology or information With a population of about 100, there was technology. Agriculture an auto and farm machinery repair shop, a has embraced leading edge Saskatoon Chamber Board Chair Peggie Koenig service station (that delivered fuel to farms), technology on the farm a coffee shop (where farmers congregated to with drones that support crop management recruitment platforms for agriculture workers share war stories and bets on the weather and decisions; planting equipment that is and value-based services for agriculture. Ideas prices), a welding shop, a hardware store (with programmed to assess soil and nutrient needs; and ingenuity abound and the agriculture the most amazing array of nails, tools, and equipment that lifts swath into the combine and technology sectors are making things gadgets), a bus stop, a post office, a recreation to ensure maximum yield; and the list goes happen for our community. center, a school (that bused kids from the on. We have a broad biotechnology industry farms), and a church (where the town and farm that supports agriculture, food production, and Saskatoon is the home base for numerous families gathered every Sunday). Innovation medicine, as well as information technology agriculture and technology focused and technology later transformed this small based manufacturing and service businesses organizations and the importance and strength village with manufacturing facilities where that offer, among other things, internet based of these businesses is growing. We have the intellectual capacity, innovation, and the risk mettle required to continue to develop our technology and agriculture industries. Both sectors have changed significantly We have the intellectual over the years and will continue showing us how change and innovation is done. These capacity, innovation, and two sectors add excitement and vitality to the risk mettle required to Saskatoon. Peggie Koenig is the Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and President & CEO of Koening & Associates Inc.


Peggie Koenig Chair

Paul Labbe First Vice-Chair

Chris Sicotte Second Vice-Chair

Kelly Bode Past Chair

Sandra Ribeiro Executive

Jason Aebig Director

Carla Browne Director

Stacy Dybvig Director

Linda Exner Director

Dale Lemke Director

Dr. Adam McInnes, MD Director

Deborah Meyers Director

Graham Snell Director

Trevor Thiessen Director

Colton Wiegers Director

Chris Woodland Director

President / CEO Koenig & Associates

Communicati ons Advisor Canadian Light Source Inc.

Partner Creative Fire

President & CEO Quicklinkt Solutions Inc.

Individual Member

Broker / Owner Real Canadian Property Management Professionals Inc.

Founder, CEO & Co-chairperson Med Hack Enterprises Incorporated

Lawyer / Owner WMCZ Lawyers

Managing Partner ICR Commercial Real Estate

CFO & VP Administrative Services Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Images: Gina’s Portraits

Manager, Finance & Administration PCL Construction Management Inc.

Individual Member

General Manager Saskatoon Aerocentre

President Redekop Manufacturing Inc.

Business Development Wiegers Financial & Benefits

Partner MLT Aikins LLP


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