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November / December 2018

STAFF Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Kendra Cruson, Vice President Operations Dana Wilkins, Director of 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 Special Event Join us on Thursday November 8th for the inaugural Chamber SUMMIT.

The Chamber represents the voice of business. We advocate on behalf of our members, ensuring that their issues are raised and heard at the local, provincial and federal levels. The purpose of the Chamber SUMMIT is to provide an annual forum for our members to convene and raise the most pressing issues facing their businesses today. The SUMMIT will bring together representatives from across our diverse business community and generate strategic discussions on items that will form the basis of the Chamber’s Advocacy platform.

8:00 am 8:30 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 11:45 am 12:00 noon 1:00 pm 1:15 pm 3:00 pm

Registration for Breakfast Indigenous Business Forum Registration for morning sessions Concurrent Sector Roundtables • Agri-Food • Health, Science & Education • Innovation & Emerging Technologies • Natural Resources, Energy & Environment Registration for Luncheon SUMMIT Luncheon Registration for afternoon sessions Concurrent Sector Roundtables • Business & Professional Services • Hospitality, Retail & Travel • Manufacturing, Industrial, Construction & Contractors • New Media & Arts Roundtable wrap-up

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

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: Dale MacKay BUSINESS: Grassroots Restaurant Group DATE: Wednesday, November 7

SPEAKER: Dana Wilkins DATE: Wednesday, November 21 TIME: Doors open 5:00 pm, Speaker 5:30 pm LOCATION: Chamber Office

SPEAKER: Alisha Esmail BUSINESS: Road Coffee Co. DATE: Wednesday, December 5


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. DATE: Wednesday, December 5 TIME: 3:30 pm LOCATION: LB Distillers


Your Voice in Business In our new off ice space, we are surrounded by signs of progress and growth in all directions. From the

Over the past eighteen months, transformation has been the focus, and although it isn’t easy to either implement or sometimes accept walking down a new or different road, it is how progress is made. Some of the areas our organization has undergone a transformation include: • Focusing on strategy – the Chamber’s Board of Directors built a new five year strategic plan earlier this year. This strategy is what has and will continue driving transformation in our organization. • Positioning our team to succeed – although we are no larger of a team than when I first arrived, our team is now composed of many different skillsets that both deepen our ability to build value for our members and align with our strategic plan. • Addressing our organization’s technology needs – we were facing a challenge with technology over a decade old when I came into the role. This technology has now been brought up to standard to ensure continuity for our members and ensure our staff are able to work effectively and efficiently. • Aligning our physical space with our brand and needs – as many of you are aware, our physical office space location has changed. The Chamber previously housed nine staff into a tight 1,000 square feet which was outdated and not aligned with our brand. We now have space to accommodate our staff adequately and the ability to offer meeting space to our members who wish to utilize it. • Connecting with the community – we currently offer many networking and educational events to the community, however our strategic plan has ensured that our engagement efforts and channels with our members will deepen even more. One of the ways we plan to do this is by hosting an annual Membership Summit to connect with our members and collect feedback surrounding areas they feel are impactful, both positive and negative, to their businesses. From the feedback and insight from our members, our Board of Directors will use this information to help inform their policy and advocacy positions to ensure the Chamber is affecting positive change for businesses in our community. • Realignment of our volunteer structure with our strategic plan – eighteen months ago, the organization had fifteen committees, today we have eight. During the development of our new strategic plan, those committees weighed in on their perspectives of the current volunteer structure and their desire to support the

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River Landing development to the opening of new bridges, there is a tangible and visual representation of this positive movement and it is obvious that we are in the midst of an exciting and energizing time as a city. At the Chamber, we are feeling that same excitement internally as well, as we transform into a new and fresh organization that is positioning itself to meet the needs of our business community. The vibe amongst our staff and volunteers is electric and contagious!

Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Chamber’s strategy going forward. Based on that feedback, the Board of Directors restructured the Chamber’s committees to align with the strategic plan so that there are more ways for our membership to engage with the organization in the future. • Assessing our event offerings – we are continually assessing events that we are offering to our members to ensure that they are valuable and relevant as well as ensuring they align with our mandate and brand. As part of this assessment, there were some networking events that the Chamber had founded that we are now proud to say have found new homes with amazing organizations that are breathing new life into them. A couple of these events are Shaken With A Twist and H.O.T. We continue to offer our signature networking event, Chamber on Tap at LB Distillers monthly and are looking to ensure that our events going forward meet our member’s needs.



NEW MEMBERS ABE Quality Consulting Ltd.

Quality management system development and implementation in the construction industry (mining, industrial, commercial, civil, oil & gas). Inspection, welder examination and document control. Brent Eckhart PO Box 354, Dundurn p: (306) 291-4997 Contractors

All Things LED Mfg.

Manufacturing EMC, LED displays, LED marketing props and video walls. Mike Kalist 203 Teal Terr, Saskatoon p: (306) 381-5648 w: Manufacturers

Avenue Restaurant Inc. Restaurant that services food and beverage. Christopher Cho 100-2201 11th Ave, Regina p: (306) 525-1919 w: Restaurants

Clip ‘N Climb Saskatoon Inc.

An original, colourful and inclusive climbing gym, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Come have fun with friends and family while getting a great workout! Aron Cory / Stephanie Cory 97-127 Mcleod Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 382-5462 w: Entertainment / Attractions



College Hotels LP DBA: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Saskatoon East – University Hotel providing accommodations. Brent Andrew 1838 College Dr, Bldg 2,Saskatoon p: (306) 954-1250 w: Hotels / Motels

College Hotels LP DBA: Staybridge Suites Saskatoon – University Hotel providing accommodations. Brent Andrew 1838 College Dr,Bldg 1,Saskatoon p: (306) 952-4888 w: Hotels / Motels


Hair & Esthetics Studio Dianna Schaumberger PO Box 135, Goodsoil p: (778) 821-3351 Hair Salon / Stylists AND Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies

Cubbon Advertising

Promotional Products Distributor. Brook Arnold 657 Solomon Cres, Regina p: (306) 565-0603 w: Advertising Specialties / Sportswear

The Dapper Doughnut

Serving fresh mini doughnuts, coffee and cold beverages. Parth Patel 88-192 Pinehouse Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 202-7278 Caterers / Food Services

DGB Courier Services Local courier service. Dave Bouvier 1720 Ontario Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 229-2086 Courier / Delivery Service


(August and September)

Drift Sidewalk Cafe and Vista Lounge Multi level restaurant providing good vibes and good eats! Amy Holowach 339 Avenue A S, Saskatoon p: (306) 653-2256 w: Restaurants

Ecobain Gardens

Fresh, locally grown, healthy and sustainable pesticide free produce. Living herbs grown right in Saskatoon. Roberta Bain p: (306) 229-1002 w: Agricultural AND Food Processors / Distributors

EcoStrategies Consulting Environmental consulting services related to sustainability, waste diversion and energy efficiency. Sheri Praski RR6 Site 601 Box 112, Saskatoon p: (306) 227-8183 Consultants – Engineering

Farms and Families of North America Inc.

FNA is a business alliance of farmers that have joined together as Members of FNA to improve farm profitability. Carolyn Ekstrom 320 22nd St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 665-2294 w: Agricultural

Just For You Day Spa

A calm surrounding of classic elegance, serene décor and thoughtful amenities relax and prepare our clientele for rejuvenation. Offering a comprehensive menu of facials, massage, pedicures, manicures. Jessica Tetu 74 33rd St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 934-7546 w: Massage Therapy


NEW MEMBERS MEMBER (August and September)

Lorewin Advertisement Co. Ltd.

Graphic design, photography, production oriented and all-round advertising service providers. Chen Shang 32-901 1st Ave N, Saskatoon p: (306) 850-8399 w: Graphic Design

OTV Technologies

Computer retail and repair, IT services. Kim Goertzen / Ryan Halbgewachs / James Lewchuk 2915B Faithfull Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 374-0607 w: Retail – Electronics

Resolve Laser Clinic

The first and only clinic in Saskatchewan offering PicoWay laser tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation. Yana Poulin 106A-3502 Taylor St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 612-3773 w: Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies

Rogue Phoenix Media

A digital marketing firm that does videography, social media management, photography, webdesign and more! Vernon Boldick 506-455 Rempel Lane, Saskatoon p: (306) 361-7036 w: Marketing / Market Research

Sharie Ryon

Yoga Teacher/Instructor p: (306) 653-0782 Health & Fitness

RENEWALS (Paid in August & September)

Synergy Five Investments

An investment company owned by five Saskatchewan First Nations. Kristy Jackson 325-2555 Grasswood Rd E, Corman Park p: (306) 384-0377 Retail

Thakotitan Economic Development Corporation

Aboriginal owned not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to seek rural and urban business and economic development opportunities for the community of Southend (PBCN) through respectable partners. Kevin Lall Southend Band Office, Southend p: 306-758-4822 Non-Profit Organizations

Thrive Hearing Solutions Providing a customized hearing solution for each individual with pride. Karen Sharpe 9-410 Ludlow St, Saskatoon p: (306) 700-3446 w: Health Care - Services / Supplies


An economic intelligence platform providing data and analysis on 38,000 local economies, taking 100’s of raw datasets from data sources to help clients spot trends and analyze conditions. Ryley Iverson 229-116 Research Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 400-9107 w: Technology

Valerie Waldbauer Individual Members

101078600 Sask Ltd. 101284198 Saskatchewan Ltd. 101302247 Sask Ltd. 49 North Resource Fund Inc. 9Round Saskatoon, Duchess A-1 Trailer & Truck Repair Ltd. Action Office Interiors ADA Architecture Inc. Adecco Employment Services Ltd. Advanced Lawn Care AgVantage Solutions Inc. AlSask Property Contract Services Ltd. Anchor Managed Solutions Ltd. Anthonys Fashion Archwest Tools Ltd. Assante Wealth Management - Briske Financial Group Atana Management Inc. Aurora Workplace Solutions Inc. BCDR Mechanical Repair Services Bergman Hardy Technologies Inc. Big Bang Hair Salon Board Dynamics Bridge Carriers Inc. Bridgepoint Business Brokers CAD Consulting Calidon Equipment Leasing Canadian Western Bank Caron Transportation Systems CFCR Radio Cherry Insurance Choice Realty Systems Christian Counselling Services Churchill Dog Groomers Clarence Campeau Development Fund Clifton Associates Ltd. CNH Industrial Colliers International Comfort Suites Saskatoon CPHR Saskatchewan CRG Strategies CyberVision Inc. Dale Carnegie Training Dean Angell Ent. Inc. Deftways Ltd. Dillon Consulting Limited Discovery Seed Labs Dr. Naomi Whelan



MEMBER RENEWALS Dr. Rick Jaggi Medical Professional Corporation Dress for Success Saskatoon DRIVING FORCE Vehicle Rentals, Sales and Leasing EJS Equipment Services End of the Roll Essence Recruitment Excelsior Mechanical Inc. Fab Tech Welding Inc. FABMAR Communications DBA: FM Country CJVR / Oldies CK750 AM Federated Co-operatives Limited Flex ED Flynn’s Forest Indoor Playground FocalPoint Business Coaching Foster’s Shoes Freedom 55 Financial Furniture World, Bridge City Ltd. Furry Friends Animal Hospital Gensource Potash Corporation got mold? ™ Hauck Podiatry Prof. Corp. Henry Moulin & Associates at Coldwell Banker Signature Herb C. Pinder Jr. Hino Truck Sales (Saskatoon) Hursh Consulting & Communications Imagery ImageWorx Auto Impact Diesel Performance Inc. Impact Marketing Services Limited Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada Intelliconn Communication Solutions Inc. International Plant Nutrition Institute J & S Picture Frame Warehouse James Danylczuk Jet Electric 2014 Ltd. Just For You Day Spa Kinsmen Foundation Koenig & Associates Inc. La Troupe du Jour

Laurier Drive Medical Clinic Lead Management Consulting Inc. Leah Brisdon Realty PC Lutheran Early Learning Centers Inc. Marcel de la Gorgendiere Marei Therapeutics Inc. Medical Arts Pharmacy Meewasinota CRF Mike’s Hydraulics Sales and Service Montana’s BBQ & Bar National Bank of Canada Next Level Framing P & H Milling Group Parr Auto Body Pattison Outdoor Prairie Region Paull Chiropractic and Massage Therapy PCL Construction Management Inc. Performance Plus Distributors Inc. Planet S Magazine Points Athabasca Contracting LP Pradera Environmental Solutions Inc. Prairie Wild Consulting Co. Provincial Car Service - Saskatoon Luxury Tours Quint Development Corporation Raymond James - Phil Mamchur Regency Gaming Ind. Rempel Engineering & Management Ltd. Riverbend Plantation Rooterman Ryan Miller Saskatoon Animal Control Agency Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club Ltd. Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre Saskatoon Institute for Medical Simulation Saskatoon Pediatric Dentistry Saskatoon Transit See More Green Landscaping Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon Shaw Cablesystems GP Sherwood Chevrolet Inc. Shiron Holdings


(Paid in August & September)

Sik Pics Productions Slobodian Pharmacy Sound Lounge by tBone STARS Sunrise Foods International Inc. Targeted Strategies Limited TESC Contracting Saskatchewan Ltd. The Centre The Coachman The Link Office Hub The Neighbourhood Church The Willows Golf & Country Club The Wireless Age Thurber Engineering Ltd. TLC Grooming Today’s Technology Marketing Group TownePlace Suites Saskatoon by Marriott Tri-Star Transport Triumph Construction Inc. True Potential Health Services Inc. Tuff Turf Growers Ltd. Turner Event Management Unaffiliated Hot Tub Home Care United Rentals Canada Universal Realty Ltd. Vendasta Technologies Village Guitar & Amp Co. Virtex Grain Exchange Ltd. Virtus Group Chartered Professional Accountants & Business Advisors LLP Warman Diagnostics Ltd. - The Ultrasound Centre Waymarc Industries Ltd. Wells Interiors Inc. Western Fitness Equipment Ltd. Wiegers Financial & Benefits Willowgrove Medical Group Wilton Academy of Music Inc. XL Enterprises Yield10 Bioscience Yung’s Nails & Spa



James Frost Luxury Outfitters AgriBiz Communications Celebrates 25 Years

AgriBiz Communications, a company that provides management, marketing and communications services to the agriculture and food industries, is celebrating its 25th year in business in 2018. The company has served numerous clients over the years, providing association management, strategic planning, event coordination, training and all kinds of

communications assistance. Clients have ranged from national to local, big to small and everything in between. However, the common thread for AgriBiz has always been a connection to food and farming. To mark the occasion, AgriBiz will celebrate with clients and friends at a party in Saskatoon this fall. Plus, a new website and service package may impress even longtime customers with all the services now offered. (

A lifestyle boutique in Riversdale. We sell curated products from Bang & Olufsen, Big Green Egg, Elipson, Gocycle, and Leica optics. These iconic brands are on display in our showroom. James, who grew up in Saskatoon, enjoys introducing people to new experiences. Stop by to see us for an auditory and sensory experience you won’t soon forget. James Frost Luxury Outfitters #105-123 Avenue B South (The Blok) Phone: 1-888-233-4550

Al Anderson’s Source for Sports

One of Saskatchewan’s largest and longest serving sporting goods retailers. They are a member of Canada’s largest buying group and are affiliated with over 200 other Source for Sports stores across Canada. They have always been guided by an overriding principle that “Their goal is not to simply satisfy their customer but to exceed their expectations and wow them!” When a customer walks through their doors, they can expect to receive the best advice based on their needs, and a level of customer service that has sustained and prospered since 1955. Al Anderson’s Source For Sports 208 Avenue B South Across Idylwyld from Midtown Plaza BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018 9



Jami Young

The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) announced the recipient of the 2018 BPW Canada Leadership Award during this year’s convention which took place in Ottawa. The award recognizes women who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the empowerment of women. This year’s recipient of the BPW Canada Leadership award was Jami Young of Saskatoon. Jami is a successful entrepreneur, prolific writer, impactful speaker, and celebrated teacher. She is a creative, compassionate, and compelling leader with an unparalleled ability to shine in any opportunity that entails supporting individuals and organizations to unleash their greatest potential. As a consultant, she’s emboldened entrepreneurs and business owners to be braver, more strategic, and more authentic in their missions and messages. Jami’s business is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, and has helped hundreds of female entrepreneurs, executives, and change-makers to boldly step into power, embrace their unique gifts, and fiercely redefine success on their own terms. Visit her vibrant platform at www.

Kwik-BagIt Bio/System

Harold Sokyrka is a patented inventor and the creator of “The Kwik-BagIt Bio/System”

Metric Design Centre

Tamara Bowman’s interior design career began in 1999. Creating spaces with clients is a passion, however, she noticed a disconnect in the industry. Her ambition to produce the best overall experience for her clients felt challenged by the products available, the running about to make selections, and the friction between suppliers, sub-trades, designers, and contractors. When Tamara shifted to providing the role of the designer and project manager, her client’s experience changed completely, blooming the concept of Metric Design. Bringing together quality brands combined with professionals makes the design-build process quicker, simpler, less stressful, and fun, while providing packaged projects under one roof. Clients love creating their dream projects alongside their design and contracting team; selecting materials; reviewing drawings in one location; coffee in hand; and confidence in knowing their space will look and feel incredible. Metric Design Centre A, 285 Venture Cres. Phone: (306) 974-0190 During the past 50 years of being in business, (, Harold has been a serial entrepreneur with an enthusiastic attitude towards anything that he sets his mind to do, and he radiates a sincere passion for inventing new products, processes, and developing new businesses. The “Kwik-BagIt Bio/System” is an Eco-Friendly Portable Utility Device that eliminates the dependency on single – use oil-based plastic bags. Be part of the trend to improve our ways - and it all starts STARTS at the SOURCE – in our HOMES!”


Wine 4 You

When Wine 4 You owner, Shirley Voldeng, hears comments that ‘this was so much fun’ and ‘this was easier than I thought’ it reaffirms her vision of a fun and friendly place to make quality wine. In keeping with this goal, she continually learns and researches to provide the best winemaking products and experience. Wine 4 You is now the exclusive authorized retailer of Winexpert wines in Saskatoon. They are very excited to share these outstanding wines from Canada’s leading winemaking supplier. There are plenty of new favorites, as well as many of the wine styles you already know and love. Making wine at Wine 4 You is easy and fun. With 4 easy steps you can have excellent wine for at home and to share with your friends and family. The friendly staff help you choose wine to suit your tastes and preference. All you do is add the yeast to begin the wine process. Then wait while they look after your wine. In a few weeks return to bottle your wine – the fun part! Wine 4 You #260-2600 8th Street East, Saskatoon. Find out more about the winemaking process at and on Facebook at wine4yousaskatoon.

Your Voice in Business Continued from Page 5 • Enhanced programming – we introduced new and exciting programs to our current offerings such as Chamber Trips; cultural exchange trips for our members and the community. We just returned from a Chamber Trip to India and have just announced our next Chamber Trip to China will be this upcoming spring. These trips are an economical way for those in the community who want to experience another country and culture to do so. • Enhancing and rebranding this magazine – I hope you like it, as this publication has been enhanced and expanded over the past eighteen months! We are very proud of this publication and our members have told us it is extremely valuable. This publication reaches over 8,500 businesses in Saskatoon every second month. • Building our capacity in the realm of policy and advocacy – we were pleased to bring our first professional policy expert on staff. Due to this change, expect to see a big shift in the advocacy and policy work and efforts coming out of our organization over the next few years. • Connecting and convening the community – we have and will continue to bring decision makers to the table for our members to connect and convene with. A few of those individuals who have

spoken to our members over the past eighteen months include: o Michelle Obama o Premier Scott Moe o Mayor Charlie Clark o Peter Stoicheff, President, University of Saskatchewan o Larry Rosia, President, Sask Polytechnic o Riel Bellegarde, President & CEO, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) o Perrin Beatty, CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce o Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness o Hon. Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade o Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities o Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion o Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification o Scott Livingstone, CEO, Saskatchewan Health Authority o Councillor Dalyn Bear, Whitecap Dakota First Nation o Craig Reynolds, CEO, Saskatchewan Roughriders o Dominic Barton, Chair of the Federal Advisory Council on Economic Growth • Trade and growth focused – the Chamber was born into the city of Saskatoon as The Saskatoon Board of Trade. Trade is why the Chamber exists. For chambers and boards of trade, registration under the Boards of Trade Act means a geographic territory is registered and associated with the chamber to represent the interests of all businesses—i.e. not solely the interests of a particular sector or cultural group—that operate within its region. As part of this responsibility, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce can certify a variety of documents, the most common being Certificates of Origin.

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Over the next year, we will be working on our organization’s governance structure, continuing to realign our brand, expanding our partnerships to complement our strategic plan and working to ensure our membership is growing and thriving in the best business environment in Canada!

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Presidents, prime ministers and premiers are often measured by their f irst 100 days in off ice. For the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO, Darla Lindbjerg, her f irst three months in off ice meant “blowing through” 500 business cards as she met with various stakeholders across the city.

husband Halden is a former professional hockey player and business owner. He has been an avid supporter of Lindbjerg’s career and journey into this role and currently homeschools their three children from their house in the Lakeview neighbourhood of Saskatoon.

Lindbjerg is the first female CEO in the Chamber’s 115-year history but she points out what has stayed the same in those 115 years. Mainly, the Chamber’s role as a champion and advocate for the largest business community in Saskatchewan.

Lindbjerg entered her role as CEO with the Chamber as an entrepreneurial-minded executive with a background in economic development, finance and governance. She believes the key to the Chamber’s success is understanding and sharing Saskatoon’s value proposition with the rest of Canada and the world.

“The Chamber opened in 1903, as the Saskatoon Board of Trade, to support business owners concerned about access to ferries crossing the South Saskatchewan River. Today we still think about the best way to develop our city and our infrastructure around the river, whether that’s office buildings or a downtown stadium. The river is always there and it’s a big part of what makes Saskatoon so beautiful.” Lindbjerg grew up in southwest Saskatchewan on a farm with three younger brothers and one younger sister. Her parents still farm there today. She completed her undergraduate degrees and an Executive MBA at the University of Regina. “For five years I regularly drove back and forth between Swift Current and Regina on Highway 1. People like to tease that I should have hitched a ride with (former premier) Brad Wall.”

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These days Lindbjerg is the mother of three children of her own – two girls and a boy ranging in ages from eight to fourteen. Her


Interestingly, one of the hot topics in the community when Lindbjerg began her CEO position was bike lanes. “First, we polled our membership to identify if this was even an issue for downtown businesses. What we found was that it was not. However, I realized that if I was going to speak to this topic, it was important for me to clarify the bike issue in my own mind and through experience. As a result, in the good weather my husband and I began biking to work. That’s over 8 km each way. The benefit of this approach was that we found it’s a great way for us to form a connection as a couple. We call it our morning date.”

She describes Saskatoon as a city that “punches above its weight class.” Centres of excellence in agriculture, mining, technology, research, innovation and many more serve to further reinforce this positive impression of Saskatoon. “When I started at the Chamber 18 months ago, there was a lot of change taking place in Saskatoon. The city had elected Charlie Clark as a new mayor after Don Atchison was mayor for 13 years. My predecessor at the Chamber was Kent Smith-Windsor and Kent was in the role for 21 years. It was turning a new leaf of sorts and not a bad thing. However, it was definitely a change for Saskatoon’s business community to absorb and a chance for new perspectives.” She credits Smith-Windsor’s tireless work on property taxes during his time as the Chamber’s Executive Director for “creating the best tax environment for businesses in Canada when comparing all large cities across our country.” Another asset that Lindbjerg acknowledges was in place during her first year in the role, was the leadership of the Chamber’s Board Chair at-the-time Kelly Bode. The Chamber’s Board of Directors consists of 14 people and each Board Chair serves for one year. Bode is a corporate commercial and securities lawyer, a partner at the Saskatoon law firm WMCZ Lawyers and the mother of a young daughter. As incoming CEO, Lindbjerg says she appreciated Bode’s “backbone, empathy, quirky sense of humour and her ability to be 100 per cent present.” Lindbjerg feels strongly about the Chamber’s role as an advocate for its members with municipal, provincial and federal governments.

For a small business, anonymity is your friend. The Chamber provides that level of protection in dealing directly with government on specific issues. We also have an extensive Chamber network that stretches across our country working towards similar goals that we can work with and pull from.

Darla Lindbjerg, President & CEO, Saskatoon Chamber

Other changes during Lindbjerg’s first 18 months included some shift in the make-up of the Chamber’s staff, with more of an emphasis on its advocacy role. As well, the Chamber has relocated to stunning new offices at the corner of 19th Street and 4th Avenue South. Anyone who visited the Chamber’s previous offices will remember the space was not dissimilar to a rabbit’s warren. In addition, Lindbjerg and her team worked to streamline the five monthly networking events that the Chamber was hosting at the time down to just one key networking event. For this reason, Chamber on Tap is now its flagship monthly networking event.

The content of Chamber on Tap is so diverse, and it has a pure business focus. The audience is constantly changing based on the topic each month and we’re excited to continue to draw Saskatoon’s current and emerging business leaders to this event.

Darla Lindbjerg, President & CEO, Saskatoon Chamber

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Halden and Darla Lindbjerg While hosting or co-hosting multiple events got the Chamber’s name out, it sometimes diluted its focus. “Our goal now is to have the Chamber’s events be the business event of the month, or even the year, in Saskatoon. We want business leaders and political leaders to come to our city to speak. As a team, we continue to ask ourselves – is there something else we can do to add value for our members?” Lindbjerg remains passionate about growing Saskatoon’s business community and the Chamber’s many contributions towards a strong and vibrant city. She notes that historically it was the Chamber (previously the Saskatoon Board of Trade) that brought key landmarks such as city’s bridges, the Delta Bessborough Hotel, the Saskatoon Club, TCU Place and SaskTel Centre to the city, just to name a few. Another aspect of “building bridges” is creating organizations that are then able to self-sustain and thrive. For example, organizations that have spun-off from the Chamber over the years include the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), Saskatchewan Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (SYPE) and Tourism Saskatoon. What’s next for the Chamber? Lindbjerg says, “Everything we are doing is new and fresh – from our approach to advocacy, our events, our volunteer engagement channels, our partnerships and our approach to adding value to our members.” Even the Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence (SABEX) Awards, taking place on April 12, 2019 at TCU Place will offer a new and fresh feel and approach. “The SABEX Awards will be shorter and more dynamic, I’m so excited to see what people think.” Concludes Lindbjerg: “As President and CEO of the Chamber, I have the best job in the world. Saskatoon is a fast-growing city in a fast-growing province. Every day I get to represent our community. It’s team mentality, combined with individuality and entrepreneurship. This is what I feel makes Saskatoon’s business community so unique and vibrant.”


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Meet Member Services Coordinator Janelle Kubica by Elizabeth Ireland

to work at the Chamber’s beautiful new offices and she appreciates how convenient the location is for the Chamber’s members. Outside of work, Kubica loves to bake and paint abstract artwork with acrylics. Her favourite things to bake are cakes and cupcakes – whether that’s for a birthday, graduation or wedding. Her signature flavour combination is a lemon cake with a coconut buttercream icing. And who inspires her culinary activities? Her favourite celebrity chef is Michael Symon, an Iron Chef from Cleveland, Ohio. Kubica is always helpful and can be reached by email at

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The Dirt

Dara Hrytzak Janelle Kubica, Member Services Coordinator Janelle Kubica started as the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce’s Member Services Coordinator four months ago. In this role, she supports both the Director of Member Experience and the Chamber’s many members. Kubica also works with the Chamber team on events such as the monthly Chamber on Tap held at LB Distillers. When we spoke, the next event on deck for the team was the Chamber Open House. A favourite recent event of Kubica’s was the Chamber’s luncheon with federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Ralph Goodale. Minister Goodale spoke on ‘Strengthening Canadian Trade’ and the luncheon was held at the Remai Modern. Kubica grew up in the village of Christopher Lake, north of Prince Albert, and her parents still live there. Her two older brothers also live in Saskatoon. A great fit with her agreeable personality, Kubica has always worked in customer service in some capacity. She spent six years as a senior customer service representative with BMO Bank of Montreal at different branches in Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Kubica lives downtown and can easily walk

What’s something people might not know about you? Even though I am known for baking cakes and cupcakes, I don’t actually like to eat cupcakes. What’s your dream job? To be a baker and own my own bakery. Favourite virtue? Honesty. Favourite quality in a man? A sense of humour. Favorite quality in a woman? Positivity. What do you most appreciate in your friends? Willingness to listen and honesty. Plus I like our shared love of food and that my friends are always up to attempt to eat our body weight in sushi! What is your idea of happiness? Living in the Canadian mountains, Canmore in Alberta is my dream place to live. What do you consider your chief characteristic? I’m easygoing and get along with people easily.



Co.Labs Steers Tech Start-Ups Towards Commercialization by Elizabeth Ireland

Co.Labs is Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and has served as a creative collaboration space for 52 tech start-ups in its first 12 months of operation. Companies typically stay at Co.Labs for a defined time of 12 to 15 months and are focused on productbased software or hardware that’s scalable. “Co.Labs is a completely different approach to assisting tech entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan,” says Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director of Co.Labs. Dutchak grew up in Saskatoon and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce. He was also co-founder of Hacking Health Saskatoon and two tech start-ups of his own. Co.Labs began as a grassroots initiative

and officially opened in October 2017 as non-profit that is primarily funded by the provincial and federal government through Innovation Saskatchewan and Western Economic Diversification Canada. Companies are accountable to Co.Labs’ Board of Directors to hit specific milestones, including accelerated growth targets. If a start-up does not progress towards these milestones, in Dutchak’s words, they are “removed to make space for a new startup to take their place; it is a competitive program.” Co.Labs’ Board members are themselves successful tech entrepreneurs and represent some of the province’s largest tech companies. “Co.Labs serves as a guidepost and can provide mentorship by someone with a similar product offering or business model. High-caliber mentorship is immensely important for a tech start-up,” says Dutchak.

Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director, Co.Labs 20 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018

Mentors at Co.Labs have included Saskatoon native Jayesh Parmar, who is CEO and co-founder of the hugely successful Picatic was sold to the NYSElisted company Eventbrite in August 2018. Another mentor is co-founder and CO O Michelle Zatlyn

of Cloudflare Inc. who appears on Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 list (Zatlyn grew up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan). Dutchak is excited to talk about the start-ups currently based at Co.Labs – he describes Townfolio and SafetyTek as two current standouts. Townfolio is led by co-founder and CEO Ryley Iverson. It serves as a community profile network for municipalities and businesses to access hard-to-find public data. Since arriving at Co.Labs, Townfolio has doubled its revenues and was chosen from thousands of applicants to attend Techstars Kansas City Accelerator. Fans of the HBO television show Silicon Valley will know how important these types of accelerator programs are for taking a start-up to the next level. One of the fastest growing early-stage startups in Canada, SafetyTek is headed by cofounder and CEO Ryan Quiring. SafetyTek offers technology for onsite construction workers to meet occupational health and safety compliance. Their team was selected from thousands of applicants to be one of 10 companies at the venture-backed Alchemist Accelerator in the Bay Area. “At Co.Labs we create the sense of urgency that’s essential for a tech start-up to compete against companies based in places like Toronto and San Francisco. The entrepreneurial tech talent is here in our province, it’s the infrastructure and tech-specific support that needs to be there.” Co.Labs Innovation Place 229-116 Research Drive, Saskatoon | @colabsyxe

Watch for future Business Voice columns on what’s happening in Saskatoon’s tech sector!



Downtown Saskatoon – OPEN & INVITING

Downtown Saskatoon is a VIBRANT, exciting place. There are cranes on the skyline, contractors on the sidewalks, and hammers being swung in all sorts of projects – all awaiting their grand openings to host the community they serve. There is unprecedented development in

South Downtown with a 20-storey residential condominium, a 15-storey Alt Hotel, and a 13-storey office tower underway. With Nutrien’s announcement to also build their new headquarters on this site with another 18-storey building, this block will be a busy, URBAN place.

The Princess Shop The Princess Shop Mentorship and Female Youth Development Inc. has been providing an equivalent graduation experience for Saskatchewan’s at-risk female-identified students for 11 years, through a dress lending program (Dress Program) as well as beyond graduation day with mentorship (Fairy Godmother Program), and skill development and scholarship support (Next Chapter Program). To date, 1,030 women have gone through the Dress Program- all of which are eligible for the other two programs offered. The Next Chapter Program has made the most exciting developments since the first scholarship was presented in 2009 by Spa Academy. Since then, over $200,000 has been awarded through many different partnerships with local sponsors, donors, and post-secondary institutions, including the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce! This year, the first housing scholarship was

awarded in partnership with Boardwalk; a Princess Graduate attending post-secondary has been granted 1-year free rent. The Princess Shop is continuing to break down barriers of success with program growth aimed at looking ‘outside the box’. The organization is seeking solutions for affordable childcare and basic necessities such as groceries, and is always interested in additional programming to assist with the ongoing support of the transition from high school to the next chapter of life. Save the Date: 12th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses April 10, 2019 at TCU Place Facebook: princessshopsk Instagram: princessshopsk


A major renovation is underway to the former police headquarters. The River Quarry on 4th will offer a LEED certified, contemporary and modern, UPSCALE office experience for 2019. The very significant multi-million-dollar renovation at Midtown Plaza continues to impress. Their interior and exterior changes will ensure Midtown remains Saskatchewan’s Premier Fashion Destination well into the future. Downtown is the genuine anchor to our city. Downtown contains landmarks, distinctive features, historic places, and provides a unique sense of place. It is home to the performing and visual arts, boutique shopping, authentic restaurants, COLOURFUL events and festivals, and great hotels. We look forward to a renewed conversation around a Downtown Events & Convention Centre and how that will help continue shaping Downtown Saskatoon into the future. Come visit, and BE DOWNTOWN!


Sutherland Business Improvement District It is well known that Saskatoon, in general, has enjoyed some positive economic activity. Sutherland has not been excluded from this growth. One of our initiatives, as a business improvement district, is to establish a broad stakeholder interest to see our area regain its identity as a “small town” in light of all the development occurring elsewhere in the city. We have seen businesses wanting to locate in Sutherland. This includes businesses that have been located in other areas of the city and wanting to move on to Central Avenue. As well, local businesses want to expand but stay in Sutherland. The recent sale of the Sutherland Hotel to the Wasylenko family (of Rayner Agencies) is indicative of a family

business that will continue to be a part of our business community by re-purposing an existing property and achieving the growth they were looking for. Sutherland provides these businesses with a small town feel that fits the areas character in this busy corridor. Central Avenue is a unique centre of local culture and commerce. “Business growth” is the new ‘norm’ in the Sutherland Business Improvement District (SBID).

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D’reen’s Catering

Builds teams over delicious food by Elizabeth Ireland




D’reen has spent 30 years in the Saskatoon food business and she has plenty of stories to tell. She’s served her food to Canadian icons such as Mordecai Richler, Bryan Adams and the Tragically Hip. She’s catered an all-vegetarian wedding and a wedding with traditional Nigerian dishes. And, she’s taught more cooking classes than she can count. D’reen grew up on a small Saskatchewan farm where her hobbies included baking cakes and writing away to companies like Kraft for recipes cards. She fondly remembers introducing fondue to her local 4-H Club.

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D’reen moved to Saskatoon for university, worked in archeology with Parks Canada, and eventually toured around the bakeries and food markets of Europe. “Europe exposed me to a wonderful way of taking the time to enjoy food, versus the North American culture of fast food and eating on the run,” says D’reen. With its culture of siestas and tapas, Spain is still D’reen’s favourite European country – she’s been there five times. “If you’re not careful in Spain, you can end up eating tripe a lot.”

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Back in Saskatoon, hosting her own private parties soon evolved into opening a 28-seat restaurant on Melrose Avenue. “I went straight from eating food to feeding people. On Melrose we had a blackboard menu that was always changing. I brought in ingredients that were new to Saskatoon at the time. Things like muskox, alligator, portobello mushrooms and passionfruit.”


D'reen, D'reen's Catering The Melrose Avenue restaurant was followed by D’reens on Broadway (the location is now the Yard & Flagon Pub), preparing pre-packaged dinners for sale at Costco and a food store. Eventually D’reen went on to manage and cater at the Manhattan Ballroom for five years before she moved back out on her own. D’reen’s Catering spent 10 years at its Avenue B location and now three years on Idylwyld Drive North. This current location has an outdoor patio that’s great for gatherings and BBQs, as well as an ideal spot to grow fresh herbs. The whole space can accommodate up to 30 people.

Team-building cooking classes

With her popular team-building cooking classes, D’reen brings together colleagues, clients and friends for three hours. A menu is chosen to suit the group’s interests and the cost includes a meal, beverages and culinary instruction from D’reen herself. When the group arrives, the cooks-to-be are greeted with beverages and appetizers. At the end of each class the group sits down at three tables, family-style, to enjoy their culinary creations.

Seven thousand people have been through my kitchen with our team-building cooking classes. As an instructor, I take on a character that has elements of Gordon Ramsay and Rachael Ray. It’s a bit twisted but really fun and delicious.

D'reen, D'reen's Catering

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There are 28 themes to choose from, but also some rules (no recipes, no measuring cups and no measuring spoons). Teambuilding groups include corporations, small businesses, sales teams, birthday parties and stagettes.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner

What food trends is D’reen witnessing right now in Saskatoon? “A lot of local produce and meat which is fantastic. When the

economy is so-so, comfort foods are popular since people want to spend quality time with their family and friends. Food trends change quickly these days, but appetizers are always big and so is Mexican cuisine. Vietnamese food is a popular, fresh and light option as well.” D’reen’s Catering has three full-time staff, plus part-time staff and servers. D’reen appreciates the benefits offered through her Chamber membership, especially the excellent options for smaller businesses that want to provide group insurance and health plans for their employees. Her current catering clients are corporations, theatres, store openings, weddings and other special events. D’reen caters Chamber of Tap events on the first Wednesday of every month, as well as other Chamber events. D’reen’s Catering 1508 Idylwyld Drive North (306) 934-0047



We’ll help you make the right impression. Meet Destiny. She wears many hats at the Copper Kettle Restaurant, including the Chef’s. When she’s not in the kitchen, she’s the GM, front of house and Marketing Manager. Recognizing that one woman can only spin so many plates, she asked us to take care of their social media. We give advice on targeting the right audience and create all posts for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Destiny trusts us to authentically reflect the restaurant’s voice and admits their online presence is just as important as the server at the table. Together we make sure they always make the right impression. BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018 29


Chamber Happenings

Chair’s Golf Classic

A full house packed the clubhouse following the annual Chair’s Classic where every team took home an armful of merchandise. A great steak dinner and many laughs rounded out the evening.

Chamber on Tap

Exciting launch to our new season with host Mark Hawes featuring guest Kevin Hall from ACE Manufacturing. LB Distillers generously provided a tasty gift for a lucky winner of our draw. Come out to Chamber

on Tap the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 4:30pm. Dale MacKay from the Grassroots Restaurant Group joins us November 7th.

The Opening of the Final Frontier

If you know the space scene, you certainly have heard of Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA. Extraordinary leadership and vision to spare, Mike and Holly’s presentation left us looking towards the stars.


Over 50 members came out to our refresher and new member orientation in October. Chamber101 is open to all members and takes place on a bi-monthly basis preceding Chamber on Tap. See you in December!

Pulse on Politics

Bringing Canadian political updates to Saskatoon with Minister Carr and Minister Ng as they talked trade and business promotion with the event held at TCU Place. Minister Goodale joined us for lunch at the Remai Arts Centre with update on NAFTA 2.0. The United States-Mexico-Canada or USMCA was finalized earlier this fall.


Chamber Open House

Good vibes all around as Mayor Charlie Clark helped with the official opening of the Chamber’s new location at 345 4th Ave South. The Chamber welcomes you to come stop in for a tour anytime, the coffee is always on! (Photos on opposite page)


Chamber Happenings

Wine for the Open House event supplied by Andrew Peller Ltd.


Chair's Golf Classic Thank you our Sponsors:

The Winning Team: Jeremy Schwartz, Ben Findlay, Jason Davies and Mitch Woloshyn Prize Hole Winners: Mens Closest to the Pin - Ed Blazieko Mens Longest Drive - Rob Johnston Ladies Longest Drive - Monique Neigum Ladies Closest to the Pin - Adele Buettner




















Curbie Curbie was started right here in Saskatoon and has been operating in Saskatchewan for over a year. We built Curbie to take the frustration out of buying and selling used vehicles. Buying a vehicle f rom Curbie: We focus on vetting our inventory for quality. Every vehicle has had 0 accidents, no more than 2 previous owners, and is less than 4 years old. Each car has passed our thorough 240-point inspection. We provide the paperwork for that inspection as well as all the documentation for the history of the vehicles from third parties. Finally, we put weight behind our claims with Curbie's 3-month/10,000 km warranty. Our prices are regularly checked to make sure we have the best price within 500 km. There are absolutely no hidden fees, just the price of the vehicle plus taxes. Once you have selected a vehicle that you love, you put down a small $100 deposit then we deliver it right to your door for a test drive. If you love it, we do up the

paperwork and it’s yours. If you don’t love it, we will give you a full refund and take it back within 7 days. Selling a car to Curbie: We focus on paying sellers fairly and making the experience positive. All you have to do

is provide us with some basic information and pictures of your vehicle. Then we will send you back a fair quote. To make it even easier, we come to your door to pay you and pick up the vehicle. Please visit us at

Jacuzzi Premium Home Leisure What’s up for your backyard?

How about getting smart? An App for your smart phone making your hot tub and even your BBQ more enjoyable and easier to use! SMARTTub™ from Jacuzzi®. A technology that uses Cellular data stream for staying connected reliably to your hot tub from anywhere. This feature will allow you to monitor and adjust temperature, filtration settings, energy consumption even the jets and lights. The system even alerts you’re dealer when you’re hot tub might need attention and allows them to do remote diagnostics! Future enhancements will allow you to purchase water care products, schedule maintenance and monitor water adjustments making owning a hot tub as simple and easy as possible. Smarttub™ even integrates with Amazon Alexa, you can ask “Alexa what’s my hot tub temperature” and get the answer. Even your BBQ is getting smart! Traeger Wood Pellet Grills introduced its WIFIRE™ Timberline connected grills. With an app

on your phone you’re able to download hundreds of recipes and have your Traeger wood pellet grill cook to perfection your ribs, chicken and even that prime rib roast automatically! The Timberline Grills will adjust to different temperatures, for various times as the recipe asks. Run into friends at the Coffee Shop? Turn down the temperature from your phone so dinner is still perfect when you get home. Even the I-Grill from Weber® can be used on ANY BBQ to allow you to program and alert for desired food and BBQ temperature through Bluetooth connection. Like most things these days technology is making your backyard easier and more enjoyable! The food is cooked to perfection and the Jacuzzi is pristine and ready for a


relaxing hot soak to melt away the daily stress, aches and pains or give that watchful eye no matter where you might be! Jacuzzi Premium Home Leisure 101 Idylwyld Dr S, Saskatoon (306) 955-5466


Klassique Designs A Return to Tailored Dressing

In a world of business casual, flex hours and home based operations, women of all ages ponder what to wear to work. In my almost 4 decades of providing upscale work attire options, I have developed a few insights. Clothing makes you perceive the world differently. A new study looks specifically at how formal attire changes people’s thought processes. “Putting on formal clothes makes us feel powerful, and that changes the basic way we see the world,” says Abraham Rutchick, an author of the study and a professor of psychology at California State University, Northridge. Rutchick and his co-authors found that wearing clothing that’s more formal than usual makes people think more broadly and holistically so in psychological parlance, wearing a suit encourages people to use abstract processing. The tailored suit gives every woman’s

wardrobe a professional edge and elegance. A smart, savvy and entrepreneurial woman must look the part. Show your clients, investors and colleagues that you not only respect them but that you mean business. Advances in textiles and design provide “power suits” that are functional and flattering but still comfortable. Endless options exist in terms of styles, fabrics and lengths making it easy to individualize your look. The 15 second window in which people form their first impression of you relies heavily on what you are wearing. It takes much more time to demonstrate your skills and express your personality. Give yourself the best advantage you can in stylish, tailored clothing. Klassique Designs 123 2nd Ave S, Saskatoon (306) 975-3915

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Working for You The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce continues to actively advocate on behalf of its membership. Federal Ministers Talk Trade

In September, the Saskatoon Chamber had the pleasure of hosting two federal cabinet ministers for a fireside chat on trade. The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, took the stage over lunch to deliver their thoughts on international trade. Key topics of discussion included NAFTA renegotiations, the TransPacific trade agreement (CPTPP) and foreign direct investment in Canada.


On October 4th, the Saskatoon Chamber took the opportunity to host a FLASH Event with the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The luncheon discussion focused on the recently negotiated United States-MexicoCanada-Agreement (USMCA) and what it means for Canadians. Minister Goodale referred to the agreement in principle as a good deal and identified vital dimensions to Canada’s negotiating success, including multi-level outreach efforts to connect with American counterparts and the negotiating team’s patience throughout the process. He reflected on the Canadian solidarity that was experienced across the country and noted the support provided by the business community, including the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and multiple Chambers across Canada.

International Connections – China and India

In September, Darla Lindbjerg, CEO of the Saskatoon Chamber, participated in a trade mission to China, promoting the province of Saskatchewan as a place to do business.

Minister Ralph Goodale speaking on USMCA Alongside Premier Moe and numerous local businesses, Ms. Lindbjerg participated in various meetings with Chinese businesses and government officials to discuss potential trade and business development opportunities. Ms. Lindbjerg also attended an informative roundtable discussion with the High Commissioner for India to Canada to discuss innovation and trade opportunities in India.

The Saskatoon Chamber Summit – Your Voice

Join us on November 8th as the Chamber hosts its inaugural SUMMIT. The purpose of the Chamber SUMMIT is to provide an annual forum for our members to convene and raise the most pressing issues facing their businesses today. The SUMMIT will bring together representatives from across our diverse business community and generate strategic discussions on items that will form the basis of the Chamber’s Advocacy platform.

Agri-Food Competitiveness

On Wednesday September 5th, the annual CEO Dinner Super Series was hosted by


the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event featured a panel discussion on the agrifood sector. The panel members included Chuck Magro, President and CEO of Nutrien; Michael Hoffort, President and CEO of Farm Credit Canada; Dr. Maurice Moloney, Executive Director and CEO of the Global Institute of Food Security; and Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Due to the diverse backgrounds and expertise of the panel members, the discussion was extremely informative and offered varied perspectives on agri-food competitiveness. 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.

Join the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce for an adventure to…

CHINA Beijing ● Shanghai

Apr 25 – May 5, 2019 11-day Trip to depart at YXE APT



Suzhou ●


Travel with business leaders and friends for this once in a lifetime China Adventure. Space is limited!

Your Trip Includes:

● Roundtrip International Airfare & Chinese Domestic Airfare & Tax ● 4-and 5-star Hotel Accommodations ● 3 meals/day ● Deluxe Bus Tours ● Fluent English-Speaking Tour Guides ● Entrance Fees for Attractions

Day 1 – Saskatoon/YVR/Beijing Check in at Saskatoon Airport, connected at Vancouver for an afternoon flight. Your adventure begins as you cross the International Dateline! Day 2 - Beijing Arrive in Beijing, the Capital of China. You will be met at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to the hotel. Day 3 – 4 Beijing Visit the Tian An Men Square, the largest square in the world, and the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D., where the emperors prayed to the heavens for a good harvest. Sightseeing today will continue with a tour of the Forbidden City, (Palace Museum) home of 24 emperors with a total space of 9,999 rooms, and the Summer Palace, featuring the Long Corridor with painted gallery, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, Seventeen Arch Bridge and the Marble Boat. Sightseeing also includes Lama Temple. Day 5 - Beijing Tour bus excursion to the Great Wall, the 4,000-mile long and 2,000 year old construction is said to be the only man-made structure visible by the naked eye from the moon. Visit the Ming Tombs. One of the 13 Ming Emperors' Tombs is fully excavated and open for exploration.

The Information Session will be held: Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce 110-345 4th Avenue South Saskatoon, SK Please call Janelle at the Chamber office for details 306-244-2151

Day 6-7 - Beijing/Shanghai/Suzhou Fly to Shanghai, followed by a bus trip to Suzhou for the Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, and the National Embroidery Institute to see silk embroidery, a local craft with thousands of years of history. Dinner this evening will include a show featuring traditional Chinese music. Day 8 - Suzhou/Hangzhou Morning tour bus excursion to Hangzhou for a visit to the Economic Development Zone and the centuries-old Lingyin Temple, featuring a 64.3 foot high camphor-wood carving of Buddha. Day 9 - Hangzhou/Shanghai Morning boat cruise on West Lake with relaxing stopover at jewel-like pagodas and tea houses. Afternoon tour bus trip to Shanghai. Day 10 - Shanghai Visit the Yu Garden, a maze of marvelous pavilions, ponds, rocky works and overarching trees. Also visit the Bund, Shanghai’s famous waterfront park. Tour the Pudong Economic Development Zone. Day 11 - Shanghai/Vancouver/Saskatoon Morning free. Depart for Vancouver in the afternoon, connected fight to Saskatoon on the same day.

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Price reflects Double occupancy Add $500 for single occupancy Add $6,000 to fly Business Class Add $200 to take the Terra-Cotta Warriors Itinerary Valid passport and visa required Free business conference for passengers who require Includes Airport Tax & Air Fuel Surcharge *$100 Additional for Non-Chamber Members *$300 non-refundable deposit due upon booking

Plan now to join Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce group for this once in a lifetime China Adventure. Space is limited. Please Call Janelle at Chamber for details at 306-244-2151 Email: Website: BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018 37


Our first year of executing on the Board’s new strategic plan is well underway! 8th. This event will be instrumental in building the priorities for our advocacy efforts. The Saskatoon Chamber’s advocacy agenda will develop as a result of membership input supported with staff expertise and resources. You will continue to hear your Chamber’s voice echo your concerns on local, provincial, and national business issues. I invite you to attend and be part of the conversation. The Indigenous Economic Growth Committee, co-chaired by Chris Sicotte and Jason Saskatoon Chamber Board Chair Peggie Koenig Aebig, is moving forward and you will hear more about provided me with networking opportunities planned activities in the near future. It was a privilege to join the Chamber with other colleagues through the Chamber management team at the Commerce network. As a result of participating with Executives Canada (CCEC) annual the national network it became very clear conference and the Canadian Chamber of to me that the differentiating value of the Commerce (CCoC) AGM. These events Chamber to membership is the power of a voice for business that extends beyond local to provincial, national and international boundaries. It’s been at full slate of activities and events this fall with promises of more great We are here to serve you, the things to come. Please do come out for the Chamber Summit. I hope to see you there. members, as well as lead the

Saskatoon Chamber forward to the future.

Peggie Koenig, Chair Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


Image: Gina’s Portraits

As with all change, the process has been exciting and energizing, with a few bumps along the way as one would expect with any change process. I am happy to report, the Saskatoon Chamber is on track. A new operations team at the Chamber, under the leadership of our CEO Darla Lindbjerg, is well positioned to take the Chamber forward, the Board of Directors is energized, and members are curious, supportive, and engaged. The Saskatoon Chamber has successfully achieved the goal of finding a new home for staff and operations. Our office space reflects a modern approach to business and is a resource to members who need training or meeting space. Our official grand opening as well as an appreciation reception for members of past committees was a resounding success. Good food and beverages for all. Thank-you to all that attended. The Board has established the mandates and initial membership of two strategic committees; one for the Advocacy agenda and another to develop relationships to support Indigenous Economic Growth. The Advocacy Committee, chaired by Jason Aebig, has been extremely busy planning the inaugural Chamber Summit for November

Best Wishes, Peggie Koenig Peggie Koenig is the Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and President & CEO of Koening & 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.

Chamber Board of Directors Working for You!

Partner MLT Aikins LLP


Together Together We WeGrow Grow


Planting seeds for a better tomorrow.

Together We Grow

Together We Grow

The seeds we plant today hold our dreams and aspirations. At Nutrien, we’re committed to expanding our relationships with Indigenous people globally, including Aboriginal people in Canada, knowing that diversity and inclusion will help us feed the future – together.

Together We Grow Stacy Sutherland Muskeg Lake Cree Nation Treaty 6, Saskatchewan

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