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Darla Lindbjerg, Chief Executive Officer Kendra Cruson, Vice President, Operations Terry Lawrence, Acting Director of Operations Margot Orr, Director of Policy and Government Relations Roz Macala, Executive Assistant Trish Cheveldayoff, Communications Coordinator Janelle Kubica, Member Services Coordinator Henry Buitrago, Creative Coordinator Treena Skaalid, Event & Sponsorship Coordinator


Chair Chris Sicotte - AON 1st Vice-Chair Carla Browne - Real Canadian Property Management Professionals Inc. 2nd Vice-Chair Jason Aebig - Creative Fire Past Chair Peggie Koenig - Koenig & Associates Inc. Executive Sandra Ribeiro - Canadian Light Source Inc. CeCe Baptiste - Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT) Todd A. Denzin - Nutrien Linda Exner - PCL Construction Management Ltd. Katrina German - KatrinaGerman.com Dale Lemke - Quicklinkt Solutions Inc. Adam McInnes - Med Hack Enterprises Incorporated Graham Snell - Saskatoon Aerocentre Colton Wiegers - Wiegers Financial & Benefits Penny Yeager - MLT Aikins LLP

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CHAMBER EVENTS & Connect with the business community and enjoy great food and drinks at Chamber on Tap. Learn Entrepreneur Insights when our host Nadine Kanigan interviews members of the business community. SPEAKER: Andrey Kharitonov, Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. DATE: Wednesday, January 8th SPEAKER: Alex Fallon, SREDA DATE: Wednesday, February 5th



The Technology Panel Saskatoon has been become the hub for technology development and success in the province, often referred to the Silicon Prairie of Canada. Find out what is happening in your own backyard from a tech perspective.

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.

SPEAKERS: Brendan King, Vendasta Jordan Dutchak, Co-Labs

DATE: Wednesday, Fabruary 5th TIME: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm LOCATION: LB Distillers

DATE: Thursday, January 23rd TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm LOCATION: Delta Hotels Marriott


The Money Panel Access to capital is an ever present concern for business owners at all levels. Join us for this expert panel for more information and tools to move your business into the future.

Mayor Charlie Clark gives a progress report on innovation and inclusion at the City of Saskatoon. Hear Mayor Clark’s strategy to unlock the city’s full potential as he discusses smart growth, automation, sustainability, disruptive technology and a changing global economy.

SPEAKER: Shawn Parchoma, Aurora Cannabis

SPEAKERS: Warren Jackson, BDC Greg Yuel, PIC Investments

SPEAKER: Mayor Charlie Clark

DATE: Thursday, February 20th TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm LOCATION: Delta Hotels Marriott

DATE: Thursday, March 26th TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm LOCATION: Saskatoon Inn

DATE: Tuesday, April 9th TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm LOCATION: TCU Place

The Business of Cannabis Recreational Cannabis became legal just over a year ago but the business of Medical Cannabis has had a much longer life. In 1998, CanniMed was founded with its head office right here in Saskatoon. In 2018, CanniMed was acquired for just over $1 billion dollars by Aurora.




Your Voice in Business

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As the voice of business for Saskatoon, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce worked diligently and in the best interest of our business community throughout a year that brought many challenges and changes. Welcome to 2020! A very Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and are looking forward to a successful 2020. The start of a New Year brings a fresh perspective and new initiatives. But, before I share with you the Chamber’s ambitious goals and plans for 2020 and beyond, let’s celebrate the highlights of 2019. 2019 was a year of growth for the Chamber, as well as our community at large. In addition to hosting many quality events throughout the year, the Chamber also stepped up its advocacy efforts. There were several major issues that took up our time and energy. At the federal level, our advocacy efforts focused on the government’s implementation of the carbon tax, Bill C-69 and the federal election. At the provincial level, we focused on the provincial budget and, more recently, Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan for the next decade. At the municipal level, the Chamber dealt with the City of Saskatoon’s Low Emissions Community Plan and the City’s 2020-2021 MultiYear Business Plan and Budget. We focused our attention on public policy in order to foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits everyone. With a New Year, comes New Year’s resolutions. This year, our Board will review the organization’s strategic plan to ensure our resolutions remain relevant and strong. Based on our membership’s direction, we will focus our advocacy work in 2020 around three core areas: competitiveness, efficiency and growth. We are committed to working with our local, provincial and federal governments to: - ensure a more competitive local business environment is created - build an efficient process for doing business - create opportunities for business growth. As we approach both provincial and municipal elections in fall 2020, we will dissect candidate and party platforms to ensure they align with these three core areas of focus. We will also examine how our Chamber can play a positive role in connecting our membership and their businesses to Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan 2020-2030 objectives. This plan forms the basis of our province’s movement towards growth into the next decade.

Darla Lindbjerg, CEO Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce On a personal note, I want to thank our members and the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to serve as President and CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. It’s a privilege for me to be associated with the Chamber, our members, volunteers, and the great work the Chamber does for our businesses and community. We’re always looking for new people to get involved. I encourage anyone who is interested to join us in this worthwhile cause and to step forward and offer their time, talents and experience. Feel free to call our office for more information on the volunteer opportunities that exist at the Chamber. We have a great year planned for the Chamber in 2020. It will be full of engaging events, plenty of opportunities for networking and creating a closer community. And, as always, the Chamber will continue to be a strong advocate for our business community’s interests. Your Chamber is committed to helping you make 2020 your best year ever!

Darla Lindbjerg, President & CEO, Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce




NEW MEMBERS Bella Sante MD Cosmetic & Laser Clinic Provides medically directed non-surgical rejuvenation treatments. 518 Queen St, Saskatoon p: (306) 652-0553 w: www.bellasanteclinic.com Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies AND Health Care - Services / Supplies Buckingham Security A Canadian-based firm that specializes in protecting businesses and governments through intrusion testing, overall risk assessment and active-shooter training, among other strategies. Rod Buckingham p: (306) 551-5286 w: buckinghamsecurity.com Security / Surveillance Systems Build Doctor Technologies Ltd. Supplies custom software design, automation and training; develops technological inventions; and produces digital masterpieces. James Nelson 930 Glacial Shores Manor, Saskatoon p: (639) 317-7722 w: wti.net Computers - Custom Software Canadian Brewhouse (Mcclocklin Rd) One-of-a-kind Canadian themed restaurant and sports bar that has an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, drinks and amazing specials every night of the week. Mitch Fischer / Tracy Scarlett 2120 Mcclocklin Rd, Saskatoon p: (306) 952-0990 w: www.thecanadianbrewhouse.com Restaurants Cruson, Pieter Individual Member Forvest Investments Inc. Clint Forster 1701-60 Saghalie Rd, Victoria p: (250) 477-4948 Property Management 6 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON

Genesis Saskatoon Stress-free customer experience for purchasing your next vehicle. Always exploring ways to bring our brand into customer’s lives in a harmonious way. Garnet Surcon 827 Melville St, Saskatoon p: (306) 260-5079 w: www.genesissaskatoon.ca Automobile - Lease / Rental / Sales AND Automobile - Parts / Repair / Maintenance Global Institute for Water Security Developing the tools and research necessary to help protect our most precious natural resource - water. Palash Sanyal 11 Innovation Blvd. Saskatoon p: (306) 966-7924 w: water.usask.ca Technology Home Care by Doctors Helping your loved ones retain their independence in the environment they live in by providing necessary home and mobility-related assistance, personal and specialized care. Hadi Taherian 420-210 Ave P S, Saskatoon p: (639) 560-4223 w: www.homecarebydoctors.com Health Care - Services / Supplies Karnalyte Resources Inc. Junior potash company. Danielle Favreau 3150B Faithfull Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 986-1486 w: www.karnalyte.com Mining & Exploration Kaylee Smisko Makeup Artistry A small makeup and esthetics studio in Saskatoon offering makeup applications and lessons, facial and body waxing, and artificial nail enhancements. Kaylee Smisko Comp 20 Site 904 RE9, Saskatoon p: (306) 270-3309 w: www.kayleesmisko.com Home-Based Business AND Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies


(October & November) LeaderImpact Helping marketplace leaders explore the relevance of faith in their personal and professional lives. Bobby Mark 122 Victor Heights, Dalmeny p: (306) 227-9438 w: www.leaderimpact.com Non-Profit Organizations Limelight Limos Inc. Taking great pride in what we do and always go the extra mile to please our customers. Our attention to detail and our punctual nature give us the edge over other Saskatoon limousine services. Barette Ferguson 16-330 Haight Cres, Saskatoon p: (306) 250-0100 w: www.limelightlimo.ca Taxi / Limousine Services LSM Commodities An organic and conventional trading company dealing in the food industry, the pet food industry and the animal feed industry. Tia Fahlman 200-1302 8th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 933-0555 w: lsmcommodities.com Agricultural AND Import / Export Midwest Laser Centre A medical cosmetic laser clinic specializing in skin rejuvenation, botox filler and body contouring, as well as treating skin disorders of acne, rosacea and skin lesions. Chantal Schultz / Sabrina Stewart 210-502 Wellman Cres, Saskatoon p: (306) 668-5522 w: midwestlasercentre.com Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies AND Health Care - Services / Supplies


NEW MEMBERS My Canada Payday A leading provider of payday loans in Canada. Offering fast loans in BC, AB, SK, MB, ON and NS. Borrow up to $1500 until your next payday. Approval in 15 minutes. Dale Evans 425-15225 104th Ave, Surrey p: (877) 730-8406 w: www.mycanadapayday.com Financial Services / Planning Outtabounds Ski, snowboard, bike clothing and accessories. Jeff Currie 105 Ave B South, Saskatoon p: (306) 244-7813 w: www.outtabounds.ca Retail - Sporting Goods Peter Lucas Project Management Inc. Provides project management and leadership expertise and horsepower to empower clients to generate creative solutions and execute complex projects. Brandon Harris 300-155 2nd Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 715-4963 w: peterlucas.ca Management Services - Project / Construction Pixy Fashion Parvaneh is the clothing brand with the speciality of designing wedding dresses. Our speciality is to design dresses according to the body shape, height and posture of every individual client. Rouzbeh Asgari 114-3337B 8th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 280-0043 w: www.parvanehfashion.com Retail - Clothing / Costumes

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Saskatchewan Media Production Industry Association (SMPIA) A provincial, member-based non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Established in 1986, SMPIA represents all personnel related to the making and exhibiting. Ken Alecxe 312-1831 College Ave, Regina p: (306) 780-9840 w: www.smpia.sk.ca Associations / Clubs / Organizations

Scotiabank (Stonebridge) A financial institution that provides business advisory services to assist in enhancing performance of business owners. Atul Nayyar 100-3015 Clarence Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 668-1650 w: scotiabank.com Banks / Credit Unions / Financial Institution AND Financial Services / Planning

Saskatchewan Research Council One of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D), and technology commercialization. Erin Taman Athmer 125-15 Innovation Blvd, Saskatoon p: (306) 933-5400 w: www.src.sk.ca Government Agencies - Provincial / Federal

The Smith Investigation Agency Offering a wide variety of investigative services. Surveillance services and first-rate investigative research for corporate and legal sectors as well as private individuals. Whitney Joy Smith 10-345 4th Avenue S, Saskatoon p: (306) 900-5089 w: smithinvestigationagency.com/ Saskatoon Investigations

Saskatoon Transportation Link Developing an Inland Rail Park strategically located in central Saskatchewan that will provide the needed rail-to-land-to-sea distribution connections to transport industry, commodity and retail. Hilary Klassen RM of Blucher, Clavet p: (306) 717-0465 w: saskatoontransportationlink.com Transportation Industry

Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. (River Centre) Combines the strategic insight, range of service offerings, specialized capabilities and industry scale that come from managing a Canada-wide portfolio. Krista Martin 220-115 24th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 242-8555 Property Management

ScirulĂŹn Site Services Ltd. Offers project coordination, planning and scheduling expertise to help our valued clients achieve their immediate and/or long-term goals. Paul Giommi 407 Streb Way, Saskatoon p: (306) 381-8418 Management Services - Project / Construction

Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. (River Landing) High-quality commercial real estate offers an almost unique potential for minimal risk, dependable growth and predictable, reliable returns, year after year. Krista Martin 220-115 24th St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 242-8555 w: www.Triovest.com Property Management




NEW MEMBERS Turner Event Management Provides clients with a variety of services designed to strategically achieve their event marketing and communication goals in the most cost effective manner. Main focus is conference management. Karen Turner 222 Gathercole Cres, Saskatoon p: (306) 683-3663 w: www.turnereventmanagement.com Event Planning AND Consultants – Communications

U of S - College of Nursing The University is committed to prioritizing interprofessional programming and research for Saskatchewan and the coming together of the Health Sciences is a step in the right direction. Dr. Lois Berry 107 Wiggins Rd, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-8749 w: nursing.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan

U of S - College of Kinesiology We lead and inspire movement, health, and performance. Dr. Chad London 87 Campus Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-1105 w: kinesiology.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan

U of S - Division of Science, College of Arts & Science Home to more than 60 programs spread out amongst 15 buildings across campus. With more than 9,000 students, comprising approximately 45% of the total student population at the university. Arts 235.3-9 Campus Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-8521 w: www.artsandscience.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan

U of S - College Of Law The oldest law school in Western Canada, exemplifying a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Martin Phillipson 15 Campus Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-5869 w: law.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan U of S - College of Medicine Leaders in improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Saskatchewan and the world. Box 19 5D 40 Health Science Bldg, 107 Wiggins Rd, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-2673 w: medicine.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan


U of S - Innovation Enterprise Commercialization of university technologies. 250-15 Innovation Blvd, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-1465 w: www.research.usask.ca/ie Technology AND University Of Saskatchewan U of S - Native Law Centre Facilitates access to legal education for Indigenous peoples, to promote the development of the law and the legal system in Canada in ways which better accommodate the advancement of Indigenous people. Marilyn Poitras Room 160 Law Bldg,15 Campus Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-6189 w: www.usask.ca/nativelaw Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan


(October & November) U of S - Office of the University Secretary A key link between the executive leadership and governance of the university, facilitating the activities of the Board of Governors, Senate, General Academic Assembly and University Council. 105 Administration Pl, Room E259, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-2428 w: secretariat.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan U of S - Office of the VP Research Building on a dynamic research culture that enriches the academic experience for our students, creates new knowledge across a broad array of disciplines, and helps our economic and social vitality. Karen Chad 201-107 Administration Pl, Saskatoon p: (306) 966-8514 w: vpresearch.usask.ca Non-Profit Organizations AND University Of Saskatchewan UEX Corporation A Canadian junior exploration company with a diverse portfolio of uranium and cobalt-nickel projects in the Saskatchewan Athabasca Basin. Linda Frank / Roger Lemaitre 200-3530 Millar Ave, Saskatoon p: (306) 979-3849 w: www.uexcorp.com Mining & Exploration Universal Immigration Consultancy Ltd. Offers services regarding immigration to Canada and recruitment services to individuals and families living inside and outside Canada. Paramjit Kaur 4-3000 Diefenbaker Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 836-3247 w: www.uicimmigration.com Consultants



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We Move A fitness studio with 70+ class times to choose from in 4 major categories: Adult Fitness, Kids Dance, Pre & Postnatal Fitness, and Music Together; an internationally acclaimed family music program. Kelly Duncalfe 175-2325 Preston Ave S, Saskatoon p: (306) 250-7885 w: www.wemovesk.com Health & Fitness Western Information Management Inc. (WesternIM) An information management consulting company offering a wide range of services for solving every day as well as unique and challenging unusual issues raised by our clients. Brian Heinz 105-110 Research Dr, Saskatoon p: (306) 384-6868 w: www.westernim.com Consultants WhiteHot Smile Teeth Whitening Service Would you like a WhiteHot Smile? All our teeth whitening gels and mouth trays are made from the purest and freshest carbamide hydrogen peroxide solutions. Karen Turner 222 Gathercole Cres, Saskatoon p: (306) 242-6987 w: www.whitehotsmileteethwhiteningsa skatchewan.com Cosmetic / Esthetic - Services / Supplies Wild Spirit Education Ltd. Offers a variety of programs for children ages 1-year to 13-years and provide an enriched environment where there is much to learn with care, love and excitement. Christa Folster 3002 Taylor St E, Saskatoon p: (306) 290-7206 w: wildspiriteducation.com Education / Training

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101065586 Saskatchewan Ltd. 14North Construction Ltd. 3twenty Modular A-1 Trailer & Truck Repair Ltd. ABC Canada Technology Group Ltd. Action Office Interiors Adams Lumber (1982) Ltd. Advertising ONE Affinity Credit Union Al Anderson's Source For Sports Alexander's Restaurant Apex Project Services Ltd. AssemblŽe Communautaire Fransaskoise ATL Heritage Services Corp. Aurora Workplace Solutions Inc. Baker Tilly SK LLP BarterPay Saskatoon Bath Fitter Best Western Plus Airport Inn Suites Beverly Ashdown Day Spa Ltd. Bit Service Company Ltd. Black Fox Farm & Distillery Booth Burnett Insurance Ltd. Brainsport The Running Store Bridge Carriers Inc. Bridges Health Broadway Business Improvement District Buckwold - Western Business Plan Genius Ltd. Can-West Agencies Ltd. Canadian Western Bank and Trust Canpotex Limited CBI Health Group Christian Counselling Services Circle Dr & 8th Street Dental City of Saskatoon - Assessment Branch City of Saskatoon - Saskatoon Land Coldwell Banker Signature Comfort Suites Saskatoon Concentra Bank Concorde Group of Companies Confederation Inn CPHR Saskatchewan Credit Bureau Collections Crown Investments Corporation CTV Bell Media Culligan Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.

Deloitte LLP Delta Bessborough Denovo Window & Door Inc. Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. Desta Consulting Ltd. Don Morgan - Minister of Labour Relations and Work Place Safety Dream Home Appraisal Co. Ltd. Dutch Growers Garden Centre Ltd. Ecobain Gardens EJS Equipment Services Ens Auto ERCO Worldwide, A division of Superior Plus LP Evident - Corporate Investigations & Security Consulting Excelsior Mechanical Inc. EY Farms and Families of North America Inc. Fire Sand Glass Ltd. Food Centre Furniture World, Bridge City Ltd. Gensource Potash Corporation German Cultural Centre GetintheLoop GFG Resources Inc. Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre Inc. Government of Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Immigration Government of Saskatchewan - Ministry of Trade and Export Development Great Western Brewing Company Limited Greenlight Truck & Auto Hnatyshyn Gough Home-MD Construction Corp. HOPE Hair Recovery HSBC Bank Canada Hues Art Supplies Hundseth Line Construction Corp. IMP Canada & Mercan Group of Companies Impark Innovation Place International Road Dynamics (IRD)




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It's a Dog's Life Pet Grooming Inc. J-S Gauthier Creative Services Inc. J.O.B. Heating & Air Conditioning (2011) Inc. Kinakin Entertainment Konica Minolta Business Solutions (Canada) LTD. Laser Impressions Inc. Lawson Heights Mall Lean Practitioners Association of Saskatchewan (LPAS) Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing (Canada) Ltd. Listowel Trophies Ltd. Loraas Disposal North Ltd. Louac Investments Inc. LutherCare Communities Mac & Sons Plumbing & Heating Marcel de la Gorgendiere McKercher LLP MCP Talent Entertainment & Speakers Bureau Medicine Shoppe #203 Michael Rogalski Mid-West Group of Companies Mid-West Railcar Services (2001) Ltd. MisterPrint - PrintWest MNP LLP Norplex Business Centre North Atlantic Potash Inc. North Country Customs North Prairie Developments Ltd. Nu-Fab Building Products - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry OBASA Corporate Suites Inc. Orano Canada Inc. Oxygen Technical Services Ltd. (Saskatoon) Paceline Advisors Ltd. Paramount Day Spa & Salon Park Funeral Chapel Peace Hills Trust Company Percy H. Davis Ltd. Persephone Theatre Pinnacle Distribution Saskatoon PINTER & Associates Ltd.


Platinum Homes Plus Inc. Polar Refrigeration Service Ltd. Prairie Proud Prairie Wild Consulting Co. Pro AV R.M. of Corman Park Ramada Hotel - Saskatoon Regency Gaming Ind. Royal University Hospital Foundation Inc. Sabtronic Systems Inc. Samaritan Place Corp. Saskatchewan Blue Cross Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation Inc. Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) Saskatchewan Intercultural Association Saskatchewan Lotteries Saskatoon Aerocentre Saskatoon Airport Authority Saskatoon Auto Connection Inc. Saskatoon Community Foundation Saskatoon Construction Association Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre Saskatoon Funeral Home Co. - Prairie View Crematorium Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Saskatoon Hyundai Saskatoon Open Door Society Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon Public Schools Saskatoon School of Horticulture Scotia Wealth Management Scotiabank Secrets Hair & Esthetics Studio SGI West Claims Centre Sharie Ryon Sheri Willick, REALTOR¨ SHIFT Restaurant Smokes Poutinerie Star Egg Company Stephen H. Walker Sterling Homes Ltd. Stor-All Mini Storage LLP


Sutherland Business Improvement District Sutton Benefits & Pension TAM International Inc. TCU Place TD Commercial Banking The Barrister Group The Flag Shop The Lemon Tree Salon & Studio Ltd. The Link Office Hub The Saskatoon Colostrum Company Ltd. Thomson Jaspar & Associates TLC Grooming Tourism Saskatoon U of S - College of Agriculture and Bioresources U of S - College of Engineering U of S - President's Office U of S - Vice-President Finance & Resources United Way of Saskatoon and Area Universal Bindery (Sask) Ltd. Valerin Technologies Ltd. Van Norman Developments Inc. VB Strategic Planning Solutions Victory Majors Investments Corporation Walsh Nemeth & Co. Wells Interiors Inc. Westwood Funeral Chapel Whitecap Development Corporation Willowgrove Medical Group Wilton Academy of Music Inc. Wine 4 You Wrublnet Holdings Corp.





Lawrence Roberts Executive Director – BNI Saskatchewan

When it comes to me, there is not much to say, I’m rather boring, but what I could talk about forever is, the great BNI members we have in the Province. Members of BNI in Saskatchewan have referred over $3.5 million dollars of business to each other in the last 12 months. Business professionals from a variety of industries are supporting each other and helping each other increase sales, through a structured word-of-mouth marketing system, that is BNI. They are building better communities, by creating jobs, supporting local charities and creating national connections. Changing the Way, the World does Business. Check out www.bnisk.ca to learn more. www.molenaarrealty.com

Jolene Watson – Clarity Coaching

Jolene Watson is a local, in-demand professional speaker and trainer. She has notable expertise in the areas of networking etiquette, customer service, presentation skills, Myers-Briggs® personality profiling and stress management. Through Clarity Coaching & Development, she offers team building workshops, keynote presentations and seminars across Canada. Jolene is very proud to be from the prairies and honored to have been a finalist in the 2019 SABEX Awards in the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category! UPCOMING EVENTS: February 11th, ‘Creating Connections: First Impressions Matter’ Networking Skills Seminar February 10th & 12th, Presentation Skills Course: Level 1 and 2 www.jolenewatson.com


Brooke Bulloch, RD (BSc), CEO at Food to Fit Nutrition Inc. manages a team of Registered Dietitians who translate nutrition science into practical messaging, planning and eating. Nutrition counseling is focused on self discovery, food peace, curiosity, and improving health behaviours. We primarily support individuals or family members with: • Food relationship counseling including intuitive eating therapy • Eating disorders • Introducing solids to infants • Toddler or childhood food struggles or aversions • Irritable bowel syndrome • Polycystic ovary syndrome • Correcting abnormal lab results Self confidence and improved mental and physical wellness start with a healthy relationship with food. www.foodtofit.ca

Edwards School of Business

The Edwards School of Business is pleased to announce the 2020 InVentureSASK Business Plan Competition. InVentureSASK is an exciting opportunity for university students to submit a business plan and pitch a venture in front of experienced entrepreneurs, potential investors, and the Saskatoon business community. The competition finale and pitch event will take place at Prairieland Park on March 18, 2020 and the winning team will receive a grand prize of $10,000. Please join us in celebrating the entrepreneurial achievements of our students and the next generation of business professionals. www.edwards.usask.ca/entrepreneur BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON




Is your phone within reach? We already know the answer, yes! Today's need for mobile marketing is the new must for businesses just like the age of website presence. When Shauna Sereda, GetintheLoop's local owner was introduced to GetintheLoop she immediately fell in love with the product from both a consumer and a business perspective. GetintheLoop has experienced immediate success labeling them as the fastest growing franchise in Canada.

GetintheLoop is smart marketing; an intelligent mobile marketing platform that connects businesses with local consumers allowing businesses to deliver real time experience and offers directly to the mobile phones of engaged consumers. Consumers download and use the app for free, which leads to creating an environment that sparks local buying and community involvement. Call Shauna to learn more or download GetintheLoop in your app store. www.getintheloop.ca

Global Infobrokers Inc.

2020 marks 30 years Global Infobrokers Inc. has been serving entrepreneurs in the province through its Praxis School of Entrepreneurship startSMART program – an immersion experience where entrepreneurs train, coach and support other entrepreneurs. We have worked with over 1,000 people from a wide variety of backgrounds as they take their ideas, and within a cohort of their peers, bring them to life through an intentional, practical, research based and intensive process. Today they serve clients, create jobs, build their local and broader communities, and make a difference. They are our purpose. We look forward to continuing our journey as we walk alongside the changemakers! Monica Kreuger, Founder/Chief Visionary Officer, Global Infobrokers Inc., Home of the Praxis Group of Schools

MidWest Laser Centre

MidWest Laser Centre has been at the forefront of cosmetic technologies and treatments for over three decades. One of the first laser clinics in Canada, it opened its doors in 1988. MidWest’s goal is to help patients achieve and maintain a refreshed, natural look. Dr. Sabrina Stewart and her team specialize in non-invasive cosmetic procedures including Thermage, Botox and dermal fillers, as well as laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, body contouring, and more. Let our experienced staff help you define a treatment plan that suits your needs and lifestyle. MidWest Laser Centre: “It’s about how you feel every day”. www.midwestlasercentre.com 12 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON


Ideas Inc.

Cutting the BS. New Entrepreneurship School is now in session! Depesh Parmar, Executive Director of Ideas Inc. launched a new program called School for Startups, with the first cohort in September 2019. Aspiring entrepreneurs were offered in-class training in launching a start-up, including business coaching, and knowledge in areas such as legal, accounting and banking. Instructors from within the community offered practical knowledge throughout the 12-week course. Parmar, describes School for Startups as “a straightforward and practical, accelerated program, without the BS.” A fully fleshed out business plan was the end result of each student. Enrollment information and application: schoolforstartups.ca. Class will be back in session in April 2020!

Phoenix Movement & Learning Ltd

Patrick Hill of Phoenix Movement & Learning Ltd has been practicing the Anat Baniel Method®, ABM®, since 2015. The Anat Baniel Method®, ABM®, is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. ABM® is an approach where we learn to perceive subtle differences in how we move. ABM® is a form of learning, it's about movement, touch and the 9 essentials to help the brain do its job better to make sense of its world and figure out solutions to an individual's unique issues. Hill is currently working in a research project with leading neuroscientists from across North America bringing this form of learning into the school system. www.bimt.ca



Levis Media

Remember back when the technological world was bursting with excitement that the advent of personal computers would unshackle us from our long workdays? How is that going for everyone? At the risk of doubling down on what seems to be a lost dream, as a Saskatoon based tech company, we really do think

there is potential for software to release us from the drudgery of repetitive work, letting computers do the truly boring stuff we hate. Websites. Apps. Custom software for business management. We promise there is potential there for every industry. Let’s do this (again). www.levismedia.com

Saskatoon Home Support

Saskatoon Home Support is a family owned business that has been providing private care for seniors for over 30 years. Our management team has over 50 years of experience in community and home care. Our main goal is to provide tailored care to suit each senior’s unique needs as they continue to live comfortably in their own home. Saskatoon Home Support personally matches the right caregiver suited to your loved one’s needs. Are you a baby boomer? Give us a call and start with some basic services so we get to know you. That will help to ensure a smooth transition as time progresses and your care needs increase. www.saskatoonhomesupport.ca

ProActive Fitness

Shelley Turk opened ProActive Fitness in October 2015 with a mission to “change the way Saskatoon ages.” At ProActive, we specialize in Small Group Training, Private Personal Training and Tai Chi for people over 50 and can accommodate all levels, from frail to super-fit. Our trainers are all Certified Functional Aging Specialists and we have four who are Certified Exercise Physiologists. We get to know our members and provide personalized instruction in all the sessions we offer, from chair-based Foundations all the way up to our Advanced Bootcamp. Groups are small so we can ensure your safety and your results! www.proactivefit.ca







We Move SK

We Move SK is a family friendly studio located in Market Mall offering seventy + class times to choose from each week. We offer four major categories: Adult Fitness, Pre and Postnatal Fitness, Kids classes, and Music Together; an internationally acclaimed family music program. If you love to work out, move, dance, and/or sing;

our team of certified instructors, personal trainers, physiotherapists, nurses, and dance professionals will guide you safely through each class and aid you with your goals, big or small! Winter classes starting January 6th! We play, We learn, We grow, We Move! www.wemovesk.com


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True Potential Health Services

Fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, depression, gut problems and pain – if you can relate to any of these health challenges, you aren’t alone. The team at True Potential Health Services have helped countless clients over the years with these very challenges and more. Bottom line – we want you to feel better. We help you get to the bottom of why you might not be feeling at the top of your game using a combination of conventional and functional medicine lab testing, physical assessment and customized treatment recommendations. Check with your insurance provider as many private health care plans have coverage for naturopathic health care services. You deserve to feel happy, healthy and energetic, and we can help you get there. www.truepotentialhealth.com

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Meewasin Valley Authority

Meewasin is celebrating 40 years of stewarding the South Saskatchewan Valley corridor. Over the last four decades Meewasin has contributed significantly to the economic, environmental and community climate in Saskatoon area. In 2017 the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) completed an Economic Impact Study that valued the natural capital in the Meewasin Valley. The Valley was calculated as providing $182.65 million per year in ecosystem services to the City of Saskatoon and surrounding area

including air purification, carbon storage, waste treatment, biodiversity and erosion control. The Meewasin Trail has seen up to 1.4 million trail users per year and Meewasin sites such as Beaver Creek and Cranberry Flats Conservation Areas, the Northeast Swale and the Meewasin Skating Rink are some of the most highly rated tourist and recreational attractions in the Saskatoon region. These are major amenities for employers to attract and keep quality talent while enjoying a wonderful quality of life. Our partnerships with the business community are invaluable. There are a variety

of events organized throughout the year where we rely on sponsorships and partnerships to make successful and we are so lucky to have a generous community. Meewasin also offers a variety of teambuilding activities and tours if you are interested in taking your next event or team building activity outdoors! As the landscape of our great region changes Meewasin remains committed to connecting our community to natural, historical and cultural assets; looking to the future and building plans to meet the demands of our growing city and region.




Donald Physiotherapy Offers Full Family Care Family Treating Family by Elizabeth Ireland




It seems only f itting when a family care-focused business is owned and operated by a family. Donald Physiotherapy, located in Saskatoon’s growing Stonebridge neighbourhood, is just that. Trevor Donald and his wife Michelle are co-owners of the business and they are both physiotherapists. The clinic also employs six other physiotherapists, a massage therapist and four administrative staff. Trevor is from the small agricultural town of Star City. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Michelle was born and raised in the city of Saskatoon. She also graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, after completing an undergraduate degree in Physiology.

Interestingly, the couple first met playing slo-pitch and outside of the physiotherapy sphere. They now live on an acreage east of the city and have two young children. “We work off of each other’s strengths and put trust in each other to continually move the business forward,” says Michelle. Both Trevor and Michelle are certified in acupuncture and the Gokavi Transverse Technique of dry needling. They also operate a second physiotherapy clinic in Davidson, Saskatchewan. Their clients are quick to recommend the clinic’s knowledgeable and caring approach to individual treatment.

Growing a Business

The business opened its doors in 2014, “quickly grew” and doubled its Stonebridge clinic space two years later. Donald Physiotherapy provides treatment for the clients traditionally associated with physiotherapy. For example, clients who have experienced workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents or sport injuries. “Our treatment plan is dependent on the individual client and tailored to each client’s needs,” says Michelle. In Saskatchewan, most insurance plans provide coverage for physiotherapy and massage therapy. A physician’s referral is not required to book an appointment with Donald Physiotherapy; most clients self-refer and hear of the clinic through word of mouth. However, some insurance plans may require a referral for coverage and Trevor and Michelle recommend that clients check their individual plan. Trevor describes the diversity of the clinic’s clients: “We’ve worked with clients from six days old to 99 years old.” The couple emphasizes that parents are encouraged to “bring their kids with them” for treatment sessions.



We work off of each other’s strengths and put trust in each other to continually move the business forward.

Michelle Donald, Donald Physiotherapy

Image: Saskatoon Chamber

Donald Physiotherapy does a lot of work with young mothers, including prenatal and postnatal treatments. Pelvic health is an area of professional focus for Michelle. This includes specialized assessment and treatment of the pelvis and pelvic floor muscle group. For women, common pelvic health concerns can include urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. For men, it’s common for prostate issues to cause urinary incontinence.

COVE R STORY Saskatoon. GLA:D is an evidence-based program for treating and managing of osteoarthritic symptoms (the program is licensed to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation). Rooted in education and exercise, the GLA:D program addresses the symptoms of hip and knee osteoarthritis with the aim of decreasing pain and improving quality of life.

Workplace Wellness

Trevor enjoys working with employers and groups of employees to promote workplace health and wellbeing. He has done numerous injury prevention seminars for employees, including at SaskPower and the provincial Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure.

Image: Saskatoon Chamber

Trevor’s seminar speaking points include safe work postures, the principles of lifting and moving objects, using lifting/moving equipment, preventing slips, trips and falls, and teaching preventative exercises. “I hope employers and employees can identify injury risks and patterns and, as a result, have the ability to develop an effective preventative approach to workplace wellbeing,” says Trevor.

“Recently, social media has increased awareness of pelvic health issues. It used to just be viewed as a rite of passage for women who gave birth. Pelvic health treatment can include manual therapy, education and exercises of varying degree. I believe that pelvic health issues can be delayed, if not prevented, through education and exercise,” says Michelle.

Let’s Dance

Donald Physiotherapy also works with children and a lot of young dancers. Two of their longstanding commitments are to the River City School of Irish Dance and Dance Elements. In this way, Trevor and Michelle are supporters of Saskatoon’s dance community through sponsorship, medical coverage and seminars on injury prevention specific to dance (particularly foot, ankle and knee injuries). Despite its reputation as a burgeoning neighbourhood full of young families, Stonebridge is also notable for its seniors’ residences. LutherCare Village at Stonebridge, Stonebridge Crossing Retirement Community and Trinity Manor at Stonebridge are three examples. Donald Physiotherapy gives a free seminar once a month on various wellness topics at LutherCare Village (which is located just around the corner from their clinic).

The clinic’s own employee wellness initiatives include fruit bowls and healthy snacks, seminars and monthly mentorship opportunities. “We believe in creating a positive workplace culture and hiring our employees for cultural fit. We treat families so we operate as a family,” explains Michelle. The business has been a member of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce since soon after they opened their doors. Their employees receive benefits through the Chamber’s plan. They also appreciate the Chamber’s advocacy efforts on behalf of Saskatoon’s small businesses. Donald Physiotherapy has been finalists in different SABEX awards categories over the past few years. In 2019, they were SABEX award finalists in the Customer Service category. “We focus on each client’s quality of life – what makes them tick. What is the client’s why? Is it returning to a specific sport or is it achieving a certain quality of life post-injury?” says Trevor. In addition, Donald Physiotherapy is a certified provider of Sigvaris compression socks (the company is Swiss). The socks are available in varying compression strengths for conditions such as diabetes, as well as for athletics and long-haul travel. Finally, what’s next for Trevor and Michelle Donald? “Business expansion is not on our near horizon, but you never know,” says Michelle. Donald Physiotherapy #80-3211 Preston Avenue, Saskatoon www.donaldphysiotherapy.com (306) 933-3372

Donald Physiotherapy works frequently with clients with arthritis. In fact, Donald Physiotherapy is one of only two GLA:D Canada accredited sites in Saskatchewan and the only one located in BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON





Working for You The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce continues to actively advocate on behalf of its membership. Recent items to highlight include the following: Municipal Budget Task Force

Prior to Saskatoon’s Municipal Multi-Year Business Plan and Budget deliberations, the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee assembled a Municipal Budget Task Force to assess the budget and compare it to the Chamber’s three advocacy pillars. Based on direction from our members, these pillars are competitiveness, efficiency and growth. The Task Force administered a survey duplicated from the Civic Satisfaction & Performance Survey put forward by the City of Saskatoon.

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Our survey findings indicated that, according to Chamber members, the City’s priorities should be as follows: 1. Crime and safety 2. Taxes being too high 3. Downtown development. In addition to the survey, a scorecard was prepared with overall scores of a) fair for

competitiveness, b) fair for efficiency, or c) poor for growth. Since the budget is multiyear in nature, a mid-point review will take place. During this mid-point review, the Task Force will once again assess the City of Saskatoon’s performance compared to the Chamber’s three advocacy pillars. Chamber to advocate for policy changes that allow SMEs greater access to capital, more procurement opportunities and additional incentive programs. Over the past year, political and economic instability has plagued our country and our province. The Chamber will continue to support strong fiscal policies that encourage certainty, as well as investment in our province. Efficiency of processes – at all government levels – will continue to be a priority as we enter 2020. Reductions in red tape, along with access to government administration and officials, are crucial for efficient business practices.

Chamber SUMMIT

The second annual Chamber SUMMIT took place on November 7, 2019. The event debuted the Chamber’s advocacy agenda for 2020 to our members. The Chamber continues to promote a competitive local business environment through taxation policies, seeking solutions to interprovincial

trade barriers, supporting trade diversification, and advocating for pipelines as another means to transport goods to market. Seventy percent of Saskatoon’s businesses consist of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, it’s important for the

Going forward, the Chamber will advocate for continued growth through workforce development. A specific focus will be placed on attracting and sustaining a skilled workforce, continuous innovation and encouraging investment. Another priority is working to address crime and safety, particularly in Saskatoon’s downtown core.




Inclusion Saskatchewan

Choices. Opportunity. Inclusion. Life should offer these things – to all of us. Inclusion Saskatchewan is a non-profit association working to make this vision a reality for individuals with intellectual disabilities across Saskatchewan.

Formerly the Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, we changed our name to Inclusion SK in 2018 to reflect the greatest desire of the people we support: to be valued, supported and included members of our society.

We have come a long way in the 65 years since Dr. John Dolan decided his daughter had a right to an education, and with other parents, founded our association to achieve his goal of education for all. About 23,000 people in Saskatchewan have an intellectual disability, and many still encounter barriers to living a full life in the community. Inclusion SK connects people to available supports and develops solutions to systemic problems that affect people who have intellectual disabilities, in areas ranging from income support, education, health, housing, justice, and employment, and transitioning from high school to adult life. We invite you to discover the power of inclusion by coming to an Inclusion Tour, a one-hour lunch-and-learn event offered monthly in our Saskatoon office. RSVP at https://www.inclusionsk.com/getinvolved.

Age-friendly Communities: Everyone Wins Age-friendly cities are great places to “grow up and grow old.” The City of Saskatoon received the Age-Friendly Recognition Award from the Province of Saskatchewan on December 3, 2019. The award recognizes communities that take sustainable actions to become age-friendly. Led by the Saskatoon Council on Aging [SCOA], the Age-Friendly Saskatoon Initiative [AFSI] aimed for community change to establish Saskatoon as an age-friendly city. The City collaborated with the project and implemented key recommendations. AFSI has many success stories. SCOA’s health and wellness programs such as SCOA Globe Walk and Seniors Neighbourhood Hub Clubs emerged from AFSI recommendations. Due to the contributions of older adult volunteers, the project changed community conversations about growing older in Saskatoon. Society must adjust its attitudes towards aging for change to happen. Growing older should be viewed as a natural part of life, not a liability. Older adults stay healthier 22 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON

and happier when they participate in the community and connect with others. Staying active, engaged and informed supports positive aging and improves quality of life for everyone. That is what SCOA’s work is


all about. The Saskatoon Council on Aging promotes positive aging for all in an age-friendly community. To find out more visit scoa.ca.


STARS Saskatchewan’s far-reaching rural population is often challenged by a lack of quick access to emergency health care. That’s why since 2012 STARS, a non-profit, charitable air ambulance service, has been an invaluable part of the chain of survival in the province. But STARS is not only for those who reside in rural areas. Wade Cassidy lives in Saskatoon, and his work takes him on the road throughout Saskatchewan. In addition, he and his family spend summer weekends at their cabin on Chitek Lake. At 42 years old, Wade was in good health. However, while lifting his boat dock out of the water in September 2018, he suddenly felt dizzy, nauseous and experienced intense pain in his chest. As he lay on the dock in pain, he thought to himself, “I’ve got two young kids, a wife, everything to live for. I refuse to accept that this is the end.” Thanks to the quick response of his family, neighbours, local EMS and STARS, Wade fought for his life, survived cardiac arrest

and underwent emergency surgery at Royal University Hospital. Wade was told that without his rapid transport by STARS, he most likely would not have survived. “I owe my life to STARS,” he said.

STARS receives 50 per cent of its operating budget from the Government of Saskatchewan. It fundraises for the remaining $10.5 million required annually to run its two Saskatchewan bases. STARS.CA

Act FAST to save lives! women over 65, it can happen to anyone. Mike Pozzo was only 40 years old, as a firefighter he stayed in good shape and had no known risk factors. Stroke is a medical emergency. The faster someone gets medical help, the better their chances of a full recovery. Knowing the signs and calling 9-1-1 can make the difference between life and death, or between full recovery and lasting disability. That’s why teaching the FAST signs of stroke is a key priority for Heart & Stroke in Saskatchewan. And we’re so fortunate to have support this year from the Government of Saskatchewan to deliver this life-saving knowledge across the province.

In February 2018, then 8-year-old Max Pozzo learned the FAST signs of stroke at his Calgary school’s Jump Rope for Heart assembly. Just five days later, his dad, Mike, had a stroke – and Max jumped into action.

Because Max was now able to recognize the signs of stroke and knew to call 9-1-1, his dad received speedy treatment at the nearest stroke centre and has recovered fully. While stroke is most common in men and

FAST is an easy-to-remember acronym: Face – is it drooping? Arms – can you raise both? Speech – is it slurred or mumbled? Time – to call 9-1-1. Learn more at www.heartandstroke.ca/fast




Imagine That Media Sustaining business growth through hard work and dedication

Images: Saskatoon Chamber

by Elizabeth Ireland




Sixteen years ago, Laurie Walling founded the sign shop Imagine That Media in Saskatoon. Laurie had 20 years of previous experience in the printing business, on the accounting side. Shortly after the company began operating, Laurie’s husband Wayne left his previous job to join the growing company. Wayne then became a full partner in the business. Today, Imagine That Media prides itself on creating a one-of-akind experience for promotional products, branded clothing, signs, banners, printing and tradeshow displays. The company remains family-owned and operated. “We have a full sign department where we can make indoor and outdoor signs, as well dress up your truck or company car. We also supply many small businesses with decals to identify their products. We have a large selection of vinyl materials and we have vinyl that can be heat-transferred onto clothing products. At our Quebec Avenue showroom, there is a whole wall of vinyl colors to choose from!” says Walling.

All in the family

After both of Laurie’s daughters graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, they began working at Imagine That Media. Many days, one or two grandchildren also show up at the showroom. Laurie and Wayne’s friendly dog Baxter comes to work every day as well. Wayne jokes that Baxter is “the only other male in the office.” Imagine That Media’s customers are a cross-section of educational institutions, member-based organizations, and small and mediumsized businesses. Customers tend to be local, with the emphasis on serving Saskatoon and the surrounding area. Currently, about 30 percent of the company’s business is signage, banners and vehicle graphics. The other 60 to 70 percent is branded promotional items such as clothing, bags, pens and water bottles. “Our growth has been through word-of-mouth, by providing our customers with a good product and paying our suppliers on-time. As a family, we care about our company,” says Walling.



Location, location, location

“Our showroom’s location on a corner on Quebec Avenue is definitely an advantage. We have lots of drive-by traffic and parking is easily available. There is also plenty of room to load and unload shipments,” says Walling. Another smart business decision that Walling made was purchasing the building itself (one side of the building is leased out to three other tenants). In terms of its relationship with the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Imagine That Media has been Chamber members since Walling opened her doors. Her staff receive group insurance and benefits through the Chamber’s plan.

PROFILE In 2007, the business won the Customer Service & Small Business SABEX Award. Beside the SABEX Award on the showroom’s wall, is a picture of Aden Bowman – Wayne’s grandfather and one of Saskatoon’s earliest business and civic leaders (Bowman passed away in 1957). To ensure quality, Walling explains the way that the promotional products industry functions is that companies are members of the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). According to its website, “ASI’s mission is to be the trusted partner of the promotional products industry by fostering its success every step of the way.” Without proper accreditation, a business like Imagine That Media cannot place an order with a promotional products supplier. “We pride ourselves on our company’s fair pricing and proven track record with our customers. We’re also proud to work with Canadian suppliers, or US suppliers with Canadian distribution channels,” summarizes Walling.

Images: Saskatoon Chamber

Imagine That Media 1636 Quebec Avenue, Saskatoon (306) 244-1380 info@imaginethatsask.ca www.imaginethatsask.ca Imagine That Media’s showroom is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by appointment.













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Co.Labs is California Dreaming by Elizabeth Ireland

Winter is fully upon us and Jordan Dutchak, Executive Director of Co.Labs in Saskatoon, looks back fondly at The Tech Trip 2 (TTT) held this past October in northern California. TTT is an entrepreneurship and business expansion program where Saskatchewanbased tech start-ups join representatives from SREDA and Co.Labs in San Francisco to meet with high-impact mentors and potential investors. This year, four companies went on TTT – BetterCart, Saskatchewan Home Buyers’ Guide, Todai and Hugr. Moose Jaw-based entrepreneur, Joel Pinel, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Todai, as well as the owner of Wow Factor Media. Todai is an artificial intelligence software platform that was developed to work alongside an organization’s human resources team and management to offer real-time insights into company culture and employee engagement. The software uses sentiment analysis to

identify an organization’s overall employee engagement and workplace culture by securely (and anonymously) analyzing daily messages sent through email and chats.

Co.Labs was there to support the team in finding a niche where their technology could add enough value for users that they could charge for access to the platform.

“Our software identifies tone, pattern and language, including grammar and word choices. The actionable data ensures that human resources departments can tackle the red flags in real-time and boost employee morale,” explains Pinel.

Related to the health and workplace wellness theme of this issue, Hugr.ca is a platform for reconnecting people and organizations – centered around individual and collective psychological health. The goal of Hugr is to reduce the stigma around depression by providing a mechanism for individuals to communicate with friends and family. Daren MacLean is the CEO of Territorial and the founder of Hugr.

“San Francisco was an amazing learning experience. It’s great to have the support from groups like SREDA and Co.Labs to help us connect abroad. I learned a lot and met some great people, but it also made me realize how strong tech in Saskatchewan is. With the community and support available here, anything is possible,” says Pinel. Dutchak explains that the challenge with Todai initially was to find a way to monetize their sentiment analysis software. Luckily,

“The Tech Trip elevates the tech sector in Saskatoon and helps those who attended think bigger about the impact they can have with their companies. Being in California helped me really believe that Hugr can have huge impact. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Hugr is at the forefront of mental health and psychological health and safety in the workplace,” says McLean. Dutchak summarizes this past TTT 2 as “really successful and streamlined. It provided all four companies with tremendous value.” Co.Labs is Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and has served as a creative collaboration space for 88 tech start-ups in its first 29 months of operation. Co.Labs is funded by the provincial and federal government through Innovation Saskatchewan and Western Economic Diversification Canada. Co.Labs Innovation Place 229-116 Research Drive, Saskatoon www.co-labs.ca | @colabsyxe



The 1st WEDNESDAY* of every Month 4:30 pm

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Connect with the business community and enjoy great food and drinks at Chamber on Tap on the f irst Wednesday of each month. Learn Entrepreneur Insights when our host Nadine Kanigan interviews members of the business community. Wednesday, January 8th

Andrey Kharitonov

Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. Andrey recently took on the role of District Manager for Saskatchewan & Manitoba for Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. He is responsible for creating an industry-leading guest and team member experience.

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Alex Fallon SREDA

Alex has worked for blue-chip organizations like Rolls-Royce, Cameco Corporation, the Government of Saskatchewan and the British Government (think 007) and is currently the President and CEO of


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Asif Moola

Momentum Clothing In 2001, Asif Moola bought Momentum Clothing, a Saskatoon based retailer that specializes in streetwear, sneakers, outerwear and

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Wednesday, May 6th

Jim & Brenda Nowakowski JNE Welding

The Nowakowskis are part owners of JNE Welding, a custom industrial steel fabrication company with two locations in Saskatoon and employ 130-150 skilled people.

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Evan Drisner

NuFab Building Products Evan Drisner is the managing partner of NuFab Building Products, part of the AllFab Group of Companies, a manufacturing, and resale company in the construction industry.




Annoying People Are Everywhere Trade irritation for curiosity and watch conflict dissolve By Shari Alexander Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could feel deeply connected to and get along with every person in our lives? Sure it would…I also want a unicorn. Some people will always rub you the wrong way. You’re stuck in the office with them. You sit next to them at an event. You painfully chat with them on the sidelines of your kid’s soccer practice. Having a game plan for how to deal with them will save you from unnecessary emotional turmoil – and you might find yourself actually enjoying an interaction with someone you never thought you would like. Consider what you canand can’t- change. Start by examining what you have control over and what you don’t. Remember: Other people’s thoughts and actions are not within your control. Instead of focusing on what’s out of your control, set up scenarios that guide someone to do, say or even think what you would like them to. That’s the essence of influence: manipulating what you do have control over in hopes of influencing someone else. So, to not be annoyed by annoying people, you must go to what you have control over – namely, yourself. You can control your state of mind, your reactions, your intentions, your approach, and your choice of words. Think about a person that annoys you. Really conjure a clear picture. See the person’s smug face. Hear their cringe-inducing voice. Now, notice. How do you feel? What expressions surface on your face? When you think about this person, does your nose crinkle? Does your body have an involuntary shudder? Do you feel a surge of contempt? This is the place to start controlling your reactions. In his extensive studies on marriage and relationships, American psychological John Gottman was able to predict with over 94% accuracy whether or not a couple would last. His most effective measurement? Contempt. If he sees signs of contempt in one or both partners, it’s a pretty good indicator that they will be facing each other in court one day.


Judgement closes the door to change. Curiosity opens it. But contempt can exist in ANY relationship. That’s why it’s important to stop this feeling before it festers. When you feel yourself rolling your eyes or raising your eyebrows, ask yourself: • What is my first reaction when I see or talk to the person? • What thoughts (or judgments) automatically come to mind? • What physical reactions do I experience (tension, change in breath, a shift in posture, change in vocal tone or cadence)? • Are any not-so-hidden sighs of annoyance slip through my lips? This is what you’re putting into the relationship. You’re responsible for your side of the relationship. Pay attention to your physical response. In general, when you don’t get along with someone, you get a spike in cortisol or adrenaline. Your muscles tense up – you’ll feel a tightness in your chest, maybe your shoulders lift towards your ears, or you might just hold your pen a little tighter in your hand. Perhaps your brow furrows or you tilt your head down while your eyes look up at the annoying person (a primitive body language posture that signals bubbling aggression.) Your disapproval towards that person can be heard as well as seen. You might talk painstakingly slower or agitatedly faster. Not only does the annoying offender pick up on these cloaked signals, but these physical reactions also amplify your internal


negative emotions. Now you’re in a feedback loop of annoyance. The real danger is when your reactions become automatic and you’re not aware of them. Mitigate your annoyance level by consciously taking control of your reactions. Focus on relaxing the tension in your body. Breathe at a comfortable (not annoyed) pace. Your goal is to find neutral – physically, emotionally, and mentally – so that you use a different approach with people that annoy you. Tune into your thoughts. Next, do a thought audit. Consider if you have created certain beliefs about this person. Some examples could include: • She never listens. • He is always seeking attention. • He is so egocentric. • She doesn’t follow through on anything. Once you have awareness of those thoughts, question them. Are they true? You can quickly identify false beliefs whenever you use the words always or never. It’s unlikely that one person could always do anything or never do another. You can find circumstances in which they have done the opposite of your always/never belief. Try changing your (judgemental) beliefs by swapping out the words always/never for sometimes. Exercise your brain and f ind a different perspective Now that you’ve captured your automatic thoughts playing on a loop, it’s time to find a more helpful thought to replace it with. Is there an alternate truth you could use instead?

SPECIAL FEATURE I’m not talking about lying to yourself or pretending everything is fantastic but rather remembering that human beings are complex, layered creatures. We only see a fraction of what other people experience. Keep questioning your assumptions so that you can operate from compassion and make stronger connections. Is there a nuance you can add to your thoughts and beliefs about this person that would enhance your relationship with them, rather than build more barriers between you? Other people’s thoughts and actions are not within your control. For example, a client of mine dislikes his boss. He feels like his boss is always seeking approval from everyone. (Did you catch that “always?”) And because his boss wants approval more than anything else, his boss doesn’t like to ruffle any feathers and, therefore, lets other employees get away with bad behavior. I asked my client, “How would your boss describe himself ? He likely wouldn’t say ‘I always seek everyone’s approval.’ So, how would he say it?”

After thinking about it a bit, my client said, “Well, he’d probably say that he just wants everyone to be happy.” “Yes!” I said. “And now imagine how difficult his job is every day. He’s the boss. And there’s no way to be the boss and keep everyone happy all the time. You have to disappoint people, which sounds like his biggest fear. Every day presents him with a challenge–a chance for him to be disliked. And you (my client) also seem like the type of person who isn’t easily impressed. So, maybe now we can see where the clash is occurring.” My client paused as he considered this, then exclaimed, “That’s SO BIG! I never thought of it that way!” After shifting the belief from “he always seeks everyone’s approval” to “he’s really afraid of letting people down,” we figured out ways we could repair and improve their working relationship. I coached my client to sandwich his criticisms and differing opinions between validating statements. Such as, “I like where we’re headed with this. We could improve the process if we integrated this other system,”

or “I think you’ve laid out a great framework for us to work with here.” By questioning the belief, we were able to find things within his control that improve the relationship. Shift to curiosity. The next time you find yourself tensing your muscles or furrowing your brows, shift your mindset to one of curiosity rather than judgement. In doing so, you change the dynamic in the relationship because judgement closed the door to change. Curiosity opens it. Editor’s note: Article originally published in the November 2019 issue of Toastmaster magazine. Shari Alexander is a speaker, writer, trainer and coach, specializing in influencing techniques. She is certified in neurolinguistic programming, micro expressions and body language, and has designed numerous communications training courses.




Chamber Happenings

B2B Expo

Small Business Week 2019 was a huge success. The Chamber held a number of events throughout the week including our B2B Expo at Prairieland Park. Over 65 exhibitors participated in the 2-day trade show which was well-attended. The trade

show wrapped up with a fun speed round where exhibitors were invited to visit each booth and give their best 30 second elevator pitch. Participants shared a few laughs as they went from booth to booth. The feedback was very positive as many exhibitors expressed an immediate desire to sign up for next year’s B2B Expo.

All Access Invitational Dinner

Saskatoon’s business community and the City’s administration joined together for an evening of great food and information sharing at the Chamber’s All Access Invitational Dinner, held at Prairieland Park October 22nd. Ten City of Saskatoon department heads each hosted a table of business owners. The night was designed to bring the two groups together to improve and streamline processes to enhance the city’s business friendly environment.




Chamber Happenings

The Art & Science of Marketing William Joseph-20 years of Entrepreneurial Insight

Preston Cicchine of William Joseph Communications hosted a workshop during

Ryan Townend, owner and CEO of William Joseph Communications shared his story at a Small Business Week luncheon Wednesday, October 23rd. Townend was candid as he talked about his successes and failures as a business owner for more than 20 years. He reflected back on his early years as a young commerce student at the University of Saskatchewan, the launch of William Joseph Communications in Calgary in 2002, his decision to open and later close offices in Las Vegas, and his decision to return home to Saskatoon in 2009. “As an entrepreneur, you need to be comfortable being uncomfortable,” says Townend. A valuable lesson!

Small Business Week. The “Art & Science of Marketing” was held to equip attendees with the tools and ideas to master both the art and science of producing creative work and measuring the results.

Chamber on Tap (November)

It was a fun and informative evening at Chamber on Tap Wednesday, November 6th. Daria Malin of Boost Strategic Coaching was the guest speaker. Daria is a strategic advisor to business owners and professionals in the areas of business development, personal branding and advertising. She was extremely engaging as she provided everyone with solid, sound business advice and practical strategies to build their brands and work with passion.

Who’s Who in the Zoo

The Chamber Staff put out the welcome mat during Small Business Week by hosting “Who’s Who in the Zoo.” It was a fun afternoon, as guests were invited to the

Chamber offices to meet the staff and get up close and personal with some friendly, furry and sometimes slimy friends from the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON



Chamber Happenings

Thrive at Five

Many Chamber members turned out for Thrive at Five during Small Business Week. The event, held at Drift & Vista Lounge,

provided guests the opportunity to connect with new people and get reacquainted with some old friends. There were drinks, tasty snacks and great music.

Bridge 2 Business

Finding Success as an Entrepreneur

“What Does it Take to Succeed” was the theme of another Small Business Week luncheon held at Prairieland Park, Thursday, October 24th. Michael Denham, the President of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) was the keynote speaker. In his presentation to a crowd of about 90 people, he talked about how entrepreneurship is evolving in Canada, what’s motivating entrepreneurs, the challenges they face and how they are developing their skills to continue to grow their business.

Former Canadian Forces soldier Jody Salway was the featured speaker at the November 28th Bridge2Business Luncheon “Post Traumatic Growth-The New Beginning.” Salway talked openly about his struggles with PTSD after suffering a brain injury in a friendly fire incident while serving in Afghanistan in 2006. Salway brought along his service dog Clover. Together they are helping to change the narrative and public perception of PTSD and show that one can, despite adversity, grow and thrive.

Pulse on Politics

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe was the keynote speaker for the Chamber’s Pulse on Politics Breakfast, held at Prairieland Park on Thursday, November 14th. Before a sold-out crowd of 300 people, the Premier released his Government’s Growth Plan for the next decade. The plan calls for 100,000 new jobs to be created, increasing the population to 1.4 million and increasing exports over the next decade. "Growth allows us to help and protect the most vulnerable among us," Moe said. "Growth enables us to provide opportunity for young people so they stay in Saskatchewan." The plan is expected to be a centrepiece of the Saskatchewan Party platform in the 2020 Saskatchewan Election. 36 BUSINESSVOICE SASKATOON



Chamber Happenings

Chamber on Tap (December)

Colleen and Wally Mah were the guest speakers for December’s Chamber on Tap. It was a full house at LB Distillers as Colleen and Wally talked openly about their struggles of starting and growing one of the most successful home builder, construction and land development companies in the province. The couple also talked passionately about their philanthropic work with EGADZ and the Sweet Dreams Project, which provides a supported living environment for at-risk mothers.

Chamber Summit

The Annual Chamber Summit was held Thursday, November 7th. About 100 people took in a full day of panel discussions and speakers. The event kicked off with a breakfast and a panel of Indigenous business leaders who talked about business success and opportunities for growth. Other panel topics throughout the day included Future

of Workforce, and Procurement. The keynote speakers during the noon luncheon included Dan Florizone from the University of Saskatchewan and Richard Florizone, of Florizone Consulting. Chamber President and CEO Darla Lindbjerg also released the findings of the Chamber Summit Roundtables, which were held in early October.




Happy New Year!

None of us has a crystal ball and we don’t know what’s in store for 2020. For the business owner, issues that often keep us up at night include taxes, competition, red tape and technology. These concerns are often more pressing than other issues like managing cash flow, wages, hiring and raising capital. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to educate yourself on potential modifications to business regulations, as well as to prepare for any possible changes in the economic climate. What we do know for sure is that 2020 is an election year. Saskatchewan voters will head to the polls for the province’s 29th general election on October 26, 2020. Just a few weeks later, municipal and school board elections will take place on November 9, 2020. Business owners know that an election year can throw some curve balls. By investigating tax laws, maintaining a customer focus

For the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, 2019 was a very busy year. It came with both challenges and changes. However, through our advocacy efforts, the support of our committees and our engaging roundtables, our objectives were transformed into concrete actions. There’s no doubt that 2020 will come with its own set of challenges and changes, but the results of our 2019 efforts serve as a reminder of how much we can achieve when we work collectively.

Saskatoon Chamber Board Chair Chris Sicotte

I’m excited as the Chamber pursues the establishment of its Indigenous Economic Growth Committee. Indigenous entrepreneurship has tremendous potential. It’s time we acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous entrepreneurs to our economy and how much larger a role these entrepreneurs would play in a more inclusive economy. Thank you to everyone who came out to our events this past year. The Chamber strives to provide events that are relevant and of interest to our membership. If you haven’t attended any of our events, I encourage you to get involved with the Chamber in 2020. I strongly believe that when a company is active in its local Chamber of Commerce, that company is doing the right thing – not only for the community but for its own success as well.

It’s time we acknowledge the contributions of Indigenous entrepreneurs to the economy and how much bigger a role they would play in a more inclusive economy. Chris Sicotte, Chair Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


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As we toss out our 2019 calendars and put up those shiny new 2020 calendars, I encourage you to take a few minutes to look back on the past 12 months. What kind of year did you have? What went well for you and what didn’t go so well? What would you change if you could? And, most importantly, pat yourself on the back for successfully leading your business through another year!

and implementing appropriate technologies, you can be ready to weather an election – no matter what the outcome.


The start of a New Year is always exciting! It provides us with an opportunity to reflect, to take stock and to plan a new course of action to better our lives. It’s no different for the business owner.

Speaking of success, the Chamber’s Annual SABEX Awards are just around the corner on April 24, 2020. This is a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate our business community’s achievements. Awards will be handed out in a range of categories, including Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. The SABEX nomination deadline has passed and tickets to the event are now available at www.saskatoonchamber.com. Be sure to get your tickets to this year’s SABEX Awards and I’ll look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, Chris Sicotte Chair Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Chris Sicotte is the Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Indigenous Liaison, Commercial Risk Solutions of AON


Chris Sicotte Chair


Sandra Ribeiro Executive


Katrina German Director



CREATIVE FIRE Jason Aebig 2nd Vice-Chair







Carla Browne 1st Vice-Chair

CeCe Baptiste, Director

Dr. Adam McInnes Director

Todd A. Denzin Director

Graham Snell Director

Peggie Koenig Past Chair

Linda Exner Director


Colton Wiegers Director

Chamber Board of Directors Working for You!

Penny Yeager Director


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