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Spring 2015

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Honouring Success in our Community Join us May 14th 2015 for the 2015 Celebrate Success! Awards

RBC Business Hall of Fame Congratulations to 2015 Inductee Ellen Gaunt


What if ideas were encouraged to grow? PotashCorp is proud to sponsor and take part in honoring all nominees of the SABEX Celebrate Success! Awards. We share their commitment to business excellence, and help in making our province continue to shine bright.

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May 14th - A Night of Celebration

Awards Gala Diner en Blanc THURSDAY, MAY 14th, 2015 SASKATOON PRAIRIELAND PARK 5:00 pm - Cocktail Hour ... 6:15 pm - Dinner

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Celebrate Success! 20th Anniversary 2015 Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce 104-202 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0K1 Phone: (306) 244-2151 Fax: (306) 244-8366 Email: chamber@saskatoonchamber.com Website: www.celebrate-success.ca Twitter: @celebrate_sask

STAFF

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Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director Derek Crang, Sales & Membership Director Terry Lawrence, Administrator Roz Macala, Executive Secretary Kevin Meldrum, Marketing Director Linda Saunders, Bookkeeper Ryan Wig, Communications Director

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Presenting Sponsor

PotashCorp in Saskatchewan Nourishing Potential Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) is part of Saskatchewan’s history – from a Crown corporation to a listed company on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges in 1989, the company is now a global industry leader in the three essential crop nutrients potash, nitrogen and phosphate. PotashCorp is the largest potash producer in the world by capacity. Stakeholder Value PotashCorp operates five potash mines in Saskatchewan (Allan, Cory, Lanigan, Patience Lake and Rocanville), as well as its corporate head office in downtown Saskatoon. The company employs approximately 2,300 people in the province. PotashCorp’s impact extends beyond employment with wages and salaries paid in Saskatchewan totaling more than $245 million in 2014. That means employees buy from their local communities, support local businesses and contribute to local charities. Since 2010, PotashCorp has purchased more than 60 percent of its goods and services* locally. The company is concluding its massive $6.2 billion expansion program at its Saskatchewan potash mines. Cumulatively, over 36,000 jobs were estimated to be generated by the capital investment. Additionally, the extra employment during construction was projected to generate $2.7 billion in

“The total value of PotashCorp’s community investment program in 2014 was over $26 million company-wide with the majority of that invested right here in Saskatchewan.” personal income. “Beyond our financial and operational performance, at PotashCorp we understand that our ability to impact value extends to our customers, employees and the communities where we operate. We take a broad view of our company’s role and we strive to create value for all our stakeholders,” says Jochen Tilk, PotashCorp’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Community Investment PotashCorp is known for building strong relationships and improving the well-being of its communities. By supporting projects that reflect the company’s goals and values, it strives to improve the quality of life in these communities. In addition to the products it produces, PotashCorp aims to enhance food security both locally and globally. In developing countries, the company supports projects that empower subsistence farmers. In local communities, PotashCorp funds a variety

of food initiatives (such as food banks, community gardens and school nutrition programs). In fact, last year almost $10 million of its total $26 million community investment program went to local and global food security initiatives. The company also invests in innovative

“The potash, nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products PotashCorp produces help farmers nourish the potential of their soil, helping to feed our growing world.” agricultural research. One example is PotashCorp’s commitment of up to $35 million over seven years to the Global Institute for Food Security (based out of the University of Saskatchewan) to address the increasing global demand for safe, reliable food through academic, government and corporate collaboration. With a vast network of business partners in Saskatchewan, the company supports several events and organizations that help foster a strong business environment in its home province, including the Celebrate Success! Awards Gala and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. * Excluding capital projects and raw materials.

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A Night of Celebration

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A Tradition of Recognizing Success in our Community This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence (SABEX) Awards as part of the Celebrate Success! Awards Gala. These awards honour businesses in our community that exemplify top business performance, quality, and achievement across several award categories and include the presentations of the SABEX Awards, the Award of Innovation, the Strategic Alliance Award, Community Leadership Award, and the Business for Peace Award. Award winners will be honoured at the 2015 Celebrate

Success! Awards Gala on May 14th, 2015 at Prairieland Park, with special guests CTV News anchors Rob MacDonald and Chantel Huber performing as your Masters of Ceremonies. Over the years, this event has become a prestigious evening that takes many hours of planning and dedication. The committee works hard to incorporate the business awards program of the long standing SABEX Awards with the glamour of a high profile celebrity event. Join us on May 14th to see who takes home the hardware! Tickets are available online at http://celebrate-success.ca.

About the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization comprised of 1,900 professional, business, community and individual persons. The Chamber and its members work to promote ethical business practices, improve the environment for business growth and job creation and facilitate strong relationships between community, educational, business and governmental organizations. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce acts on behalf of its members and the community in general on the many issues which affect Saskatoon and the surrounding area in both the short and long term.

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Working in partnership with the community and with business, our mission is to ensure that the Saskatoon region has the “Best Business Climate in Canada.” The result will be a city of opportunities for now and for the future. If you would like to get involved with the Chamber of Commerce, join one of our volunteer committees, attend one of our many events we hold each month, or wish to volunteer to help plan the Celebrate Success! 2016 event, please visit us at www.saskatoonchamber. com for more information and find out how you can get involved in one of Canada’s strongest Chambers.


A Night of Celebration Presented by

May 14th, 2015 Prairieland Park Cocktail Hour 5:00 pm Welcome Presentation 6:15 pm Dinner 6:30 pm

"En Blanc" After-Party at Prairieland Park to follow the Awards, sponsored by

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Tonight's Cocktails and Libations by Lucky Bastard Distillers Champagne sponsored by

Awards Presentation Business for Peace Award SABEX Hall of Fame Award SABEX Community Involvement Award SABEX Customer Service Award SABEX Growth & Expansion Award Innovation Place & U of S ILO Award of Innovation Saskatoon Community Foundation Strategic Alliance Award

Leadership Saskatoon Award SABEX Marketing Award SABEX New Business Venture Award SABEX New Product and/or Service Award SABEX Small Business of the Year SABEX Business of the Year

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2015 Business Hall of Fame Inductee Sponsored by One individual or business is inducted into the SABEX Hall of Fame each year. An independent committee notifies the SABEX Committee of the recipient, who will be a long-standing member of the Saskatoon Business community. Recipients will be added to the Saskatoon Business Hall of Fame, which is located at the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce office.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Ellen Gaunt While Paramount Day Spa Salon & Boutique has enjoyed tremendous change and success over the past 65 years, Ellen Gaunt has remained a constant. Now 90 years of age and 65 years after her first day at Paramount, Ellen still maintains a work schedule of more than 20 hours per week. “I love spending time with the girls at the spa, it helps keep me young!” says Gaunt. In addition to her work commitments, Ellen has spent much of her career dedicating time and guidance to numerous non-profit organizations throughout the city, including the Light of the Prairies Society, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, and Cosmopolitan Industries. Ms. Gaunt is also a former Board member for the Partnership, and has spent years advocating for and promoting the downtown business core. When asked what it means to be inducted into the SABEX Hall of Fame, Ellen, in her typical fashion, deflects praise. “I have had the pleasure of having a great team and fantastic clients throughout my time at my Paramount, and I owe much of my success to them,” says Gaunt. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Celebrate Success! Committee congratulates Ms. Gaunt on her life-long commitment to the betterment of the Saskatoon business community.

It is with great pride that the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce announces Ms. Ellen Gaunt as the 2015 RBC SABEX Hall of Fame inductee. After spending her childhood in the small rural town of Renown, SK, Ellen moved to Saskatoon in 1946 and took a cosmetician’s course shortly thereafter. Today, she has over 60 years of experience and is credited with pioneering much of the Saskatoon beauty industry. Her commitment to entrepreneurship and community betterment makes her a deserving individual for this year’s induction. Gaunt first began working at Paramount Beauty Salon in 1952 under former owner Herman Barret, later purchasing the business from him in 1962. Throughout her time as owner of Paramount (she sold the business in 2000), Ellen showed a willingness to constantly be on the cutting edge of the beauty industry, having been the first company to introduce waxing, tanning and European skincare products such as Babor and Guinot to the Saskatoon market as well as being Saskatoon’s first day spa.

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To Your Continued Success

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Oslo Business for Peace Award A business is nominated who through actions and commitments are outstandingly promoting the interdependent relationship between business and peace.

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“Chambers of Commerce worldwide have long championed the relationship between peace and business. Business deals are sealed with a handshake, and lasting business relationships are created when handshakes are made in good faith between partners desiring mutual benefits for one another.” -International Chamber of Commerce

2015 Oslo Business for Peace Award Nominee John Cross companies, Philom Bios. Philom Bios was responsible for the creation of a new agricultural input – a phosphate inoculant which gives farmers the ability to increase productivity with reduced fertilizer inputs. John has been an active community leader, having been involved with the Royal University Hospital Foundation Board, SYPE, SREDA and the Raj Manek Mentorship Program. While John has been named the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career, he claims that the most rewarding recognition he has received is the many conversations he has had with farmers who have benefited from the products he has helped to develop.

The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce proudly joins the International Chamber of Commerce and the Business for Peace Foundation in selecting a nominee for the prestigious “Oslo Business for Peace” award. Chambers of Commerce worldwide have long promoted the benefit of peace through trade. In today’s world, building strong business relationships is more important than ever, and such relationships are best established through mutually rewarding ethical business practices. The Award is given to seven outstanding nominees for their adding to a better understanding of the relationship between ethical business practices and peace. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce is proud to have selected John Cross as their 2015 nominee. Born in the small village of Budworth, Great Britain, Mr. Cross has become a model for Saskatchewan entrepreneurs and a champion of innovation for the agricultural sector across Saskatchewan and the world. After completing his Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Bradford in 1963, John moved to Canada to further his education with a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario. In 1975, John was appointed as the first Executive Director of POS Pilot Plant Corporation. In 1980, John co-founded one of Saskatchewan’s earliest biotechnology

Freddie & Michelle Throassie Black Lake, SK

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SABEX Community Involvement Award Awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in its support of the arts, culture, amateur sports and education or volunteer groups. Greater consideration will be given for involvement that is not an extension of the firm’s main business activities.

North Ridge Developments

In 1983, Walter Mah & Jules Calyniuk founded North Ridge Development Corporation. With over 30 years in the land development and construction industry, the North Ridge Group of Companies is Saskatchewan’s “go to” builder and developer with offices in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina. Throughout the company’s growth, one of its greatest accomplishments has been development of a top-ranked employee group, many of whom have been members of the North Ridge family for over ten years. North Ridge Development, a member of the Saskatoon and Region Home Builders’ Association, offers a leading edge “Customer Care Warranty Program”. North Ridge staff check-in with new home-owners 4 times in the first year after possession to ensure that the home is performing as expected and to proactively offer resolutions. North Ridge’s vision is to strive for continuous improvement in all that we do so that we are the builder of choice and our mission is to build quality homes and communities in which people desire to live.

Handy Group of Companies

The Handy Group of Companies is Saskatchewan’s largest independent rental company that has been serving the Saskatchewan market for over 30 years. Our company takes pride in being a locally owned and operated rental company with 5 rental divisions. The Handy Group of Companies’ primary activities are the provision of rental items in the areas of; industrial and construction equipment, special event and party supplies, industrial heating equipment, construction and portable event toilets and fencing as well as self-storage facilities. In Saskatchewan, we are a leading rental service provider, renting products and providing essential services to consumers, businesses and the public sector.

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Prairie Wealth Management

At Prairie Wealth Management, of Hollis Wealth, a division of Scotia Capital Inc, our Portfolio Managers specialize in fee-based, discretionary wealth management. This is service that is suited to higher level investors who prefer to have trusted professionals make the day to day investment decisions for them. 
Our expertise lies in providing sound wealth management advice for those comfortable entrusting their wealth to an investment process built around knowledge-gathering and a professional understanding of market fundamentals and tax strategies. At the core of our offerings is complete financial plan focusing on Wealth Maximization, Tax Minimization and Capital Preservation. 
Portfolio Managers meet the highest conditions of registration with the securities commissions and are held to a very strict code of conduct. Less than 5% of Investments Advisors in Canada today are Portfolio Managers. This elevated level of licensing provides us with the unique ability to pass on several benefits to our clients, including responsiveness, unbiased, non-transactional advice, transparency of fees, tax-deductibility of fees in non-registered accounts, a broader product range, and Investment Policy Statements. 
Our advanced designations give us the capacity to handle very large portfolios, and we’ve developed specialties in working with farm families, small business owners and pre-retirees. 
In addition to Discretionary Wealth Management we also offer traditional wealth management, complete retirement planning services, insurance products and bookkeeping and tax return services.

Airline Hotels

Airline Hotels is a privately-held family company that has owned and operated mid-market hotels across Canada since 1972. From our corporate office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, our family of hotels includes nine properties (1,533 rooms, over 72,000 sq. ft. of conference space) in six Canadian cities. Five of our hotels are full service, with rooms, restaurants and catering facilities. Four of our hotels are select service, featuring rooms and other business and leisure facilities. We own each property and pay franchising fees to brand the hotels (in each case that a franchise agreement is in place). Across Canada, we employ over 950 associates. 
Our corporate culture is what sets us apart. Everything that we do is rooted in “RITE.” That is, “Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Entrepreneurship.” These are the values that were set by our founders, Harold & Vilda Latrace, in 1972. Our corporate vision is a reflection of our culture. Developed by management, in consultation with the Board of Directors & Shareholders, we have created a legendary culture that is “warm and friendly” to drive all that we do. 


Neechie Gear Inc.

Neechie Gear is a lifestyle apparel brand that empowers youth through sports! We sell everything from mens and ladies street and sports wear. At the same time, we are committed to providing 5% of our profits to help fund underprivileged youth to take part in sports! Our founder Kendal Netmaker, was once given a helping hand in grade 5 from his best friend from South Africa. His friend noticed Kendal was not playing on the after school soccer team. Kendal had to explain to his friend that he couldn’t afford to pay the fees and had no transportation. The next day, his friends family gave him the opportunity of a lifetime and blessed him with funds to pay the fees and even gave Kendal rides to and from practices/games. This was Kendal’s first opportunity to take part in organized sports. 
In Kendal’s last year at the University of Saskatchewan, Kendal entered several business planning competitions and was successful. He started Neechie Gear as a full-time student and it quickly grew into what it is today. Neechie is a “friend” word in the Cree language, and it was Kendal’s friend that changed his life. 
Today, Neechie Gear has impacted over 2500 youth across Canada and provided over $17,500.00 in cash/donations to help empower youth through sports! Together, we can change many lives!

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SABEX Customer Service Award Awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional customer service in the business categories of wholesale and retail trade, purchasing and distribution, transportation, brokering, professional service, communications, or financial.

CRAVINGS maternity-baby-kids

It’s hard to remember the days when booming Saskatoon lacked for anything, but that was exactly the situation in which Jordana Jacobson found herself during her first pregnancy. Refusing to compromise style while on her path to parenthood, she sought out fashionable maternity clothing and hip baby gear. Quickly recognizing a significant void in the Saskatoon market, her search led her out of province where she discovered products offering both fashion and function. 
With a dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur and a desire to bring the newest trends to Saskatoon, a career change became imminent for Jordana. In February 2006, the modern store for mamas launched with overwhelming success; cravings maternity & baby boutique (as it was originally named) hit the ground running with a driving force of passion and enthusiasm! 
Fast forward to 2013 and just like that belly bump, CRAVINGS continued to grow! CRAVINGS expanded for the third time since it’s original opening and now offers everything from belly bump to big kid under one roof! This one-stopshop now caters to kids up to age 8, while still offering the same quality product and exceptional service that Saskatoon has been accustomed to. Find top of the line baby gear, quality nursery furniture, maternity and kids clothing, children’s footwear, toys and so much more on the corner of Preston Avenue and 8th Street.

Fresh Living

Fresh Living is a locally owned, Saskatoon-based business that specializes in Home Staging, Interior Redesign and Professional Cleaning, both Residential and Commercial. The company was launched in May 2012 with the number one goal of providing exceptional services that promote a healthy environment and save their customers time and money. Fresh Living is the only business of its kind; a ‘one-stop-shop’ for individuals in the Home building and Real Estate industries as well as anyone with a home. 
Strategically hiring new team members to accommodate the growing demand for their services has lead Fresh Living to become one of the largest Professional Cleaning and Home Staging companies in Saskatoon. Fresh Living began with the owner and 2 professional cleaners, one for residential and one for commercial. Today, Fresh Living boasts an expanding team of 14 employees and counting. 
Owner, Chantal Hounjet, is committed to her clients, staff, the environment and the communities where Fresh Living conducts business.

Superior Cabinets

Superior Cabinets started in 1980, operating out of a small back lane garage in Saskatoon. From these humble beginnings, Superior Cabinets has always focused on Customer Service and Satisfaction. These two areas of focus have allowed the company to expand across Western Canada, including stores in Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary Southeast and Calgary West, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray. Our 55,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Saskatoon supplies all locations plus a network of 50 dealers with their cabinetry. 
Entering our 35th year of business, Superior Cabinets is completely committed to transforming the customer experience in the Cabinet Industry by providing innovative products, design expertise, and service solutions. Our talented team of design consultants offers a wealth of experience and inspired ideas that create beautiful, efficient, one-of-a-kind designs for today’s discriminating homeowner. Our dedicated manufacturing and installation teams ensure that every kitchen is built to the quality and craftsmanship expected to complete the “Dream Kitchen”. We also offer an enhanced product portfolio with solutions for other rooms in the home including bathrooms, laundry and mud rooms, home offices, family rooms, bars, wall beds, and closets. 
Superior’s success is measured by the growth of the company, employee retention and satisfaction, repeat business, and referrals from our many loyal customers.

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West Wind Aviation is proud to be First Nations and employee-owned. The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) and Prince Albert Development Corporation (PADC) purchased a majority of shares in 2002 and Athabasca Basin Development (ABDLP) purchased nearly 30% in 2012. This alliance along with employee ownership has offered West Wind an opportunity for growth and expansion while continuing to build on the company’s strengths. 
Our safety record is exemplary and our customer service exceptional. When flying with West Wind, we take care for you.

Just For You Day Spa

Just For You Day Spa, (JFY), is the first and largest locally owned Saskatchewan wide day spa, located in Saskatoon & Regina. JFY is committed to delivering unique & extraordinary customer service experiences in a one of a kind relaxing and tranquil spa environment. JFY offers luxury spa services such as registered massage therapy, facials, pedicures, manicures, body wraps, body scrubs, couples services, and full day packages! The gift studios boast hand chosen professional beauty, body & skin products, gifts & much more! Jessica Tetu purchased JFY Saskatoon in 2007, rebranded the entire company, and re-introduced the business in Saskatoon, before expanding to Regina in 2012 becoming the largest spa in the province. Jessica is currently expanding again with a third spa opening in a new luxury hotel downtown Saskatoon in 2016. JFY exclusively offers “Lia Reese Botanical Skin Care”, an award winning Canadian skincare line created by Jessica, that is named after her daughter. JFY strives to learn the best spa treatments world wide, by constantly educating their team of dedicated professionals. They invest in extensive research and international training and bring those amazing experiences to JFY to offer the people of Saskatchewan the “Big City” spa feel and a one of a kind relaxation experience!

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West Wind Aviation

Established in 1983, West Wind Aviation has grown into a full-support aviation service provider. We offer a diverse range of aviation solutions to safely meet corporate or leisure travel needs. 
West Wind Aviation operates from bases in Saskatoon, Regina and Stony Rapids, as well as in satellite locations in northern Saskatchewan. With our diverse fleet of 30 aircraft, we can accommodate a broad range of passenger and cargo needs. Our accumulated expertise includes air charter, workforce transportation, air ambulance, corporate aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, ground services, fueling and scheduled flights with our ExpressAir and Pronto Airways divisions.

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SABEX Growth & Expansion Award Awarded to the business that has made significant changes in their business resulting in “Growth or “Expansion” of 15% or more of business markets, physical locations, number of employees, etc. and which in turn has made an impact on the company’s overall ability to increase its revenues, investments and profits now or in the future.

West Wind Aviation Established in 1983, West Wind Aviation has grown into a full-support aviation service provider. We offer a diverse range of aviation solutions to safely meet corporate or leisure travel needs. West Wind Aviation operates from bases in Saskatoon, Regina and Stony Rapids, as well as in satellite locations in northern Saskatchewan. With our diverse fleet of 30 aircraft, we can accommodate a broad range of passenger and cargo needs. Our accumulated expertise includes air charter, workforce transportation, air ambulance, corporate aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, ground services, fueling and scheduled flights with our ExpressAir and Pronto Airways divisions. West Wind Aviation is proud to be First Nations and employee-owned. The Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) and Prince Albert Development Corporation (PADC) purchased a majority of shares in 2002 and Athabasca Basin Development (ABDLP) purchased nearly 30% in 2012. This alliance along with employee ownership has offered West Wind an opportunity for growth and expansion while continuing to build on the company’s strengths. Our safety record is exemplary and our customer service exceptional. Fly with West Wind and let us take care for you. Envirotec Services Incorporated As Saskatchewan’s leading environmental solutions provider for over 25 years, Envirotec is well aware of how precious our province’s environment is. We cherish our home, Saskatchewan, and we exist to take great care of its people and environment. There is scarcely an industry within our province that our services do not touch. From hazardous waste management and clean-up to recycling and environmental remediation, we are uniquely prepared for a variety of challenges. Saskatchewan is also home to all of our customers and we offer a broad range of services to help them maintain the quality and beauty of this land we all share. Envirotec services the entire province of Saskatchewan from state-of-the-art facilities in both Saskatoon and Regina. Our transfer, storage and disposal facilities are fully licensed to receive and process all waste materials collected from our customers. Saskatchewan is home to over 160 people Envirotec employs. Caring, persistent and meticulous, our team of professionals comprises the cornerstone of our entire company. Many have built a career with Envirotec right out of high-school or postsecondary studies. Our diverse team includes chemists, truck drivers, mechanics, toxicologists, engineers and equipment operators, all working together to provide our customers with exemplary service. We do this because there is no place like Saskatchewan, our home. Metric Design Centre Metric Design Centre is a boutique-style interior design showroom offering “one-stop-shopping” for products and services in downtown Saskatoon. The building or renovating process can cause both indecision and stress for people when trying to create a cohesive design, in tandem with narrowing down all of product selections. Metric offers a simplified and more enjoyable approach for people in this process. Metric’s retail store sells cutting edge interior home finishing products from both local and world-wide companies, plus it houses a wide variety of commercial and residential industry samples so that clients and designers alike can make project selections with ease. Metric is also equipped with an innovative team offering commercial and residential interior design, decorating, architectural drafting, as well as full project management and renovation services. Whether it is a new build or a renovation project, the Metric team handles every step of the process from general consulting and ideas, finish and material selections, ordering and implementation, through to designing every project detail. Furthermore, Metric Design Centre offers complete renovation services to make an interior or exterior project come to life. The beauty of Metric’s award winning concept is that their patrons can purchase products and services individually, or they can combine them all together and have a project that is completely designed and implemented for them from the ground up.

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Finalists

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M&A Homes Group Ltd. M&A Homes Group Ltd. is a residential and commercial land developing company which was formed in March of 2012. My first undertaking, as a general contractor, in the City of Saskatoon was a project at 1601 Louise Avenue. I had this property subdivided and created 1603 Louise Street which I build a house on and then sold. I then did a new build at 927 Hargreaves, a new subdivision in the City. Through this build, M&A Homes Group Ltd. was able to obtain a Contractor’s License with the City of Saskatoon, which is quite an undertaking. I sold this house in February of 2014. I then did a major renovation of a small commercial warehouse at 1932 St. George Avenue and had it subdivided into 7 separate titles of commercial space. I am presently working on the development of a large scale commercial development at 415 Willowgrove Square in Saskatoon, The Myriad Project. Innovative Heating & Cooling Ltd. Innovative Heating & Cooling Ltd. is building its business on four pillars: ethical practices, custom-designed solutions, first-quality service and powerful staff support. We provide custom-designed heating and cooling systems, largely for high-end customers, residential plumbing, as well as first-class installation of and service for all heating and cooling appliances.

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Award of Innovation The University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office (ILO) and Innovation Place are jointly sponsoring the Award of Innovation to recognize the transference of University of Saskatchewan discoveries into the marketplace. It honours those individuals who have created new concepts, processes or products that have been commercialized.

2015 Award of Innovation Finalists

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Finalists #1: Susan Kaminskyj and James Basinger Finalists #2: Vladimir Vujanovic and James Germida

Strategic Alliance Award Saskatoon Community Foundation’s Strategic Alliance Award acknowledges the importance of bringing together resources through partnerships involving businesses and charities. This award encourages the development of such alliances by recognizing business and charities, which have worked together over time to enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.

2015 Finalists and Charity Partners

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Affinity Credit Union nominated by READ Saskatoon Rawlco Radio Ltd. nominated by St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

Community Leadership Award The Community Leadership Award is presented to a community member that has displayed values in alignment with Leadership Saskatoon including citizen engagement, collaboration, inclusion/diversity and life long learning. The candidate must live in Saskatoon and area and have made a significant contribution that has reflected positively on the community of Saskatoon.

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The 2015 Community Leadership Award recipient will be announced on Gala Night

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SABEX Marketing Award Awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in Marketing.

Flaman Group of Companies Flaman Group of Companies started as an agricultural operation selling grain bins. Since our start in 1959, our product line has expanded from serving the agriculture industry, to also serving the recreational and fitness industries. We have six separate divisions under our Flaman Group of Companies umbrella: Agriculture, Rentals, Parts & Hardware, Grain Cleaning, Trailers, and Fitness. We also have service technicians to fix and maintain the products we sell. Due to space restrictions, this application will focus on the fitness division as an example of the marketing we execute throughout the company. Flaman Fitness sells and services fitness equipment for private use in-home and for public use in commercial settings, like hotels, offices, and gyms. We also carry an outdoor playground line for backyards and public settings in an effort to promote healthy, active lifestyles for our youth. LB Distillers LB Distillers (aka Lucky Bastard) is a micro distillery in Saskatoon, SK founded by three fun loving flatlanders, Cary Bowman, Michael Goldney and Lacey Crocker. Pioneers in the Canadian micro-distillery market, LB Distillers has gained a cult following locally, domestically and internationally because of their award winning products and witty branding. We handcraft amazing spirits and liqueurs from the finest local grains and berries. Our motto is quality over quantity, craft above commodity and we won’t bottle it until it’s over proof awesome! Sangster's Health Centre Sangster's Health Centre provides natural choices through quality products and educated advice for a healthy lifestyle.

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North Prairie Developments Ltd In 1987, North Prairie Developments began as a local, family-owned home building company. Over the past 28 years, we have grown to become one of Saskatchewan’s top 100 companies, and have been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine consecutively for the past 3 years. Today, the company has three divisions of commerce: Single & Multi-family Homes, Land Development and Commercial Development. North Prairie’s success can be largely attributed to its core values and staying true to its mission statement: “to always provide our customers with an innovative quality product which we would be as equally proud of as the customer!” Today, this family owned and operated business continues to prosper in communities across Saskatchewan and is highly regarded as one of the most successful development companies in the province. TRX RV Inc. TRX RV is a one-stop solution for any and all solutions for anything RV in nature. Unique to us is a huge indoor campground with upwards of 40 RVs inside lit and showing as they would be in a campground on any summer evening. Look closely and you will find mounted specimens of wildlife hiding amongst foliage. Listen to the birds chirping and water trickling as you shop through the many units. Don't let the kids touch that briskly burning campfire - oh it is faux? Cool! Outside one can wander 15 acres of display and parking, along with powered campsites, complimentary for our customers' use. Oh, and friendly and very knowledgeable staff make visiting our location a fun and painless experience. Our print ads and business cards all have the caption: “Just 8 Minutes North of Costco (Stoon) Just Enough Time to Decide What You'll do with the Money You Save! Hey You - Get In Here!”

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SABEX New Business Venture Award Awarded to a new business venture which has been in existence for three years or less and which has shown positive performance in terms of current or expected profitability, job creation or entrance into new markets.

Cliptomania

Cliptomania is Saskatoon's edgiest high-end organic hair salon. Making our clients look fabulous without the use of harsh chemicals and irritants.

Saskatoon Institute for Medical Simulation

With the vision to transform the culture of patient safety and healthcare education across the province, the Saskatoon Institute for Medical Simulation (SIMS) aims to improve quality and access to training opportunities for Saskatchewan healthcare practitioners by offering the enhancement and benefits of medical simulation to a wide range of services. From customized scenarios to internationally recognized courses, SIMS provides in-house and in-situ continuing medical education designed to meet individual and organizational needs. SIMS is a leader in the national continuing medical education industry as the first and only private, for-profit medical simulation centre in Canada to offer these essential training and learning experiences to healthcare professionals. SIMS is a progressive, socially conscious enterprise offering an important contribution to Saskatchewan’s legacy as a healthcare innovator. The company exemplifies principles of leadership and entrepreneurship through the generation of significant social benefit via a for-profit model. As the company’s mission is grounded solidly in the creation of greater public good, SIMS is positioned to serve as a key resource partner in the support and advancement of provincial patient safety and health quality initiatives in the following ways: • Empowering healthcare professionals to serve their communities with enriched skills, knowledge and confidence • Eliminating barriers to education, innovation and optimal health in rural and urban communities • Encouraging a shift from competence to excellence in patient care

THRIVE Juice Co.

THRIVE Juice Co. is committed to educating and empowering individuals to take health into their own hands by providing the tools they need to create healthy, vibrant, THRIVING lives. THRIVE believes in simplicity. Less is always more - that goes for your food too. For over a decade, we have been bombarded by preserved, chemically laden, over-processed foods. THRIVE Juice Co. intends to revert such food practices, and retract back to our original roots. At THRIVE Juice Co., our menu is filled with raw, organic, healthy food & drink options. We offer a foundation of products and services that help individuals reach optimal health. We have a strong passion for health and wellness, and are determined to make this lifestyle more accessible to our community.

Fresh Living

Fresh Living is a locally owned, Saskatoon-based business that specializes in Home Staging, Interior Redesign and Professional Cleaning, both Residential and Commercial. The company was launched in May 2012 with the number one goal of providing exceptional services that promote a healthy environment and save their customers time and money. Fresh Living is the only business of its kind; a “one-stop-shop” for individuals in the Home building and Real Estate industries as well as anyone with a home. Strategically hiring new team members to accommodate the growing demand for their services has led Fresh Living to become one of the largest Professional Cleaning and Home Staging companies in Saskatoon. Fresh Living began with the owner and 2 professional cleaners, one for residential and one for commercial. Today, Fresh Living boasts an expanding team of 14 employees and counting. Owner Chantal Hounjet is committed to her clients, staff, the environment and the communities where Fresh Living conducts business.

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Wood's Body Goods

Wood's Body Goods is Saskatchewan’s bath and body company, providing healthy, natural Goods for the whole family. Products range from safe and effective deodorants, natural beer soaps brewed with Paddock Wood Beer, Saskatoon’s favourite microbrewery, and lip balms showcasing beeswax from Clavet, SK. Known as “The Good Company”, Wood’s Body Goods is making a positive contribution to the community. In our free time, we put on free workshops for kids where attendees learn about healthy skincare and Saskatchewan-grown, healthy eating for a vibrant life. As well, we provide farm shares for our employees, ensuring they have organic, Saskatchewan-grown produce every month. For our ingredients and packaging, we give preference to suppliers who are local and who ensure safe and sustainable extraction and production methods. We also provide fun, educational, and creative birthday parties for kids where the birthday guests get to make their very own bath products. To date, we’ve given over 150 parties, presentations, and demos.

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SABEX New Product or Service Award Awarded to the business demonstrating exceptional performance in launching a new Saskatchewan-made product, device, or service in the last three years, which is both original and currently available to customers.

TCU Financial Group

TCU FINANCIAL GROUP is a full service financial institution that was based out of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation and incorporated in 1952. The credit union has grown with branch offices in Saskatoon and Regina serving more than 18,000 members consisting of Saskatchewan residents, organizations and businesses. TCU’s latest branch opened in 2014 with their innovative New Way to Bank in Stonebridge. TCU WEALTH MANAGEMENT was established as a subsidiary of TCU Financial Group in 2006, bringing tried and tested credit union values to help clients reach their sophisticated financial goals. TCU delivers progressive financial solutions, outstanding service and great advice. Their products and services are available in their branches, online or from your mobile device. TCU offers competitive interest rates, and at times, the best price in the marketplace. As your trusted financial partner they provide you with a value added experience to help you achieve your full financial potential. TCU – “We’ll Help you Get There.”

QuickLinkt Solutions Inc.

The Problem: Referrals within the real estate industry are time sensitive, and the parties involved in the transaction are typically commission contingent. Follow-up, tracking and managing referral leads can be overwhelming, and often opportunities are missed and business lost. For real estate agents, losing track of an agent-to-agent referral results in the non-payment of a 25% industry standard commission referral fee; losing track of a referral to a mortgage broker or other service providers results in the direct loss of a potential listing or purchase commission. For real estate franchisors (brands), revenue is contingent on agent productivity and any non-payment or lost agent commission fees have a negative impact. Franchisors benefit greatly if relocation referrals are made within their brand (amongst their own agents) as they then participate in 100% of the transaction instead of just the 25% referring fee that their agent would receive (the other 75% going to the outside agent). To help facilitate these in-brand referrals, franchisors produce and distribute a yearly print referral directory to each agent; however these directories are costly, constantly out of date and provide no method for managing and tracking referrals. The QuickLinkt platform makes it easy for real estate agents to make and manage relocation referrals to other agents, as well as referrals to trusted service providers; such as mortgage brokers, bankers, home inspectors and appraisers.

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SheNative Goods Inc

SheNative is a socially driven, handbag and accessories brand that aims to empower the Indigenous woman. SheNative is on a mission is to help change the perception of the Indigenous woman. We aim to celebrate her story and support her in a way that is effectively life changing and ever lasting. We do this through creating opportunities and providing guidance for Indigenous artisans, suppliers and designers, as well as contributing a portion of sales to causes that support her economic growth.

North Prairie Developments Ltd

In 1987, North Prairie Developments began as a local, family-owned home building company. Over the past 28 years, we have grown to become one of Saskatchewan’s top 100 companies, and have been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine consecutively for the past 3 years. Today, the company has three divisions of commerce: Single & Multi-family Homes, Land Developments and Commercial Developments. North Prairie’s success can be largely attributed to its core values and staying true to its mission statement: “To always provide our customers with an innovative quality product which we would be as equally proud of as the customer!” Today, this family owned and operated business continues to prosper in communities across Saskatchewan and is highly regarded as one of the most successful development companies in the province.

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Saskatoon Institute for Medical Simulation

With the vision to transform the culture of patient safety and healthcare education across the province, the Saskatoon Institute for Medical Simulation (SIMS) aims to improve quality and access to training opportunities for Saskatchewan healthcare practitioners by offering the enhancement and benefits of medical simulation to a wide range of services. From customized scenarios to internationally recognized courses, SIMS provides in-house and in-situ continuing medical education designed to meet individual and organizational needs. SIMS is a leader in the national continuing medical education industry as the first and only private, for-profit medical simulation centre in Canada to offer these essential training and learning experiences to healthcare professionals. 
SIMS is a progressive, socially conscious enterprise offering an important contribution to Saskatchewan’s legacy as a healthcare innovator. The company exemplifies principles of leadership and entrepreneurship through the generation of significant social benefit via a for-profit model. As the company’s mission is grounded solidly in the creation of greater public good, SIMS is positioned to serve as a key resource partner in the support and advancement of provincial patient safety and health quality initiatives in the following ways: • Empowering healthcare professionals to serve their communities with enriched skills, knowledge and confidence • Eliminating barriers to education, innovation and optimal health in rural and urban communities • Encouraging a shift from competence to excellence in patient care

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SABEX Small Business of the Year Award Awarded to a business with 15 or fewer employees. The recipient must clearly demonstrate excellence in the areas they consider key to their success, including profitability, customer service, growth and/or expansion, marketing, and employment creation. The recipient must also have been in business for a minimum of three years, with their head office located in the Saskatoon region.

Innovative Heating & Cooling Ltd.

Innovative Heating & Cooling Ltd. is building its business on four pillars: ethical practices, custom-designed solutions, first-quality service and powerful staff support. We provide custom-designed heating and cooling systems, residential plumbing, as well as first-class installation of and service for all heating and cooling appliances.

Prairie Wealth Management

At Prairie Wealth Management, of Hollis Wealth, a division of Scotia Capital Inc, our Portfolio Managers specialize in fee-based, discretionary wealth management. This is service that is suited to higher level investors who prefer to have trusted professionals make the day to day investment decisions for them. Our expertise lies in providing sound wealth management advice for those comfortable entrusting their wealth to an investment process built around knowledge-gathering and a professional understanding of market fundamentals and tax strategies. At the core of our offerings is complete financial plan focusing on Wealth Maximization, Tax Minimization and Capital Preservation. Portfolio Managers meet the highest conditions of registration with the securities commissions and are held to a very strict code of conduct. Less than 5% of Investments Advisors in Canada today are Portfolio Managers. This elevated level of licensing provides us with the unique ability to pass on several benefits to our clients, including responsiveness, unbiased, non-transactional advice, transparency of fees, tax-deductibility of fees in non-registered accounts, a broader product range, and Investment Policy Statements. Our advanced designations give us the capacity to handle very large portfolios, and we've developed specialties in working with farm families, small business owners and pre-retirees. In addition to Discretionary Wealth Management we also offer traditional wealth management, complete retirement planning services, insurance products and bookkeeping and tax return services.

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Push Interactions, Inc.

Push Interactions, formerly CollegeMobile, is an award-winning developer of customized smartphone and tablet apps for businesses and organizations, specializing in Apple iOS, Android™, BlackBerry®, and Windows® Phone. Push’s vision is to improve quality of life through quality technology. This is accomplished through the development of transaction-intensive and feature-filled mobile apps that enhance both customer retention and workplace productivity. Push developers are among the top mobile app developers in Canada and have been sought after by global organizations such as Apple, Google, and Pixar. Our developers work hard to produce apps that offer functional, feature-rich solutions and far surpass industry standards. We pride ourselves on our collaborative team approach to business. Push engineers work in concert with one another to produce consistently high quality across all platforms. As a result, Push apps are reliably powerful, functional and low-maintenance. Push has worked with clients in industries spanning financial, retail, and healthcare to develop over 70 apps to date. Clients include: Federated Co-operatives Limited; Affinity Credit Union; LearnZillion (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); Prepared 4 Life’s Lemonade Day (funded by Google for Entrepreneurs); Credit Union Central of Canada; iTracks; Axon Development; and the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority. Push values the community it serves and strives to assist organizations from a variety of backgrounds develop apps that effectively address their unique needs.

Checks ‘n’ Balances Business Services Inc

Checks’n’Balances Business Services Inc (CBBS) is a trailblazer in the professional bookkeeping and payroll industry. Services include: accountant-ready bookkeeping, payroll services, Quickbooks training, cloud services to support bookkeeping, consulting, and back office solution for accounting firms. CBBS is led by President Lana Sheppard, a woman who really understands small business and entrepreneurs. She has extensive knowledge of accounting, supply chain management, and payroll. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. CBBS is a member of: Canadian Bookkeepers, Canadian Payroll, Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, and National Bookkeepers . Lana is a Certified ProAdvisor for Intuit and a strong advocate of training and education. The CBBS’s bookkeepers undergo extensive training on industry standards and software, workshops presented by CRA and Sask. Finance, along with webinar based training sessions. Saskatoon has always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and is aggressively cultivating a climate where entrepreneurs can grow and prosper. CBBS’s niche is supporting small businesses in the field of finance. There is a huge demand for bookkeeping and payroll services, and CBBS has grown rapidly since its inception in 2006. CBBS has 8 full-time, 2 part time employees and 3 contract bookkeepers serving more than 400 clients.

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Your Success is Our Business To succeed in today’s competitive business environment, you need a business advisor who provides personalized solutions. MNP offers practical and strategic advice to help optimize the performance of your business. With 150 accounting and business consulting professionals serving a diverse range of clients in Saskatoon, we understand your region, your industries and how to help you succeed.

Congratulations to All Finalists and Recipients of the 2015 SABEX Awards To learn how MNP can help your business, contact Tanya Knight, Regional Managing Partner at 306.664.8295 or tanya.knight@mnp.ca


SABEX Business of the Year Award Awarded to a business that clearly demonstrates excellence in the areas they consider key to their success, including profitability, customer service, growth and/or expansion, marketing, and employment creation. The recipient must also have been in business for a minimum of three years, with their head office located in the Saskatoon region.

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Superior Cabinets

Celebrating 35 years of success, Superior Cabinets is a market leader in the kitchen cabinet industry in Western Canada. Since 1980 Superior has built a wellearned reputation for quality products, outstanding customer service and dedication to employee success. Superior Cabinets designs, builds, and installs cabinets for new homes and home renovations. The company has a 55,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Saskatoon where every kitchen is produced. As a custom manufacturer every project we manage is unique to each customer. Superior Cabinets has 6 retail sales centers located in Saskatoon, Regina, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary Southeast, and Calgary West and a network of over 50 dealers throughout Western Canada.

North Prairie Developments Ltd

In 1987, North Prairie Developments began as a local, family-owned home building company. Over the past 28 years, we have grown to become one of Saskatchewan’s top 100 companies, and have been recognized by Saskatchewan Business Magazine consecutively for the past 3 years. Today, the company has three divisions of commerce: Single & Multi-family Homes, Land Development and Commercial Development. North Prairie’s success can be largely attributed to its core values and staying true to its mission statement: “to always provide our customers with an innovative quality product which we would be as equally proud of as the customer!” Today, this family owned and operated business continues to prosper in communities across Saskatchewan and is highly regarded as one of the most successful development companies in the province.

Handy Group of Companies

The Handy Group of Companies is Saskatchewan's largest independent rental company that has been serving the Saskatchewan market for over 30 years. Our company takes pride in being a locally owned and operated rental company with 5 rental divisions. The Handy Group of Companies’ primary activities are the provision of rental items in the areas of; industrial and construction equipment, special event and party supplies, industrial heating equipment, construction and event portable toilets and fencing as well as self-storage facilities. In Saskatchewan, we are a leading rental service provider, renting products and providing essential services to consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Envirotec Services Incorporated

As Saskatchewan’s leading environmental solutions provider for over 25 years, Envirotec is well aware of how precious our province’s environment is. We cherish our home, Saskatchewan, and we exist to take great care of its people and environment. There is scarcely an industry within our province that our services do not touch. From hazardous waste management and clean-up to recycling and environmental remediation, we are uniquely prepared for a variety of challenges. Saskatchewan is also home to all of our customers and we offer a broad range of services to help them maintain the quality and beauty of this land we all share. Envirotec services the entire province of Saskatchewan from state-of-the-art facilities in both Saskatoon and Regina. Our transfer, storage and disposal facilities are fully licensed to receive and process all waste materials collected from our customers. Saskatchewan is home to over 160 people Envirotec employs. Caring, persistent and meticulous, our team of professionals comprises the cornerstone of our entire company. Many have built a career with Envirotec right out of high-school or postsecondary studies. Our diverse team includes chemists, truck drivers, mechanics, toxicologists, engineers and equipment operators, all working together to provide our customers with exemplary service. We do this because there is no place like Saskatchewan, our home.

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2014 Celebrate Success! Winners The Celebrate Success! Awards Gala was held on May 15th at Prairieland Park with an audience of notable Saskatoon businesses and community partners. The hosts for the event, CTV News anchors Rob MacDonald and Chantel Huber did an outstanding job making the event special, in the style of “The Great Gatsby�. Congratulations to the winners and nominees in all categories! Together, we want to celebrate the successes found everyday in our community.

Business for Peace Award

(Sponsored by Cameco Corporation) Awarded to nominees who have a strong understanding of the relationship between ethical business practices & peace.

Dr. Keith Downey

(Sponsored by CGI) Awarded to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in providing services. Judging considers the relative size of the business.

Reed Security

Dr. Keith Downey | Jonathan Huntington (Cameco Corporation)

Virgil Reed (Reed Security) | Allan Fair (CGI)

SABEX Community Involvement

SABEX Growth & Expansion

(Sponsored by SaskTel)

(Sponsored by Miller Thomson) Awarded to a business who has made significant changes in their business which has resulted in growth or expansion of 15 per cent or more of the business' markets, physical locations, number of employees, etc.

Wiegers Financial and Benefits

Saskatoon Business College

Cliff Wiegers (Wiegers Financial and Benefits) | Deb Wiegers (Wiegers Financial and Benefits) | Jennifer Campeau (MLA Saskatoon - Fairview)

Rich Chapman (Saskatoon Business College) | Blair Chapman (Saskatoon Business College) | David Gerecke (Miller Thomson)

Awarded to a business demonstrating substantial support for arts and culture, amateur sport, education, or volunteerism.

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SABEX Marketing

(Sponsored by Handy Group of Companies)

Awarded to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in marketing.

S & E Trusted Online Directories Inc.

Sara Wheelwright (S&E Trusted Online Directories) | Diana Pereira (Handy Group of Companies)

SABEX New Business Venture

(Sponsored by SaskPower) Awarded to a new business venture which has been in existence for three years or less and which has shown positive performance in terms of current expected profitability, job creation, or entrance into new markets.

W Bridals Inc.

SABEX New Product and/or Service

(Sponsored by Business Development Bank) Awarded to a business demonstrating exceptional performance in launching a new Saskatchewan-made product, device, or service in the last three years.

Three Farmers Products

Elysia Vandenhurk (Three Farmers Products) | Natasha Vandenhurk (Three Farmers Products) | James Limin (Business Development Bank)

SABEX Small Business of the Year

(Sponsored by MNP) Awarded to a business with 15 or fewer employees that clearly demonstrates excellence in the areas they consider key to their success, including profitability, customer service, growth and/or expansion, marketing, and employment creation.

Push Interactions (formerly CollegeMobile)

Hon. Rob Norris (MLA Saskatoon - Greystone) | Kimberley Camboia (W Bridals Inc.)

Award of Innovation

(Presented by Innovation Place and the ILO - Industry and Liaison Office - U of S) Honouring groups or individuals at the U of S who have created, developed, and promoted a new concept, procedure, process, or product.

Dr. Pierre Huel and Dr. Curtis Pozniak

Chad Jones (Push Interactions) | Tanya Knight (MNP)

SABEX Business of the Year

(Sponsored by Edwards School of Business) Awarded to a business that clearly demonstrates excellence in the areas they consider key to their success, including profitability, customer service, growth and/or expansion, marketing, and employment creation.

IRC Innovative Rehabilitation Consultants

Dr. Glen Schuler (U of S - ILO) | Dr. Pierre Huel | Dr. Curtis Pozniak | Van Isman (Innovation Place)

Strategic Alliance Award

(Presented by Saskatoon Community Foundation)

This award encourages the development of partnerships between charities and businesses to enhance Saskatoon’s quality of life.

Hatch

nominated by Charity Partner Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Zeba Ahmad (Saskatoon Community Foundation) | Wanda Froese (Hatch) | Laurie O’Connor (Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre) | Trevor Forrest (Saskatoon Community Foundation)

Garry Derenoski (IRC Innovative Rehabilitation) | Dr. Daphne Taras (Edwards School of Business)

Community Leadership Award

(Presented by Leadership Saskatoon) Presented to a community member that has displayed values in alignment with Leadership Saskatoon, such as citizen engagement, diversity, and life long learning, while making a significant contribution to the community.

Mr. Milton Taylor

Amy McNeil (Leadership Saskatoon) | Milton Taylor (Imagery)

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Sponsors of the 2015 Celebrate Success! Awards Our program would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. The Celebrate Success! Planning Committee is proud to have worked with these exceptional local businesses and would like to thank them for their support of this annual event!

Signature Sponsor

Presenting Sponsor

Legacy Sponsor

Gala Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

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Celebrate Success! is Produced by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


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Award of Innovation

Strategic Alliance Award

Community Leadership Award

Celebrate Success! is Produced by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce


Thank You to the 2015 Celebrate Success! Planning Committee Committee Chair: Lynn Eberle - Saskatchewan Polytechnic Nomination Committee: Chair: Alex Murphy - Credential Securities Mr. Shreekesh Voralia - CGI Ron Zakresky - SaskTel Tanis Taylor - Retired Robert Ewashko – Conexus Credit Union Ashley Murphy – Saskatchewan Teachers Federation Lonnie Robinson – Conexus Credit Union Pam Hanus -SaskTel Scott Parisien – The Wireless Age Other Committee Members: Gail Genest - Saskatchewan Pension Plan Marielle Gauthier - Redworks Communications and Coaching Carley Caverly - Concierge by Carley Barry Berglund - The Neighbourhood Church

Andrey Olinov - Complete Technologies Chantal Hounjet - Fresh Living Don Ewles - Saskatoon Community Foundation Ryan Yedersberger - Stealth Interactive Media Inc. Chamber Staff: Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director Derek Crang - Sales and Membership Director Terry Lawrence - Administration Roz Macala - Executive Assistant Kevin Meldrum - Marketing Director Ryan Wig - Communications Director Czarina Catambing - Committee Operations Intern Meghan Johnson - Committee Operations Intern Event Planner: Molly Lux - Lux Events

The photographs on the cover and inside this issue are all by Grant Romancia Photography. Cover graphic by Czarina Catambing.

Mentorship Committee Mentors are a volunteer base special to Celebrate Success! We are the only awards event in Saskatoon that enlists the services of the business community to assist the applicant with the application process. Special Recognition goes to: Co-Chair: Jackie Presnell - Innovation Place Co-Chair: Amanda Soulodre - Saskatoon HOME Magazine Diana Pereira - Handy Special Events Tracey Kowalchuk - TK & Associates Inc. Marilyn St. Marie - Marilyn Connects Ashton Prescott - At Your Service Concierge Marielle Gauthier - Redworks Communications and Coaching Melanie Grace - Saskatoon Health Region

Chantal Hounjet - Fresh Living Derek Ryan - CTV, Bell Media Andrew Hnatuk - Pattison Outdoor Phil Gross - Pattison Outdoor Karen Spelay- The Wireless Age Rob Lozinski - 96.3 CRUZ FM Jess Tetu - Just For You Day Spa Silas Dain - Prosper Financial

Thank you for your time and support of this community project!

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Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc.

Celebrating a successful 20 years supporting female entrepreneurs Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. (W.E.) is a non-profit membership organization established in 1995 dedicated to assisting women in building successful businesses that strengthen Saskatchewan’s economy. W.E. serves to complement, rather than duplicate, the services of other organizations in supporting business while promoting entrepreneurship as a career option. With offices in Saskatoon and Regina, W.E. is led by a volunteer board of directors and provides programs and services across Saskatchewan. Programs & Services • • •

Business Advising Start-up and Expansion Loans up to $150,000 Training

Mentoring and Networking Opportunities

Women Entrepreneurs is dedicated to assisting women who are considering starting a business, purchasing a business, or operating an existing business. From small start-up operations to established ventures, W.E. has a variety of business advice services designed to assist in the success of its clients. Advisors work with members on a one-on-one basis to provide information on business management and development, including starting, purchasing, or expanding a business. Through its lending services, the organization works to create jobs and economic benefit throughout the province. W.E. provides loans of up to $150,000 to new or existing qualified businesses owned and operated by women. It provides financing

for projects where traditional financing is unavailable or difficult to access, as well as assisting women in developing credit relationships with other financial institutions. Business development seminars are scheduled regularly to enhance the knowledge of W.E. members. Essential business skills are covered including forward planning, financial management, marketing and operational control. Through the mentorship program offered by W.E., both mentors and protégés benefit from the knowledge and experience shared. Successful business owners provide guidance and support as new members establish their business venture while the energy and innovative thinking of entrepreneurs is infectious. The organization provides the opportunity Continued on page 28

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Timeline of Women Entrepreneurs September 22, 1995: The Saskatoon office hosts a grand opening

March 14, 1995 W.E. is incorporated

November 1995: Barb Klassen is hired as the first Executive Director. W.E. received the first loan proceeds from Western Economic Diversification

March 31, 2003: As of this date, W.E. has provided financing of almost $6.2M to small businesses, which created an additional $5.4M in leveraged debt and equity, for a total of 426 new full-time jobs

2004: W.E. started offering one hour training sessions by telephone

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March 31, 1996: W.E. received 32 loan applications, approved 7 loans, and dispersed $243,500 to women-owned and controlled businesses, creating 16 full-time jobs in the province

January 1 1997: Laura Small is hired as the new Executive Director

May 1996: The Regina office officially opens

2006: Introduced Business Beginnings, a one-hour seminar that serves as an introductory session geared to introduce new clients to the entrepreneurship process

2005: W.E. celebrated its 10th anniversary with tradeshow events in Saskatoon and Regina

March 31, 2008: To date, W.E. has lent in excess of $15M to nearly 410 businesses across Saskatchewan and has received complete repayment for 225 loans amounting to just over $75M


of Saskatchewan Inc. 1995 to Today March 31, 1997: Membership grew to over 400 members. W.E. has lent almost $1M to 28 businesses, creating nearly 100 fulltime jobs in Saskatchewan

February 1997: W.E. hosts the first PanWest conference for 300 women

March 31, 2000: Membership grew to 691 members. W.E. offered 2,084 Business Advising Sessions and processed a total of 1,787 inquiries

March 31, 1999: W.E. has lent almost $2.6M, approving an additional 31 new loans, creating an additional 90 jobs in the province

March 31, 2009: W.E. held 1,570 Business Advising sessions over the last 12 month period, helping clients access over $3M in financing from other sources

March 31, 2009: Over the year, W.E. realized over 80,000 website visits, processed 2,326 inquiries, and offered 178 Business Beginnings sessions, with 526 participants

March 14, 2010: W.E. celebrates 15 years in business!

September 2002: First WEI week initiated by WD with PanWest Awards Inc.

March 31, 2001: W.E.’s website has been operational for 17 months. Website visits increased from 251 in April of 2000 to 924 by March 2001.

June 15, 2010: W.E. celebrates the grand opening of the new location, located in Stonebridge

March 31, 2002: Website visits reach 15,229

Spring 2011: The Regina office expansion is completed

March 31, 2010: Membership grew to 1,044 members. In the last five years, W.E. responded to 13,099 inquiries, offered 531 training sessions with 4,935 participants in attendance, and has realized over 400,000 website visits. To date, W.E. has lent over $19M and has leveraged an additional $14.5M in debt and equity

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for like-minded people to come together through the many networking opportunities offered. Through the collaboration of ideas, members of the W.E. are able to expand their knowledge and customer base. Shaken With A Twist is a free networking event put on by W.E. and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce on the third Thursday of each month. The event takes place from 5 – 7 pm and is held at CUT Casual Steak and Tap. The group also hosts W.E. Meets on the third Friday of each month from 10 to 11:30 am. The informal networking opportunity connects individuals and businesses over a cup of coffee. The Maximize Profits – Grow Your Business program is designed to assist businesses which have been operating for at least three years. Through coaching and support, business owners are taught how to improve profits and cash flow, choose the right growth strategy and increase their business so it can reach its true potential. Their Footprint on Saskatchewan Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc. supports the pursuits and endeavors of women business owners and professionals throughout Saskatchewan. W.E. was designed to help women at every stage of their journey as business owners, from dreaming to retiring. W.E. was created for women who are just starting out and need help to develop a business plan, learn the skills required to own and operate a business, and obtain the financial assistance required. W.E. exists for women who already own and operate a business and want to expand with advice, guidance and financial support. W.E. also guides business owners who are ready to retire and need help with succession planning. W.E.’s history over the last 20 years has been significant, heavily rooted in the advancement of entrepreneurism and the economic vibrancy of the province. Since inception in 1995, W.E. has experienced incredible growth, evolving from six members to over 900 members and in 2014 reached a significant milestone of

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lending $30 million to entrepreneurs in the Saskatchewan economy. Such phenomenal growth speaks volumes about the great need for such an organization as well as to its proven ability to help the women of this province to succeed in business. The organization has established a reputation as an invaluable resource for women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan and has helped many women to better their businesses, careers, and lives. Their members have established successful enterprises and have helped shape the robust business environment of this Province. As W.E. enters into twenty years as an organization their course is concise, the organization will embark into new frontiers as they celebrate the achievements of the past and build on those milestones to further create a dynamic, competitive and innovative organization for the future. “I have been very happy with the help and support provided by Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan through the process of writing my business plan, loan process and actual setting up of my business. It gives me peace of mind that W.E. is there for me not only throughout the process of setting up the business but also as I grow my business.” Roomana Aziz, Mortal Sin Foods “The very first step I took in starting my business was joining Women Entrepreneurs and completing the Business Plan seminar. Through a myriad of meetings, phone calls and emails, my Business Advisor has been my champion. She has built me back up in times of trouble and has been there to celebrate my success. As I venture down my 12th year in business the support from Women Entrepreneurs will continue to guide my growth for the next decade.” Nicola

Lawson, Pick Nic’s Catering “In 2011 I decided to expand my interior design business into the retail sector to offer clients interior products, design services, and full project management out of one location - Metric Design Centre. Initially, when I was exploring the possibilities for this move, Women Entrepreneurs gave me a running start by helping me with business forecasting and planning, and they also provided me with a start-up loan. Without their support, my growth and success would not be possible. They have mentored and guided me throughout my business path, and I know that if and when I am struggling, they are there to help me find my way. I have utilized the Mentoring Circle, their contacts, and have attended the seminars and networking events which have all helped me to further my success.” Tamara Bowman, Metric Design Centre Saskatoon Office 108 - 502 Cope Way Saskatoon, SK S7T 0G3 Phone: 306-477-7173 Fax: 306-477-7175 Regina Office 100 - 1919 Rose Street Regina, SK S4P 3P1 Phone: 306-359-9732 Fax: 306-359-9739 Toll-free phone: 1-800-879-6331 Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Email: info@womenentrepreneurs.sk.ca http://www.womenentrepreneurs.sk.ca


Our Event Planner - Molly Lux of Lux Events Lux Events - Our Event Planner Molly Lux, Owner & Chief Event Designer of Lux Events, has helped to redefine the Celebrate Success! gala over the last four years. Working closely with the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, sponsors, nominees and vendors has been an honour. We look forward to future Celebrate Success! awards and will see you next year! Leave a Lasting Impression with your Next Event Lux Events is a premier event design and planning company based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At Lux Events, we strive to expertly deliver the amazing moments clients imagine. Everything we do, we do with flair, passion and precision - from start to finish. ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

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Molly and her team work on building solutions and successful events while being conscious of budgets, timelines and event goals. Working with us will only elevate the success of your event. Let us help you to deliver a lasting impression! We want to congratulate all nominees and recipients on their success!

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