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Saskatchewan Forum

2016 Event

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2015 Event

Saskatchewan’s leaders are being tested. New challenges in cities and rural areas—including resource prices, global demand, demographics, and infrastructure shortfalls—confront leaders in business, government, academia, and community-based organizations. These challenges are testing their resources and capacity. Yet Saskatchewan has and continues to be a leader in its economic, social, and institutional strength. What makes Saskatchewan a leadership champion and how can lessons replicate across the continuum of society and economy to maintain its position in the years to come?

The Saskatchewan Forum 2015 explored Saskatchewan’s leadership role in the world, in Canada, and within its own borders. This premium event featured an outstanding lineup of Canadian, international and Aboriginal thought leaders, decision-makers and influencers to develop a deeper understanding of the issues affecting the future of Saskatchewan, and to find the solutions to move forward—proactively, effectively, and with vision.

Featured Speakers From the 2015 Event

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Roger Francis
Director, Saskatchewan Institute
The Conference Board of Canada

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Dr. Anne Neufeld
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Diane Francis
Editor at Large
Financial Post

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Lang McGilp
Senior Research Executive
Insightrix Research Inc.

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Peter W. B. Phillips
Distinguished Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
University of Saskatchewan

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Kent J. Smith-Windsor
Executive Director
Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

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Bill Waiser
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Saskatchewan

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Rostyk Hursky
Manager, Business Intelligence
Saskatchewan Research Council

Photo of Craig Fleisher

Dr. Craig S. Fleisher
Chief Learning Officer, Director of Professional Development
Aurora WDC

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John Hopkins
Chief Executive Officer
Regina & District Chamber of Commerce

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Kristin Enns-Kavanagh
Community Consultant
Prairie Wild Consulting

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Dr. Ryan Meili

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Joe Muldoon
Vice-President, Environment
Saskatchewan Research Council

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Lenore Swystun
Prairie Wild Consulting Co.

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Alex L. Fallon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Saskatoon Regional Ecomomic Development Authority (SREDA)

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Alan Arcand
Associate Director, Centre for Municipal Studies
The Conference Board of Canada

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Dr. Ken S. Coates
Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
University of Saskatchewan

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Geoff Gay
Chief Executive Officer
Athabasca Basin Development Limited

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Steve McLellan
Chief Executive Officer
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

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Engin Özberk
Executive Director and Senior Technical Advisor
International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII)

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Pam Schwann
Executive Director
Saskatchewan Mining Association

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David C. E. Waugh
Chief Executive Officer
North Atlantic Potash

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Dr. Daniel F. Muzyka
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Conference Board of Canada

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Dr. Michael R. Bloom
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

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Diana S. MacKay
Executive Director, Education, Skills & Immigration, The Saskatchewan Institute
The Conference Board of Canada

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Vincent Lauerman
Director, Energy and Environment
The Conference Board of Canada

Photo of John Barrett

Dr. John Barrett
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Photo of Mark Bigland-Pritchard

Dr. Mark Bigland-Pritchard
Consultant, Director
Low Energy Design Ltd

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Tony Baumgartner
Executive Director, Investment and Industry Development
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy

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Wanda Nyirfa
Vice-President, Business Ventures
Saskatchewan Research Council

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Kelly Lendsay
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Photo of Jacqueline Gallagher

Jacqueline N. Gallagher
Vice-President, Saskatchewan
David Aplin Group

Photo of Amy Gill

Amy Gill
Business Development
Vendasta Technologies

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Walt Precourt
Senior Vice-President, Potash
The Mosaic Company

Photo of Prabha Vaidyanathan

Prabha Vaidyanathan
Chief Executive Officer
Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

Photo of Heather Exner-Pirot

Dr. Heather T. Exner-Pirot
Strategist, Outreach and Indigenous Engagement
University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing

Photo of Wanda Hunckak

Wanda Hunckak
Chair, Board of Directors
Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority

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The Hon. Jeremy Harrison
Minister Responsible For Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training
Government of Saskatchewan


We'd like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

Graham Group of Companies logo

Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy logo

Saskatchewan Polytechnic logo

The Mosaic Company logo

University of Regina logo

University of Saskatchewan logo

The Saskatchewan Institute

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“Good big picture overview of what is happening in Saskatchewan now and some insight into our future. There are definitely some common themes from the messages of the presenters.”

“Insightful dialogue generated from plenary sessions. Appreciate leadership role of Saskatchewan at all levels, industry, government, academia, etc.”

“Presentations gave a good indication of what the youth (students) will circum-navigate around as the tradition for this province and Canada in general. More work and less talk or demonstration or practical demonstrations are signs for great road map for Saskatchewan.”

“Well organized. Appreciated the variety of news and thought provoking comments”

“Great to hear and see the Aboriginal perspective and importance!!”

“Thanks! Overall an excellent conference with amazing speakers. I am delighted to be a part of these innovative and thought provoking discussions.”

“Very good day”

“Great conference, enjoyed it greatly!”

“Good conference. Some excellent topics and presentations. Look forward to attending the conference again next year.”

“Delighted to attend this years event and hope to get a chance to next year. The topics this year were excellent and the discussions rich and interesting.”

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate!”