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Della G. Rucker, AICP CECD, is a writer, speaker, editor, and advisor who helps communities make sound decisions about economic revitalization, urban planning, public engagement and civic technology. Much of Della's perspective comes from the fact that, for more than 20 years, she has worked with large and small cities across the country to help them capitalize on new opportunities in a changing economy and empower their residents to play an active role in the process. Her work with large and small cities nationwide has ranged from the most affluent to the most impoverished, and been recognized by local organizations and the Congress for the New Urbanism's Charter Award. Della is a prolific and powerful writer. Her Wise Economy platform was named a Top 10 Economic Development Blog by GIS Planning in 2013, which described it as "one of the most inspired voices in [economic development]" and "both funny and fearless". Her 2013, book, The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help has been called "An honest conversation about changing the communities we love". Della has given keynotes and sessions at more than 100 national and regional conferences since 2001, on topics ranging from fostering entrepreneurship to downtown parking strategies to the "junk food" in economic development.

Della is the author of Crowdsourcing Wisdom: A guide to a guide to doing public meetings that actually make your community better (and won't make people wish they hadn't come) and The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help. She is also the author of the upcoming books Online Public Engagement, from Routledge Press, and New Learning from Las Vegas, from Wise Fool Press. Della also serves as the Managing Editor of Engaging Cites, an online magazine that focuses on the intersection between internet technologies and community engagement with more than 30,000 readers worldwide.

Formerly the lead for economic development in Jacobs Engineering's planning group, at various points in her life, Della has also been an English teacher, a Main Street program charter board member, a historic preservation entrepreneur, and a small town journalist.



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Paul enjoys the travel that comes with working with communities and companies from coast to coast to coast. With every new project comes an opportunity to meet business and community leaders who have a passion for their product and place. Active Listening is one of Paul's strengths and truly understanding his clients' dreams and worries is something he considers the most important aspect of consulting. His greatest job satisfaction comes when clients say, sometimes with surprise in their voice, "Thank you, you REALLY understand us!"

Since 1995 when he was shot into the real world. For 10 years he held positions of increasing influence as a municipal economic development professional in three rural and urban communities. He did not know it at the time, but these years of being accountable to the community helped to shape Paul's innovative consultative approach.

Since the mid-2000s Paul has built on that experience while working with more than 200 businesses, communities, and NGOs across Canada and in the United States, Ukraine, and Ecuador. These projects are so interestingly widespread that he has no problem getting up for a day on the job.

Paul is equally comfortable with projects in small rural communities and large city regions and his work has received recognition from economic development associations across Canada. Paul is keen on keeping his knowledge current and takes every opportunity he can to listen to and talk about the latest and most relevant trends at conferences or with a few people around the boardroom table. It's notable that Paul is truly enjoying life. Twenty years ago Paul and his wife, Cara, moved to Eastern Ontario. Not the most agreeable farming country, their modest acre of lawn is surrounded by open pasture and clusters of forest. The lakes and rocks of the UNESCO-designated Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve are just a few kilometres away. These are the places that Paul and Cara will continue to enjoy with their two teenage daughters and a very special group of friends who fill life with love and laughs.

Samantha Mark

An honours graduate with the Regional and Urban Planning Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Samantha is the lead on a number of Prairie Wild projects. She has roots in Frontier, Saskatchewan and is based out of Saskatoon. Samantha serves as the Co-chair of Professional Development for the Association of Professional Community Planners of Saskatchewan (APCPS). Samantha provides facilitation, policy writing and project management to a number of working groups within the west central area, eastern, and south eastern parts of the Province. This includes leading the process of developing a number of Official Community Plans (OCPs), District Plans (DPs), Zoning Bylaws, development review responses, community engagement processes and other related work.

Lenore Swystun 

Lenore Swystun is the founder and principal partner of Prairie Wild Consulting Co. She is a registered professional planner who brings a quality skillset and experience in the fields of: participatory-based comprehensive regional and community-based planning and development; mitigation and adaptive planning; cultural and heritage planning; Indigenous planning; municipal capacity development; local and regional governance: community and civic engagement; facilitation; international development; and, related social research. In 2012, she received the Dr. James Pooler Award for distinguished planning achievement through the University of Saskatchewan’s Regional and Urban Planning Program. She was recently appointed a Professional Associate by the Regional and Urban Planning Program for her work in advancing participatory based, trans-disciplinary regional and community planning practice.

Lenore has co-authored and authored numerous plans, articles and reports. This includes research and writing in diverse fields of: rural development; land and infrastructure resiliency assessment; urban and regional studies; cultural and heritage planning; Indigenous programs, services, education and housing; community leadership; and, democratic engagement. Lenore has co-lead international projects in East Africa and in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where the focus was on transferring skills to local professionals and citizens to develop and implement comprehensive community based planning frameworks and tools. She remains actively engaged in International work through professional association with organisations such as CC-UNESCO’s Man in the Biosphere Program, the Canadian Institute of Planners, and Project for Public Spaces. Most recently, Lenore was appointed to the Executive Committee of Canada’s United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation.

Lenore is a former municipal elected representative (Saskatoon City Council); an awarded community builder; and, recognized business leader - recently awarded for leading one of Saskatoon’s top small businesses in 2014. Lenore is currently the Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry Managers Association (SEIMA) and sits as a member of the City of Saskatoon Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee. Lenore is passionate about serving through all aspects of work and play, a vision of a peaceful and sustainable world.


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Cherylynn Walters, the Chair/CEO of the Marieval Enterprise Center Inc a Cross-Cultural Business Resource Center located in Grayson Saskatchewan. She has three degrees from the University of Saskatchewan including a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Business Administration. Cherylynn has 6 years of teaching experience, she spend two years as the Vice President of Marketing for a Saskatchewan Biotechnology company, participating in international business – technology transfer throughout Southeast Asia and India. Cherylynn spent just under two years as the Manager of Business Training with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) where she developed and implemented programs in ISO 9000, Export Training for New Entrants, Entrepreneurial Training and Community Economic Development.

In Cherylynn’s work as the Chair/CEO for the Marieval Enterprise Center Inc., she is heavily involved in community economic development, development of information technology, Entrepreneurial development, E-Learning and E-commerce, labour force development, project management and program material development. Cherylynn together with the MEC team are just completing a four year contract as the Managing Director for the Saskatchewan Greenhouse Growers Association.

Cherylynn was a member of the Entrepreneurial Issues Council for the Provincial Government, a Regional Advisory Council member for the University of Saskatchewan. She continues to be the Provincial Manager for the Aboriginal Business Service Network. Cherylynn has owned and operated her own business for over 18 years and has been working with entrepreneurs and communities throughout rural Saskatchewan for over 20 years delivering business workshops and community planning sessions.
Cherylynn Walters was part of the National Team focused on the implementation of Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) within the Voluntary Sector and small business. She served as an advisor to the Provincial Public Internet Access Association Board of Directors for technology development in the Province of Saskatchewan. She was a member of the Business Mentorship Institute of Saskatchewan and provided business mentoring services in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Cherylynn and the Marieval Enterprise Center were recognized by former Minister Jane Stewart, Human Resources Development Canada, for her contribution to technology development within rural Saskatchewan and the Solicitor General’s office, for the Company’s work with high risk youth and crime prevention.


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With 25 years of progressive experience in community economic development, business development and regional development, Celine has extensive knowledge in providing results driven leadership, and management support. She has worked with numerous regional and provincial organizations including urban and rural municipalities, as well as communities of Northern Saskatchewan.

Celine is currently working with the Mid-Sask Municipal Alliance Inc. planning district, where she is employed as Director of Operations and Planning. She is working to increase the profile of the region, and build on the base of regional cooperating achieved to date. Celine is a visionary with a realistic approach to action, and a willingness to take on new initiatives.








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Carl brings over 30 years of strategic and sustainable management experience to the SM Solutions team. He has worked with federal and provincial ministries, the hospitality industry, accounting firms, professional sports franchises and environmental service companies helping to restructure and streamline their practices towards a more self-reliant, sustainable and profitable future.

Most recently, as CEO of Stark & Marsh Chartered Accountants, LLP he lead the firm in strategic transformation and a revitalization of their governance framework. Prior to this, Carl was the Director General of the federal government's Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA). Serving western Canada, PFRA is an internationally recognized agency, which addresses the sustainable resource development challenges faced by agriculture and rural Canadians.

Carl also served as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Equity Fund, working with entrepreneurs in the development and commercialization of their innovative products and services. As Assistant Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan's Department of Highways and Transportation, Carl led the development of the provincial submission to the comprehensive review of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA), including a position on transportation infrastructure financing. Carl has extensive international experience and also served as a lecturer at both the University of Regina and University of Guelph.


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Dale has been a high profile Business Leader and "serial CEO"; leading 4 different non-profit and corporate organizations in rehabilitating services, economic development, and international trade promotion. He has also spent 11 years in leadership of the largest small business organization in Canada (the CFIB), working with over 100,000 entrepreneurs across the nation. He has held several other senior positions in the public sector as an Environment Manager, a Management Consultant to several Premiers, and as Executive Director of a Ministry of Science and Technology. He ended his career in Government as Deputy Minister of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, and as the founding CEO of Enterprise Saskatchewan.

Dale has had his own business since 2003, and before his last appointments with Government agencies, he assisted dozens of business, community and research organizations with strategy, economic development, marketing and leadership coaching. Since April 1, 2010 Dale has returned to his business - Botting Leadership and Development - on a full-time basis. He is now applying his 35 years of diversified, "hands on" leadership experiences to business and personal coaching/ mentoring with passion and focus.

His current client list includes research institutes, universities, aboriginal organizations and many companies in all sectors, and across Western Canada. Dale is uniquely able to also provide other ancillary skills to assist with government relations, corporate strategy, planning, management advice, governance, corporate social responsibility, and sales growth within a vast network for business development.



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I'm a Rural girl, living a great life in SE Alberta Canada.I've dedicated 10 years to working with communities in southern Alberta as they advance their Rural development dreams & goals.

In the process of working with communities, I have founded numerous recognized regional brands including; Return to Rural and Travel Special Areas. I've also, been entrusted with developing numerous regional strategies including; the successful SAMDA Regional Physician Recruitment Strategy and Alberta's Special Area Regional Workforce Attractions Strategy.'

I'm happy to be providing consultative services to enterprising organizations and communities. I have a lot to share and am happy to use my problem solving & entrepreneurial abilities in partnership with my clients. There's a lot of promise in Rural everywhere. I've seen it, first hand.









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First Follower: Leadership Lessons from a Dancing Guy
Sara Bareilles - Brave

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Monica is an entrepreneur, speaker, facilitator, motivator, teacher and consultant. Monica holds a Masters in Leadership and Training, a Diploma in Education and is currently completing her PhD dissertation at the University of Regina.

Her career path has taken her from Europe to India and Africa and now Canada. The indomitable Monica works in leadership and economic development to facilitate creative, and innovative collaboration. Individuals flourish and simple results nurture the miracle of optimism, revitalization and resilience.

Her Ph.D. work highlights "collaborative individualism", or "intrapreneurship". Her toolkit and examples foster an entrepreneurial spirit and stimulate entrepreneurial initiatives. Participants in projects learn that they too can be enterprising wherever they can exercise discretion, confidence and self reliance.











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Ryley is an entrepreneur and advocate of growing business in Saskatchewan. One of the founding partners in Townfolio, Ryley is a business development consultant working with communities as well as the public and non-profit sectors. Ryley us an Edwards School of Business Graduate and former Business Development Manger for Futurepreneur. He is passionate about green energy, real estate, and economic development in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.











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Royce Petyjohn was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills area of Southwest Saskatchewan near the community of Maple Creek. He is a 20 year veteran of the Parks Canada Agency, spending the majority of his career at Fort Walsh National Historic Site. Royce is currently the local Coordinator for Maple Creek Main Street Program.

Royce is also the Chair of Cypress Hills Destination Area Inc., Chair of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, and a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the S.W. Sask. Old-timer's' Museum & Archive in Maple Creek.

In 2012, The Maple Creek Main Street Program was honoured with a Municipal Awards of Excellence for Heritage Conservation & Economic Development and Royce was a finalist for Tourism Saskatchewan's Fred Heal Tourism Ambassador Award and recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal & the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in heritage conservation.

In 2014, Royce was the recipient of SEDA's Economic Developer of the Year Award.





Gail Kesslar

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Gail is the Executive Director of the Cypress Hills Destination Area. A former freelance writer and social media strategist, her past work with Overtime Communications in Swift Current, saw her producing video, a television show, and creating online and social media strategies for the  McIntyre Family Foundation, as well as a number of other clients. In her role with the  Cypress Hills Destination  Area, she has come to see how the power of tourism can spur on economic development in both rural and urban settings. In 2015 she was the winner of  Tourism Saskatchewan’s Gil Carduner Marketing Award of Excellence and the Tourism Ambassador of the Year Award from Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council (STEC). In the ever changing world of online marketing she believes being a life-long learner is paramount to keeping on top of the latest trends and  strategies.










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Glenys' professional experience spans close to 30 years. During this time she was involved in the start-up of her own consulting firm and assisted many businesses to grow and develop. She has provided consulting, coaching and mediation services to organizations and businesses in the for-profit, public and not-for-profit sectors. This in combination with her educational qualifications, MA (Leadership) and training as a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) assists her to customize her work based on the needs of the organization she is working with. In addition to her MA and CEC she has earned the designation of Professional Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation, is a trainer for Coaching 5/5/5, has received training in LEAN methodology and is certified to conduct and debrief EQ-I and EQ360s. Glenys' commitment to leader-ship and team development assists organizations to achieve outstanding results. Personally, Glenys was born and raised in Lloydminster and has worked and in a variety of locations in the region served by the Regional Business Accelerator. Thus she understands the unique opportunities for new and existing businesses in this region.







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In his professional career thus far, Jordan has founded North America's first Junior Chamber of Commerce affiliated with the organizations respective Provincial, Municipal, and Post Secondary Chamber affiliates. In doing so he has also been a part of founding Saskatchewan's first Health Care Hackathon and Canada's first Agriculture Hackathon, all of which were based in Saskatoon out of the University of Saskatchewan and Innovation Place. In his graduating year of the Edwards School of Business Jordan is co-founder of an early stage health care technology company that is developing 3D printed models of organs for practice surgeries within surgical departments of hospitals. He is also co-founder and project lead of Co. Labs, Saskatchewan first Technology Incubator that is currently in the development phase. He plans to pursue his Masters in Public Policy at the U of S following his undergraduate degree with a focus in technology commercialization and intellectual property.






Victoria Morris

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Victoria Morris is Executive Director of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA). She joined SCA in 2006, managing the Saskatchewan Co-operative Youth Program and co-operative education programming for several years, and has been Executive Director since 2008.

With over 15 years of experience in community economic development (CED) and co-operatives, she has worked in northern, rural and urban communities in many parts of Canada. Prior to joining SCA, she held several communications positions with CBC, coordinated a two-year, Saskatchewan-wide multicultural youth project, and managed a small non-profit in BC.

Victoria is also a District Council Delegate of Affinity Credit Union, serving as Vice-Chair of District 23. She sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network for 12 years, serving in roles such as Treasurer and Emerging Leaders Co-Chair, and continues to serve on their Finance and Audit Committee. Victoria is former Chair and a founding member of Canada's Emerging Co-operators Committee of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada. She is former Treasurer and Vice-Chair of Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op and also volunteered with the Saskatoon Potters' Guild, the PotashCorp Children's Festival, Community Futures of the Boundary Corporation, Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce, the National Rural Youth Network, and Boundary Family and Individual Services Society, among others.

Victoria holds a Master of Business Administration in CED from Cape Breton University, with a specialization in Strategic Leadership. Her Master's research focused on youth involvement in Irish credit unions.

Vic Goodman BA LLB MBA EcD CEcD

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Vic is the Manager of the Value-Added Unit with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to joining government Vic held senior economic development roles on Vancouver Island and in Saskatchewan. Vic has worked extensively with SMEs to help them grow ideas into commercially viable products and services. Vic is a former Board member of the Saskatchewan Food Processors Association and currently sits on the Board of the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre. Vic holds Political Science and Law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA from the University of Victoria, and Certified Economic Developer designations from the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the International Economic Development Council. 










Grant Zalinko PAg 

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Grant Zalinko is the Manager of the Livestock Development Unit in the Livestock Branch. Grant leads a team of provincial specialists who work with provincial livestock associations, provide advice to industry and government on current issues, provide market analysis, review research proposals and assist in developing policy and programs.

Grant is responsible for developing and updating the Ministry’s Livestock Strategy under the guidance of the Ministry Livestock Team. The Livestock Strategy is used to guide program and policy development within the Ministry to assist Saskatchewan’s livestock sectors achieve significant growth as identified in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.

Grant and his wife Jacquie are residents of Rouleau and remain active beef cattle producers owning a small herd of commercial cattle. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Agriculture-Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan. 








Barry Braitman 

Barry Braitman is a community planner with more than 30 years of experience in Saskatchewan. As Director of Community Planning at the Ministry of Government Relations, his role is to facilitate planning for development in communities, including reviewing official community plans, zoning bylaws, annexations and approval of subdivision applications. Over the past 9 years he has worked with developers and other project proponents, municipalities and public agencies to facilitate growth in communities across southern Saskatchewan. Prior to his current position, Barry was worked at the City of Regina where he was responsible for planning for growth, including the long term growth strategy, the comprehensive official community plan, sector plans for residential communities, downtown, industrial areas and commercial corridors.

Barry is a graduate of Ryerson University with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute and is a Registered Professional Planner of Saskatchewan.

Zafir Bashi

Zafer Bashi holds a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan and has conducted his research in the Molecular Genetics group of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Zafer has a degree in Applied Bio-molecular Science from Lakehead University, and he has been intensively trained in many international organizations such as ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas). Zafer has been awarded the Science to Business MBA scholarship from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and has completed his MBA at the Edwards School of Business. In 2009, Zafer joined the University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office as a Technology Transfer Officer for licensing and later on for Start Ups. Zafer has since been engaged in the creation and support of numerous startups including Prairie Tide Chemicals, Quantum Genetics, Renterra and few others. Zafer is currently with the Ministry of Agriculture as an Agribusiness Specialist in the Value Added Unit attracting international investors to establish processing companies in the province and support the advancement of the existing industry

Tim Ouellette

Industry Development Consultant with Tourism Saskatchewan Product Development division for the last 9 years.  In the previous 11 years he has worked with The Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council division of Tourism Saskatchewan. He has worked in Tourism affiliated businesses for 40 years primarily in Hospitality and Accommodations. As a small business owner he has experience in conceiving, starting, building and selling ten businesses.

Mark England

Mark England works as an Industry Development Consultant in Tourism Saskatchewan’s Product Development division. He joined Tourism Saskatchewan in 2009, after serving as Marketing Manager for the West Central Tourism Region for over ten years. During that time, he developed and implemented numerous cooperative advertising initiatives targeting the province’s resident, short- and long-haul markets. When not working in the field of tourism, Mark enjoys assisting his brother on his family’s farm near Kindersley.




Shawn Moen

Shawn Moen is a Saskatchewan farm kid and a recovering lawyer.  After practicing law for almost a decade, he and his business partner Garrett Pederson took the big leap and started 9 Mile Legacy Brewing - a very small brewery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  9 Mile Legacy is reference to their two family farms - for a century, the Moen and Pederson family farms have been separated by 9 miles, with each generation working together.  Shawn and Garrett specialize in making interesting and varietal beer, often pushing the boundaries of what we currently understand as "beer".  They are currently expanding their operations in Saskatoon.


John Cote

John Cote (BSA) and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote (MSc./ NSch) have invested the last 5 years into developing a unique agri-tourisim destination on the outskirts of Saskatoon; Black Fox Farm and Distillery. Being involved in agriculture both in Canada and abroad has given the couple unique insight into the endless possibilities in farming. Wanting to share their passion for agriculture with their customers has led to a unique Saskatchewan farm focusing on fresh flower production, orchards, events and a craft distillery. Their focus is not only to produce the highest quality products, but to engage the public in the experience.


Sue Echlin

A ranch girl from Alberta met a boy (Vance) and ended up staying in Saskatchewan after coming here for school. After finding her Master's degree in International Politics wasn't immediately employable (but did teach her to argue really, really well) Sue decided that she needed to start a business in something she was passionate about.

With everything we do we consider the impact on the environment and on our community. We reduce, reuse and recycle (in fact, our whole winery was recycled from its former life as the Delisle Co-Op). We care not only for our orchard but for the environment that surrounds it, whether beast, fowl or flora. We believe ardently that local foods and services contribute to the community in a positive way, and try to purchase everything we can from our friends and neighbors. We also believe that life is bloody short and you better enjoy every second of it!

Living Sky produces a variety of wines using fruit they grow themselves – such as cherry, rhubarb, raspberries, and currant. Operating with a committment to the Prairies, and the environment, they opened in 2010 and have already received 16 national and international medals for their work.

Karl Miller

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Karl joined IRAP in August 2012 and describes his experience as an inch deep and a mile wide! Karl has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a MEDes in Product Design and professional certificate in Entrepreneurial Skills.

Like most IRAP staff his professional experience is unorthodox and diverse. He has worked on the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz in Germany, installed HVAC systems in Denmark and won a Rolex Award for Enterprise for his Masters’ thesis research in China. On the product design side Karl designed class 8 highway trucks with Western Star in Kelowna, child carriers with Chariot Carriers in Calgary and cycle rickshaws for the Taj Mahal in India. He is a graduate of the Westlink Internship program, triaged clients for a tech accelerator in Calgary and spent 4 years at the University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office extracting technologies from researchers in Engineering.

Karl recently spent time living on Vancouver Island where he learned to smoke fish and build cedar surfboards.

His work at IRAP was supposed to be centred around manufacturing but the ubiquitousness of the energy industry in Calgary is unavoidable and his clients included packable kayaks, high speed off shore boats, surgical prep disinfectant devices, steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) steam distribution tools, in-situ vibration/solvent bitumen extraction and low grade heat recovery and concentration.

Karl describes his work at Concierge as an eco-system pathfinder. He helps SMEs navigate the innovation ecosystem to find the connections, programs, services and funding that can help them grow.

Jenelyn Ong

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Jenelyn is the Marketing & Communications Manager at Square One: Saskatchewan’s Business Resource Centre. She holds a BA (Communications Studies) from the University of Calgary, and a Business Administration (Honours) Diploma from the Saskatoon Business College. Jenelyn has worked in oil and gas, professional development training, and non-profit sectors.

While taking time to raise her children, she co-founded—a website for parents in Regina, SK that informs the community about local family-friendly events, programs and services.  Jenelyn currently sits on the Saskatoon Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and is very active in her community.  

She is happy to be back in Saskatoon, and in October 2015, was ecstatic to join Square One where she can combine her love of communications and entrepreneurial experience to helping Saskatchewan entrepreneurs prosper.





Larry Lang

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Larry brings a diversified background to the partnership of HMC Management Inc. working initially in the recreation industry from 1980 to 1992 in a number of management positions including the first Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Recreation Facilities Association and has since 1992 been in the economic development field primarily in organization planning and development and project and business development.

Larry was the General Manager for the Mainline Rural Development Corporation and Regional Economic Development Authority for 17 years prior to focusing all of his time to HMC Management Inc.

A proponent of well thought out process, Larry has significant experience in the development of new companies, both for profit and not for profit, from the ground up including corporate structures, corporate governance, financing and ultimately operations.

Larry brings practical experience in financial and budget modeling and analysis having developed budget models for companies and organizations ranging from regional not for profit organizations to multi-million dollar private corporations.

Larry has been a volunteer and has been recognized in the past by his peers for those efforts. While involved in the recreation business, Larry was a charter and founding member for the Canadian Recreation Facilities Council.

Continuing his commitment to community and economic development Larry is a Past President of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association and receiver of its Ron Munroe Award for dedication and commitment to the organization.

Larry has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the East Central Development Corporation (Community Futures) for over 25 years, a member of the Board of the Community Futures Partners of Saskatchewan since its inception, a member of the Community Futures Leadership Institute Community Futures Board Development Curriculum Committee and has been recognized for his work as Volunteer of the Year in 2007.

Larry brings a straight forward, practical approach to working with clients in assisting them in achieving success.

Dean Yaremchuk CMMA

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Dean has over 30 years of direct municipal government service, all at a senior management level, serving in various positions ranging from Director of Parks and Recreation to Director of Planning and Development to City Manager, to Director of Economic and Community Development. Dean now dedicates all of his time to HMC Management Inc. Twelve of those years were spent in Saskatchewan working for the municipal governments in Moosomin, Hudson Bay, Melfort, and Yorkton with the balance of time being spent with the City of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

While involved in the recreation business, Dean was a charter and founding member for the Canadian Recreation Facilities Council, serving as that organization’s first President in 1986 and in that capacity for six consecutive years. Dean was also charter and founding member as well as President of the Saskatchewan Recreation Facility Association for three years and was honoured by the Association with a Life Membership Award in 1990 for his volunteer contributions. In 1987, Dean Chaired the Saskatchewan Recreation Society.

Dean was also recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in 2002 as their Outstanding Volunteer to FCM’s International Programs completing eight years of work overseas in the Philippines primarily in the areas of municipal governance and strategic planning of which he authored and developed a nationwide resource on that topic.

In March, 2013, Dean was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada which is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to strengthening local government across Canada. Dean’s nomination was made by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for international development work completed via FCM's International Program.

Dean brings a tremendous amount of skill, experience and abilities into the HMC partnership including: practical insights to difficult situations; leadership; strategic planning; project management and development; municipal governance, policy, human resource and organizational planning and development; land and business development and the competence to get things done the right way.

With his pragmatic and enthusiastic approach, combined with his strong communication and planning skills, dedicated work ethic, and years of experience, Dean is comfortable working with any type of organization in providing practical and useful solutions to issues that they may be facing and sincerely enjoys working with people.