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May 2, 2018

7:00 am REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

7:00 am - 8:00 am LEARNING LAB: Economic Developer Roundtable CANADIAN ROOM
Grab a breakfast join in this roundtable facilitated by James Leier of Preferred Choice. Bring questions or challenges to share and build new relationships to support your community endeavours year round.

8:00 am OPENING REMARKS & PRAYER followed by INTERACTIVE PLENARY BALLROOM B
Economic Development as a Bridge to Reconciliation. Municipal and First Nation leaders will share their stories of partnership and accord as a pathway to economic prosperity. Moderated by Rhett Sangster, Director of Reconciliation & Community Partnerships, Office of the Treaty Commissioner. Special Guests include Mayor Charlie Clark, City of Saskatoon and Mary Culbertson, Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan.

9:15 am REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

9:45 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 1(a) Measuring ROI to Ratepayers & Citizens BALLROOM B  Illustrating the value of local initiatives to ratepayers is an area that is typically overlooked and yet it is essential. This session will high-light best practices and how they might be adapted to any community. Presenter Alex Fallon, CEO SREDA.

Breakout 1(b) Intersect of Culture and Industry. CANADIAN ROOM  Are urban and rural communities capitalizing on the bridging of 'creatives' with 'traditional industry sectors'. Presenters include Devon Plett of the Saskatoon Makerspace.

Breakout 1(c) Roundtable: Business Improvement Districts COURTYARD ROOM  Discussion group for staff and volunteers of established Saskatchewan BIDs and Downtown Associations. Facilitated by Judith Veresuk, Regina Downtown.

10:45 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 2(a) Business and Project Financing 101 BALLROOM B   What types of financing are most suitable for different projects and how do we source support? Presenters TBA

Breakout 2(b) The Tiny House Movement CANADIAN ROOM  How to capitalize on this growing trend of living more simply, and its potential to assist us in achieving greater socio-economic equity in communities of all sizes. Presenter: John Robinson, Robinson Residential.

Breakout 2(c) Roundtable: Business Improvement Districts COURTYARD ROOM  Discussion group for staff and volunteers of Saskatchewan BIDs and Downtown Associations. Facilitated by Judith Veresuk, Regina BID.

11:45 am NETWORKING LUNCHEON

1:00 PM PLENARY An Army of Problemsolvers BALLROOM B

Just who are the problem solvers in today's communities? Author and Chief ChangeMaker Shaun Loney makes the case that social enterprises, social entrepreneurs and the small farm movement comprise the “solutions economy”. 

2:00 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 3 (a)  How to Embrace a Winter City Strategy COURTYARD ROOM  Is it time to reclaim the joy of winter and embrace the season?  Find out what the City of Saskatoon is doing and how your community can engage residents and visitors as part of a Winter Strategy.

Breakout 3(b) Expanding Industry Clusters on the Prairies BALLROOM B Presenter Ifor Ffocwcs-Williams, Cluster Navigators (TBC) Described as 'one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world', Ifor will provide a timely refresher in view of new agricultural opportunities on how to leverage our key industries via nurturing clusters in Saskatchewan.

Breakout 3 (c)Transportation: Airships in Northern & Remote Saskatchewan COURTYARD ROOM  No, its not science fiction. Presenter Dr Barry Prentice of the I. H. Asper School of Business will discuss the advantages and work underway for a northern Canadian fleet.

3:00 pm REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

3:15 pm Leverging the Makerspace Culture BALLROOM B Presenters include Devon Plett of the for-profit Saskatoon Makerspace and Mitch Thomson from the Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development. They will profile two different models designed for specific users.

3:15 pm The Economic of Water CANADIAN ROOM The foundation and future of any community, water is one that is arguably the least leveraged. This session will profile a business model for establishing sustainable community utilities to adapt sewage for reuse as water and fertilizer. Pre-senter Jason Tratch, CEO Galex Group.

4:30 pm DELEGATES LEAVE FOR BID EXPERIENCE & DINNER (MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED)

May 3, 2018

7:00 am REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

7:00 am SEDA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BALLROOM B

8:00 am PLENARY & DISCUSSION BALLROOM B Opportunities & Challenges of Cannabis Legalization
Leaders in Marijuana Economics, Finance, and Policy, the Marijuana Policy Group, LLC is a Denver-based economic and policy consulting firm internationally recognized for its role in shaping regulated medical and recreational cannabis markets. Founding Partner Adam Orens will discuss how to mitigate challenges and leverage opportunities of the 2018 legalization of cannabis in Saskatchewan.

9:00 am PLENARY The Future of Connectivity BALLROOM B  What level of digital access do the business sector and home based entrepreneurs require to operate now and in the future. How can we work proactively at a local and provinical level to remain competitive. Presenters inlcude Mitch Thomson of Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development.

10:00 am REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

10:15 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 5 (a) Transportation Options for Rural & Remote BALLROOM B This session will profile potential options for communities and/or businesses to fill the gap in inter-community transportation. Presenter Elan Buan, Schollie Research.

Breakout 5(b) Pioneering Main Street Using Infrastructure Infill Initiatives CANADIAN ROOM
Infilling vacant lots in our downtowns is key to maintaining its vibrancy. Presenter Vickie Newmeyer will profile new build options when faced with availability of small lots and illustrate the value of municipal support for these efforts.

Breakout 5 (c) Investment Attraction: Current Opportunities & Keys to Success COURTYARD ROOM
Sean Wallace of the Town of Tisdale will share his success in attracting investment in rural communities. Gavin Conacher, Director International Engagement, Ministry of the Economy will profile target sectors and their potential for Saskatchewan communities.

11:15 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 6 (a) Placemaking on the Prairies BALLROOM B Our ‘placebrand” plays a key role in ensuring our communities maintain a vibrant business base and quality of life. Presenters from the City of Prince Albert, Yorkton Business Improvement District and City of Saskatoon will profile current initiatives including outdoor visual art, integration of Indigenous culture as well as mitigation of railway thoroughfares.

Breakout 6(b) Value Added Cannabis Business Opportunities CANADIAN ROOM Industry experts maintain the boutique and value added segments of the cannabis market hold optimal potential for new entries to the marketplace. Find out more with our Dr. John Vidmar, Chief Technology Officer, Nutraponics.

Breakout 6 (c) Development from a Place of Inclusion: Little Black Bear COURTYARD ROOM
The story of developing and managing the joint Petro Canada and Tim Hortons enterprise in Fort Qu’appelle is one that any community can learns from. The unique aspects of citizen en-gagement and buy-in will also inspire new processes in your community. Presenter: Doris Greyeyes.

12:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON & AWARDS PRESENTATION

1:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 7(a) Moving Regional Planning to the Next Level BALLROOM B
Leveraging economies of scale and capitalizing on economic opportunities are just two of the drivers behind a renewed approach to regional planning. Presenters include John Guenther, Director Community Planning, Government Relations.

Breakout 7 (b) Workshop 1 pm to 4 pm Community Engagement
Does the essential nature of who we are determine our future?
This interactive session facilitated by Kristin Catherwood of Heritage Saskatchewan will illustrate how our way of speaking, doing things, and understanding of our local environment shapes our sense of identity as a community. More Importantly, Kristen will show us how to harness our constantly evolving ‘living heritage’ to engage local residents and businesses in a vision and action plan for the future.

Breakout 7 (c) Session TBA COURTYARD ROOM

2:15 pm BROWN BAG REFRESHMENT BREAK

2:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 8(a) Growing Local and Regional Food Ecosystems BALLROOM B
With a focus on producer and value added exports, we often overlook the essential nature of local and regional food systems. How can we connect the dots between local, regional and global and ensure we have a founda-tion here at home? Presenters: TBA

Breakout 8 (c) Session TBA COURTYARD ROOM