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May 2, 2018

7:00 am REGISTRATION/Coffee and Muffin

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) Leveraging Winter BALLROOM B  Is it time to reclaim the joy of winter and embrace the season?  Find out what the City of Saskatoon is doing with Presenter Christine Gutmann and how your community can engage residents and visitors as part of a Winter Strategy.

Breakout 1(b) Session The Economics of Water CANADIAN ROOM The foundation and future of any community, water is one that is arguably the least leveraged.  This session led by Jason Tratch, CEO Galex Group.will profile  a business model for establishing sustainable  community utilities to adapt sewage for reuse as water and fertilizer.               

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) Trends, Transitions & Technology BALLROOM B The Business Development Bank of Canada will illustrate how to keep our communities prosperous for years to come. Presenter: Warren Jackson BDC

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) Leveraging Industry Clusters  BALLROOM B Today's economy is about speed, flexibility and connectivity in an environment where innovation and economic growth are geographically concentrated. Clusters and their are cornerstones of this reality.  Presenter Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Cluster Navigators.

Breakout 3(b) Saskatchewan Success Stories CANADIAN ROOM Join four community development professionals as they share what is working and associated impact locally and regionally. Presenters include Jenn Biensch Village of Abbey, Maggie Doerksen, Town of Carrot River, Cherylynn Walters, Village of Grayson and Royce Pettyjohn Town of Maple Creek.

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 CANADIAN ROOM 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  Investment Attraction:Current Opportunities & Keys to Success BALLROOM B Sean Wallace of  the Town of Tisdale will share his success in attracting investment in rural  communities. Gavin Conacher, Director of International Engagement, Ministry of Trade and Export Development will profile target sectors and  their potential for Saskatchewan communities.

3:15 pm  Session TBA  COURTYARD ROOM 

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

May 3, 2018

7:00 am REGISTRATION and coffee/muffin

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: Shawn Beaton, Director of Business Development, Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and Neil Mc McClughan, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Research Network (SRNET). Moderated by Steve McLellan, CEO Saskatchewan Chamber

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) Value Added Cannabis Business Opportunities COURTYARD 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 Operations Officer NGK Biologix.

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) Rural Broadband and Independent Power: The Olds Alberta Model  CANADIAN ROOM  Olds has recently expanded its own high speed broadband to include communities farther afield in the region. Learn how ONET and Mountain View Power are supporting self reliance in the Olds area with Mitch Thomson of Olds Institute for Community & Regional Development.

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 

12:45 pm Guest Presenter, John McArthur Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation will discuss the First Nation Community Navigator Program and how it contributes to comprehensive community planning in Saskatchewan First Nations.

1:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 7(a) Why Regions Matter BALLROOM B  Leveraging economies of scale and capitalizing on infrastructure, human resource and economic opportunities are key drivers behind a renewed approach to regional planning. Presenters include John Guenther, Director Community Planning, Ministry of Government Relations; Davie Lee, Townfolio Inc.; Alex Fallon, SREDA, David White, Synergy Solutions Group.

Breakout 7 (b) Workshop 1 pm to 4 pm Tactical Urbanism COURTYARD ROOM Designed to be relevant for communities of all sizes, Judith Veresuk of the Regina BID and Megan Jones from Stantec will facilitate this highly interactive workshop will engage you in the principles of tactical urbanism; different materials to create tactical urbanism interventions. Who should attend? Business Improvement Districts; Commercial Districts and Property Owners; Economic Development Practitioners; Local Government; Design professionals – Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers.

2:15 pm BROWN BAG REFRESHMENT BREAK

2:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Breakout 8(a) Local & Regional Food Ecosystems are Essential: How do we get there?  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: Shaun Sonnias, Nutraponics; Gord Enns, Saskatoon Food Council.

Workshop 7(b) Continues