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April 27, 2020 optional Pre-conference workshop

9:30 am - 4:30 pm   Investment Models for Community Resilience      

Seeking sustainable, long term sources of funds for community projects, programs and services are now essential as public sector support is not always available. Three presenters will discuss the advantages and impacts of arms-length economic development corporations; community foundations; and community investment co-ops.

  • Moderator for the Day – Cherylynn Walters, Indigenous Business Network
  • Economic Development Corporations TBA
  • Community Foundations – Carm Michalenko, CEO Saskatoon Foundation
  • Community Investment Co-ops – Kyle White, Cooperatives First

 

April 28, 2020 conference

7:00 am REGISTRATION and BREAKFAST

7:00 - 8:00 am Early Morning Meetup – Coffee & Conversation in the Manitoba Room (not facilitated)

8:00 am OPENING REMARKS & PRAYER followed by PLENARY
“Saskatchewan Success Stories”. Our opening plenary will highlight best practices from Saskatchewan businesses and communities.

9:30 am REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

9:45 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The Power of Social: Leveraging Your Local Assets. Discover how to leverage your own story in this as we discuss the Great Moose War of 2019. Presenters: City of Moose Jaw and Sara Wheelwright Trusted Marketing

WCB Update. Workplace safety is part of Saskatchewan's business DNA. Join WCB to learn about the latest initiatives and results.

Indigenous Engagement Charter. The most important economic opportunity in Saskatchewan is bringing the Indigenous population to the same economic level as the broader population. Nick Crighton, Director of Indigenous Engagement, SCC will present on the Indigenous Engagement Charter – a roadmap to provide businesses with the tools to achieve engagement and assist the business community in demonstrating the role it must play in reconciliation. 

10:45 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The Future of Food Production in Saskatchewan. What are the opportunities for Saskatchewan businesses around the province when it comes to the future of food production and food processing? Bill Greuel, the CEO of Protein Industries Canada, will present this enlightening session.  

Making Your Community Food Secure. For over 30 years CHEP has provided healthy food to the citizens of Saskatoon. Discover programs that can be easily replicated to support the growing demand for affordable & accessible produce. Presenter: Zoe Arnold, CHEP Program Director.

12:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON and SEDA Awards of Excellence

1:00 pm PLENARY ​'The Intersection of Chamber, Economic Development & Tourism'. Rural and small urban centers struggle with the capacity to carry on independent tourism, economic development, and chamber of commerce initiatives. Our panel will discuss present-day realities and alternatives. Jackie Wall, Estevan Chamber of Commerce; Twila Walkenden, City of Weyburn and Brent Fitzpatrick, Humboldt Chamber 

2:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Local Food Trail Experience (Optional. Limit 50, minimum 30) Participate in this agri-tourism experience and discover how you can capitalize on your local food and agri-business assets. The food trail includes visits to three farms, local food talk and tasting at Pine View Farms Red Barn. Food and beer tasting included.

Additional Concurrent Sessions TBA

3:00 pm REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

3:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Retaining young entrepreneurs and employees outside of urban centers. This enlightening session is presented by SYPE. Saskatchewan Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (SYPE) is a group of young and energetic people, working together to promote business and opportunity in Saskatchewan.

Additional Concurrent Sessions TBA

4:45 pm DELEGATES LEAVE FOR BID EXPERIENCES & DINNER (MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED)

Riversdale BID Experience: Visit several businesses who are “doing it differently” and cap it off with dinner and beer tasting at Cohen’s Beer Republic. Discover Riversdale’s link to the infamous Morris Cohen.

Broadway BID Experience: Before a terrific four-course meal at Una’s (those who were there in 2018 will attest to its merit!), you will be inspired by new approaches to retail by Broadway area businesses and social enterprises. 

 

April 29, 2020 conference

7:00 am REGISTRATION and BREAKFAST

7:00 am Early Morning Meetup – Coffee & Conversation in the Manitoba Room(not facilitated)

7:30 am Saskatchewan Chamber AGM 

8:00 am PLENARY State of the Economy. Join Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of BDC, as he presents the most up-to-date information on the performance of national and global economies. From challenges related to labour shortage to interest rates, discover how Canadian businesses should navigate the economy to position themselves for growth.

9:00 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Consequences of Inaction: When we don’t talk to our best customer. Local businesses are our ‘best customer’ and essential to maintaining a vibrant community. Discover the consequences of inaction and simple techniques to ensure retention and ideally expansion of your existing business base. MDB Insight 

Saskatchewan’s Tech Sector and Developing the Skilled Labour We Need. Aaron Genest is the President of SaskTech. SaskTech represents the interests of Saskatchewan technology companies with the goal of making Saskatchewan a key technology center in Canada.SaskTech assists governments and educational institutions in understanding the specific needs of technology for workforce growth and capital investment

10:00 am REFRESHMENT & NETWORKING BREAK

10:15 am CONCURRENT SESSIONS

New Models in Retail. Retail in any size of a community is facing the challenge of online competition. Four Saskatchewan retailers will share their creative models of securing and maintaining local customers. 

Saskatchewan Energy Tech. Oil, gas, and renewables. How Saskatchewan can lead the way in low carbon, not no carbon, economy. A half-hour introduction from policy expert Joshua Kurkjian, followed by an hour panel discussion with Dean Clark, Greenwave Innovations; WhiteCap Resources; Jessica Nixon; Cowessess First Nation, Chris Slubicki, Modern Resources, moderated by Mike Tate.

12:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON 

12:30 pm Plenary Chris Slubicki TBC. Discussions regarding energy and the environment in Canada have become increasingly heated and divisive.  Canada, meanwhile, is failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite policies and court decisions that have caused significant damage to our world-leading energy industry.  This talk will explore some of the serious unintended consequences of our current regulatory environment and will outline a new path forward to economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, and a more cohesive Canada. Chris shares his unique perspective on the changing landscape of energy and resource production, distribution and usage in a world of confusion and radically differing opinions. 

1:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

The Role of  Data in Community Leadership. Measuring the return on investment of community investments can help community leaders determine whether they are meeting the needs of their community and local businesses.

Rural Development Hubs. This session will profile a specific set of intermediaries that are doing development differently in the rural USA. Called Rural Development Hubs, they are main players advancing an asset-based, wealth-building, approach to rural community and economic development in the United States.

2:30 - 2:45 pm REFRESHMENT AND NETWORKING BREAK

2:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Developing a Regional Food Ecosystem. This practical session will illustrate how to create a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system that will contribute to the well-being of all residents and the economic prosperity of a region. 

Investment Attraction: Generating Leads. This panel will discuss the readiness factor and how to take full advantage of your local assets and competitive position, once it is identified. 

3:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS TBA

 

Note: Agenda Subject to Change.