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Optional Learning Activities

April 30  Noon - 3:00 pm  Professional Community & Economic Developer Certification Exam

April 30  3:00 pm Finetune Business Attraction with our 'Cold Calling' Workshop **Registration Limited 

  • Chris Windjack of BDC will be facilitating an interactive cold/ warm calling session. Come to this 90-minute session to learn tips & tricks on how to make successful calls. The objective of the calls you will make during this session will be to set up a meeting and not to sell. Come learn more. Bring your cell phone and a call list with you!

April 30  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Regina Warehouse District "Economics of Craft Brewing "Experience **Registration Limited 

  • Find out why Regina's Warehouse District has become a craft brewery and distillery hub. Visit five establishments and learn first hand about the economics of brewing.

May 1  5:30 pm  AUDACITY Dinner Experience at Path Cowork - May 1 **Registration Limited 

  • Join the Economic Development Regina team for dinner and discover why they made the decision to go open space(literally) in 2018. Learn about the origins and the future of the Path Cowork Space.  Find out more about Audacity! and how Regina scaled up its entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Dinner catered by Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar.  Tours of the Path Cowork Space will be provided throughout the evening. Limit 50 attendees. $50 per person.   Speakers/Presenters TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Opening remarks/Welcome – John Lee, Economic Development Regina, Judith Veresuk, Regina Downtown BID and Leasa Gibbons, Warehouse BID Presenters – Matt Pinch, Founder, Path Cowork Space, and Jason Drummond, Chair, Audacity! (John Lee to confirm). Additional AUDACITY Council members will be invited to attend as well.

Conference Program May 1-2 

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

OPENING KEYNOTE: Economic Outlook with Pierre Cleroux , Vice President Research, Chief Economist, BDC

Economic outlook: challenges and opportunities ahead for Canada Should Canadians be optimistic or pessimistic regarding the current economic situation? 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.

TRACK 1 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Entrepreneurship is not a buzzword. It is an economic development strategy. We need to increase the rate at which our entrepreneurs start companies if we want to increase the number of jobs in our communities.

PLENARY Growing from Within: Import Replacement Strategy Presenter Rober Cervelli from the Centre of Local Prosperity in Nova Scotia will talk to providing a more balanced and integrated approach to local economic development and sustainability. Import replacement is not a substitution for exports, but a way of decreasing a region or community’s vulnerability to external pressures—a story the Atlantic Provinces know too well. Homegrown industries diversify and expand the local economy and they naturally begin to look toward regional, national, and global markets as they expand and grow.

Scaling up small business. Around the world, regions are starting to thrive because they are activating stakeholders from different sectors to focus on one common goal: promoting growth by more local firms. This session will provide successful examples and discuss steps to make it happen! Presenters: Phyl Symchych, SME Business Wealth Builders; Kyle White Co-operatives First

Investment ready and entrepreneur-friendly!  Building a sustainable effective entrepreneurial infrastructure is not for the faint of heart - but a long-term strategy that will pay off for the future of your community and region. How can we rise to this challenge? Presenter: Monica Krueger, Global Info Brokers/Praxis School of Entrepreneurship

Leveraging the Federal Government. The Office of Small to Medium Size Business (Government of Canada) is here to help local businesses succeed.  Learn how to access their support to ensure the federal procurement system open to your local small and medium and regionally based businesses. Presenter: Sheena Simonsen, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises

Filling Management Gaps. Arguably one of the most challenging areas in any organization is Human Resource Management. From hiring and firing to addressing ad hoc demands, what are some potential solutions for municipalities, businesses, and non-profits in Saskatchewan? Presenter Kevan McBeth, Affective Consulting

TRACK 2 Widening the Circle. Social and rural innovation, shared histories and reconciliation, are several examples of how we can expand the circle of who can benefit from economic development efforts.

PLENARY: Our esteemed panel of elected leaders will discuss the differences and/or similarities between the leadership(elected leaders) of Metis, First Nation and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan – and specifically – what is their role in reference to economic development.

Multigenerational Living. Find out more about Regina’s Orange Tree Village, the first multi-generational care home facility in Saskatchewan.  Orange Tree is leading the charge to advance the senior living industry and improve the care home experience for seniors and their families. Presenter Crystal Spooner, Developer CEO Orange Tree Living

The Future of Pay for Success Financing. Also known as social impact bonds, this session will profile examples of how the private and public sector have collaborated in Saskatchewan to support not-for-profit initiatives and lead the way in social innovation. Is this option the way of the future? Presenter: Eric Dillon, CEO Conexus Credit Union

Our Shared History: Cross-Cultural Trails. Saskatchewan has numerous trails, used pre and post-colonization. Today, many are known only to the locals, part of their unique folklore. Is there a potential to use this shared history on our journey of healing and reconciliation? Can these trails bridge the past and form authentic tourism offerings? Presenter: Christian Boyle, Glyph Creative

Attracting Immigrant Entrepreneurs.  Scaling up the entrepreneurship ecosystem means 1) more business growth and 2) successful business succession efforts. Find out more about the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (for Entrepreneurs) and its success rate in rural communities.  Presenter: Stewart Low, Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program 

Funding your future with Sovereign Wealth Funds. The model and benefits of a collectively owned ‘community-fund’ managed in the public-interest and used as a vehicle to invest back into socio-economic areas of need.  Presenter: Shaun Soonias SFNEDN

TRACK 3 Reimagining Opportunities. Our place-based assets form the basis for opportunities in housing, tourism, cultural industries and more.  How can we strengthen these assets and use data to drive our efforts in attracting new investment?

PLENARY: Ken Coates, Research Chair in Regional Innovation with Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy will discuss the scientific and technological innovation necessary to improve quality of life in rural and remote communities as well as the challenging task of creating economic and employment opportunities in a troubled and rapidly changing time.

Rural & Remote Innovation Hubs: Rural and remote communities have always had to be innovative. Presenter Ashleigh Weeden will illustrate how we can leverage traditional rural/remote strengths in order to position ourselves as not just an alternative to an urban lifestyle, but as a competitive and attractive choice for people to build their lives and livelihoods in our communities. Presenter: Ashleigh Weeden, Phd Candidate University of Guelph; Former Community Development Practitioner Grey County Ontario 

Placemaking as a Driver.  Leaders are seeking new approaches for regional place-based economic development to harness creativity and foster collaboration within and across communities. We will look at some existing examples and unexplored potential. Presenters: Samantha Mark, Prairie Wild Consulting and Brendan Manz, Watrous Manitou Marketing Group 

Regions that Work. Regardless of structure and whether communities have come together voluntarily or have been mandated by a higher power, economies of scale are essential to the future of rural and remote communities in Canada. Discover how regions and trade corridors in Alberta are making a difference in the future of their rural and First Nations communities. Presenter; Peter Casurella, Southgrow Regional Initiative

Blockchain for Dummies:  Increasing attention is being paid to the potential of blockchain to present new opportunities for economic development. This 'plain speak' session will break down the technology and illustrate how it can enhance our development efforts. Presenter: Kristie Schaffer, ISM Canada

Leveraging the industrial ecosystem. Leveraging the industrial ecosystem. Instead of depending on a narrow industry view for cluster development, Economic Development Regina with support from several private and public partners examined how related sectors are essential to the expansion of an “industrial ecosystem” or a “cluster” - and how they could benefit from being part of a broader strategy. Discover how this can translate to your community or region. Presenter: Shaadie Musleh, Economic Development Regina. 

Experiential Tourism:  The Beardys & Okemasis Cree Nation has developed a multi-faceted regional tourism strategy that will engage their community members who can tell stories through art and theatre.  Presenters: Councillor D. Kevin Seesequasis and Jasna Eyahpaise, Community Development Officer.

ThriveSask Community Pilot: Delegate Discussion. In 2018 SEDA implemented a new approach to community-based action planning within five pilot communities.  A panel of Program Partners(SEDA, Heritage Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, Ministry of Parks Culture  & Sport) will discuss what worked and what didn’t, and how can we move forward. Delegate input invited.

LEARNING LABS: Economic Developer & BID Roundtables
Bring questions or challenges to share and build new relationships to support your community endeavours year round.

IGNITE is BACK! Join us for a lively series of 5-minute presentations on community and economic development in Saskatchewan. Download our Ignite Info Packet and submit your Expression of Interest prior to March 30, 2019.


Additional Conference Sessions TBA.

Conference Program Subject to Change.