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Intersections for Growth Conference

MAY 1-2, 2019   

featuring pre-conference activities on April 30
Ramada Hotel Regina  tel. 306-569-1444  Quote Room Code CGSEDR for the Overnight Accomodations Block
Conference Registration will open december 2018

Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance and the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network are co-hosting this annual gathering of thought leaders and economic development enthusiasts.  We invite you to join us in creating Saskatchewan success stories! Please contact the SEDA office at 306-384-5817 or by email at to discuss these Conference Sponsorship Opportunities.

A robust program of plenary and concurrent sessions will profile emerging best practices, trending strategies and shared solutions in three conference tracks:

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

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

PLENARY: Moni Minhas, President and CEO of Minhas Sask Distillery will share his love affair with Saskatchewan and why he chose to build the biggest distillery in Saskatchewan's history.

Audacity! It’s more than beer and branding. Learn how Regina scaled up its entrepreneurial ecosystem. Presenter: The Economic Development Regina Team

Growing entrepreneurship on Main Street.  Now, more than ever, place matters. Because where you work is a choice, not a mandate. Are your Main Street businesses building culture, character and a place where people choose to live?

How to scale up your community and region. 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. What steps can we take locally, regionally and provincially in Saskatchewan?

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?

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.

Filling the Managment 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 Kevin McBeth, Affective Consulting

2. 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: 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.

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

Engaging Employers in the Business of Reconciliation. We are all Treaty people. Learn more about a pilot project aimed at raising awareness and providing tools to employers of Saskatchewan for responding to the Calls to Action and Reconciliation.

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 Conexus Credit Union Team TBC

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 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

3. 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: Business Opportunities and Job Creation: Taking Cannabis to the Next Level

Pros & Cons of Open Space Economic Development. Economic Development Regina made the decision to go open space(literally) in 2018.  EDR will share the ‘why’ behind their recent move to co-working space and how this relates to their mission as Regina’s economic development authority. Presenter: Economic Development Regina Team

Placemaking as a Driver.  Leaders are seeking new approaches for place-based economic development to harness creativity and foster collaboration within and across communities. We will look at some existing examples and unexplored potential.

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 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. Presenters: Stantec and Economic Development Regina

Rural is Regional.  Regardless of structure and whether communities have come together voluntarily or have been mandated by a higher power, regions are essential to the future of rural communities in Canada. Discover how regions and trade corridors in Alberta are making a difference in the future of their rural communities. Presenters: The Alberta Hub Team.

Data driven economic development. Market area analysis is the foundation of investment attraction efforts and the requisite to building a case for any new business. What is the right data; how can you find it; what is available free of charge; and what is not - and how do you form a business case for your community or business base.  These are the foci of this practical session for leaders and professionals.

Additional Activities:

  • Finetune Business Attraction with our 'Cold Calling' Workshop - April 30
  • Regina Warehouse District Distillery & Craft Brewery Tour - April 30
  • Learning Labs: Economic Developers and BID Roundtable
  • SEDA Annual Awards of Excellence
  • SEDA-SFNEDN Reconciliation Awards
  • Professional Community & Economic Developer of Saskatchewan Certification Exam
  • SEDA Annual General Meeting