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2018 Intersections for Growth Conference

Saskatoon Inn May 2 and 3, 2018

Hosted by SEDA in partnership with the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network(SFNEDN).

BE INSPIRED and stay ahead of the curve on community and economic development trends and strategies at the SOLUTION oriented Intersections for Growth Conference. The following conference streams are in place for 2018.....

Trending Challenges and Opportunities
  1. Legalization of Cannabis: Opportunities and Challenges for Saskatchewan Communities. Multiple conference sessions will explore producer, value added and retail opportunities as well as best practices from other jurisdications on social and land use impacts. Presenters include Adam Orens, Marijuana Policy Group and Brett Zettl, CEO of Cannimed.
  2. Competing in the 21st Century: Partnership Approaches to Rural and Remote Connectivity.  Meeting current and future demand for business connectivity is a growing concern. What do we need now and in the future to be competitive and how do we fill the gap? Presenter TBA.
  3. Accelerating Rural and Remote Transportation Solutions. From airships to community based transit, Elan Buan of Schollie Research and Dr Barry Prentice from the I.H.Asper School of Business will illustrate how we can mobilize.
  4. Growing Local and Regional Food Ecosystems. 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 foundation here at home? Presenters TBA.
  5. Inclusive Housing: The Tiny House Movement. Robinson Residential will discuss the growing appeal of 'tiny housing' and its potential role in your community.
  6. Making the 'Economics of Water' work for you. Jason Tratch of the Galex Group will illustrate how to monetize your local water based systems.
  7. Intersect of Culture and Industry. Are urban and rural communities capitalizing on the bridging of 'creatives' with 'traditional industry sectors'. Presenters TBA.
  8. COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS HACKATHON: Bring your problems to our group of energetic and innovative tech entrepreneurs.
Leading in Practice
  1. Roundtable for Community & Economic Developers.  Faciliated by James Leier of Preferred Choice, this session will focus on common challenges and opportunities as well as questions from attendees.
  2. Inclusive and Inter-sectoral Regional Planning. Leveraging economies of scale and capitalizing on economic opportunities are just two of the drivers behind a renewed approach to regional planning. Presenters inlcude John Guenther, Government Relations and Celine Favreau, Mid Sask Municipal Alliance.
  3. Development from a Place of Inclusion. Discover how Little Black Bear First Nation residents weigh in on business and investment decisions from Doris Greyeyes, CEO of Wakayos Developments. Doris will share the unique aspects of bringing a Tim Hortons and PetroCan project to frutition.
  4. We are all Treaty People: Economic Development as a Bridge to Reconciliation. A panel of Municipal and First Nation guests will share the impacts of coming together to move ahead.
Community and Economic Development Fundamentals
  1. Investment Attraction: Current Opportunities and Keys to Success. Sean Wallace from the Town of Tisdale will reveal the secret sauce to business attraction. Gavin Connacher, Province of Saskatchewan will discuss key areas of opportunity.
  2. Does the Essential Nature of who we are Determine our Future....Kristin Catherwood will show us how to harness our constantly evolving living heritage to move forward into the future.
  3. Performance Measurement: Maintaining ROI to Ratepayers. Alex Fallon, CEO of Saskatoon Regional Economic Development will illustrate the importance of measurement and how SREDA is able to deliver results on an ongoing basis.
  4. Business and Project Financing 101.  What types of financing are most suitable for different projects and how do we source support? Panel TBA.
  1. Business Imrovement District Roundtable(open to BID staff and volunteers). Judith Veresuk of the Regina Downtown Business District will lead BID representatives in a roundtable discussion of issues and opportunities.
  2. Pioneering Main Street Using Infrastructure Infill Initiatives. Vickie Newmeyer will discuss how to maximize cost effectiveness and ROI from a developer perspective.
  3. Placemaking on the Prairies. Presenters from the City of Prince Albert, Yorkton BID and City of Saskatoon will share practicies ranging from outdoor art, railway cooridor mitigation and integration of Indigenous culture.
Special Events
  • PreConference Workshop May 1 - Without an economic recovery strategy, a disaster incident has the potential to cause a micro-recession which could negatively affect your community for years. Find out more about the Economic Disaster Resilience workshop HERE.
  • Tour and Food Crawl. Visit key business and community initiatives followed by an evening of food and camaraderie at one of Saskatoon's Business Improvement Districts. 
  • SEDA and SFNEDN Economic Development Awards of Excellence.
  • Inaugural Partnership and Reconciliation Awards.




Note: Group Discount is available for Multiple Registrations from the same registering organization/community/First Nation as follows:

15% to three-four registrations
20% to five registrations or more

**Please note that discounts do not apply to the Optional BID experience and dinner.

Please contact the SEDA office at or 306-384-5817 for manual billing and registration of three or more individuals.

Please consider sponsoring this important eventView our Partnership Opportunities.
Reserve your accomodations prior to April 3, 2018 at the Saskatoon Inn. Reserve online directly or contact the hotel at 306-242-1440 and ask for the SEDA room block.

Conference program subject to change.

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds will be made available for a written application received prior to March 23, 2018. Absolutely no re-funds will be made AFTER March 23, 2018. However, a substitute delegate is welcome at no additional charge.