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February 2, 2017

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) has announced the speaker line-up for its annual Saskatoon Region Economic Outlook Forum held February 28 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘New Drivers of Economic Growth’.

The forum will provide attendees with a detailed and insightful look at the year ahead. The agenda includes the projected outlook for the local economy, the new economic growth drivers and SREDA’s 2017 priorities to strengthen and grow the economy. Keynote speakers include John Baird, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP (former Foreign Affairs Minister); Scott Banda, CEO of Federated
Co-operatives Limited; Craig Klemmer, Senior Agriculture Economist, Farm Credit Canada; Daniel Simair, Vice-President, SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services Inc. and more.

“The Saskatoon Region Economic Outlook Forum 2017 is our biggest forum to date with fifteen national, provincial and local speakers presenting on topics related to new drivers of economic growth for the Saskatoon Region. A new addition to this year’s forum is three morning roundtable sessions addressing the changing tides in our key and emerging sectors and the importance of Aboriginal economic inclusion,” said Alex Fallon, President and CEO of SREDA. “The forum will bring together business and community leaders to discuss and learn about how the economic forecast will impact their business in the coming year.”

Saskatoon Region Economic Outlook Forum 2017 topics and speakers:

LUNCHEON EVENT

SREDA Economic Outlook for 2017 – Still Growing?
Alex Fallon, President and CEO, SREDA
How New Developments in Global Affairs will Affect the Saskatchewan Economy
John Baird, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP (former Foreign Affairs Minister)
Ways to Strengthen the Saskatchewan Economy
Dylan Jones, Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
Growth in a Challenging Economy
Scott Banda, CEO of Federated Co-operatives Limited

SESSION 1: New Drivers for Growth in the Natural Resources Sector

New Approach to Mining and the Impact on the Economy – a fundamental shift in logic, not landscape
Rob Theoret, Chief Financial Officer, Gensource Potash Corporation
Saskatchewan’s Oil and Gas Sector: Growth Potential
Ed Dancsok, Assistant Deputy Minister, Senior Strategic Lead – Petroleum and Natural Gas Development, Ministry of the Economy
What the Agriculture Commodity Outlook Means for Saskatchewan’s Economy
Craig Klemmer, Senior Agriculture Economist, Farm Credit Canada

SESSION 2: New Drivers for Growth in Emerging Sectors

Building a Diversified Economy in the Saskatoon Region through Ideation
Stephanie Yong, Director, The Wilson Centre
Innovation in Saskatchewan: A Key Tool to Achieving a Diversified Economy and Economic Growth
Kari Harvey, Chief Operating Officer, Innovation Saskatchewan
Renewable Energy Technologies – Why this sector is becoming a driver for economic growth in Saskatchewan
Kevin Bergeron, President/Operating Partner, MiEnergy
Leveraging New Knowledge and Entrepreneurial Qualities
Johannes Dyring, Manager Director, Innovation Enterprise, University of Saskatchewan
How Technology Companies can Succeed on the Prairies
Daniel Simair, Vice-President, SkipTheDishes Restaurant Services Inc. 

PLENARY SESSION 3: Aboriginal Economic Inclusion

Building Strong Aboriginal Companies to Succeed in Competitive Industries
Cliff Tawpisin, Industry Relations Manager, Saskatoon Tribal Council
Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Female Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in Creating a Stronger Economy
Heather Abbey, Founder and President, ShopIndig.ca

Register Now

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For more information, please contact:
Amber Solda
Manager, Marketing and Communications
P: (306) 664-0708   E: asolda@sreda.com

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