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April 20, 2017

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) introduced its 2017 Board of Directors yesterday at its Annual General Meeting.

Wanda Hunchak has completed her two-year term as Board Chair of SREDA. Wanda is Vice-President of Westcap Mgt. Ltd. and has served on the SREDA Board of Directors since 2012. Wanda will continue to serve the board as a director. The new Board Chair of SREDA serving a two-year term is Jonathan Huntington. Jonathan is the Director of Corporate Relations at Cameco Corporation and has served on the SREDA Board of Directors since 2013.

“On behalf of SREDA, I would like to thank Wanda for the commitment, leadership and expertise she has provided to the staff and board at SREDA during her term as Board Chair,” said Jonathan Huntington. “As the new SREDA Board Chair I am looking forward to collaborating with the strong group of Board of Directors as we continue to market the Saskatoon Region, support job creation and strengthen the diversity of our local economy.”

Newly elected to the board is Paul Labbe, Principal, Saskatchewan Business Development Lead at Stantec and Brad Darbyshire, President of STC Industrial Contracting.

Re-elected directors to serve a two-year term are: Rod Delahey, The Marketing Den; Greg Fowler, University of Saskatchewan; Wanda Hunchak, Westcap Mgt. Ltd.; Jonathan Huntington, Cameco; Rob Lamb, Canadian Light Source; Kendal Netmaker, Neechie Gear; Dion Protzak, Saskatoon Metal Manufacturing; and Josh Walchuk, ICR Commercial Real Estate.

Officials appointed to the 2017 board are: Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon; Randy Donauer, Ward 5 City Councillor; Sarina Gersher, Ward 8 City Councillor; Judy Harwood, Reeve, RM of Corman Park; and Sheryl Spence, Mayor of Warman.

“SREDA’s Board of Directors represent the local community, industry and region and bring significant experience and expertise to our organization,” said Alex Fallon, President and CEO of SREDA. “We are fortunate to have them give their time, knowledge and leadership as we continue to strengthen and grow the local economy.”

At the Annual General Meeting, Fallon presented SREDA’s 2016 performance highlights which included an economic impact of $48.5 million and return of investment of 25:1.

“SREDA is pleased to report our 2016 economic impact of $48.5 million and an ROI of 25:1. The SREDA team successfully executed many new initiatives in 2016 to strengthen and grow the Saskatoon Region economy,” said Fallon. “A highlight for the year was being awarded the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Cup for our efforts in marketing the Saskatoon Region.”

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