Local Speakers Converge to Discuss Saskatoon Economic Crossroads

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN – The Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) has announced the speaker line-up for its annual SREDA Forum held March 8 at TCU Place in Saskatoon. The theme of this year’s forum is ‘Crossroads: Facing the challenges of the new economy’.

The forum will provide attendees with a detailed and insightful look at the year ahead. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the future of the Saskatoon Region economy in the morning sessions featuring topics ranging from Clean Energy to Entrepreneurship, Creative Economy to Mining.

“This year’s forum is our biggest forum to date with over sixteen speakers presenting on nine different topics influencing the local economy,” said Alex Fallon, President and CEO of SREDA. “The Saskatoon Region economy is at a crossroads with many sectors experiencing challenges and opportunities. This forum will help us understand how the local economy can still grow in challenging times as a result of our increased diversity.”

SREDA Forum 2018 topics and speakers:

SESSION 1 (attendees will choose one of the following):

Technology – Saskatech: A new economic driver, or a cool but small sector? Retooling Saskatoon’s economic engine.”
Jordan Dutchak, Co.Labs and Jacqueline Cook, Vendasta Technologies

Urban Planning – How can planning drive growth? Impartial views on growing Saskatoon the right way or wrong way.
Alan Wallace, V3 Companies of Canada

Agriculture – Will innovation in agriculture drive economic growth? A look at disruptors in agriculture and food.
Presented by: Ag in Motion
Kevin Hursh, Hursh Consulting and Marty Seymour, Farm Credit Canada

SESSION 2 (attendees will chose one of the following):

Clean Energy – A long shot or viable new sector? What clean energy projects mean to the Saskatoon economy.
Presented by: Federated Co-operatives Limited
Kevin Hudson, City of Saskatoon and Brent Sjoberg, Brandt Group of Companies 

Entrepreneurship – How are new-age entrepreneurs changing the landscape of entrepreneurship? And how you can too.
Shaina Lynden, Ryde YXE and Warren Jackson, BDC 

Indigenous – How can Saskatoon create a viable and culturally sensitive economy? The business case for Indigenous leadership.
Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Entrepreneur, activist and speaker

SESSION 3 (attendees will choose one of the following):

Mining – Remember the boom? What’s next in mining for 2018-2020, and what does it mean for Saskatoon.
TBA, Cameco

Research & Innovation – Is Saskatoon a leader in the knowledge economy, or are we behind the game? How innovation can drive the next boom in Saskatoon.
Presented by: University of Saskatchewan
Wes Jickling, Innovation Saskatchewan 

Creative Economy – Is the creative economy the solution to driving a new form of economic and social growth in Saskatoon?
Greg Magirescu, Creative Saskatchewan and Stephanie Yong


KEYNOTE SPEAKER – The Saskatoon I Know…
Alex Fallon, President and CEO of SREDA

PANEL DISCUSSION – Facing the challenges of the new economy.
Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Marty Seymour, Jacqueline Cook and Greg Magirescu


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Erin Lawson
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