August 20, 2018

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Aboriginal Women's Business Entrepreneurship Network
  • Location: Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, SK
  • Date: February 14-16, 2018
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The 5th annual AWBEN Conference is taking place at the Saskatoon Inn in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!

Limited space available, to register please submit the following info:
  • Description of yourself
  • Description of your business/business idea
  • How long have you been in business? Is it an idea, or up and running?
Registration is open to all Aboriginal, Status, Non Status, Metis and Two Spirited Entrepreneurs and aspiring Entrepreneurs.

Please email Heather at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aboriginal Business Match (ABM) Prairies
  • Location: Delta Regina in Regina, SK
  • Date: February 26-28, 2018
  • Registration: Register Here
ABM Prairies is about connecting communities and companies with complementing goals, supporting economic diversification and innovation while providing opportunities to form partnerships that result in new ventures, stronger market presence and a sharper competitive edge. We are looking for companies that represent all industry sectors including those that are not directly related to oil and gas but offer opportunities from technology to agriculture and retail etc. Business matching activities are in full swing. Please contact Alisha at (604) 414-8126 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your business development needs.
SREDA Forum
  • Location: Saskatoon, SK
  • Date: March 8, 2018
  • Registration: Register Here
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the future of the Saskatoon Region economy in three of our nine morning sessions:

Session 1: 9:00 . 9:45 a.m. (choose one of the following)

  • TECHNOLOGY . Saskatech: A new economic driver, or a cool but small sector? Retooling Saskatoon.s economic engine.
  • URBAN PLANNING . How can planning drive growth? Impartial views on growing Saskatoon the right way or wrong way.
  • AGRICULTURE . Will innovation in agriculture drive economic growth? A look at disruptors in agriculture and food.

Session 2: 9:55 . 10:40 a.m. (choose one of the following)

  • CLEAN ENERGY . A long shot or a viable new sector? What clean energy projects mean to the Saskatoon economy.
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP . How are new-age entrepreneurs changing the landscape of entrepreneurship? And how you can too.
  • INDIGENOUS . How can Saskatoon create a viable and culturally sensitive economy? The business case for Indigenous leadership.

Session 3: 10:50 . 11:35 a.m. (choose one of the following)

  • MINING . Remember the boom? What.s next in mining for 2018-2020, and what does it mean for Saskatoon.
  • 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.
  • CREATIVE ECONOMY . Is the creative economy the solution to driving a new form of economic and social growth in Saskatoon?

LUNCHEON: 11:30 a.m. . 1:00 p.m.

CROSSROADS . Facing the challenges of the new economy.

OTC Workshops
  • Location: Regina, SK
  • Date:
  • March 10 - History of Treaty Making
  • March 17 Teaching Treaties in the Classroom
  • Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    The Smart Cities Challenge
    • Location: Cross Canada
    • Date: Applications due April 24, 2018
    The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
    • One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population;
    • Two prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people; and
    • One prize of up to $5 million open to all communities with populations under 30,000 people.
    Infrastructure Canada is engaging Indigenous leaders, communities and organizations to finalize the design of a competition specific to Indigenous communities that will reflect their unique realities and issues. Indigenous communities are also eligible to compete for all the prizes in the current competition.
    The Challenge will be an open and transparent process. Communities that submit proposals will also post them online, so that residents and stakeholders can see them. An independent Jury will be appointed to select finalists and winners.
    Applications are due by April 24, 2018. Communities interested in participating should visit the Impact Canada Challenge Platform for the applicant guide and more information.
    Economic Disaster Resilience and Recovery Workshop
    • Location: Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon, SK
    • Date: May 1, 2018
    • Registration: Register Here

    This workshop is targeted to Municipal and First Nations Leaders; Emergency Planners; Business Organzations; Economic Development Professionals.

    Sadly, no community is immune to natural or man made disasters. Emergency Planning must include preparing for the potential impacts of disruption on the local and regional economy. Without an economic recovery strategy, a disaster incident has the potential to cause a micro-recession which could negatively affect your community for years. Preparing for disruptions and planning for recovery can make a significant difference in offsetting detrimental side effects of an already unfortunate situation.
    This critical one day workshop will be led by Dale Wheeldon and Colleen Bond of EDCD Consulting. Dale has played a key role in preparing an economic disaster recovery framework in the United States and Canada. He most recenlty led the economic response and recovery efforts in British Columbia during and following the 2017 wildfires. The workshop includes guests from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, impacted by natural disasters.

    Workshop content and accompanying participant manuals are designed to be an ongoing resource and will include:

    • Disaster preparation measures and building capacity for recovery
    • Strategic planning for disaster recovery
    • Proactive disaster risk management
    • Business assistance after a crisis
    • Maximizing response speed and effectiveness
    • Alignment with Federal government response measures
    • Small business assistance and industry recovery
    • Business retention and expansion before and after a disaster
    • Assessing the economic impacts of a major disaster
    • Crisis communications
    • Infrastructure and building back better communities
    • Economic diversification
    Manuals will include a copy of the Saskatchewan Economic Preparedness & Recovery Toolkit.

    A PDF workshop flyer and registration form may be downloaded HERE or REGISTER ONLINE

    SEDA Intersections for Growth
    • Location: Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon, SK
    • Date: May 2nd and 3rd, 2018
    • Registration: Register Here
    Interdependence is at the heart of Intersections for Growth. Co-hosted in Saskatoon by SEDA, and the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, the conference is an example of the interdependence existing within our rural, urban and First Nations. This subtle relationship supports the economy and policies at a local, regional and provincial level.
    We will present a number of opportunities facing Saskatchewan today. We aim to inspire professionals and leaders to be early adopters, capitalizing on the trends and opportunities ahead of the curve in order to maintain healthy vibrant communities and regions. Over 25 sessions will be featured during the two day event preceded by a preconference workshop on Disaster Resilience and Recovery.

    Past Events

    FUEL 2017 Gallery

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