Passion drives community. Throughout his career John has witnessed how Regina, with its heart on its sleeve, has built big-thinking businesses, organizations, and world-class events. He attributes the success of organizations he's led to the capacity for all sectors to come together, work together, and rally around a purpose. John thrives on that collaborative aspect of his work, believing that cultures rooted in purpose generate success. “Success is a team sport,” he says, “EDR is a team that is building community rooted in economic growth. And that's how we'll define success.” It's this spirit that drives him, and the energy and vitality of the Regina region that inspires him.
David connects. He connects to a personal vision of Regina as a self-sustaining city where everyone thrives. “Regina's prosperity,” he says, “And our path on the way to a half-million people, to a self-sustaining economy, means adding value to the pillars of the economy.” David connects industry leaders, stakeholders, and small-to-medium business owners. He connects to a region-wide vision for expansion, diversification, and adding value. He connects collaborators with expertise, intelligence, and advocacy to create innovative growth on a sector- by-sector basis. He connects manufacturing, professional services, creative, and tourist industry clusters to future success. He connects the region to its potential.
Andrea pays attention to detail. She knows the specifics necessary to keeping an office well- organized, its cupboards, shelves, and drawers well-stocked, and the furniture and office equipment well-maintained. It's essential work in a 21st-century place of business, And it means Andrea keeps abreast of developments in equipment and information technologies, co- ordinates a plethora of details on any given project, and maintains multiple professional relationships and skills. She keeps EDR running smoothly and on task. She also provides administrative support to the Board of Directors, records meetings, manages documentation and distributes their official communications.
Kim is at the front line of finance and operations. She sees her role as one of helping to maintain the stability of the organization, and she loves the variety the work brings. “But it's the people you work with,” Kim says, “Who make a role great.” The organization is well-served with her steady service and resource management.
Jasmine developed a passion for the business community during her undergrad at the Hill School of Business where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance. Her role of Director of Corporate Relations for the JDC West business case competition and current participation as a Board member for the Hill Alumni Association and SYPE Regina have led her to pursue a career focused on growing the Saskatchewan economy. For this reason, Jasmine accepted the position of Business Services & Entrepreneurship Manager with Economic Development Regina and Square One in 2015. She was excited to apply her experience and knowledge in assisting our aspiring and already established business owners in achieving their highest potential.
Ashley’s mandate is to make sure that every visitor to Regina has a positive and memorable experience. She draws on her background as Executive Director of the Buffalo Park foundation and past education in ecotourism & outdoor leadership to focus on visitor needs and provide an additional professional resource to tourism operators. Ashley is all about supporting destination marketing initiatives, activating Regina events and conventions, and collaborating with Regina Attractions. She does it all with a positive and cheerful personality and a passion for showcasing Regina as a fun and friendly destination.
Want to know what's going on in and and around Regina? Ask Alison. “I talk to so many people. I get to talk about all the good stuff,” she says. “I see the potential. And the difference we make.” Sharing stories. Building relationships. Bringing people together. Experts, partners, stakeholders. All focused on making Regina a great place to live and work. Alison brings her passion for that and her expertise in mass communications to her job. Working closely with EDR's Vice-President, she co-ordinates information, initiatives, and actions to promote economic diversification and growth within the region.
Heather has a wealth of knowledge in marketing and tourism and leverages her experiences to help her make an impact on Regina. Heather attained her Master of Arts in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Her graduate research paper titled Sustainably Addressing Increased Tourism in National Parks Through Inter-Organizational Collaboration not only earned her an A+, but it also helped her better understand the importance of collaboration and sustainability in tourism. Heather continues to incorporate collaboration and innovative thinking to develop creative solutions to the many challenges an organization can face.
Megan expands our horizons. In her role as Manager of Conventions & Tradeshows, she draws on her passion for marketing and her previous experience in helping companies identify opportunities around the globe to further engage Regina’s visibility. In addition, Megan recognizes the value in highlighting all Saskatchewan has to offer, whether that is adding lentils and chickpeas to a meal for international delegates to strategically placing handmade honey in gift bags. She continuously strives to strengthen our community through her support for numerous community outreach programs and volunteer work for charities within Regina such as Adopt a Family, the Radiothon and Dress for Success.
Kris leverages his experience in product design and development to improve support resources for businesses in the manufacturing and metal fabrication sectors. His prior experience in operating his own small business allows Kris to better serve entrepreneurs in the community. “A couple of my favourite things about Regina are the strong mentorship community and wealth of resources available for small businesses and I’m looking forward to developing these resources further while at EDR.”
Lisa graduated from the University of Regina with a Business Degree in Marketing and would later return to get her Masters in Administration in Leadership. In her role with EDR, Lisa’s focus is to promote Regina as a premiere event hosting city and she knows a thing or two about hosting events. Lisa is an active member of a variety of not-for-profits and is often planning fundraising parties and events for local charities. Lisa brings her passion for community involvement into her role on the ECT team. “I’m excited to work with our partners to bring in events to the city that benefit the local economy and engage the community.”
Julia allows diversity to flourish. She welcomes the opportunity to support immigrant entrepreneurs in integrating and successfully establishing businesses within the community. Julia manages the business services provided for SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) Entrepreneurs at Economic Development Regina. This program allows immigrants to obtain permanent residency through entrepreneurial initiatives in the province. Julia provides individuals with the necessary tools and guidance during their initial business start-up. Through her Bachelor of Business Administration, development work abroad, and passion for community development, Julia acts as a support and a friendly face that Saskatchewanians and new Canadians alike can trust to help their business succeed.
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Shaadie enables transformation. He dissects problems, looking for deeper understanding for successes and failures within an industry. He considers multiple perspectives, studies the internal workings of organizations, and their industries. He learns something new every day by anticipating both answers and questions that could keep his clients up at night. He delivers the strategic and competitive intelligence information to help initiates change though better understanding of how different companies compete in the market place.
Michael looks outward for the bigger picture. He loves a variety of experiences, learning about Regina, and the privilege of working at EDR. With more than 25 years in the communications industry, his expertise in connecting with a wide segment of the population is important. A former President of the Chamber of Commerce, radio broadcaster and storyteller, he reaches beyond borders and into hearts and minds.
Jade is the expert on everything to see and do in Regina. Her travels around the world have given her the chance to develop her skill of researching hidden local gems in the places she visits. You’ll probably find Jade roaming the Regina Farmers’ Market in the summer or in a local coffee shop during the winter. Any chance she gets to learn more about the community, she is all over it. Jade is enthusiastic about supporting local businesses and loves Regina’s entrepreneurial spirit and potential for growth.
Conrad is a true Regina fanboy. His advocacy for the city allows him to flourish in his role at EDR, giving him the ability to seek, capture and share the remarkable stories Regina has to offer. Conrad shares these stories in many different forms, deriving from different skill sets – writing, photography, videography, and public speaking. His passion for the city doesn’t stop there as he spends his time mentoring youth and learning facts about Regina’s history and heritage.
Ly joined Economic Development Regina with a mission to help develop the technology sector as well as enhance the services provided to entrepreneurs through Square One. Ly’s background in technology and public administration gives her the tools to develop and expand our Entrepreneurship Strategy and the local tech sector. Previously, Ly was with Innovation Saskatchewan where she worked on implementing learning opportunities for First Nations students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in rural and remote communities. Ly has experience in developing policy and programs to help promote diversity and accessibility for everyone and hopes to continue similar initiatives with EDR.
Meghan is a third year Paul J. Hill School of Business student at the University of Regina, currently on a Coop work term with EDR. Although she is torn between majors, Meghan has a love for both accounting and marketing. Likewise, Meghan is fabulously fond about the following topics: travelling, Ukrainian dance, photography, family and food. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, she knows the importance of a strong economy and supporting local businesses. Meghan delivers support to our enterprise, tourism and marketing communications teams. With the ability for quick adaptation, problem solving, and organization, Meghan loves the diversity of roles she plays within Economic Development Regina.
Jeff is a fourth-year student at the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina majoring in Marketing. During his summer co-op work term as Marketing and Research Assistant, Jeff worked primarily with Tourism Regina while also providing support to the other areas of EDR. After the work term, Jeff transitioned into his current role as Communications Assistant while returning to university to complete his degree.