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.
Kirk unlocks Regina’s infinite potential. He collaborates and unites various individuals from around the world by engaging them in efforts to attract high profile events, conventions and tradeshows to the Queen City. His background and experience in management consulting, high performance sport, and volunteerism allow him to collaborate with community leaders, share vital information, and identify new growth opportunities in support of EDR’s sector strategy. Kirk’s passion for the city, his work as a board member for Big Brothers of Regina and the Hill Alumni Association, and his personal drive are critical in helping other’s to fall in the love with the city as much as he does.
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.
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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.
Sarah shares Regina's energy and vitality. Her storytelling captivates audiences. Residents and visitors, alike, engage with the succinct details and the vibrancy she brings to a story. Her experience as a broadcast journalist combined with a love for words lend authenticity to the stories she shares on social media. Blog posts, Instagram images, and the hashtag #seeyqr on Twitter animate any number of local events that showcase Regina as a hot spot in the market.
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.
Julia allows diversity to flourish. She welcomes the opportunity to support new entrepreneurs from within the community, as well as new Canadians joining the community. Julia assists with Square One and runs the SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) at EDR. This program allows new Canadian immigrants, who previously owned and actively participated in the management of a company, to relocate their company to Saskatchewan. Julia provides individuals with the necessary tools and guidance during their initial business start-up. Through her HR background, development work abroad and key interest in international business, Julia acts as a support and a friendly face that Saskatchewanians and new Canadians alike can trust to help their business succeed.
Megan expands our horizons. In her role as Coordinator of Conventions & Events, 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.
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.
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.