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Members of the Board

Ralph E. Boychuk, Board Chair

 


Ralph E. Boychuk

Ralph E. Boychuk
Appointed
November 1, 2008
After a four-year term in a sales executive role with RBC, Ralph recently returned to the field and is currently the Senior Account Manager (Commercial Financial Services) of RBC Royal Bank located in Prince Albert.  He has been employed in various capacities with RBC since 1979.

He served as President of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and also served as the President of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce in 2001.  He was awarded a life time membership of the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce in 2008 for his outstanding contribution to the business community.

Ralph served as a Director for the Saskatchewan Soccer Association and chaired the Finance Committee.  He has served in executive positions of a number of non-profit organizations and was a recent recipient of a Regional President's Award from his company recognizing his volunteerism to the community.

He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Business and Leadership program.

Ralph and his wife Lois reside in Prince Albert and they have three children.


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Garry Benning
Garry Benning
Appointed
January 17, 2013
Garry is chief financial officer for Saskatoon Public Schools.  He has been an auditor for both the provincial and federal governments.

Garry has a bachelor of arts from the University of Saskatchewan and a bachelor of administration from the University of Regina. He is a certified management accountant (CMA).  Garry is president and a founding member of the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation.  He is the current chair of the Chief Financial Officers of the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials.

Garry resides on an acreage in Grasswood with his wife and son.  His interests include swimming, reading and walking.  He enjoys public speaking and has achieved his Competent Toastmasters (CTM).


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Donna L. Birkmaier

Donna L. Birkmaier
Appointed
November 1, 2008
Donna spent most of her childhood on the farm in Saskatchewan. She attended Kelowna Community College, University of British Columbia and the University of Saskatchewan where she received her  Commerce and Business Administration degree. Donna holds the designation of Professional Manager CIM. She has experience in the broadcasting and travel industry, owned an accounting practice for over 25 years, works as a Management Consultant for municipalities, businesses and organizations, and served as an Alderman for the City of Saskatoon for 21 years. Donna runs a management consulting business.

Donna has been recognized for her accomplishments which include Life Member of Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities, Life Member Yellowhead Highway Association Inc., Life member of the Canadian Institute for the Blind, Honorary member of Commissionaires Canada, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and most recently as YWCA Woman of Distinction for lifetime achievement. Donna resides in Saskatoon. She and her husband enjoy the arts and outdoor activities.

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Lydia Cyr

Lydia Cyr
Appointed
October 16, 2014

Lydia Cyr is Chairperson of the Parkland College Board of Governors and represents the Association of Saskatchewan Regional Colleges (ASRC) on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Board of Directors.

Lydia retired from a long and rewarding career in the insurance industry, which began immediately after finishing high school. Through the years, she availed herself of many educational, technical and personal development opportunities. She completed the training required for licenced insurance brokers and completed the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) program through the Insurance Institute of Canada.

She has had the privilege of working with First Nation communities throughout the province. Lydia was one of the forerunners for the economic development initiative that opened the way for Aboriginal entrepreneurs to establish on-reserve general insurance brokerages. She also experienced academia during the four years she was employed by the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC), now First Nations University of Canada. Her entrepreneurial spirit also led her to business ownership in the food and retail trades.

Lydia is blessed with a huge extended family and is a proud member of the Pasqua First Nation.

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Erick Erickson
Erick Erickson
Appointed
January 17, 2013

 Born and educated in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Erick apprenticed as carpenter and became a journeyman at the age of 21. He worked as a carpenter and project superintendent throughout Saskatchewan from 1980 to 1989, when he joined the Wolfe Group of Companies in Saskatoon, eventually becoming district manager. In 2004, Erick moved to Graham Construction as a senior project manager, and in 2007 he accepted the district manager position for Southern Saskatchewan and relocated to Regina. In 2014 Erick joined Deveraux Developments as Vice-President of Commercial Construction.

Erick has been active in the provincial and national construction industry. He served as chairman of the Saskatoon Construction Association, the Saskatchewan Construction Association and the General Contractors Association of Saskatchewan. He also served as a construction industry representative for Enterprise Saskatchewan, Construction and Land Development Committee.

Erick and his wife Carol live at Last Mountain Lake and have three adult children. The family enjoys spending time at their cabin in Northern Saskatchewan.

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Kerry Heid

Kerry Heid
Appointed
January 17, 2013

Kerry Heid is president of Magna Electric Corporation, a Canadian-based electrical projects group providing engineering consulting, electrical testing and rela
ted products and solutions for electrical power distribution systems.

Kerry is a past president of NETA (the InterNational Electrical Testing Association) and has been serving on its board of directors since 2002. He has also been heavily involved with CSA standards for workplace safety in Canada and is current technical committee chair of the electrical maintenance standard.

Kerry was awarded the SIAST honorary diploma in 2012 and was awarded NETA's 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to the association.

Kerry has performed electrical engineering, testing, maintenance, commissioning and training activities throughout North America for the past 24 years with Westinghouse Service and Magna Electric Corporation. He lives in Regina with his wife and sons.

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Jim Nowakowski

Jim Nowakowski
Appointed
January 17, 2013

Jim is president and CEO of JNE Welding in Saskatoon. The firm employs more than 160 people and primarily serves industrial market supplying custom steel and stainless steel alloy fabrications to the mining, oil sands, and utility sectors.

Jim is a past chair of the Welder Trade Board, and he has served two terms as president of the North Saskatoon Business Association. He has served on Enterprise Saskatchewan's manufacturing sector committee and spent a number of years on the board of directors for the Prairie Policy Centre as well as the Raj Manek Mentorship Foundation board. Jim has been a member of TEC (The Executive Committee) since 2007.

Jim was raised in the Battlefords area, where he worked on the family farm. In 1974 he moved to Saskatoon to attend the Saskatoon campus and was enrolled in the pre-employment Welding program. Jim worked as a welder at three local companies before starting JNE Welding in 1980.

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Robert Stromberg
Robert Stromberg
Appointed
May 1, 2013

At the time of his recent retirement, Bob was a senior member of Robertson Stromberg, a Saskatchewan law firm, where he specialized in commercial and corporate law. He recently retired as a director of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc., with which he served for 20 years. He was also a director of Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd (Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd) for 25 years.

Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan law school, Bob has served in a leadership role with many Saskatchewan organizations. He has been chair with the Saskatchewan Horse Racing Commission, Persephone Theatre, Sask Place (Credit Union Center) and the Saskatoon Airport Authority. Currently, Bob is a member of the President's Advisory Council of  the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). He is also the honorary colonel of the North Saskatchewan Regiment and is a member of the Executive Council of Honorary Colonels of Canada.  Bob has been a fundraiser for various hospital foundations and other community charitable organizations.

Bob lives at Jackfish Lake with his wife Sandra. His three children, David, Jeff and Allison, and nine grandchildren all live in Saskatoon.

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Arlene Unvoas
Arlene Unvoas
Appointed
March 12, 2013

Arlene Unvoas is executive director of the Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards. In that role, she has had the opportunity to communicate with and subsequently hire post-secondary students.

Arlene and her husband Dennis have owned and operated a farm/ranch along the Swift Current Creek in southwest Saskatchewan since 1978. Arelene has a long-standing interest in volunteering, and she has served on several boards.

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Mark Vanstone
Mark Vanstone
Appointed
January 17, 2013
Mark Vanstone is a co-owner at WMCZ Lawyers in Saskatoon. His legal practice focuses on the courtroom, and he has represented clients in both Alberta and Saskatchewan courts. Mark works primarily in the fields of civil litigation (negligence, misrepresentation, breach of contract, personal injury, shareholder disputes), family law and criminal defence. Mark has also appeared on cases before the Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission and The Rentalsman (The Ministry of Justice Office of Residential Tenancies). He was counsel at the North Battleford Water Inquiry.

Mark is a volunteer with Pro-Bono Students Canada and Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner-City (CLASSIC). He is chair of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission Appeal Committee; editor of The Advocate, a quarterly periodical of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association (STLA); an executive member of the STLA, and chair of the Family Law Litigation Group for the STLA. Mark is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Bar Association, the Saskatoon Bar Association, the Saskatoon Criminal Defence Lawyers Association, the Saskatoon Golf & Country Club and the Saskatoon Club.

Mark received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan, where he received the Durward Thomas Prize in civil procedure. Previously, he received a bachelor of arts degree and Hannon Scholarship from the University of Saskatchewan, graduating magna cum laude. Mark, his wife and three children live in Saskatoon. Running and skiing are the only hobbies he has time for, which explains his golf game.

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Brent Waldo
Brent Waldo
Appointed
November 1, 2008
Brent attained a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Saskatchewan, Gold Seal Certificate from the Canadian Construction Association and is a Professional Engineer. He has been involved with the Inland Construction Ltd. (Moose Jaw) as an Estimator/Project Manager, and Cardinal Construction Co. Ltd. (Moose Jaw) as an Estimator/Project Manager/Shareholder.

Brent is past General Manager of Cardinal Construction. He has served as past President of the Moose Jaw Kinsmen Club, past Chairman of the Merit Contractors Association Saskatchewan, Director of the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, Director/Vice Chair of the Moose Jaw Construction Association and member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan. Brent resides in Moose Jaw and has three children. His interests include snow skiing, running, water skiing and golf.


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