Members of the Board of Directors
Mitchell Holash, QC
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 and in the Supreme Court of Canada. 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 Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority. 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 a former Chair of the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission Appeal Committee; past President of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association (STLA); and a former 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, and the Saskatoon Golf & Country 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, skiing and hunting are the only hobbies he has time for, which explains his golf game.
Appointed January 17, 2013
Garry is Chief Financial Officer for Saskatoon Public Schools. He was previously an auditor for the provincial government.
Garry has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)/Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Garry is Past President and founding member of the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation. He is also Past President of the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials. Garry is a certified Professional Director and has completed the Foundations of Trust Management Standards.
Garry resides in Grasswood with his wife and son. His interests include swimming, walking and reading. He enjoys public speaking and has achieved his Competent Toastmasters (CTM).
Appointed January 17, 2013
Mark is the President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA), the provincial voice of Saskatchewan's construction industry, representing more than 9,000 companies that employ more than 53,000 workers. Prior to joining the SCA team, he was the Director of Policy and Communications for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association.
Mark also serves as a Board member of the Regina Food Bank.
Mark has a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University, a Master's Certificate in Project Management from the University of Saskatchewan, an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Regina, and a Conflict Management Certificate from Grant MacEwan College.
Appointed: January 24, 2018
As the Chief Executive Officer of WESK (Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan), Prabha is passionate about driving change to close the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap and the resulting Gender Economic Gap.
Through her advocacy efforts, Prabha served as the first President of the Leaders Council of the Paul J. Hill and the Kenneth Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina and currently serves as a member of the Paul Hill Advisory Board, University of Regina. A supporter of entrepreneurship, Prabha serves as a Judge for some of the community's Business Awards and was also a Prairie Regional Judge for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Prairie Award. As an active member of the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Housing Authority, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation, Prabha continues to be engaged in the community to influence strategic change.
Prabha has a Masters of Social Work in Community Development, Policy and Planning, and an honourary CPA conferred by the Board of Governors of the Certified General Accountants, for her role in the unification of the accounting profession to create CPA Saskatchewan.
Appointed: January 24, 2018
Jim is president and CEO of JNE Welding in Saskatoon. The firm employs 120 to 160 people and primarily serves the 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 Saskatchewan Apprentice 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 was a member of TEC (The Executive Committee) from 2007 to 2013. Additionally, Jim is one of the founding members of the Saskatchewan Industrial Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA) and served on the Board for five years, including two years as Chair.
Jim was raised in the Battlefords area, where he worked on the family farm. In 1974, he moved to Saskatoon to attend SIAST Kelsey 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.Appointed: January 17, 2013
In his long and distinguished career, Wayne was a career classroom teacher and public school administrator in the Meadow Lake area. During this time he was seconded to a Provincial Ministry as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier. As well, he worked in the industrial sector as a Human Resources/Admin Manager for Millar Western Pulp and as a Surface Land and Indigenous Advisor for Husky Oil Operations, engaging many First Nations throughout Western Canada.
Wayne received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1971 and a Master's degree in 1995 from the University of Saskatchewan. Highly involved in his community, he served in an executive role on many community boards. Wayne has been involved in playing and coaching sports for over 40 years. Highlights included a number of provincial championships and admission to the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Retired from the working world, Wayne and his wife, Jane, enjoy helping out on the ranch, watching sports and spending time with their children and grandchildren.Appointed: January 24, 2018
Robert Stromberg, QC
Prior to his retirement, Bob was a senior member of Robertson Stromberg, a Saskatchewan law firm, where he specialized in commercial and corporate law.
Since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan law school, Bob has served in a leadership role with many Saskatchewan organizations and fundraised for various hospital foundations and other community charitable organizations.
He served as a director of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. for 20 years. He was also a director of Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd (Hitachi Power Systems Canada Ltd) for 25 years. Additionally, Bob chaired the Saskatchewan Horse Racing Commission, Persephone Theatre, Sask Place (now SaskTel Centre) and the Saskatoon Airport Authority.
Previously, Bob was a member of the President's Advisory Council of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT). He was also the Honourary Colonel of the North Saskatchewan Regiment and was a member of the Executive Council of Honorary Colonels of Canada.
Bob lives at Jackfish Lake with his wife, Sandra. His three children and nine grandchildren all live in Saskatoon.Appointed May 1, 2013
In 2014, Drew joined the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) Board of Directors, as an employer representative in the construction sector. In October 2016, he was appointed as the Commission Board Chairperson. He is also a member of the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) Advisory Council, which is the voice of industry to the SCA.
Drew became a Red Seal certified Journeyperson in the Electrical trade in 1985 and achieved a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Regina in 2009. He recently received a Blue Seal certificate from the SATCC, acknowledging Achievement in Business Competencies, as recognized in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Drew also completed a Pro.Dir. designation from Governance Solutions.
He is also a member of the Saskatchewan Construction Association Advisory Council, which is the voice of industry to the SCA.
Appointed: January 24, 2018
Arlene worked as Executive Director with the Swift Current Creek Watershed Stewards and that work gave her a keen interest in applied research.
When her children were young she spent many hours volunteering at their school and has a longstanding interest in volunteering.
Arlene and her husband, Dennis, live on their ranch south of Swift Current and recently retired. They enjoy travelling and spend their summers volunteering as actors in the Passion Play at Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller.
She welcomes the opportunity to be on the Board of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and looks forward to what the future brings for the organization.
Appointed March 12, 2013