For more than 30 years, Mitchell has dedicated himself to the enhancement of our provincial
community as a successful and active lawyer in many high profile litigations, arbitrations
and public hearings; and as a community volunteer. In 2010, he was awarded the professional
distinction of Queen's Counsel.
He has served as Chair of the Saskatchewan Police Commission, and as a professional
representative on Saskatchewan Justice's Northern Justice Review Committee.
In 2009, Mitchell was appointed provincially to the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan
Honours Advisory Council (currently serving as its Chair) and nationally to the Oversight
Committee for the Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat. He was named
to the Board of Directors of the SaskPower Corporation in 2010 by Order in Council,
and chaired its HR and Labour Relations Committee. In 2015, he was appointed Board
Chair for the Saskatchewan Transportation Company.
Mitchell was appointed provincially to the Saskatchewan Arts Board (2003-09). He also
served as the founding Chair of the Prince Albert Arts Board (1995-2012), the inaugural
Chair of the E.A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts Governance Committee (2003-2012),
Chair of the Alfred Jenkins Soccer Field House Project (2007-2010), Chair of the project
funding for the reconstruction of the Art Hauser Centre Arena (2005-2006), and as
a founding director of the Wanisca First Nations Arts Festival (2007). Mitchell was
an active executive member for the Board of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame,
as well as Chair of its Induction Selection Committee (1997-2000). He is a trustee
of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts (2007-present) and a founding director
of the Saskatchewan Health Excellence Awards (2003-present).
Named Prince Albert's Citizen of the Year (2003), Mitchell was also distinguished
with the Saskatchewan Association of Community Planners Community Development Award
(2004), the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005), the Lieutenant Governor's Saskatchewan
Volunteer Medal (2006), and the Prince Albert Sportsman of the Year Award (2014).
Mitchell and his wife, Sheila, reside in Prince Albert and enjoy together three sons.
Cari Bode is the Sales Administration Manager and a partner at South Country Equipment
Ltd., a John Deere equipment dealership with eight locations in southern Saskatchewan.
She has over two decades of experience working in the agricultural industry. Her other
work in the community includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Regina & District
Chamber of Commerce.
An avid runner, Cari has volunteered extensively in the local running community and
currently serves as Past President of Run Regina/Queen City Marathon Inc. She was
the recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Health and Wellness (2020)
and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (2023).
Cari has received diplomas from the University of Regina Faculty of Arts and Faculty
of Business Administration and holds a Pro.Dir.Gov designation.
She lives in Regina with her husband, Chris, and has two grown children.
Mark Cooper is the President and CEO of Prairie Clean Energy, a Saskatchewan-headquartered
bioenergy company that specializes in converting agricultural waste into bioenergy
fuel pellets for the world market. Previously, Mark served as the President and CEO
of the Saskatchewan Construction Association, where he represented Saskatchewan’s
9,000+ construction companies. He also served as Director of Policy and Communications
for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and worked for the governments
of both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Mark received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of
Regina and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Royal Roads University.
He is a certified negotiator and mediator, a Project Management Professional, and
recently concluded the Director’s Education Program with the Institute of Corporate
Directors. Mark has a LEAN Yellow Belt and is a trained adult educator.
Mark currently sits on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Board of Directors where he chairs
the Governance Committee. He previously served on the boards of the Regina Food Bank,
the Canadian Construction Association, the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum,
Government House Foundation and the Al Ritchie Community Association.
Mark and his wife Kimberley, a high school teacher, live in Regina raising their two-year-old
daughter Isabella, and trying to keep up with their dogs - Seamus and Wallace.
John is Nehinaw (Cree)‐Metis from Kaministikominahikoskak (Cumberland House), Saskatchewan.
John has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and
started his career in 2001 in the mining industry and worked in a variety of roles
including E&S, maintenance and reliability engineering management until moving onto
executive leadership in economic development and construction. John now serves as
the Executive Director of the Indigenous Resource Network as well as Past President
of APEGS. John also has extensive regulatory, volunteer, governance, and civil society
experience serving on a variety of boards, committees, and other initiatives culminating
into several awards over his career recognizing his civil service and servant leadership.
Steven Jose serves as the President of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Students' Association
(SPSA), where he passionately advocates for the diverse student body across each of
Sask Polytech’s four campuses within the province. Steven's journey to this pivotal
role began with his pursuit of a Bachelor's Degree in Statistics from the esteemed
University of Mumbai. Driven by his quest for knowledge and excellence, Steven is
currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, focusing on
Business and Supply Chain Management.
Steven's dedication to student representation extends beyond the SPSA. He was nominated
to serve on the Government of Saskatchewan's inaugural Post-Secondary Student Council,
where his insights contribute to shaping policies that impact students province-wide.
Additionally, Steven's commitment to fostering educational opportunities is evident
in his role as a member of the Scholarship, Bursary, and Loan Committee for the Government
Rooted in his Moose Jaw campus community, Steven generously volunteers his time and
expertise to the City of Moose Jaw's Youth Advisory Committee, embodying his belief
in the strength of local engagement and youth empowerment. Within Saskatchewan Polytechnic,
Steven actively contributes to various committees, showcasing his dedication to enhancing
the student experience and fostering a vibrant campus culture.
Steven serves as a valued member of the Board of Directors at Saskatchewan Polytechnic,
where he actively participates in governance discussions and strategic decision-making
processes. His role on the Governance Committee underscores his commitment to promoting
transparency and accountability within the institution.
Born, raised and life‐long resident of Saskatchewan, there is no doubting Karen’s
commitment to and passion for our province. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan
with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Finance major), she continued her learning with
a diploma in credit management, and certification in logistics management. Her career
has been varied, ranging from assistant director of a provincial loans program in
La Ronge, to self employment as a business consultant. From 2009 to 2022, Karen was
the President of Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan, a non‐profit that
provides services to the province’s non‐union contractors. At the end of 2022, Karen
retired from her full‐time job to rediscover self employment, but at a slower pace.
She continues her connection with the construction sector as the point of contact
for Merit Canada and as a Director on the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification
Commission. While construction fills the majority of Karen’s waking hours, she also
finds time to travel, attend horse shows with her daughter, and spend a good amount
of time unwinding at their cottage in northern Saskatchewan.
Cindy is a huge fan of education and has been in the financial and business education
sectors for over 20 years. In the past, Cindy worked as a financial advisor with RBC,
and taught the Sask Polytech Business certificate program at Great Plains College
and high school finance and accounting classes. Cindy is currently the Board Chair
at Great Plains College and is a lifelong learner with a Master of Education degree
in Adult Learning & Global Change, the Public Sector Governance Certificate, a Bachelor
of Commerce in Finance, and a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics. Over the course
of her work, she has developed wide‐ranging provincial and federal connections, including
working with the Ministry of Education to renew the Practical and Applied Arts curriculums
(courses in Financial Literacy, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Agricultural Business).
Cindy has had a lifelong commitment to financial literacy for all students and in
2022 was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Education and the Queen Elizabeth
II Platinum Jubilee medal. In addition to teaching full time, Cindy and her husband
and their four children co‐own LZ Farms raising cattle and crops since 1999 in the
Rosalie was born and raised in the Battlefords. She spent the past 36.5 years working
at Innovation Credit Union in North Battleford and is now enjoying retirement. She
and her husband, Brett, have three married children and eight grandchildren that they
love spending time with.
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