Members of the Board of Directors

Appointed 2018

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.

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).

Appointed January 17, 2013

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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.

Appointed January 17, 2013
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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.

Appointed January 17, 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.

Appointed May 1, 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.

Appointed March 12, 2013