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2021 Conference Program

Our 2021 program features international presenters and small discussion forums, award recognition, and networking opportunities. You don’t want to miss this year’s conference program and take advantage of hearing from leading subject matter development experts as well as your peers.

Plenary Sessions

Resilient Communities • Nik Badminton

Many are talking about “bouncing back” to our pre-COVID ways of living and working. Do we segue back in to a modified system or bounce beyond to a potential flourishing future?

Find out more about Nik on our speakers page.

Big Little Legends • Gair Maxwell

The “notorious” Gair Maxwell will focus on how communities and businesses can define their difference.

Find out more about Gair on our speakers page.

The Shifting Energy Arena Doug Opseth, SaskPower

We have begun to experience a massive value shift into renewable energies — a trend that is likely to accelerate. SaskPower’s Director of Generation Asset Management and Planning will walk us through the updated feasibility on small nuclear reactors and discuss a transformation roadmap for Saskatchewan. Find out more about Doug on our speakers page.

Concurrent Session & Roundtable Streams

Local & Regional Economies

Agriculture & Agri-forestry

 Tourism & Visitor Economy


  • Developing a Profitable Community Broadband Network

 Capacity Building

  • Transforming Organizational Culture
    Alicia Buckley, Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
  • Benefits of Municipal Development Corporations
    Dale Wheeldon and Celine Favreau
  • Linkedin: The Underutilized Industry Attraction Tool
    Guillermo Mazier, Conway Data
  • Indigenous Engagement Strategies: Conversation with the Town of Devon, AB

Our speakers page includes more information about the brilliant people who will share knowledge and perspectives at the sessions. 

Roundtable Discussion Suggestions Wanted

Prior to the event, delegates will have the opportunity to register for afternoon roundtable discussions (maximum of 14 participants per group). We are lining up thought leaders on topics which we feel will engage community leaders and professionals but we want to hear from you!

Send us your suggestions and we will seek out a subject expert to lead a discussion group. Email seda@seda.sk.ca or give the office a call at 306-384- 5817.