Board of Directors

The Board's primary responsibility is to oversee the purpose, plans and policies of Innovation Saskatchewan.

Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Chair)

Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Chair)

Minister Responsible for Innovation

Jeremy Harrison grew up in the Meadow Lake area and graduated from Carpenter High School in 1996. Jeremy went on to complete an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Canadian History from the University of Alberta, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctor (Law) Degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jeremy was elected to Parliament on June 28th, 2004, and at the age of 26 became one of the youngest Canadians ever to sit in the House of Commons.

Jeremy was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in November 2007. He is the youngest Canadian ever to have been elected to both the House of Commons and a Provincial Legislative Assembly.

He first served as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Resources until being appointed to Cabinet in May of 2009. He has served as the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Enterprise Saskatchewan, Government House Leader, and Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training.  Jeremy currently serves as the Minister of the Economy, Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Minister Responsible for the Global Transportation Hub, Minister Responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan, Minister Responsible for Innovation, and Minister Responsible for Trade.

Jeremy also currently serves as the Deputy House Leader, Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board, Chairman of the Red Tape Reduction Committee, and sits on the Cabinet Committee on Human Services.  He also serves as a Member of the Board of Internal Economy and the Standing Committee on House Services.

Jeremy and his wife Alaina have one son, MacGregor and one daughter, Finnley.

Honourable Dustin Duncan (Vice-Chair)

Honourable Dustin Duncan (Vice-Chair)

Minister of Energy and Resources

Dustin Duncan was first elected as the MLA for the constituency of Weyburn-Big Muddy in a by-election in June 2006 at the age of 26. He was re-elected in the 2007, 2011, and 2016 provincial elections.

In August 2016, Dustin was appointed Minister of Energy and Resources, and Minister responsible for SaskEnergy Incorporated and Saskatchewan Telecommunications.  He is also a member of the Board of Internal Economy. Previously, he served as Minister of Health, Minister of Environment, and Minister responsible for SaskEnergy and SaskWater. He was first appointed to cabinet in May 2009 as Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport. Prior to being named to cabinet, Dustin served as chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies.

Dustin and his wife Amanda were both born, raised and educated in the Weyburn area. He and Amanda have one son, Jack. Dustin obtained an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Regina.

Daniel Halyk

Daniel Halyk

President and CEO, Total Energy Services Inc., Calgary AB

Daniel K. Halyk is President and CEO of Total Energy Services Inc., a TSE listed energy services company that he founded in 1996. Dan is also a principal of Trident Capital Partners LP, a private limited partnership that he co-founded in 1997 that invests primarily in the North American energy, transportation and real estate industries. Prior to founding Total and Trident, Dan practiced corporate and securities law with Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary. He currently serves on the boards of several private companies involved in the energy, transportation and real estate industries, is Vice President and a director of the Calgary Winter Club and is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy.

Dan served as a member of the Alberta Financial Investment Planning and Advisory Council that reported to the Alberta Minister of Finance in 2008.

Dan was born and raised in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan where his parents still reside and where he is involved in several business ventures, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Milligan Bio-Tech Inc., a leading Canadian bio-diesel producer. He attended the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees and served as a clerk to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal before being called to the Bars of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Trevor Thiessen

Trevor Thiessen

President, Redekop Manufacturing

With an agriculture background spanning more than 20 years, Trevor Thiessen has been involved in marketing, sales, production, and research and development in many managerial positions. Trevor graduated from the U of S with a Masters in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing.

Trevor's work in the agriculture industry spans North America, South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Prior to purchasing Redekop Manufacturing with his business partner in June of 2014, Trevor was President of Novozymes BioAg Group, overseeing all aspects of the BioAg business for Novozymes worldwide. 

Trevor currently serves on the boards of a number of private and non-profit organizations and is based in Saskatoon, SK, where he resides with his wife Kim and their two boys, Kohlburn and Parker.

Warren Steinley

Warren Steinley

MLA, Regina Walsh Acres

Warren Steinley was first elected in the constituency of Regina Walsh Acres in 2011. He decided to run for the Saskatchewan Party because of his family and the strong leadership he has seen from Premier Brad Wall. Warren grew up on a dairy farm near Rush Lake, SK.

Warren graduated with an Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of Regina, and was a member of the university Track and Field team. After university, he completed an internship with the Federal Agriculture Minister in Ottawa and then worked in the office of the Minister of Western Economic Diversification. Warren worked in the Saskatchewan Public Service within the Ministry of Executive Council as a researcher. His last position before being elected was Director of Research for Government Caucus. In addition to his regular duties as MLA, Warren is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and Justice, Private Bills Committee, and chairs the New Ideas Committee. He was elected Deputy Caucus Chair in July of 2014.

Warren, his wife Larissa and their son Nickson reside in Regina.

Pam Haidenger-Bains

Pam Haidenger-Bains

Pam Haidenger-Bains attended the University of Saskatchewan and received her Juris Doctorate from the College of Law. Pam was actively engaged in the practice of corporate-commercial law from 1978 to 2012, first in private practice and then as a Vice-President and Corporate Secretary in a health services biotech company. She has sat on and chaired a number of different boards during this time period. Pam is currently in the process of developing a new business focused on assisting corporations and individuals in improving strategic competencies in targeted areas of communications.

Pam is currently a member of the Innovation Place Management Advisory Committee, and a former chair and past director of the Saskatchewan Film and Video Corporation, and former chair and past director of Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority. She has also served as former president, executive Member and director of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and former chair and member of the Legislative and Law Reform Committee.

Don Somers

Don Somers

Private Business, Consulting

As a former senior executive with a major Canadian mining company and Vice President of a western Canadian based company involved in the financing and management support of early stage companies commercializing environmental technologies, Dr. Don Somers brings an extensive business background to the Board.

Don has authored a number of scientific papers and continues to consult in the area of corporate governance, research and innovation, and science marketing and communication. In addition to his work in private business and consulting, he is involved with a number of community and provincial organizations.