The Board's primary responsibility is to oversee the purpose, plans and policies of Innovation Saskatchewan.
Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Chair)
Minister Responsible for Innovation
Honourable Dustin Duncan (Vice-Chair)
Minister of Energy and Resources
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.
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.
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 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.
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.