The Board's primary responsibility is to oversee the purpose, plans and policies of Innovation Saskatchewan.
Honourable Steven Bonk (Chair)
Minister Responsible for Innovation
Steven Bonk was elected as MLA for Moosomin on April 4, 2016. He is currently the Minister of the Economy and Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan, for Innovation, and for Trade. He is also a member of the Standing Committee on the Economy, and he was previously a member of the Public Accounts Committee.
Mr. Bonk has extensive experience in the domestic and international agribusiness fields. He has worked on four continents as a consultant in agricultural management and policy development. Steven has also worked as an advisor on international trade and market access. He lived in Europe for nearly a decade, where he was the managing director of livestock-based enterprises and as a management consultant to help companies grow and solve strategic challenges with the transition to a free market economy, particularly in post-Soviet countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Mr. Bonk communicates in four languages, facilitating his participation on international roundtable discussion panels and he is a recognized speaker at agribusiness-related events. Mr. Bonk is also actively involved in his family's custom grazing and livestock business near Wolseley.
Steven, his wife Candace, and their daughter, Emma, have strong ties to the Moosomin constituency. They are the fifth generation of his family to reside there.
In addition to his busy personal and professional life, Steven is also very involved with his community as a member of the Wolseley Community School Council, Glenavon Agriculture Society, the Southeast Saskatchewan Social Services Appeal Board, and he sits on the international committees of both the Canadian Western Agribition and Canada's Farm Progress Show.
Honourable Nancy Heppner (Vice-Chair)
Minister of Energy and Resources
Nancy's interest in politics was sparked while door-knocking for her father Ben in 1995. In 2001, she began working as the constituency assistant for Carol Skelton, MP for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. She later moved to Ottawa to continue to work for Carol Skelton as her legislative assistant on Parliament Hill. Nancy then worked for Leader of the Official Opposition (Stephen Harper) as Question Period Coordinator and remained there until 2005.
Following her work on the 2006 federal election, Nancy became a part of the issues management team for the Right Honourable Stephen Harper in the Prime Minister's Office. Nancy subsequently served as director of communications for the Minister of Canadian Heritage before returning home to Saskatchewan.
Nancy was first elected to the legislature in the Martensville Constituency in a 2007 by-election. She was re-elected in the 2007, 2011, and 2016 provincial elections.
She is currently the Minister of Energy and Resources and Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission. From 2007 to 2010, Nancy served as Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, and the Water Appeal Board. In 2012, Premier Brad Wall appointed Nancy as the Minister of Central Services, the Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission, and the Minister responsible for the Lean Initiative. From 2014 to 2016, she was Minister of Highways and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation.
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.