Board of Directors

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

 

Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor (Chair)

Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor (Chair)

Minister Responsible for Innovation

Tina Beaudry-Mellor was elected the MLA for Regina University on April 4, 2016.  On February 2, 2018, Tina was appointed as Minister of Advanced Education, Minister responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan, and reappointed as the Minister responsible for the Status of Women. Previously, she served as the Minister of Social Services.

Best known as a long time instructor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina, Tina has published in everything from peer reviewed journals to op-eds and business magazines, commentating both on political & social issues.

Tina is the former Chair of Equal Voice and served on the National Board. She is also a former board member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Community Investments Committee of the United Way and the Regina Transition House. At the University of Regina, she served on the Community Research Unit board of the Faculty of Arts.

In addition to her academic work, Tina is the owner of a small management consulting business called TBM Strategies where she has done considerable policy work, most notably on streamlining processes for clients of both the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee program and on the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative to reduce surgical wait times. She has also worked with the Continuing Education Centre of the University of Regina to write the Flexible Learning Strategy to build the institution's online, televised and blended course and program offerings for students.

Tina is married and has two very active teenage twins, Kayman and Montana.


 

Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Vice-Chair)

Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Vice-Chair)

Minister of Export and Trade Development and Minister of Immigration and Careers Training

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 28, 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, 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 has served as Vice-Chair of Treasury Board, Chair of the caucus Red Tape Reduction Committee, and sat on the cabinet Committee on Human Services. He has served as a Member of the Board of Internal Economy, the Standing Committee on House Services, and was previously the Deputy Government House Leader.

On February 2, 2018, Jeremy was appointed Minister of Export and Trade Development and Minister of Immigration and Careers Training.

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


 

Ms. Dena McMartin

Ms. Dena McMartin

Director of Research Services and Assistant Vice President of Research, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Dena McMartin is the Director of Research Services and Assistant Vice-President Research at University of Saskatchewan and a full professor in the College of Engineering with a record of exceptional contributions to teaching and research, as well as service to university and community committees and boards. From 2003 to 2017, Dena served as an engineering professor at the University of Regina, and was appointed in her final 4 years as the Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) at that institution. She has developed and supported numerous academic and research partnerships within the university, community, province, and beyond.

McMartin serves on national committees of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology. She further supports engineering (and, more specifically, women in engineering) via the 30 by 30 Task Group of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and as a member of the Canadian Engineering Education Association. In 2013, she was named a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) and 2018, a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers (FCSSE) in recognition of her contributions to the engineering profession.

McMartin’s research program focuses on rural water quality and quantity needs in Canada and abroad, impacts of climate extremes on water availability and rural livelihoods in the Americas, characterization and remediation of oilsands process water contamination, and best practices in agriculture for improved water quality and quantity management. She holds tri-council grants, as well as funding from federal and provincial agencies and industry partners.

McMartin holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in environmental engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural and bioresource engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.


Mr. Derek Lothian

Mr. Derek Lothian

President and CEO, Insurance Brokers’ Association of Saskatchewan

Derek Lothian is the CEO of the Insurance Brokers’ Association of Saskatchewan, which represents more than 95 per cent of the independent insurance brokers across the province. He also is the Founding Editor of Prairie Manufacturer Magazine, and is the President of Lothian & Associates Management Group Inc., where he has worked closely alongside some of Saskatchewan’s most innovative companies, including POS Bio-Sciences, SED Systems, and the only 100 per cent Indigenous-owned military contractor in Canada.

Prior to 2016, Derek held senior positions with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters — the country’s largest trade and industry association. He joined the association as its National Director, Communications & Business Development, based on Ottawa, and was eventually named the youngest Vice President in its 145-year history.

Born and raised small-town Saskatchewan, Derek is a firm believer in community involvement. He currently serves on the boards of Innovation Saskatchewan, the SaskTel Centre, Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation, and the Saskatoon Industry Education Council, as well as on the Leaders Council at the University of Regina Faculty of Business.

He has been previously named to PR in Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 and CBC’s Future 40. And, in 2015, he was recognized as a Premier’s Award nominee in Ontario.


 

Mr. Thomas Benjoe

Mr. Thomas Benjoe

President and CEO, FHQ Developments

Thomas Benjoe is the President and CEO for FHQ Developments and is from the Muscowpetung First Nation. He has a First Nations Business, Economic Development and Governance background from First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina and is a Certified Professional Director.

Thomas is a founding Board of Director’s member for FHQ Developments and served 6 years on the Board. FHQ Developments is the Economic Development Corporation for the File Hill’s Qu’Appelle Tribal Council that manages Partnerships and new Business Ventures on behalf of its Limited Partners, the 11 First Nations of FHQTC. FHQ Developments also provides services to its Limited Partners through Community Economic Development and Employment & Retention Services.

Thomas currently serves on a number of committees and boards including the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Saskatchewan, First Nations Power Authority, First Nations University of Canada Spring Celebration Powwow Committee, Member of Leaders Council at the Hill & Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina, Council for Entrepreneurship Growth (Economic Development Regina) and the FNUniv Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Steering Committee.

Thomas is the recipient of the Crowning Achievement Young Alumni Award from the University of Regina (2017) and has been recognized by CBC's "Future 40"(2013), the Red Cross' "Young Humanitarian of the Year"(2009), RBC's "Diversity Leadership Award"(2014), "Regional President's Award"(2015) and a "Top Performer" Convention Winner which recognizes the top 1% of RBC employees (2015).

Thomas was also recognized as a Top 10 Most Influential Economic Developers by Treaty 4 News, a feature that profiles business leaders, job creators and entrepreneurs who have made a valuable contribution to improving the lives of Indigenous people through business and have helped keep Saskatchewan’s economy vibrant and strong.