Board of Directors

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

 

Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Chair)

Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan

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 in 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 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 2009. He has served as the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Enterprise Saskatchewan, Government House Leader, 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.

On February 2, 2018 Premier Scott Moe appointed Jeremy as the Minister of Trade and Export Development and Minister of Immigration and Career Training.

Jeremy also currently serves as Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Government Operations, and as a member of the Board of Internal Economy and the caucus Committee on Human Services. He also serves as the Deputy Government House Leader and as a member of the Standing Committee on House Services.

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

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 the 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 oil sands 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

President and CEO, Insurance Brokers’ Association of Saskatchewan

Derek Lothian is a nationally recognized business advocate, strategist, and public affairs executive, with 14 years’ senior leadership experience guiding organizations through complex change. He currently serves as CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan, and as a director on the boards of Innovation Saskatchewan as well as the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. He is also often tapped as an advisor to private, publicly-traded, and not-for-profit entities spanning advanced manufacturing, aerospace and defense, agriculture, bio-sciences, and construction.

Derek previously held posts as vice president and national director of communications for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters — the country’s largest trade and industry association; as co-founder and editor of Prairie Manufacturer Magazine; and, as founding chair of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence — a three-year joint training initiative focused on lean process improvement, leadership development, Indigenous engagement, technology adoption, and commercialization. He spearheaded the creation of the Manufacturing Management program at Athabasca University, and has been recognized for his contributions to the sector with several awards and distinctions, including being named to CBC’s Future 40, PR in Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, and as a Premier’s Award nominee in Ontario.

Derek holds a diploma in public relations from Ottawa’s Algonquin College and is in the process of obtaining his ICD.D designation in corporate governance through the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


 

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.


 

Ms. Sandra Zilles

Professor, Computer Science, University of Regina

Dr. Zilles is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Regina, where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Computational Learning Theory. Her research on machine learning and artificial intelligence is funded by government agencies and industry partners and has led to over 100 research publications. Dr. Zilles has won several awards for her work and is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS).


 

Mr. Marty Seymour

Director of Industry Relations, Farm Credit Canada

Marty was raised on a cattle and grain farm in Carnduff, Sask. A cowboy at heart, he moved to Saskatoon and earned a degree in agriculture science from the University of Saskatchewan.

After a decade in sales and marketing in the animal health industry, Marty spent five years as CEO of Canadian Western Agribition, Canada’s largest livestock show and exhibition. Marty has been involved in international trade missions, sat on the economic development board of Sakimay First Nations, has done reality TV and was named a CBC Future 40 recipient for contributions to the community. Currently, he’s on the marketing committee for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB).


 

Mr. Greg Sutton

Co.Founder and CEO, TinyEYE Therapy Services

TinyEYE is the first company in the world to provide speech-language pathology services online. Greg and his sister/co-founder, Marnee Brick, have taken their company from being a small start-up to emerging as a world leader in online speech therapy - providing services in 12 countries and 5 languages. It is TinyEYE’s vision to be the number one advocate in the world for children finding their voice.

Previous to TinyEYE, Greg spent 5 years as the Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Advanced Technology Association. During the dot com boom of the late ’90s, Greg was part of the Management Team for a start-up web-based travel guide company in South East Asia. When the tech bubble burst, the company was ‘dot gone’, Greg moved on to South America where he wrote travel guides for the Amazon region.

Greg is an active member of the business community and an avid learner, sitting on numerous boards including Co.Labs, Raj Manek Mentorship, Kijenga, and other various startups. He also attends various webinars, seminars and conferences to connect with like-minded people and soak up as much knowledge as he can to bring back to TinyEYE. Additionally, Greg and TinyEYE Therapy Services have won many awards such as CETAC West Entrepreneur of the Year, The Greater Saskatoon Chamber SABEX Award for Customer Service and the National Ingenious Award for Innovation from the Canadian Advanced Technology Association, to name a few.

Greg has a bachelor's of commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, is a windsurfing and kiteboarding fanatic, plays hockey year-round, and resides in Saskatoon with his lovely wife Michelle and their two foster children.