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Chief Executive Officer
Kari Harvey is CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan where her responsibilities include working with community partners to nurture an environment that supports the success of startup tech companies in the province, and with the research community to ensure Saskatchewan research and commercialization interests are maximized.
Her 29-year public service career includes senior leadership positions in the Ministry of Agriculture such as Director of the Agri-business Development Branch, Executive Director, Capital and Regional Services with the Saskatchewan Ministry Health, and Executive Council and Office of the Premier as Assistant Deputy Minister, International Relations and Protocol. Kari is currently a board member with the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and Saskatchewan’s first tech incubator, Co.Labs. In the fall of 2020, she was also appointed to the NRC-IRAP Advisory Council.
Kari holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration, both from the University of Regina, as well as the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Services
Brent Sukenik was appointed Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Services in October 2022. Brent joined Innovation Place in 2002 as the Corporate Controller. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2014 and Acting President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2020.
Prior to joining Innovation Place, Brent worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Audit Manager. Brent holds a Bachelor of Administration designation from the University of Regina and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).
Vice President, Research Park Operations
Debbie Haluik was appointed Vice President, Research Park Operations in October 2022. Debbie joined Innovation Place in 1997 and has held various roles in Property Management, Technical Operations, Marketing and Project Management. She was appointed Executive Director, Client Relations in 2017 and Acting Vice President, Client Relations in April 2021.
She received a Certified Property Manager designation from the Real Estate Institute of Canada in 2006 and has participated in various leadership development programs, including the Effective Executive Program through the Edwards School of Business. She has served on the Real Estate Institute of Saskatchewan’s board of directors and volunteered with the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network of Saskatchewan.
Vice President, Economic Development & Research Investments
Avery Vold was appointed Vice President, Economic Development and Research Investments in January 2023. She joined Innovation Saskatchewan in 2018 and held various roles in Corporate Services, Strategy, and Governance. Prior to joining Innovation Saskatchewan, Avery spent four years with the University of Saskatchewan working in the Edwards School of Business, Executive Education department developing and administering professional development programs for the business community.
Avery holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance, from Edwards School of Business and a Master of Public Administration from Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She has served on the Broadway Theatre Board of Directors, and currently sits on the Interval House and Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Board of Directors.