Your essential guide to SK networking events this February

This February, we’ll see you at these Saskatchewan business events, conventions, trade shows, and small business workshops.

Feb
3 - 6

SUMA convention

Meet us at Hometown Advantage, the 114th annual convention for the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA).

  • Who should attend: Business leaders and municipal officials and employees from Saskatchewan’s cities, towns, villages, resort villages, and northern municipalities.
  • Where: Regina
  • Admission: $425 member; $625 non-member; $475 government; $1,625 corporate
  • Municipal Marketplace Tradeshow will have 220+ booths featuring products & services that municipalities use each day
  • 15 education sessions, 1,000+ delegates. Keynote speaker: former-NHL star Ryan Walter.
  • The President’s Banquet and Awards Ceremony ($60) celebrates the elected officials and municipal employees who help make up our hometowns. Includes three-course meal and performance by El Guitaro, a classic cowboy rockin’ country and western band.
  • SaskTel will host an Internet café with complimentary access to laptops and broadband, be sure to also check out the SaskTel booth
  • See the SUMA convention agenda and brochure
  • Registration is required: $425 member; $625 non-member; $475 government; $1,625 corporate
Feb
5 - 28

Innovation Place Toastmasters Club

Every Thursday at noon, the Toastmasters host a free lunchtime event to help people improve their communication and leadership skills. By learning to effectively express your ideas, you’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, and you’ll improve your one-on-one communication with others.

  • Who should attend: Everyone is welcome, including professionals, entrepreneurs, tradespeople, SMB owners, students, stay-at-home parents, and retirees.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $0

Every Tuesday at noon, the Toastmasters host a free lunchtime event to help people improve their communication and leadership skills. By learning to effectively express your ideas, you’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, and you’ll improve your one-on-one communication with others.

Highlights:

  • Gain self-confidence in your leadership and speaking skills
  • Constructive evaluation is the heart of Toastmasters. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements.
  • Everyone learns together and will have lots of fun in the process
Feb
4 - 6

Industrial Safety Seminar

Safety doesn’t cost—it pays. Every year, Saskatchewan’s premier safety event is an excellent forum for new or experienced safety practitioners to attend professional development sessions with experts on a variety of safety topics.

  • Who should attend: Safety managers, professionals, supervisors, and anyone interested in safety in fields like mining, utilities, oil & gas, construction, Provincial and Federal regulatory agencies, crown corporations, and private companies.
  • Where: Regina
  • Admission: $605 members; $795 non-members
  • Expand your safety knowledge and network with like-minded people
  • 750+ delegates, 29 educational presentations
  • Keynote speakers: Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm chasers; Judy Croon on how to relieve work-related stress with humour, Dan Demers - Cannabis is Legal. Now What? How to Safely Manage the Impact of Legalization in Your Workplace; Shawn Kanungo - Strategy in a World of Disruption
  • See the latest safety equipment and services in 100+ trade show booths


Watch their promo video here

Feb
5

Cyber Security for Small Businesses and Non-Profits

This 2-hour workshop will teach solopreneurs and leaders of small businesses and nonprofits how to build a robust security program for their organization.

  • Who should attend: Leaders and managers of small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Saskatchewan
  • Where: Prince Albert
  • Admission: $100
  • Do you have a plan for a cyberattack? Do you know what to do if your site goes down? Or you have ransomware? Come find out how to defend your organization.
  • This hands-on workshop gives a thorough overview of the current cyber security landscape
  • Learn how your small business can fight and defend itself against information security threats
  • Register here.
Feb
6

Chamber On Tap

Join Saskatoon’s business community and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce for a pint-sized chat.

  • Who should attend: Saskatoon business leaders, entrepreneurs, and future entrepreneurs
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: Free for Chamber members, non-members welcome too.
  • Gain entrepreneur insights from local business leaders on the first Wednesday of each month
  • Friendly networking event that’s free for Chamber of Commerce members
  • Guest speaker: Dalyn Bear, Councillor, Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Feb
6 - 27

Toastmasters series of Success Habits

Take your communication skills to the next level, improve your listening skills, craft excellent speeches, celebrate Indigenous Storytelling Month, and learn about SK business mentorship.

  • Who should attend: Anyone who wants to improve their communication, speech, & storytelling skills
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $10, members entry is free
  • Enhance Your Communication Skills (Feb 6, Sobeys Stonebridge, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.). Learn listening skills and other non-verbal communication ($10 includes snacks; members free). Register on Facebook.
  • Toastmasters Leadership Institute (Feb 9, Saskatoon Inn, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.). A skill-set building, resume-boosting opportunity. Keynote speaker Jolene Watson of Clarity Coaching & Development will show you how important it is to understand how you are perceived by others. Communication styles, conversation starters, body language and effective follow-up techniques will be covered. Register here.
  • Making Stories (Feb 20, Sobeys Stonebridge, 4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.). Celebrate the tradition of storytelling and knowledge sharing during Indigenous Storytelling month ($10 includes snacks; members free). Register on Facebook.
Feb
7

Start At Square One

Do you have a business idea, but don’t know where to start? Attend the free Start at Square One: A Guide to Launching a Small Business Seminar.

  • Who should attend: New and aspiring entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan.
  • Where: Regina & Saskatoon
  • Admission: $0

These 1-hour seminars will cover:

  • Market research
  • Creating a business plan
  • Regulatory steps
  • Taxation
  • Employer obligations
  • Explanation of the entrepreneurial resources available to you
Feb
12

Business Analysis User Experience

The responsibility of a Business Analyst is changing to value user-centric design and include user requirements in requirement lifecycle management. This session will examine what user experience is and is not, why it matters, what role UX plays in the adoption of solutions.

  • Who should attend: Project management professionals, business analysts, UX professionals
  • Where: Regina
  • Admission: $30
  • Keynote speaker Tanys McWatters is a tech professional with 15+ years experience in the public sector, utility, and health industries
  • Tanys is currently Manager of Digital Services at SaskPower, President of the IIBA Saskatchewan Chapter, and facilitator of the Business Analysis Professional certification practicum at the University of Regina Centre for Continuing Education
Feb
13

Demystifying Kanban vs. Scrum

Designed for Agile teams, this session will explore how Kanban and Scrum can live together and how Kanban can help Agile teams achieve a higher capability to deliver solutions.

  • Who should attend: Anyone planning or struggling with Agile transformation of their organization, including software developers, team leads, and QA professionals
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: Free

This session will tackle problems like:

  • Velocity varies
  • Estimates are poor indicators of size/effort/schedule
  • All stories start at the beginning of the sprint and QA professionals are overwhelmed by the end
  • Multiple stories don’t get finished in sprint
  • Run out of stories during the iteration
  • Blended types of work cause problems
  • Unexpected work arrives during sprint
  • Poor predictability
Feb
13

Shaken With A Twist

Free business networking event on the second Thursday of every month, hosted by WESK (Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan) and presented by trustedsaskatoon.com and Trusted Marketing Services.

  • Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, business professionals, and leaders from the Saskatoon community. The event is open to members and non-members, men and women.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $0
  • Shawna Nelson chats with some of the boldest business women and leaders in the Saskatoon community
  • There is a casual networking component to start and wrap-up the evening
  • Appetizers, drinks, and door prizes
Feb
13

Indigenous Youth Idea Challenge Gala

This gala showcases young Indigenous entrepreneurs who will publicly pitch their business ideas to win a total $10,000 in startup capital.

  • Who should attend: Young Indigenous entrepreneurs and anyone interested in seeing the future of young Indigenous entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $40
Feb
14

PA@5

PA@5 is a living room conversation and networking event on the second Thursday of each month.

  • Who should attend: Prince Albert business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs
  • Where: Prince Albert
  • Admission: Free to attend.
  • Meet and mingle with the amazing people from Prince Albert and ask them how they got to where they are today
  • This event is meant to help business people connect, inspire, and educate each other
  • Appetizers sponsored by Prince Albert Golf & Curling Club
Feb
15

WESK Meets

Monthly coffee networking session for SK business leaders and entrepreneurs, hosted by WESK (Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan).

  • Who should attend: SK business professionals and entrepreneurs, men and women
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: Free to attend, please RSVP
  • Grow your business by connecting with local entrepreneurs in a safe and relaxed atmosphere
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee and network with other entrepreneurs and business professionals
  • Bring your business cards!
Feb
16

Saskatoon Babes Who Brunch

A Saturday-morning networking session with business leaders whose intention is to grow, connect with one another, and become comfortable in the uncomfortable. The brunch slogan: “There’s nothing more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

  • Who should attend: Saskatoon businesswomen
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: Tickets: $45 for members and $55 for non-members, which includes a two-course brunch, coffee, and a curated gift bag
  • Come for raw conversation with amazing women, delicious brunch eats and sips at Cohen’s Beer Republic, and to hear impactful insights, experiences, and takeaways from an incredible lady boss.
  • Don’t be shy...attending solo is encouraged.
Feb
19

Uncorked

Hosted by WESK (Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan) on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, this upscale networking event will inspire you with storytelling and casual couch conversation.

  • Who should attend: Regina entrepreneurs, professionals, and business leaders
  • Where: Regina
  • Admission: Free to attend, no RSVP necessary.
  • Guest host Lisa Peters asks some of the boldest businesswomen and leaders of the community the most unpredictable and unfiltered questions about business, life, and community.
  • Bring your friends, invite your co-workers, mingle with SK business leaders
Feb
20

Leveraging neuroscience for Agility

A fascinating presentation on how organizational leaders can leverage neuroscience to create environments that foster creativity, meaning, and engagement.

  • Who should attend: Business leaders and team members who are planning (or struggling with) Agile transformation of their organization
  • Where: SaskTel Collaboration Centre, 1855 Lorne Street, Regina
  • Admission: Free
  • Come join this highly interactive session
  • Hear how leaders redefine their organizations, make powerful adjustments to their leadership style, and get things done in seemingly impossible environments
Feb
21

LIVE2LEAD

A world-class delayed simulcast leadership experience full of rich content, inspiration, and leadership advice.

  • Who should attend: New leaders of Saskatchewan businesses, nonprofits, and government departments
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: $65 - $79
  • LIVE2LEAD is held live in Atlanta and then simulcast to over 300 host sites (including Saskatoon) and 40,000 people around the world
  • Learn leadership tips from world-class experts like John Maxwell, Tyler Perry, British adventurer Debra Searle, Carly Fiorina, and Daniel Pink
  • Start leading with renewed passion and commitment
  • Tickets: $65 - $79
Feb
22

Ideas On Tap @Vendasta

Ideas on Tap is Saskatoon’s must-attend monthly speaking and networking event. This free event offers great speakers, food, drink, networking, and learning.

  • Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, small business owners, ‘Silicon Prairie’ software professionals or anyone curious about what Vendasta is all about.
  • Where: Saskatoon
  • Admission: Info not yet available
  • A mixture of themed talks, networking, learning, and “foosball insanity”
  • Thought leaders and experts from the community come together to share their insights, advice, and expertise
  • Kick back with a cold one and enjoy the scene
Feb
25 - 27

ABM Indigenous: Prairies

This annual gathering of Indigenous business leaders sparks ideas, pushes business projects forward, and connects people and businesses in collaborative, imaginative, and creative ways, all aimed at increasing your bottom line.

  • Who should attend: Leaders and business people serving Indigenous communities throughout Saskatchewan.
  • Where: Regina
  • Admission: See below.

There you are: 16 opportunities to build your business, network with peers and mentors, and grow your empire. Let us know if we can help connect your business to your community, Saskatchewan customers, and the world.

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