Announcement: WESK postpones events due to COVID-19.

Updated March 17, 2020.


SASKATOON, SK – In response to the recent spread of COVID-19, WESK has decided to postpone all events until the end of April. This measure is being implemented to ensure the safety of all members, clients and employees. Please rest assured WESK will continue to provide services with minimal disruption while ensuring the safety of the community.

We ask for your patience and understanding at this time as we monitor the situation locally and provincially.

March 16, 2020 UPDATE:

We are providing you with an update on additional measures WESK is implementing to minimize/mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in our community. Please note the following:

  • Upcoming Exchange Information Sessions will be postponed.
  • Networking events including WESK Meets, Shaken with a Twist, and Uncorked are cancelled up until April 30.
  • Training workshops, including Business Growth Luncheons and Business Plan Basics will now be administered as webinars.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, and it is anticipated that decisions regarding the postponement of the WESK 25th Anniversary Gala and Conference will be made at a later date.

WESK business advisors are available to offer continued support though these challenging times and are working to provide reprieve to our loan clients. We encourage you to schedule phone or video appointments with our advisors as needed.

March 17, 2020 UPDATE:

Effective March 17 at 4:00pm until at least March 31, the WESK office will be closed and the team will be working remotely to ensure the safety of our employees and our clients. No in-person meetings will be taken at this time, but we encourage our clients to book phone or video meetings as needed. All services will continue to be offered to our clients with minimal disruption.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

If you purchased a ticket for any of our events, please contact the WESK office. For the most up to date information and cancellations, please refer to WESK’s event page on our website or call the WESK offices: Saskatoon (306) 477-7173; Regina (306) 359-9732.  

For the most updated information and latest bulletins regarding COVID-19 please refer to the Government of Saskatchewan website: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus.

ABOUT WESK 

WESK is a non-profit organization that has helped thousands of women start, purchase and expand their businesses. Our priority is supporting women throughout Saskatchewan to achieve their entrepreneurial goals. With invaluable advising and support, one-of-a-kind training opportunities, and a distinct and supportive financing program, WESK is dedicated to guiding clients on their entrepreneurial journey. From start up to success, WESK means business.

Prabha Mitchell

Phone: (306) 477-7173

Chief Executive Officer, WESK

Email: info@wesk.rbdemo.site

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Katherine Regnier to be recognized with the 2020 Celebration of Achievement Award at WESK’s Virtual Small Business Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2020

SASKATOON, SK – Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK) announced today that Katherine Regnier, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Coconut Calendar, is this year’s recipient of the Celebration of Achievement Award. Katherine will be formally presented with the award at WESK’s Virtual Small Business Conference, presented by Conexus Credit Union online on September 28.

The Celebration of Achievement Award pays tribute to an exceptional female entrepreneur who has built a business in Saskatchewan with a significant impact on the economy and the community. This entrepreneur is an inspirational leader and a role model for women in business. Katherine is the third Celebration of Achievement recipient, preceded by Rachel Mielke in 2018, and Jess Tetu in 2019.

“When I started this journey, I didn’t know how hard the mountain would be to climb. I didn’t realize how much support, encouragement, and helping hands I would need to keep going. And last but not least, I didn’t foresee being a role model to other women entrepreneurs or being noted as one of the few women leading a tech company in Canada. But what I do know now, is that it takes a community to come this far, and I feel so privileged to be receiving this award from WESK’s collection of strong women right here at home” stated Katherine.

At 3-months pregnant, Katherine quit her full-time job focus solely on Coconut Software. After five years of bootstrapping her company to over $1M in sales, Katherine decided to seek venture capital funds. To date, Katherine has successfully raised $4.9M and has grown her team to over 50 employees. Her success has helped to put Canada on the map with investors across North America.

Katherine is passionate about giving back to the community and is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs and women in technology. She is a founding board member of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and hosted the very first Prairie Investment Forum (PIF), which was a celebration of technology and investment in the Prairies.

In addition to the Celebration of Achievement Award, WESK is excited to be highlighting other female business leaders in the province as part of the Jewels of Saskatchewan Panel at their 25th Anniversary Awards Gala. Panelists include Jess Tetu, Krista Moe, and Devon Fiddler.

WESK CEO Prabha Mitchell states, “The achievements of women entrepreneurs and leaders who are making an extraordinary impact here at home and globally deserves celebration and recognition. The 25th Anniversary Awards Gala is a celebration of exactly that.”

“We would like to thank our sponsors of this event and those who have been strong supporters of our vision and mission” stated Mitchell.

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For more information:

Josie Fries

Marketing Coordinator, WESK

T: 306.477.6286

About WESK

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan’s (WESK) vision is for all Saskatchewan entrepreneurs to have an equal opportunity to achieve success and recognition. Entrepreneurship is a catalyst for independence, economic development, employment, growth, innovation, and equality. For 25 years, WESK has worked with hundreds of women, helping them start, purchase, and expand businesses. WESK is a non-profit, membership-based organization that provides business advisory and support services; start-up, purchase and expansion lending; mentoring and networking, and a variety of learning opportunities from seminars and webinars to events. Since 1995, WESK has provided more than $37 million in loans and professional advice to women across the province. Together, women entrepreneurs and WESK have shaped and enhanced the Saskatchewan economy. WESK is supported by the Western Economic Diversification Canada.

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