About Us

From start up to scale up, your success is our only goal.

Since 1995, WESK has helped thousands of women start, purchase and expand their businesses. Now, we’re taking an even bolder approach focused on innovation and excellence. We’re stepping up our training, engaging with great partners, and bringing you even more resources to generate success.

As a non-profit, membership-based organization, we keep our services affordable — and many are FREE! The return, however, is priceless. Join us!

Our Values

People – We care. We collaborate. We embrace the power of community

Spark – We ignite passion. We seize opportunities. We are catalysts for change.

AspireWe dream big. We lead. We make an impact.

Bold – We ask “why not?” We see possibilities. We act despite fear. We. Are. Resilient.

 

Our Vision
All Saskatchewan entrepreneurs have an equal opportunity to achieve success and recognition.

Our Mission
To close the gender entrepreneurship gap through economic and social empowerment of women in Saskatchewan.

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Meet the WESK Team!

Helping people follow their dreams of business ownership is a privilege and a pleasure. We’re here to do everything we can to support you!

Meet the Team

Meet our Board of Directors

WESK 2018 Board of Directors

 

Jill Poulton, Chair

Jill Poulton is a certified executive and life coach with the ability to evoke transformational change in her clients. She brings to the table over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing management across corporate, retail, and direct sales channels. Known for leadership development, relationship building, collaboration, and inspiring communication, she uses proven coaching philosophies and strategies to empower individuals to have fulfilling careers and lives. Jill is passionate about stoking the fire within individuals, seeing them develop their purpose and potential, and adding greater value to the lives around them.

 

Aimee Schulhauser, Past Chair

Aimee is the owner and CEO of three Regina-based businesses: Evolution Catering and Fine Foods, Tangerine: The Food Bar, and Schoolhaus Culinary Arts. She is an active participant in her community, from radio and TV spots to charitable organizations such as the local food bank. Aimee looks forward to bringing her decade of business development experience to the WESK board.

 

Kelly Bannister

Kelly works with McFaull Consulting as a Financial Advisor and has more than 20 years of experience as a Certified Financial Planner. She has completed the Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC) designation, holds the Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS) designation, and is a member of the Collaborative Professionals of Saskatchewan and the North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA). She is a Saskatchewan Life Licensed Agent and mutual funds licensed representative with Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc. In 2015, Ms. Bannister obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a joint venture between The Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University). She was appointed to the SaskEnergy Board of Directors in February 2014 and is a member of the Governance Committee and the Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

 

Leigh Kaufmann

Leigh is co-owner of Senger Kaufmann CPA Prof. Corp., an accounting firm with over 400 corporate and 800 personal clients. The firm is dedicated to providing clients with sound tax advice and the highest standards of customer service. Educated at the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, she went on to receive her Certified Management Accountant designation in 2002. Leigh’s passion for her community is only rivaled by her love of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Leigh makes giving back to her community a priority by volunteering at various events in Regina, including eight years of being on the Regina Canada Day Committee as Treasurer and Chair.

 

Marcia Mirasty

Marcia Mirasty is a member of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation. She has over 25 years of professional experience in the area of health, including healing & wellness. Marcia has been a champion in helping Indigenous people step into their greatness. She is a powerful Indigenous Cree woman with strong cultural values and beliefs who works tirelessly believing that everyone deserves a second chance: to be stronger, to be healthier, and become whole in every area of their lives. She believes that, “The best gift we can give to our children is when we heal ourselves.” She has spoken at hundreds of workshops and has stood as a true leader and a motivational speaker who has inspired many people to “break cycles of dysfunction and poverty and to move forward in a powerful way for the benefit of our future generations”. This includes education, business development, wealth generation, and personal empowerment in every area of our lives.

 

Danielle Graff

Danielle practices at the Regina office of MLT Aikins LLP.  She is a lawyer in the firm’s Science & Technology group, with a focus on technology, privacy and health care law. She provides assistance to a diverse client base, including individuals, small businesses, and public and private corporations, and is engaged in the business and professional community in Regina and throughout the province on a daily basis. Danielle strongly believes in the mandate of WESK and looks forward to supporting women in business from a board level.

Colleen Yates, B.A M.Sc., RPP, MCIP

Colleen is a professional community and environmental planner with over 26 years of experience in both the public and private sector. Her fields of practice include planning policy development, rezoning, subdivision approvals, triple-bottom-line sustainability, waste minimization, and planning and environmental permitting and approvals. In 2012, she opened her own firm, Equinox3 Consulting Ltd where she works with municipalities, land developers, and NGOs. She is past director of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Roadmap Saskatoon and is an active member of various professional and industry associations.

 

Leanne Johnson

Leanne was born and raised in Saskatchewan on a fourth generation farm near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. She received her Political Studies degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and subsequently, her law degree in 1998. Leanne took a brief hiatus after law school to enjoy the birth of her first child, then completed her articles in Prince Albert in 2000. Shortly thereafter, Leanne returned to Saskatoon and has been practising family law ever since. She has been one of the founding partners of two successful law firms in Saskatoon. Her latest venture is Edge Family Law, which Leanne and her partners, Beau Atkins and Doc Crooks, have formed to be the first, and only, multi-lawyer law firm in Saskatchewan exclusively practicing family law. The firm is innovative technologically and in its ability to employ a team atmosphere. Outside the office, Leanne is a parent to two active children, and enjoys volunteering her time with WANAR Dog Rescue/K9 Country Lodge,  the annual Synergy 8 Drive for Kids Campaign, Family Law Information Clinics, and various other charitable organizations. Leanne is a former member and Chair of the Board of Directors for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) and currently sits on the Board of Directors for SaskTel Centre, the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, the North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) Club Connect Committee, Family Service Saskatoon Foundation, and now the Board of Directors for Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK).  She is a member of the NSBA, Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan and Prairieland Park and was a 2018 Women of Distinction nominee. Leanne looks very forward to working with WESK in assisting people to reach their true potential!

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Board of Directors Nominations

The Board of Directors of WESK invites its membership to nominate individuals for election to the board. Elections take place anually at the Annual General Meeting to be held during our Annual Business Conference.

The Board of Directors has been structured to consist of a minimum of three (3) Directors and a maximum of ten (10) Directors from across Saskatchewan. To ensure consistency on the board, members are elected to a two-year term and can serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

 

To submit a nomination:
Please check back in early spring.

 

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Criteria for Board Members

  • You may nominate yourself or another full member
  • Must be a Regular Member of the Corporation at least 15 days prior to the election
  • Should ideally have Board/corporate governance experience
  • Should possess an entrepreneurial spirit, have a proven track record as a leader and have cultural awareness
  • Must be willing to attend up to 7 meetings per year
  • Must be willing to serve on a committee of the Board
  • Must not have been employed by WESK in the last 24 months
  • Must not be a current loan client of WESK
  • Must meet the additional criteria set out in any relevant policy statements or policy manual as determined by the Board from time to time
  • Preference will be given to candidates who contribute any one of the following capacities to our board: Indigenous perspective, legal, visible minority perspective or representation from outside of Regina/Saskatoon
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View our Annual Report

Interested in seeing what we’ve been up to? Check out our Annual Reports below!

Annual Reports

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Join our Team!

JOB AD: PROGRAM COORDINATOR

About WESK:

WESK is a non-profit organization that has helped thousands of women start, purchase and expand their businesses. Now, we’re taking an even bolder approach focused on innovation and excellence. We’re stepping up our training, engaging with great partners, and bringing our clients even more resources to generate success.

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!

WESK has recently created The Exchange, an exciting new program that will focus on equipping women entrepreneurs with tools to grow their business to the next level. This interactive program will group participants into cohorts to help them develop as business owners through skills development, mentorship and advisory support, and networking and relationship building. We are recruiting an Administrative Coordinator – Special Programs to serve both regions out of our Regina office.

About the position:
As the Administrative Coordinator – Special Programs, you will support the Program Managers to deliver programs and services to help entrepreneurs scale up their business. You are an energetic high achiever that likes to go above and beyond, even with the little things, and are not afraid to tackle new challenges. You are a top-notch administrative guru with excellent organizational skills that allow you to coordinate meetings, training and mentoring sessions and networking events with ease. You are comfortable sourcing venues and arranging all the logistical details to ensure professional, well-executed events that attendees talk about long after the event ends. You coordinate the production of training and support material, ensuring that all collateral meets WESK’s high standards. Your focus on details ensures that all program participants are kept well-informed with timely and accurate information to enable them to take full advantage of all programming through emails, phone calls, and/or social media posts.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in business administration or a related discipline
  • 3+ years’ experience in senior level administrative support or program coordination
  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with clients
  • Possess a professional demeanor & communication skillset
  • Experience and comfort communicating with executives, government officials, and entrepreneurs is ideal
  • Additional experience with social media platforms or project management software would be considered an asset

To Apply:
Our values are: People, Spark, Aspire, & Bold; do these resonate with you? If so, and you enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment where you directly impact client success, please email your resume to cgnyp@wesk.ca by Friday, September 13th. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Mona Bates in our Regina office.

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JOB AD: PROGRAM MANAGER (2)

JOB AD: PROGRAM MANAGER (2)

About WESK:
WESK is a non-profit organization that has helped thousands of women start, purchase and expand their businesses. Now, we’re taking an even bolder approach focused on innovation and excellence. We’re stepping up our training, engaging with great partners, and bringing our clients even more resources to generate success. 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!
WESK has recently created The Exchange, an exciting new program that will focus on equipping women entrepreneurs with tools to grow their business to the next level. This interactive program will group participants into cohorts to help them develop as business owners through skills development, mentorship and advisory support, and networking and relationship building. We are recruiting two Program Managers, one in Regina to serve the south region, and one in Saskatoon to serve the north region. We are also recruiting a Program Coordinator to serve both regions and this position can be located in Saskatoon or Regina.

About the position:
As a Program Manager, you will build momentum around women entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan and identify entrepreneurs to participate in The Exchange program. You will have expertise in coaching, business advising and program management. Your goals are to increase the number of women-owned businesses, help them to scale up, and support an engaging mentoring and learning network. You are adept at developing relationships with entrepreneurs and are committed to their success. As an active member of the business community, you are connected to many different networks and can tap into expert resources to help entrepreneurs with the services they require to succeed. With a strong understanding of the stages of business growth, you will lead curriculum development and program planning to ensure entrepreneurs receive the right development at the right time to grow their business to the next level.

Qualifications:
• Post-secondary degree/diploma in a business or related discipline
• 5+ years’ experience working with businesses in a professional services capacity
• 3+ years’ experience in program management
• Experience with business planning, business development and growth
• Ability to develop strong working relationships with clients

To Apply:
If you enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment, where you directly impact client success, please email your resume to cgnyp@wesk.ca or drop off your resume at 108-502 Cope Way. If you have any questions about the position, please contact Mona Bates in the Regina office or Lori Jestin-Knaus in the Saskatoon office.
DEADLINE for applications is extended to Friday September 13th, 2019

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