Rebounding from the Crisis – What’s Next?

COVID-19 has affected life as we know it. Though the impact of the pandemic on our small business community has (and continues to be) significant, it’s time to look forward. How can we rebound from this crisis and emerge stronger?

Join WESK for a stimulating and informative panel discussion as we learn from three unique female entrepreneurs in their respective industries of pharmacy, construction, and agriculture. Moderated by Prabha Mitchell, our panelists will share their perspectives, experiences, and advice on how to respond to the changing demands of COVID-19.

Moderated by:

Prabha Mitchell, CEO of WESK

Prabha is passionate about driving change to close the gender entrepreneurship gap. In her current role, Prabha is responsible for the strategic and operations management of the organization. Leading an organization with over 1000 members, the organization offers a breadth of programs and services to support women start, grow and scale their business.

Prabha’s career has included leading organizations through change for strategic growth, achievement of vision/mission and competitive positioning. Driven by the principle  “begin with the End in mind” Prabha is passionate about defining a Vision and steering the organization in the right direction.  Fueled by the spirit of “doing the right thing”, Prabha embraces courage and integrity as a leader.


Christine Hrudka, Owner of Pharmacy First (8th Street and Lifebridge locations), and Chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association

Christine is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. She currently is an owner of Pharmacy First on 8th and Pharmacy First at Lifebridge. Previous to this, Christine was a Shoppers Drug Mart franchise owner for 16 years in both Regina and Saskatoon. Christine served and chaired the Pharmacy Economics Committee for 5 years. She served on the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Council for 3 years and was President in 2010. Christine serves on the PAS Board currently and  chaired for 2 years. Christine is the appointed PAS representative on the Canadian Pharmacists Association board. She has volunteered for many community boards such as SREDA, YWCA, United Way and WESK. Christine lives in Saskatoon with her husband Gordon Wyant.

Janis Dubreuil, Partner at Allan Construction

Janis has worked in the Saskatchewan construction industry since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000 with a Civil Engineering Degree. Upon graduating she joined her family construction company, Allan Construction, and became one of the partners in 2005.

Janis has served on several boards within Saskatchewan over the past 12 years. In 2007, she joined the Saskatoon Construction Association and became the first female president in 2014. During that time Janis also served on the Saskatchewan Construction Association for 2 years and is currently sits on the Saskatoon Industry Education Council board.

Janis has been married to Blaine for 24 years and they have 3 sons together.

Adele Buettner, Founder and President of AgriBiz Communications Corp.

Adele is a passionate foodie and farm girl raised on a grain and beef farm near Saskatoon. In 1993, she founded AgriBiz Communications, which provides management, marketing and communication services to agriculture and food organizations and businesses across North America. Through her ongoing efforts as a champion of agriculture, Adele has pioneered in the area of building public trust in agriculture in our country.

In 2019 Adele received the Branch Communication Award of the Canadian Culinary Federation/CF Saskatoon and was recognized as an Honourary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology. She is also a 2020 inductee of the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame.

At the core of her business is her immense pride to work in an industry that produces the best food in the world.


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