Champions for Change Panel
Online | September 29, 2020 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm
We are all in this together.
Supporting women entrepreneurship is not a gender equity issue, but an economic policy issue. Join us for an insightful panel discussion featuring established male entrepreneurs and leaders that have been huge champions for women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. These leaders have been key advocates of WESK and have played a role in advancing our mandate.
Eric Dillon, Chief Executive Officer, Conexus Credit Union
Eric is a leader within the cooperative finance movement in Canada and has worked extensively to shape the credit union business model. Eric is a serial innovator having been involved in some of the credit union systems recent innovations such as mobile payments, venture capital, social impact financing and measuring financial wellness.
Eric is a lifelong learner having graduate degrees in business coupled with industry education in governance, risk management and innovation.
Eric has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in social media, innovation and leadership and was most recently a recipient of the 2019 Governor General of Canada Innovation Award. Eric is an active mentor to many within the business community and a frequent commentator and presenter to business audiences across Canada. He currently serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club, Concentra Bank, Economic Development Regina and the Filene Research Institute.
Murad Al-Katib, President and Chief Executive Officer, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.
Murad Al-Katib, President, CEO and Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. An international agri-food commodity trading strategic business and financial thinker, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start-up into a global billion dollar value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredient company. Murad also serves as a Director of Arctic Gateway Group.
Murad serves as Chair of the Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable, on the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Board and as the Economic Development Regina Board Chair. Past Boards include the CSCA, Pulse Canada and a number of Canadian Government advisory boards and panels.
Murad has been a passionate advocate of entrepreneurs, championing compassionate entrepreneurism and working to expand female, youth and First Nations participation in business startups, advocating the role of entrepreneurs in driving social change and innovation in the new global economy.
Murad’s awards include the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a U of R Honorary Degree, 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honouree, 2017 EY “World Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2016 UN Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate”, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” and the Western Producer “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.
Thomas Benjoe, President and CEO, FHQ Developments
Thomas joined FHQ Developments in the fall of 2016 as the Corporation’s President/CEO. Thomas brings a wealth of experience in First Nations economic development, entrepreneurship, community development, business administration, and commercial banking. He has a strong professional background, and a personal commitment to, partnership, relationship building and interest-based negotiation.
Thomas is strongly committed to Aboriginal Business Development and FHQ Developments’ guiding vision of securing business partnerships that result in wealth generation and First Nation equity ownership in key economic sectors. He is a founding board member of FHQ Developments and served 6 years as a Director. He is a former Commercial Banker from RBC that served the Aboriginal Market throughout Saskatchewan. He helped in the creation of the FNUniv Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
Thomas is a graduate of Business Administration from First Nations University of Canada and focused his education in First Nations Business, Economic Development and Governance. He is also a certified Professional Director from Brown Governance.
Pam Klein, President of Phoenix Group.
Pam is the President of the Phoenix Group, a leading advertising, communications and web development firm. Pam received her B.A. from the University of Regina, M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba and professional director designation from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She’s worked internationally and across Canada for private, public and not-for-profit companies. She leads her team by example: striving for excellence, creating a rewarding work environment and giving back to the community. She has 30 plus years’ experience in business management, leadership and strategic development.
Pam’s has served with many organizations including: current Chancellor of the University of Regina and member of the board of governors, founding board member Saskatchewan Roughrider Foundation, the Paul J. Hill School of Business; Camp Circle O’ Friends; the MacKenzie Art Gallery; Sask Film; Hospitals of Regina Foundation; North Central Family Centre and Heritage Regina. She founded the Power of Pink, an event to benefit breast health and has donated her communications expertise to many community events. Klein is inducted in the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and recipient of the Canada 150 Medal for philanthropic contributions. She recently received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.