The Board of Directors is comprised of key individuals with expertise in a variety of industries and experience in the Saskatchewan business environment.

Grant Kook 2,4 is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Manager. Mr. Kook is the co-founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Cheung On, an international investor syndicated fund. Mr. Kook has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ramada Hotels since 1992. Mr. Kook was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors for SaskTel in February 2008, Saskatchewan Blue Cross as of April 2019 and Vice Chairman of the Saskatchewan Health Authority in June 2017. Mr. Kook also sits or has sat on the boards of a number of companies, including 3sHealth Shared Services Saskatchewan and is currently a member of the Investment Committee for the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation pension fund. Mr. Kook was a Vice President of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) and past Chairman of the Board of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. Mr. Kook was the Chair of the 2013 and 2014 CIS University Cup Men's Hockey Championship, and a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame. Mr. Kook is the recipient of the 2013 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and also the recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, and the Commemorative Medal of the Centennial of Saskatchewan, 2005. He is the recipient of the 2014 Saskatoon Tourism Leadership award and has been recognized as the 2013 Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Award for Community Involvement, the 2013 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2008 B'nai Brith – We Are Proud of You Award. He has earned the Chartered Director Designation (C. Dir.) from McMaster University DeGroote School of Business.
Douglas Banzet 1 is the Chief Operating Officer and a director of the Manager. Mr. Banzet has been Director of Finance of Cheung On since 1995. From March 1993 to June 1995, Mr. Banzet was an independent management consultant to a variety of small and medium-sized Saskatchewan businesses. Mr. Banzet has over forty-five years' experience in the financial service and asset management fields. His experience includes investment valuations of both private and public businesses, feasibility analysis, risk assessment, commercial loan financing, administration, budgeting, planning and management of large commercial loan portfolios. Mr. Banzet also serves as a director of a number of private Canadian companies involved in life sciences, oil and gas exploration, biotech, value added processing, health care and service industries.
Brian Barber 1,3 has served the construction industry in his home province of Saskatchewan for over thirty years. Currently he is the Senior Vice President, Saskatchewan with Ledcor Construction Limited, a leading North American, privately held, employee owned collection of construction companies. Brian has played a key role in the management and development of a wide range of projects throughout Saskatchewan. He has extensive purchasing and procurement experience earned through his years of business management. Mr. Barber has developed a unique perspective in planning, building design and construction in a variety of commercial, community and institutional projects throughout Saskatchewan. Mr. Barber holds the Gold Seal Certification in Project Management - General Contracting and has been involved in numerous organizations including the General Contractors Association of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Construction Association. Mr. Barber is active in many civic interests including the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Mr. Barber is currently active in the following organizations: Chairman – 3s Health, Trustee – 3s Health Board of Trustees Benefits, Director – Canadian Automobile Association Saskatchewan and is a member of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board.
Lorraine Sali 3,4 is the Business Manager for the Sponsor, which position she has held since 2001. Ms. Sali joined the Construction and General Workers' Union, Local 180 in 1987. She is chairperson of the Labourers’ Health & Welfare Trust Fund, and is co-chairperson for the: Saskatchewan Training Trust Fund, Labourers Pension Trust Fund of Western Canada and sat on the Workers Compensation Board Committee of Review 2016, 2010 and 2015 representing organized Labour. As well, she is co-chairperson on the Board of Directors for Funds Administrative Service Inc. Ms. Sali is an active Trade Board Member for the Construction Craft Labourer Trade.
Ron Waldman 2 is the Founder and Principal of Keystone Consulting Inc., a family office and business advisory firm operating more than five years. In February of 2016, Mr. Waldman also became the Managing Partner of the Brand Alliance, a Canadian end to end brand advisory practice. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Obasa Group of Companies, a Saskatchewan corporate housing provider and real estate development company from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 to 2013, Ron was Chief Operating Officer of River Landing Development Joint Venture, a mixed-use real estate development in downtown Saskatoon. From 2011 to 2012, he served as a Senior Advisor for Deep Earth Energy Production where he coauthored the business case to establish Saskatchewan’s first commercial scale geo-thermal energy production plant. Additionally, Mr. Waldman, since May 2002 has been an active Partner in Northstar Group of Companies, a leading Kootenays BC resort operator, vacation marketer, property manager and Realty Executives franchise. Ron was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Airport Authority from 2012 to 2014 and served as a Director from 2005 to 2014. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Great Western Brewing Company Limited from 2011 to 2012, and from 1994 to 2010 he held the position of Chief Executive Officer. Prior, Mr. Waldman practiced corporate finance with KPMG Saskatoon and held several positions with the Saskatchewan based, family owned, Coca-Cola franchise bottling business, Beverage Central Inc. including: President and Chief Executive Officer from 1987 until 1991. Currently Mr. Waldman is a Director of several for profit and not for profit organizations including: Cavalier Enterprises Inc., SGI, Wanuskewin World Heritage UNESCO Campaign and is a Partner and Director of Great Western Brewing Company Limited. Ron as well was a past Chair and Director of the Royal University Hospital Foundation and a past Director of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas Shepherd 1,3 is currently a retired businessman, leaving his position in January 2008 as the Senior Vice President of Dundee Realty Corporation responsible for the Land and Housing Operations of Dundee Developments and Homes by Dundee in Regina, Saskatchewan. After graduation from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1966 to 1972 Tom was employed with Clarkson, Gordon & Co. where he obtained his Chartered Accountant (C.A.) designation and became Audit Manager. From 1972 to July 2008, Tom was continuously employed as a senior officer with Dundee Realty Corporation and its predecessor companies Cairns Homes Limited, Carma Developers Ltd. and Preston Developers Inc. Mr. Shepherd has an extensive background in community leadership. He has served and continues to serve on a number of sport associations and committees, including being the founder and President of Friends of the Riders Inc., the fundraising arm for the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club from 1986 to present. He was President (1987 – 1989), Member of the Management Committee, Director and Treasurer of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club for twenty-two years, Past Treasurer and Director of the Regina Rams Football Club for six years and Treasurer and Director of the Gordon Currie Youth Development Fund for twenty- five years. Mr. Shepherd was also a Director for both Grey Cup 1995 Inc. and Grey Cup 2003 Inc. In 2005, the Province of Saskatchewan awarded Mr. Shepherd both the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal. In 2006, Mr. Shepherd was inducted into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame. In 2008, Mr. Shepherd was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, and in 2009 inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. In 2010, Tom was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Regina.
James Salamon 1 is a chartered professional accountant in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and has been involved in public accounting in Saskatoon and Regina for over 30 years. Mr. Salamon is involved in all areas of financial statement preparation and income tax planning and compliance for clients in a wide variety of industries and professions throughout western Canada. Mr. Salamon is actively involved in a number of professional and community organizations including past and present positions with the Canadian and Saskatchewan Institutes of Chartered Accountants/Chartered Professional Accountants and board and executive positions with Junior Achievement of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan, Family Service Saskatoon, Saskatoon Co-op Association and Riverside Country Club. In 2004, Mr. Salamon was made a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan in recognition of his service to the profession and the community.
Murad Al-Katib President and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., is the guiding vision in all aspects of the business, also serving on the Board of Directors. A strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities, he completed his Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan and finished his Master of International Management with Distinction from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Arizona and then worked in trade promotion for the Saskatchewan government. In 2001, Mr. Al-Katib founded Saskcan Pulse Trading, providing the nucleus for AGT, growing the company into a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and pulse ingredients for markets around the globe and building a Canadian start-up into a global billion dollar company.
Mr. Al-Katib has served on the Boards for the Canadian Special Crops Association, Pulse Canada, as the Chair of the Advisory Board for Small and Medium Enterprise for the Canadian Minister of International Trade and as a panel member for the Government of Canada’s renewal of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy and the Advisory Committee for the Review of the Canada Transportation Act for the Minister of Transport. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and is the current Chair of Economic Development Regina.
Mr. Al-Katib has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Foundation Honouree, the 2017 Ernst and Young “World Entrepreneur of the Year” Award after being named 2016 Ernst and Young “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” and “Prairie Entrepreneur of the Year”, the 2016 United Nations Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate” Award, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, the Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” as well as the Western Producer’s list of “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.
Blair Davidson 2,4 is the President and CEO of Blair Davidson CPA, Prof. Corp. which provides tax and consulting services to small business in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. He was formerly an Assurance Partner with Ernst Young, and prior to that with Hergott Duval Stack LLP. He has been retired from the assurance practice since 2015. Mr. Davidson is currently the Chair of Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments, and the Chair of SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon. He also is serving on the board of The Des Nedhe Group of Companies. Mr. Davidson previously served as Chair of the Board for The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan and CPA Saskatchewan and was a member of the Steering committee for Saskatchewan that negotiated and finalized the merger of the three accounting bodies in Saskatchewan. He has served on many volunteer committees throughout his career. Mr. Davidson was recognized for his work with the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Saskatchewan and was made a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and consequently CPA Saskatchewan.

HONOURABLE WILLIAM (BILL) MCKNIGHT (1940 – 2019)

DIRECTOR EMERITUS

The Board of Directors wishes to recognize the late Honourable William McKnight, who in 1998 was a Founding Director of the Fund and long-standing Chair. He was not only instrumental to the success of the first Provincial Retail Venture Capital (RVC) Fund in Saskatchewan but represented the Province in his capacity as a Member of Parliament in Ottawa, holding numerous cabinet positions. As the former Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner, he was a tremendous influence, closing the divide between First Nations and non-First Nations people for a better Province. Mr. McKnight was instrumental in the creation of the Saskatchewan Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement and was also named Honorary Chief of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. To acknowledge Mr. McKnight’s dedication to our Province, and, specifically, his contribution to the Fund, on behalf of the Board it is our privilege to bestow the title of Director Emeritus to the late Honourable William McKnight.

1Member of Audit Committee
2Member of Valuation Committee
3Member of Investment Committee
4Member of Governance and Nomination Committee

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