2019 Nominees



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Mark Hoddenbagh
Mark Hoddenbagh
President and CEO
Parkland College & Cumberland College

Mark has been an entrepreneur and intrapreneur for many years. His background in chemistry, pulp & paper and biotechnology is complemented by his leadership, management and business development experience. A pragmatic visionary, he is able to translate vision into strategy and strategy into action.

During his time in academia and industry Mark honed his technical skills and developed strengths in leading and managing people, applied research and commercialization, and partnerships and business development. He has many years of experience in chemistry, environmental sciences, advanced materials, pulp and paper, biotechnology, sustainability, entrepreneurship, applied research and commercialization. Mark is the co-inventor on two granted patents and has made numerous presentations to domestic and international audiences.

In his role in academia he is passionate about transforming students, faculty, staff and clients through education, partnerships, entrepreneurship and applied research. This has been and is being accomplished by developing strong internal and external networks with creative, driven and passionate people; leveraging the expertise of faculty and staff; engaging students in addressing real-world problems and opportunities; and collaborating closely with industry, government and community organizations.

During his career Mark has led many committees, including those for sustainable development, college budgets, entrepreneurship, partnership model development, and Work-Integrated Learning. He has been a member of numerous committees including Executive, Senior Leadership, Deans, Policy and Health & Safety.

Mark has served on many board including the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Network, Capital Entrepreneurs, Enterprise Machine Instruction and Learning Initiative and Kingston Co-operative Housing.

He has worked for the National Research Council of Canada, Millar Western Pulp Limited in Saskatchewan, the Alberta Research Council in Edmonton, IOGEN Corporation in Ottawa, Algonquin College and Red River College. His most recent venture was SSEED Consulting Ltd. (Sustainable Social, Economic & Environmental Development), an entrepreneurial endeavour designed to assist organizations grow sustainable through strategy development and implementation focused on talent development, product development and business development. Mark is now the President & CEO of Parkland College and Cumberland College, leading a Coalition of these two colleges that is developing a model for the regional college system in Saskatchewan.

Mark holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, a Bachelor of Science, Honours (Chemistry) and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Chemistry/Spanish), from Queen’s University. A lifelong learner, he has taken many courses on leadership, management, technical subjects and safety from organizations such as Harvard Graduate School of Education, Queen’s University, Colleges and Institutes Canada, Algonquin College, Pulp & Paper Association of Canada and TAPPI.





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Bob Knox
Bob Knox, Value Tire & Battery

I was born and raised in Regina, and have spent time in both Regina and Saskatoon. I moved to Yorkton in 2004 and have been here since then.

I am Manager at Value Tire Yorkton. I have been there since 2006. Previously, I was involved in sales and service, mostly with small business, for the past 30 years. I love helping people and enjoy helping small businesses grow and succeed.





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Sarah Kowalchuk
Sarah Kowalchuk

Raised in Yorkton Sarah has a passion for animals which is reflected in her business Pet Valu. Besides being engaged in Tim Hortons and Pet Valu Sarah is involved in the Kinette Club of Yorkton, Rebel Cat Rescue, SPCA and Paws & Claws Animal Rescue.

One of Sarah's main focuses is to see Yorkton and area grow and progress.





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Joseph Ortynsky
Joseph Ortynsky

I was born and raised in Yorkton Saskatchewan. After completing high school at Sacred Heart High School, I attended the University of Saskatchewan and obtained a BComm with a major in Finance as well as a B.A. with a major in Economics.

I am part owner of Cap-It Yorkton, which sells truck accessories and adventure products. I am also am involved with special projects and initiatives at the Key Auto Group.

I look forward to serving on the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce as I would like to see the place I grew up in grow and expand. Yorkton is a great place to live and I want it to attract new business opportunities and jobs.





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Jeff Prior
Jeff Prior

Hello, my name is Jeff Prior and I would like to be a one of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce Board members. I believe that Yorkton is a great place to live but it is a tough place to do business, it is up to each and everyone of use to help to provide a business environment that promotes success. A strong and progressive Chamber of Commerce is a vital to help remove barriers to success.

I have over 20 years of experience running my own business and managing others and I am currently a Small Business Advisor with the Scotiabank in Yorkton. In this position I get to meet with business owners everyday and hear the many great success stories in Yorkton and the surrounding area but we need more success stories.





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Jessica Richards
Jessica Richards

Hi my name is Jessica Richards and I am running to be on the board for the Chamber of Commerce. I grew up right here in Yorkton all my life. After graduating I studied Crop Technologies at Lakeland College and worked for Richardson Pioneer.

When my Grandmother was diagnosed with dementia I soon realized caring for the elderly is a passion of mine. I moved home and studied to be a nurses aide at The Parkland College. Shortly into this career I saw a need for a specialty Scrub store in our community. On May 11th, 2018 while knowing very little about business I took a leap of faith and opened the doors to The Scrub Hub Boutique. Located in the heart of Yorkton we offer everything a health care professional may need to get the job done! Although my family has owned and operated a business in the city for the past 14 years, this new venture of my own has been a very steep learning curve and I am thrilled to continue and learn everyday, while sharing my experiences of doing business in Yorkton.

I love shopping local, I love supporting my community and I would love to bring some fresh ideas to the chamber! Vote for Jessie!





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Sunil Shah
Sunil Shah, CPA, CA

Born and raised in Toronto, has provided me with exposure to diverse nation with a variety of languages, values and traditions. This has helped me adapt and assimilate with the culture and community that surrounds Yorkton. Over the past 5 years in Yorkton I have been actively involved in the community through volunteering and helping the city gain more exposure. My folks own their own business importing cashews from abroad and wholesaling it in the Canadian market. I have a general understanding on political impact on the economy both local and global, and how these changes can impact the business community. Yorkton thrives on entrepreneurs and their ability to thrive, as your board member I will continue to advocate to ensure that business’s concerns are heard.

I am a Chartered Professional Accountant at Baker Tilly, I work alongside my clients understanding their business; investigating variances, and drafting their financial statements. I am currently exploring new courses so that I can provide more value-added services to help my clients excel and thrive. As I continue to grow and learn, my knowledge and expertise will help the Chambers to learn how to adapt to a continuously changing economy, and seek ventures that will help our business community and their members.

Throughout the past two years serving as a board member, I have learned a lot about our business community their needs and voiced their concerns. I have also actively participated in events committee, finance committee, and in the past year took on the role as Chair of the policy committee.

Over the past several years I have volunteered and became involved with the Kinsmen Club of Yorkton serving several executive roles from director to President. I have led new initiatives and aided on building and strategizing our mission and vision for the club. I have been to national conventions and advocated to members the benefits of Yorkton.

As the new year approaches I believe I can once again be an asset to the Chamber and I am excited to advocate for the business community to help make Yorkton stand out and thrive.





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Mike Stackhouse
Mike Stackhouse, Source Embroidery

I have been a member of the Yorkton community since June 2001 and I don’t ever see myself leaving.

Since January 2009, I have been working in, predominantly, business to business promotional sales with Source Embroidery and Screenprinting.

I’ve always believed that a growing business community means a growing city and I’ve learned through involvement with the customers I have come to know on a personal level over the years; that your economy can thrive when you keep shoppers home. The best way to do that is to ensure there are no reasons for them to leave. Being a staunch supporter of business growth and having a passion for this city and supporting its overall expansion; I felt I could further help by joining the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors.

I have served as a Director with the Chamber since 2016 and been Chair of the Policy Committee helping arrange Candidates Forums for the most recent municipal election as well as the leadership races for both the provincial NDP and SaskParty.

I am the current President of the Chamber with my one year term coming to an end in December.

Let’s work together to make Yorkton as great as it can be.





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Ajay Tadi
Ajay Tadi, Human Resources, Yorkton Tribal Council

“I arrived in Regina on 22nd December 2014 from India. I came here with a business degree as a Student to study Business Certificate at the Parkland College in Yorkton. I was all alone without friends and family to help, but Yorkton's East Central Newcomer Welcome Centre helped me find a place to live, familiarized me to the place and constantly supported me through thick and thin. They really made this new place my home and family. That inspired me to give back to the community by helping people around me.

Since then, I have guided many aspirants who have come to this city to fulfill their dreams. My desire to be one among you and contribute to the people led to the decision to join the Yorkton's Community Choir. I have been with the Choir for a year and a half and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it and performed at few concerts. In 2016, at the Immigrants of Distinction Award ceremony, I was recognized and presented with The Volunteer Award sponsored by Tim Horton's for helping people in need. In early 2017, I joined the Kinsmen Club of Yorkton where we work together to make a difference to our community.

I worked as a Product Specialist at Yorkton Hyundai under the direction of Ron Kaban. He treated me like family, taught many things and believed in my caliber and potential. With his guidance, I was able to enhance my skills and personality. Currently, I am the Human Resources Coordinator for Yorkton Tribal Council working under the best leadership of Tribal Chief O’Soup. Since day one at YTC, I volunteered to become the bridge between the First Nations community and the Non-First Nations community in and around Yorkton.

I may hail from India but, whereever I go, I proudly represent Yorkton Tribal Council, Yorkton Chamber of Commerce, Kinsmen Club of Yorkton, Yorkton Community Center and the beautiful City of Yorkton which I now call home.

Having been elected as a Director of the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce for 2018-2019 term, I had the opportunity to learn about the business fraternity and give back to the community. Being a part of the Chamber is a way to fulfil my vision which is to bring the community together on all fronts and create a self sustaining society.”





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Carol Yaholnitsky
Carol Yaholnitsky

Hi! My name is Carol Yaholnitsky. Along with my husband Michael, we own and operate Miccar Aerial and Good Spirit Air Service, based at the Yorkton Regional Airport. I strongly believe in being a team player and feel the team approach is part of business success.

I have served on the Chamber Board of Directors since 2013. Being a Chamber Director has given me the opportunity to give back to the community as I feel our businesses have benefited from the Chamber’s efforts in the past. Our move to Yorkton has been nothing but positive. We really enjoy the availability of being able to go to hockey games, shop for whatever we need, use the Gallagher Center.

I have a very keen interest in business development in the City of Yorkton, and look forward to being a part of Yorkton’s future.





 

 

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