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May 2 & 3, 2023

Saskatoon - TCU Place

Presenting Sponsors: Affinity Credit Union and Conexus Credit Union



The theme of Saskatchewan's 2023 co-operative and credit union conference is “Meeting the Challenges of Tomorrow, Co-operatively”. It will focus on the Top Co-operative Issues that impact our organizations and network as a whole.

 We are emerging from several challenging years in which co-operatives and credit unions have had to adapt, innovate and build capacity to meet the rapid changes faced. The conference will focus on providing examples, information, and tools to effectively respond to these challenges.

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Click HERE to view and download the Conference informational flyer in PDF format, suitable for sharing, downloading or printing.
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REGISTRATIONSCA Conference Flyer page 1

Registration is OPEN.
Early bird registration discounts will be in effect until March 31, 2023.

Tickets are available until April 30. Special prices for SCA members.

SCA Members*:

Early Bird - $399.00 

Regular - $499.00 

Non Members:

Early Bird - $499.00

Regular - $549.00 

Click HERE to order your tickets.

ACCOMMODATIONS: A block of rooms has been held at the Holiday Inn Saskatoon Downtown, 101 Pacific Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1N8. You must contact the hotel directly book your rooms (306) 986-5000. Quote the SCA Block Code: SCC

*SCA MEMBER = The staff, board or volunteers of any organization which pays dues directly to
the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association.


The 2-day event is designed to explore several topics important to Saskatchewan’s co-operatives and credit unions. The conference will include a combination of feature presentations, breakout sessions, and panel discussions. Some of the topics include:

  • Sustainability and Climate Action
  • Governance Topics
  • Engaging Youth and Leveraging the power of Young Leaders 
  • Innovative Member Engagement
  • Education on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action


Conference 2023 Progarm Day 1Conference 2023 Program Day 2The conference begins on May 2nd with registration and a networking lunch at 11:30am.

DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS: The event opens at 12:30 followed by the Day 1 keynote address with Shaun Loney. The Young Leader panel begins at 4:30pm. Breakout sessions and networking opportunities continue throughout the afternoon. Day 1 concludes with a networking event from 5:30-7:30pm.


Day 2 begins with breakfast and networking between 8:00-9:00am.

DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS: The conference commences at 9:00am and the Day 2 keynote address with Delvin Kanêwiyakiho follows at 9:15am. Elaine Sutherland's presentation begins at 10:45am. The Governance panel takes place at 1:00pm, preceded by lunch and networking. The conference closes at 2:30pm on May 3rd.


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ShaunLoneyShaun Loney - Keynote

Shaun Loney is a senior director at Encompass Coop. He has co-founded a dozen social enterprises and in the process has learned the simple path forward to make sure the impact of co-ops and nonprofits are property compensated by governments. Mission driven business has a bright future! Shaun has written five books including An Army of Problem Solvers, which has sold over 10,000 copies.

Let’s connect people who most need work with the work that most needs doing!

Web page https://www.encompass.coop/


Delvin Kanêwiyakiho - Keynote

DelvinKanewiyakihoDelvin Kanêwiyakiho joins the Office of the Treaty Commissioners Speakers Bureau with 28 years experience as an educator with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. A certified Treaty Catalyst teacher, he helps colleagues with their Treaty teaching using the Treaty curriculum and uses his own experiences to give students a good start in their journey.

In 2015 Kanêwiyakiho received Indspire's 2015 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Award in the Language, Culture and Traditions category. He has cultural currency to speak about most things related to Treaty and nehiyaw settler relations in Canada.

Kanêwiyakiho is Plains Cree raised on Little Pine First Nation.


Elaine Sutherland

ElaineSutherlandElaine Sutherland is a proud Willow Cree woman from the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation in Treaty 6 territory.

She graduated from University of Saskatchewan – ITEP, and was a professional educator for 24 years before joining the OTC team. During that time, Elaine worked for First Nation Schools as well as urban non-First Nation schools across Saskatchewan. She loved teaching and molding the future minds of tomorrow.

Elaine joined the OTC as the Director of Treaty Education in the spring of 2022 and loves everything about her role and all it entails. She is passionate about Treaty Education and wants to ensure all Treaty people have the opportunity to learn about their rights and obligations. 

Elaine attributes her success to her parents and her two amazing sons. She lives in Saskatoon with her family, enjoys a good crossword puzzle, sewing, and loves her new family here at OTC.


SCA Conference Flyer page 2Attendees will benefit from cross-sector networking and learning experiences.

  • This conference has been designed for a variety of attendees including board members, senior leaders, management, co-op and credit union sector employees and young leaders.
  • We’re also inviting co-operative and business educators and students, economic developers, and public policy makers from local and provincial governments.
  • This invite will also be extended to our provincial peers in Manitoba and Alberta, as well as community-based organizations from Saskatchewan.
  • The list of presenters will include managers and board members from within the Saskatchewan co-operative community, the national co-operative community, and experienced presenters from outside the co-operative sector.  


Thanks to our presenting sponsors: Affinity Credit Union and Conexus Credit Union.

Your organization can support this event through sponsorship and attendance.
Click HERE to review our Introduction to the Co-op Conferenced and Benefits of Sponsorship invitation. 

We have created a sponsorship recognition program that recognizes your support with opportunities ranging from Friend level at $500 to Event Sponsor at $5000.
Click on this LINK to view the Conference Sponsorship and Recognition letter. 

  • Presenting Sponsor - SOLD OUT
  • Break Sponsor
  • Lunch Sponsor
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Networking Sponsor
  • Platinum Sponsor
  • Supporter
  • Friend

A summary table of the recognition we will provide for the differing levels of sponsorship is at this LINK.

Your participation will:

  • Allow SCA to offer a relevant, educational, and captivating conference for the co-operative sector in Saskatchewan;
  • Strengthen our co-operative community through professional development;
  • Facilitate cross-sector networking;
  • Provide tools to address the core co-operative principles of education, training and information, and concern
  • Raise the profile of your co-operative organization; and
  • Ensure the sustainability of Saskatchewan Co-operative Association through a successful and profitable event.

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