When and Where

MOMENTUM 2018 is a full day conference to be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Full Schedule

8:30 am - Arrival & Registration: Radisson Hotel - 2nd Floor

9:00 am - Opening Remarks

9:15 am - Keynote #1: History of Planning in SaskatoonJeff O'Brien (City of Saskatoon, Archivist)

10:45 am - Breakout #1: Disaster Planning - Ray Unrau (Government of Saskatchewan, Emergency Management & Fire Safety - Director of Operations)

10:45 am - Breakout #2: Urban Design - Paul Koopman (Koopman Architecture, Principal Architect)

11:45 am - Lunch

12:45 pm - Breakout #3: Urban AgricultureGrant Wood (University of Saskatchewan, Department of Plant Sciences Assistant Professor)

12:45 pm - Breakout #4: Indigenous Consultation - Sonia Eggerman (Government of Saskatchewan, Senior Crown Counsel) & Karen Bolton (Government of Saskatchewan, Director of Aboriginal Consultation)

2:00 pm - Keynote #2: Gaining Project Momentum - Stephanie Yong (Stephanie Yong Consulting, Principal)

3:30 pm - Panel Discussion: Planning for Inclusivity

                         Bertrand Bartake (Walking Saskatoon, Urban Advocate/Architect)

                         Carissa Donaldson (U of S Planning Student)

                         Hilary Gough (Saskatoon - Ward 2, City Councillor)

                         Paul Ledoux (Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Councillor)

                         Clive Weighill (Former Saskatoon Police Chief)

4:45 pm - Closing Remarks

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6:00 pm - Supper/Social

Speaker Bios

Jeff O'Brien

Jeff O’Brien was born in Saskatoon and raised in Regina where despite his best efforts he received an undergraduate degree in Canadian history. He received a master’s degree in archival studies from the University of British Columbia before returning to Saskatchewan, where he finally settled down as the City of Saskatoon Archivist in 1997.

In 2006, he co-authored the book "Saskatoon:  A History in Photographs". He has written extensively about Saskatoon and can often be seen and heard on radio and TV here talking about the history of his adopted city. He is a regular speaker in the city’s classrooms and at local events, and even does the occasional walking tour.

Jeff has a beautiful wife, three lovely children, four grandchildren,  a dog, several cats, and a house in the suburbs where, to the chagrin of his neighbours, he has finally realized his lifelong ambition of playing guitar in a garage band.

Ray Unrau

Ray began working as an ambulance Emergency Medical Technician in 1982 and became a paramedic in 1987. He began working for the Saskatoon Fire Department in 1993 as a firefighter, later transferring into the departments Training Division to instruct the EMS program and eventually the Technical Rescue program. In 2002 he took the position of the City of Saskatoon Director of Emergency Planning.  In July of 2017 Ray came to work for Emergency Management and Fire Safety, filling the position of Deputy Fire Commissioner- Director of Operations.

Paul Koopman

Paul is the principal architect at Koopman Architecture Inc., a design based architectural firm in downtown Saskatoon. Paul was educated at the University of Waterloo, where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master of Architecture degree. Paul’s architectural experience has been focused on institutional, residential, and public space architecture. He has worked a broad range of projects from civic art installations to provincial courthouse buildings. Paul is an architect with passion for great buildings and a dedication to creating vibrant living spaces.

Grant Wood

Grant is an assistant professor with the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, at the University of Saskatchewan. His two main areas of teaching, research and outreach are: urban agriculture, and experiential learning but he also teaches courses in the fields of horticulture and agronomy.

Grant’s passion is with urban agriculture, which includes small-scale food production, and local food security. Grant developed Plant Science 235 – Urban Agriculture, which now draws 100 students per year from across campus. This course helps students learn how to grow food within city limits, both from a domestic and commercial basis.

Grant is very involved in the local urban food movement, and can often be found promoting local food production to a wide variety of audiences. Grant’s work has been recognized locally, provincially and nationally, and he has received university awards in teaching, plus outreach and engagement. In 2017, Grant received the Distinguished Agrologists award by his professional association – the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

His most  high-profile project is The Rooftop, a containerized rooftop vegetable garden at the U of S.  This research and demonstration project exemplifies local food production, sustainability, and community.

Sonia Eggerman

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Karen Bolton

Karen Bolton is the Director of Aboriginal Consultation for the Ministry of Government Relations. Karen has 22 years of consultation experience with federal and provincial governments, addressing agricultural, environmental, municipal, First Nation and Metis issues. Opportunities in Canada and abroad have provided Karen with experience in issue analysis, stakeholder consultation, strategic planning, policy and program development and implementation, and legislative renewal. Currently, she and her team provide policy guidance advice and training to ministries, Crowns and agencies on the implementation of the Government of Saskatchewan's First Nation and Metis Consultation Policy Framework, and manage the First Nation and Metis Consultation Participation Fund to facilitate a dialogue with First Nation and Metis communities. A Registered Professional Planner, Karen led the development of Saskatchewan’s Statements of Provincial Interest Regulations, the only regulatory tool in Canada that highlights First Nation and Metis Engagement as a provincial interest and encourages municipalities to recognize First Nation and Metis communities as local and regional partners.

Stephanie Yong

Stephanie Yong is a design thinking specialist. She is the principal at Stephanie Yong Consulting, a consultancy that focuses on utilizing the tools of human-centered design thinking to help generate ideas, solve strategic problems and apply to community and social impact projects.

As a leader in her community, Stephanie’s previous work has been focused primarily on the startup sector. Stephanie served as the Director of the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence for 6 years, creating programs and resources, managing day-to-day operations, fund development and ensuring the Centre was valuable and impactful to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Stephanie has also been a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Stephanie has spoken routinely at a number of conferences and panels on a variety of topics ranging from teaching people how to pitch ideas and feel confident in their public speaking skills, to understanding and sharing knowledge in how to build a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem to highlighting the benefits and value of utilizing design thinking methodology and process to help improve and better processes. Some of her speaker series include Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Annual Forum, Startup Canada Podcast, Business Retention & Expansion International Conference and ACCT Canada Innovation Conference.

Stephanie’s work has allowed her to work with a variety of organizations such as the City of Saskatoon and the Downtown Bid, Western Economic Diversification, the Association of Creative Industries in Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Craft Council. In addition, Stephanie has worked with a variety of participants from the elementary schools, to high schools, universities and corporate levels. Stephanie has aided these organizations in understanding and creating new initiatives by reviewing and ensuring the problems and issues brought forward were focused and accurate and focused on the behaviors and decision making capabilities of how human’s reacted and if there was a pattern within the reaction that could be uncovered and leveraged.

Stephanie has a BA in Political Studies and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan. She has recently completed her ICD training and will be a certified Corporate Director by February 2018. Stephanie is also a lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on entrepreneurship and design thinking. Stephanie comes from a family of hard workers and has made it her life motto that the harder you work, the harder you can play.

Bertrand Bartake

Bertrand Bartake is an architect and urban advocate with a fundamental belief in design’s ability to engage and connect community. As part of Walking Saskatoon – promoting pedestrian inclusivity in planning - he has recently helped advocate for improvements to the multi-use pathway on the Senator Sid Buckwold Bridge and engaged in a public discussion regarding the opportunities to improve safety for citizens through design interventions to 22nd Street. Bertrand is also a member of the Design Council of Saskatchewan, a non-profit organization made up of the 6 professional design associations with a mandate to promote design to the general public.

Walking Saskatoon

Walking Saskatoon is an advocacy group for pedestrians in Saskatoon. They aim to voice pedestrian concerns, identify solutions to pedestrian-related issues, and encourage an inclusive and collaborative approach to active transportation planning.

Carissa Donaldson

Carissa Donaldson's interest in design and planning started when she was about 7 years old and spent hours planning the interior of her childhood home at the local furniture store-much to the store owners' confusion! She is pursuing a degree in Regional and Urban Planning after spending a number of years in radio broadcast management both here in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  

When Carissa decided a departure from broadcasting was on the horizon she went back to her childhood design passion and enrolled at Ryerson University in Toronto in Landscape Design and currently has her own home-based studio. After returning to University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 2016, Carissa was awarded a scholarship to attend The Congress for New Urbanism Conference in Seattle, Washington in May of 2017. Upon her return she temporarily relocated to join the team at the Ministry of Government Relations, Community Planning department in Regina.  In that role, she worked with a variety of regulatory and governmental stakeholders in reviewing and approving subdivision applications and amendments to official community plans and zoning bylaws.  

This summer, she also was accepted to the University of Helsinki in their post-graduate Summer School course, The Welfare City. As part of an internship with the City of Saskatoon this fall, Carissa worked on the Corridor Growth Project with the Long Range Planning Department focusing on the historical context of transit and community growth patterns in relation to the future development of Bus Rapid Transit routes for the city.  Along with full time studies, Carissa is currently employed part-time with the Ministry of Government Relations, Community Planning department in Saskatoon. Her graduation from the Regional and Urban Planning program will take place in December 2018 (if all goes according to plan!)

Hilary Gough

Elected in 2016, Hilary is honoured to represent the eight diverse neighbourhoods that make up Ward 2. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Hilary studied at the University of Saskatchewan and later the University of Manitoba. She and her partner Arlin call the Caswell Hill neighbourhood home.

Hilary is passionate about health and equity and strives to support collective action for healthy community development. Prior to her election to City Council, Hilary was the Operations Manager at a not-for-profit agency promoting action on the social and economic roots of health inequities. Hilary is a dedicated volunteer, most recently engaging in mentorship for young women and girls through programs at organizations such as the Princess Shop and Girls Rock Camp Saskatoon. Hilary is also a proud grad of the Next Up program – a youth leadership program that promotes environmental and social justice.

City of Saskatoon Boards & Committees:   

  • Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services; Member

  • Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities and Corporate Services; Vice Chair

  • Saskatoon Public Library Board; Member

  • Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee; Member

  • Saskatoon Accessibility Advisory Committee; Member

  • Ideas Inc. Board of Directors; Member

  • Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership Board; Member

  • Riversdale Business Improvement District Board; Member

Paul Ledoux

Graduating in 1989 with a diploma in Business Administration from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Paul has spent his career working for First Nation organizations and his community, Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. He has served in various leadership and management capacities. Paul has had the opportunity to take numerous courses in facilitation, management, finance, leadership, conflict resolutions, organizational governance, human resource development and is a certified Professional Board of Director. Paul is currently a council member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation and is a board member and delegate with Affinity Credit Union. He also serves as Vice Chair of two Saskatoon Tribal Council economic development corporations.  He owns and operates a small business in the City of Prince Albert.

Clive Weighill

Clive is the President of Weighill and Associates Management Consulting.

He is the former Chief of the Saskatoon Police Service from September 1, 2006 to October 6, 2017. During his leadership the following results were achieved:

  • Raised scores in the morale of sworn officers from 21% to 89%

  • Raised scores in Indigenous trust for 38% to 69%

  • Raised scores in community trust from 53% to 84%

  • Raised scores in visible minority trust from 70% to 90%

  • Decreased crime rate from 16,000 reported offences per 100,000 population  to 9,806 per 100,000 population

  • Saskatoon Police Service voted as on of Saskatchewan’s top employers for the past 6 years

Prior to joining the Saskatoon Police Service he served with the Regina Police Service, leaving at the rank of Deputy Chief. In Regina he worked in Patrol, Communications, Crime Prevention, Commercial Crime, Property Crime, Drugs, Vice, Planning and Research and Senior Administration.

Clive Weighill has lectured to universities, police colleges, national conferences, federal, provincial and municipal governments and appeared before Parliamentary Committees regarding; crime trends, community policing, organized crime, street gangs, vehicle theft, leadership, and the future of policing.

Clive Weighill’s associations are:

  • Immediate Past President – Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee

  • Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Chaired - Business Requirements Sub-Committee developing the business requirements for the $134 million modernization of CPIC.

Clive Weighill holds certificates in Administration and in Continuing Education/ Administrative Development from the University of Regina.  He has attended Executive courses at the Canadian Police College, the Banff School of Management and has graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police held in Boston and sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum in the United States.

Clive Weighill is the recipient of the Police Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, the Saskatchewan Protective Services Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in Saskatchewan and is a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.