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IW Business Bulletin – November 25, 2022

Brendan King, Vendasta

Access Communications names new CEO

Carmela Haines has been named Access Communications Co-operative‘s new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Haines will replace outgoing CEO Jim Deane, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“It is a privilege to serve Access Communications as its next CEO,” said Haines, “and to have the opportunity to lead this Co-operative that values the roles of both serving and actively participating in the communities throughout Saskatchewan. With the support of our co-operative members, volunteers and staff, our Co-operative will continue to build on its strong foundation of community service, execute the strategic vision for the future and continue to be successful in this highly competitive communications industry for years to come.”

Haines has worked with Access Communications since 2003, joining the organization as vice-president, finance and administration. In 2019, she was promoted to chief operating officer. Haines earned her Bachelor of Admin. from the University of Regina, is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Brendan King recognized as Canada’s Most Admired CEO

Vendasta CEO Brendan King has been named a winner of the Canada’s Most Admired CEO™ award by Waterstone Human Capital. King was named as the most admired CEO in the Growth companies category.

“We are so honoured to have Brendan named to this award,” says Jean Parchewsky, Vendasta vice president of people operations. “I feel grateful to work alongside Brendan and I am continually inspired by his passion and leadership. He has a magnetism that moves people and sparks our employees to not only dream, but to make those dreams come true. I love his authenticity and passion for meeting and interacting with as many employees as possible. His office door is open to all and there is never a dull moment. I am excited for the adventure ahead with him.”

Waterstone Human Capital is a Canadian cultural talent management firm, with their national program recognizing “CEOs who have achieved significant accomplishments in their careers with a specific focus on using the power of culture to drive organizational performance. Nominees were scored on five key performance areas: vision, strategy, and leadership; cultural and people development; innovative business achievements and competitiveness; corporate social responsibility; and organizational performance.”

“At Waterstone we believe corporate culture drives performance and that it’s your organization’s single greatest asset,” said Marty Parker, president and CEO at Waterstone Human Capital and chair of the Canada’s Most Admired™ program. “The 2022 award recipients demonstrate that putting culture at the center of your strategy drives growth and accelerates performance. They actively craft high-performance cultures that drive extraordinary results and serve as an inspiration for others who want to do the same.”

Vendasta is solving some of the biggest challenges facing businesses today. The majority of local businesses are struggling to purchase, implement, and use technology solutions. Brendan’s continuous drive to innovate, his customer obsession, and laser focus on the company’s vision are leading Vendasta to become a global leader in technology and business development, while growing an incredible team in the heart of the prairies.

Cereals Canada releases 2022 Wheat Crop Report

On Nov. 23, Cereals Canada released its annual Wheat Crop Report, which assesses the quality of the crop and provides information to buyers of Canadian cereals.

Among the highlights in the report:

  • Much of the 2022 Canadian wheat crop graded in the top two grades, with high protein content across all Canadian wheat classes.
  • Over 90 per cent of the CWRS (Canada Western Red Spring) crop graded No. 1 and No. 2, with protein content higher than average.
  • Eighty per cent of CWAD (Canada Western Amber Durum) graded No. 1 and No. 2, with protein content higher than average.
  • Over 90 per cent of CPSR (Canada Prairie Spring Red) graded No. 1 and No. 2, with good protein content.
  • Ninety-nine per cent of CESRW (Canada Eastern Soft Red Winter) graded No. 2 or above with consistent high falling numbers and excellent quality.
  • 2022 production returned to above average volumes with Canada growing 34.7 million tonnes of wheat, an increase of 55 per cent from 2021 (2021 was lower due to drought conditions).

“The New Wheat Crop Report provides our customers with the technical data on what they can expect from this year’s crop,” said Dean Dias, CEO of Cereals Canada. “The 2022 report was released today and we are pleased to share that Canada has excellent quality in all wheat classes.”

Increased interest in lands for lithium and potash

The Government of Saskatchewan announced November 24 that its subsurface mineral public offering held on Monday, November 21, 2022, generated $3,325,130.13 in revenue for the province. This was the second of three scheduled subsurface mineral public offerings for the 2022-23 fiscal year.

The next subsurface mineral public offering is scheduled for July 10, 2023.

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