Life People

Meet Chris Lane — president and CEO at Economic Development Regina

On the last page of every issue of Industry West, we find a Saskatchewan business person or leader to answer our version of the Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust made the questionnaire famous, believing that 35 specific questions could reveal a person’s true nature. We grabbed this idea—you’ve probably seen it in Vanity Fair—and made our own version. The first five questions are ours, and then we ask our subject to pick their favourite Proust questions to answer.

Meet Chris Lane, president and CEO at Economic Development Regina.

1. Where are you from?

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Lived in Edmonton, Calgary and Charlottetown before choosing Regina as home.

2. Where did you attend school and what did you study?

Two years at U of A (Edmonton) before graduating with a Journalism degree from University of Regina.

3. What is your career history?

I spent the first 15 years of my career in broadcast journalism with CBC News in Calgary, Charlottetown and Regina. I left media to become CEO of Canadian Western Agribition in 2016 and in 2022, I became president and CEO at Economic Development Regina.

4. What’s the best piece of business or career advice you have or have been given?

I think about organizational structure and culture a lot, so two pieces of advice stand out:

1) Change is always messy. Don’t let the messiness knock you off course if your strategy is sound.

2) Every time you add a layer of hierarchy in an organization, you risk doubling the amount of time it takes to get something done.

5. What’s your favourite thing about Saskatchewan?

I love the potential we have here and the work ethic to realize it. Saskatchewan is a place where good ideas and good people can change the world for the better. That’s inspiring.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

I’m a shopper, so a good window display always gets me. Every once in a while, a new shirt from Colin O’Brian’s will find its way into my closet

7. When and where were you happiest?

We are a blended family with three amazing teenage daughters. When we’re all together we make a point to eat supper at the table. This includes going around the table and everyone says what they are grateful for. We call it our “nice thing” and hearing the kids express gratitude for family, togetherness and time spent is pure joy.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would spend more time reflecting on the past. As an optimist, I tend to look through the windshield sometimes at the expense of being thoughtful about what (and who) is in the rearview mirror.

9. What do you most value in your friends?

I have a small group of friends that I call my ‘Personal Board of Directors.’ I value their honesty, input and advice; people who will both challenge and support me. Sometimes you need a friend to tell you you’re wrong while still cheering you on.

10. What is your motto?

Always be interesting.