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The Last Page: Treena Amyotte— Director of Business Development, at PFN Group of Companies

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.

Say hello to Treena AmyotteDirector of Business Development, at PFN Group of Companies.

1. Where are you from?

I am from the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation. I was born in Regina and raised between Muscowpetung, Regina and Saskatoon.

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

I attended several schools including the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School – QIRS, Fort Qu’Appelle Elementary school, Vincent Massey, Regent Park, Miller, St. Michael’s Residential School, and White Calf Collegiate (formerly QIRS). Then I went to SIFC and onto the University of Regina for my Bachelor of Business Administration. I also just completed the Master of Administration in Leadership program at the Kenneth Levene School of Business in Regina.

3. What is your career history?

I spent 10 years with Casino Regina in marketing and then onto Farm Credit Canada in human resources and community investment for seven years. After nearly 18 years in government, I decided I wanted to try something new. I began work for my First Nation as an economic development officer. It was a big decision at the time because I was leaving behind stability, vacation, pay and benefits, and stepping into a world I knew nothing about. Four years later, I’m working as the Director of Business Development for PFN Group of Companies and Pro Metal Industries. It’s been fantastic and I love it.

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

Keep learning. Whatever that is, continuous learning helps us to think critically and analytically. It opens us up to new perspectives, it keeps us relevant, and it helps to grow your network.

5. What’s your favourite thing about Saskatchewan?

Saskatchewan is home to me. This is where my family and friends are. I love to travel and enjoy visiting other provinces and countries but I’m always happy to get home to Regina.

6. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Getting my two sons through high school and onto post secondary education. One is graduated with a business degree and the other is halfway through trade school.

7. What is your most treasured possession?

My dog Luna. She truly is a member of the family and can’t imagine life without her – she even has her own portrait on the wall of family pictures.

8. What do you most value in your friends?

I have a small circle of close friendships that I’ve developed over the years, all women. I value their perspectives, their opinions, and their feedback. I’m far from perfect, and my good friends accept me for who I am.

9. Who are your heroes in real life?

The women in my family. We are all residential school survivors. My mom—who overcame so much in her life and has been working with the health region for almost 25 years. My Cocum was like a second mom to my brothers and me. My aunt Berva was probably one of the first Indigenous women to own a hair salon in southern Saskatchewan. She showed us that we could be successful entrepreneurs. Lastly, my aunts Yvette, Simone, Candace. They all went to school and taught us that we could do anything—if we showed up and worked hard.

10. What is your motto?

“You can sit around and wait for things to happen, or you can go out and make things happen.”