Welcome to Saskatonians, where we feature and recognize people within the community of Saskatoon, showcasing the great things that they do, what they like and how they make Saskatoon great!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Saskatoon?
I moved here in 1999 from Lanigan to study Marketing at the U of S.
What is your favourite restaurant in Saskatoon?
Tough question, we have a great culinary scene here. My answer depends on the activity. I grew up with the owner of Odd Couple so that’s always one of my top choices. For drinks with friends, it’s any one of the great patios. For entertaining corporate clients, Ayden Kitchen + Bar. You can usually catch me at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown enjoying the Starbucks Kiosk and comfy lobby seating while I’m catching up on emails.
What is your favourite activity in Saskatoon?
Honestly, it is being with the people. Whether it is playing volleyball, hitting up a golf course, or enjoying the many restaurants and pubs, the experience is all about the people around us.
If you could change one thing about Saskatoon, what would it be?
Right now it is to have more child friendly activities in the winter. I have the opportunity to work with the Optimist Club in building the Hill at Diefenbaker Park. The prospect of tube lanes, skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing in our backyard is very exciting.
What’s the best thing about living in Saskatoon?
This city has a great entrepreneurial spirit and I am surrounded by talent. My best friends at Rock & Bloom who work with clients all over the world and my friends at Three Farmers who support all my events, just to name a few.
Where do you work and what do you do?
I own Spark Creations and Bookings, a marketing event firm with retired NHL player, Kelly Chase. We assist non-profits raise money, companies with hosting events and are involved in some big events. Recently we had the great pleasure of being involved with the Canadian Country Music Awards. We also book talent and speakers for special events like the Warman Sports Celebrity Dinner and Off the Leash Luncheon. I also launched the Saskatoon Corporate Challenge six years ago and I take a lot of pride in the money we’ve raised for local charities and the community that participants have helped me build.
What other interesting jobs have you had?
I started my career in the Credit Union system and spent time in the media sector and MNP. I have been fortune to sit on many boards and organizing committees of several non-profits and business organizations.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
Somewhere warm! I think I’d take the family on a hot holiday where we could chill, dig in the sand, swim, and enjoy the sunshine (just to extend the summer).
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I’m known around inner circles for a bang-on loon call.
If you could have only one meal the rest of your life what would it be?
ANYTHING! I am the least pickiest eater ever. But from a practical standpoint, I’d choose pizza. There are just so many variations, toppings, sauces, cheeses and even crusts that one could never get bored!
What type of music do you listen to?
Anything I can dance to. Personal favorites are top 40 and 90’s hip hop.
Who is your hero?
We always look up to different people for several reasons, whether it be personal, business or for guidance. In January 2016, my father passed away and my mom really has been an inspiring force of strength.
What is your favourite thing to spend money on?
Food and travel, preferably together.
If you could retire tomorrow what would you do?
I am not wired to retire at my age. I think I’d jump onto another board or committee and work with non-profits in our city.
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Nothing, I do not feel compelled to eat strange things when there are so many tasty dishes out there!
What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid? Nothing, I was a complete angel. ;)
Who is your celebrity crush?
Justin Timberlake for sure.
Your biggest pet peeve is what?
When people don’t follow through with commitments (pending extenuating circumstances).
Name someone that you think deserves some recognition.
I think a couple people who deserve a shout out are powerful women accomplishing amazing goals in our community. Sheryl Harrow-Yurach from READ Saskatoon, Chantelle Johnson from Classic Law and Shannon Friesen from the YWCA are all leaders in their respective non-profits and despite being faced with cuts in funding and economic restraints all remain extremely inspirational influences to me. We could all learn a lot from these leaders who are positively effecting families in our city!