(SASKATOON, SK) More than 250 of the province’s business and farm leaders gathered to hear former Premier Brad Wall discuss western Canadian economic interests and the challenges and opportunities facing modern agriculture in this current public affairs environment.
Wall told the crowd a ‘cautionary tale’ of Western Canada’s energy sector, where detractors have been able to negatively paint the industry and stagnate development. The agriculture sector needs to learn from that lesson, Wall insisted, drawing a comparison to the 1993 movie Tombstone in which one brother dies in the arms of another. “Energy and agriculture are the foundation of much of what is good in this province.” He encouraged the audience to speak up for these industries: “We need to be less circumspect, more bold. The consequences are the jobs of your neighbours.”
The event was organized by the NSBA, Saskatoon’s business association, and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK), an organization representing the province’s agriculture and food industry. This was the first time the NSBA and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan partnered to host an event together.
“We were invited to collaborate on this opportunity and immediately saw the synergies and benefits of participating,” said Keith Moen, Executive Director of the NSBA. “It was a winning proposition for all involved.”
“In addition to presenting an excellent speaker, this event was successful in developing a partnership between our two groups,” said Clinton Monchuk, Executive Director of Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan.
NSBA and FFC SK are exploring the possibility of partnering on an annual basis to present speakers for this audience.
For more information, contact:
Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan
Backgrounder on Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan (FFC SK)
Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct connection to the farm, which is one reason why so many have questions about how their food is produced. Farm & Food Care administers several programs to help address these consumer questions and inspire more confidence in our farmers and in Saskatchewan-grown foods. To learn more, see farmfoodcaresk.org.
Backgrounder on NSBA
The NSBA is a member-driven and focused business association in Saskatoon that serves, promotes and protects business throughout Saskatoon and beyond. The NSBA recently rebranded to be known simply by its acronym – NSBA – to reflect its current membership which has grown considerably beyond Saskatoon’s north end. The NSBA has developed its mandate and reputation by being a relevant, topical and effective organization that interacts with all levels of government and industry on a variety of issues for the betterment of our local economy. See nsbasask.com.