CBC's unique feature 'Future 40', where accomplished Saskatchewan citizens under 40 are recognized for their contributions to the province, has attracted nearly 200 nominations this year.

The goal of Future 40 is to celebrate people who are making a difference in all walks of life.

"The whole idea is to tell people about the great things happening here and give a bit of recognition to the young people who are really driving this place these days," Chris Lane, Senior Producer for CBC Saskatchewan, explained. He added it is one way for CBC to engage, in a meaningful way, with the audience.

"If we can be fans of these kind of things, I hope these people can be fans of CBC Saskatchewan too," he said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 180 nominations had been made. They cover the gamut: from business to volunteerism to the arts.

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Kendal Netmaker, of Neechie Gear in Saskatoon, was a Future 40 winner in 2013. His apparel company directs a portion of sales to help young people get into sports. Netmaker says support he was given, as a youngster, has helped him in ways he could never have imagined and he was keen to repay the kindness.

"I never realized the impact until I was in my late teens, early twenties," Netmaker told CBC News in a recent interview, "We're paying it back now. Trying to give back, through Neechie Gear."

That forward-thinking spirit is something Future 40 hopes to find among the 2014 nominees.

CBC's Lane notes that you don't have to have been born in Saskatchewan to be making a difference in the province.

"I'm under 40 and chose to make Saskatchewan my home," Lane said. "I see a lot of young people coming to this province and making a mark here. A project like this just feels like a natural fit for CBC."

After all the entries are in, on Friday, 40 nominees will be selected by a panel of judges and will be featured on CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 list, online. CBC will announce the winners during the week of March 17 to March 20 on CBC Radio One's The Morning Edition, Saskatoon Morning and CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 & 6.