CBC Saskatchewan, in partnership with W. Brett Wilson and PotashCorp, proud to bring you The Boom Box!
We invited all Aboriginal residents of Saskatchewan to send us their great business ideas, and on September 12 seven finalists presented their ideas to our panel of judges:
Plans were pitched, questions were asked, and winners were chosen!
The following prizes are awarded to the winners to help get their businesses up and running:
Meet The Judges
W. Brett Wilson is an entrepreneur who has been particularly successful in the oil and gas industry. He co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp., one of the industry's leading investment banks, now one of Canada's most respected companies. In addition to his energy interests, Brett has acquired holdings in real estate, agriculture, sport and entertainment. He is also Chairman of Canoe Mutual Funds.
He spent three seasons on Dragons’ Den—one of Canada’s most watched television programs—and remains the most prolific dealmaker on the show. He has used this platform to promote entrepreneurship and innovation to audiences throughout Canada. He founded the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, promoting entrepreneurship among all disciplines, with a vision for becoming one of Canada's pre-eminent centres for entrepreneurship.
Brett has sought to inspire, engage, and lead the business community into seeing corporate social responsibility not as an obligation, but an opportunity. Respected for his principles and passion, Brett has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership. He has been singled out as Alberta’s Business Person of the Year, named Calgary’s Person of the Year, and recognized as a Nation Builder for his role in encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly among youth. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University. He has received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
His book, Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes is a national bestseller available through Penguin Books.
Darryl Stann was appointed Vice President, Procurement of PotashCorp in March 2011, with responsibility for guiding strategic sourcing and supply management strategies and overseeing negotiations with suppliers.
Mr. Stann joined PotashCorp in 2003 and held senior positions in corporate development and finance before being promoted to Vice President, Marketing and Vice President, Industrial Sales.
Before joining PotashCorp, he spent most of his career at Deloitte (a leading global professional services firm) in Canada and Australia, providing financial advisory, consulting and assurance services to large multinational companies.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, and holds designations as a Chartered Accountant in Canada and as a Certified Public Accountant in the US.
John Lagimodiere is the President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the
Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News. A Métis from Saskatoon, he struggled
through school but eventually got his ducks in a row and actually graduated from the
University of Saskatchewan! His high school teachers are all surprised.
Between facilitating Aboriginal awareness sessions for businesses across
Saskatchewan and appearing regularly on CBC radio, he has found the time to
grow Eagle Feather News into the largest independent Aboriginal newspaper in
John is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Living in Harmony
Award from the City of Saskatoon in 2006 and was honoured with a Queens
Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. ACS also received the ABEX for Aboriginal
Business in 2009.
The real reward for this guy is spending time with wife Deirdra and the kids at the
lake and coaching son Riel and daughter Willow in hockey. And the Riders. He loves