Saskatchewan·Future 40

Meet 5 Future 40 winners of 2016

Meet five more outstanding CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 winners: Stephen M. Davies, Eewkwol Lindsay Knight, Mariana Brito, Rob Woods and Sarah Garden.

CBC Saskatchewan is unveiling 2016's winners all week online, on radio and TV

Meet five more outstanding CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 winners: Stephen M. Davies, Eewkwol Lindsay Knight, Mariana Brito, Rob Woods and Sarah Garden. (Photos submitted to CBC)

This bunch of outstanding Saskatchewan people includes a creative cellular problem-solver, a determined hip hop artist, a chef with a passion for backyard greens, a doctor that's great under pressure and a holistic yogi!  

From Monday to Thursday, March 14-17, CBC Saskatchewan is announcing five winners each morning and evening.

With this latest group, we've now revealed 26 winners.

Listen to Saskatoon Morning with Leisha Grebinski on 94.1 FM in Saskatoon and The Morning Edition with Sheila Coles on 102.5 FM in Regina and 540 AM across the province each morning to hear about a fresh group of winners. Then, tune in to CBC Saskatchewan News with Jill Morgan each evening at 6 p.m. CST for another five winners, announced on television.

Make sure to check cbc.ca/sask and cbc.ca/future40 and visit CBC Saskatchewan and CBC Saskatoon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at any time to keep up to date with the announcements. 

The winning submissions below were written by nominators. 

Here are five more Future 40 winners of 2016:

Stephen M. Davies

Age: 27

Category: Science/Technology

Stephen M. Davies came up with a solution that allows municipalities and First Nation communities to be in contact with 911 services through cell phone use. (Submitted by Richard Davies)

Stephen M. Davies first learned of nationwide issues related to cellular service from his father Richard John Davies, a visiting professor of science and technology and an applied science technologist.

Communities on fringe or nil areas of cellular coverage had no way of making emergency phone calls or even being in contact with others. These areas are normally under-populated, and as a result, do not make good business sense to improve.

Stephen took this opportunity and found a new way to resolve this very large issue. After several years of research and development, he was successful in producing the cellular solution to extend Providers Cellular Network without installing more base stations.

This solution now allows municipalities and First Nation communities to be in contact with their 911 services. This allows the communities to be able to report emergencies while also providing general cellphone usage.

Eekwol (Lindsay Knight)

Age: 38

Category: Arts/Culture/Entertainment

Eekwol (Lindsay Knight) is an award-winning hip hop artist, indigenous activist, and academic. (Submitted by Jebunnessa Chapola)
​Eekwol (Lindsay Knight) is an award-winning hip-hop artist living in Saskatoon, originally from Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan. She has successfully completed her master's degree at the University of Saskatchewan. 

For 2016, Eekwol is promoting her 5th full-length album titled, Good Kill.

Eekwol uses her music and words to spread messages of resistance, revolution and keeping the language, land, and culture alive for the next generations.

Through her original sound she displays her activist roots. She is a supporter of both hip-hop and indigenous culture and rights.

Along with music and academic work, Eekwol frequently works with young people across the country as a mentor and helper. She achieves this through performances, workshops, speaking events, conferences and programs. 

Mariana Brito

Age: 29

Category: Business/Entrepreneurship

Mariana has been working on her project The Backyard where she combines her global background with a passion for organic food & strong relationships with farmers, centring the flavours of modern Mexican cuisine in the landscape of the Canadian prairie. (Submitted by Marla Carlson)

Chef Mariana Brito hails from Tijuana, Mexico, where she attended Culinary Art School before training in Spain, New York, & South Carolina, with chefs of Michelin starred restaurants.

For two years, Mariana has been working on her project The Backyard where she combines her global background with a passion for organic food & strong relationships with farmers, centring the flavours of modern Mexican cuisine in the landscape of the Canadian prairie.

Every ingredient is fresh, organic and ethically-sourced from Saskatchewan farmers. Every meal prepared brings together her commitment to excellence, integrity and sheer determination demonstrating how diverse, flavourful and nourishing Saskatchewan grown food can be.

Mariana is exploring a non-profit side to her business to tie together her desire to educate and train with her passion for healthy and organic foods.

Mariana Brito is raising the bar, changing the culinary landscape and expanding our understanding of what is possible in Saskatchewan!

Follow Mariana on Twitter @maalinche.

Rob Woods

Age: 39

Category: Teaching/Healthcare

Rob Woods is a 39 year old emergency medicine physician in Saskatoon. (Submitted by Janet Ferguson)

Rob Woods is a 39-year-old emergency medicine physician in Saskatoon.

He grew up in Eston and Lloydminster before attending the University of Saskatchewan. After completing residency training in Alberta, Rob returned home intent on improving emergency care in the province. His first step was creating a residency program, which graduates new emergency specialists in Saskatchewan each year.

Rob plans an annual provincial emergency medicine conference and is the medical advisor for EMS in the Saskatoon Health Region. He also works as a STARS transport physician, trauma team leader and as both an adult and pediatric emergency physician.

Recently, Rob helped establish a Trauma Team Pilot project, allowing a highly trained leader and team to coordinate care for the most injured patients in Saskatchewan. Rob is a role model and mentor to many students. His legacy is growing in a way that will have a significant impact on the emergency care of the people of Saskatchewan for years to come.

Follow Rob on Twitter: @robwoodsuofs.

Sarah Garden

Age: 38

Category: Teaching/Healthcare

Sarah Garden is a 38-year-old yoga therapist and owner of Bodhi Tree Yoga in Regina. (Submitted by Colin Hall)

Sarah Garden is 38 and is the owner of Bodhi Tree Yoga in Regina.

With her husband Colin, she has graduated more than 100 yoga teachers from her teacher training program and has been one of the most influential and trailblazing yoga professionals the province has ever seen.

Sarah runs free classes for people dealing with cancer twice a week, regularly presents at medical conferences, and works with physicians, physiotherapists and other medical professionals in a way that is seldom seen in yoga communities.

She works tirelessly to integrate yoga into our healthcare system and has been successful in ways that few would have imagined a decade ago.

Bodhi Tree Yoga has been actively involved in fundraising and community efforts in Regina for 12 years, and Sarah has been guiding that process the entire time. Her vision of yoga is one that is therapeutic not just physically, but emotionally and socially as well.

Follow Sarah Garden @BodhiTreeRegina. 

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