Saskatchewan·Future 40

Meet your final 5 Future 40 winners of 2015

CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 recognizes the brightest young leaders and change-makers under the age of 40 leading the province into the future.

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

Garrett Thienes (left) and Misty Wensel (right) are two of CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 winners. (CBC)

CBC Saskatchewan is rolling out this year's Future 40 winners.

All week long, we've introduced you to some of the brightest young leaders in the province.

Now it's time for the final round of winners before the 2015 networking reception.

Here are your final five Future 40 winners.

Craig Reynolds

Craig is the new CEO and President of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Craig has been with the Riders for the past six seasons after originally joining the club as the Chief Financial Officer in June 2009. Craig has led all aspects of the club’s involvement in the development of the New Mosaic Stadium.

The 39-year-old grew up in Foam Lake, Sask. before attending the University of Saskatchewan, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction and a Masters in Professional Accounting.

Cherish Jean-Baptiste

Cherish works as a business consultant in the crown sector human resources unit with Crown Investments Corporation and is also the president of the First Nations and Métis Fund and First Nations Business Development Program.

The First Nations and Métis Fund is a $20-million investment fund that provides equity and loans to First Nation and Métis businesses requiring between $1 million and $3 million in financing.

Cherish was nominated in 2010 for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the Leadership and Management Category. She was also featured in the 2011 A Proud Generation Calendar, which is a tool used to share personal success stories of role models and inspire other aboriginal people to reach their goals.

Dwight Newman

Dwight is a professor of law and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional and International Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

He is also a senior fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Dwight has clerked for Chief Justice Lamer and Justice LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, Dwight has worked for human rights NGOs in South Africa and Hong Kong as well as for the Canadian Department of Justice. His writing has won a Saskatchewan Book Award, and been cited by all levels of Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Misty Wensel 

Misty’s commitment to dance education has had a significant impact on Regina’s growing dance community ever since she founded her own company, FadaDance, in 2004. Since its inception, FadaDance has become an internationally renowned contemporary dance school and professional company. 

She has also been recognized by the National Down Syndrome Society with an Integration Award for her inclusion of children with Down Syndrome in her classes.

Garrett Thienes

Garrett moved back to his hometown of Shaunavon, Sask. just over three years ago with one goal in mind: Bring the table to the farm.

His 50-seat eatery has become a local hotspot, attracting visitors, tourists and foodies across the province. Having won Tourism Saskatchewan's Rookie of the Year Award in 2014 and placed as a finalist for the coveted Service Excellence Award in 2015, it's clear that many others agree Garrett is doing something right. 


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