Let us introduce you to CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40!

Between March 18 and March 22 2013, we've announced the winners of CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40! Five names have been announced each day on CBC Radio One's The Morning Edition, and another five each day on CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 & 6, until we released the list of 40 leaders, success stories and change-makers!

  • Erica Lee

    Erica Lee is a young Cree woman from Saskatoon who has already achieved great success and notoriety at the age of 22, and continues to work tirelessly in her community and across the world to address issues of human rights.
    Erica's outstanding leadership as a U of S representative stretches far beyond the impact she's had locally. Her involvement in the Idle No More movement has no doubt been an inspiration to young Aboriginal students, and non-Aboriginal students alike, within and beyond Canada.
  • Filipe dos Santos

    Soccer Coach
    Filipe dos Santos, 38, was born and raised in Portugal and has had a passion for two things for as long as he can remember: soccer and education. In 2011, Filipe made this dream a reality by establishing the Ginga (JIN-ga) Futebol Academy, Saskatchewan's first fully independent soccer academy in Regina, open to all kids independent of their skill level or experience.
  • Cam Broten

    Saskatchewan MLA
    Cam Broten more than makes the cut for one of the Top 40 people Under 40 in Saskatchewan. He is the youngest leader in the history of the NDP. Cam is aware of the current challenges for Saskatchewan. One of those challenges is that too many people live in poverty and ill health. Another challenge is the barriers that exist for First Nations and Metis people, as well as not enough attention being paid to Northern Saskatchewan. His vision is to achieve a better, more equal province for everyone.
  • Dustin Duncan

    Saskatchewan MLA
    Dustin Duncan presently Saskatchewan's Minister of Health. Dustin is dedicated to serving his community, wanting to make our province a great place to live. He has been the Weyburn Big Muddy MLA for approximately seven years. From the beginning of his political career at age 26 he has been given responsibilities in government. He has yet to become jaded or even tired.
  • Kjelti Anderson

    Project Co-ordinator
    Kjelti creatively resists the resignation that humanity's fate is ultimately one of dominance and depletion and sees the potential that exists for truly sustainable human habitat. She sees her work as a valuable part of exploring what that will look like.
    Kjelti is also the project co-coordinator for the Ness Creek Forest Garden, a “cultivated ecosystem” consisting of a wide variety of food-producing species harmoniously arranged to create a garden that functions like a forest. It is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan and Kjelti is helping to establish it as a valuable education resource and demonstration site for the province.
  • Taron Cochrane

    Account Coordinator
    Taron Cochrane demonstrates a commitment to enhancing the profile of Saskatchewan and Canadian musical talent and music industry. He's a dedicated special events volunteer, cultural arts champion, and polka advocate. He is a member of the SaskMusic Board of Directors, the Social Media Correspondent for Gonna Get Loud, The JUNO Awards 2013 host committee.
  • Meka Okochi

    Economic Developer
    Meka is a professional engineer with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has worked in oil and gas, infrastructure, technology innovation, business development and economic development. In addition to his work in these sectors, Meka was a Regina Mayoral Candidate in the 2012 Civic Elections.
    Meka is currently a vice president with the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC); the agency responsible for economic development and tourism for the Regina region.
  • Travis Low

    Executive Director
    Travis Low is a young professional who has demonstrated a great passion to improve his community. Most notably, Travis has made a significant impact in the Parkinson's community in Saskatchewan. Travis' grandfather lived with Parkinson's disease for over 15 years and after Travis' father was diagnosed with Parkinson's 7 years ago. Travis wanted to continue his contribution to the Parkinson community on a full-time basis, so he applied for and proudly accepted the Executive Director position for the organization.
  • Alison Anderson

    Born in Weyburn and currently residing in Moose Jaw, Alison has already contributed more to Saskatchewan's business landscape by the age of 25 than most successful entrepreneurs do throughout their entire careers.
    Currently, she is chairing the Moose Jaw Health Foundation "the Concert of Hope". The lion's share of Alison's focus is on her role as Vice President of Business Development and Partner of Masyndic Consultants Ltd, a consulting firm that specializes in business start-ups and turnarounds.
  • Amy Matysio

    Amy Matysio is an award winning actor, writer, producer, and has blazed her own path to become a Saskatchewan household name. A celebrated stage actor, Matysio has also grown an impressive list of credits in Film and Television. Film credits include Stranded, Chained, Vampire Dog, Ferocious and Just Friends, with small screen appearances in Corner Gas (CTV), inSecurity (CBC) and Little Mosque (CBC). She is the creator and star of inSAYSHAble, the Saskatchewan made web series garnering accolades and attention across North America.
  • Jonathan Huntington

    Jonathan grew up in Regina and loves spending time in the Qu'Appelle Valley water-skiing on the lake.
    In 2011 he left Alberta to come back home to Saskatchewan and now lives in Saskatoon with his biggest fans - Lily and Alana, and his wife Lynn.
    It hasn't taken Jonathan long to make a significant impact with his return. He travels to remote northern locations to head up Cameco's Dream and Believe Hockey camps with former NHL-er Rich Pilon, he rallies volunteers time-and-time again for community events, and will drop everything on a moment's notice to grant a wish through Cameco's Touchdown for Dreams program.
  • Namarta Kochar

    Namarta's devotion to our province, and contributing to make it a better place for everyone, is undeniably evident throughout the numerous activities that she graciously volunteers her time for. She has demonstrated her commitment to providing valuable community service through volunteerism, mentorship and leadership and spends countless hours on volunteer committees, fundraising events and in support of a strong province that values the importance of social responsibility and respect for one another.
  • Dale Zak

    Software Developer
    Dale Zak, aside from being just a great overall person, is a mobile software developer passionate about using technology for social change. This past year he co-founded Whitespace.io, nonprofit organization helping empower disadvantaged groups by deploying existing solutions, building innovative tools and organizing community orientated events. In Saskatoon, the team developed YXEVotes.com to make civic election information more accessible and YXEVoices.com to allow citizens to share ideas on ways to improve their community.
  • Thomas Benjoe

    Account Manager
    Thomas Benjoe is from the Muscowpetung First Nation. He is currently a Commercial Account Manager Aboriginal Market Specialist at the Royal Bank of Canada.. He is currently a board of directors member of FHQ Developments Inc, a Development Corporation who's mandate is to support the economic development business activities of the File Hill's Qu'Appelle Tribal Council's 11 First Nations. He most recently accepted the opportunity to serve on the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce's Investment and Growth Committee. Thomas serves as a member of the Royal Eagles, an internal RBC employee resource group that supports new and existing Aboriginal Employees across Canada.
  • Jolene Higgins

    Jolene Higgins aka Little Miss Higgins has lived in Saskatchewan for over ten years now and in that period of time has established herself of as one of Canada's top roots performers and songwriters. She has sang her songs of Saskatchewan from Coast to Coast to Coast and internationally in the US and the UK and Ireland. She takes inspiration from this province as so many of us do!
  • Jayden Pfeifer

    Actor / Comedian
    Jayden Pfeifer is perhaps best known as an improviser. Since 1997, his work with General Fools Improvisational Theatre has largely contributed to the culture of improvisation in Saskatchewan and in Canada as a whole. Pfeifer, who first started producing improv shows in Regina at the age of 17, has continued to grow this aspect of his work. He produces the monthly comedy variety show "Red Hot Riot". Since March 2011, Riot has become a staple in the Regina cultural scene as an event that guarantees hearty laughs, good music, and candid interviews with local celebrities.
  • Kendal Netmaker

    Kendal is an amazing leadership example for our youth as evidenced by the 15,000 cheers he received on Saskatchewan's first We Day; and is a great business success story with 2 retail establishments, and global distribution of his sports fashion line. He is an ambassador for Canada internationally and supports Aboriginal sport and business. He started from humble beginnings but when was given the chance to partake in a Saskatchewan Crown-sponsored leadership program through US based Inroads he transformed his life and started a business to help others (while going to university).
  • Dr. June Zimmer

    Research Scientist
    Dr. June Zimmer is a nationally recognized health educator and researcher, whose work has been funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
    She's been named "One to Watch" on the Most Influential Women in Canada list by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity for her leadership, advocacy and programming directed at improving health outcomes for women and young girls across Canada.
  • Kip Simon

    President / CEO
    Kip is a hub of ideas"bringing to life one of Saskatchewan's most colourful and creative brands, 22Fresh Apparel, and it's subsidiary brand Statrat, a social networking tool for baseball players. Combined, these brands promote the baseball lifestyle like never before.
    Through 22Fresh Apparel and his experiences in using social media as a gateway to reach a broader audience: baseball fans and baseball all-stars all over the world Kip has in turn used those experiences as a business opportunity for Captive Audience, having done work for clients such as SaskTel, Jump.ca and SGI.
  • Ben Voss

    President / CEO
    Ben Voss is one of Saskatchewan's best and brightest for a long list of reasons. He is very modest so it is not easy to convince him to be nominated for awards. Yet, he has been recognized many times in the past; Outstanding Young Alumn (U of S), Outstanding Young Engineer (Engineers of Canada), BDC Young Entrepreneur, Sasktchewan Centennial Medals and many more. He is the President & CEO of MLTC Resource Development, the corporate arm of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. Ben is also a professional engineer (U of S) and was born and raised near Spiritwood on a family farm. His work with MLTC is a shining example of success within First Nations.
  • Brennan Turner

    The deregulation of the CDN Wheat Board in 2012 opened up the opportunity for the development of FarmLead.com by Brennan Turner. FarmLead is a risk-free and transparent online marketplace connecting sellers with buyers of grain that can be utilized by a grain producers, brokers or traders. Brennans aim is to provide sellers with maximum exposure for their grain both in Canada and internationally. His platform lets the power of the Internet do the marketing to a larger and better pool of buyers and sellers with the result being a significantly more efficient, cheaper and reliable way to trade grain.
  • Jennifer Campeau

    Saskatchewan MLA
    Prior to entering politics, Jennifer was an instructor at the University of Saskatchewan as well as a PhD student in the Department of Native Studies. Her research focused on entrepreneurship, economic development, nation building and governance. She also works with the Saskatoon Tribal Council as a Junior Achievement Coordinator.
    Jennifer is going to make history in SK politics. She's an accomplished young woman, mother, politician, who is a great inspiration to not only the aboriginal community but to all those that she comes in contact with.
  • Dr. Ryan Meili

    Saskatoon family physician, Dr. Ryan Meili cares passionately about people and shows it in all he does: in his commitment to progressive goals for a world-wide healthy society, in his dedication and vision for a better world and in his tireless work at the inner-city Westside Clinic in Saskatoon.
    Dr. Meili 'walks the talk'. His book, A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy, (Purich 2012) speaks louder than words. It makes clear who Dr. Meili is.
  • Janice Taylor

    Janice Taylor an under 40 entrepreneur who is striving to shape and change the lives of our Saskatchewan children by creating a website called Just be Friends Kids and the Million Acts of friendship for Saskatchewan schools. Growing up to a single mom, Janice was very much a child of the community. Many of her early experiences were often at the kitchen tables of other people's houses where she was an extra at their dinner table. That Saskatchewan community helped shape who she was to become. Early on, Janice knew she would do something to give back to the community that raised her. That Uplands community was the bedrock to her survival, as such Janice has decided to use her story to inspire others, to create change for families and to support schools. Janice has created Just Be Friends, an interactive platform for families to meet NEW connections and for kids to find NEW friends in their local neighbourhood.
  • Tala Tootoosis

    Student/Motivational Speaker
    Tala is a Plains Cree-Assinaboine, adopted by the Mohawk Longhouse of Akwesasne, Bear clan! She is from Sturgeon Lake First nation, who has been on a mission for the past 8 years, to bring the best of empowering and inspiring messages to many communities all over Canada! She is a recovering addict who struggled with addiction to many substances including Crystal Meth, Crack cocaine, Marijuana and Alcohol.
  • Khurrum Awan

    He is a litigation lawyer with Saskatchewan's leading law firm, MLT, and practices in a broad range of important legal areas, including class actions and constitutional law. Apart from his legal work, Khurrum is a recognized figure in the local and broader Muslim community as a result of his advocacy work in the areas of human rights and civil liberties. His advocacy experience includes testifying before federal parliamentary committees on proposed changes to Canada's citizenship and anti-terrorism laws, advocating on issues of free speech and human rights commissions, and debating a prominent critic of multiculturalism as part of the University of Regina's Open Minds debates on public issues.
  • Marc Kelly

    Marc is working at Kanuka Thuringer LLP in Regina. Marc was added to the partnership at the age of 29, and elected to the management board by his peers the following year. He also chairs an internal committee for community involvement and is a member of an internal committee related to management and recruitment of associate lawyers.
    Marc is also a volunteer at Big Brothers of Regina since 2009. He has been matched with a "little brother" and spends time once every 1 or 2 weeks for a couple of hours. They have also made various trips camping, to Saskatoon, as well as trips to Edmonton doing an assortment of activities.
  • Rachel Mielke

    Jewelry Designer / Entrepeneur
    Rachel Mielke is the creator of Hillberg & Berk designs, manufactures and retails high-end, hand forged jewelry to discerning women and the people who love them. This affordable luxury jewelry strives to create a brand that that is unique and trendsetting within its industry.
    I backed the Regina, SK based Rachel after she very capably endured mindless banter and questions from some of the other Dragons in the studio. (Dragon's Den) Yes the Saskatchewan angle was a hook - but the deal was with a bright young ambitious female entrepreneur who has put heart and soul into her fashion business. She has proven to be a great partner - creative and driven - the business is doing very well.
  • Richard Carnegie

    Double bassist, conductor and educator, Richard Carnegie divides his creative time between playing principal bass with the Saskatoon Symphony and serving as music director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra (SYO). Under his leadership, the SYO program has seen the addition of a chamber orchestra, conducting classes, an annual concerto competition, expanded enrollment and a unique partnership with the University of Saskatchewan Department of Music. In the 2012/2013 season he made his conducting debut with the Saskatoon Symphony. A dedicated teacher, he teaches double bass at the University of Saskatchewan and enjoys a busy private teaching studio.
  • Melissa Fiacco

    PR Specialist
    She is fiery, she is strong and she never backs down from a challenge. Add in a keen wit and almost shocking intelligence, and you have the makings of someone who is going to change the world.
    In terms of accomplishments, Melissa has handled communications for Saskatchewan Fashion Week, and she spent time working in Visitor Services with the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission. However, most importantly, she has been our city's biggest cheerleader and most devoted fan. I don't know if I can adequately explain how huge a role that is.
  • Tomas Sierzycki

    Mayor of LaRonge
    Tomas is one of Canada's youngest elected officials, first elected to town council at age 18 and later elected mayor at 21. He graduated from Churchill High school in LaRonge and continued his education through NORTEP here in LaRonge, graduating with a Bachelor of Education.
  • Jerrod Schafer

    Mayor of Swift Current
    Born and raised in Swift Current, Jerrod is an Investment Advisor and Vice President with National Bank Financial Wealth Management. In 2010, Jerrod was named Top Young Professional in the province by SYPE (Saskatchewan Young Professional & Entrepreneurs Association) and was previously nominated for the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award as Top Young Entrepreneur.
  • Dustin Browne

    Director of Youth Housing
    Dustin's legacy (at a very young age) includes leading the very arduous process to open two residential 'safe-houses' for teen girls in Regina (the first opened 5 years ago). In addition to developing the proposals and relationships to secure funds to create the 'bricks and mortar' of these two properties, an equal amount of energy and skill was dedicated to creating policies and procedures, staff training requirements, and all other areas of related work. After almost five years of dedicated effort, in February 2012, Dustin also opened Saskatchewan's First Emergency Youth Shelter. This shelter provides a safe haven for up to 15 young people nightly and Dustin oversees all day to day operations of the "Downtown Browne's Shelter" as well as all other parts of the agency's housing continuum.
  • Stephen Maguire

    Musician / Organizer
    Stephen Maguire is a singer/ songwriter/ musician who is dedicated to his community. Between touring across Western Canada and in the UK/Europe, writing & recording in Nashville and teaching vocal lessons in Saskatoon, Stephen is committed to giving back to his community and being an ambassador for the province.
    Stephen is quickly becoming known as one of the most diverse entertainers in the province, with his edgy vocals, commanding stage presence and his ability to connect with audiences both young and old. He is constantly representing Saskatchewan on a world stage.
  • Taouba Khelfia

    Taouba is an exceptional young lady that is an inspiration to all. She epitomizes the old fashion idea that others come first and you come second. She lost her dad as a young teenager and assisted her mother at raising her younger siblings. She is currently a final year student at the University of Regina completing her Bachelors of Justice Studies. Last summer she worked as a communication and events coordinator for STOPS To Violence. Through her experience she has hosted interviews on how domestic violence affects various groups in Saskatchewan (e.g. Immigrant and groups with disabilities)
    These are just some of the organizations that Taouba has been involved with.
    This self-less individual never stops giving
  • Evie Sawatzky

    Evie is the founder and director of her own theatre company, Rubarb Productions which is now in it's 8th season in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Her theatre company provides top quality musical entertainment and gives opportunities for professional actors, musicians, and singers from all over our province. Each year Rubarb Productions also engages an ensemble of community performers and emerging artists who have always dreamed of being on the big stage - giving all a chance to shine and learn the craft. Under Evie's leadership, Rubarb Productions has staged full-scale musicals such as Anne of Green Gables, The Wizard of Oz, Phantom, The Sound of Music, Pirates of Penzanze, Beauty and the Beast...and the list goes on.
    In 2009, Evie won the Regina Symphony Orchestra's Singing Star competition and performed to two standing ovations at the Symphony's annual Christmas concert at the Conexus Arts Centre.
  • Christian Braid

    Vice President
    Christian Braid is a partner and Vice President of Braid Flooring and Window Fashions in Saskatoon. In the last five years he has helped introduce new innovative products to the Saskatoon flooring scene.
    His innovative style of "thinking outside the box" has often help lead his management and sales team in a new direction of helping clients out with that sometimes tough renovation or building project. Saskatoon's booming housing and commercial market is what helps fuel Christian's passion and love of the job. It doesn't matter how big the project might be; Christian always welcomes the challenge.
    This year Christian became President and Chair of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. He is the youngest person to hold that title in the Chamber's history. Christian is a relentless promoter of youth and young entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. He believes young people can find the opportunities to succeed in the province through mentorship and strong community support.
  • Salmaan Moolla

    One of the founding members of Campbell Collegiate's business club, with 5 other students and teacher mentors, Mr McFarlen and Ms Holinaty, Salmaan was appointed as the Vice President of Sponsorship and Finance last year and is currently the Vice President of Marketing. This club was established to promote a smart business climate for students. Salmaan was given a special invitation to attend the last ABEX Awards (Saskatchewan Business Awards), as a youth representative. He was very well received by leading business people from all over Saskatchewan. I am certain that this young man will have a very bright future in business.
    Salmaan is a very active youth leader at the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (Regina). He mentors the youth and provides support in keeping with his religious principles. He also leads the group through various sporting activities. Salmaan has been a referee for his local community soccer association in the past.
  • Carrie Catherine

    Singer / Songwriter
    Carrie Catherine and Curtis Olson were living the dream on Vancouver Island when they made the decision to return to Saskatchewan to be nearer to family and help create the place they wanted to live and flourish in. Since moving to Saskatoon, they have worked steadily and fruitfully in fulfilling that mandate. As well as both being musicians (Carrie has recorded 4 full-length CDs), Curtis is an architect and owner of Shift Development Inc. and Carrie is owner of Outloud Music, a professional events and promotions company.
    Both Carrie and Curtis have participated in various forums and discussions in Saskatoon re: moving the city ahead as a cultural capital. Carrie is a member of the Creative City Roundtable and participated in the City of Saskatoon's cultural planning process as a member of their advisory committee.
  • Curtis Olson

    Carrie Catherine and Curtis Olson were living the dream on Vancouver Island when they made the decision to return to Saskatchewan to be nearer to family and help create the place they wanted to live and flourish in. Since moving to Saskatoon, they have worked steadily and fruitfully in fulfilling that mandate. As well as both being musicians (Carrie has recorded 4 full-length CDs), Curtis is an architect and owner of Shift Development Inc. and Carrie is owner of Outloud Music, a professional events and promotions company.
    Both Carrie and Curtis have participated in various forums and discussions in Saskatoon re: moving the city ahead as a cultural capital. Carrie is a member of the Creative City Roundtable and participated in the City of Saskatoon's cultural planning process as a member of their advisory committee.
Meet the Judges

Zarqa Nawaz

Tom Sargeant

In 2007, Zarqa Nawaz created the television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, which premiered to record viewership and became CBC’s highest rated sitcom, running for six seasons, airing a total of 91 episodes. The success of her series ushered in a new era of television in Canada. The show airs in over sixty countries around the world and has garnered many national and international.

Zarqa wrote and directed the award winning documentary Me and the Mosque, which explored encroaching conservatism in North American mosques and ultimately inspired the series Little Mosque on the Prairie.

She has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and a B.A.A in journalism from Ryerson University. She has four children and a husband stashed away in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Zarqa is currently working on a book of comedic essays about growing up Muslim for Harper Collins to be published later in this year

Tom Sargeant is in his 2nd year as Principal of Centennial Collegiate here in Saskatoon. He has been in education for 22 years with 12 years as an administrator. As well, Tom does numerous speaking engagements and presentations on Leadership and Motivating Others.

In his spare time he is entering his 16th year as the Head Football Coach of the Saskatoon Hilltops compiling a record of 139 wins and 23 losses.. They have been very fortunate to have won 7 Canadian Championships over this time in large part to a great coaching staff and motivated Saskatchewan players. Tom is supported by his wife Kris and daughters Macy and Abby!

Things you need to know

  • Nomination period is from March 4 to March 15
  • 40 nominees will be selected by an independent, external panel to be included on CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 list. We will announce the winners during the week of March 18 to March 22 on CBC Radio One's The Morning Edition and CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 & 6.
  • Prizes: Every Future 40 winner will be profiled on CBC Radio One's The Morning Edition or CBC News: Saskatchewan at 5 throughout the week of March 18-22.
    Each Future 40 winner will be invited to an exclusive networking reception on Friday, March 22 from 5-7pm at Flip Eatery and Bistro in Regina. The finalists in attendance will be entered to win additional prizes including a random grand prize draw for one of two iPads!

    All Finalists win:
    • a profile for the Future 40 winner on cbc.ca/sask for one calendar year
    • exclusive rights to use the Future 40 logo and brand for promotional purposes for their business or organization
    • an embossed iPad case
    • a framed Future 40 certificate of recognition
  • Full Rules & Regulations
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