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  • 03 Jan 2019 12:35 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Thank you everyone who has supported us. 2018 was a blast!

    Most importantly, thank you to our SYPE members! You made this one of our best year’s to date! You supported 17 events this year, helped us to expand our board to fifteen people and gave away some well-deserved awards at our Silver Spades awards – congratulations again Tyler Willox (ISC, Regina) and Alisha Esmail (Road Coffee, Saskatoon)!

    Next, we have some amazing sponsors to thank: Conexus, the Government of Saskatchewan, Information Services Corporation (ISC), Marsh and Nutrien. Thanks too, to our board for all of their work both in front of and behind the scenes, and to all of the amazing venues who housed SYPE events this year. Shout outs go to The Saskatoon Club, Cathedral Social Hall, Drift, Congress, The Hose & Hydrant and The Capitol.

    We also partnered with two great Saskatoon businesses. Co Labs, SYPE Saskatoon and IEEE put on a young professional’s mixer in November which had a huge turnout and Westcap came out to talk about the Saskatchewan marketplace, venture capital and investment sectors.

    2019 is SYPE Saskatoon's 20th anniversary! We are bursting at the seams with new ideas and can't wait to get started. The executive plans to have a strategy session in January to set the year’s agenda, and we’re always open to ideas and suggestions from you, our members!

    Stay tuned for an exciting year full of even more engagement, connection and inspiration!

    Happy New Year!



  • 07 Dec 2018 12:59 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Please be sure to read the candidate bios found in the blog posts below.  Candidates are listed below in the order that they spoke at the SYPE Elections Night on Thursday, December 6:

    New Board Candidates:

    - Spencer Krieger
    - Cody Podhordeski
    - Caitlyn Phirbny
    - Stephen Yee
    - Dustin Wagner

    Returning Board Members (Vote of Confidence):

    - Colton Daniels
    - Shayla Romanyshyn
    - Roxanne Olynyk
    - Anna Burton
    - Matthew Bennett

    All SYPE Members will receive an email with instructions on how to vote.  Only SYPE Members are able to vote for the SYPE Saskatoon Board.

    Best of luck to all candidates!

  • 07 Dec 2018 12:56 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    I am a Financial Advisor in downtown Saskatoon for the past 2.5 years since graduating from Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan. I pride myself on educating individuals, families and business owners in Saskatoon and the surrounding area on becoming financially intelligent. This has allowed me to meet many great people that have facilitated the growth in my business. In my spare time, I volunteer with the Holy Cross High School Senior Football Team as an assistant coach. Staying involved and giving back to the community has and always will be a passion of mine.

    Spencer is a candidate for a 2 year term on the SYPE Saskatoon Board.


  • 07 Dec 2018 12:54 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    As the Professional Business Specialist for Conexus Credit Union, I support local businesses and business professionals with customized strategies to enhance their financial well-being. I am very passionate about networking, business development and am an advocate for continued personal development within myself and others. I was raised in a family business that dealt with intensive livestock supply to the international markets, which is where my engagement with professionals and entrepreneurs began. After leaving the farm to pursue my own career I furthered my business knowledge and personal development through private mentorship from successful local, regional, and international entrepreneurs and executives. Having honed my skills in sales, marketing, networking and events planning over the years through various roles and volunteer organizations, I am excited for the opportunity to represent Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs in and around Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.  I believe SYPE’s focus, and presence in our community is crucial and I would be honored to be part of the team that aids in its development and growth over the coming years.

    Cody is a candidate for a 2 year term on the SYPE Saskatoon Board.

  • 07 Dec 2018 12:53 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Hi! I’m Caitlyn and I’m excited to be a new member of SYPE in all capacities, though I hope to be a new board member as well! I am very new to Saskatoon, having relocated from Northwestern Ontario in November 2018 with my Saskatoon-born fiancé. Being new I’m excited to engage in the community, meet people, and find a way to contribute and experience it all. I graduated from the University of Guelph with a B. Comm in Marketing Management and have spent the last few years working in Economic Development focusing on assessing and reacting to human capital needs primarily in health care. I have experience working in the not-for-profit sector as well, building skill sets in event management, volunteer coordination, media and communications, and various roles within HR, among others. With my newcomer status I come with the extra advantage of a new point-of-view for the SYPE, with experience working with another young professional association. My ideal focus for SYPE would be on opportunity for members to access and gain professional development. A little about me outside of the professional side - in my spare time I love nothing more than hanging out with my fiancé and our rescue pupper, Shadow. Together we’re the ideal (or our ideal at least) mix of old souls and new millennials; from our love of game night and cooking together to over-parenting our dog and farmers market strolls. We’re excited to get out and explore the city more and all it has to offer!

    Caitlyn is a candidate for a 2 year term on the SYPE Saskatoon Board.

  • 07 Dec 2018 12:52 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Stephen Yee is a Product Owner at Zu, a digital products and services firm in Saskatoon. Prior to that, he spent two and a half years in a communications role at Canpotex Limited, where he used a variety of digital and print channels to help the company drive its messaging in domestic and international markets. While at Canpotex, he also had the opportunity to help plan many events across Canada and in Europe and Asia. While completing his B.Comm. at Edwards School of Business, Stephen also spent a couple of years gaining some great experience in the insurance industry. If elected, Stephen would look to help promote opportunities for young professionals in the local tech industry.

    Stephen is a candidate for a 2 year term on the SYPE Saskatoon Board.


  • 07 Dec 2018 12:50 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Dustin Wagner works for Wood Canada as a Junior Project Buyer and hopes to continue to live and build on his career in Saskatoon.  He completed his Bachelor of Commerce and continues to mentor and coach student run organizations at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dustin has a passion for networking and connecting like-minded individuals and strives to bring that passion to SYPE as it enters its 20th anniversary year. 

    Dustin is a candidate for a 2 year term on the SYPE Saskatoon Board.

  • 07 Dec 2018 12:48 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Colton is a Saskatoon local who has lived in the city for most of his life. During the day he help clients navigate their finances as an investment advisor for CIBC Wood Gundy. With his background as a CPA with five years’ experience working at a mid-size accounting firm he is well versed in personal and corporate tax to better serve his clients. In his free time you can find him on the squash courts at the YMCA where he has played since he was a junior or curled up with a good book. He also lends his expertise to various Boards and has given seminars on financial literacy for Junior Achievement.

    Colton is a current Board Member and will rejoin the SYPE Saskatoon Board for a 2-year term provided SYPE Members approve his position with a Vote of Confidence

  • 07 Dec 2018 12:47 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Shayla Romanyshyn is the Communications Coordinator for Westcap Mgt. Ltd., Fund Manager for Golden Opportunities Fund, Saskatchewan’s first Provincial Retail Venture Capital Fund.  Shayla has over 7 years of experience in the client services and customer relations industry.  She focuses on public relations and with her strong communication and customer service skills, she plays a key role in expanding Golden Opportunities Fund’s investor base by providing the highest quality of service to its wide range of clientele and partners. Shayla is also highly involved in her community, currently sitting on the Board of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Saskatoon, a past Director of the Saskatoon Triathlon Club, and an advocate for youth through her years of involvement with the Big Brother Big Sisters of Saskatoon and Area as a Big Sister. Shayla also enjoys and is an active participant in various other organizations and fundraisers within her community.  Shayla has always called Saskatoon home and It’s where she was born, raised and currently resides.

    Shayla is a current Board Member and will rejoin the SYPE Saskatoon Board for a 2-year term provided SYPE Members approve her position with a Vote of Confidence.

  • 07 Dec 2018 12:45 PM | Tessa Lennox (Administrator)

    Currently a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Roxanne is an Accountant.  As explained in Roxanne's speech, accountants are important to have as Board Members!

    Roxanne is a current Board Member and will rejoin the SYPE Saskatoon Board for a 2-year term provided SYPE Members approve her position with a Vote of Confidence.

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