• 07 Dec 2017 10:17 AM | Kyle Drever (Administrator)

    Ilkin is an Associate Consultant at the Private Wealth Management firm which serves High Net Worth clients. He has graduated from University of Saskatchewan in 2016 with great distinction. He has worked in a number of positions, such as Assistant Asset Manager at SaskPower and tutor for Finance and Accounting classes at Edwards School of Business. Over the years he has gained extensive knowledge and experience in administrative and financial matters. In 2018, Ilkin will be writing the final, Level 3, exam for his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, camping, fishing and volunteering for the local communities.

  • 07 Dec 2017 10:12 AM | Kyle Drever (Administrator)

    My name is Jordana. I am from Saskatoon - born & raised - but I lived abroad for a while, taking positions in Mexico & New Zealand but then returning home to pursue my post-secondary education.

    I am a recent Edwards School of Business graduate (majored in Marketing, minored in Finance -- also achieved the Advanced Global Business Stream designation). During my tenure at the U of S, I was heavily involved in a variety of student groups, including:  

    I now work at Vendasta as a Business Development Representative and look forward to growing with the company as they continue to shatter records & take on the global tech space. 

    From this position, I am looking to network with other local professionals that enjoy going above and beyond just the day-to-day mundane activities of adulthood, and to be apart of a team that looks to bring new ideas & events to young professionals in Saskatoon. 

  • 25 Jan 2017 4:43 PM | Kyle Drever (Administrator)

    Hello SYPE Members,

    Please say hello to your SYPE Saskatoon Board for 2017:

    President - Kyle Drever (

    Vice President Internal - Ian Braaten (

    Vice President External - Andrey Kharitonov (

    Treasurer and Finance Chair - Nicole Meester (

    Secretary - Joseph Gill (

    Chair of Events - Kasmet Niyongabo (

    Chair of Corporate Connections  - Matthew Bennett (

    Anna Burton (

    Roxanne Olynyk (

    Katherina Lebedeva (

    Mark Feader (

    Student Board Member - Adam Zbitniff (

    Past President - Nathan Rhodes (

    As always, please do not hesitate to contact any of us with any question, concern, or comment you may have. 

  • 08 Dec 2016 8:57 AM | Kyle Drever (Administrator)

    Let's meet the candidates in order of their nominations:

    Name: Erin Holm

    Company: City of Saskatoon

    Position: Communications Consultant, Corporate Performance

    Bio: I have worked in a number of industries, from construction to professional sport in marketing and communications roles for over a decade. Originally an Alberta girl, I came to Saskatoon to complete my MBA back in 2011 and have yet to leave. I find this City to be quite progressive, exciting and a great place for young professionals and entrepreneurs to make an impact. Currently, I am on my second and final year on the IABC Saskatoon board of directors as sponsorship co-chair and would be very interested in joining the SYPE board to assist with marketing, communications and any other roles you feel I may suit.

    Name: Roxanne Olynyk

    Company: MNP

    Position: Accountant specializing in Agriculture

    Bio: Roxanne is a designated professional with MNP LLP in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Specializing in serving the agriculture sector, Roxanne assists a wide variety of agricultural clients including grain farmers, dairies, feedlots, cooperatives, land owners and land renters, to name a few. Working closely with clients Roxanne assists in all areas of their business including audits, financial statements and tax compliance, agriculture insurance programs, as well as exit and succession planning. Roxanne recently became designated as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the University of Regina. In her spare time Roxanne enjoys motivating others as a spin instructor. She enjoys anything active and considers herself an athletic enthusiast. In particular she enjoys beach and indoor volleyball, yoga, and running in addition to cycling. Roxanne also loves to travel any time she is able to get away and has been to Europe, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean.

    Name: Brianne Mahon

    Company: Envirotec Services Inc.

    Title: Marketing Strategist

    Bio: Brianne is a Marketing Strategist at Envirotec Services Inc., a leading environmental and industrial services provider. In this role she specializes in marketing strategy, digital marketing and sponsorship management. Brianne has ten years of design and event planning experience and has served on the organizing committees for both the Canadian Mining Games and the World Mining Competition. She has previously served a term as an active Board Member of the Downtown Business Improvement District and is currently a mentor and coach for the Edwards JDC West Business Strategy Team. Brianne is a self-proclaimed coffee addict, dog lover and travel enthusiast.

    Name: Aygul Aliyeva

    Title: Master in Tourism, Heritage and Development

    Bio: My name is Aygul Aliyeva. I'm a SYPE member and would like to be on the SYPE Executive. As we enter the New Year and set our goals for the next 12 months, many of us want to make a difference in our lives, careers and ensure our skills stand out for all the right reasons. I am a graduate of Glasgow University of the UK with Masters degree in Tourism, Heritage, and Development, and have several years of event and marketing coordination experience. After marriage, I moved to Saskatoon and I want to be an active member of this community. Since I'm not working I have plenty of time and knowledge to carry this responsibility. I'm enthusiastic to run Event Manager role as a part of the Board of Directors.

    Name: Anna Burton

    Company: Children's Hospital Foundation

    Title: Special Events Manager

    Bio: As the Special Events Manager for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Anna has the pleasure of working with many volunteers, sponsors, and community leaders to drive the success of three internal special events throughout Saskatchewan. Anna has experience working on several committees in the city, including a term as Chair of the NSBA 2.0 in 2014, which is responsible for serving their 2.0, or young, membership. For fun, Anna likes to play team sports of all kinds, enjoys camping, traveling and hanging out with other people‘s dogs. Anna is interested in joining the SYPE executive to help ensure that Saskatoon’s young professionals have a fun and engaging presence in our community.

    Name: Matthew Bennett

    Company: McKercher LLP

    Title: Lawyer

    Bio: Matthew is born and raised in Saskatoon. He spent most of his youth dancing and competing at Brenda’s School of Baton and Dance. He completed his undergrad in Finance at the Edwards School of Business in 2012 before completing his J.D. at the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Matthew is a junior associate at McKercher LLP in Saskatoon. He carries on a general practice and is a member of McKercher’s Entrepreneur Practice Group as well as its Resource Practice Group. Matthew has sat on numerous Boards including the World Mining Competition and JDC West, among others. Currently he is a Director for Enactus Saskatchewan, a student organization working to create a better and more sustainable Saskatchewan. One of Matthew’s passions is politics. He has a long career of canvassing and working campaigns as well as serving as constituency president for a major Saskatchewan political party. Matthew through his active SYPE membership, has enjoyed and benefited greatly from SYPE’s events. If elected Matthew believes that his skills in event planning, governance, and advocacy will contribute to building and enhancing SYPE’s ability to connect Saskatchewan’s Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs

  • 15 Nov 2016 8:55 AM | Kyle Drever (Administrator)

    Annual Christmas Mixer, Board Speeches and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

    December 8th Starting @ 4:30 pm

    Come on out for a post-November / pre-January / post-work / pre-Christmas party drink at The Grazing Goat (210 20th St). This event is free and open to all SYPE members and prospective members.  Board speeches begin at 5:30pm with the SYPE Provincial AGM to follow. Please refer to the attached SYPE Provincial notice for details regarding the SYPE AGM. 

    SYPE Notice and Information Circular - 2016 AGM (R1826620).pdf

    Voting will be open for one week after speeches. Active SYPE Members are the only ones who can cast a vote. 

    SYPE SASKATOON has three board openings

    Want to be on the SYPE Executive? There are 3 available positions on our 2016 Board of Directors. If you would like to apply, follow these 3 simple steps:

    1) Throw your hat into the ring: you have to officially declare you will be running for a board position to

    2) Include a short bio with your declaration

    3) On Dec. 8th, show up at the SYPE election event and give a short speech in front the of SYPE members as to why you think you should be elected to the board.

    Deadline to declare is November 30th, 2016 and the speeches / mixer are on December 8th.  Questions?  Email us at

  • 09 Nov 2016 2:53 PM | Kyle Drever (Administrator)

    SYPE Saskatoon will have three open board seats and three board members up for re-election. What this means for our members is you can submit your application to SYPE at to nominate yourself for one of the three open board seats. Election speeches will be held at First Friday on December 2nd (roughly starting around 5:15). Voting occurs for one week following speeches. Location forthcoming. 

    In your application, please include:

    First & Last name:



    Short bio (please keep it to one paragraph, so real short):

    Also, keep in mind SYPE board members must be under the age of 35 before starting their board term (we have to keep the Young in some fashion). 

    If you have any questions about being a SYPE board member, positions on the board, the election process, or about SYPE in general, please email Kyle at


  • 06 Nov 2015 4:29 PM | Anonymous
    The University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office (ILO) annual business plan competition is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to launch their technology-based business idea. Tech Venture Challenge is open to anyone with a University of Saskatchewan affiliation -employees, researchers, students and alumni - who want to take their technology idea and translate it into a business.

    More information at the University of Saskatchewan website here:

  • 04 Nov 2015 6:42 PM | Anonymous

    SYPE is Saskatchewan’s foremost network of young professionals and entrepreneurs.  Through a variety of events, SYPE provides opportunities for its membership to connect with diverse members of the community, engage with new ideas and professional development opportunities and be inspired by the talent and successes of its membership.  As an events based organization, SYPE is looking for a dedicated volunteer marketing coordinator to manage, promote and oversee daily marketing efforts. Please apply here by October 15th. 

  • 25 Mar 2015 8:04 PM | Erik Frederiksen

    Thanks to all of the students who came out to Louis' Lofts on March 25th for a Speed Networking session with the SYPE board.  Thanks to Nelson Vo for organizing the event, and his inspirational performance as emcee.

    See the photos on Facebook!

  • 23 Feb 2015 8:40 PM | Erik Frederiksen

    Thank you everyone for voting in the SYPE Saskatoon 2015 Vote! And a special thank you to all the candidates for volunteering their time to be on the board.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for being new members on the Board:

    Amy Gill - Amy comes to us from Toronto where she worked in marketing and development for a little car company called Porsche. She played a fundamental role in developing the Porsche luxury brand in Canada and was successful in driving revenue for both local and national automotive dealers by introducing digital products and customer acquisition strategies. A self-proclaimed vegetarian foodie, Amy's interests range from science, tech, fashion, non-profits and youth initiatives. An avid traveler, she's lived in Australia and India while finishing her Bachelor of Arts, with a minor in Biomedical Sciences, at York University.

    Kyle Drever - I grew up in Saskatoon for the school year and the summers were spent, like any good Saskie kid, enjoying the lake life.  Many influences from my childhood lead me to choose the path of Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, where I not only dedicated my time to my studies, but also volunteered for Engineers Without Borders and as a referee for Campus Rec.
    After graduating with my Bachelors in Chemical Engineering in 2007, I followed the migration of my class to Alberta, where I worked as a process consulting engineer for an environmental/process consulting firm called Sulphur Experts. The life of a consultant can be glamorous and horrendous, as many who have worked in the field can attest. I traveled all over the world, worked with many cultures and climates, saw the sights/sites, solved their problems and flew off into the sunset (Consulting Cowboy).
    In 2013, I decided it was time to deepen my understanding of the business behind... well, business, so I went back to school for an MBA. Through many events which worked in my favour, I ended up at Queen's University and I did not regret my time there in the least. In addition to my Masters studies:
    With an MBA in hand and a new-found love for the entrepreneur scene, I have returned to Saskatoon and found a group of people with my similar feelings toward new ventures, start-ups and entrepreneurship. The energy, excitement and dedication from this group called SYPE has inspired me to run for the board and I will give it my all to live up to the high standard the current board has set.

    We also want to congratulation Joe Gill and Ian Braaten for their successful renewal! We look forward to their valuable contribution in their 2nd term on the SYPE Saskatoon Board.

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