Calendar of Events

Saskatchewan Indigenous Business Forum – Spotlight on Gravel

  • December 13, 2018
  • Chief’s Chambers – MLTC Building
  • Flying Dust First Nation
  • 8001 Flying Dust Reserve Meadow Lake, SK

Please join the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network and forum host Flying Dust First Nation’s F.D.B. Gravel Inc. at our upcoming Saskatchewan Indigenous Business Forum Spotlight on Gravel.

As you travel throughout Saskatchewan you will have passed a gravel quarry, which sometimes signals that there will be road construction ahead delaying your arrival to the lake!  But not only is stone, sand and gravel a foundation to our daily lives, this industry offers a burgeoning business opportunity for our First Nations economic development corporations.

What goes into building roads, bridges, schools and libraries? What creates the foundation of your home and community? Who are the original rock stars of the SaskTel Centre?

It all begins with stone, sand and gravel. We all use these products virtually every minute of every day. It’s part of the buildings we live and work in, the roads we drive on… even the water we drink is filtered and purified by aggregate. It’s used in everything from paper and paint to chewing gum and household cleansers.

Our forum will focus on the following areas foundational to a successful gravel business:

  • Sector Business Development
  • Gravel Grades
  • Aggregate Equipment Requirements
  • Tendering & Contracts
  • Building relationships with municipal government and the department of highways
  • Tour of F.D.B. Gravel Inc. operations

Our SIBF partner, F.D.B. Gravel Inc. will share their experiences, best practice as well as lessons learned in developing their business.  F.D.B. Gravel Inc. was originally established in 2000 and was created to take advantage of the large aggregate deposits located on Flying Dust First Nation lands. While the primary focus was on the ability to self source the required raw materials for community infrastructure, it quickly moved to fostering employment of community members.  As a natural progression, the business can now target marketing their product to local clientele.

Join the SFNEDN and F.D.B. Gravel Inc. in opening up new markets, relationships and business opportunities for First Nations, municipalities and infrastructure developments.  

SEDA and SFNEDN are excited to co-host our annual gathering of thought leaders and economic development enthusiasts.


  • Finetune Business Attraction with a 90 minute ‘Cold Calling’ seminar hosted by the BDC
  • Regina Warehouse District Distillery & Craft Brewery Tour

MAY 1 – 2, 2019

Features a robust program of plenary and concurrent sessions in three conference tracks:

OPENING KEYNOTE: Economic Outlook with Pierre Cleroux ,Vice President Research and Chief Economist, BDC

TRACK 1 Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Entrepreneurship is not a buzzword. It is an economic development strategy. We need to increase the rate in which our entrepreneurs start companies if we want to increase the number of jobs in our communities.

  • PLENARY: Moni Minhas, President and CEO of Minhas Sask Distillery will share his love affair with Saskatchewan and why he chose to build the biggest distillery in Saskatchewan’s history.
  • Audacity! It’s more than beer and branding. Learn how Regina scaled up its entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Growing entrepreneurship on Main Street.Now, more than ever, place matters. Because where you work is a choice, not a mandate. Are your Main Street businesses building culture, character and a place where people choose to live?
  • How to scale up your community and region. Around the world, regions are starting to thrive because they are activating stakeholders from different sectors to focus on one common goal: promoting growth by more local firms. What steps can we take locally, regionally and provincially in Saskatchewan?
  • Investment ready and entrepreneur friendly! Building a sustainable effective entrepreneurial infrastructure is not for the faint of heart – but a long-term strategy that will pay off for the future of your community and region. How can we rise to this challenge?
  • Leveraging the Federal Government. The Office of Small to Medium Size Business (Government of Canada) is here to help local businesses succeed.  Learn how to access their support to ensure the federal procurement system open to your local small and medium and regionally based businesses.
  • Filling the Management Gaps. Arguably one of the most challenging areas in any organization is Human Resource Management. From hiring and firing to addressing ad hoc demands, what are some potential solutions for municipalities, businesses and non-profits in Saskatchewan.

TRACK 2 Widening the Circle. Social and rural innovation, shared histories and reconciliation, are several examples of how we can expand the circle of who can benefit from economic development efforts.

  • PLENARY: Ken Coates, Research Chair in Regional Innovation with Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy will discuss the scientific and technological innovation necessary to improve quality of life in rural and remote communities as well as the challenging task of creating economic and employment opportunities in a troubled and rapidly changing time.
  • Multigenerational Living. Find out more about Regina’s Orange Tree Village, the first multi-generational care home facility in Saskatchewan.  Orange Tree is leading the charge to advance the senior living industry and improve the care home experience for seniors and their families.
  • Engaging Employers in the Business of Reconciliation.We are all Treaty people. Learn more about a pilot project aimed at raising awareness and providing tools to employers of Saskatchewan for responding to the Calls to Action and Reconciliation.
  • The Future of Pay for Success Financing. Also known as social impact bonds, this session will profile examples of how the private and public sector have collaborated in Saskatchewan to support not-for-profit initiatives and lead the way in social innovation. Is this option the way of the future?
  • Our Shared History: Cross Cultural Trails. Saskatchewan has numerous trails, used pre and post colonization. Today, many are known only to the locals, part of their unique folklore. Is there potential to use this shared history on our journey of healing and reconciliation? Can these trails bridge the past and form authentic tourism offerings?
  • Attracting Immigrant Entrepreneurs. Scaling up the entrepreneurship ecosystem means 1) more business growth and 2) successful business succession efforts. Find out more about the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (for Entrepreneurs) and its success rate in rural communities.

TRACK 3 Reimagining Opportunities. Our place based assets form the basis for opportunities in housing, tourism, cultural industries and more.  How can we strengthen these assets and use data to drive our efforts in attracting new investment?

  • PLENARY: Business Opportunities and Job Creation: Taking Cannabis to the Next Level
  • Pros & Cons of Open Space Economic Development.Economic Development Regina made the decision to go open space(literally) in 2018.  EDR will share the ‘why’ behind their recent move to co-working space and how this relates to their mission as Regina’s economic development authority.
  • Placemaking as a Driver.Leaders are seeking new approaches for place-based economic development to harness creativity and foster collaboration within and across communities. We will look at some existing examples and unexplored potential.
  • Leveraging the industrial ecosystem. Leveraging the industrial ecosystem. Instead of depending on a narrow industry view for cluster development, Economic Development Regina with support from several private and public partners, examined how related sectors are essential to expansion of an “industrial ecosystem” or a “cluster” – and how they could benefit from being part of a broader strategy. Discover how this can translate to your community or region.
  • Rural is Regional.Regardless of structure and whether communities have come together voluntarily or have been mandated by a higher power, regions are essential to the future of rural communities in Canada. Discover how regions and trade corridors in Alberta are making a difference in the future of their rural communities.
  • Data driven economic development.Market area analysis is the foundation of investment attraction efforts and the requisite to building a case for any new business. What is the right data; how can you find it; what is available free of charge; and what is not – and how do you form a business case for your community or business base.

Additional Activities:

  • April 30 – May 2, 2019
  • Ramada Plaza
  • Regina, SK
  • Phone: (306) 569-1444
  • Quote Room Code CGSEDR