Executive Director

The Saskatchewan Association of Automotive Repairers Inc. (SAAR) is a non-profit organization of automotive repairers and associated firms whose concerns are the promotion and development of automotive collision repair industry, while providing quality, affordable service to the motoring public. For more information on SAAR, please visit their website at http://www.s-a-a-r.com/index


The Executive Director, reporting to the SAAR Board of Directors, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association including general office management and the achievement of the goals and objectives outlined by the Board. The ideal candidate will be goal-oriented who likes a challenge with strong organizational and communication skills. Working independently, the incumbent will be responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with SGI, the Government of Saskatchewan, and auto body shops across Saskatchewan to accomplish SAAR’s mission and objectives and their continuous liability to its members.

This would be a great fit for someone who is an outgoing, personable person who has the ability to build relationships with their members and stakeholders. This is a part time, home based role with expected travel within Saskatchewan.


  • Maintain a cordial relationship with SGI management and staff to initiate and collaborate with all parties in planning and organizing communications and meetings
  • Acts as an advocate for SAAR, continuing to build awareness and promote public image
  • Ability to maintain/increase membership from shops as well as associate members
  • Assist members in their day-to-day dealings with SGI
  • Initiate and maintain a strong relationship with the Government of Saskatchewan and the ministry responsible for SGI
  • Plan and organize association meetings (annual meeting, executive meetings & special meetings) to address where fees are going, engagement, getting people on board etc.
  • Work with Secretary to make sure the time of association and executive meetings are recorded and filed
  • Ensure memberships are invoiced, paid, and recorded annually by working with treasurer to maintain a complete list of association members
  • Encourage ethical business and standards by maintaining electronic files of relevant association business
  • Acknowledge industry partners and promote good working relationships to assist the association in advancing and promoting educational opportunities for SAAR’s members



  • Successful experience in management, sales or similar
  • Proven experience with positive individual results
  • Ability to work in an independent environment
  • Experience being the face of the organization including public relations, networking, and social events
  • Able to understand and use technology, including proficient use of Microsoft suite

Skills & Competencies:

  • Ability to work independently, without supervision
  • Positive relationship building skills, trustworthy, and value driven
  • Strong business acumen, able to plan and strategize
  • Self-driven, with strong multi-tasking skills with the ability to prioritize
  • Dynamic and versatile communication skills including written, verbal and presentation
  • Strong negotiation skills

Personal Attributes:

Confident, personable, goal-oriented, motivated, independent, innovative

To apply, please contact Nicole Sebastian directly at nicole@essencerecruitment.ca or call 306.652.5209. Applications will be accepted until August 25, 2017. We thank all that apply however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the Province’s only polytechnic and the primary institution for postsecondary applied education and research. Proudly sharing land located in the homeland of the Metis people and on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territory, we serve more than 26,000 students through campuses located in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers more than 150 certificate diploma and degree programs, including two collaborative baccalaureate degree programs and a collaborative master’s degree program, basic education and academic upgrading, credit and non-credit extension courses, apprenticeship training, televised, hybrid, online, distance and offcampus programming. Our programs are led by a most accomplished and innovative faculty. As a member of Polytechnics Canada, we are committed to offering a broad range of educational experiences that are student-centered and industry responsive.

Our people are key to our success – the role of AVP, Information Technology is to guide and lead an exceptional ITS team in their commitment to our students, services and shared strategic priorities.
As a member of the administrative services council and the senior leadership team, this position plays a key role in administrative leadership and strategic planning across the institution. With a budget of over $10 million, the AVP, Information Technology leads a team comprised of over 80 full-time staff across four campuses in Saskatchewan.
This a great fit for someone with demonstrated leadership in the development and alignment of information technology/strategies, policies, opportunities, initiatives, and services. This person will be collaborative and have excellent relationship building skills, bringing people of all levels together, as well as possessing extensive knowledge and future vision of leveraging information and technology to support of our mandate, mission and goals.

Education and Experience:
• A post-secondary degree in information technology or related field supplemented with business and/or management training.
• Ten years in a leadership role.
• Familiarity with the higher education would be an asset.
• Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered

Competencies and Skills:
• Collaborate with executive leadership and lead the development of the Information Technology strategy and roadmap, ensuring its integration with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic strategic planning process and the resulting business strategy and plans.
• Provide leadership related to latest information technology opportunities, platforms, solutions and initiatives respond to and enable the Saskatchewan Polytechnic strategy.
• Participates in and contributes to the assessment of technology opportunities and threats, and internal technology capabilities required to support of Saskatchewan Polytechnic overall goals and objectives.
• Develop and maintain an IT workforce with the appropriate skills and competencies ensuring the core IT functions are reliable, stable and efficient.
• Foster and support strategic and working partnerships with Saskatchewan Polytechnic technology consumers such as Learning Technologies ensuring a collaborative and consistent alignment of technology plans and initiatives.
• Demonstrates an ability to communicate with clarity and impact in a wide variety of settings.
• Demonstrates a high level of focus on client service, setting priorities based on client needs and continuously seeking ways to meet and exceed client expectations.
• Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively within a team, and with individuals throughout the organization, to achieve optimal results.
• Demonstrates proficiency in the knowledge and skills specific to the position and uses expertise to serve the objectives of both the department and organization as a whole.
• Demonstrates the promotion of a workplace where diversity in background, thought and practice is welcomed and valued.
• A demonstrated ability to (a) recognize internal and external patterns and trends in the organization’s environment (b) understand the organization’s capabilities and then (c) use this knowledge to develop strategies that ensure the organization’s success.
• Demonstrates an ability to identify patterns or connections that may not be obvious and identify key or underlying issues in order to offer explanations, resolve problems or identify solutions.
• Encourages self and others to challenge conventional practices, employing information from unusual sources and generating innovative ways of doing business that improve outcomes.

For further information or to apply contact Essence Recruitment: Joanne Oliver: 306-652-5209 / www.essencerecruitment.ca / joanne@essencerecruitment.ca Applications remain open until position filled.

VP of Marketing and Customer Experience

Prairie Meats is a Saskatchewan-owned company established in 1983 that has built an enviable reputation for personalized service and quality products. With locations in Regina and Saskatoon, they are the leaders in the retail and food service markets for Saskatchewan. For further information on the organization go to prairiemeats.ca

Position Summary

The VP Marketing and Customer Experience will serve as an integral member of the team.  Reporting to the President and CEO, this individual will be responsible in the areas of:

°         Development of a marketing and service plan that will provide a focused view of the customer in the marketing actions and strategies that Prairie Meats LP needs to take.

°         Engage and direct the entire sales and retail departments to support strategic direction and alignment of business plans with organizational objectives.

°         Strategically analyzing the core products and determining relevancy within the Prairie Meats brand.

This is a great fit for someone who has been in a SR. Marketing role within the food industry, is motivated by challenge and is looking to be part of a collaborative team and being instrumental in successfully achieving their growth strategies.

Key Accountabilities

  • Develop annual forward-thinking marketing and service plan in support of organizational strategy and objectives. This includes defining what the customer values and where to make marketing investments for the highest impact and return on investment that benefits Prairie Meats LP.
  • Direct implementation and execution of marketing and service policies and practices, including development and distribution of all marketing material/collateral.
  • Ensure marketing communications are coordinated, support marketing plan objectives and meet organizational expenditure requirements in conjunction with the Director of Sales and the Director or Retail.
  • Manage the overall marketing budget, the approval of programs and provide reoccurring reconciliation and variance reports. The goal is to optimize marketing spend to deliver optimal customer experience to generate growth.
  • Consolidate Prairie Meats LP’s sales forecasting, which includes:

◦  Analyzing all  core products, determining relevancy and costs effects

◦  Linking it to marketing activities

◦  Working with the Directors on sales plans and activities to drive sales

  • Develop and manage pricing structures, which includes:

◦  Analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of sales, methods costs and results;

◦  Working with the VP Operations and VP Finance to understand product costs; and

◦  Working with the Director of Sales and the Director of Retail to ensure the right pricing mix and strategy is employed.

  • Provide leadership in the development of joint ventures, affiliations and partnership arrangements. This includes developing strategic partnerships that support our brand equality and amplify Prairie Meats LP’s message.
  • Provide leadership and support for the design, development and implementation of products and service lines
  • Oversee and direct market research, competitor analysis, product offering, and customer service and retention monitoring processes and initiatives. This includes creating accountability around the data and metrics that are relevant to the customer and the business.  These metrics are leveraged to optimize the experience and continue to generate customer growth.
  • Build, develop and manage marketing and customer service teams capable of carrying out needed marketing and service strategies.
  • Lead by example and hold the sales and retail management to the highest levels of professionalism to maintain excellent brand image and superb customer service inside and outside of the organization. This includes promoting a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

Experience and Education

  • Post Secondary Education certificate or diploma in marketing, business administration or similar
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in the marketing field with substantial experience at the senior executive leadership level. Food Industry experience is ideal.
  • A combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be considered
  • Proven experience developing, implementing and following thru on successful marketing brand strategies and programs.
  • Proven experience in change management
  • Managed budgets and expenses along with the ability to manage margins
  • Proficient experience with Microsoft Office
  • Valid Drivers’ License

Skills and Competency Requirements

  • Collaborative leadership skills to motivate, coach, mentor and train staff in cross-functional teams
  • Ability to build a strong team of employees, identify gaps in performance and implement needed corrective actions to achieve goals that positively impact the company
  • Marketing attribution skills, innovative, able to see the big picture while taking in account of all the details
  • Excellent decision making skills at the strategic level, analytical
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to develop reports for, make presentations to and communicate with all levels both internal and external to the company
  • Ability to effectively apply organizational, time-management, computer and mathematical skills
  • Focused on achieving results and is processed oriented

Prairie Meats prides themselves in offering challenging and rewarding careers where employees are able to focus on quality, customer service and teamwork. They offer competitive salary, along with benefits and employee perks.  Does this sound like a great fit for you?

Contact Tracy Arno directly at Essence Recruitment for further details or to apply.

tracy@essencerecruitment.ca 306.652.5209/306.290.5646 www.essencerecruitment.ca