Field Trips

Conference organizers are busy at work planning a few conference field trips in the Saskatoon greater area. Check out our registration page to sign up for any of the 6 following trips:

Please note: field trip registration closes September 14, 2018.

1) Advanced Water Recovery and Reuse Tour 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on October 09, 2018

The Advanced Wastewater treatment and recovery center is located on the NW side of Saskatoon 2 km past SaskTel Center. It is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, however hundreds exist across Canada and USA. This state-of-the-art technology is called an MBR (or Membrane Bio-Reactor) and converts municipal sewage it into clean, recycled water. The equipment is packaged/turn-key and mobile (so can be moved, expanded, etc. to adapt to future land use planning, environmental and population changes). The equipment fits within 40 foot long sea containers, for example a population of 1250 people (350 meters cubed per day) can be treated by a set of 7 containers.

This tour will allow participants to:

  • See how the technology is used to recycle and purify water
  • Understand the health, safety and environmental risks from traditional systems
  • Learn the economic and future analytics benefits

Cost: $30+tax

2) Stone’s Throw Rural– 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on October 09, 2018

Kristen Johannesson of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority will be your guide on a rural experience just a stone’s throw from Saskatoon proper. First stop is lLTA Grain, a leading exporter of quality grains throughout the world with extensive experience in global trade and logistics. They specialize in pulses (lentils, peas, beans and chickpeas), grains/oilseeds and other special crops and have six locations in Saskatchewan and two locations in Manitoba.

A short distance away is award winning Black Fox Farm & Distillery. Join these third generation farmers on their non-traditional operation that now produces award winning spirits and flowers. Hosts John and Barb will share their story as they provide a tour along with cocktails and charcuterie.  On the way back to the Saskatoon Inn, a quick stop at ‘Simply Grounded Coffee’ in Delisle will ready you for an evening of networking with fellow delegates.
Cost: $55+tax

3) Urban Reserves– 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on October 09, 2018

Saskatoon became linked to the phenomenon of urban reserves with the establishment of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation’s Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve in 1988, in the south east neighbourhood of Sutherland.  At the time there were many unknowns and some concern about the implications. Today, the process is well established and procedural, with six urban reserves in the city, one ATR in the surrounding Rural Municipality, and at least 7 other First Nations land holdings held in fee simple in the Saskatoon region, most with plans to convert to reserve.

This tour, led by Shaun Soonias, the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, will visit several of the urban reserves in Saskatoon, including Asimakaniseekan Askiy and the English River Reserve in Grasswood. Participants will learn about the legal structure, economic benefits and history of urban reserve creation, as well as common business models.
Cost $30+tax

4) Small & Medium Enterprise Agri-Business– 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on October 12, 2018

This tour will showcase Saskatchewan agri-business initiatives with opportunities for small and medium size rural enterprises and entrepreneurs. Participants will visit the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility on the University of Saskatchewan campus, to explore modern dairy production systems; POS Bio Sciences, which works with clients to add value in commercial processes such as extraction, concentration and purification of food components for nutraceutical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other industries; and the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre, a commercial incubation centre for food processing to help clients transform a wide variety of agricultural crops into innovative consumer food products such as snack foods, breakfast cereal, pet foods, meat analogues and bio-products.

Cost: $30+tax

5) Wanuskewin– 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on October 12, 2018 

Working to advance the understanding and appreciation of the evolving cultures of the Northern Plains indigenous peoples, Wanuskewin is the living reminder of the peoples’ sacred relationship with the land. A guided tour integrated with program activities such as the ‘step back in time walk’ and tipi raising will provide a rich experience that you will treasure for years to come.

  • Three hours in duration including travel time
  • No refreshments included but First Nations cuisine can be found in the restaurant on site
Cost: $30+tax

6) Arts on the Prairies– 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on October 12, 2018 

The Remai Modern brought Picasso to the Prairies and catapulted Saskatoon to #18 on the New York Times list of 52 places to visit in 2018.  A guided tour of this museum of modern art will also provide a bird’s eye view of Saskatoon’s redeveloping riverfront. Before returning to the hotel, take a short walk to Saskatoon’s premier non-profit organization for youth employment engagement – the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP). Since 2001, SCYAP has met the social, educational and economic needs of youth at risk through arts and cultural programming.
  • Three hours in duration including travel time
  • No refreshments included but a café is located at the Remai

Cost: $30+tax