Who Are We?

The Saskatoon Industry-Education Council (SIEC) is a bridge between Saskatchewan’s career opportunities and Saskatoon area youth. Through a partnership among business, secondary and post-secondary schools, unique hands-on career exploration events and programs are designed and delivered to students, helping them find a career that connects their passion and natural talents with current and future workforce needs.

Last year, the SIEC worked with 30,000 youth, 1,600 educators and career practitioners, and over 1000 business and post-secondary representatives to co-create 40 programs and events. Over the last five years, more than 60,000 youth took part in SIEC programs and events. To achieve its vision of a community of shared responsibility, preparing youth for quality careers, the SIEC plays the role of career information conduit between students and employers.

The Saskatoon Industry-Education Council (SIEC) is a non-profit organization working with three school divisions (Saskatoon Public, Greater Saskatoon Catholic and Prairie Spirit), the Saskatoon Tribal Council, community-based organizations, government agencies and employers.

Our Team

The SIEC is governed by a visionary board of directors composed of representatives from business, secondary and post-secondary education, government, and industry associations.

Community partnerships and career exploration activities are built and administered by a diverse staff of permanent and contract employees led by Executive Director Janet Uchacz-Hart, a former teacher and career facilitator.

Our Community

Our community of shared responsibility is made possible through a growing list of participating youth and collaborators from education, industry, and government who contribute to SIEC capacity with investments of time, talent, goods, services and finances.

The organizations below are key partners with the SIEC, facilitating connections and partnerships within their sectors:

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
  • City of Saskatoon
  • Gabriel Dumont Technical Insititute
  • Government of Canada
  • Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools
  • Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of the Immigration and Career Training
  • Prairie Spirit School Division
  • Radius Community Centre
  • Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
  • Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
  • Saskatchewan Construction Association
  • Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association
  • Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
  • Saskatchewan Mining Association
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council
  • Saskatoon Construction Association
  • Saskatoon Public Schools
  • Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority
  • Saskatoon Tribal Council
  • SaskTech Working Group
  • Skills Canada Saskatchewan
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • WorkSafe Saskatchewan

Our Board of Directors

*Denotes Executive Committee

Education (K-12 and Post-Secondary)

Paul McTavish

Prairie Spirit School Division

Mike Hallgrimson

Prairie Spirit School Division

Brent Hills*

Saskatoon Public Schools

Tammy Chief

Saskatoon Public Schools

Terri Fradette*

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Kent Muench

Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Michelle Blackmon

Saskatoon Tribal Council

Terry Seto

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Kim Matheson

University of Saskatchewan

Jeff Ritter

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

Tresa Reinhardt

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Sector and Industry Representation 

Alysha Robb*

Saskatchewan Health Authority

Mark Dick*

ESTI Consulting

Lisa Mooney


Brad Compton

Workers Compensation Board

Cara Bahr* (Chair)


Derek Lothian

Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan

Janis Dubreuil

Allan Construction

Loy Gursky

Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association

Government (non-voting)

Scott Summach

Ministry of Trade and Export Development

Travis Ward

Ministry of Immigration and Career Training