Benchmark Press book explores history of OSAC

Today, the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC) provides citizens outside Saskatchewan’s major urban centres unparalleled access to the arts.

Learn more about the visionaries who used culture to develop a sense of community spirit across the province in the book HOW IT ALL BEGAN: The Story of the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils 1968-1987. Author Lynn Gidluck explores the organization’s Estevan roots through extensive research and interviews with key influencers.

The book retails for $20 and is available at www.benchmarkpress.ca/bookstore.

When it was founded in 1948, the Saskatchewan Arts Board was one of the many innovative policy initiatives of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) government led by Tommy Douglas. The idea for the board originated with David Smith, Director of Adult Education in the Saskatchewan Department of Education. Smith was assisted in developing the Arts Board by prominent Saskatchewan artists such as painter Ernest Lindner, University of Saskatchewan drama professor Emrys Jones and University of Saskatchewan English professor Carlyle King. Eleven other men and women joined Smith, Jones, King, and Lindner as the first board members. Modelled after the British Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board was the first organization of its kind to be established in North America.

Smith was determined that the Arts Board would not be a government committee or an advisory board to civil servants. While it would still answer to the provincial government, it was to be an arms-length board with its own budget. Government representatives, leaders in the fields of art, and ordinary citizens could all be found on the board. Care was also taken to ensure that they came from across the province, not just from Saskatoon and Regina.

 

SaskEnergy Rate Review report published

It was Benchmark’s pleasure to work alongside the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel on the creation of the SaskEnergy Rate Review report, which was released on Tuesday.

The Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel advises the Government of Saskatchewan on rate applications proposed by SaskEnergy, SaskPower and the SGI Auto Fund. The Panel reviews each application and provides an independent public report stating its opinion about the fairness and reasonableness of the rate change, while balancing the interests of the customer, the Crown corporation and the public.

The Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel has recommended that the commodity rate proposed by SaskEnergy be reduced from $2.65/GJ to $2.575/GJ. The Panel confirms the interim reduction from $3.95/GJ to $2.95/GJ that took effect November 1st, 2018.

Read the full report on the Panel’s website here: http://saskratereview.ca.

Global Ventures Winter 2018 edition now available

The winter edition of Global Ventures in now available on-line at https://www.sasktrade.com/public/uploads/Global%20Ventures/
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This issue contains a special focus on the professional services membership of the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP). These companies provide the knowledge, expertise and a thorough understanding of exporting from a Saskatchewan perspective.

Check out great features on:

Saskatoon Berry Council of Canada: Saskatoon berries have been described as one of Canada’s super fruits and many people in Saskatchewan have enjoyed them in pies or as spreads. But did you know that promoting this super fruit to other markets hasn’t been an easy process? That’s where the council comes in and it’s still an ongoing process.

Wellspring Growth Systems: Employees turn to their bosses for leadership, but who do the bosses turn to? For many companies the answer is Jean-Guy LeBlanc’s Saskatoon-based company. LeBlanc, who was been employed in the corporate banking sector in England and completed a business degree at the University of Toronto, uses his knowledge to align leadership teams.

Herb, Spice and Specialty Agriculture Association: This is an association with a unique scope. It represents producers of herbs, spices and specialty agricultural products – which covers a lot of ground. Another unique aspect of the industry is that is focuses less on marketing and more on providing detailed information about production and regulations to its members.

Global Ventures is a great medium to relay timely messaging to the local business community and the network of international contacts that STEP has developed. Articles featured identify STEP members who are making a strong economic impact to the province while the publication offers provincial business leaders, stakeholders, provincial and international media as well as international contacts with timely information pertaining to Saskatchewan exports.

CLICK HERE to view the rate card for 2019.

The magazine is published by Benchmark Public Relations, one of the largest locally-owned publisher of specialty publications in the province. For more information visit http://benchmarkpr.ca/publications/.

New Global Ventures focuses on technology sector, resources and services

Saskatchewan is emerging as a technology hub and the province’s exporting companies are making a tremendous impact. We focused on this sector in the Fall 2018 issue of Global Ventures. We publish the magazine on behalf of Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP).

The publication is an appropriate medium to relay timely messaging to the local business community and the network of international contacts that STEP has developed. Articles featured identify STEP members who are making a strong economic impact to the province while the publication offers provincial business leaders, stakeholders, provincial and international media as well as international contacts with timely information pertaining to Saskatchewan exports.

In this issue, we profiled:

NC Software Consulting: This company is shifting the way in which health care providers find replacements for available shifts. Their technology, the NC Smart Call platform, automatically identifies and communicates available shift details to eligible employees while satisfying complex operational and union requirements.

Canadian Western Agribition: Agribition is a show with a lot of meat on its bones. The show – scheduled for Nov. 19-24 – has a jam-packed slated including a display of beef cattle, features horses, bison, sheep and goats, an extensive agribusiness trade show, Indigenous culture, pro rodeo performances and other exciting entertainment offerings. There’s a new cabaret taking place after the last rodeo.

FailSafe House Lifting Systems: Much like people call a taxi or ride-sharing service when they need a lift, they call FailSafe House Lifting Systems when their house needs a lift. The company’s innovative ATLAS system allows contractors to easily lift a house up to 18 feet if the foundation underneath needs to be replaced or redeveloped.

OBASA Group of Companies: Gordon Doell brought his vision to the hospitality industry when he launched OBASA Hospitality, which offers customers a place to stay, the ability to tailor a stay to any individual or company, expert insurance and relocation services, software serving owners and operators of all accommodations, and a patent-pending loyalty program recognized globally.

The latest issue of Global Ventures is being distributed and can be viewed online at https://www.sasktrade.com/global_ventures/details/fall_edition_2018.html.

Benchmark Public Relations one of the largest locally-owned publisher of specialty publications in the province. For more information visit http://benchmarkpr.ca/publications/.

Benchmark adds another title to its publishing house

We’re proud to serve as the new contract publishers of Saskatchewan Farmers’ Voice magazine, a publication of the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS).

The aim of the publication is to provide information about APAS activities, examine important agricultural issues, feature sections on agronomy and business, and provide information on member benefits available to APAS member ratepayers.

Saskatchewan’ Farmers’ Voice has a circulation of 35,000 and is distributed to every farm household in Saskatchewan through Canada Post. The magazine is also distributed to the top decision makers in the province including MPs, MLAs, government ministries and agricultural stakeholders.

For more information on the publication and a link to current issue, archive section and media kit, visit http://benchmarkpr.ca/saskatchewan-farmers-voice.

The addition of Saskatchewan Farmers’ Voice now makes Benchmark Public Relations one of the largest locally-owned publisher of specialty publications in the province. We publish Global Ventures magazine on behalf of the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) and Rural Councillor magazine and the spring and convention guides for the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM). This is in addition to our own annual publications — the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Media Directories.

In managing these publications for these industry groups, we are helping them promote Saskatchewan as an excellent place to do business, celebrate the success of their members, provide industry insight and inform members on upcoming events and information they need to know.

Our contract publishing division can administer all aspects of magazine and book publishing including writing, editing, photography, design and advertising. Please contact us at info@benchmarkpr.ca for more information on how we can manage your project.

If you’re interested in having a corporate or family history written, edited, designed and published, our wholly-owned subsidiary, Benchmark Press can help you with all your publishing needs.