Pat Rediger is a journalist, author, public relations consultant and entrepreneur. He has been a partner in various publishing companies before establishing Benchmark Public Relations Inc. He is also the principal of Benchmark Press, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Benchmark Public Relations. Active in the community, he has served as the President of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and has been a board member of the Western Magazine Awards Foundation and the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Pat has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Regina.
Dr. Lynn Gidluck
Lynn Gidluck has a wealth of public relations experience. She has served as the Executive Director of Corporate Affairs with the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation and has provided media relations for the Government of Saskatchewan. She holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from the University of Regina and a Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. An accomplished author and accredited communicator, Lynn has also been a finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Senior Communications Consultant and Creative Director
Nicole Williams oversees the creation and implementation of our branding strategies. She is a writer and designer who has created and implemented many multi-media campaigns. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Regina.
Dr. Sophie Gaudet
Vice President, Quantitative Research
Sophie Gaudet holds a PhD in quantitative and social psychology from the University of Ottawa and has more than eight years experience conducting research for the private and public sectors. Sophie has extensive knowledge and research experience in social behavioural research, demography, and commercial market research. She has conducted a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research including program evaluations, segmentation, market share and market product testing studies, as well as employee engagement and satisfaction surveys. She is skilled in the use of surveys with multiple modes of delivery, focus groups, informant interviews, mystery shopping, analysis of large administrative datasets, and literature reviews. She has worked with clients in gaming, government, post-secondary education, municipal, healthcare, and financial services sectors to help them identify their data and research needs and create new research programs to support strategic planning and analytics.
Vice President, Qualitative Research
Laureen Gatin is a Regina-based researcher and writer who has field research and analytical experience honed while conducting research projects at the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre, Saskatoon Health Region, provincial ministries and other private sector organizations. She has researched and published material on Saskatchewan cooperatives, rural economic development, occupational health and safety, child welfare policies, best practices in health care, human resource recruitment and retention practices and financial assistance options for post-secondary students in the province. Laureen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Masters in Sociology from the University of Regina. She has taught at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and served as a board member for the YWCA of Regina.
Jonathan Hamelin has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina and has written for numerous publications including The Canadian Press, Regina Leader Post and Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Jonathan has previously served as the editor of Inside Green — the Saskatchewan Roughriders magazine — as well as a publicist for Regina’s Globe Theatre.
Diana Rapoport is a graphic designer with over 10 years of experience at various design agencies and as a freelance graphic designer. She has a talented eye for details, strong conceptual and typographical skills. She has a passion for clean, functional and outstanding design, and has excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
Director of Special Projects
Don Shalley brings many years of experience in a variety of fields to the Benchmark team. Throughout his career in the private and public sector, Shalley has worked in communications, marketing, financial management and human resources. He has been Director of Fund Development with the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Department of Tourism, as well as founding and operating his own successful private business undertakings.
Warren Nerby is the Sales Manager for Rural Councillor, the quarterly magazine for the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), as well as the spring convention guide. Warren has extensive experience having worked with the Regina Leader Post, Brown Communications, the Saskatchewan Hotels and Hospitality Association, and various publications in British Columbia.