Gordon Barnhart, C.M., S.O.M., PhD - President
Fraser Tolmie - Vice-President of Cities
Fraser Tolmie was first elected to Moose Jaw City Council in 2009 as a city councillor and served a three-year term. On October 28, 2016, he was elected as mayor.
Fraser served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an officer for seven years. He holds an Honours Degree from Kings College University of London, UK in war studies/strategic thought.
The Moose Jaw mayor has a commercial pilots license, is an avid golfer, and is committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He is also passionate about the next generation. Fraser is chair of Kids Matter Leadership, and was chair of Moose Jaw Special Olympics and the organizing committee which hosted the 2017 Special Olympic Games in Moose Jaw for the first time.
He is married to Cassandra (nee Golding) and they have two young daughters, Saoirse and Eilidh.
Rodger Hayward - Vice-President of Towns
Rodger was first elected to Naicam Town Council in 1996 in a by-election and served as councillor until he was elected as Mayor. He has served on many committees and boards during that time, including chairing the streets committee, sitting on the Naicam Economic Development board, Naicam Ambulance board, and the North East REDA. Rodger is also the Training Officer for the Naicam Fire Dept. and is President of the Naicam branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. He and his wife, Colette, have two sons who are very active in hockey and golf and enjoy camping at different lakes around the province.
Mike Strachan - Vice-President - Villages, Resort Villages, and Northern Municipalities
Mike Strachan was raised in Torquay where he continues to live with his wife Christie and their three children: Mason, Reese, and Chloe. He has been Mayor of Torquay since 2009. Mike currently works at Westmoreland coal in Estevan. His past work experience has been in the farming and oil industries. Mike is also a member of the Torquay Fire Department. Mike has served on many boards and believes that small communities are the backbone of a strong province.
512 Tiverton Ave
Torquay, SK S0C 2L0
Mike O’Donnell - Executive Member, Regina/Saskatoon
Councillor Mike O’Donnell is sitting for his fourth term as a member of Regina City Council, representing the residents of Ward 8. He is a retired school administrator, sport administrator and teacher. Following his teaching career, Councillor O’Donnell was the Executive Director for the Regina Soccer Association, spearheading soccer’s role in the construction and operation of the Credit Union EventPlex. Councillor O’Donnell’s family includes his wife, Loraine, and their seven children. He has also been a leader in a number of organizations including Commissioner of Athletics for the Regina High Schools Athletic Association and a high school and community coach for 25 years. Councillor O’Donnell was the Chair of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay Event in Regina, and Chair of the 2011 and 2012 National Infrastructure Summits. Councillor O’Donnell also represents Regina on the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Board of Directors.
Currently, Councillor O’Donnell is serving on the following civic boards, committees and commissions:
- Warehouse District Board
- Executive Committee
- Regina Planning Commission
- Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, Board of Directors
- School Board/City Council Liaison Committee
- Wascana Centre Authority
Queen Elizabeth II Court
2476 Victoria Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 3C8
Richard Beck - Director - Northwest Region
"I am proud and privileged to serve!" Richard Beck
I moved to Saskatchewan in 2002 from British Columbia. I am proud to have purchased my first home in Warman, SK. In 2008, I married my wife, Grace, and together we call Warman home.
I was first elected Warman Town Councillor in 2009, re-elected as Warman City Councillor in 2012 and again in 2016. My portfolio duties have included serving as Chairperson of Recreation and Chairperson for Planning and Economic Development, Administration and Finance, Transportation Services & Utilities, and Environment portfolios.
I have had the privilege of serving on several regional boards and associations during my elected time to office. I have served the Wheatland Regional Library Executive Board, the Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association (SLTA), Muilti-type Library Board (MLB) and the Partnership for Growth Regional Planning Group (P4G).
In November 2016, I was elected to a four-year term serving the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) as Northwest Regional Director. This position provides an opportunity to broaden my experience and influence to represent all municipal concerns versus solely dedicated to issues affecting the City of Warman. I am proud to serve all SUMA members and in particular the Northwest Region members. I endeavour to advocate and represent your interests throughout our province wherever possible.
I welcome any conversation and concern on all municipal and regional issues. I work diligently to provide the best service within my sphere of influence for all SUMA Members and Saskatchewan stakeholders.
Please feel free to contact me.
Warman, SK S0K 4S0
Dale Domeij - Director - Southwest Region
Dale Domeij was born and raised in Alberta, and attended school in Brooks and Red Deer. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Following his graduation, Dale worked for a national life insurance company for 28 years, before forming his own company as an independent insurance and investment advisor.
Dale began his volunteer service in Calgary, acting as Chairman of the Briar Hill Community Association for four years, chairman of the Citadel Community Association for five years, and a member of the Northwest Calgary Planning Committee. He was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.
Dale moved to Saskatchewan in 2008. He served as a councillor/deputy mayor of the Village of Mortlach for three years before being elected mayor in 2012.
Mortlach, SK S0H 3E0
Randy Donauer - Director - City of Saskatoon
Randy was first elected to Saskatoon City Council in 2010 and is currently serving his third term. He sits on a variety of committees, and represents the City of Saskatoon on the District Planning Commission and the Regional Oversight Committee of Planning For Growth. Both of these involve partnering with regional municipalities on behalf of the City.
In 2009 he was appointed by the Minister of Health to sit on the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority Board. In 2012 Randy completed the Professional Director Certification Program (Pro. Dir) with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, in conjunction with the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan. He was appointed to the SUMA Board in 2016.
Randy and his wife, Lauren, have lived in Saskatoon since 1989. They have three sons attending the University of Saskatchewan.
222 3rd Ave. N
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0J5
Lee Finishen - Director - Central Region
Councillor Lee Finishen was born in Prince Albert and was raised mostly in Regina. He moved to Fort Qu’Appelle in 1988, and since 1996 he has operated a printing company in Fort Qu’Appelle.
Lee was on the Fort Qu’Appelle and District Chamber of Commerce executive for five years, including two as vice-president and one as president.
First elected to council in 2006, Lee has spent time serving on numerous boards and committees including:
- North Valley Waste Management Authority – currently Vice Chair
- Public Works Committee
- Parks and Recreation Committee
- Human Resources and Finance Committee
- Executive with the South Central Transportation Planning Committee which for the past two years he has served as Vice Chair.
Completed the following Municipal Leadership Development Program Courses:
- Human Resources in the Municipal Workplace
- Public Relations and Communications for Municipalities
- Municipal Economic Development Fundamentals
In his spare time Lee enjoys tinkering on old vehicles, boating on the lakes surrounding Fort Qu’Appelle in the summer and watching hockey in the winter.
Fort Qu’Appelle, SK S0G 1S0
Glenn George - Director - Northeast Region
Glenn is serving his third term as Councillor in the City of Melfort, having been first elected in 2009.
He and his wife Peggy are retired Home Hardware dealers; they sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law in 2007. George and Peggy have two children and four grandchildren.
Glenn has been very active in the community of Melfort, and was named Melfort's Citizen of the Year for 2006.
He looks forward to contributing to SUMA Board.
PO Box 2230
Melfort SK S0E 1A0
Randy Goulden - Director - East Central Region
Randy’s many years of work in the community, as well as her involvement with provincial and national organizations, have kept her in close touch with the people of Yorkton and the issues that directly affect them.
She was first elected to Yorkton City Council in 1997, and was re-elected in the next five elections. She has served on all council committees and commissions, and has been very active in both the provincial Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA), and the national Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Ms. Goulden has been a champion of the tourism industry in Saskatchewan for over twenty years, working with Tourism Yorkton and the Yorkton Film Festival.
An active community volunteer, she has served on numerous community, provincial and national committees and organizations, including terms as President of both the Canadian and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.
In Yorkton, she has been active as a volunteer with many organizations, among them the Saskatchewan Winter Games, the Summer Games, World Junior Hockey Challenge, Yorkton Dance Association, Yorkton Nursery School Association, Sports Hall of Fame, Band Boosters, Music Festival, Ukrainian dance, Roughrider Football Club, Figure Skating Club, and Rotary Club, and was the chair of the Vancouver Olympic Torch Run for Yorkton.
Through her work and volunteer activities, she continually promotes Saskatchewan as the best place to visit, live and do business. Ms. Goulden believes in partnerships and empowerment, in growing a vibrant sustainable community.
37 3rd Ave N
Yorkton, SK S3N 2W3
Bob Hawkins - Director - City of Regina
Al Heron - Director - West Central Region
Mayor Al Heron of Eston serves as SUMA’s Director for the West Central Region. Mayor Heron is retired from his career, in which he served as a recreation director for Eston and Weyburn. He has also worked with the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation and the Saskatchewan, Western Canada and Canada Games. In Eston, Mayor Heron serves the Eston-Kindersley Water Board, the Water West Co-op, the South Saskatchewan River Watershed and the West Section South Saskatchewan River Watershed. Mayor Heron represents SUMA with the Saskatchewan Ethanol Association, the Saskatchewan Dutch Elm Disease Association and the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Advisory.
Darren Hill - Director - City of Saskatoon
Darren Hill was born in Saskatoon and raised in Sonningdale, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and has lived in Saskatoon for 23 years. He currently lives with his family in the historic neighbourhood of City Park. Darren is honoured to hold the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan (JA), where he is able to help encourage young minds to pursue interests in the areas of entrepreneurship and business as well as develop life and leadership skills. Previous to his appointment at JA, Darren built over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, marketing manager and advertising executive in the tourism and communications sectors. As an executive, Darren was responsible for local, national and international marketing campaigns, media buys, corporate communications and public relations. As an entrepreneur, Darren was instrumental in establishing an expediting service to tourist destinations in northern Saskatchewan. Over 13 years, Darren developed a supply and shipping network, expanded the clientele base and managed operations. The company continues to be successful, employing full-time staff during the fishing season. Darren currently sits on the following boards and committees:
- Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Board of Directors
- Meewasin Valley Authority
- Credit Union Centre Board of Directors
- Canadian Youth Business Foundation Review Committee
City of Saskatoon Committees:
- Administration and Finance
- Land Bank
- Municipal Enterprise Zone
Federation of Canadian Municipalities Committees:
- International Relations
- Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development
- Prairies and Territories City Hall
222 - 3rd Avenue N.
Patricia Jackson - Director - Southeast Region
Patricia Jackson (Pat) was born and raised in Manitoba. She holds an Education 1A degree in Middle Years Education from Brandon College, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Brandon University, with a major in Native Studies.
Pat’s teaching career spanned two provinces, at least a dozen communities, and grades three through 12, as well as a principalship. Even after “retiring,” Pat has continued to work as both a substitute teacher and tutor.
During her time in Manitoba, Pat met and married Larry, who has been her best friend ever since. They have two sons, Allan and Richard.
When the family first moved to Kipling, Pat decided to explore her interest in municipal government. She first joined town council in 1988 and has served multiple terms as councillor and mayor since. Some of the more notable projects she has worked on have been the Red Paperclip Trade, construction of the new integrated health facility, and updating the towns bylaws and policies.
Family, community, and church are the pillars of Pat’s life, and she looks forward to serving the larger, provincial community.
Kipling, SK S0G 2S0
Dawn Luhning - Director - City of Moose Jaw
Dawn is currently serving her fifth term on Moose Jaw City Council and is excited to be back at the SUMA table as Moose Jaw’s representative. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and currently works as a Financial Advisor. Dawn is an avid runner and sports addict - baseball and football especially. She is involved in many community initiatives and organizes the Moose Jawg Charity Road Race each year on Canada Day to support the Moose Jaw Health Foundation, with proceeds going directly to the local hospital. In 2012, Dawn received the Women of Distinction Award for Community Leadership and Enhancement from the Regina YWCA. Her past and current committees with the city include:
- Business Improvement District (past)
- 2010 Saskatchewan Winter Games host committee (past)
- Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (present)
- Economic Development Commission (present)
- Youth Incubator Mall Ad-Hoc Committee (past)
- Youth Advisory Committee (past)
- Moose Jaw Public Library Board (past)
- Palliser Regional Library Board (past)
- Moose Jaw Humane Society (present)
Dawn enjoys working with her colleagues at SUMA to bring one voice to the issues that face all municipalities. She believes that together, we can make a stronger economic future for our province.
Gerald Roy - Director - Northern Region
Gerald was born and raised in the historic Métis community of Île-à-la-Crosse and is a lifelong resident of Saskatchewan’s north. He graduated from Rossignol High School and convocated from the School of Human Justice at the University of Regina. Gerald is a Business Development Officer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development and oversees the northwest region of the province.
Gerald is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys boating, angling, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and hunting. He is serving in his fourth term as councillor for the Northern Village of Île-à-la-Crosse. As part of Gerald’s municipal council portfolios, he works closely with local Recreation and Minor Sports, the Fire Department, and Essential Services. He also chairs the Île-à-la-Crosse Communications Society Inc. and the Community Safety Board/Healing on The Land Project.
Ted Zurakowski - Director - City of Prince Albert
Soon after marrying a girl from the West Hill area of Prince Albert, Ted quickly became involved in the excitement of raising a young family in Prince Albert.
He was first elected as a City Councillor in 2006.
Jean-Marc Nadeau, MBA, LL.M., C.Mgr. - Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Marc Nadeau joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1991. After successfully completing the recruit training program at Depot Division in Regina, he was posted to Kitimat, British Columbia. Over the next 22 years, Jean-Marc worked in five provinces, seven RCMP Detachments, and deployed in 2011 to Afghanistan for one year to help develop the Afghan National Police.
In 2012, Jean-Marc became the city manager at the “City of Possibilities” in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The city is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately one hour west of Winnipeg. More than 13,000 people live in Portage la Prairie in a catchment area of more than 25,000 inhabitants. With an overall operating budget of nearly $35 million dollars, the city is home to a large food industry.
Jean-Marc holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa, a Certificate in Manitoba Municipal Administration (CMMA) from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2016, he was elected to the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) Board of Directors, and as their Regional Representative for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut. He served CAMA until his appointment to SUMA in November 2017.
Kerri Ann Daniels - Director, Member Services
Kerri Ann Daniels joined SUMA as the Manager of Group Benefits Employee Benefits and Insurance Services in May 2016. Previously, she spent 13 years in at Great-West Life in the group benefits sales department. In her new role, Kerri Ann oversees the day-to-day activities of the group benefits department and the SUMA group benefits plan.
Kerri Ann holds a Group Benefits Associate designation from the Dalhousie University, as well as a Registered Health Underwriter designation and a Diploma in Administration.
Raised on a mixed farming operation near Melville, Kerri Ann now resides in Regina with her husband and two daughters. Kerri Ann enjoys the simple things in life like a leisurely bike ride with her family or entertaining friends.
Sean McKenzie - Director, Advocacy Services
Sean McKenzie joined the SUMA team as a Policy Advisor in May 2013. Before that, he spent three years with the Ministry of Government Relations as a Business Information Analyst for the Emergency Management and Fire Safety Branch. In this role, he assisted with the implementation of the Provincial Public Safety Telecommunications Network, and helped lay the groundwork for the province-wide Fire Incident Reporting System project.
Sean holds a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Regina, where he completed a thesis entitled: “Custodial Heroes, Moral Soldiers, and Willing Sacrifices: Heroic Masculinity in Modern Epic Fantasy.”
When not at SUMA, Sean stays occupied chasing his two sons, renovating his home, and indulging hobbies in computers, motorcycles, and literature.
The portfolios for which Sean is responsible include:
- Public Safety and Health
- Community and Economic Development
- SUMA Resolutions
Lindsay Peel - Director, Corporate Services
Lindsay joined the SUMA management team in July 2014, and became Director of Operations and Financial Services in July 2017. She holds a Business Diploma from SIAST, specialized in Accounting. In her time with SUMA, Lindsay has developed new and more efficient processes and procedures, created a new streamlined chart of accounts, and established efficient lines of reporting to management and SUMA’s Board of Directors. Lindsay is responsible for all accounting and financial functions for SUMA with the support of a full-time Accountant.
Before joining the SUMA team, Lindsay worked with Access Communications Co-operative Ltd. for 11 years. There, Lindsay began her career in accounting in 2003 as Accounts Payable Clerk. Lindsay was quickly promoted to Accountant in 2005 and to Senior Accountant in 2007.
Lindsay was a director on the Board of Directors for the Access Communications Children’s Fund for 10 years and was the chair and treasurer on the Qu’Appelle Daycare Inc.’s Board of Directors for three years. Lindsay was also responsible for the successful launch of the Qu’Appelle Daycare Inc. in May 2013 and currently volunteers her time as bookkeeper for this not-for-profit organization.
Tania Wendling, MBA - Director, SUMAssure
Laurie Bryant - Accountant
Laurie has been with SUMA since December 2008. She holds a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) certification from Cenntenial College, attended accounting administration classes, and holds a medical transcription certificate from SIAST. In December 2014, Laurie was promoted from accounting administrator to accountant.
As SUMA’s accountant, Laurie fills many roles. She is responsible for financial duties such as accounts payable, accounts receivable, and maintaining and tracking SUMA’s membership database. She also works with the Corporate and Event Services and Group Benefits teams. Laurie’s work keeps SUMA’s operations running smoothly and is invaluable to all of our departments.
Outside of work, Laurie is an avid runner and completed her first half marathon at the 2014 Queen City Marathon.
Steven Dribnenki - Legal Services Advisor
Steven Dribnenki joined SUMA in January 2014. As Legal Services Advisor, he handles policy and advocacy on the Intergovernmental Affairs file and is SUMA’s in-house counsel.
Steven also operates the SUMA Legal Services program for SUMA members. He speaks on municipal law and governance at SUMA events, such as webinars, sector meetings, regional meetings, the Municipal Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities workshop, Mayors’ Summer School, and convention. He also contributes a regular column to Urban Voice.
Raised near Saskatoon, he attended the University of Saskatchewan. There, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 2005 and his Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) (with distinction) in 2006.
After completing his studies, he worked in the federal government in Regina and Ottawa before beginning his articles in Regina in 2007. Called to the Bar in 2008, he maintained a general litigation practice ranging from civil law matters to federal prosecutions before joining SUMA.
Steven is the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Municipal Law Section, and served as the Saskatchewan representative for the section from 2015 to 2019.
Katee Galandy - Events Coordinator
Katee Galandy joined the SUMA team as the Convention and Events Coordinator in 2015. She graduated from the Paul J Hill School of Business at the University of Regina with a degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing in 2009. She has also since attained her Event Coordinator and Event Manager Certifications through Tourism Saskatchewan.
In her role at SUMA, Katee is responsible for coordinating the following events:
- SUMA Annual Convention
- Saskatchewan Municipal Awards
- Regional Meetings
- SUMA Golf Tournament
- Mayors Summer School
- Newly Elected Workshops
- Education Sessions/Workshops/Forums
- Internal Events
Before joining the team, Katee worked with MNP as the Marketing Coordinator for six years. She was involved in an array of marketing activities including, but not limited to, orchestrating large networking and community fundraising events, coordinating participation within the community through sponsorships, and coordinating advertisements and communications.
Katee is currently a member of the Professional Regina Event Planners, a group that meets regularly to discuss events happening in Regina with fellow coordinators and the challenges that are being faced. She is also an executive member of the Regina Parents of Multiples Association.
Coleen Gudbranson - Administrative Assistant
Carl Macdonald - Procurement Advisor
Sarah MacMillan - Communications Advisor
Sarah MacMillan joined the SUMA team as Communications Advisor in January 2018. Before SUMA, Sarah worked as a journalist for newspapers in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Alberta. She spent approximately three years as a reporter in west central Saskatchewan before moving east toward Regina where she was managing editor of a weekly regional newspaper.
Sarah was raised in southern Alberta, but graduated from Thompson Rivers University in B.C. She holds a degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations.
At SUMA, the bulk of Sarah’s job involves crafting communications like the biweekly e-newsletter Urban Update, the quarterly magazine Urban Voice, this website, and our Twitter and Facebook.
Scott Meger - Group Benefits Administrator
Scott joined SUMA’s Group Benefits team in May 2013, after 15 years working for Great-West Life in the Group Insurance Department. At Great-West Life, Scott worked in several areas including administration, the health and dental claims call centre, and the Group Sales Office. He is currently responsible for SUMA’s Group Benefits program and handles Volunteer Firefighter Insurance.
Outside of SUMA, Scott is actively involved in the hockey community as a Saskatchewan Hockey Association Certified Hockey Coach.
Augustina Osaseri - Advocacy Advisor
Lisa Rawlings - Marketing Coordinator
Lisa joined the SUMA team in November 2015 as Marketing Coordinator. Her primary focus includes promoting the SUMAdvantage group purchasing program and visiting members to determine programs for tender.
Lisa holds a Business Diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology specializing in Marketing and a Recording Arts Engineering Diploma from Grant MacEwan Community College, both in Edmonton, AB.
Her experience includes 12 years with Saputo Dairy Products handling retail accounts in person across southern Saskatchewan. Lisa thrives on relationship building and making connections with people.
She stays active with sporadic gym visits, but mainly by hauling around her two young sons to their activities. She loves to travel and takes an interest in renovation and design. Lisa is a self-proclaimed music snob but does not play an instrument with any kind of proficiency.