SUMA Workshop: Building the Best Workplaces

May 08, 2019

Saskatchewan's hometowns employ more than 13,400 people to do the jobs that touch the lives of residents daily. But with increasing pressures to reduce costs and limited pools of qualified candidates, it can be difficult to find and retain the best people for the job to provide the services your community needs. 

Join SUMA on May 8 in Prince Albert for our workshop Building the Best Workplaces and learn how to make your municipality the most attractive place to work so you can find, and keep, the employees that enhance your hometown. Hear from workplace policy experts, talk workplace harassment, and learn how to deal with difficult residents. 

If you're attending the Town, Village, and Northern Sector Meeting on May 9, this is a great way to make the most of your trip to Prince Albert. 

All SUMA members are invited to join us at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on May 8. Member registration is $65 per person.


Here is a list of topics  and the panel participants and speakers that will be in attendance. 

Dealing with Difficult Residents 

Panel Participants:                                                                                            



Rodger Hayward
Vice-President of Towns, SUMA

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. 

Jason Chorneyko
CAO, Town of Wynyard and President, UMAAS

Jason began his administrator career in 2004 after the long-serving Adminstrator retired in the Town of Wynyard. He became Vice President of UMAAS in 2012 and President in 2016. 

           Steven Dribnenki
Legal Services, SUMA

Steven Dribnenki joined SUMA as Policy and Legal Advisor in January 2014. He handles policy and advocacy on the Environment and Intergovernmental Affairs files, and is SUMA’s in-house counsel.
Colleen Christopherson
Manager, Advisory Services

Colleen joined the Ministry of Government Relations in 2004.  Her past local government experience includes: administrator for both urban and rural municipalities, elected official for a school division and Vice President for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.

Council/Administration Roles and Responsibilities


Mitchell Holash, QC
Partner, Novus Law Group

Mitchell has dedicated himself to the enhancementof our provincial community for more that 30 years as a successful and active lawyer in many high profile litigations, arbitrations and public hearings, and as a community volunteer.                          

Workplace Policies and Practices


Robert Frost-Hinz
Partner, MLT Aikins

Robert provides employers with guidance and assistance in relation to a wide variety of labour and employment issues including labour relations, collective agreement negotiation and interpretation, employment standards, OH&S, policy development, discipline and discharge, along with human rights and accommodations.

Workplace Harassment


Susan Boan
Team Lead, Harassment and Discriminatory Prevention Unit - Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety

Susan is the team lead for the Harassment and Discriminatory Prevention Unit of the Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. The unit deals with cases involving workplace harassment, sexual assault, and violence. 

Mike Luciak
Occupational Health Officer, Harassment and Discriminatory Prevention Unit - Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety
Mike has been an occupational health officer with the Harassment and Discriminatory Prevention Unit of Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety since 2014. Mike is a former police officer and also worked in the oil field where he gained much of his safety knowledge.


NOTE: A separate registration is required for the Town,Village, and Northern Sector Meeting. Visit the Sector Meeting event listing for more information, and to register.