NSBA’s 15th Annual Lessons I’ve Learned, Presented by KPMG (Oct 5/2021)

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October 5, 2021

4:30pm - 9:00pm


World Trade Center at Prairieland Park
Please note the NSBA will be following provincial guidelines. Effective immediately masks are to be worn except when seated and eating or drinking. Effective October 1, 2021 masks will be required and proof of double vaccination or a negative covid test administered within 48 hours before an event will be required. Prairieland Park will have someone who will be verifying all attendees’ vaccination records or negative covid test results, please come prepared with a copy, physical or digital, to ensure a smooth registration process. We appreciate your patience with our team and the Prairieland staff.

In addition, we will also be spacing the tables an additional 2 feet apart, will have the beef on a bun served at the buffet by Prairieland staff to reduce touchpoints, and will also have plenty of sanitization throughout.


Colleen Mah

Colleen began her work career with the Federal Government upon graduating from the University of Saskatchewan. She held a variety of supervisory and middle management positions until 1998, when she joined her husband, Wally in the family business, North Ridge Development Corp. Colleen became the Sales Manager and subsequently was instrumental in starting the brokerage, North Ridge Realty. She currently remains as the broker/owner of North Ridge Realty as well as being involved in the North Ridge group of companies.

Colleen has been involved in a variety of volunteer organizations as well as sitting on a number of industry related boards such as the NSBA, The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and the Saskatoon and Region Homebuilders Association. While on the Saskatoon and Region Homebuilders board, she became the first woman president.

Colleen currently oversees the philanthropy arm of North Ridge Development Corp. providing community support for a variety of organizations.

Don Flaman

In 1983 Don Flaman and his brother Rudy took over the small family business that their father started in 1959 and was operating off the family homestead in Southey SaskatchewanSoon after their youngest brotherSteve joined forces and together they built Flaman Sales into a multi-division company that sellshort line farm equipment, grain storage and cleaning equipment, and industrial trailersThey also expanded the group of companies with over 70 Rental dealers, TopKrop Fertilizer, CORR Grain and Flaman Fitnessone of Canada’s largest specialty Fitness retailersFlaman has been recognized with many business excellence awardsmost recentlyTop 100 companies in Saskatchewan, Top 100 employers in Canada for small and medium enterprises, and the 202Saskatchewan Business Hall of Fame inductee.   

Tony Zuck

Life long learner, questioner of authority, entrepreneur, alternative rock musician, motorcyclist, and family man, Tony can always find a way to amuse himself, and sometimes others. With degrees in Commerce and English Tony found direction in avoiding things he didn’t like, for instance, bureaucratic environments, and so left employment at the U of S to partner with Ryan Lejbak to start more independent things, like Pro Print in 1993 and in 1995 – with the advent of that thing called the Internet – zu, (or “zu.com communications” if you’re writing a cheque). Over the last 2 1/2 decades zu focused on building and enhancing innovative digital products and services that run on the Internet by fielding a strong and loyal team of strategists, designers, developers and managers who contribute to the productive, welcoming, and well-fed culture at zu. Tony lives by Canadian punk band DOA’s lead singer Joey Shithead’s mantra: “Talk Minus Action Equals Zero”, as well as his personal mantra: “We’re doing it my way (unless someone has a better idea)”.

Trevor Thiessen

After graduating from the U of S, Trevor got his start in the agriculture industry working for John Cross at Philom Bios.  That first taste of agriculture has lead to almost 30 years of helping farmers around the world. 

 After Novozymes purchased Philom Bios, Trevor was named President of Novozymes BioAg Group where he led the team responsible for the strategy and direction of the global agricultural activities for Novozymes.  Trevor then decided to become an business owner, joining his partner Dean Mayerle in purchasing Redekop Manufacturing in 2014.   

In addition to working at Redekop, Trevor also serves on a number of industry and not for profit boards. 


2021 Lessons I’ve Learned Program

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