Enterprise Saskatchewan: Sask. Party contributors land coveted spots on agency’s Board of Directors
The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the names of ten individuals who have agreed to accept positions on the Enterprise Saskatchewan Board of Directors.
The Feb. 29, 2008, news release notes that the provincial government received over 300 nominations from across
Two of the individuals named to the Board are contributors to the Saskatchewan Party.
Gavin Semple, the owner and president of Brandt Group of Companies, the largest privately held company in
The Brandt Group of Companies consists of five businesses headquartered in
Brandt Agricultural Products – $30,724.37
Brandt Industries – $14,838.59
Brandt Tractor – $37,106.64
Brandt Tractor (
Semple’s personal and Brandt’s corporate contributions to the Saskatchewan Party appear to total $90,189.47.
Semple’s connection to the Saskatchewan Party appears to go beyond making contributions.
In a column immediately following last fall’s provincial election the Leader-Post’s Murray Mandryk wrote that Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall “refused during the campaign to answer questions on who is on his transition team during the campaign” but it was “thought that
It remains unclear whether Semple did indeed have a role in the Saskatchewan Party’s transition to office.
The second notable Saskatchewan Party contributor named to the
Lothian is the Chairman of the Board of Bulldog Resources. He is also currently President and Chief Executive Officer of two private energy-based companies, Keystone Royalty Corp. (a land and royalty company) and Villanova Energy Corp. (an active exploration and development company). Previously, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Flatland Exploration Ltd. until it was acquired by Bulldog Energy in 2002; and Chief Executive Officer of Keystone Energy Inc. prior to it being acquired by StarPoint Energy Ltd. in 2004 and CEO of Keystone Energy Corp. prior to it being acquired by Tristar Oil and Gas Ltd. and Bulldog Resources in January 2007.
The Saskatchewan Party’s registered political party’s fiscal period returns for the four-year period from 2003-2006 show that Lothian contributed $1,450.00 to the party.
The same records show that Bulldog Energy Inc. contributed $2,260.04 and Keystone Energy Inc. donated $5,978.20. (It should be noted that in 2004 Keystone contributed $340.00 to the Saskatchewan NDP.)
The government’s Feb. 29 news release also notes that
A Feb. 6 backgrounder states that the Strategic Councils, along with the Sector Teams, were “outlined in the
The twelve members of the Enterprise Saskatchewan Board of Directors are:
Honourable Lyle Stewart (Chair)
Gavin Semple (Deputy Chair), Owner and President of Brandt Group of Companies.
Honourable June Draude
Minister of First Nations and Métis Relations
Myrna Bentley, CEO and President, Concentra Financial Services Inc.
Bill Cooper, presently involved in the family farming enterprise. Resides in
Michael Fougere, President,
Mark Frison, President and Chief Executive Officer of
E. Craig Lothian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Royalty Corp.
David Marit, President,
Crystal McLeod, a lawyer with Robertson Stromberg Pedersen in
Gary Merasty, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cameco Corporation.
Hugh Wagner, General Secretary, Grain Services Union (ILWU •