December 10, 2020 — 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan Time) — Virtual Session
Session Topic: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Members: Free | Non-Members: $10 | REGISTER HERE
Please note, a link event access will be sent the morning of the 10th to registrants. This event is open to all CPRS members.

Facilitated by CPRS Regina Board Member, Rebecca Parry with two panelists and a special guest who will be discussing the book, White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, in the context of diversity, inclusion, equity, and racism in Saskatchewan.

Véronique Loewen | Owner, Verolingo Communications (Panelist)

Véronique owns Verolingo Communications, an English/French translation and communication services provider. She holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Foreign Languages from University Montpellier III (France). She is a certified Communications Management Professional from the Global Communication Certification Council and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Saskatchewan and of the International Association of Business Communicators.

A seasoned communication professional, with 25 years of experience as a mining sector communicator and over two decades as an English/French translation services provider, Véronique enjoys sharing her communications and interpersonal relationships skills with businesses and non-profit organizations alike.

In 2017 Véronique was the recipient of the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Award in Leadership and of the Women in Nuclear Canada Leadership Award.

Dr. Jerome Cranston, Ph.D. | Professor and Dean of Education, University of Regina (Panelist)

Dr. Jerome Cranston holds a Ph.D. (Manitoba), M. Ed. (Lethbridge), B.Ed After-Degree and B.Sc. (Alberta). Prior to becoming an academic he spent 16 years in the K-12 education system as a teacher, principal and superintendent in a career that spanned Canada’s “prairie” provinces. He researches and teaches as part of an interdisciplinary, international “community of inquiry” on topics that explore formal and non-formal teacher preparation and the ethical dimensions of school leadership with a particular focus on how capacity building in the education system can transform a set of seemingly random acts into a just enterprise.

His maternal grandparents originated from tribal communities in what are now Nepal and Burma/Myanmar and who were anglicized and evangelized as part of the colonial contagion. His paternal grandfather, a travelling book-keeper with the East Indian Rail Company was killed in 1941 during a Japanese bombing of a railway station. His then widowed grandmother, a mother of five, died in 1942 of malnutrition; an outcome of the British manufactured famine in West Bengal. He accepts a distant yet unvarying connection to the trauma that echoes through their colonized histories.

Katie Wilson | Student Activist (Special Guest)

Katie Wilson (she/her) is a twenty-three year old Indigenous woman living on what is known as Treaty 4 Territory in Regina. She is a student at Saskatchewan Polytechnic and developing her career in graphic design and web development. She’s very passionate about Indigenous justice, climate change, and demonstrating the importance of our relationships to each other as well as creation, and how it relates to issues surrounding systemic racial injustice.


Getting Found & Building Trust in an Economic Slump

POSTPONED (new date TBA) — 11:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Saskatchewan Time) 
Members: free | Non-members: $15 | REGISTER HERE
Please note, a link event access will be sent the morning of the to registrants.

Barb McGrath, Founder, Above the Fold 

Barb McGrath’s been cracking the online code for nearly 20 years. She’s the founder of Above the Fold Digital Marketing, serving businesses from Nova Scotia to Vancouver.  Most importantly, she’s earned the trust of Google. 

Barb runs the only Google-approved agency designed to show you how to turn the online “stuff” into in-store buyers. She uses her knack for distilling complex marketing techniques into clear, simple steps to help you land on the first page of Google - even if you’ve never been online. 

If you depend on in-person customers, you need Barb’s step-by-step, online marketing plan to generate a steady stream of onsite buyers and make it rain money.

Karen Smith, CEO, BBB of Saskatchewan for an online session.

Karen Smith is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Better Business Bureau of Saskatchewan, Inc. Karen is leading the Saskatchewan BBB in the pursuit of the BBB’s mission to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust, to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between buyers and sellers through voluntary self-regulation, consumer and business education and service excellence.

Karen brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to life-long learning. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Access Communications Co-operative, the New Home Warranty Program of Saskatchewan and to the Regina Community Clinic. She also serves on the Saskatchewan Advisory Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Karen is also a member of the Leaders Council at the Hill Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina. She is a founding member and a Past President of the Saskatchewan Administrative Tribunal Association (SATA).

Karen served as the Employer Representative on the Saskatchewan Worker' Compensation Board from June 2005 until August 2015, meeting and communicating with various industries. This role also encompassed serving as a tribunal panel member on thousands of appeals. In addition, Karen draws from her previous marketing and administration experience as Director of Employee Benefits Plans for the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.

Karen also served as a member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) representing Saskatchewan. Karen has served as a Board Member for the Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency, Regina Crime Stoppers, the Killarney Village Condominium Association and St. Jerome’s Parish Council. In addition, she has a lifetime membership in the Provincial Association of Resort Communities (PARCS) as one of its founding board members. Her extensive previous community involvement includes organizations such as the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute, and the Human Resource Associations of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Karen has both C.Dir (Chartered Director Program through McMaster University and the DeGroote School of Business) and CTAJ (Certified Tribunal Administrative Justice through the Foundation of Administrative Justice, Alta.) designations and is accredited as a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist through Dalhousie University.

Karen has two children, their spouses and three grandchildren.



The 2021 CPRS National Conference Cultivate 2021 will be held both online and in person in Whistler, BC.
Please check the CPRS National website for the most up to date information.



*With CPRS Edmonton **National PD Virtual Tour  ***With CPRS Calgary


October 28 — 12-12:30pm — “Communicating the Pandemic” with Joan Petrie, Executive Director of Communications, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health [Virtual Zoom Session]


November 3 - US Election Watch Party - pundit-led Zoom chat hosted by CPRS Edmonton and Calgary with CPRS Regina and Vancouver Island. 

November 18 — 11:45am - 1:15pm — "Getting Found & Building Trust in an Economic Slump" 
feat. Barb McGrath, Founder,  Above the Fold  & Karen Smith, CEO, BBB of Saskatchewan [Virtual Zoom Session & Workshop]


December 10 — CPRS Reads @ 7-8pm 


January — 3rd week (TBA) — CyberSecurity Workshop* feat. Brennen Schmidt, Sr. Consultant, Deloitte Canada [Interactive Virtual Workshop]

MARCH 2021

March — 2nd week (TBA) — Book Club [Virtual Session]
March — 3rd week (TBA) —Membership Social 

APRIL 2021

April2nd week (TBA) — PD with the Warehouse District

MAY 2021

May — 2nd week (TBA) — Book Club: Media Relations with Bill Carney, Colin Babiuk, & Mark Lavigne, CPRS Toronto authors of In the News: The Practice of Media Relations in Canada (University of Alberta Press, third edition 2019) [Virtual Zoom Session]

JUNE 2021

June — 2nd week (TBA) — CPRS Awards & Pints [Awareness & Social]