A packed house took in the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Community Futures Sunrise on June 13th at the Happy Nun Cafe in Forget, Saskatchewan. The evening included a look back at the past year for the corporation, entertainment by local artist Janelle Boutin on banjo, and a presentation by featured speaker Kirsten Marcia, the President and CEO of Deep Earth Energy Production.
"CF Sunrise board and staff work hard to connect small business with the loans, advice and support they need to be successful. Our AGM is a celebration of small business! We highlighted some of the entrepreneurs we've worked with over the past year, and the role the Community Futures played in their business development," comments Verna O'Neill, General Manager of Community Futures (CF) Sunrise. "Over the past year, CF Sunrise offered a number of business workshops assisting more than 850 individuals to learn more about marketing, financing, customer service and business planning. In addition to group workshops, the CF Sunrise staff provided one-on-one coaching to clients, discussing a variety of important aspects of their business operations."
Board Chairperson, Justin Marcotte, welcomed guests and brought greetings from the CF Sunrise Board of Directors. "This has been a busy year for our office. We continue to focus on business advisory services and partner with regional stakeholders to stay aware of the economic situation and needs of our southeast region. Coal fired power generation garnered a lot of attention and media coverage nation wide. Having been a long time economic driver of the southeast, the uncertainty behind its future created cautiousness throughout the region. Resilience and innovation continues to come from Saskatchewan, particularly in the southeast with the Carbon Capture project. As well, you will find out later tonight, a new and exciting Geothermal Power Generation project has been developed in the heart of our region," comments Marcotte.
Janelle Boutin from Carlyle, is an alumni of the Kenosee Lake Bible Camp music program, and she entertained the audience with a number of toe-tapping songs on her banjo.
Kirsten Marcia, President and CEO of Deep Earth Energy Production provided a detailed description of their geothermal project that is being built near Torquay, Saskatchewan. For more information about DEEP, visit their website: https://deepcorp.ca/