Saskatchewan Bound for ABM

Working road trip to Saskatchewan

Road Trippin’ for Work

Erick at the 2014 Aboriginal Business Match

Erick at the 2014 Aboriginal Business Match

One of the best parts of being an independent communications company is that we have the flexibility to pick up our gear and hit the road. Wherever our clients need us to go – we’re there! In June, an exciting project with Raven Events and Communications took us to the Prairies to film the Aboriginal Business Match conference.

In February, we filmed ABM’s first conference of 2014 in Penticton, and we were thrilled when the organizers asked us to join them again in Saskatoon.

The event provides an opportunity for members of Aboriginal communities to connect with the private sector. Over the course of three days, ABM delegates network with various companies – sourcing out opportunities for new partnerships across the country.  At ABM’s Penticton conference, 300 delegates initiated new business deals worth well over $30 million.

We chose to drive from Summerland to Saskatoon – all 1200 kilometres of it. It was long haul but with overnights in Golden, Kindersley and Canmore, the trek was worth it. First visit to the Prairies = checked off my Canadiana to-do list.

Here’s a few highlights:

1. Holiday Inn Saskatoon: This hotel was awesome! It’s brand new and located right downtown. We were on the 10th floor. The room was very clean and the staff was great.

Global Saskatoon sets up at the conference centre across from our hotel

Global Saskatoon set up for a live hit from ABM at the conference centre across from our hotel

View from our hotel room

View from our hotel room

2. Walking Tour: During our downtime we walked all over the city. Going back and forth across the bridges, we explored Broadway Street, the downtown core, checked out Saskatoon’s Moksha Yoga; went to see the movie Chef; and admired the city’s heritage homes along the South Saskatchewan River.

Saskatoon: Paris of the Prairies

Saskatoon: Paris of the Prairies

3. Saskatoon’s must eats: Food is incredibility important to me. I love to eat so when I travel, Tripadvisor is my best friend and so far it hasn’t let me down. My top picks:

  • Nosh Eatery: one of the city’s newest restaurants. Flavourful, creative and healthy dishes. Great selection of drinks. Expect to leave satisfied and full without being bloated (always a good thing.) Think: Naam in Vancouver or The Coup in Calgary.
  • The Rook & Raven: good solid pub food. Nice staff. Thumbs up.
  • Museo: wicked coffee shop. Awesome coffee. Think: Habit in Victoria or Triumph in Vernon.
  • Local: also an excellent coffee but takes the number #2 spot because the staff wasn’t all that friendly. I felt like I was inconveniencing them by ordering a coffee.
  • Bon Temps Café: if you like seafood/Cajun – go here. I personally don’t, but the drinks, the décor and the live jazz band made for a super cool atmosphere.
My favourite restaurant: Nosh Eatery

My favourite restaurant: Nosh Eatery

Dinner appy at Nosh

Dinner appy at Nosh

Lunch #2 at Nosh

Lunch at Nosh

Lunch at Nosh

Lunch #2 at Nosh

Local for coffee

Local for coffee

Decor at Bon Temps Cafe

Decor at Bon Temps Cafe

Inside Museo

Inside Museo

Coffee break at Museo

Coffee break at Museo

Lunch at the Rook & Raven

Lunch at the Rook & Raven

4. It’s a challenge to find good Okanagan wine in Saskatoon. One waiter told us it’s because it’s too expensive to sell by the glass. A little strange, but hey, it gave the opportunity to try to new beer from Saskatoon’s two micro-breweries: The Great Western Brewing Company and Paddock Wood Beer.

Overall our trip to Saskatoon was a success – now it’s time to get editing!

Erin

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