Contest Ambassador:

Julie Mintenko: Saskatchewan
julie-mintenkoJulie Mintenko graduated from the Broadcasting Program in 2003 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta and then spent several years in Lloydminster where she worked as an anchor, reporter and creative writer for Newcap TV and Radio before joining Global Saskatoon in August of 2007.

Along with anchoring news on the weekend for Global Saskatoon, Julie spent four years reporting from the field, covering everything from politics to health care to crime, but it’s the personal stories that Julie enjoyed covering the most.

Also, in a Global News exclusive, Julie uncovered a two-tier taxi rate system where customers in wheelchairs were being charged more than other customers simply because they required a wheelchair lift. As well as navigating the city in a wheelchair/accessibility issues, which was recognized with both a prairie regional, and a national RTDNA.



Our panel of judges includes representatives from Saskatchewan's and Manitoba's business community.

Monica Brenet

monica-brunetMonica Brunet is a Métis woman who was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan near Batoche.

Monica has been employed with the Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) since 2003 where she has been directly involved in Métis business development.

As the Director of the Métis Economic Development Sector, Ms. Brunet collaborates with Government and Industry liaisons in pursuit of building relationships that supporting research and analysis of procurement policies and opportunities for Métis business in various sectors across the province of Saskatchewan

Jaimie Borisoff, PhD

jaimie-borisoffDr. Borisoff focuses his research on how technology development can improve accessibility and mobility for people with SCI.

Dr. Borisoff wants to merge current models with newer technologies like robotics and exoskeletons in order to increase the ways in which technology can improve the lives of people with SCI.

Dr. Borisoff says the best thing about his job is that he is his own guinea pig; he tests everything he designs, even if it ends up being awkward or difficult to use. Part of what drives his research is not asking anyone else to do something he hasn’t tried himself!

Stephanie Yong

stephanie-yongStephanie Yong in the Director of the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Saskatchewan. Stephanie has obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and an MBA, both from the University of Saskatchewan.

Stephanie is passionate about Design Thinking and has been using this process of thinking to apply to programming at the Wilson Centre to help people learn how to identify problems and come up with realistic, feasible solutions.

Stephanie is also a sessional lecturer at the Edwards School of Business, teaching Entrepreneurship courses. Besides being an entrepreneur herself, Stephanie enjoys being involved in the entrepreneurship movement with aspirations to support innovation and growth in the community that will have an impact on both the social and economic trends.

Chris Karasewich: Exchange Digital PR

chris-karasewichChris Karasewich is the founder of Exchange Digital PR a kickass social media agency located in the heart of Winnipeg. He believes in helping other small business owners by mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs.

He is also the Co-Founder of FarmTrack Technologies, an Ag-Tech start up developing herd management technology for the beef cattle industry.

Apryl Harel

apryl-harel-judgeApryl Harel is a professional photographer living in Steinbach, Manitoba that specializes in family photography, including newborns, portraits, and boudoir.

Last year Apryl submitted a video to the Just Watch ME! Video Contest sharing why entrepreneurship works for her.

After voting she was named the winner of the 2015 / 2016 Just Watch ME! Video Contest.

Watch Apryl's Video