Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation

On March 23, 2022, the Government of Saskatchewan announced several changes to further the growth of the technology and research sector in the province. The creation of a single innovation agency in the province, effective April 1, will move the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO) to align with Innovation Saskatchewan. Learn more.



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Corporate Governance


Innovation Saskatchewan

Kari Harvey

Chief Executive Officer

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Innovation Place

Brent Sukenik

Acting President and Chief Executive Officer

Brent Sukenik was appointed Acting President and Chief Executive Officer for Innovation Place in October 2020, first joining the company in 2002 as the Corporate Controller and in October 2014 appointed Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Innovation Place, Brent worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Audit Manager. Brent holds a Bachelor of Administration designation from the University of Regina and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).

Trevor Cross

Vice President, Corporate Services and Acting Chief Financial Officer

Trevor Cross was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer for Innovation Place in October 2020, first joining the company in 2010 as Director of Information Technology and in April 2015 appointed Vice President, Corporate Services and Initiatives. Trevor earned a professional designation from the Project Management Institute and is a retired Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Trevor has also served on numerous not-for-profit governing boards for organizations based in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and previously worked and volunteered as a Canadian Yachting Association sailing instructor for over 25 years.

Debbie Haluik

Acting Vice President of Client Relations

Debbie Haluik was appointed Acting VP of Clients Relations for Innovation Place in April 2021, first joining the company in 1997. Debbie has held various roles in Property Management, Technical Operations, Marketing and Project Management, and has served as the Executive Director of Client Relations since October 2017. Debbie received a Certified Property Manager designation from the Real Estate Institute of Canada in 2006 and has participated in various leadership development programs, including the Effective Executive Program through the Edwards School of Business. She has served on the Real Estate Institute of Saskatchewan’s board of directors and volunteered with the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network of Saskatchewan.

Jackie Presnell

Acting Vice President of Business Development

Jackie Presnell was appointed Acting VP of Business Development for Innovation Place in April 2021, first joining the company in 2000 and spending her first six years in the Regina park before relocating to Saskatoon. Jackie has held a variety of roles in Property Management and Marketing including the Executive Director of Marketing since October 2017. Her previous real estate experience includes positions with Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation and Crown Life. Jackie received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan accompanied by a Certified Leasing Officer (CLO) designation through the Real Estate Institute of Canada. She has volunteered for a variety of committees and boards, such as BOMA, REIC, REIS, SEIMA and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.




Board of Directors

Honourable Jeremy Harrison (Chair)

Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan

Jeremy Harrison grew up in the Meadow Lake area and graduated from Carpenter High School in 1996. Jeremy went on to complete an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Canadian History from the University of Alberta, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctor (Law) Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Jeremy was elected to Parliament in 2004, and at the age of 26 became one of the youngest Canadians ever to sit in the House of Commons. Jeremy was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 2007. He is the youngest Canadian ever to have been elected to both the House of Commons and a provincial Legislative Assembly. He first served as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Energy and Resources until being appointed to Cabinet in 2009. He has served as the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Enterprise Saskatchewan, Government House Leader, Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training, Minister of the Economy, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Minister responsible for the Global Transportation Hub, Minister responsible for Tourism Saskatchewan, Minister responsible for Innovation, and Minister responsible for Trade. On February 2, 2018 Premier Scott Moe appointed Jeremy as the Minister of Trade and Export Development and Minister of Immigration and Career Training. Jeremy also currently serves as Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Government Operations, and as a member of the Board of Internal Economy and the caucus Committee on Human Services. He also serves as the Deputy Government House Leader and as a member of the Standing Committee on House Services. Jeremy and his wife Alaina have one son, MacGregor and one daughter, Finnley.

Honourable Lori Carr

Minister of SaskBuilds and Procurement

Lori was elected MLA for Estevan in the 2016 provincial election. Lori spent 20 years working as a licensed assistant in a financial planning office. She is very active in the community as a board member for the Air Cadet League, Sun Country Health Region and Ducks Unlimited. Lori also spent ten years serving on Estevan City Council. She currently serves as Minister of SaskBuilds and Procurement and Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, and the Global Transportation Hub and serves as the Deputy Government House Leader. She has also served as Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Minister of Government Relations, Minister of Social Services, Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs, and Minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission. Prior to this, Lori was a member of the government’s leadership team as Deputy Whip and had served as a Legislative Secretary to both the Minister of Finance and the Minister responsible for SaskPower. Living in Estevan with her partner Bart, she has raised three children and is a very proud grandmother of 3.

Ms. Alana Ross

MLA Prince Albert Northcote

Alana Ross was elected as the MLA for Prince Albert Northcote in the 2020 provincial election. Prior to her election, she worked in the province's health care sector as a front-line nurse, unit union representative, in the management team, and as a post-secondary instructor. Ross has also served as the Saskatchewan Party President for Prince Albert Northcote since 2011. Alana has three grown children, one grandchild, and resides in Prince Albert Northcote.