SAB Annual General Meeting
10am Sept 9th, 2016 Willows Golf and Country Club Saskatoon

Welcome and call to order by President Cam Birnie. Cam greeted everyone and reviewed the agenda for the meeting.
Cam Birnie asked for the minutes of the 2015 AGM to be presented and approved.
Secretary Tom Newton stated that the minutes had been sent to each of the membership previous and confirmed that the minutes are found on the SAB web site for confirmation. Tom asked if there were any additions or deletions to the minutes. Having none, moved that the minutes be adopted. Seconded by David Fisher
President Cam Birnie then announced the new executive that would be taking over for the next two years….
2016-17 Executive

  • Past President: Cam Birnie
  • President: Angie Norton
  • Vice President: Tom Newton
  • Secretary: David Fisher
  • Treasurer: Vic Dubois

President Cam Birnie asked treasured Vic Dubois to present the financial statement closing Aug 2015.
Vic moved the statement be approved, it was seconded by Pam Leyland

President Cam Birnie asked Karl Johnson of the WAB board of directors to give the association an update on the progress of the WAB
Thank you for the opportunity to update the SAB on WAB activities.
This past June we returned to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for our 82nd Annual WAB Conference.
Thanks to the support of FACTOR, The Acoustical Sounds of Big Sugar was on hand to close off another successful conference, entertaining delegates and guests at our President’s Dinner & Gold Medal Awards Gala. Timely and relevant speakers this year included James Cridland, Steve Jones, Terry O’Reilly, Ken Goldstein and David Phillips. We were also pleased to have a good turnout from the Commission for our CRTC Meet & Greet.
We are always open to feedback and suggestions on how we can improve the Conference and its relevancy for our membership. At the same time we are always interested in speaker or topic suggestions for future conferences. We invite you to contact us anytime at [email protected]
The Western Association of Broadcasters is pleased to again partner with the world-class Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in beautiful Banff, Alberta as our conference location. Our next AGM and conference will take place June 7-8, 2017. Please save the dates and inform other key colleagues in your organization.
We will kick start the conference with our Golf Classic on June 7th at the prestigious Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. Turning to our conference program, the WAB board is in the midst of planning an action-packed agenda focusing on timely relevant topics. There will be industry reports from ThinkTV and the newly, rejuvenated Radio Connect. The board is also pleased to announce Amanda Lang, anchor with Bloomberg TV Canada as one of our key note speakers. The age of disruption and challenges facing private radio and television broadcasters will be an underlying theme of the upcoming conference. In the next several weeks we look forward to announcing our other speakers and encourage your to visit our website, to stay up to date.
The conference highlight each year is the President’s Dinner & Gold Medal Awards Gala. We will recognize our long serving broadcasters for their 25 and 50 years of service to the industry with Broadcast Order of Achievement. Last year we were pleased to induct 2 remarkable broadcasters to the WAB Hall of Fame, including long-time SAB board member, Vic Dubois.
Our award nomination period will be January 23rd - April 7th, 2017. Our board encourages our Saskatchewan members who have not submitted award entries in the recent past to consider this great opportunity to recognize the great work your stations continue to do. Please review with your Programming and Promotions teams and prepare to send in your worthy nominations for the Gold Medal Award for Community Service and Leader of Tomorrow - and of course don’t forget to consider any deserving candidates for consideration for the Hall of Fame. Now is a great time to discuss internally what initiatives and individuals your stations would like to nominate and begin putting your submissions together. The awards criteria can be found on our website.
Conference Registration will be open in October. In the meantime, the Fairmont Banff Springs is taking hotel reservations. Hotel reservation details are available on our website, Please book early as June is an exceptionally busy time in Banff.
The Western Association of Broadcasters, has been proudly meeting for 82 years. The continued growth of the Western Association of Broadcasters would not be possible without the support of those of you in this room. The WAB appreciates the terrific support from SAB as well as our sponsors.
We look forward to seeing you in Banff for this must-attend event!



President Cam Birnie asked incoming president of SAB Angie Norton to present this year’s SAB Hall of Fame induction to Bruce Cowie
Bruce Cowie
Special Advisor to the President
Harvard Broadcasting

Bruce Cowie has spent his entire career in broadcasting. He began his lifelong passion with CKOM Radio in Saskatoon in the 50’s. After three years in the radio business, he made the switch to television, joining CKCK-TV, where he became a television icon to his Saskatchewan Audience. In 1972, Bruce became general manager of CKCK-TV. He held senior executive positions throughout his career with Harvard Broadcasting Inc., Baton Broadcasting Incorporated, Electrohome Limited, rising to the position to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of CTV Inc., just to name a few. Over the past ten years, Bruce’s main focus has been taking on a leadership role in the development of a highly successful Western radio group.
Through the years, Bruce has been honored with broadcasting awards and served as the President of both Saskatchewan and Western Association of Broadcasters, is Joint Chair of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and President of the North American Broadcast Association. In 1995, Bruce received an Honorary Life membership in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. From 1999 to 2001, he was the President of the North American Broadcasters Association.
Bruce is a devoted Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and has been involved with the CFL Football Club for many years. He served as a member of the management committee for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and President between 1976 and 1978. In 1977, he served as the last President of the Western Football conference. Bruce is also a member of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor.
Cam Cowie accepted the award on behalf of Bruce Cowie
New Business
Vic Dubois made a motion that the ongoing fees for the association be examined and a new recommendation be developed from the board and sent to membership for review. A possible new model on fees would be to adopt some what of the same structure as the WAB. Vic made this motion and a second came from Cam Birnie
Cam Birnie also made a motion that the association should investigate the possibility of holding a dinner in early spring with the premier and cabinet.  Reviewing the lobbying rules or seeing if this is even a possibility with government needed to be discovered. Cam Cowie made this motion and second Barb Bell.
President Cam Birnie thanked everyone for coming and reminded people about the format for the rest of the day with golf and dinner. Also reminded the association of the guest speaker Paul Martin who would be joining the meeting shortly.
Cam asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting, moved by Tom Newton, second David Fisher
Adjourn 10:36



SAB Annual General Meeting
The Willows, Saskatoon
10:00AM – Friday, September 11, 2015

Special thanks to our AGM sponsors
Sasktel, Pippin Technical Services, and Integrated Tower Solutions

  • Welcome: Cam Birnie
  • Approval of 2014 AGM Minutes
  • Business arising from Minutes
  • 2015-16 Executive
    • President: Cam Birnie
    • Vice-President: Angie Norton
    • Secretary: Tom Newton
    • Treasurer: Vic Dubois
  • 2014/2015 Financial Statement – Vic Dubois
  • Report on the WAB – Cam Cowie
  • SAB Hall of Fame Induction: David Dekker, Dave Senft, Bill Wood
  • New Business
  • AGM adjourns
  • Guest Speaker: Jean Longpre, SaskAlert Program Co-coordinator

~Spouses are welcome to attend the following~

  • Lunch – 11:30AM
    • Guests: Premier Brad Wall and Cabinet Ministers
  • Golf – 1:00PM
  • Cocktails – 6:00PM
  • Dinner – 7:00PM


SAB Annual General Meeting
The Willows Saskatoon Friday Sept 11th, 2015 10:00AM
Call to order Cam Bernie President of SAB association.
Cam Birnie thanked our sponsors for the AGM, Sask tel, Pippin Technical Services and Integrated Towers Solutions.
Also welcomed our special guest Candice Molnar of the CRTC.

Approval of 2014 AGM minutes
Cam Birnie asked for any additions or deletions of the minutes from the 2014 AGM. The minutes were approved and no questions were asked.

2015-2016 Executive
Cam Birnie introduced the executive of the 2015-2016 SAB
Cam Birnie President
Angie Norton Vice President
Tom Newton Secretary
Vic Dubois Treasurer

2014-2015 Financial Statement
Cam Birnie asked Vic Dubois to present the fincial report for the organization (which is included with the minutes)
Vic’s over all opinion was the SAB would be in a good position financially. He mentioned the scholarships being paid out and also the creation of our new web site.
Report on WAB
Cam Birnie asked Cam Cowie to give a report on the WAB convention from June 2015.
Cam stated that the organization had a really positive growth year and there is a good surplus from sponsorship participation helping the convention moving forward.
A number of the sponsors have already renewed for this coming year.
Cam Cowie said “that content was king” and the delegates really took a number of items away from the guest speakers.
Also a renewed excitement came from the gold medal celebrations. New categories were created and was received well. Also 4 people were recognized into the WAB Hall of Fame.
The new board will be meeting in the next two weeks to plan next summer convention so if anyone has any suggestions to send Cam and email shortly. Next year’s conference is planned for June 8th and 9th, 2016 in Banff.

SAB Hall of Fame Inductions
Cam Birnie introduced Pam Leyland of Rawlco radio to give back ground, first was David Dekker being honored.
It’s an honour to represent Rawlco Radio, and introduce two very special people as they enter the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
I’m proud to say I’ve had the privilege of working with both of them my entire career at Rawlco – all the way back to the early 80s.
First of all, David Dekker!
David is well known to many of you in this room!
He’s a past president of the Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters
A past president of the Western Association of Broadcasters and was inducted into the WAB Hall of Fame in June.
David is also a past member of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster’s Small Market Advisory Council.
David comes from a family of broadcasters – he was literally born into the business.  I loved going to North Battleford and seeing the memorabilia collected over so many years.  My favourite photo is one of David sitting on his mom, Chris’s knee, as a young toddler – in the control room – with Harry Senior – already auditioning to get on the air!
As you might expect, David started working at the radio station in high school, throughout university and full time in the CJNB newsroom in 1975.
Working alongside his father, Harry Senior, David became News Director, Program Director, Sales Manager and then General Manager of CJNB in North Battleford and CJNS Meadow Lake. 
In 1989, David and his family became partners with Gordon Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio.
David oversaw the construction of new studio and office buildings in North Battleford and the launch of Q98 FM in 2001.
A repeater of Q98 was added in Meadow Lake, CJNS moved to the FM band, and a fourth station was added in 2008.  The call letters – notably – CJHD.  The station name: 93.3 The Rock
David and his family were most proud, when, to help with the construction and operation of the first performing arts facility in North Battleford – and to honour the legacies of David’s late parents – Harry and Christine – the Rawlinson and Dekker families committed $1 million dollars for the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts.
David has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since the age of 15, and speaks with groups and individuals about managing and coping with diabetes.
More important to David than any of this is family – the Dekker clan is proud and strong.  Four brothers:  Chris, Dana and Harry.  David speaks proudly of all of them and particularly cherishes the relationship he and Harry enjoyed for many years as Harry followed in their father’s footsteps and hosted the morning show on CJNB.
First and foremost is David’s love for Barbara – maybe he has his dad to thank for hiring Barbara, so he could marry her –  you can ask him about that!
Barbara and David have two beautiful and accomplished daughters: Stephanie and Kimberley – both of whom are very, very proud of the man their father is and all he has done.
Ladies and Gentlemen:  David Dekker.

Pam Leyland then introduced Dave Senft
I’m very pleased to introduce you to Dave Senft.
Dave has a very unique and special title in our company.
It’s Vice President Emeritus of Engineering.
You have to be very special and very accomplished to earn that title – Dave is all that and more!
Dave has been in radio a very long time – and is still working full time for Rawlco. 
In early 1966, under contract Dave build and commissioned Regina’s first FM station.
Later that year, when the assets of CJME were purchased by Gordon’s father, E.A. Rawlinson from Prince Albert, Dave was appointed as CJME’s Chief Engineer.
In the early 80s – Dave put Rawlco’s first Regina based FM station Z99 on the air.
With radio stations in PA, North Battleford, Meadow Lake, Regina and Saskatoon, as well as a new license in Calgary, Dave became Director of Engineering for Rawlco in the early 80s.
In the years that followed, new FM stations were added in those markets – Dave, as our Vice President of Engineering,  was the technical mastermind behind it all.
In 1987,  Rawlco expanded into Ottawa and Toronto – renovations and new radio stations kept Dave hopping….as well as the addition of second FM stations in Saskatchewan and repeaters.  In more recent years, Dave oversaw the addition of new FM stations in Edmonton and Calgary.
Aside from the 24/7 demands of the life of a broadcast engineer.
Dave has been active with the audio visual services for houses of worship and annual conventions for the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
He’s a loving, devote husband to June….together they have two children:  Rhonda and Darcy.
As part of Dave’s amazing journey in radio – he raised not only a wonderful man – his son Darcy – but also our current Vice President of Engineering – Darcy and his wife Michelle – who just happens to be our Traffic Manager at Rawlco Radio – are with us today!
I know this is – radio station launches and other technical accomplishments to one side – Dave’s most proud moment!
May I introduce – Dave Senft!

Cam Birnie then introduced Linda Rheaume of Fabmar Communications to give background, she honored Bill Wood
Bill was born in Saskatoon and spent part of his youthful years with his family in Prince Albert. His entrance into the radio business began in 1973 when he was hired to work at CKBI.
A year later, Marv Chase, recognizing Bill’s natural on-air talent and enthusiasm, invited him to join the team at 1420 CJVR AM in Melfort. Bill began as afternoon announcer but was soon doing the CJVR breakfast show and became the station Music Director and Program Director. 
Throughout his forty plus years, the Melfort radio operations saw many positive changes, most of which relied heavily on Bill’s leadership qualities. 
In 1995, CJVR moved to 750 on the dial accompanied by a power increase.  In 2002, CJVR AM flipped to FM and the heritage AM station became known as CK750.
Bill and our popular country music format moved to the new CJVR FM station where to this day, he continues to host the morning show.
In the past several years, Fabmar has launched new radio operations in Alberta and British Columbia and Bill has played an integral role in each of these start-ups.
Under Bill’s direction, CJVR was recognized four times as Canadian Country Music Secondary Market Station of the Year.  The station has been honored by the Saskatchewan Country Music Association proclaiming CJVR as Saskatchewan Country Radio Station of the Year an unprecedented eighteen times.  Bill has been selected as SCMA On-Air Personality of the Year and his announcers have also won numerous SCMA awards over the years.
On-air programs developed by Bill such as CJVR’s “Canadian Coast to Coast” and “Saskatchewan Country Sunday” have been named Radio Program of the Year twice by the CCMA and at least six times by the SCMA.  The station has enjoyed many other awards and accolades, all of which have been attributed in some way to Bill’s leadership, commitment and creative drive.
In his 41 years with CJVR, Bill has done more than 11,000 on-air shows (and likely 1,000 on-location remotes) so it is no surprise that the legendary Bill Wood has become a household name with generations of listeners in not only Melfort, but in the other 100 communities that our stations serve throughout northeast and central Saskatchewan.  Bill is the “go to” for our listeners who need to know about weather and road information, school bus schedules and events in their community.
From the moment Bill arrived in Melfort, he became actively involved in the community as a volunteer, master of ceremonies, committee member or board member for organizations such as:

The North East Health Board;                     The Jaycees;
The Melfort Golf Club;                   The “I am Melfort” Committee;
The Melfort Ag Society;                                The Prince Albert Fair;
The Nipawin Fair;                                             The Celebrate Saskatchewan Committee;
The Canadian Mental Health Association;
The Saskatchewan Country Music Association;
The Prince Albert Country Music Association;
The North East Country Music Association;
The Melfort SPCA

Obviously, Bill’s love for the radio business is equaled by his love for his community.  For his outstanding efforts and commitment, Bill has been recognized with many awards over the years including:
Numerous aforementioned Broadcast Industry awards
The Melfort Citizen of the Year Award
Saskatchewan’s Centennial Commemorative Medal
For the past many years, Bill has worked tirelessly with the Canadian Cancer Society as a volunteer, a member of the board and is currently president of the Society.  He has been instrumental in the success of every one of the thirteen Relays for Life held in our area.
In recent years, numerous Canadian Cancer Society awards have been bestowed on Bill including the Division Special Award and the Unit Certificate of Appreciation.
Bill’s passion for radio has played an integral role in kick starting the careers of many of our industry’s players who got their start working under Bill.  He is an excellent mentor and continues to work at developing young new on air talent for today’s radio.
Bill’s professionalism, eagerness and his willingness to help are qualities that Bill brings to the job each and every day.  In CJVR’s case, this has been happening for forty one wonderful years and we hope it will continue for years to come. 
CJVR is very fortunate that Bill has chosen to plant his feet on “CJVR soil” for over four decades.  Not too many people in business these days have employees that have Bill’s tenure.  We truly are blessed.

New Business
Cam Birnie introduced Vic Dubois, Vic then passed along some information that the membership should have received on the set time for a public alert system check. The time for the test was to be Sept 16th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

AGM Adjourned at 11am, Sept 11th, 2015

Jean Longpre, Sask Alert Co-coordinator gave a presentation about the state of the program and answered questions.
Her recommendation was to send her any problems that are occurring with the system including the audio. Jean Longpre 306-787-6678/ 306-520-2456/ [email protected].
Candice Molnar also suggested to include her on any issues we are having and any suggestions about how the program could be better moving forward.

Premier Brad Wall and some in cabinet joined for lunch. Good Q and A with the premier. He suggested that we had done a meeting with the association in the past and thinks we could maybe pull a meeting together again after the election. His time was greatly appreciated.
Golf in the afternoon, group dinner followed.

SAB Annual General Meeting
The Willows, Saskatoon
Friday, September 11, 2015
Cam Birnie                                                          Golden West Radio
Vic Dubois                                                           Saskatoon Media Group
Tom Newton                                                     Rawlco Radio
Brian Kusch                                                         Golden West Radio
Lisa Ford                                                              Global Saskatoon
Bill Wood                                                             Fabmar Communications
Melissa Deitz                                                     Golden West Radio
Darryl Pisio                                                          Golden West Radio
Linda Rheaume                                                 Fabmar Communications
David Dekker                                                     Retired
Karl Johnston                                                     Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Candice Molnar                                                                CRTC
Darcy Senft                                                         Rawlco Radio
David Senft                                                         Rawlco Radio
Kristy Werner                                                    Rawlco Radio
Mitch Bozak                                                       Global T.V.
Elmer Hildebrand                                             Golden West
David Fisher                                                       Bell Media
Derek Ryan                                                         CTV
Myles Myrul                                                       Saskatoon Media Group
Gord Rawlinson                                                                Rawlco Radio
Angi Norton                                                       Harvard
Colin Laird                                                           Harvard
Rob Lozinski                                                       Harvard
Karen Broderick                                                                Harvard
Cam Cowie                                                         Harvard
Andy Ross                                                           Harvard
Pam Leyland                                                      Rawlco Radio


Saskatchewan Association of Broadcasters








The Saskatchewan Associations of Broadcasters AGM 2014 - The SAB held its Annual General Meeting and golf tournament on September 12, 2014, at the Willows Golf & Country Club in Saskatoon. Highlights of the AGM included SAB President Cam Birnie from Golden West Broadcasting, updating members on the change to the provincial lottery rule regarding the necessity for lottery licence numbers inclusion in commercials and introduced two guest speakers, one being Jean Longpre, Federal/Provincial Program Coordinator, EMFS, who updated the members on the progress of the new NAAD (National Alert Aggregation and Dissemination) system that all radio and TV broadcasters will be a part of beginning in 2015. The second speaker was Jeffrey Dickson, Community Relations Manager for STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) who spoke on the relatively new Air Ambulance service in Saskatchewan.  
A financial report presented by Treasurer Vic Dubois showed that the Association continues to be in a good financial position.  The SAB scholarships to the University of Saskatchewan  consisting of the Al Foster Memorial Award and  the SAB Award, along with the University of Regina E.A. Rawlinson Award and Tom G. Laing Award, will continue.  Vic Dubois also presented his report on his review of the SAB Bylaws with suggested updates that were moved and passed by the membership.
Cam Cowie from Harvard Broadcasting presented a report from the Western Association of Broadcasters.
Cam Birnie, on behalf of the membership, inducted Vic Dubois into the SAB Hall of Fame.
A heartfelt thank you was made to the sponsors of the annual golf tournament, Pippin Technical Services, Integrated Tower Solutions, and Sask Tel.
The SAB Executive will meet in the spring to discuss any issues affecting broadcasters in the province and to plan for the 2015 AGM and golf tournament normally held every September in Saskatoon.

President:  Cam Birnie, Golden West Broadcasting, Weyburn ([email protected])
Past-President: David Dekker, Rawlco Radio, North Battleford (retired as of April, 2015)
Vice-President:  Angie Norton, Harvard Broadcasting, Yorkton ([email protected])
Secretary:  Tom Newton, Rawlco Radio, Regina ([email protected])

Treasurer:  Vic Dubois, Saskatoon Media Group ([email protected])