Eric Anderson to become Executive Director of Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA)
August 15th, 2016 – news item from SIMSA
Hello SIMSA Members,
SIMSA started in spring 2013 as a small organization run by volunteer board members. I began as a part-time interim Executive Director almost 2 years ago and we transitioned from a “virtual” organization to one with offices as SIMSA member numbers grew along with our activities. We now have about 70 members representing several $Billion in annual sales and thousands of employees. We are involved in a couple of the most effective business development events of the year including the Annual Mining Supply Chain Forum and the Oil & Gas Supply Chain Forum. SIMSA is in a stable financial position and is ready for the next step in its development.
SIMSA’s Business Plan for 2016 anticipated a transition to a full-time, permanent Executive Director in the second half of 2016. My role has always been interim and part-time. I was pleased to assist SIMSA in going to the next step. Permanent staff is crucial step in growing our organization into its full potential. We have completed the search for the right person. Eric Anderson will be joining SIMSA as Executive Director beginning September 6.
Eric has been an advocate for Saskatchewan’s resource sector and economy for several years. Some of you might recognize his name, or maybe his voice, since he was the creator and voice of Rawlco Radio’s Prosperity Saskatchewan for 6-years. Prosperity Saskatchewan was a daily syndicated radio commentary sponsored by companies such as PotashCorp. The radio commentary eventually led to him being a highly sought-after public speaker, University lecturer, and consultant. See www.prosperitysaskatchewan.ca. One of his consulting projects was facilitating the development of both the “Human Resources” and the “Research and Development” Panels for the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII).
Eric is leaving his role as the Business Development Manager for the Flaman Group of Companies to join SIMSA. At Flaman he created and oversaw business development initiatives to support Flaman Trailers (North America’s largest trailer retailer), Flaman Fitness (Canada’s largest independent fitness equipment retailer), Agriculture, plus Express Wireless (a chain of Bell cellular stores).
Eric lives just west of Saskatoon with his wife Cathy on a park-like property. Their four children work in Saskatoon in a variety of sectors.
I will be around now and again over the next month to assist with a smooth transition. At this moment, we are in the process of interviewing and hiring a permanent administrator for the office.
Eric’s contact information will be (commencing September 6th):
SIMSA office: 811-56th Street East, Saskatoon S7K 5Y9