About Us DJ March 18, 2021

About Prairie Food Link

Prairie Food Link is a “small but mighty” food cluster that offers companies and entrepreneurs opportunities to gather for informal discussions and networking, and builds connections for the food community. 

Prairie Food Link is a vehicle for food ingredient and processing companies of all sizes and scales to foster connections and build their businesses. Our events enable ‘meaningful collisions’ between members, encourage sharing of ideas and information, leading to innovation, investment and job creation within Saskatchewan’s agri-value sector.

Although initiated in Saskatoon, this ‘food cluster’ is extending its reach throughout Saskatchewan, including into the north. Membership includes food and ingredient processors and retailers of all sizes, as well as their supporters, including educational institutions, R&D facilities, government, investors, financial institutions, and Indigenous economic development organizations.

 Prairie Food Link is industry-led, and supported by Ag-West Bio, Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association and Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)


To be a global leader in food, beverage and ingredient innovation and processing.


To drive the development of a strong business environment for the value added agri-food processing cluster to thrive, through collaboration, ideation, and resource maximization.

Why Saskatoon

Saskatoon is the logical place in Western Canada for a food and ingredient processing cluster. The region has:
  • Plentiful raw commodities​
  • Large and small processors located here are willing to partner on projects with cluster members​
  • Technical and commercialization support is available through our University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (Food Centre)​
  • Buy-in from all levels of government. ​

Director of Ecosystem development

Joanne Baczuk

Prairie Food Link, Ag-West Bio

Joanne Baczuk joined the Ag-West Bio team in October of 2021 as Director of Ecosystem Development. This position provides the opportunity for Joanne and Ag-West Bio to work with community leaders interested in expanding the agri-food sector in Saskatchewan to develop Prairie Food Link.

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has been a member of the Association of Financial Professionals since 2005, when she received her Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation. Joanne has extensive experience in economic development and financial risk management and her scope of interest is expanding to include
sector specific knowledge in ag-tech and agri-food.

Following graduation in 1995, Joanne spent several years with international uranium mining companies, including Uranerz Exploration and Mining and Cameco Corporation. While at Cameco, she became an integral part of the treasury team, providing oversight for day-to-day
treasury functions, as well as serving as a financial advisor on cross-functional acquisitions teams. In February 2015, Joanne joined the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) as Director, Economic Forecasting and Analysis. During her time at SREDA, Joanne’s role grew to include directorship for the Business Attraction (BA), Business Expansion,
Regional Economic Development and Entrepreneurship pillars.

Steering Commitee​

Karen Churchill

Karen Churchill


President & CEO,
Ag-West Bio

Mark Pickard


InfraReady Products
(1998) Ltd.

Blair Knippel

CFO, OMD Foods

Sav Bellissimo

Store Brands Manager,
Federated Co-op Limited

Mehmet Tulbek

Food Centre

Tyler Morin

CEO, Sakitawak
Development Corp

Kendra Meier

Director of Operations
Western Region, HPS
Food & Ingredients Inc.

William Whatley

Quality Assurance Manager,
Northern Nutraceuticals

Michael Brennan

President & CEO,
Great West Brewing Co.

Ready to become a member?