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Saskatchewan’s Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Act 1999 establishes the Commission as a Corporation and Agent of the Crown. A Board of twenty or fewer members are appointed by the Provincial Government. The majority of the members of the Board are selected by industry, equally representing employers and employees. The Commission Board also has representation from Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Provincial Government and equity groups. The Commission reports to a Minister of the Provincial Government who is responsible for the administration of the Act. In 2018, this became the Minister of Immigration and Career Training. The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Act 2019 authorizes the Commission to manage the Apprenticeship and Trade Certification system.

The Commission:

  • designates trades for apprenticeship training and certification;
  • generates, retains and expends revenues;
  • registers apprentices and journeypeople, monitoring their training and providing certification of skill levels achieved;
  • determines and charges fees for products and services; enters into agreements for training delivery; and
  • represents Saskatchewan on interprovincial initiatives.

The Act gives the Commission the authority to make regulations to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the apprenticeship system to meet the needs of industry in a timely manner. The Act also ensures accountability to both industry and government. Read more about the SATCC Board Policies and SATCC Board Terms of Reference.

SATCC Commission Board Committees: The SATCC Board had implemented a committee structure to facilitate the work of the Board and develop recommendations for the Board’s consideration. For more information about each committee, see the Committee Terms of Reference.

Commission Board Orientation

Commission Board Members as of September 30, 2020

Drew Tiefenbach

Drew Tiefenbach joined the Commission Board of Directors in 2014 as an employer representative in the...

Jeff Sweet

Jeff Sweet holds Red Seal certifications in two, quite different, trades – as cook and electrician!He...


Aaron R. Laughlin

Aaron Laughlin became an Employee Representative of the Production and Maintenance Sector in April...

Karen Zunti

Karen Zunti was elected to the Commission Board of Directors as employee representative for the...

Dion Malakoff

Dion Malakoff was appointed as the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Provincial Building And...

Wayne Worrall

Wayne Worrall was elected as an employee representative for the Construction Sector in 2014. Wayne...

Mike Berkes

Mike Berkes became an Employer Representative of the Construction Sector on April 5, 2017. He is a...

Ian Knibbs

Ian Knibbs sits on the SATCC Commission Board as an Employer representative for the Construction...

Ryan Cunningham

Ryan Cunningham became the Employee Representative of the Motive Repair Sector in April 2017. Ryan is...

Bryan Leier

Bryan Leier has been the employer representative in the automotive sector on the Board of Directors...

Wayne Stadnyk

Wayne Stadnyk was appointed to the Commission Board (CB) on April 12/18 to represent people...

Leonard Manitoken

Leonard Manitoken was nominated to represent First Nations people on the SATCC Commission Board in...

Brett Vandale

Brett Vandale was elected to the Commission Board in January 2004 to represent Métis people. As the...

Brent Dubray

Brent Dubray joined the SATCC Commission Board as the northern representative in 2019. He currently...

Jessica Baldwin

Jessica Baldwin is a professional engineer with 13 years of experience. She was appointed to...

Darcy Smycniuk

Darcy Smycniuk has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and brings 27 years of...

Alison Poelen

Alison Poelen has been appointed to the Board for the Agriculture Tourism and Service Sector as the...

Dana Paidel

Dana Paidel was elected to the Commission Board of Directors as an employer representative for the...

Bernard Boutin

Bernie Boutin joined the SATCC Board as an Employer Representative in the Production and Maintenance...

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We might not be able to visit classrooms in person, but we still get to see students' smiling faces virtually! Our SYA Program Consultant Glynn recently spoke to several Grades 6-8 classes about the skilled trades. The students had lots of great questions about how the process of apprenticeship works. You never know when you'll find your passion that could lead to a rewarding career! ... See MoreSee Less
We might not be able to visit classrooms in person, but we still get to see students smiling faces virtually! Our SYA Program Consultant Glynn recently spoke to several Grades 6-8 classes about the skilled trades. The students had lots of great questions about how the process of apprenticeship works. You never know when youll find your passion that could lead to a rewarding career!
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