Meet the Board

About the Board

If you would like to be more involved in our music industry and contribute directly to the growth of SaskMusic, you might consider running for a position on our Board of Directors.

Directors should be experienced, active and enthusiastic about the music industry. Our Board makes policy for and develops the strategic direction of SaskMusic. Board members are involved in our various events and fundraising, and other activities. These are volunteer positions, but expenses are covered for out-of-town duties.

Knowledge of board governance and non-profit organizations would be helpful, but is not necessary. Each position is a two-year term. The annual time commitment for a director is approximately one strategic planning weekend; quarterly face-to-face meetings; committee meetings as required (each member sits on one committee); attendance at the AGM; attendance at SaskMusic events whenever possible; and you must be accessible by phone/email most of the time.

We welcome and encourage board members from all over Saskatchewan. We seek diversity and invite interest from candidates representing many different roles and musical attitudes. Please contact our office for more information about running for or nominating someone for the board.

SaskMusic Board of Directors

Terms are two years*, with Directors serving a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Executive is appointed from within the Board, by the Board, following each AGM.

Any appointments to Board between AGMs are only valid until the next AGM.

*A Special Resolution was approved by the membership on May 25, 2015, which extended all current Board terms for an additional year, one time only.

Kurt Dahl

Kurt Dahl (Saskatoon)

First term: November 2014-June 2017

Kurt has been actively involved in the Canadian music industry for nearly twenty years as a touring musician, entertainment lawyer, and public speaker. He wrote his Master of Laws thesis in 2009 on the future of the music industry, and has practiced entertainment law in Vancouver and Saskatoon since 2010. He tours the country regularly with his band One Bad Son, working with some of the biggest names in the music business. His articles about various music industry topics have been published around the world, and can be found on his website Kurt previously served on the SaskMusic Board from 2008-2012, and in 2013 was invited to sit on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. Kurt and his wife Julia moved home to Saskatoon in 2014, and recently welcomed their son Levon into the world.

Amy Banford

Amy Banford (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018

Amy Banford received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina in 2008 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. Amy also studied English and Linguistics at the University of Regina and became an associate at McKercher LLP in 2014. While attending the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, Amy was awarded the Douglas A. Schmeiser Prize in Criminal Procedure. Amy was elected to the Board of Directors as Secretary for CARFAC Saskatchewan in 2013 and was also elected to the Board of Directors for Saskatchewan Express in 2015. Amy has been a member of Mensa Canada since 2009. As one who loves to learn, Amy has a broad interest in all areas of law, but also has a particular interest in Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law. Growing up in a music-loving household, Amy spent her childhood years playing her parents' records and cleaning the display cases at her parents' CD shop. Amy is thrilled to be able to incorporate her love of the arts into her legal practice, and has been fortunate enough to work on a number of film productions in the province over the past few years.

Adele Boychuk

Adele Boychuk (Saskatoon)

First term: December 2012-2014
Second term: November 2014-June 2017

Adele Boychuk attended the University of Western Ontario and University of Saskatchewan, and graduated with an Honours BA in Arts (English). She is also a graduate of the Film & Music Business program at Pacific Audio Visual Institute, Vancouver. Adele has been involved with the music scene since 1995. Career activities have included indie label marketing work, graphic designer, agent assistant, artist manager, publishing assistant, festival entertainment committee member, artist relations coordinator, and stage manager. From 2005 until 2015, Adele worked for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as Entertainment Program Coordinator for the six SIGA casinos. This position involved the centralized buying, contracting and marketing of entertainment suitable for SIGA's clientele in various markets. Since January 2016, Adele has been contracted to assist with Artist Relations at MerleFest which takes place in North Carolina, and is considered one of the premier music festivals in the United States. Adele served as a member of the SaskMusic Board of Directors from December 2012 until June 2017.

Taron Cochrane, Vice President

Taron Cochrane, Vice President (Regina)

First term: November 2010-2012
Second term: December 2012-2014
Third term: November 2014-June 2017

A strong and recognizable advocate for the Saskatchewan music industry, Taron continues to showcase what can be achieved through passion, motivation, and community involvement. Some of his accomplishments include more than 100 appearances on national news and local media (in print and on radio/TV), shaping the online voice of the Regina Symphony Orchestra as the Creative Marketing & Promotions Manager, and sharing his social expertise with Breakout West 2012, the 2013 JUNO Awards, Mosaic 2014 & 2015, Telemiracle 38, 40 (and as an on-air social media correspondent) for Telemiracle 39 plus the 2014, 2015 & 2016 Gateway Music Festival. Owner of Taron Cochrane Entertainment, he also works as a freelance writer for the Regina Leader-Post, is a highly sought-after, province-wide public speaker and emcee for events such as the Regina Folk Festival and Regina Downtown Summer Concert series, plus has been a regular FACTOR and WCMA juror and judge for many local talent shows including the 620CKRM Proudly Saskatchewan Showcase and The Wolf 104.9FM Queen City Rocks battle of the bands (since its inception), as well as a passionate ambassador for Music Heals Canada and various music therapy initiatives. Named a member of the CBC Future 40 - leaders, success stories and change makers in Saskatchewan under the age of 40 - Taron has received six Prairie Dog magazine “Best of Regina” nominations over the years for Best Twitterer, Best Facebook Friend and Best Music Scene Supporter.

Josh Gonzales

Josh Gonzales (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018

Based out of Regina, Josh Gonzales is an active singer/songwriter in the Saskatchewan music scene. He released his debut album in the spring of 2015 and is currently working on new music to be released in 2017. When he’s not busy trying to be John Mayer, Josh is a Tri-Council (SSHRC)-funded Master’s student in the Experimental and Applied Psychology program at the U of R. He also serves as the Research and Grant coordinator for the Trifecta Music Festival.

Harreson James, Secretary

Harreson James, Secretary (Saskatoon)

First term: November 2014-June 2017

Harreson James has been employed with Rawlco Radio for ten years. He resides in Saskatoon as the Imaging Producer for C95, Z99 and Rock 102. He also works closely with the programming and music departments. In 2010, Rawlco Radio launched Project 10K20, a program that provides Saskatchewan artists with $10,000 each to record an album. Harreson is the Director of Project 10K20, working with artists around the province. In 2005, prior to his career in broadcasting, Harreson graduated from the Ontario Institute of Recording Technology, which gave him the opportunity to work in recording studios and live sound production. Additionally, he’s been a musician for over 20 years and continues to perform at local venues and special events.

Micheal Lander

Micheal Lander (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2016-June 2018

Micheal was first involved with SaskMusic in 2006 when he moved to Regina from British Columbia. Since then, Micheal started a home recording studio, relocated to Saskatoon, and now owns and operates the Studio XII Music & Dance Co which educates hundreds of children in both music and dance and has employed dozens of performing arts teachers since 2010. His personal specialties are guitar and songwriting. Micheal served as a volunteer for the Saskatoon Blues Society for five years ending in 2015 and serves on the board of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association. He has also contributed his time on FACTOR juries. As Micheal continues his plans to complete his first commercial recording while growing Studio XII, he continues to seek out new ways to make use of his diverse experience and education in music and business to complement his surroundings. He pledges to be proactive in assisting SaskMusic on their mandates and wishes to listen and learn about the ways he may be able to contribute positively and professionally.

Elias Lenge

Elias Lenge (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018

Elias “Ellie” Lenge is fanatical about music and the music business. He learned the ins and outs of the music industry as an intern at EMI Music whilst getting his degree from the London College of Music. He secured a second internship at a London-based music PR firm working in public relations by day and playing shows by night. His experience grew further working as a Music Producer in New York with up-and-coming talent who today lead successful music careers.

In 2014, Ellie moved to Canada from England and quickly went to work as a Music Producer in Regina’s music scene, recording many local and national artists. He partnered with Blue Door Recording Studio and together they launched Be Major Music, a record label that works to discover, develop and promote music talent. Ellie brings technical and creative skills to the table as well as music industry experience that spans 3 countries.

Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson (Regina)

First term: November 2011-2013
Second term: November 2013-June 2016
Third term: June 2016 - June 2018

Amy works as an artist in the Canadian country music industry. She is also the founder/owner of Sing Like A STAR, a program that teaches singing lessons to kids through the use of popular music. This program is currently reaching over three hundred students in five locations across southern Saskatchewan.

Amy's formal training includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Regina and private lessons in voice, piano, songwriting and guitar. As a self-managed artist and business owner, she has gained significant experience in strategic planning, product development, branding, marketing and administration. She has served on various music industry-related boards and committees, using her knowledge of board governance and strategic planning to contribute to the growth of the Saskatchewan music industry.

Jeanette Neufeld, Treasurer

Jeanette Neufeld, Treasurer (Saskatoon)

First term: December 2012-2014
Second term: November 2014-June 2017

Jeanette Neufeld is a Saskatoon-based musician and communications professional. She has performed her own material under the moniker Jeans Boots since 2008 and is a former member of the band Slow Down Molasses. As Jeans Boots, she has self-released three EPs, orchestrated several solo tours across Canada, appeared at NXNE, and performed extensively within Sask. including multiple appearances at the Gateway Festival, Ness Creek and MosoFest. She has also collaborated with Saskatoon-based hip-hop producer Factor. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Regina’s School of Journalism and has worked with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and CBC Radio, as well as freelancing for the Regina Leader-Post and Prairie Dog magazine. While at the StarPhoenix she wrote extensively on the province’s arts and culture scene. She is an active FACTOR juror and has served as a Board Member of SaskMusic since 2012. She is also a graduate of the Sask. Arts Board’s Creative Industries Entrepreneurship course (2013).

Les Schaeffer

Les Schaeffer (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018

Regina-based drummer, audio engineer, music producer and music educator Les Schaeffer has an extensive background as a drummer/percussionist as well as a Diploma in Professional Sound & Business with honours from Metalworks Institute. Les is a versatile drummer, with a professional background of over 20 years in the Regina, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto areas. He is an experienced live and studio musician having collaborated, performed, recorded and toured with a variety of artists ranging from Juno Award winners to cruise ships, including Sylvie, Robot Hive, Jack Semple and more, and has over 22 years of teaching experience in private instruction and in large ensemble settings. Les has been heavily involved with marching percussion programs in Regina and Calgary and had the privilege to work with The Calgary Stampede Showband, the Regina Lions Band, and Yamaha Canada clinician, among others, and has toured throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. Les currently is the Program Director for the Jr. Drumline at the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts as well as an instructor for the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ own Rider Drumline. As an engineer and producer he has had opportunities to work artists and producers including Noah “40” Shebib (Drake), David Bottrill, Cone McCaslin (Sum 41), Parkway Drive, Kim Mitchell, Tom Cochrane, and Randy Bachman. Under the name Split Level Sound, Les works as a freelance engineer/producer offering services for clients in the Regina area.

Brad Vance

Brad Vance (Regina)

First term: June 2016-June 2018

Brad Vance is a Regina-based lawyer with 15 years' experience in the legal profession. Brad is currently employed as Senior Vice-President and Legal Counsel with Greystone Managed Investments Inc., a Regina-based pension fund investment manager. Prior to joining Greystone, Brad practiced technology, intellectual property and privacy law with the law firm MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP (MLT).
Brad is also a member of the United Way of Regina board of directors, a position he has held for several terms. During Brad's time on the United Way board, he has had the opportunity to work on several important governance, audit and risk management initiatives.
Music has always been a central and grounding force in Brad's life. Brad currently plays bass in the Regina-based band Government Town and he has always had a strong interest in the business and legal aspects of the music industry.
As part of the SaskMusic board, Brad looks forward to the opportunity to combine his passion for music with his background in the legal, business and non-profit sectors.