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)
President

First term: November 2014-June 2017
Second term: June 2017-June 2019

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 www.LawyerDrummer.com. 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 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.

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

Harreson James (Saskatoon)

First term: November 2014-June 2017
Second term: June 2017-June 2019

Harreson 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 UK-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 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.

Adam Martin

Adam Martin (Regina)

First term: June 2017-June 2019

Since moving from Six Nations of The Grand River in 2005, Adam has made a place for himself in the arts community of Regina. As a member of the kanien'kehá:ka, Turtle Clan, Adam has drawn influence from the land and cultural fabric making up Treaty Four Territory. He is currently the Executive Director of Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists' Collective Inc. in Regina, actively supporting the development, promotion, and advocacy of Indigenous artists locally, nationally, and internationally.

Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson (Regina)

First term: November 2011-November 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.

Jared Robinson

Jared Robinson (Moose Jaw)

First term: June 2017-June 2019

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Over the course of his career as an artist/designer/producer, Jared has been nominated for 22 music and design awards in various categories at the Prairie Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, The Indies (Toronto), Independent Music Awards, and the JUNOs. This includes a nomination for “Best Music Producer” as well as being honoured with an award for photography. Jared’s recording studio, Nebulus Entertainment, prides itself on working with Saskatchewan’s industry and artists, regardless of genre or whether you’re a beginner or expert. Genres worked with have included: rock, hip hop, singer/songwriter, pop, electronic, country, orchestral and more.

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 to combine his passion for music with his background in the legal, business and non-profit sectors.

Malcolm Whyte

Malcolm Whyte (Saskatoon)

First term: June 2017-June 2019

Malcolm was born and raised in Vancouver BC and played in various bands, starting when he was 15 years old. Malcolm enrolled in the B.Mus program at Vancouver Community College/UBC where he studied music theory, world music composition and instrumentation fundamentals. After moving to Saskatchewan in 2006, he took a break from music to raise a family. In 2011, he re-entered the Saskatoon music scene, playing with a number of acts including The Karpinka Brothers and Dream Country. In addition to music, Malcolm brings knowledge of project management and coordination through his work at the University of Saskatchewan’s Clinical Learning Resource Centre as a Simulation Technology Specialist.