Creative Saskatchewan's board is comprised of local business and industry experts who oversee our operations. Our board members are dedicated to the growth and development of Saskatchewan's creative industries and the success of Creative Saskatchewan.


Cory Furman, of Regina, Chair, is a lawyer specializing as a Legal and Business Strategist on patents, trademarks, and other IP issues. Furman was formerly with the law firm of MacPherson, Leslie and Tyerman, and on the boards of the Regina Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership.
Susan Whitney, of Regina, Vice-Chair, is a well-known appraiser of fine art and a prominent member of the arts community. She founded the Susan Whitney Gallery, showcasing the work of many Saskatchewan artists over a span of 26 years. Susan is the founding president of the Saskatchewan Professional Art Galleries Association (Sask Galleries), past president and Honourary Lifetime member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, past member of the Trade Team Canada Working Group for the Visual Arts and past member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. Throughout her career, she has been a member of many provincial and national cultural associations.
Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty, of Flying Dust First Nation works for the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, in Business Development. She is a trained facilitator who consults in the area of First Nation governance and community engagement. Some of her past work experience includes working for the National Centre for First Nation Governance as the Prairie Regional Manager and for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as the Director of Communications. She has a Master’s in Northern Governance and Development from the University of Saskatchewan and an undergraduate degree from the Royal Roads University for Professional Communications. Jocelyne also serves on the First Nation University of Canada, Board of Governors.
Valerie Creighton is a dynamic cultural industry leader with more than 30 years’ experience directing some of the country’s most important organizations in the sector. Valerie is an expert in organizational change, and has been recognized as a visionary in promoting Canada’s cultural wealth. She currently serves as President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, which she guided through its transformation towards an advocate of successful, innovative Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms. She has taken part in foreign trade missions, and has been recognized with numerous awards nationally and from her home province of Saskatchewan, where she owns and operates the Red Horse Ranch.
Jocelyne Kost, of Saskatoon, is a former educator and part-time facilitator for the Department of Education, Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation, and researcher for the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She has served on many boards including Vice-President of Dance Saskatchewan, the Board of Directors for the Lieutenant Governor’s Centennial Gala, Chair of the Saskatoon Mendel Art Gallery, and member of the Mendel Art Gallery Foundation. Jocelyne was nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction in the Arts category in 2005, and she was awarded the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in the same year.
Caroline Walker, of Saskatoon, is the inventory manager at McNally Robinson Booksellers, the largest independent bookstore in Canada. She has been involved in just about every sector of the book industry in Canada. She was the first president of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group and sat on the National Council of the Association of Canadian Publishers. She was a member of the Board of the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency and chaired its distribution committee, and also served on the Publishers Automation Committee. She is currently on the board of The Word on the Street, Saskatoon's annual book and magazine festival.
Rick Krieger, of Regina, is currently managing partner of McNally's Tavern, a popular live music venue in Regina, as well as partner in Broken Rack Billiards, Midnight Media, and two commercial properties on the Dewdney Avenue entertainment strip. He has served as Chair of the Tourism Regina Board and served on the Mayor's Taskforce for Regina's Future. He currently serves as a Board member of RROC (Regina Regional Opportunities Commission), was Chair of the Host Committee for BreakOut West 2012 Regina and was on the Regina 2013 JUNO Bid Committee Board of Directors.
Bruce Willis, of Regina, is a partner and the leader of KPMG's Advisory Services practice in Saskatchewan. He has over 25 years of professional service experience, focusing on providing assurance and risk-based business services to the public sector, publicly-traded companies and private organizations. He is an active member with the local Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and has sat on various Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan (ICAS) Committees. He has extensive Board experience, including his current seat on the Un ited Way of Regina Board of Directors, as well as sitting on the Board of Directors at SaskFilm for seven years. He is also the Policy Sub-Committee Chair of the Film Industry Task Force. He has been an active Trustee and Board member of the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts since May of 2012.
Patricia Warsaba, Q.C. is a senior commercial and corporate partner in the McKercher LLP Regina office. She has a broad range of experience handling and advising on corporate governance matters, securities and equity financing, commercial and residential real estate transactions, sales and acquisitions, financing, and development. Patricia is unique in Saskatchewan by having significant experience in entertainment law. She is a Director of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, a Director of Creative Saskatchewan and a Director of Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians. She is a former director and trustee of the board of the National Film Board of Canada and past board member and Vice-Chair of the Regina Airport Authority. She has been recognized as a Woman of Influence in Saskatchewan for her efforts as a professional in 2011.,She has been listed as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal LexpertTM Directory and has been recognized by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers© in Canada 2015 for the areas of Entertainment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Corporate Law and designated ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Regina in the area of Corporate Law for 2015.
Jason Zhao, of Regina, currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regina Symphony Orchestra. A skilled entrepreneur, Zhao has built a successful career attracting outside investment to Saskatchewan across a diverse spectrum of economic sectors including retail and natural resource development.
Dawn Woroniuk, of Saskatoon, worked in media for over 25 years, in roles ranging from Music Director to Program Director and Promotions/Client Services Manager. Currently she is the Director of Marketing for Sakamoto Entertainment. Dawn is also committed to her community and is the Executive Director of the Saskatoon Zoo Foundation. Dawn has been active nationally as well - she sat on the Canadian Country Music Association Board of Directors for 6 years, and is the Chair of PotashCorp Country Music Week 2017. Dawn has also served on a number of boards in Saskatchewan, including the Saskatchewan Country Music Association and, of course, SaskMusic, where she recently served her last term as President. Dawn is passionate about music, arts, film and culture and thrives on working in the industry with individuals and organizations who share her desire to be a part of its continued growth.