Of all gas transported in Canada, 90 per cent passes through the Moose Jaw Regina Industrial Corridor.
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Judie Dyck, co-ordinator of the Upper Qu'Appelle Water Supply Tour on Wednesday, speaks with participants at Mosaic Place before two buses head out for a 12-hour event across Southern-Central Saskatchewan.
That is one of the little known facts that Judie Dyck, the first president and CEO of the corridor, would like more people to know as the corridor continues to grow.
“It’s one of the top four heavy industrial sites in North America, specifically the Belle Plaine area,” she said.
“I really believe that the corridor is a bit of an unknown in Saskatchewan … The three economic drivers for Saskatchewan are agriculture, energy and mining and all three of those are located in the mining sector.”
Dyck assumed the role of president on July 25 and she will spend approximately one week per month in the corridor.
As president, her duties include working with members and stakeholders in the corridor, investment attraction, working with the eight municipalities in the corridor and promoting the corridor in and outside of Saskatchewan.
Since 2009, eight municipalities have worked to” support sustained economic development in the corridor,” she said. Those municipalities include the City of Moose Jaw, the City of Regina, the Town of Pense, the Town of Grand Coulee, the Village of Belle Plaine, the rural municipality (R.M.) of Sherwood No. 159, the R.M. of Pense No. 160 and the R.M. of Moose Jaw No. 161.
The Moose Jaw Regina Industrial Corridor was officially formed in 2010 and represents the aforementioned municipalities. The 67-kilometer corridor is in between Moose Jaw and Regina.
Belle Plaine is the site of the Mosaic potash mine, Terra Grains, Yara Fertilizer, Alpine Foods and Canadian Salts. The corridor also includes the K+S Potash Canada mine near Moose Jaw, gas pipelines, water, power and two railways making it “very attractive for manufacturing,” said Dyck.
A total of 24 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population lives in the corridor and it generates 20 per cent of the province’s GDP.
“Recently there’s been news about the farmers in North America establishing their nitrogen fertilizer plant at Belle Plaine,” said Dyck. “The transportation and industry within that corridor is really a prime location due to those benefits.”
She is the former executive director of the Saskatchewan Canola Growers Association and former president of the Saskatchewan Biofuels Development Council.
“I’m a farm girl from Saskatchewan,” she said. “I’m the kind of person who likes challenges and it was a really timely opportunity for me.”
In addition to being president of the corridor, since 2009, she has been an honorary consulate for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Saskatchewan. With her husband, she is co-owner of Agmar International Marketing Inc.
“I like to make things happen and I had gotten to know the corridor a little bit over the last couple of years on various projects I’ve done,” she said. “Saskatchewan economy is booming and the corridor, there’s a lot of exciting things that are happening and the potential is there for other projects.”
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