Member Spotlight: Jill Salamon

Jill Salamon joined Edwards School of Business in July 2005, when it was still the College of Commerce. She came from Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan Inc., to oversee the non-credit programming focused on business and leadership skills in the Executive Education unit (ExecEd). Since joining Edwards, Jill says she has been really fortunate to have opportunities to grow and develop in her role,and is currently responsible for resources –people and financial –for the school, in addition to Edwards ExecEd non-credit programs. 

Always drawn towards learning opportunities and passionate about causes that support women in all capacities, Jill has been an educator as a term faculty member at U of S, as a sessional lecturer at U of R, and as the director of professional accounting education at what is now CPA Saskatchewan.

At Women Entrepreneurs(W.E.)where she worked in Accounting,as a Business Advisor,and a Loans Manager,Jill found it energizing and exciting to bepart of an organization that supports women who are starting and/or growing their own businesses.She says it helped her to grow an amazing network of wonderful women.

More recently, Edwards School of Business has provided Jill the opportunity to become more involved with staffing and human resources. She completed her CPHR designation in 2008 and her MBA in 2010, proving it is never too late to get a degree!

Working with the Edwards Executive Education team, she is involved with a lot of new and ongoing professional development programs in diverse business areas. Her team is responsible for special events including the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program, Lunafest, Women of Influence Breakfast,and a one-day Leadership Conference, all of which feed into Jill’s passion for life-long learning and supporting women in business. Her work at Edwards also gives herthe opportunity to be involved with other great organizations: Jill currently sits on the boards of Leadership Saskatoon, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Saskatchewan,and BPW Saskatoon.

Jill joined BPW in 2014-15. She previously attended several BPW events when she worked at W.E.,but for some unknown reason, had never joined–big mistake! That year, then-dean of Edwards, Daphne Taras, agreed to become one of the original Saskatoon signatories to the Women’s Empowerment Principles agreement. Daphne was unable to attend the formal signing and asked Jill to go as her representative.The signing coincided with the national BPW Canada Convention in Saskatoon,and when Jill came for it, she was blown away by the exciting initiatives that BPW Saskatoon was running. She knew then that she had to join!

Jill believes the very best way to get to know what is going on with any organization is to volunteer to help out, so she ended up joining the BPW Board in June 2015 as Board Secretary.She is so glad to be a part of this great group of women who are doing so much for Leadership, Advocacy and Education for women and girls in Saskatoon. Previously, she spent over 25 years with Girl Guides of Canada as a girl member, leader,and board member,at the local and provincial level.Jill also loves live theatre and is a season ticket holder with Live Five Theatre and a past board member of Persephone Theatre.