Birth of a Boom: Lives & Legacies of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs by Suzanne PaschallBirth of a Boom: Lives & Legacies of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs by Suzanne Paschall

Birth of a Boom: Lives & Legacies of Saskatchewan Entrepreneurs

bySuzanne PaschallPhotographed byDebra MarshallForeword byW. Brett Wilson

Paperback | September 22, 2011

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Birth of A Boom is a fresh, diverse, behind-the-scenes look at how Saskatchewan entrepreneurs have succeeded. It is also a proud and inspiring historical account of generations of forebears, mostly immigrants, who came to Saskatchewan and worked hard to create a better life for their families and communities. From its opening line "My father has the soul of an entrepreneur," Birth of a Boom reads more like a series of biographical stories than a typical business book. Author Suzanne Paschall first introduces the notion that the recent economic "Saskaboom" didn't occur overnight, but has in fact been developing quietly, slowly, over generations of entrepreneurial activity. She contends one of the major reasons for the Prairie province's "new-found" prosperity is the stable and diverse base of job and wealth creation, innovation, market share dominance, and community support that numerous small and medium-sized businesses have contributed over the past century. Birth of a Boom focuses on 13 compelling and surprisingly personal accounts of individuals and families who have created and sustained some of Saskatchewan's oldest and most successful companies. From the Semple family of Regina's Brandt Group of Companies and the Earlys and Bloskis of Early's Farm and Garden Centre; to the global group of PCL Companies started by Ernie Poole in Stoughton, and Saskatoon's catering and hotelier couple Bill and Irma Smith, the stories resonate with the distinct values of the prairie-bred entrepreneur. Birth of a Boom could perhaps best be described as an inspirational roadmap of invaluable lessons for anyone considering becoming that most independent of business creatures...the entrepreneurs.
Suzanne Paschall has written and published everything from annual reports and brochures to newspaper and magazine articles; and from short stories to original music, but this is her first book. She has a long-standing interest in entrepreneurism, having started and run several businesses, including her current company, Paschall Arts, ...
Title:Birth of a Boom: Lives & Legacies of Saskatchewan EntrepreneursFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 9 × 0.5 inPublished:September 22, 2011Publisher:Indie Ink Publishing, Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0986693642

ISBN - 13:9780986693649


Table of Contents

Foreword vAcknowledgments viiChapter 1 Birth of a Boom / Pride of place 1Chapter 2 Norm Wallace / Roots of a renegade 5Chapter 3 Herb Pinder / Play hard, work harder 17Chapter 4 Spencer Early & Joe Bloski / Seeds of risk 29Chapter 5 Gavin Semple / Dreaming big 41Chapter 6 Wendy & George Morris / Doing what has to be done 53Chapter 7 Kevin & Jerry Tell / Out of the ashes 65Chapter 8 Wade Mitchell / Never say die 77Chapter 9 Ernie Poole & PCL Employee-Owners / Poole's people 89Chapter 10 Ron Carson / Into the sweet light 101Chapter 11 Wayne Lorch / Legacy of invention 113Chapter 12 George Reddekopp / Let's make a deal 125Chapter 13 Gord & Cas Broda / Digging deep 137Chapter 14 Bill & Irma Smith / The couple that really cooked 149About the W. Brett Wilson Centre 162Notes 166Index 174

Editorial Reviews

The stories are told in an amusing (sometimes downright funny) way, and they show ordinary people achieving extraordinary results in little ol' Saskatchewan, demonstrating that with a little pluck and a 'can do' attitude, any country boy can go a long distance in the business world.