SIMSA – promoting Saskatchewan solutions to the global resource industry – by Tony Playter (Regina Leader Post – May 25, 2013)

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The Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Supply Association (SIMSA) is a new organization representing Saskatchewan based companies that provide goods and services to mining, oil and gas, and industrial projects.

With Saskatchewan’s strong resource base and growing economy, SIMSA – which was officially launched at the 2013 Saskatchewan Mining Supply Chain Forum – will play an important role in providing world-class opportunities and solutions to members of the industry. SIMSA assists its members by promoting the capabilities and capacity of its members who represent Saskatchewan industrial manufacturers and service suppliers.

“Our mandate is to represent the interests and concerns of our members who are Saskatchewan industrial equipment and service suppliers,” said Tom Foster, chairman of SIMSA’s board of directors. “We look to promote our members and create lasting partnerships within the industry and other associations.”

SIMSA will also promote its members and their services to global companies working in Saskatchewan as well as globally. The organization will also provide one voice when reviewing new policies and regulations that may affect their members.

“Saskatchewan suppliers have been an integral part of our province’s growth and success by providing solutions for resource industries both locally and around the world,” said Foster. “Saskatchewan companies supply everything from underground mining vehicles, process equipment, electric motor service and testing, design-and-build solutions and some of the largest custom fabrications in Western Canada as well as a variety of other goods and services that support the mining industry.”

According to a Saskatchewan Mining Association survey, $50 billion will be invested in the Saskatchewan mining industry between 2008 and 2028. This is great news for SIMSA’s members.

“Through SIMSA, we want to promote the capabilities of Saskatchewan industrial manufacturers, goods and service suppliers,” said Monique Lischynski, manager, productivity and supply chain development for the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy. “The association will be a resource to those companies looking for suppliers and for those companies wanting to supply them.”

Both Lischynski and Foster believe that SIMSA can assist in the growth of members’ businesses by reinforcing the strength and capability of its membership.

The success of SIMSA will continue as its members continue to provide industrial and mining solutions for their valued customers.

“Any incorporated business who has a Saskatchewan location that provides goods and services to mining, oil and gas and industrial projects can become a member,” said Foster. “SIMSA can help you further your Saskatchewan perspective with a network as broad as our horizon.”

For more information, or to become a member of The Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Supply Association, visit SIMSA website at, call 306-221-8899 or email

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