SESAA Overview

SESAA is a collaborative group of industry, non-government organizations, government, and private citizens. SESAA was established in 2005 with a mandate to collect credible, scientifically defensible air quality data and to make this data available to the public. We also provide a forum for open communication of air quality concerns among all sectors of society. Membership in the airshed association is currently voluntary, with emitting members sharing funding responsibilities for monitoring programs and studies.

Our airshed covers an area of 36,800 square kilometres and includes 45 municipalities in southeast Saskatchewan. Major economic activities in our region include agriculture, power generation, mining, oil and gas, and transportation.

Airshed Objectives

A recent public opinion survey conducted by Arcas and Saskatchewan Environment (March 2005) identified air quality as the second most important environmental issue affecting Saskatchewan residents (respondents rated drinking water quality as their highest priority). To understand and manage ambient air quality, we need to know if our air quality is safe from both a human health and an ecological perspective. This information can help jurisdictions make educated decisions towards air quality management and properly assess the contributing factors to regional air quality. Collecting credible continuous air quality data will aid in understanding and predicting if any short-term incidents or long-term trends may be harmful to the surrounding residents.

  • To monitor ambient air quality and evaluate the data to understand contributing factors and evaluate trends.
  • To communicate air quality data and information to stakeholders and the public.
  • To develop a voluntary, locally sponsored strategy for the protection of public health and the local environment.
  • To involve industry, government, and the public in the development of visions and goals for managing regional air quality.
  • To meet regulatory ambient air quality reporting requirements of member industries.

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Saskatchewan Mobile Air Monitoring Lab performing an Audit on the Weyburn Airpointer.

How We Operate

Board Meeting

SESAA Board of Directors: Stacey Lowe, Rae Lynn Spencer, Jonas Fenn, Kristin Waroma, Sheldon Exner, Chuck Bosgoed, Holland Thompson (former director), Dean Pylypuk, Greg Adilman, Debbie Neilsen, Murray Hilderman. Missing: Darlene Sakires, Brian Johnson (former director).

We use a consensus-based decision-making process with fair representation from all sectors of society. Any stakeholder is able to introduce air quality issues to the table for discussion. In the consensus process, decisions are made through unanimous agreement from all stakeholders. Although the wishes of all stakeholders may not be achieved, all parties can live with the final course of action. The consensus-based approach ensures respectful dialogue and encourages creative solutions to which all participants are committed. This approach has worked successfully for several airsheds across Canada. SESAA is the first organization of its kind in Saskatchewan.

Our Operating Principles

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Consensus decision-making

A consensus decision-making process ensures respectful discussion and encourages decisions that everyone can live with.

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Equity

Fair representation from all sectors of society.

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Shared costs

Program operating costs are shared by member organizations based on an agreed funding formula.

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Open communication and information sharing

Regular communications and reporting, and access to real time air quality data via the Internet.

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Scientifically credible data

Quality assurance and quality control will be maintained.

Benefits of Participation

We believe there are numerous benefits of participating in the airshed. Along with the positive impacts for the environment, the benefits of participation include:

  • Credible data that facilitate the management of regional air quality.
  • Shared program operating costs among emitting stakeholders.
  • High public trust high due to the open process and direct public involvement.
  • Access to real time air monitoring data via the Internet.
  • An effective forum for open discussion.
  • Opportunity to build relationships among stakeholders.
  • Opportunity to use the program as a tremendous public relations and education tool.

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Southeast Saskatchewan Airshed Association partcipating in Clean Air Day 2012.

Board of Directors

Rae Lyn Crooks

Rae Lynn Crooks PAg., B.Sc.

Board Chair

Rae Lynn Crooks is an Environmental and Regulatory Advisor with Cenovus Energy. Her focus main is environmental liability reduction with respect to reclamation and remediation in southern Saskatchewan. Rae Lynn Crooks PAg., B.Sc. Environment and Regulatory Advisor Cenovus Energy Inc.
(O) 306.848.6213
(C) 306.861.6338
(F) 306.848.6141

Alternate: TBA

Todd Han

Vice Chair (Senior Consultant, Matrix Solutions)

Mr. Todd Han is a senior consultant with Matrix Solutions Inc. specializing in Oil and Gas Operation Environmental Regulatory Management Systems, Liability Management and Contaminated Sites Remediation. Mr. Todd Han has over 24 years of experience in developing and delivering environmental protection and public safety programs as a regulator while working for the Saskatchewan Government, including: Well and Facility Licensing; Orphan Wells and Facilities Liability Management; Upstream Air Contaminant Emission Management; Flaring and Venting Emission Reduction; Spill Response and Clean-up; Contaminated Sites Remediation and Reclamation; Upstream Waste Management; Well Abandonment; and Field Inspections and Enforcement..

Alternate: Imran Maqsood

Darlene Sakires

Darlene Sakires

Secretary Treasurer (Canadian Natural Resources Limited)

Ms. Sakires is an Environmental Coordinator who is responsible for CNRL's Environmental Management Plan and Environmental Operating Guidelines. She manages site decommissioning and remediation projects across the prairies, ensuring compliance with environmental regulatory requirements in all aspects of the company's operations. She is active on a variety of committees, including the Saskatchewan Petroleum Industry Government Environmental Committee and the Saskatchewan Environmental Managers Association.

Alternate: Todd Han, P.Biol. (Senior Biologist MATRIX SOLUTIONS INC., Environment & Engineering)

Dean Pylypuk

Dean Pylypuk

Saskatchewan Industry & Resources

Dean Pylypuk is the Regional Manager for Area 4 with The Ministry of Energy and Resources. Dean began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1972 working throughout Western Canada and the Arctic Islands. In 1980 the Pylypuk family moved overseas where Dean was employed as a Rig Manager with Kenting Drilling UK. Returning to Canada, Dean joined the Petroleum Development Branch of the then Department of Energy and Mines in July of 1984 and has been head quartered in Estevan from that time to present. A graduate of the University of Regina Extension Program, Mr. Pylypuk has two certificates in Administration and has been a member of Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians since 1987.

Alternate: TBA


Gerald Knibbs

Gerald Knibbs

Councillor, Rural Municipality of Tecumseh No. 65

Mr. Knibbs is an organic grain farmer near Stoughton. He currently serves as a counsellor for the R.M. of Tecumsch.  He and his wife Dawn were born and raised in the area and are currently raising their family in their community. Air and water quality are important issues now and in the future.

Kristin Waroma

Kristin Waroma

Health Representative

Kristin Waroma is the Senior Public Health Inspector for Sun Country Health Region based in the Weyburn office. She has been working in public health since 2008. Her health inspector duties include water, wastewaster, food safety, communicable disease control, recreational water, land use reviews, tobacco control, indoor and outdoor air quality and many other programs. She enjoys the challenges of working in busy Southeastern Saskatchewan.

Neil Hungle

Mosaic

Born & raised in rural Saskatchewan (Dilke) Neil has a BaSc Degree from University of Regina (Industrial Systems Engineering). He started career in 1999 and joined Mosaic Potash in 2005. Started at Belle Plaine as a maintenance engineer, Production Supt & maintenance Supt. (8 years), transferred to Colonsay for 2 1/2 years as the maintenance Supt. Currently work in Esterhazy as the EHSS Sr Manager for K1, K2 & Inflow.

Terry Gibson

Terry Gibson

Executive Director

Mr. Gibson brings nearly 30 years of Public Health/Environmental Health experience to the position. He has held the positions of President of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association and Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association. He teaches Public Health Protection at the University of Saskatchewan Master of Public Health Program and has served on many provincial and national boards and committees. Terry is committed to working with industry and regulators in a consensus decision making process to ensure that the health of the environment of south east Saskatchewan is always protected.


Member Companies

The Southeast Saskatchewan Airshed Association would like to express our gratitude to our members in good standing for their support of SESAA, for their very strong support regarding quality air data collection, and for their commitment to the citizens and environment of southeast Saskatchewan.

For information on how to become a member, please contact Terry Gibson, Executive Director at (306) 371 2478.