Applications are now open for the 2024-2025 Cohort!

Application Deadline extended to June 21, 2024

About Us

We build leaders.  Leaders build community.

Our Mission and Values

Our mission is to develop effective collaborative leaders by building awareness and understanding which inspires involvement in building an inclusive community.

Four values that distinguish Leadership Saskatoon are:

  • Citizen engagement
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Life long learning

Founding Partners


Leadership Saskatoon was founded by the University of Saskatchewan, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, and the Saskatoon Community Foundation.

We are grateful for their continuing and unwavering support.

Board of Directors




Annual Report




Executive Director, Jolene Zidkovich

Jolene Zidkovich (she/her, INFJ) comes to Leadership Saskatoon with 17+ years in the non-profit sector both in Saskatoon and abroad. Her combined experience includes community development, fundraising, marketing/communications, financial, operational, and volunteer management. A proud Leadership Saskatoon alumna (2018), she is passionate about building partnerships, connections, and community. Jolene serves on the board of the Saskatoon Jazz Society and her local Community Association’s executive, enjoys supporting live music, exploring Saskatchewan and beyond, and getting out for a sunny river paddle.

Program Director, Michelle King

Michelle is the Program Director for Leadership Saskatoon. She is also the Outreach and Education Consultant for Enough Already, a multi-stakeholder coalition determined to address and prevent workplace sexual harassment in Saskatchewan. Michelle has a Bachelor of Education degree and will be completing an MBA from Edwards School of Business in August. She is also a certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor. Michelle has twelve years of program management experience across a variety of sectors and institutions including S.I.I.T, Dumont Technical Institute, and the University of Saskatchewan. She is also the Mayor of Clavet. Michelle is passionate the Leadership Saskatoon program because it helps people grow as leaders and as people.  

Communications Director, Cassie Josephson (she/her)

Cassie Josephson (she/her, ISFJ). She owns Two Black Dogs Consulting, which focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, adult education, and communications. Cassie is also the Co-owner of Phil’s Lawn Service, a custom residential, commercial, and industrial herbicide application business. She has a B. Sc. in Agribusiness from the University of Saskatchewan, is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator® Certified Practitioner, a Facilitator for the Red Cross’ Psychological First Aid course, and a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory. Her superpowers are creating safe and inclusive places for people to learn and grow. Cassie is passionate about Leadership Saskatoon because it creates places for people to be themselves, to get comfortable in their uncomfortable, and to grow as humans.



Our program is funded by tuition fees, donations, grants and sponsorships provided by employers and other community-minded businesses and organizations. We gratefully acknowledge the support of our partners and sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.