Who is Katherine Gagne?
I grew up on a farm just north of Wolseley, Saskatchewan. I studied education at the University of Regina, then found success in the business world. I was recognized by the Prime Minister as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs.
In 1991, I married a genuine Saskatchewan man, Dean Gagne. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Hong Kong. As manager of the Economic Affairs Division for SGS Hong Kong and SGS Asia Pacific, I oversaw an operating budget of $15 million USD and a staff of 107.
In 1998, Dean and I moved back to Regina with our daughters, confident it was the best place to raise them. We have poured ourselves into the community ever since. For 7 years. I spearheaded women’s events such as “Shine,” an annual conference that drew hundreds from across Western Canada. I also spent two years on the Board of Directors for the Regina Chamber of Commerce.
In 2004, I was hired by Junior Achievement Canada where I continue to work full-time as the Saskatchewan General Manager. We reach, educate, and inspire youth in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business and economics, and help develop our leaders of tomorrow.
This past decade prepared me for city hall in other ways. I spent three terms as a Regina Public School Board Trustee, serving as Vice-Chair, then Chair. As such I oversaw a $240 million annual budget and helped facilitate the building of 8 schools. For nine years, I was also an Executive Member on the City Council/ School Board Liaison Committee.
I believe in our city, its people, and its future. With your support, I can continue my service to the Queen City—this time as Councillor for Ward 9.
My commitment to the Residents of Ward 9:
I will be prepared for every Council meeting. Every person in Ward 9 will have access to my personal phone number. I will answer calls and respond to emails. I will find ways to meet with Ward 9 residents on a regular basis. I believe a Councillor needs to be engaged with its residents in order to represent. I have the experience, the passion and purpose and the time available to be a Councillor.