Picasso on the Prairies … and much more

Expert Opinion
Picasso on the Prairies … and much more

By Brad Peters – director of International Sales and Tradeshow Development at Tourism Saskatoon

Saskatoon, a gem of a city on the South Saskatchewan River, has been chosen by the New York Times as one of the world’s best places to visit in 2018.

And no wonder. A big attraction is the brand-new Remai Modern gallery which includes among its 8,000 works, the world’s largest collection of Picasso linocuts. It may seem surprising that this mid-sized prairie city has such a major art museum and ranks 18th on the prestigious New York Times  list.  But that’s only where the surprises about Saskatoon begin.

Science City is home to Canada’s only synchrotron, producing the brightest light in Canada—millions of times brighter than the sun.  The Canadian Light Source at the University of Saskatchewan is one of the largest science projects in the country’s history. More than 1,000 scientists from around the world use the light every year to conduct ground-breaking health, agricultural, environmental and advanced materials research. Public tours are available to visitors to the city.

The architecturally stunning University of Saskatchewan campus is also a must-see stop for visitors, with the grassy tree-lined bowl at its centre flanked by collegiate gothic buildings and the new Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre designed by celebrated Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal.

The university, located in a province with 40% of Canada’s arable land, is known as a powerhouse for life sciences research and innovation, with cutting-edge plant, animal and human health research strengths and both medical and veterinary medicine schools. Researchers are at the forefront of finding solutions to global food, water and infectious disease challenges.

Through partnerships with producers and government, more than 400 commercialized crops have been developed at the U of S Crop Development Centre, which has recently sequenced lentil and wheat genomes.  The university’s Global Institute for Food Security is digitizing crop phenotypes (the observable characteristics controlled by genetics and environment) to accelerate plant breeding and creating digital technologies to improve agricultural practices and local agri-business in the developing world.

As is fitting in a river city university, the Global Institute for Water Security leads the world’s largest university-led freshwater research project, which involves 14 other universities across Canada, as well as 160 partners and other stakeholders around the world. The aim is to transform the way communities, governments and industries in Canada and cold regions of the world predict, prepare for, and manage increasing water-related threats including floods and droughts.

As a major cultural, scientific and economic hub, Saskatoon is the ideal location to host your next event. Boasting over 4,800 affordable and contemporary hotel rooms and 75,000 square meters) 800,000 square feet) of state of the art meeting space. Saskatoon’s award-wining international airport offers direct or one-stop flights to more than 240 global destinations, making it easy to bring your convention delegates to experience the innovation and culture in Saskatoon.