The 21st Annual Raj Manek Banquet


Each year, the Raj Manek Mentorship Program features a large-scale, city-wide banquet of 250 to 350 guests to recognize the contributions of our mentors, celebrate the many accomplishments of our protégés, and to honour the “Above and Beyond Award recipient.

Open to the entire business community and featuring a keynote speaker prominent in the business world, it is one of the city’s premiere events for appreciation and networking. Past keynote speakers include Arlene Dickinson (CEO of Venture Communications), Sean O'Dea (Founder of Second Cup), John Stanton (CEO of Running Room), and Vikram Vij (Canadian chef, cookbook author, and owner of Indian cuisine restaurants).

Also announced at this event is the recipient of the Raj Manek Memorial Prize in Entrepreneurship Award.

The evening, held at one of Saskatoon's prestigious venues, is emceed by our Board Member Paul Martin of Martin Charlton Communications. It is the Program’s only fundraising event of the year.


The 2017 Banquet




Steven Woods joined Google in 2008 and has since served as Google Canada’s Senior Engineering Director and site lead for Google’s primary Canadian engineering site in Kitchener-Waterloo. Steven is responsible for building and leading teams in consumer products & services and advertising while fostering a creative culture of innovation, engineering, and aggressive product delivery.

Steven is highly involved in advocacy, mentoring and support as part of the Canadian tech community and serves on the board of Communitech and several Canadian companies.

Earlier, Steven founded several startups in Silicon Valley including NeoEdge Networks - an in-game advertising company; Kinitos - a company dedicated to enabling creation of radically inexpensive and powerful consumer services; and - an interactive voice portal service acquired by American Online/Time Warner in 2000. Steven was a Vice President, Technology at AOL/Netscape from 2000-2002.

Steven holds Ph.D and Masters degrees in Mathematics (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo - and an undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010 Steven was honoured to receive the University of Waterloo’s prestigious J.W. Graham Medal in Computing and Innovation.