The City of Estevan has hired Rick Sadick as the new Coal Transition Community Coordinator. The Coordinators’ primary role will be to prepare and produce a comprehensive strategic plan for Estevan and the surrounding communities who are transitioning from the pending de-commissioning of coal-fired electricity production and coal mining. And also, to help mitigate, define the needs of the many groups and develop strategies to minimize the impact for workers, families and the communities we live and work in.
Rick brings with him a substantial background in communications. He has worked in the newspaper publishing industry for over 45 years and, most recently, Group Publisher of multiple newspapers in Southeast Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including the publisher of the Estevan Mercury since 2016. His duties included publishing, marketing, sales and promotion at a senior management level and living and working in Estevan has allowed him to know the business climate here while working with many local business leaders in multiple industries.
“Knowledge is essential right now. I will be meeting business owners and operators in and out of the industry to get first-hand knowledge on what we are dealing with and how we can work together to get where they want to be,” said Sadick. “The transitioning part of the role will be my main thrust keeping in mind the city does support the retention of the industry, either by finding alternative uses for the coal reserves, diversity, lobbying for local development and Carbon Capture Storage Development.”
Rick will continue with work done by the previous Coal Transition Coordinator and will work closely with Dwight Bramble, the Citys’ Economic Development Coordinator. They will focus on economic development and investment for Estevan.