Ok, so we missed it. Fortunately, the Laracon replays will be available soon, and you can browse the videos from the 2017 conference in the meantime.

Laracon is a conference around Laravel, the open-source PHP framework that we use at Island to build our web apps. Talks this year touch on the topics of scalability, UI, querying and the future of javascript.

If you’re excited and can’t wait, here’s a link to last year’s videos while you wait – including a talk by Laravel creator Taylor Otwell.


Jill Ferron   |   February 7, 2018


This year’s Sabex Awards will be held on Thursday Feb. 8th, at Prairieland Park. The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and its sponsors will be presenting the local individuals and organizations that have raised the standards for the community.

Some of the categories we’ll be looking out for are:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year,
  • New Business Venture Award,
  • Marketing Award,
  • New Product or Service Award (hello 3D printing café!)

Cocktail starts at 5, dinner at 6, and tickets are available here from $150 per person.



Jill Ferron   |   February 6, 2018

Dealing with your small business taxes – Webinar – FEB 6

If you need a hand to do your taxes but can’t be bothered to take a course, then this might be the webinar you’ve been hoping for.

This event by WTC Professional Chartered Accountants is for small business owners and entrepreneurs. It addresses issues of taxes and potential CRA audits, focusing on 3 areas: corporate tax, payroll, and GST/HST. The promise is to

The live event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6th, from 8 to 9 pm. Simply register here.


Jill Ferron   |   February 5, 2018

Island Treasures – February 2nd

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Great, now that we’ve got that out of the way we can dive back into our favourite part of the week…Island Treasures! Before we jump in though I’d like to just make it clear that any business or resource we feature here has in no way asked us to or frankly even known we would be including them. Everything we choose to include is 100% because we believe strongly in them/it and think that there is a benefit to providing them to you as readers! No bullshit, just treasures we love…

Cody Schumacher   |   February 2, 2018

Trails of 1885 Website – Island Project Spotlight

It’s Thursday, so that means time for a throwback…all the way to 1885. Last year we were fortunate enough to work with the folks at Tourism Saskatoon and the Trails fo 1885 to redesign their website. Here is how it used to look.

The website needed to highlight the different sites that you can visit that were part of the Trails of 1885 history. But as part of our discovery we realized just how much this story covered. The main feature of the website is the homepage (after you select your language). This serves as an interactive timeline that takes the user through the history of the North-West Resistance.


The website also has a page for each site, where you can learn more about its history, location, hours, upcoming events, and even view a photo gallery of that location.

Also featured is an interactive map, so users can see the proximity of locations to one another, and find convenient driving routes between each site.


Chase Milligan   |   February 1, 2018

Grow your Business in Saskatchewan & Beyond

This event, hosted by WESK at Village Guitar & Amp, features three women entrepreneurs:  Katherine Regnier of Coconut CalendarAngela Propp Schmidt of Redwillow Organics, and Serese Selanders of Kasiel Solutions. These entrepreneurs know what they’re talking about: Coconut Calendar just raised $4.2 million in a series A funding, following a first-round funding of $700,000 just last year!

If you’re interested in hearing about how they are growing their respective businesses of agriculture, technology and science at home and internationally, come check it out!

Events are $30 for members and non-members, tickets are available here.

See you there!


Jill Ferron   |   January 31, 2018

How to use Google for Business

Looks like this week’s all about growing your business!

If you’re ready to gear up and accelerate your business, but need a hand on the more practical “how to” questions, you won’t want to miss out on this luncheon. Nathan Woroniuk from WDiT Business Solutions will be talking about Google for Business, what is it and how can you use it to your best advantage.

Tickets are $20 and include lunch, the event is at SREDA this Wednesday January 31st, from 12 am – 1 pm.



Jill Ferron   |   January 30, 2018

Island Treasures – Fuck the Poor, Emoji Lists, and a Dog Playing Bagpipes

Hey everyone, are you ready for more Island treasures? We’re hoping you’re enjoying stopping by and hopefully you’re getting some sweet sweet inspiration from these heading into the weekend! By now you know the drill, but if you’re new around here Island treasures is a regular instalment where we show you some of the coolest things around the web we’ve found over the past week or so. This includes things from design resources to funny videos to everything in between that helps our day-to-day process whether we’re working or playing!

Cody Schumacher   |   January 26, 2018

TNWNYC Round Table: Redesign Strategy 101

My first Round Table session of The Next Web’s conference was titled Redesign Strategy 101. Since we’re constantly working with clients on taking their old website and redesigning a new one, this was the session I was looking forward to the most. I was also excited because being a Round Table session, the group was limited to 10 people, and the speaker, Jess Brown, who is the Director of UX (User Experience) at Vice.

Andrew Scott   |   January 25, 2018

Meet Jason Shum, senior animator at Amazon Game Studios

If you’re interested in the game development industry, don’t miss out on this Co.mmunity event. The games Jason Shum has worked on are legendary and include League of Legends, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Batman: Arkham City, Star Wars the Force Unleashed 2, and many others.

Jason will talk about his path from being a student in Saskatoon all the way to working in the game industry in Los Angeles on some of the biggest titles in the world.

Make sure to be at the Co.Labs Headquarters this Thursday 25th at 5:30 pm to tap the keg!

Attendance is free, tickets are available here.


Jill Ferron   |   January 25, 2018