• "STEP is a best-in-class model for what governments can do to maximize trade success. There are few publicly funded programs in Canada - and the rest of the world, for that matter - that have had the impact or delivered the value that STEP does for Saskatchewan year after year. The organization’s focus on export readiness and market diversification in particular will serve our province well for years to come." Manufacturing 2025, Saskatchewan Action Plan to Grow Manufacturing Sales - December 2015
  • “STEP helped our company expand into other provinces and now STEP is helping us to expand our services to other countries. We appreciate how STEP assists us in attending trade shows by encouraging people to visit our booth, setting up events that allow our company to invite potential clients or by promoting our business at trade shows that we are unable to attend. STEP is like having that extra branch to your company.” Monique Haakensen - Contango Strategies Limited, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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Corporate Profile & Overview

Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) champions the province’s export industry and assists provincial businesses in realizing global marketing opportunities.  The organization offers core delivery programs and services focused on exporting member’s needs.  STEP offers trade development, market intelligence, international finance and logistics consulting services as well as industry/sector specific funding and training programs.

STEP was officially launched on August 21, 1996 with a mandate to increase Saskatchewan's exports to existing markets and to tap into new markets by initiating sales, contracts, and projects for Saskatchewan exporters.

As a non-profit, membership based organization, STEP brings these resources together to provide world-class specially tailored services and programs that are of primary value to companies who are exporting outside the borders of Saskatchewan.


Prosperity through trade.


To work in partnership with Saskatchewan exporters and emerging exporters to enable commercial success.

Long-Term Goals

Export Growth - To support STEP members to achieve significant increases in export volumes and value added exports in markets that offer the highest growth potential for STEP members.

Membership Development - To significantly increase STEP’s impact in facilitating export growth for members by providing, developing and delivering customized international business solutions based on the export experience and goals of our members.

Leadership & Engagement - To facilitate, develop and promote the export ecosystem of the province to build support for exporters and the necessary human, financial and physical infrastructure for success. This includes developing the relationships and networks with international partners to profile Saskatchewan’s success as a premier exporting jurisdiction.

STEP as an Employer of Choice - To ensure STEP is able to attract, train and retain a highly skilled and motivated team to effectively serve STEP’s members. To empower staff to be solution providers using creativity and innovation with a view to continuous improvement to drive export outcomes for members.

Corporate Performance & Sustainability - Grow a dynamic, entrepreneurial organization that consistently achieves fiscal sustainability, operational effectiveness and consistently delivers outcomes for stakeholders.

Corporate Values

Collaboration - we listen to our members and work alongside them as strategic advisors to provide a tailored solution to accomplish and exceed their goals.

Confidentiality - we work inside our member businesses and protect their confidential information with strict adherence to privacy and confidentiality. We also maintain our reputation as a trusted confidante in protecting the confidential information of our business partners around the world.

Customer Driven - we exist to serve our members by understanding their business goals and marketable assets to customize strategies that are executed to achieve outcomes.

Empowerment - we are encouraged to take action and will do so with diligence.

Integrity - we are open, truthful, consistent and dependable, always adhering to our values.

Solution Minded - we seek creative, innovative and tailored solutions to maximize business opportunities for our members in a complex and dynamic international marketplace.

Teamwork - we avoid silos by working as specialists in flexible teams to service our members. We protect the reputation and integrity of the organization, and have a feeling of security and solidarity as a team in doing so. We operate with an open-door policy. We operate in an environment that encourages new ideas and is accepting of constructive input.

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