SAA History

History of the Association

  • First general meeting of the association was held on February 3, 1974 in Regina, attended by approximately 35 auctioneers from around the province of Saskatchewan. An exploratory meeting had been held on Jan 12, 1974, attended by eight interested auctioneers. A decision was made to organize an association of auctioneers in the province of Saskatchewan.
  • The initial incentive to form an association was the need for the profession to have input in legislative matters regarding auctioneering in the province. The Department of Consumer Affairs was most anxious to see development of an association, and appeared ready to encourage and co-operate with the newly formed Saskatchewan Auctioneers Association.
  • Bonding of licensed auctioneers had been discussed at the meeting; it being considered a surety bond would be a protection for customers and would raise the standard of the profession. Consumer Affairs was requested to require licensed auctioneers to carry a bond to conduct business in the Province of Saskatchewan.
  • The first board of directors were: Mr. Ed Roth, Mr. Mac Scramstad, Mr. John Wigemyr, Mr. Bill Hodgins, Mr. Rhinehold Hubick, Mr. Vern Brown and Mr. Herman Lackey.
  • Initial discussions concerning a group liability insurance policy were held at the March 1974 directors meeting. This voluntary group policy has developed over time to the present day requirement of proof of $2,000,000 public liability insurance, or the member having to enroll in the group plan.
  • The first annual convention of the SAA was held in February 1975 in Saskatoon. By that time, there were 58 members in the association. The membership numbers increased over the years to a maximum of 220. The present membership has levelled off to between 160-170 members per year.
  • We are a non-profit organization that takes pride in the number of charity auctions and fund-raisers that our auctioneers conduct annually, at no charge. Many worthy causes have benefited from the talents of our auctioneers.
  • Auction Era, a historical display of auctioneering in the province opened at the North Battleford branch of the Western Development Museum in 1984. The display, in developmental stages of expansion, honors those auctioneers who have been inducted into the Auction Era Hall of Honor.

Administration of the Association

  • Governed by a board of directors elected, for three year terms each, by the membership at the annual general meeting.
  • Officers consist of the President, the Vice-President and 5 other elected directors. Directors and executive are open at all times for comments and concerns from members and the general public. These concerns will be brought to the attention of the entire board at its regularly scheduled meetings.

Benefits of Membership

  • The Saskatchewan Auctioneers Association provides a unified body to voice opinions to various levels of government. A legislative committee is in place to deal with governments on laws which may affect the auction industry.
  • We provide information to our members concerning changes in legislation such as the GST, the PST, gun control legislation and other issues that may be of concern to them.
  • A quarterly newsletter is published to inform our membership of any events, changes in legislation, general information of interest, and news of interesting auctions throughout the province.
  • A convention is held annually, during which the annual general meeting convenes. At this convention, we try to educate our members on issues related to their auction business. The first evening has been set aside for education, with the second evening reserved for the fun of our annual fund-raiser auction.

Disclipline / Grievance Policy

1. Complainer contacts SAA office. SAA office requests a written submission from complainer

2. SAA office contacts auction company, supplying copy of complaint. SAA office requests written rebuttal from offending auction company.

3. SAA office attempts to resolve dispute at this level.

4. If dispute is unable to be resolved at office level, SAA office contacts member of grievance committee whose geographical location is closest to offending auction company. This committee member attempts to resolve issue at that level.

5. If no resolution is possible, a meeting of entire grievance committee is held, with both parties invited to attend to attempt resolution. Suggested solutions will be provided. If unable to attain resolution, further intervention will be suggested, eg. civil matter, referral to Consumer Protection, etc.

6. If offending auction company refuses to co-operate with grievance committee, and work towards a resolution, the SAA can revoke the member’s bond, and membership with the SAA.