About us

Build Up Saskatoon began as a program of Quint Development in 2018.

Originally conceived as an ‘employment first’ initiative in collaboration with gang-intervention organization Str8 Up, Build Up Saskatoon has sought to provide support, training and employment to marginalized individuals with the goal of helping them achieve mainstream employment in the trades.

Beyond the training and work experience, Build Up’s programming is specifically designed to help participants address any issues that exist in their lives that may represent a barrier to stability or personal growth. This can range from support completing justice obligations, help finding stable housing, acquiring ID, setting up bank accounts or anything in between.  For many of our crew, working with Build Up is their first stable, legitimate source of income in years – if ever.

A growing team

Today, Build Up Saskatoon has a team of nearly 20 staff and crew completing industry-standard work for private clients, community organizations, affordable housing providers as well as the City of Saskatoon. With the support of our funders as well as through revenue generated by our projects, Build Up looks to continue providing opportunities to marginalized individuals, while contributing to local economic development, labour market needs, and community safety.

We’re building up

Beyond the projects, we have celebrated a number of crew achievements ranging from the purchase of their first vehicle, regaining custody of their kids, moving out of a shelter into stable housing, achieving and maintaining sobriety, as well as gaining industry employment.

Quint Saskatoon

Learn more about our parent organization

How we do it

Our Model


high quality residential and light-commercial contracting services.


construction skills, safety training, and employment skills for crew members


equitable access to employment.


Aaron Timoshyk

306-978-4041 ext. 237, info@buildupsaskatoon.ca

Aaron brings a unique background to the role of Program Manager, with his experience working closely with marginalized communities as a teacher originally drawing him to the position.  With a desire to support community building, and economic development, Aaron brings his combination of experience in variety of fields, including construction to the program, and looks to continue supporting crew members in their growth both personally and professionally.