As a small business owner of 29 years, Al Tirk has experienced many changes in the service industry when it comes to employee recruitment and retention. Born in Foam Lake, SK, Al learned at a young age about business from his parents who were also successful business owners. The Snooker Shack, voted Best Pool Room in Saskatoon for over 10 years, Consumer Choice Award winner, and Sabex award nominee, is one of the last five billiard rooms in Saskatchewan. The Snooker Shack offers 21 billiard & 2 snooker tables, a full menu including steak nights, a stocked bar and impeccably maintained, all ages facility. Al supports community as a volunteer board member, Downtown Lions Member, and supporter of numerous fundraisers and causes. In 2016 he was awarded the Gzowski award in recognition of his strong support of literacy in Saskatoon. He has hosted world billiard and snooker champions in his establishment and has sent qualifying players of all ages to national competitions.