Issue 42

An Inspiring Community of Leaders

If ever I need inspiration for my work, all I have to do is talk to the leaders of our community. This past month the EDR team facilitated over a dozen round-table meetings and focus groups, to gather community input into the Economic Growth Plan to be drafted by a steering committee headed up by Mayor Michael Fougere and Murad Al-Katib. What a fantastic experience for all us! We were so impressed with the love for our city, the passion for its future, and the truly intelligent and creative thinking of all the participants in these discussions. Thank you to everyone who took part-your input has been invaluable.

And of course, each session reminded us that the most important thing when it comes to our future is to Think BIG!


University of Regina’s Paul J. Hill School of Business and Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business are making a substantial economic and social impact on the Greater Regina area. No matter how you look at it, the numbers are impressive:

The two schools generated $211 million in economic activity or $140 million in GDP to the provincial economy in 2018.
1 in 280 jobs in Regina depends directly or indirectly on the Hill and Levene Schools of Business.
1,722 students spent $10.1 million in Regina in 2018.
83% of Hill graduates in 2017-18 already had employment in place. 74% started work in their relevant fields of study.
These are the key findings of an Economic and Social Impact Study conducted by Economic Development Regina on behalf of the two schools.

“We were eager to collaborate with Economic Development Regina to measure the impact of what we do here at the Hill and Levene Schools of Business,” said Dr. Gina Grandy, Dean of the Schools of Business. “The results reinforce what we intuitively know; not only do we educate our future leaders, but our activities also contribute to our local and provincial economies in a significant way as demonstrated in the report.”

Business graduates are shaping local business, industry and community. Alumni of the Hill and Levene Schools also identified significant social contributions to our city, our region, and our province. Our students, graduates, and faculty members are involved in their communities and are active as leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists in business, government, and Indigenous organizations, here in Saskatchewan and across the country.

“The Hill and Levene Schools have a far-reaching impact in shaping our region both economically and socially in a number of areas, including job growth, economic spending and revenue creation for all levels of government,” said John Lee, President and CEO of Economic Development Regina. “Both schools are an essential part of the fabric of our thriving community.”

The full study can be accessed here.


TourismYQR: The Collaborate & Connect Conference is back! This annual conference brings our tourism partners and other stakeholders from our community together. This year’s full-day format will allow for increased networking opportunities and information sharing. You won’t want to miss out on information regarding visitor personas in Regina, as well as lively presentations on a variety of topics including myth-busting, promotion, a ‘disruptive’ panel and chances to network with movers and shakers in the Regina tourism industry.

“We learned a great deal from the first edition last year,” says EDR Director of Tourism Ashley Stone. “With the help of our stakeholders, we have been able to design a really content-rich agenda that amounts to an excellent professional development day for all the participants.”

When: Thursday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., reception to follow

Where: Travelodge Hotel & Conference Centre, 4177 Albert Street South

Cost: $50/ person (includes lunch and reception)

Purchase your tickets here.


Looking to inspire your leadership team or even your whole staff? Why not get them to take the Think BIG Regina oath? To make it easier we can supply tent-cards that contain the oath that come with a bonus Think BIG lapel pin.

Just contact Andrea:

“I solemnly swear:

To think boldly, foster collaboration, partnerships, innovation and entrepreneurship.

To promote my vision as well as our city’s and be a champion for the Regina Advantage and the Audacity YQR movement.

I promise to work collaboratively and take Regina from good to great!”


The Tourism Regina crew does a fabulous job of pulling together everything that’s happening in the GRA in terms of entertainment, dining, and activities. It’s all made available in their monthly e-newsletter, Engage YQR. If you are in the visitor industry, you must subscribe. If you just want to know what might be fun to do on any given day, you should subscribe!

Just click here to sign up: