Today, Economic Development Regina (EDR) received two awards at the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) ‘Be the Change Maker Virtual Forum.’ The SEDA awards recognize the province’s top economic development marketing materials, programs and partnerships. The awards honor organizations and/or individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

“On behalf of City Council – thank you for promoting partnerships, collaboration and entrepreneurship,” Regina Mayor Sandra Masters said. “We are excited as a community to be recognized for innovative partnerships to foster Indigenous economic development and our thriving entrepreneurial community.”

EDR won in two categories. The first was awarded for partnership between FHQ Developments and EDR. Proudly sponsored by Affinity Credit Union, the 3rd Annual Partnership & Reconciliation Awards Program recognizes partnerships between municipalities or regional development entities and First Nations, who are taking positive steps towards reconciliation and economic development in Saskatchewan.

“EDR is fortunate to work closely with passionate, purpose-driven people across our community,” EDR President and CEO John Lee said. “These awards are a tribute to the value of those partnerships not just to our economy, but to Regina a whole. Congratulations to FHQ and the Council for Entrepreneurship Growth for their amazing work and dedication”

FHQ Developments President and CEO Thomas Benjoe was pleased to acknowledge the partnership between his organization and EDR.

“FHQ Developments and Economic Development Regina embarked on building a stronger relationship in Regina over three years ago that helped to develop support for local Indigenous entrepreneurs, develop an Indigenous Ag Investment strategy and participate and provide insight about Indigenous engagement in the Regina 2020-2030 Economic Growth Plan,” Benjoe said.

It is through these important treaty relationships that we are able to find ways to create opportunities for our Indigenous citizens and businesses to prosper in Regina. I appreciate all of the great work that has been done to date and look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate with our partners at Economic Development Regina.”

EDR was also the recipient in the Community Project Award Category for the Audacity YQR movement. Th award recognizes the work of EDR and the Council for Entrepreneurship Growth in developing the innovative entrepreneurship movement, Audacity YQR.

“When EDR created the Council for Entrepreneurship Growth, we weren’t sure what the outcome would be,” Council for Entrepreneurship Growth Chair Jason Drummond said. “What we got was a group of passionate people who came together with a goal to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs and citizens at large to do great things – and to celebrate those successes as a community. This is just the beginning for Regina, and I look forward to more positive impacts from the Audacity YQR movement!”