Growth Board brings together key community partners to grow Regina economy


May 14, 2024
For Immediate Release

(REGINA) A new partnership is paving the way for continued growth and innovation in the Greater Regina Area (GRA). The Growth Board brings together academic, business, and economic development, Indigenous and municipal administrative leaders to uncover, advance and support growth and innovation in the GRA.

Founded by Economic Development Regina (EDR), the City of Regina, OneHoop, and the University of Regina, the intent of the Growth Board is to consider, analyze, back and deliver opportunities that help build the GRA’s economy today and for the future.

“Regina works best when we work together,” EDR President & CEO Chris Lane said. “The Growth Board brings together Regina-focused organizations who can not only identify and articulate opportunities that fit within Regina’s growth plan, but also the Research and Development to Commercialize and the opportunity to advance prosperity for Indigenous peoples. We’re excited at what the future holds for the Board and our city.”

Founding members cemented the partnership by signing an MOU at Regina’s first Bioeconomy Investment Forum, which outlined Regina’s case for an emerging biomass cluster in the Greater Regina Area (GRA). The forum provided an appropriate background for the agreement, as each of the founding members will play a critical role in the success of the cluster.

The Board will engage other potential members and agencies as those opportunities arise. Key metrics of success include active participation by all members, opportunities considered, economic impact, and knowledge sharing and innovation.

For more information, contact:

Mattea Columpsi
Manager, Communications

Additional Stakeholder Quotes

“The University of Regina is excited to be part of this significant collaboration. With our research expertise, reputation for innovation, proven leadership, and infrastructure, we are well-positioned to play a pivotal role in supporting a healthy and prosperous city. This partnership will also play a meaningful role in the lives of our students, who, as part of the associated projects and opportunities will be able to advance their knowledge and skills, creating a solid foundation for our leaders of tomorrow.”

Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina


“The strength of connections between businesses, governments and our educational institutions is critical to the economic health of our region. The Growth Board brings together the City, EDR, UofR and OneHoop to explore emerging opportunities so that we can respond quickly to those best suited for Regina. The City is pleased to formalize our participation on the Growth Board.”

Chad Jedlic, Director, Land, Real Estate & Economic Development, City of Regina


About Economic Development Regina Inc.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REGINA INC. (EDR) is the lead agency for economic development for the Greater Regina Area (GRA). EDR provides leadership to the community with specific accountability for the following core functions:

  • Support industry growth and diversification through retention, development and attraction of industry.
  • Find innovative ways to promote sustainable growth while effectively addressing the challenges associated with it.
  • Market and promote the Greater Regina Area for business and investment.
  • Ensure the Greater Regina Area offers a vibrant and diversified economy for investors, a climate of growth for business and works toward a high quality of life for residents