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Dean's Message


Since March the University and Hill and Levene Schools have been adapting to a “new normal”, learning, strategizing and taking steps to continue the delivery of our programming while at the same time keeping students, faculty and staff safe and healthy.

As we begin a new academic year I am grateful for the resilience that our faculty members have demonstrated as they pivoted course delivery to remote teaching/learning while continuing to ensure academic integrity and rigour. I am also grateful to our students who have been patient as we worked through the kinks of this transition.

In a time of crisis, it is especially important to recognize and celebrate the many successes of the past year and there have been many.

The Dean’s List of Hill and Levene’s Top 10 Accomplishments in 2019-2020 (in chronological order):

  1. Release of the Hill and Levene Impact Study. In September 2019 we released the Hill and Levene Economic and Social Impact Study. Read the report here.

  2. Named the Saskatchewan Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH). In late fall of 2019, Hill and Levene became the provincial representative for the national network of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH). The first significant initiative for the Saskatchewan WEKH was released in June and was a research report on women ag entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. Find out more here.

  3. JDC West 2020 Host *and* School of the Year. In January 2020 the Hill School hosted the JDC West Case Competition. Our Hill team took home SCHOOL OF THE YEAR (1st place) at the competition in addition to a number of top three placements, including: 1st place Entrepreneurship, 3rd place Business Technology Management, 3rd place Human Resources, 3rd place Not for Profit, 2nd place Debate, 1st place Athletics, 2nd place Social, 1st place Participation, and 1st place for Charitable Volunteer Hours with 5,036 hours.

  4. Launch of ‘Research that has Impact’ Series. This past winter we piloted a new series – Research that has Impact – to share with you recent research publications of Hill and Levene faculty members to disseminate more widely the relevant research of faculty members. Check out the overviews here.

  5. Misinformation Research with International Impact. Dr. Gordon Pennycook’s research on misinformation is making an international impact. It has been covered in the New York Times, Forbes, Globe & Mail, CBC, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNN, Scientific American and the list goes on and on.

  6. Sask Masks. Our Enactus Regina team took home several prizes at Enactus Regionals in Calgary including 1st place finish in the CWB Financial Education Challenge (for their work on financial literacy) and 3rd place in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge (for their work on POE). This advanced them to the final round of competition where the team was a national semi-finalist for the second year in a row, their project Readapt was one of three winners of the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Best Project Idea Award and Hill student, Jana Ham, was one of six HSBC Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Award finalists.
    A desire to respond to community needs during COVID-19 led Hill students in Enactus Regina to start Sask Masks. They produce cloth masks with proceeds going to charitable organizations – the business has distributed more than $50k to charities since March.

  7. Levene Agreement with Canadian Police College (CPC). In February the Levene School signed a Transfer Credit Agreement with the Canadian Police College (CPC) to establish block transfer credit for applicants who have completed the CPC’s Executive Development in Policing Program. Learn more here.

  8. Secured Funding to Start the Executive in Residence in Agribusiness Program. We secured funding to start the Executive in Residence in Agribusiness Program to advance the Schools' work in agribusiness, and bridge industry, government and academic interests in agribusiness across the province. Learn more here.

  9. New Entrepreneurship Certificate. In Fall 2020 the Hill School launched our new Certificate in Ideation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Find out more about the program here.

  10. Successful Pivot to Remote Learning during COVID-19. In March the U of R suspended classes for four days only to switch to remote delivery. While a very stressful period for faculty and students, Hill and Levene faculty members successfully pivoted to ensure our students finished their winter semester.

As I look to this upcoming academic year, the well-being of students, staff and faculty are top of mind for me and we must continue to prioritize their well-being. No doubt this year will be challenging. At the same time, through crisis we develop great resilience and I am looking forward to the year as a way for Hill and Levene to continue to experiment and innovate.

We also continue to work towards our vision for a new business building which will allow us to fully position ourselves to be leaders in Agribusiness, Indigenous and Women’s Entrepreneurship, and Flexible and Work-Integrated Learning.

…despite the challenges we face right now, I am optimistic that the future at Hill and Levene is bright…be well and safe, and stay tuned!

Dr. Gina Grandy

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