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News in 2020

File Brad Farquhar was appointed as the inaugural Executive in Residence in Agribusiness in the Hill and Levene Schools of Business. Brad's appointment will be for two years, effective September 1, 2020.

The Executive in Residence in Agribusiness program will advance the Schools' work in agribusiness, and bridge industry, government and academic interests in agribusiness across the province. Learn more about the program here.

File We have revamped our annual publication with a new name and fresh look. Moving forward the revamped Hill | Levene Review will focus on a theme, highlighting the impact the Hill and Levene Schools are having in a particular area in our community, province and beyond. We’re kicking it off with a focus on entrepreneurship, sharing stories about our programming, research and alumni in this area.


Dr. Gordon Pennycook has been named a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

A story was included on the U of R Homepage about this honour.

File Dr. Ronald D. Camp II has accepted the position of Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Northern British Columbia starting January 1, 2021.

The following projects were funded through a Dean’s Call for Special Projects Related to COVID-19 Research:

  • Dr. Shelagh Campbell - Universities and COVID-19 Work Arrangement Studies
  • Dr. Magdalena Cismaru - What to Convey in Public Service Announcements Aiming at Promoting Mental Health during COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Dr. Gordon Pennycook - Understanding why People are Hesitant about Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19

File Dr. Eman Almehdawe is the recipient of a Mitacs Research Training Award for $6,000 for her project “The effect of workload and speed on performance in the healthcare system”.

File Dr. Saqib Khan was appointed as the Agribusiness Research Scholar.

File Dr. Shelagh Campbell is the recipient of a SSHRC Connection Grant for $12,099 for her project, “Work in the West: Implications for Land & Labour”.


Dr. Gordon Pennycook was the recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant for $316,160 for his project “The psychology of online disinformation”.

Gord’s application for the grant was placed in the top sextile and ranked 4th. Gord’s project was featured in a U of R Homepage story with the U of R’s other successful SSHRC recipients.

Congratulations to the 286 students from the Hill School of Business and 39 students from the Levene Graduate School of Business who convocated in Spring 2020.

Congratulations also to  Brent Maksymiw who was the EMBA Valedictorian, Owen Kot who was the recipient of the Faculty of Business Administration Dean’s Medal and Evan Duguid who was the recipient of the the Leon Goldman Scholarship.

Congratulations to Brent, Owen, Evan and all of our graduates!


Dr. Gordon Pennycook is the recipient of a $50,000 USD grant from “Reset” (a project of Luminate Projects Limited) for his project, “Interventions to Combat the Spread of Misinformation on Social Media” with collaborator is David Rand (MIT).


The 2019 GEM Saskatchewan Report, by Dr. Chris Street and Dr. Chad Saunders, was recently released. The report looks at entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan for 2018.

Other national and provincial reports from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) can be found on their website ( under research/reports).

Congratulations to our Enactus Regina team who was a national semifinalist for the second year in a row at Enactus Canada’s Virtual National Exposition. In addition to being a semifinalist the team received the following awards/recognitions:

  • their project Readapt was one of three winners of the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Best Project Idea Award (Project Manager Arslan Azeem),
  • Hill student, Jana Ham was one of six HSBC Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Award finalists, and
  • Dean Gina Grandy was recognized as Campus Administration of the Year.

File Dr. Gordon Pennycook is a collaborator on an NSERC College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) Grant for the project: Community Ideas Factory: Behavioural Insights Unit led by Dr. Michael McNamara and Dr. Nathaniel Barr, Professors in FHASS from Sheridan.

File Dr. Gina Grandy and Dr. Robert Anderson are co-applicants on a SSHRC Partnership Grant for the project: Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network. The project is led by Dr. Wendy Cukier (Diversity Institute, Ryerson University) and involves a multidisciplinary team of 50 academic researchers from 25 different academic institutions. The project will receive $2,446,979 over 6 years.

File Dr. Gordon Pennycook along with team members Timothy Caulfield (University of Alberta, Law), Cheryl Peters (University of Calgary, Health Sciences), and Christen Rachul (University of Manitoba, Health Sciences) has received funding from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: Canadian 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Research Funding Opportunity.
Their project called “Coronavirus Outbreak: Mapping and Countering Misinformation” received a total grant of $381,708 with $75,068 of that coming to Regina.

With the arrival of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan the Hill BSS had to cancel all in-person events and rethink their 2020 5 Days for the Homeless campaign which was to have ran March 15-20.
In place of their regular schedule of fundraisers they held an online raffle in support of Carmichael Outreach and continued to encourage people to donate online.

In spite of these challenges the group was still able to raise $42,034.66 for Carmichael Outreach, bringing their total funds raised for Carmichael to $380,278.85 since 2010! Hats off and congratulations to everyone involved, and thanks to everyone who contributed to the campaign.

The University of Regina’s Long Service Recognition Awards took place on March 12.

Members of the Faculty of Business Administration who were honoured include Bill Bonner, Romulus Cismaru, Megan Costiuk, Dwight Heinrichs, Randy Linton and Arturo Rubalcava for 15 years of service; and Janeen Brown, Tatiana Levit, Kelly-Ann McLeod, George Peng, Adrian Pitariu, Chris Street and Sean Tucker for 10 years of service.

File Dr. David Senkow has been granted the title ‘Associate Professor Emeritus’ of the Faculty of Business Administration by the University of Regina. We are delighted and proud that the University has recognized David’s dedicated service through this designation.

The Hill BSS's 48th annual Keg-a-Rama took place on Friday, March 6. 16 teams participated in the event, raising $7,805 for the Regina Firefighters Burn Fund.

Our Enactus Regina team competed at the Enactus Regional Competition in Calgary on February 27 and 28. The group brought home a 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). 17 teams competed from across Western Canada - the students will now advance to the nationals.

Congratulations to all of the students and to Dr. Lisa Watson (Enactus Faculty Advisor)!

In February the Levene Graduate School of Business 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.

File Dr. Peter Moroz was awarded a SSHRC Individual Partnership Engage Grant for his project “Understanding the Career Paths of Indigenous Researchers in University Settings” with co-investigators Craig Hall, Kelly Lendsay, Rick Colbourne and Robert Anderson and Partner Indigeous Works.

The Hill and Levene Schools, along with the Hill Business Students' Society are honoured to have been selected as a Finalist in the Community Alliance category for the 2020 Paragon Awards for the 5 Days for the Homeless initiative.

File Dr. Grodon Pennycook was been given the “Early Career Award” from the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science. The award is given out once per year and Gord will be only the 10th person to have received the award.

Congratulations to Hill Students Hayley Hislop, Megan Degelman, Val Krasnokutsky, and Danyka Maurer along with Faculty Coach Dr. Joe Zhang who won the 2020 CFA Society Winnipeg Ethics Challenge (Prairies Regional Local Competition) advancing them to the next round of competition in Montreal.

Congratulations to Hill Students Robin Hamilton, Xander Samson, and Noah Rainbow who placed first in Winnipeg at the Business & Accounting Students Case Competition (BASC) January 23-25. BASC is a Canada wide competition held by the Asper School of Business Accounting Association (ASBAA) at the University of Manitoba.

File Dr. Sandeep Mishra was appointed to the position of Adjunct Professor (Graduate Studies and Research) for the period of January 22, 2020 to January 21, 2025.

File Dr. Ronald Camp was named a 2019 TUAS Fellow. TUAS Fellows is a program aimed at invited experts at Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). The program fosters and extends our collaboration network globally and brings added value to our RDI activities.

Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Advanced Education was featured at our HerStory event on Wednesday, January 22. See highlights from her Q&A with Dean Gina Grandy here.

We hosted our Leader Council Student Recognition event to recognize all of our student groups as well as scholarship recipients, Dean’s Honours List recipients, our alumni associations and the JDC West Organizing Committee on January 21. We were excited to share a new video with "shout outs" from faculty and staff recognizing our students' successes and engagement.


Hill School Continues it's Legacy of Success!

Our Hill JDC West team maintained our reputation as a top business school in Western Canada, taking home first place for School of the Year at the 15th annual JDC West Case Competition that was hosted here at the Hill School and University of Regina January 17-19.

The list of the Hill JDC West team's placements include:

  • 1st place Entrepreneurship - Megan Shoemaker, Forrest Smith, Andrity Tkach
  • 3rd place Business Technology Management - Jaya Mallu, Conor Stevenson, Hannah Tait
  • 3rd place Human Resources - Andrew Tran, Hayley Usherwood, Kaylyn Veresh
  • 3rd place Not for Profit - Belle Brown-McEwen, Jana Ham, Emma Ulmer
  • 2nd place Debate - Kyle Anderson, Ben Hamilton, Syed Kamal, Frank Nordstrom
  • 1st place Athletics - Camryn Beaumont, Michael Mutschler, Tobi Omoyefa, Riley Orchard, Avery Pearce, Zach Schultz, Carter Shewchuk, Sarah Wilson
  • 2nd place Social - Ami Caragata, Jessica Goebel, Zak Lamont, Kyle Lugt
  • 1st place Participation
  • 1st place for Charitable Volunteer Hours with 5,036 hours
  • 1st place School of the Year

A special congratulations to the Co-Captains Georgia Iannone and Kyle Hodge and Faculty Advisor Randy Linton for their leadership of this impressive team as well as to all of the faculty and business community coaches for contributing to the team's success.


Thank you to the JDC West Organizing Committee led by Cari-Lynn Schoettler and Mason Gardiner and their team of volunteers who planned and facilitated a top notch event over the weekend! They and their team, the majority of which is made up of Hill alumni, prove that the success of our students continues well after they earn their degree.


Read more about this year's JDC West Competion from the perspective of Hill team members and the Organizing Committe here.

Our Hill ICBC teams also sent four teams to the Final round of the ICBC Competition in Kingston January 16-18 in the Accounting ( Meagan Ireland and Ryan Hamilton coached by Nola Joorisity), Finance ( Boey Leung and Jordan Tholl coached by Dr. Paul Sinclair and Dr. Youngsoon Kim), Marketing ( Eric Gray and Maya Potter coached by Dr. Tatiana Levit) and Debate ( Robin Hamilton and Belal Nabi coached by Dr. Lisa Watson) disciplines. Only the top 5-6 teams in each area advance and are invited to compete in this internatioanl case competition, and it is a huge accomplishment to have made it to the final round. Congratulations to our ICBC teams as well as their Faculty Advisor Paul Sinclair for representing the Hill School and University of Regina well.