Helping women students to realize their entrepreneurial dreams

By Greg Duck Posted: December 7, 2018 9:40 a.m.

Valerie Sluth is the new RBC Woman Executive in Residence.
Valerie Sluth is the new RBC Woman Executive in Residence. Photo by U of R Photography

Entrepreneurship in the province is thriving, and the new Executive in Residence in the Hill and Levene Schools of Business will work to empower women students to consider it as a career option.

Valerie Sluth was appointed RBC Woman Executive in Residence in late October and will maintain an office with the Hill and Levene Schools of Business for the next two years. With a focus on encouraging aspiring women entrepreneurs, Sluth will work to bolster extracurricular programming in entrepreneurship and further illustrate how the Hill and Levene Schools are national leaders in the field.

“Expanding the number of women who live the entrepreneurial spirit is my passion,” said Sluth. “This appointment is an absolute honour and I look forward to helping others realize their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Sluth is an accomplished member of Regina’s business community as the founder and CEO of Praxis Consulting, a prominent Saskatchewan management consulting and research firm. Her involvement in the community is extensive and includes her role as Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Regina Entrepreneurship Council. Within the University, she is a member of the Leaders Council Executive for the Hill and Levene Schools of Business.

“Valerie’s experience as a senior leader, her demonstrated entrepreneurial success, and her passion for mentorship are imperative to this role. We are absolutely thrilled to have someone of her calibre in this position,” said Dr. Gina Grandy, U of R Dean of Business Administration – which includes the Hill and Levene Schools of Business.

The RBC Woman Executive in Residence program was created in 2015 from a $375,000 donation from the Royal Bank of Canada. This donation was part of RBC’s mandate to mentor next-generation leaders, while educating and championing gender parity in the workplace. Some of the duties included with the position are:

  • To engage and empower University of Regina women students to consider entrepreneurship as a future career path through experiential learning opportunities;
  • To equip University of Regina aspiring women entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge, and networks to lead successful entrepreneurial ventures;
  • To collaborate with Hill and Levene faculty, staff and external partners to foster and develop a spirit of entrepreneurship among women students;
  • To create awareness of the RBC Woman in Residence initiative and Hill and Levene as a leader in women’s entrepreneurship regionally and nationally; and,
  • To support and collaborate with the RBC Woman in Leadership Scholar.

Less than a month into her appointment, Sluth is still in the planning stages of her term. In addition to guest speaking in business classes and event hosting, she is working to create a cohort-style program where interested students can learn more about becoming entrepreneurs and are offered the tools needed to succeed.

“Providing the tools and resources for aspiring entrepreneurs is vital to the continued growth of the province,” said Grandy.

Pat Youzwa – past-president and CEO of SaskPower - was the first RBC Women Executive in Residence, helping to lay the groundwork for the program.


Learn more about the RBC Woman Executive in Residence.