Honouring the enduring partnership between University of Regina and the nation’s capital

By Greg Duck Posted: May 16, 2019 3:05 p.m.

(l to r) Sara Ghoreishi Nejad MSC’08, Business Solutions Consultant at Global Affairs Canada, the Honourable Ralph Goodale BA’71, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor at May 14 Saskatchewan Connection Reception at the Rideau Club in Ottawa.
(l to r) Sara Ghoreishi Nejad MSC’08, Business Solutions Consultant at Global Affairs Canada, the Honourable Ralph Goodale BA’71, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor at May 14 Saskatchewan Connection Reception at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. Photo: Studio C Photography

Ottawa alumni reception
Emcee Dylan Jones, Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada, welcomes Doug Moen, Executive Director of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, to the podium.
Ottawa alumni reception
Husain Aboghodieh MPA'11 with Lisa Mitchell, AVP (UA&C) and Dr. Gina Grandy, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration.

The impact that our province has on the entire country was on full display in Ottawa.

A capacity crowd gathered at the Rideau Club in Ottawa this past Tuesday for the Saskatchewan Connection reception. Started in 2015, the annual event, hosted by the University of Regina, honours the enduring relationship between the U of R and our alumni who — proudly representing both their home province and their alma mater — have gone on to public service. Now in its fifth year, the event has grown to attract an eclectic group of influencers from around Ottawa with a Saskatchewan connection.

The event was emceed by Dylan Jones, and featured speeches from the Honourable Ralph Goodale BA’71, Doug Moen, and Dr. Vianne Timmons. Also in attendance were Marty Klyne BAdmin’86, Senator, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, Erin Weir BA’02, Member of Parliament, among many senior federal government officials, members of Parliament, and U of R alumni.

Christine Burton BA’80, now Director General, Channel Management Strategies at Service Canada, has attended several of these get-togethers, loves the event as not only a chance to meet with new people from around the capital, but also for the sense of pride it brings.

"My mother always said that Saskatchewan's highest value export is not grains, or potash, but its people. Every year I'm amazed at the number and calibre of fellow Saskatchewanites who I meet for the first time at the U of R’s Saskatchewan Connection reception,” said Burton.

Following the short program was a reception where attendees had the opportunity to network and discuss their ties to Saskatchewan.

“It’s clear that Saskatchewan’s influence is felt in every corner of the federal government and the national economy,” said Burton.

Dr. Timmons continued her tour on Wednesday when she met with U of R alumni and friends living in Toronto at a reception held at the home of distinguished alumnus, Dr. Allan Bonner BEd’78.