Hill and Levene Schools of Business commit to supporting women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan

News Release Release Date: June 15, 2021 11:00 a.m.

The University of Regina’s Hill and Levene Schools of Business have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan (WESK), committing to advancing women entrepreneurship in the province.

The Hill and Levene Schools of Business are currently home to the provincial hub of a national network, Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), as well as the RBC Woman Executive in Residence Program. The MOU is intended to advance these initiatives. In the MOU, the Hill and Levene Schools of Business and WESK have committed to working towards the following initiatives over the next two years:

  1. Exploring the feasibility of developing non-credit investor development programming for students and women in the community, to be offered by the University through the RBC Woman Executive in Residence program, Saskatchewan’s Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, and/or the Centre for Management Development;
  2. Better understanding and responsiveness to the needs of women entrepreneurs in agriculture, Indigenous women entrepreneurs, and women entrepreneurs who are new Canadians in Saskatchewan through research; and
  3. Partnering to profile and showcase best practices of women entrepreneurship through research and events.

The Hill and Levene Schools of Business have begun offering sessions on early-stage investing for both women students and entrepreneurs in the community. In addition, researchers at the Schools have initiated a research project to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing women entrepreneurs who are new Canadians.

“The Hill and Levene Schools are committed to advancing women's entrepreneurship and women-owned businesses in Saskatchewan. I am very pleased to formalize our relationship with WESK in this way so we can make continue to make a significant impact.” says Dr. Gina Grandy, Dean of Hill and Levene Schools of Business. “This will benefit our students and our community.”

In April, WESK announced the launch of its new series of initiatives to assist in closing the entrepreneurial gender gap in the province. These are in direct response to recommendations made by the Saskatchewan Advisory Committee on the Gender Entrepreneurship Gap.

“We know that women entrepreneurs experience several barriers in accessing capital. One of the reasons being the lack of female investors and leaders on the decision-making teams. WESK is pleased to partner with the Hill and Levene Schools of Business to work towards elevating women entrepreneurs by increasing women’s representation in the investment sector,” stated Prabha Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of WESK.

Thirty-two different organizations, including the University of Regina, signed on as Charter Champions, indicating their support of WESK’s initiatives:

  1. Launching a new digital entrepreneurship hub to provide curated resources relevant to needs at the various stages of the entrepreneurial journey.
  2. Releasing the Saskatchewan Women Entrepreneurship Charter. The charter is comprised of four principles to support women-owned businesses. Embracing this charter means committing to doing business with women-owned companies, promoting, mentoring and including them in practical and quantifiable ways.
  3. Providing woman entrepreneurs with a brand identity, allowing them to self-declare as an official Woman-Owned Saskatchewan Business, making it easier for customers to notice and support her.

“By supporting women entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan, we are also honouring the University of Regina’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion,” says Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Vice-President (Research). “With the research projects that we have planned, we will be able to better understand the barriers and challenges that women entrepreneurs face. This information will enable us to support women entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and contribute to the province’s economic growth.”

About The University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

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