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University of Regina receives $9.3M grant to deliver new program in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Release Date: June 7, 2023 11:30 AM

The University of Regina’s Paul J. Hill School of Business and the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business have secured a $9.3 million grant from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Skills for Success Program for the development and delivery of The Canadian Program in Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

“Building a stronger and more resilient workforce relies on high quality training. Thanks to this project, students will have access to essential training resources that will enhance and build their skills in entrepreneurship,” says the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough.

Launching in December 2023, the free, online program will be available to all Canadians who want to improve their skills to better meet the demands on Canadian employers, or create their own employment opportunities.

Targeted primarily towards high school and post-secondary students, The Canadian Program for Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship will consist of eight online modules designed to develop a range of entrepreneurial skills and abilities focused on creativity, innovative problem solving, new business idea generation, and business model development.

The program will also include content aimed at educating Canadians on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with women- and Indigenous- led entrepreneurial ventures.

“This program is going to equip the next generation of Canadian workers with the creative and entrepreneurial skills needed to not only participate, but also excel in our rapidly changing economy,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Jeff Keshen. “I want to thank the Government of Canada for selecting the University of Regina as the institution best-suited to deliver this exciting new program.”

The Hill and Levene Schools of Business boast a talented roster of faculty with real-world entrepreneurial experience to draw from to successfully deliver a program of this scale.

“This new program will leverage the Schools’ long history of entrepreneurship expertise developed through our teaching, research and community service activities,” said Dr. Gina Grandy, Project Lead. “In an accessible format available to all Canadians, this free, online program will adopt an engaging and experiential approach and offer participants relevant knowledge and skills to start and elevate their careers.”

More program details will be released later this year. To learn more, get in touch with the Hill and Levene Schools of Business at

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