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U of R receives $9.3M grant to deliver a new program in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship

07 June 2023
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The University of Regina’s Paul J. Hill School of Business and the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business have secured a $9.3M grant from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Skills for Success Program for the development of a new, national program in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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.

The free, online program is primarily targeted towards high school and post-secondary students, but will be available to all Canadians starting in December 2023. Participants will work through eight different 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.

This new program will leverage the Schools’ long history of entrepreneurship expertise developed through our teaching, research and community service activities. 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. —Dr. Gina Grandy, Project Lead, Hill and Levene Schools of Business.

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

Completing the program will open up new employment opportunities for participants and allow them to better meet the demands of Canadian employers.

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U of R President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Keshen announces the $9.3 million grant received by the Hill and Levene Schools of Business for a new program in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Credit: U of R Photography

“This program is going to equip the next generation of Canadian workers with the creative and entrepreneurial skills needed to not only participate, but 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.”

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

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.”

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