As 2018 draws to a close I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the busy fall, and to look forward to where JSGS will be going in the upcoming year.
One big change for JSGS in Regina this year was our move to the newly renovated College Avenue Campus. In our new space we have 3 rooms on the third floor of the College Building that are capable of hosting our classes, workshops and public lectures. We were especially pleased to host the Robertson family in October at a Reception where CB 308 was officially named in honour of longtime supporter, Bev Robertson. If you haven’t seen the new space yet, I encourage you to come by for a visit!
This fall we kicked off September with a bang—with over 134 new students registered, and 441 students in the program, we offered 32 fall courses to help our students along the road to completing their degrees. We also have 32 students learning about policy making first hand as they started their internships in both Saskatoon and Regina.
We were pleased to host Minister Jodie Wilson-Raybould for the first annual Houston Lecture in Saskatoon, which drew over 400 attendees from the university and the community at large. We were also pleased to be part of the organizing committee for the 2018 Wîcihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference, which saw over 700 attendees learn about Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery issues. In addition to that, our public lectures and CSIP Research Forums have inspired thoughtful debate on issues ranging from Federalism and healthcare, data-driven technology, security challenges in the Arctic and more.
This fall, the Policy Brief’s have tackled such topics as policy innovation, gender based violence, and Canada’s natural resource economy, featuring both JSGS and guest authors.
Our faculty have been very busy as well. Most recently Tarun Katapally produced the second India Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, which was released as part of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance’s Movement, while Ken Coates has been working on ways to revolutionize construction in Northern communities.
Executive Education held more than 20 Policy Workshops this fall, as well as a fall 2018 cohort of the JSGS Public Sector Governance Program and an offering of the Indigenous Leadership Program for the community of Ministikwan Cree First Nation.
We are pleased to be building networks with our alumni, and had a successful reception just a few weeks ago in Regina. We are looking forward to encouraging more alumni interactions in the 2019.
To put it lightly, we have had a very busy fall, and we don’t plan on slowing down. Keep an eye on our e-newsletter and on our events calendar as we announce public events, new training opportunities, and details on some of the exciting research our faculty members are working on.
I look forward to seeing you in 2019!
JSGS Executive Director