Saskatchewan Financial Literacy Network (SFLN)
The SFLN was formed in 2016 with the help of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce who began to organize and build momentum for this cause. In 2017, the SFLN formalized its governance structure and formed its Board of Directors. Today, the Board consists of members representing industry and education from across the province.
The SFLN has a vision is to strengthen the financial well-being of individuals and families in Saskatchewan by empowering them to manage money and debt wisely, plan and save for the future, and prevent and protect against fraud and financial abuse. Its mission is to gather and distribute financial literacy information to ensure consumers are well-equipped to make decisions that affect their livelihood and their future.
The SFLN is a hub for existing information and resources regarding financial literacy in order to create a positive influence in people’s lives. It works with and promotes existing programs to advance financial literacy in our province. As a membership-based network, the SFLN is made up of businesses and organizations committed to advancing financial literacy in Saskatchewan.
Business Management Essentials Training
The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a provincial partnership to provide essential management skills training to Chamber Members across Saskatchewan. This new training partnership with Southeast College will be made available through Chambers of Commerce province wide.
“One of the clearest messages from our Membership has been the need to upskill their people,” noted Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve McLellan. “Growth is key to business success, and a big part of that is developing and retaining the best people.”
The Business Management Essentials program was developed in partnership with Southeast College and will be delivered in strategic locations across the province. Modules are one-day workshop style classes that focus on skills such as supervisory, workplace bullying/harassment, time management, leadership skills, etc.
The certification will be in two levels and will be endorsed by the Saskatchewan Chamber and certified by Southeast College. “We’ve built this programming with businesses in mind,” said College Vice President Jeff Richards. “These programs provide folks with real world skills and tools to not only enhance their management skills, but to build better businesses.”
The program is set to launch in the fall of 2019 with classes beginning in Regina.
“The opportunity to build a stronger and more adaptable Saskatchewan is something both the Chamber and the College are always seeking, and this is another step in that direction,” concluded McLellan.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Coalition
In early 2019, the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Saskatoon-Industry Education-Council, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan, CREATE Justice, College of Law – U of S, and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to apply for a Federal grant to combat sexual harassment in Saskatchewan workplaces.
Recently the Federal Government awarded funding for the proposed 5-year project in the amount of $1.6M. These funds will be used to develop a province-wide, multi-tiered strategy to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This strategy will be designed and implemented by the coalition and aims to dispel the myths and misinformation surrounding sexual harassment, train employees and employers, increase public awareness, and provide access to employment counselling for people in Saskatchewan who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
As part of the project, the coalition will provide relevant, ready-to-use training resources for employees, employers and business leaders in-person and through webinars. Evidence-based tool kits will be developed and promoted at face-to-face community outreach events including workshops, seminars and symposia. Within workplace settings, the public education project will not only support those who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, but also: those employees who have witnessed sexual harassment; managers and employers; those preparing to enter the workplace; business advocacy organizations; and community and municipal advocacy organizations.
Make It Our Business Program, presented in partnership with CPHR Saskatchewan
It is a fact that Saskatchewan has the highest rates of police-reported domestic violence for both males and females in Canada.
With the passing of recent provincial legislation, Saskatchewan now offers paid leave to victims of domestic and sexual violence who require time off from work. What does this mean for employers and HR professionals?
The SCC has partnered with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan (CPHR Sask) and the Provincial Association of Transition Houses & Services (PATHS) to offer the Make it Our Business Program. This program provides information to engage employers and other workplace stakeholders to prevent workplace domestic violence, to support employees at risk of or currently experiencing domestic violence, and to improve workplace health and safety. The Program’s full day session will also look at developing policy and procedures for the workplace.
Please join Jo-Anne Dusel and Crystal Giesbrecht from PATHS for a 1-day session of information and learning through the SCC’s programs.
Find upcoming sessions here.
Office of Health Innovation (OHI)
The Office of Health Innovation (OHI), in partnership with the SCC, is spearheaded by passionate volunteers who serve the health market. OHI sprouted from the tremendous work spanning almost 20 years of the Health Opportunities Committee of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. OHI’s affiliation with a provincial body, such as the SCC, strengthens the reach and breadth, allowing the mission to reach new heights in promoting a culture of health innovation in Saskatchewan.
Knowledge economy can fuel innovation that supports the growth and prosperity of industries. Creating new products/services or improving on existing products/services; new methods of production or process; opening new markets; utilizing a new source of supply to create products or services and/or restructuring/disrupting existing industries.
Many of these innovations are created, developed and commercialized by young and emerging companies. A rich fertile soil combined with the right nutrients, these companies can thrive.