The Saskatchewan Institute examined issues, challenges, and opportunities. With a vision for the future, the Institute considered what steps needed to be taken in the present, as well as the long-term implications expected to follow over the next 25 or more years. These long-term implications include expected impacts of growth and development on demographics, education, health care, housing, infrastructure, and environmental protection.
The Institute took into account Saskatchewan’s assets, workforce capacity, and opportunities. It built on existing economic conditions, taking stock of available research and data, and identifying key information gaps that needed to be addressed to achieve results.
A Holistic Approach
The Saskatchewan Institute examined the full range of challenges and opportunities related to sustainable prosperity, and developed scenarios and options for policies and strategies that reflect relationships among all factors. It took an interdisciplinary approach that considered the cross-cutting themes within its framework and examined the correlation among the foundational themes. It facilitated collaboration among stakeholders, while considering the roles of industries, governments, and communities.
The Saskatchewan Institute brought together business, government, and community leaders. It collaborated with all parties to identify challenges and opportunities, gain knowledge, and provide insight into how challenges can be met and opportunities realized. The Institute took a Saskatchewan-centric approach, prioritizing provincial interests and situating them in relation to both Canada and the world.
Integrate Local, Regional, National, and International Dimensions
The Saskatchewan Institute recognized the national and international influence of Saskatchewan’s economy. The fact that Saskatchewan is the world’s largest producer of an important mineral—potash—is a good illustration of the province’s global impact.
The Saskatchewan Institute addressed issues from a “can do” perspective, building on areas of agreement rather than conflict. Visualizing the future and identifying gaps directed the research in the right direction. The Institute worked closely with all Saskatchewan stakeholders to develop scenarios for policies and strategies that will led to action. The Institute recognized that businesses, governments, and communities are all important partners in building sustainable prosperity, and that strategic collaboration yielded results.