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Guiding Principles

Be Strategic

The Saskatchewan Institute will examine issues, challenges, and opportunities. With a vision for 10 years from now in mind, the Institute will consider what steps need to be taken in the next 1 to 2 years, as well as the long-term implications expected to follow over the next 25 or more years, if the vision is achieved. These long-term implications include expected impacts of growth and development on demographics, education, health care, housing, infrastructure, and environmental protection.

The Institute will take into account Saskatchewan’s current assets, workforce capacity, and opportunities. It will also build on existing economic conditions, taking stock of available research and data, and identifying key information gaps that need to be addressed to achieve results.

Take a Holistic Approach

The Saskatchewan Institute will examine the full range of challenges and opportunities related to sustainable prosperity, and will then help develop scenarios and options for policies and strategies that reflect relationships among all factors. It will take an interdisciplinary approach that considers the cross-cutting themes within its framework and examines the correlation among the foundational themes. It will facilitate collaboration with and among stakeholders, while considering the roles of industries, governments, and communities.

Promote Engagement

The Saskatchewan Institute will bring together business, government, and community leaders. It will collaborate with all parties to identify challenges and opportunities, gain knowledge, and provide insight into how challenges can be met and opportunities realized. The Institute will take a Saskatchewan-centric approach, prioritizing Saskatchewan interests and situating them in relation to both Canada and the world.

The Saskatchewan-centric approach is key to:

  • gaining perspective and input;
  • ensuring that research findings resonate with Saskatchewan, as well as the rest of Canada; and
  • recognizing a mosaic of geography, people, resources, and socio-economic conditions.

Engagement Model

Integrate Local, Regional, National, and International Dimensions

The Saskatchewan Institute recognizes 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 will help the province build its capacity to compete in the global economy.

Be Action Oriented

The Saskatchewan Institute will address issues from a “can do” perspective, building on areas of agreement rather than conflict. Visualizing the future and identifying gaps will point research in the right direction. The Institute will work closely with all Saskatchewan stakeholders to develop scenarios for policies and strategies that will lead to action. The Institute recognizes that businesses, governments, and communities are all important partners in building sustainable prosperity, and that strategic collaboration will yield powerful results.


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