Grandey Leadership Initiative

In June 2011, the Edwards School received a $1,000,000 gift from then Cameco Chief Executive Officer Jerry Grandey. The gift – a combined donation from Jerry and Tina Grandey and a legacy gift from Cameco Corporation – is directed toward a variety of objectives at the Edwards School of Business including:

  • Promote the awareness and importance of leadership in the community,
  • Improve students’ understanding of leadership,
  • Develop students’ leadership skills, and
  • Enhance the research and scholarship of leadership.

Leadership in the Community

  • 2017 Leadership Conference

    Over 260 attendees from around the province gathered on May 18 for a day of collaboration with evidence-based practitioners who represent various industries such as business, health, technology, sports, and education.

    Hosted by the Edwards School of Business, the third annual event was entitled “Evidence-Based Decision Making.”

    The day began with Master of Ceremonies, Neil McMillan. Drawing from his experience as the former President and CEO of Claude Resources, he touched on the importance of data usage in the mining sector.

    Keynote speaker, Kristina McElheran of the University of Toronto, gave a talk on “Data in Action,” or how to turn the revolution in measurement into a revolution in management. Based on her experiences at Harvard Business School, MIT, and Rotman, Kristina emphasized the steps that firms and individuals can take to use data to improve performance.

    Sports Centre’s Darren Dutchyshen lead the next keynote, and Gregg Sauter of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Deniece Kennedy of the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation joined him for an interactive panel. They began by discussing sports analytics and quickly delved into retail strategy and customer experience, revealing how organizations track personal and consumer data.

    The conference also included the annual Grandey Leadership Luncheon where the Edwards School of Business proudly unveiled Keith Martell as the 2017 Grandey Leadership Honouree. Keith is a member of Saskatchewan’s Waterhen Lake First Nation and one of the founders of the First Nations Bank of Canada. In 2001, The Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine named Martell as a member of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, a prestigious list of business and social leaders.

    Over the course of the luncheon, Keith spoke to the audience about rethinking the role of leadership. Referencing the unsung heroes in his life, he suggested anyone can become a leader if they make a choice. At a basic level, Keith broke it down to a set of skills and traits and contextualized leadership. He placed importance on attributes such as self-awareness but underscored that capacity to lead can also take place through hard work and dedication.

    New to the Leadership Conference this year was the choice of concurrent sessions in the afternoon for participants. Guest speakers included David Finch (Mount Royal University) who provided tips for becoming an evidence-based leader, Vanesa Vanstone (Saskatoon Health Region) who led an interactive session on change leadership and actions that support change efforts, and Jacqueline Cook (Vendasta Technologies) who discussed using data to create intrinsic motivation and a growth mindset for organizations.

    Keith Willoughby, Edwards School of Business Dean, closed the conference with an interactive decision-making exercise. It demonstrated how seemingly simple situations could provide counter-intuitive results. It also depicted how people can ignore new information when assessing and evaluating alternatives.

    At the end of the daylong conference, attendees left armed with knowledge, tools, and best practices to implement improved organizational decision-making.

    Special thank you to event sponsors including EY, Fastprint Saskatoon, Graham Construction, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Moxie’s Grill & Bar, and the Grandey Leadership Initiative.

  • The Grandey Leadership Luncheon

    Each year we host the Grandey Leadership Luncheon to provoke and enhance discussions on good leadership in different contexts and organizations, and to announce the Grandey Leadership Honouree.

    The Grandey Leadership Honouree highlights the significant accomplishments of a leader in the business community and offers our students a chance to learn from this remarkable individual through various activities throughout the year, such as speaking engagements, guest lectures, and events.

    Grandey Leadership Honourees include:

    2017: Keith Martel, CEO, First Nations Bank of Canada

    2016: Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.

    2015: Dallas Howe, CEO, DSTC Ltd.

    2014: Shelley Brown, Partner, Deloitte

    2013: Chief Darcy Bear, Chief, Whitecap Dakota First Nation

  • Fireside Chats

    The Edwards MBA Representative Council organizes a series of Fireside Chats with local business and political leaders. The chats are popular with both MBA students and the wider community.

Student Leadership Engagement

  • Scholarships

    We award two undergraduate and two MBA scholarships to Edwards students on an annual basis. The criteria for the Grandey Leadership Scholarship awards include the students’ leadership activities in Edwards and the community.

    Type Description
    Undergraduate

    Two scholarships are awarded, first place with a value of $3,500 and second place with a value of $1,500.

    The scholarships are open to continuing students in the Edwards School of Business. To be eligible, candidates must submit:

    • a statement of approximately 500 words (no more than two pages) of leadership achievement(s) that occurred during their tenure at the Edwards School of Buisness (high school activities are not applicable)
    • three letters of support from professors, employers or others in the community that attest to the applicant's leadership achievement(s)

    Edwards School of Business on-line application is available in the month of September. You will need your NSID user name and password to access the on-line application. Deadline is September 30.

    MBA Entrance Award

    This award is open to students entering the Edwards MBA Program at the University of Saskatchewan. To be eligible, candidates must:

    • Demonstrate financial need;
    • Submit a statement between 500 and 600 words demonstrating leadership in their community;
    • Must not have received any other awards in excess of $5,000 offered through the MBA program.

    Selection will be made on the basis of overall merits of the MBA admission package and on the merits of the leadership statement, as determined by the Award Committee.

    All accepted students who submit an application by the deadline date and whom have confirmed their attendance with a tuition deposit will be considered.

  • Grandey Student Leadership Incubator

    This two-day, hands-on workshop provides undergraduate students with the tools and skills to become better leaders. The workshop focuses on:

    • Developing self-awareness and interpersonal skills
    • Providing tools to deal with conflict and change
    • Finding alternative dispute resolution processes and developing collaborative relationships
    • Teaching skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes emotional and risky topics
    • Learning how to speak and be heard in order to achieve desired results
  • MPAcc Gives Back
    Every year the MPAcc students at the Edwards School of Business invite local elementary school students to invade campus and spend a day learning about teamwork through the use of teamwork activities. MPAcc's mission is to inspire students to think about their educational future and to help develop them as individuals by connecting with them in a fun, dynamic and educational environment.
  • Undergraduate Leadership Courses
    Course Description
    COMM 348 Leadership Examines theories, research and issues related to leadership in organizations and encourages self-assessment of leadership qualities. A range of approaches are used to develop students' critical assessment and problem-solving abilities.
    COMM 401 Business Policy An integrative course which focuses on the functions and responsibilities of managers/senior management. Deals with the concept of organizational strategy and how it is formulated, developed and implemented in real-life situation.
    COMM 448 Management Consulting Projects This course offers a practical "learning by doing" experience in which students apply concepts, tools, and theories from the Edwards School of Business curriculum to complex, unstructured, real-world challenges and opportunities faced by managers. Overall this course will build professionalism and experience by offering students: the opportunity to apply strategic and business tools in a business setting; an opportunity to be your own project manager; accountability in real life problem solving; mentorship in project management and consulting.
    COMM 498 Governance & Leadership Development Practicum This experiential course will offer extensive leadership development opportunities through interactive seminars, multi-level mentorship relationships, and community-engaged learning via a non-profit Board internship. Students are paired with a community-based organization and designated Board Mentor for 8 months, during which time they will serve as contributing (but non-voting) Board members. In-class seminars will provide relevant knowledge and skill development in areas such as governance, strategy, and leadership, with involvement from a team of expert faculty and community partners.

Research and Scholarship of Leadership

The Grandey Leadership Initiative desires to enhance the leadership curriculum offered to Edwards' students. Edwards' faculty members can apply for funding to cover instructional materials that improve and enhance students' leadership abilities.

Grandey Leadership Scholars

Vince Burni-Bossio's scholarly work focuses on strategic leadership at the board and management levels. This has included examining decision making, the relationship between boards and executives and conceptual modelling for strategy.   

Dr. Joe Schmidt studies how strategy, human resource management, and leadership interact to influence employee behaviours and firm performance. He also studies the precursors of group effectiveness and the multilevel influences of group processes on individual and team outcomes.

Dr. Chelsea Willness examines how corporate social responsibility and reputation affect an organization’s ability to attract and retain talent, and she works extensively in community-based experiential learning and leadership development.

Contact Us

To learn more, contact us at: grandey@edwards.usask.ca