The Great Canadian Mentoring Challenge

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the Canadian Youth Business Foundation—in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan, the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, Nerds On Site and IBM—is gathering business tips, ideas and suggestions from business professionals for young entrepreneurs.
Having a great mentor is key to the success of young entrepreneurs, and your business advice and experience can be incredibly important to someone in a new or unfamiliar situation. GEW strives to inspire youth to consider entrepreneurship as a career, and this initiative celebrates the vital role mentors play by encouraging active participation.
What you have to do to participate:
1. Visit from Nov 16-22, 2009, to offer your best business advice to Canada’s young entrepreneurs.
2. Invite all your friends, family and colleagues to participate.
3. Feel good that you helped young entrepreneurs on their path to success.
If you live in the Toronto area, you can help set a Guinness World Record for the largest business lesson ever on Nov. 19. Details of the record setting attempt can be found at
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U of S Maintains Top 10 Ranking

The 19th annual Maclean’s magazine university rankings reveal the University of Saskatchewan is maintaining its position in an increasingly competitive post-secondary landscape. The U of S held onto ninth place, tied with the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario, out of 15 universities in the medical-doctoral category.
In the national reputation ranking, the U of S finished eighth overall. There was movement up in all four indicators—best overall, highest quality, most innovative and leaders of tomorrow—revealing people across Canada are taking notice of what is happening at the U of S.
The survey, which has come under some scrutiny across the country over the years for its methodology, is merely one tool the U of S uses to assess its performance. “If you take 15 institutions and rank them, it doesn’t tell you if the universities are a little different or vastly different. People might infer from the survey that there is more difference between the universities than there actually is.” said U of S Provost and Vice-President Academic Brett Fairbairn.
“We don’t pay a lot of attention to any one ranking. We look at external sources like the Maclean’s ranking and the Globe and Mail’s Report Card because the public has legitimate interest in them and we want to be transparent and accountable,” comments Fairbairn. “Internal assessments to periodically check how we are progressing toward our integrated plan, like the new Achievement Record, are just as, if not more, important as these external assessments.
“The U of S is a solid, high-quality institution and it’s a credible medical-doctoral university. We’re an up and coming university.”
For more information on institutional planning and assessment at the U of S, visit