Media Release: USask Language Centre partnership with Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce caters to immigrant and newcomer business owners’ and employees’ career development

November 18, 2021
USask Language Centre partnership with Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce caters to immigrant and newcomer business owners’ and employees’ career development

Regina, SK – A new partnership between the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Language Centre and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce (SCC) will support SCC members and their employees by delivering English courses geared toward professional development.
Through the Language Centre’s English for Business Purposes course, participants across the province will learn language and presentation skills that can help them achieve career goals and thrive professionally in Saskatchewan’s and in Canada’s business environment.
“The Language Centre has a long history of innovation and community connection guided by its strategic goals. This partnership supporting our newcomer business community is to be celebrated and provides evidence of the responsive programming from the Language Centre,” said Jay Wilson, USask interim vice-provost teaching, learning, and student experience. “Language development is an important transitional step for individuals looking to improve interpersonal communication skills and further promote their businesses.”
The Language Centre will offer the English for Business Purposes course along with additional course offerings to suit learners’ unique needs starting in January 2022. Classes include personalized tutoring services, private pronunciation classes, specialized workshops, spoken English classes and basic English classes. The two- to three-month courses, which are open to anyone who wants to improve their English especially in a business setting, will be offered online, meaning participants will be able to study conveniently from anywhere in the province. Registration is open and upcoming courses are listed on the SCC webpage or through
“For many immigrant business owners, language skills are integral to growing their business, making connections in the community, and ultimately staying in Saskatchewan long-term,” said Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. “As a chamber of commerce, we want to represent all businesses in our community, and we want to see them succeed. This partnership helps us build on our vision of making Saskatchewan the best place to live, work and invest.”
USask is a proud member of the SCC, and the two organizations continue to collaborate on identifying and meeting the training needs of the increasingly diversified local business community. The partnership with SCC builds on the Language Centre’s ongoing commitment to community engagement. Since 1980, the Language Centre has supported both the broader community and students seeking degrees at USask with English language programs that have helped people succeed in their professions and university studies.
In its efforts to support immigration transition for its members, the SCC has also recently launched “Journey,” a video featuring immigrant business owners from across Saskatchewan discussing their experiences adjusting to life and doing business in the province. The video includes subtitles in a variety of languages including Tagalog, Mandarin, Urdu, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.
The partnership between the SCC and USask Language Centre is part of a suite of programs that Saskatchewan’s network of chambers is building through the Training and Employment Network to provide clear and locally coordinated pathways for workers to be identified, as well as to present learning opportunities that enhance skills for employers.
To find out more about the USask Language Centre and how to access training programs, please visit
The SCC’s “Journey” video can be found on YouTube or through the SCC’s webpage at

About the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce:
The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce serves as the voice of business and represents the interests of over 10,000 individual businesses, industry associations, and local chambers across the province through its chamber network. Information on the courses available through the USask Language Centre, the Training and Employment Network and all other business issues can be found at or @SaskChamber on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About the University of Saskatchewan:
The University of Saskatchewan (USask), located in the vibrant city of Saskatoon on Treaty 6 territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis, is leading the way in tackling pressing problems like water and food security. Research, teaching and learning at USask is enhanced by our array of world-class centres and facilities. A range of excellent programs, from business, law and public policy to engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine, positions us to cross traditional discipline boundaries and work together to bring a unique perspective to key global challenges. Our strong community and well-recognized experts will continue to drive USask to be the university the world needs. Visit

Denise Hauta
University of Saskatchewan Language Centre
Steve McLellan
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

For media inquiries at the University of Saskatchewan contact:
Victoria Dinh
USask Media Relations

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