Make Retirement the Best Yeas of Your Life

Jim Yih

ASPA is dedicated to providing our members with information and resources that will enrich your experience as a member and employee of the university. This June, the following retirement planning workshop may be of interest:

Retirement is a personal decision. According to Jim Yih, one of Canada’s leading experts on money, retirement, investing and personal finance, the most successful retirees are not the ones with the most money, but rather the ones who take time to understand what they want out of retirement and plan accordingly. 

  • Yih will share with you his insights on the most important issues when it comes to having a successful retirement including:
  • That retirement planning is personal. Retirement can be anything you want it to be – you simply need to take some time to figure it out.
  • Why you may not need as much money as you think to retire happy and successfully
  • That retirement planning is the harmonization of two important issues: 
  • lifestyle issues; and
  • money issues

This free webinar will take place on:

Member Interest Articles

Coach Approach to Leadership Program

25% Registration Discount for ASPA Members: Coach Approach to Leadership Program

In the Coach Approach to Leadership Program participants will discover coaching as a leadership tool. Receive 30 CCE hours approved by ICF, a certificate of completion and add your Leadership Coach Practitioner credentials to your CV and LinkedIn Profile to showcase your developed skils.

Participants will discover coaching to facilitate thinking, creativity, and problem solving and develop communication styles to engage, empower, and inspire action. This hands-on engaging program is designs for anyone wanting to enhance coaching, communication, feedback and change leadership skills. Participants will learn:

  • From 7 proven models and 7 scenarios to provide context to learnings
  • Relationship-building opportunities that create trust
  • Gain workplace awareness’s
  • Develop a coaching mindset through 5 principles

Dates: June 23 – 25, 2021

Delivery: Virtual

Tuition: $2,495 $1,871.25 + GST

More Information: Contact execed@edwards.usask.ca for the Promo code.


College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards

Congratulation to ASPA member Shannon Boklaschuk, Communications Office, College of Arts and Science Communications Office, for being a recipient of the College of Arts & Science’s Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award. This annual award recognizes and formally acknowledges two outstanding members of the College of Arts & Science staff and the extraordinary contribution they make to the working environment.



Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) Awards

Congratulations to Bonnie Hughes, Research Facilitator, College of Law, for receiving the 2021 Research Project Management Award for her support/facilitation of large non-research grants, such as the $1.6M grant for the ‘Sexual Harassment in the workplace’ project (a joint initiative by the College of Law, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce), and the $140,000-grant for the Nunavut Law Program (an initiative of College of Law in Nunavut).

Congratulations also to Karen E. Mosier, Research Coordinator/Navigator, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine for being recognized with the 2021 Research Management Excellence Award.  This award recognizes an exceptional research manager who has made outstanding contributions to the profession nationally and internationally through innovation, creativity, hard work and dedication. 

Member Interest Articles

Leadership Essentials for Supervisors

25% Registration Discount for ASPA Members: The Leadership Essentials for Supervisors Program

The Leadership Essentials for Supervisors Program is newly redesigned to give a deep dive into holistic leadership skills including communication, coaching, performance management, and leading change. Participants will learn how to:

  • Allocate management versus leadership efforts
  • Create presence and purpose within workplace culture to motivate people
  • Explore emotional intelligence and resilience tools
  • Coach and give feedback while creating accountability, action, and resolving conflict.
  • Put this all together with 3 self-assessments including EI 2.0, Dare to Lead, and TK Conflict Inventory

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion that can be added to their LinkedIn Profile and CV to showcase your developed leadership skills and build a high performing team.

Dates: June 10, 17, 24, 2021

Delivery: Virtual

Tuition: $2495 $1,871.25 + GST

More Information: Check out our Website or contact execed@edwards.usask.ca to take advantage of your 25% Discount


USask Health and Safety Award Winner

ASPA member Rob Peace has been awarded the USask Safety Recognition Award for 2021. The award recognizes employees that goes above and beyond to keep USask students, staff and faculty safe.

Peace has been a diligent health and safety leader in the College of Engineering for many years and is currently the employee co-chair of the Local Safety Committee (LSC). Through his involvement on the LSC, Rob has led the development of the Engineering Safety Management System (ESMS), a key framework for helping to keep students, staff and faculty safe. The ESMS is being implemented college-wide to ensure consistently high levels of safety, to drive continual improvement, and an established culture of safety. Congratulations and thank-you to all the Safety Recognition Award nominees for their hard work keeping everyone at USask safe. Those also celebrated for their worthy nominations this year are Nicole Barlow (Library), Susan Cook (WCVM), Renato De Freitas (AgBio), Jennifer Lang (Music), Cody Millar (GIWS), Marc St. Arnaud (AgBio), Tracey Thue (VIDO-Intervac), and Cindy Toy (WCVM).

Member Interest Articles

Learning From Your Mistakes

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Have you made a mistake at work and were worried to admit it or concerned that it might affect your relationships with colleagues or your career trajectory?  We’ve all been there.  What’s important is to recognize that mistakes can be a learning opportunity and, most often, you can recover from them. 

Consider these three ways you can turn a mistake into a stepping stone for your career:

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Brown Bag Sessions, Member Interest Articles

Brown Bag Sessions Survey Results; April 2021


ASPA Research Committee conducted an online survey from March 10 – 19, 2021 to gather ASPA members’ feedback on brown bag sessions presented by the ASPA executive. The brief survey gathered insights on topics of interest and how best to offer the sessions. A total of 204 surveys were completed, representing a 15% response rate.  The ASPA Research Committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the survey – your feedback will assist with planning future brown bag sessions. This article provides an overview of the survey results.

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President's Message

President’s Message

President Curtis Larson

The ASPA AGM was held on Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Last year when I wrote my annual report to the membership the COVID-19 pandemic was still in the early stages and we certainly didn’t know what we know today and I think many of us, myself included, felt we would be back at work in the fall of 2020. Little did
we know that more than a year later most of us would continue to work remotely and many restrictions would still be in place. But we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, with vaccines being approved (4 so far) and an increasing number of vaccine
shots available in the province. I know this has challenged all of us as we have had to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and grief when we lost loved ones to the pandemic and were not able to grieve together. I encourage everyone to seek out help when you need it and encourage everyone to reach out to friends and family to keep
those connections strong and support each other and when it is your turn to get the vaccine to sign up.

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Day of Mourning

Today, April 28th, is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. As Saskatchewan battles a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is urging the provincial government to take immediate action to protect workers and ensure that there are no more preventable illnesses or deaths from COVID-19 contracted by workers while on the job.

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