DCSM has completed projects for a range of clients. A short description of some of our projects and related documents can be found below.
City of Regina
DCSM partnered with SaskTrends Monitor to produce four priority population studies for the City of Regina as background for the development of Regina’s Official Community Plan. The City wanted to examine populations of recent immigrants, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities and seniors, as they are the fastest growing populations in Regina. Each study examined demographic characteristics, population distribution by neighbourhood, mapping of community assets, a literature review and a description of the roles of municipal, provincial and federal governments. DCSM completed the literature reviews, the descriptions of government roles and conducted four public Sounding Sessions, which invited stakeholders from each group to engage in facilitated discussions regarding their issues or concerns.
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
D.C. Strategic Management recently completed an environmental scan for the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) as a component of a larger project to develop a recreation section plan to enable SPRA to align its funding with strategic priorities. The process of developing the plan was designed to ensure the participation and feedback of the 32 Provincial Recreation Associations (PRAs). The project examined broad trends in Saskatchewan, trends in the recreation and volunteer sector, and trends in funding arrangements. To ensure the engagement of the PRAs interviews were conducted, an e-survey was administered and two roundtables were held prior to completing the final plan.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
In 2010 DCSM completed a project for HRSDC entitled Flexibility and Accountability: An Overview of Provincial Labour Market Programs and Projects. The project involved the examination and review of program/project studies from nine provinces and territories, with an emphasis on funding arrangements between provincial governments and funded agencies. The project was done in concert with an Organization of Economic and Community Development (OECD) inter-country research initiative involving Canada, Netherlands, and Denmark. DCSM assessed and analyzed provincial practices against the dimensions of OECD research regarding labour market funding. A wide variety of programs/projects, ranging from targeted programs for specific client populations to broad-based, province-wide programs or policy frameworks were examined. Steps in the project included a literature review of relevant OECD research, participation in study tours as part of the OECD team, in-depth interviews with participating provincial/territorial jurisdictions, document reviews, preparation of a synthesis report and a presentation of the findings to senior department staff.
Saskatchewan Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council
DCSM developed a five-year business plan for the Building Trades Council to prepare them for a rapidly changing labour market, strong growth in the industrial construction sector and a changed legislative environment. The project required detailed interviews, research on recent trends and issues in the Saskatchewan construction sector, and development of a series of recommended goals and actions. DCSM continues to work with the Council to implement specific actions, including aboriginal employment development, immigration strategies including the recruitment of Temporary Foreign Workers and public relations and marketing strategies.
Saskatchewan College of Paramedics
DCSM worked with the College to establish governance policies based on best practices used in like organizations. In a second project, DCSM worked with specific stakeholders to gather feedback on the College’s first year of operations as well as assist in the development of a strategic plan for the College. An e-survey of the College’s members was undertaken to obtain feedback on the College’s development at the same time as a new website and regular electronic newsletter were developed for the College.
Great Plains College
DCSM in partnership with SaskTrends Monitor completed a growth plan for the Great Plains College (GPC) Warman Campus. The project contained three components – a demographic analysis, the development of a broad program plan and a high level capital plan. The demographic analysis examined:
- population growth patterns and projections for Saskatoon and surrounding areas;
- provincial trends in employment and a projection of training requirements for future provincial populations;
- a broad examination of expected province-wide trends in education compared with employment demand; and
- a profile of employers and employment growth by industry for the area.
The program plan identified broad program types to be delivered through the Warman Campus. The program plan reflects anticipated labour market demand and complements anticipated program offerings through public institutions operating in the Greater Saskatoon Area. The development of the program plan was informed by document-based research and a series of face-to-face interviews with key stakeholders and partners. The project involved extensive stakeholder consultation with a wide range of community stakeholders including secondary and post-secondary institutions, businesses, economic development organizations, and federal, provincial and municipal governments. The capital plan identified opportunities for capital development and partnerships.
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 179
The UA Local 179 is experiencing unprecedented growth in their membership and in the number of travelling journeypersons coming to the province to work in the industrial construction sector. In an effort to prepare for this growth, DCSM assessed the current organization and business strategy of the Local and provided recommendations to the Business Manager, the staff of the Local and the Executive Committee on actions to assist the Local in meeting the increasing demand for their services. The recommendations included clarity on roles and responsibilities, organizational structure, business priorities and communication strategies.
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
DCSM researched and examined best practices in the health sector for the high level structure and management of communication functions in the RQHR. The research involved development of best practices benchmarks, interviews with four health regions across western Canada as comparators, interviews with the senior management team of the RQHR and a review of documents supplied by the Region. A report summarizing the findings was presented to the Senior Management Team of the Region.
Strategic Communications and Government Relations
DCSM has provided strategic communication and government relations advice to a number of organizations, including large investment firms, non-profit agencies and private sector and public sector trade unions. Our advice is grounded in analysis of the economic, political, social, legislative and financial environment and provides clients with options on how best to achieve their objectives.
DCSM has made informative presentations on issues relating to the Saskatchewan economy and labour market and is available to make presentations to public groups. Numerous presentations have also been prepared for clients to use as part of their business plan.
Workplace Harassment Investigations
DCSM provides thorough, objective and independent workplace harassment investigations. Confidentiality considerations prevent us from naming our clients but they include large public and private sector organizations and repeat clients. We are experienced investigators and understand the complex process that is required of employers to respond to complaints of harassment. We use accepted best-practices to undertake thorough, objective and independent workplace harassment investigations, and strive to ensure timely conclusions to investigation processes. Learn more in our Guide to Workplace Harassment Investigations.