Social Impact

As a Saskatchewan-rooted financial co-operative, we’re committed to transforming how banking is done so we can help our members and communities thrive financially, socially, and environmentally.

Here’s what we’re doing to bring our organization and communities together to address the issues of today and tomorrow.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expand/Collapse

Conexus values the diverse nature of our employees and the members we serve and is focused on learning and understanding how we can become stronger allies and contribute to positive change across Saskatchewan. In conducting our business, we encourage all employees to appreciate the added value of working with and for people who are different from ourselves and to value diversity as an integral component of the everyday planning and operation of Conexus. As we continue to build deeper relationships with ourselves, our colleagues, and our members, we ultimately increase our ability to empathize, support, encourage, and understand what our employees and members want and need.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained directly into our core values of being bold and creative, responsible and authentic. We’re continually working on creating and celebrating a culture that recognizes and values unique backgrounds and talents, where our employees, members and communities can succeed by being who they are regardless of race, gender expression, or physical or mental ability.

Some of the steps we’ve taken internally to advance our allyship as an enterprise include:

Antiracism Education:

  • Created a space for authentic conversations with our employees about racism and oppression
  • Identified and provided tools, resources, and training to employees to become an anti-racist organization and eliminate personal biases.  
  • Supported community organizations to help foster equity and anti-racism education including:
    • Contributed funding to Inclusion Saskatchewan Prince Albert Chapter’s North Inclusion and Self-Reliance Program Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.
    • Partnered with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion as an Employer Partner.

2SLGTBQIA+ Support:

  • Providing employees with tools and resources about 2SLGTBQIA+
  • Sponsoring and participating in Pride parades across Saskatchewan during Pride month
  • Supporting several community organizations who support the 2SLGTBQIA+ community including:
    • OUT Saskatoon
    • LuLu’s Lodg
Conexus Pride

Empowering Women:

  • Establishing and maintaining gender equality on our Board of Directors and our Executive Leadership Team.
  • Supporting over 30 female founders through Cultivator powered by Conexus and Conexus Venture Capital.
  • Contributing funding to women-focused community partners such as Amakon Women Empowerment, Dress for Success Regina + Saskatoon, SOFIA House, YWCA Regina and more.
  • Sponsoring the WESK Gala & Summit, University of Regina’s Inspiring Leadership Forum,  YWCA Regina and Saskatoon Women of Distinction Awards and FSIN’s Strength of Our Women Awards.
  • In 2021, we also signed the Saskatchewan Women Entrepreneurship Charter, an initiative launched by Women Entrepreneurs Saskatchewan (WESK) to address the entrepreneurship gap in our province.

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Conexus serves members across Treaty 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 lands - the traditional lands of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Nakota and Saulteaux peoples, as well as the homeland of the Métis.

Conexus acknowledges the harmful legacy of residential schools and the colonization of Indigenous people in Canada as it has deeply impacted our members, employees and community partners living on treaties 2,4,5,6,8, and 10 on which we live, work and play. We recognize this painful yet important piece of Canadian history while also embracing this opportunity for education and reparation .  As a part of our response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, we are committed to doing our part by providing workplace inclusion and opportunities, education and training, community investments and partnerships and relationship building with the Indigenous community and leaders.

This includes:

  • Committing to the 92nd Call to Action by requiring all employees to take time to learn and grow as individuals by participating in “The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation” offered by the First Nations University of Canada
  • Teaming up with local, Indigenous-owned Saskatchewan businesses to design and provide orange shirts to our employees
  • Support of several Indigenous organizations that provide education on Indigenous history and culture, including but not limited to:
    • Wanuskewin Summer Camps
    • NVSSN Project of Heart delivered through Luther College
    • Miyo-Wiciwitowin Day (Walk Together Day Event)
  • Close all Conexus locations on Sept. 30 in acknowledgement of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
  • In 2019, we took an innovative approach to reinvesting in the community and gifted our former Fifth Avenue Branch in Regina to the Circle Project allowing them to continue their mission to create strong families, more resilient children, and a stronger and better community. Learn more about this community partnership here.

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We’re committed to a sustainable future. Here’s a few things we’re doing:

  • In 2019, we partnered with Wascana Solar Co-operative to install 115 solar panels on the roof of our North Albert Branch in Regina. This was a first-of-its-kind partnership, making this Conexus branch the greenest financial institution in Saskatchewan. The solar panels generate 41.9 kilowatts of electricity yearly, and displace more than 20 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
  • When building our new headquarters in Regina, we consulted with Friends of Wascana Marsh early in our design process to discuss bird-friendly design. The majority of the second and third floor windows have coloured bands (frit) baked into a portion of the glass which will bring more colour to the exterior and reduce the reflection of the windows. The windows also have a 12 inch mullion – between every second window on the second floor, and between every window on the third floor – which significantly reduces the reflection of the glass and from certain angles, gives the illusion that the walls are solid.
  • Being eco-friendly was important to us when building our new headquarters, and the building is fully equipped for solar panels, with plans to have the solar panels installed on the rooftop. The building also features a 264 square foot living wall, which spans three stories in the main public space and consists of over 3,000 plants.
  • Drastically reducing the amount of paper we use year-over-year.