Helping to preserve history by building a community for the future

We’re a credit union and community building is what we do. So when the University of Regina (U of R) put out a call for development partners for its College Avenue Campus renewal project, Conexus jumped at the chance to help save the historic campus.

With our proud history of supporting education, arts and culture, we saw this project as a natural fit. Conexus submitted a unique proposal that put our co-operative principles to work to make a meaningful difference in the community. We’re thrilled the university chose to partner with Conexus.

Supporting entrepreneurs

Conexus' business incubator, Cultivator, uses over 15,000 square feet of the building. Cultivator is the first credit union led business incubator and supports in the development and mentoring of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs.

About our partnership

In 2016, the U of R issued a request for proposals (RFP) looking for a development partner that could help save College Avenue Campus. Sharing similar values as the University, Conexus submitted a proposal and became the chosen partner.

As part of this partnership, Conexus is contributing $8.25 million in direct support to support the university's plans to revitalize the College Avenue Campus together with additional space, mechanical upgrades and amenities to help restore Darke Hall.

Innovation thinking to community building

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Through our partnership, we’re not only saving College Avenue Campus and restoring Darke Hall to a world-class performing arts centre, but we’ve also created new public amenities for our community to enjoy for many more years to come.

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Our new building provides an agile workspace to our teams helping to foster collaboration and innovation and increase productivity and efficiencies. 

U of R and Conexus partnership
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A partnership with benefits for everyone

We're really proud of the work done through this partnership, and so is the U of R.

About the building

Located west of Darke Hall, the Conexus building is 80,000 square feet. A new atrium link connects Darke Hall and the Conexus building, increasing accessibility and expanding the functionality of Darke Hall. The atrium also enables us to help the University save an estimated additional $10 million on infrastructure, maintenance and utilities like shared heating/cooling infrastructure.

The building houses Conexus' corporate employees and over 15,000 square feet is used for Conexus' business incubator, Cultivator. Since launching in early 2019, Cultivator has incubated over 75 Saskatchewan companies resulting in 300+ jobs being created, $22.8 million in private capital raised and $14.4 million in revenue generated. This new space allows us to grow even more startups and provide resources to grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Preservation and restoration

We’re helping university save millions and making improvements that will preserve the building as a heritage performance space, while bringing its systems and structures up to today’s standards and codes. This includes:

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Creation of a shared atrium

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Improving accessibility

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Sharing technology and heating systems

The new building features a ton of benefits that are open to the public - that means you!

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More than 20 percent of the building is shared, public space

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Main floor amenities include public washrooms, ATM, water filling stations and seating areas

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Come and see our living plant wall! It’s 30 feet tall and has 2800 individually planted plants

We’re members and we’re neighbours

We’re not only in your community, we’re part of it too! We believe in building community and celebrating our neighbours.