Teachers of business subjects have been meeting together informally since bookkeeping, typewriting and shorthand were first taught in the regular high school program in 1923 at Scott Collegiate Institute in Regina. Before then bookkeeping was taught in elementary schools by elementary school teachers. It was taught to all students, boys and girls alike. Girls were expected to maintain household and farm records. Boys were generally required to keep the financial records of their specific businesses or trades. Private business colleges as well as church-related colleges offered business classes, including typewriting, to anyone who could afford the tuition. Business subjects were later offered to adults in public technical institutions in Regina and Saskatoon.
In the 1920’s, the business subjects were introduced into the high school and business teachers were commonly sent to the United States for education (or training as it was called then) in the business subjects because it was not available in Canada.
As business expanded, the demand for young adults with business skills grew and the subjects became more popular. The supply of teachers did not keep up to the demand and teachers were imported from Ontario and England. An apprentice system was also used in one of the Regina schools.
Because of the rapid growth of technology and the need for business skills to keep up with it, business teachers with formal training were needed. In 1968, the business teacher education program was set up through the efforts of Dr. Eleanor Bujea with the support of the Saskatchewan Business Teachers’ Association and the University of Regina. Before the business teacher education program in 1968, the number of business teachers with formal business training in education could be counted on the fingers of one hand. By 1988 over 95% of the business teachers of the province held at least one degree with formal education in the area of business.