President and CEO,
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As President and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves more than 28,000 students and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy. In his role as President, Dr. Rosia is responsible for providing strategic direction and enabling the institution to capitalize on new opportunities. His priorities include ensuring that students have access to a high-quality, innovative post-secondary education, that employers have access to a highly skilled and qualified workforce and that Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers a positive and vibrant workplace environment.
Dr. Rosia’s career in education spans more than 35 years, as an Instructor, Program Chair, Revenue Generating Coordinator, Marketing Manager and Dean. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience and has served in advisory roles to community, provincial and municipal committees. Dr. Rosia is the President of Post-Secondary International Network, Chair of Polytechnics Canada Board of Directors and serves on Boards including the CANARIE, Community Colleges for International Development, Polytechnics Canada, the International Mineral Innovation Institute, Skills Canada (Saskatchewan), the Chair Academy International Leadership Board, the Saskatchewan Post-Secondary International Education Council, the Saskatchewan Labour Market Task Force, World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and the University of Regina Senate.
Dr. Rosia is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and is a lifelong learner. He has a background in telecommunications engineering, adult education and educational policy and administration. In 2006, he completed his PhD in academic leadership at the University of Calgary. He completed the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University and earned Institute of Corporate Directors Designation. Notable recognition includes the SAIT Board of Governors Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Conference Board of Canada Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award, the Saskatchewan Men of Influence Award and the Paul A. Elsner Excellence in Leadership Award.
Dr. Rosia authored a book entitled “The Successful College President.”
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With extensive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, David Agnew became the fifth president of Seneca in July 2009.
Under his leadership, Seneca has experienced record growth in enrolment and expanded its offerings in both undergraduate and graduate programs. One of the largest colleges in Canada, Seneca is growing its applied research, broadening international and corporate partnerships, investing in capital expansion and adopting an innovative academic direction to increase experiential, cross-disciplinary and flexible learning opportunities.
Mr. Agnew was Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the public service in the Government of Ontario from 1992 to 1995, after serving as Principal Secretary to the Premier. In 1995, he led the Public-Private Partnerships Project and was seconded to Massey College at the University of Toronto where he was a Senior Resident.
He was the President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, the first head of the organization recruited from outside the international development sector. As Principal for the consulting firm Digital 4Sight, he led the firm’s global research initiative on Governance in the Digital Economy, an exploration of the impact of technology on government and democracy. In the co-operative sector, he was the Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario. Mr. Agnew was the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, the national dispute resolution service for consumers and small businesses.
Mr. Agnew’s working life started in high school as a newspaper reporter in Toronto and he continued his journalism career in St. John’s, Ottawa and Edmonton. He was the gold medallist when he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a BA in political science. Following his studies, he was a parliamentary intern at the House of Commons of Canada.
Mr. Agnew is Chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and interim Chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office. He sits on the Boards of both Colleges and Institutes Canada and Polytechnics Canada. He is past chair of Colleges Ontario and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He also serves on boards and committees including the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues, Sichuan University’s International Advisory Board, CivicAction Steering Committee and Canadian Ditchley Foundation Advisory Board. He is a former member of the federal government’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, ventureLAB, former director of the Empire Club of Canada and has served on the campaign cabinets of the United Way in Toronto and Peel. In 2012, Mr. Agnew received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to the community.
British Columbia Institute
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Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada’s premier polytechnic institution, a position she has held since January 2014.
Ms. Kinloch is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sectors. At BCIT, she is focusing on broadening and deepening partnerships with business, industry and community in British Columbia, across Canada, and globally.
Acknowledgements of Ms. Kinloch’s accomplishments include Top 100 Public Sector Leaders, WXN ranking of Canada’s Top 100 Women for the past three years, Most Influential Women in Business – BC Business magazine, Influential Women in Business Awards – Business in Vancouver magazine, Top 50 Power List –Vancouver Magazine, Woman of Distinction – YWCA Metro Vancouver, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University.
President and CEO,
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
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Dr. Chris Whitaker is President and CEO of Humber. He joined Humber in July 2012 and is the fourth president in the college’s history. With more than 25 years in Ontario’s post-secondary sector, Dr. Whitaker is passionate about student success and the role colleges play in providing access and pathways to post-secondary education. Since joining Humber, he has continued to advance the college as a comprehensive post-secondary institution with a reputation for creating and delivering a high-quality, student-focused teaching and learning environment.
Dr. Whitaker is past Chair of the Polytechnics Canada Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the College Employer Council. He serves on the Board of Community Colleges for International Development, the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, the Ontario College Application Service, Skills Ontario and the World University Service of Canada. Dr. Whitaker has a PhD from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, an MA from York University and a BA from Queen’s University.
Interim President and CEO,
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
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Dr. Ray Block was appointed as the interim President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology effective December 16, 2019. Ray a proud alum, has been a member of NAIT’s Executive Committee since 2011. In his previous role as vice-president administration and chief financial officer, he had oversight for Information and Technology Services, Finance and Corporate Services, Facilities Management and Development, Human Resources, and General Counsel Services.
Prior to coming to NAIT, Ray served as the Vice President Finance and Administration at Athabasca University. He previously held senior positions with the University of Alberta (Augustana Campus), Alberta Mental Health Board, and other public and private sector organizations. Ray also served as a board member of Alberta Health Services.
As president and CEO of the Alberta Mental Health Board, Ray co-chaired the implementation of a province-wide mental health plan, supported the creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and was responsible for the creation of Mental Health First Aid Canada – a program to provide early mental health treatment.
Dr. Block’s degrees are from the University of Alberta and he holds a PhD in Public Health Sciences, a Master of Agriculture in Economics from Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Alberta School of Business. Ray is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
He has published articles in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, the Health Care Management Forum and Psychiatry Services from the United States. He is recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta for contributions to Alberta’s health care system.
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
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Claude Brulé was appointed as Algonquin College’s ninth President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2019. Prior to taking on this leadership role,Claude served the College at every level of its leadership team from Department Chair, to Faculty Dean, to Senior Vice President Academic where, for the past twenty years, he has been a champion for student success and an innovator in the higher education sector, providing leadership to the advancement of digital learning.
Prior to joining the College, Claude served 22 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, in the Air Force occupational branch of Communication and Electronics Engineering, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Among his many tours of duty, he was an instructor at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE), and subsequently, its Senior Staff Officer for Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff. Between tours at CFSCE, he lectured in the Mathematics and Computer Science department as an assistant professor at the Royal Military College.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics and a Master’s of Science degree in Mathematics from the Royal Military College in Kingston. He is also a graduate of the Command and Staff College, and holds a certificate in Management and Leadership in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Claude is an active member of the community and serves on several boards, including Invest Ottawa, the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) and the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF). He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was promoted to Senior Member in 2018 for his significant contributions to the profession.
President and Vice-Chancellor / ex-officio,
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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Dr. Alan Davis was appointed President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University on September 1, 2012. A native of Reading, England, Dr. Davis has held leadership positions at renowned institutions in the United States and Canada, including roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. Most recently, he served as President of Empire State College at the State University of New York.
Dr. Davis is a member of the board of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and has served on various committees and commissions with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the American Council for Education. He is past President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and is on the Board of the Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research.
Aside from his academic contributions through publications and presentations, Dr. Davis is also a published playwright.
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Peter Devlin was appointed Fanshawe College’s fifth President in September 2013. Prior to joining Fanshawe, he served 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired commanding the Canadian Army at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has several UN, NATO and Coalition tours to his credit, and his awards include Orders of Military Merit from the United States, Brazil and Colombia as well as the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit.
Mr. Devlin serves on provincial and national college committees. These include the Ontario Colleges Library Service Board, the Colleges Ontario Committee of Presidents, Nominating Committee and Committee of Presidents Executive Committee. He is a member of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Presidents Leadership Network and a director on the Polytechnics Canada Board. Peter serves on the London Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors, is a member of the lvey Business School Leadership Council and the United Way Campaign Cabinet.
Mr. Devlin received an undergraduate degree in Honours Economics from Western University, a graduate degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a certificate in Advanced Executive Management from Queen’s University. He has also studied at Command and Staff Colleges of the Canadian Defence Academy.
President and Vice Chancellor,
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
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Dr. Janet Morrison was named Sheridan’s eighth President and Vice Chancellor in June 2018. She had previously held the role of Provost and Vice President, Academic at Sheridan.
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Morrison spent 17 years at York University, working in various roles focused on learning, discovery and engagement, most recently serving as Vice-Provost, Students. Before joining York, she held leadership positions in student affairs and taught at the University of Guelph, Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio and George Brown College. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and education.
Having worked in the post-secondary sector for more than 20 years, Dr. Morrison remains passionate about student success and community engagement. She served as a staff representative on York’s Board of Governors and in 2010 was awarded York University’s President’s Leadership Award. An active volunteer, Dr. Morrison is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and previously chaired the Board of Directors for the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.
President and CEO,
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
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Dr. David Ross joined the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 2013, becoming its 16th President and Chief Executive Officer. A passionate leader in post-secondary education dedicated to promoting student success, Dr. Ross has a reputation for innovation in applied education. Under his leadership, SAIT has become Alberta’s third largest post-secondary institution, well known for its action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with people and partners from around the globe.
Prior to joining SAIT, Dr. Ross was President and CEO of Langara College, where he transformed the institution through extensive growth and strategic market development. A life-long educator, Dr. Ross has held academic appointments in Business at the University of New Brunswick and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Active in his community and on the national and international levels of post-secondary education, Dr. Ross is a member of the board of several foundations and associations including the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Business Research Advisory Council for the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council. He is past-Chair of the Canadian Bureau of International Education and a member of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. He holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska, Master of Aquaculture (MAq) from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Dalhousie University.
Dr. Ross lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife, Ewa, and son, Aleksander.
George Brown College
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A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in a near doubling of enrolment and a significant increase in the college’s physical footprint in the heart of Canada’s largest city. She has led a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.
Ms. Sado’s areas of focus have been the development of a workforce with the right balance of skills for the knowledge economy, innovation in learning and the transition of new Canadians into productive careers. A strong advocate of experiential learning, she has emphasized the importance of deepening partnerships with industry across the GTA.
Beyond her leadership at George Brown, Ms. Sado is Co-chair of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. Anne serves on the boards of Legacy Private Trust, Ontario Place Corporation and Mount Pleasant Cemetery Group. In the past, she served as Chair of Colleges Ontario’s Committee of Presidents, ORION, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Polytechnics Canada and Trillium Health Centre. She was also a Board member for the Toronto Financial Service Alliance, YWCA of Greater Toronto, Junior Achievement and the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. These volunteer efforts have given her a broad perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA.
Ms. Sado was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2013. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2014, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2012 and one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN over four years, leading to her induction in the WXN Hall of Fame in 2014. She was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2015, inducted into the University of Toronto’s prestigious Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010 and awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2007. She has also received the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals, the Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award and an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.
Ms. Sado holds an MBA from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto in June 2011.
Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
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Dr. John Tibbits has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 1987. In that time, Conestoga has moved forward into a leadership position in the Ontario college system.
Dr. Tibbits holds a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a Masters of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of Vermont, and a Doctorate in Education from Boston University. He has held senior administrative positions at Dawson College in Montreal, as well as Touche Ross & Partners and Canada Post Corporation in Ottawa.
He is a member of the Board of Canada’s Technology Triangle, Polytechnics Canada and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Chairman’s Advisory Committee. Dr. Tibbits has been Chair of Grand River Hospital Board and a board member of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro, the March of Dimes, Skills Canada (Ontario), Thyssen Krupp Budd Canada and Communitech.
In 2000, Dr. Tibbits was voted Business Leader of the Year by the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. He was also presented with the Impact Award by Communitech, which recognizes significant commitment, support and dedication to the development of Communitech. In 2009, Dr. Tibbits was inducted into Skills Canada-Ontario’s Klaus Woerner Hall of Fame. In March 2011, Dr. Tibbits was awarded the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and, in November 2011, Dr. Tibbits was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Dr. Tibbits was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Interim President and CEO,
Red River College
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Dr. Christine Watson is the current Interim President & CEO of Red River College. Christine joined RRC in 2013 and has held the role of Vice-President, Academic since July 2016. She is currently leading the College’s Academic Transformation in educational design and delivery.
Christine has worked in senior administration, leadership, teaching and research for the last 20 years, holding administrative and teaching positions at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada.
In terms of her own educational background, Christine holds a B.A. English (Honours) from University of British Columbia, a M.A. (English Literature) from Queen’s University, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Queensland (Australia).