Sarah Watts-Rynard assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Polytechnics Canada in July 2018. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, supporting Canada’s apprenticeship community with research, promotion and by connecting stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada.
Sarah has a degree in Journalism and English from Carleton University. Since graduating, she has built a career that includes time in government, the private sector and at skills-focused non-profit organizations. She has experience related to non-profit governance, fundraising, advocacy and marketing. She leads a team of passionate and dedicated employees committed to high-quality skills and innovation policy, reflecting the strengths of polytechnic education in Canada. In 2018, Sarah was awarded an honorary diploma in the Skilled Trades by Niagara College.
Sarah is Chair of the CWB Welding Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) and serves as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Club of Ottawa.
Devon joined Polytechnics Canada as a policy analyst in January 2022. His work focuses on policy research and writing related to supporting learners for a changing labour market and enabling innovation activity through applied research.
Devon holds a Master of Arts in Political Studies and Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Political Studies, both from Queen’s University.
Crystal joined Polytechnic Canada as office manager in April 2022.
Crystal leads the office administration and manages day-to-day operations. Crystal has over six years of office administration experience and studied at Camosun College.
Matt joined Polytechnics Canada in February 2017. He leads the policy team in the research, writing, advocacy and government relations that supports member institutions. Matt’s research and writing focuses on post-secondary education, workforce development, and innovation. He currently manages a number of member working groups, including the Vice Presidents, Academic from each institution.
Matt holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Alex joined Polytechnics Canada in January 2021. She is responsible for planning and executing communications projects that support Polytechnic Canada’s advocacy initiatives and raise awareness about the polytechnic model of education. Alex holds a Master of Arts in Brand Management from Coventry University and a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies from Carleton University.
Cody joined Polytechnics Canada in March 2015, and currently is the policy analyst responsible for advocacy related to applied research and innovation. With a focus on innovation policy, Cody considers how polytechnic applied research can be better leveraged by federal programs to help Canadian businesses overcome barriers to growth, and the Canadian government tackle pressing challenges like climate change. Additionally, he manages Polytechnics Canada’s Applied Research Working Group, comprised of the leaders of applied research at Polytechnics Canada’s 13 member institutions. Cody holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management with a focus on international development from Humber, and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Prior to joining Polytechnics Canada, Cody worked with the Government of New Brunswick and the Canadian Red Cross.