Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Watts-Rynard

sarah@polytechnicscanada.ca

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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 Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) and serves as a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Club of Ottawa and the CWB Welding Foundation.

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Executive Assistant to the CEO
Sarah Cloutier

sarahlynn@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Sarah joined Polytechnics Canada in October 2020 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Sarah manages the day-to-day operations of the office and supports the CEO, Board of Directors and broader Polytechnics Canada team in administrative tasks and projects.

Prior to joining Polytechnics Canada, Sarah worked as an executive assistant to presidents and directors in multiple fields, including retail and various government agencies.

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Manager of communications
Racean DiBartolo

racean@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Racean joined the Polytechnics Canada team as the Manager of Communications in October 2018. She is responsible for developing communication strategies to broaden and promote the value and impact of polytechnic education, and support federal public policy advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining Polytechnics Canada, Racean worked for a number of national non-profit organizations, including Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. She has expertise in advocacy, online communications and event management.

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Research and Member Relations Coordinator
Monida Eang

monida@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Monida supports research and federal advocacy efforts and coordinates activity with members and the organization’s broader stakeholder network. She brings interdisciplinary experience and skills in research, advocacy, knowledge mobilization and digital communications. Monida holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development from the University of Ottawa. Previously, Monida worked with Impact Alliance and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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Senior Policy Analyst
Matthew Henderson

matthew@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Matt contributes to the research, writing and evidence-gathering that support the policy advocacy objectives of the organization. He engages with member working groups to ensure policy research and advocacy is rooted in the latest data about students, programs and graduates. 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.

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Director of Policy
Daniel Komesch

daniel@polytechnicscanada.ca

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As Director of Policy, Daniel is responsible for all Polytechnics Canada policy files, with expertise related to skills and employment, apprenticeship and labour market information. He supports the work of Vice Presidents, Academic, including an ongoing initiative to consider how members can collaborate to offer micro-credentials. Daniel holds a Master’s in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and a Bachelor in Political Science, also from WLU. He is a prolific writer on the subject of polytechnic education.

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Administrative Assistant
Katherine LaPlante

katherine@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Katherine earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and holds a Bachelor of Political Science from Carleton University.

Katherine serves as Treasurer and Board Member of Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE).

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Policy Analyst
Cody McKay

cody@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Cody focuses on policies and programs relating to innovation and research. He supports the work of member Applied Research offices, bringing together leaders to ensure their initiatives in support of industry innovation and economic development are recognized at the federal level. 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.

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