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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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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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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Policy Analyst
Alexandra Apavaloae

alexandra@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Alexandra focuses on policy research and writing related to supporting learning for a changing labour market and enabling innovation activity through applied research. She has a Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Cordoba in Argentina, as well as a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Ottawa. Before joining Polytechnics, Alexandra worked as an analyst conducting public opinion research at Nanos Research.

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Communications officer
Alexandra Hornby

alex@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Alex joined the Polytechnics Canada team as a Communications Officer in January 2021. She is responsible for communications planning, knowledge dissemination and industry outreach. Driven by her enthusiasm for strategizing, Alex inherently understands that a multifaceted and integrated communications approach is critical for augmenting Polytechnic Canada’s federal advocacy initiatives. Alex holds a Master of Arts in Brand Management from Coventry University and a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies from Carleton University.

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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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Executive Assistant
Sam Saini

sam@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Sam joined the Polytechnics Canada team as Executive Assistant to Sarah Watts-Rynard in March 2021. He is responsible for assisting the CEO with correspondence, appointments, and administrative tasks pertaining to the daily functioning of the organization. With over eight years of administrative experience, an eye for detail and professionalism, Sam understands the important functions of the EA role and his contribution in achieving the goals of Polytechnics Canada. Sam holds a Marketing diploma from Humber College.

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Communications Officer
Monika Watten

monika@polytechnicscanada.ca

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Monika joined Polytechnics Canada in January 2021 as a Communications Officer. In collaboration with the policy team, she is focused on elevating the profile of polytechnics in Canada through industry outreach, event organization and social media; supporting Polytechnics Canada’s work in federal advocacy. Monika has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She previously worked in logistics and coordination in the construction industry and in digital communications focused on social media.

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