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 and Vice-Chair of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre).
Ricardo’s work centres on policy research, writing and advocacy related to the adoption of artificial intelligence and new technology, as well as the alignment of labor market needs and training. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Concordia University.
Devon’s work focuses on policy research and writing related to supporting learners for a changing labour market and enabling innovation activity through applied research. He holds a Master of Arts in Political Studies and Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Political Studies, both from Queen’s University.
Alyssa’s work focuses on policy research, writing and advocacy related to diversity and inclusion, supporting lifelong learners, and innovation capacity through applied research. She holds a Juris Doctor degree specialized in Aboriginal and Indigenous law, Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Criminology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, all from Lakehead University.
Leah is responsible for implementing communication strategies and offering administrative support to Polytechnics Canada. Her role encompasses overseeing the creation of media content and coordinating events that promote the beneficial impact of polytechnic education. Leah holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Management degree from Dalhousie University.
Kamila spearheads the development of strategic communications plans, event coordination and digital media initiatives with the aim of elevating the corporate brand of Polytechnics Canada and its members. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in History and Political Science from the University of Ottawa.
Alex oversees the operational activities for Polytechnics Canada and the CEO. She is also responsible for planning and executing projects and events that support the association’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.
Piers’ work centres on policy research, writing and advocacy related to labour relations, skills development and international students. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University.