Appointment notice: Polytechnics Canada CEO



    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Directors of Polytechnics
Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Nobina Robinson as Chief
Executive Officer, based in Ottawa. Mrs. Robinson will provide leadership and
direction to the alliance of Canada's largest colleges and institutes of
technology, and will advance the cause of polytechnic education in Canada.
    "The Presidents of Canada's polytechnic institutions have found a strong
leader and articulate advocate for our key national objectives which are to
contribute to Canadian productivity and innovation through applied education,
skills training and industry-focused research," said Dr. Rob Turner, Chair of
the Board of Directors. "We share the belief that with her considerable
experience Nobina Robinson will expand and foster links with partners and
decision makers in Ottawa."
    Nobina Robinson has represented Seneca College and its federal interests
in Ottawa for the past four years. Her extensive career experience spans a
range of public policy issues, both domestic and international. She has
previously worked for the Treasury Board Secretariat, External Affairs and
International Trade, and was Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for
the Americas (FOCAL). Mrs. Robinson holds Honours degrees from Amherst College
and Oxford University.
    Polytechnics Canada is an association of eight large internationally
recognized Canadian post-secondary education institutions. Collectively, the
members - BCIT, SAIT Polytechnic, Conestoga College, George Brown College,
Humber College, Sheridan Institute, Algonquin College and Seneca College -
annually educate more than 500,000 highly-qualified people essential to
Canada's economy by offering an array of credentials including applied
bachelor degrees, diplomas, apprenticeships, certificates, post-graduate
offerings, continuing education and corporate training, across a wide range of
fields.
    "As a result of my involvement with Seneca, I have developed a strong
conviction that higher education in Canada is no longer merely a choice
between university or community college credentials. I see Polytechnics Canada
as a voice for higher education that bridges the two traditional choices
within the Canadian post-secondary education system and presents solutions for
all levels of government and Canadians in terms of economic advancement and
lifelong learning," said Nobina Robinson.
    The Board thanks Sharon Maloney for her work for Polytechnics Canada over
the past three years, and for increasing the awareness of applied research and
the contribution of polytechnics to the Canadian economy. The Board wishes her
well in her future endeavours.
    Nobina Robinson will become CEO of Polytechnics Canada effective May 1,
2009, and will be located in our new offices in Ottawa. She can be reached by
email at nrobinson@polytechnicscanada.ca




For further information:

For further information: Ken Doyle, Director of Public Affairs,
Polytechnics Canada, (613) 429-0057, kdoyle@polytechnicscanada.ca

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