TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Polytechnics Canada, the voice of
Canada's leading post-secondary institutions dedicated to practical
technological education and high-quality job creation, today announced
its new Chair. George Brown College's President Anne Sado has been
elected unanimously as the new Chair of the association effective
"This is an exciting time to be heading this vital organization," says
Sado. "The federal government's decision-makers are increasingly
acknowledging the merit of our suggestions for economic prosperity
through improving support for innovation and skills. We are making a
difference." Polytechnics Canada recently presented Finance Minister
Jim Flaherty with six low-cost or no-cost recommendations for inclusion
in his coming federal budget. The six proposals are designed to promote
innovation among small and medium-sized businesses as well as address
the current and looming skills shortage in key industry sectors.
"These proposals demonstrate how our responsive colleges and
polytechnics can help stimulate economic growth within the current
climate of restraint," Sado says.
Sado became president of Toronto's George Brown College in 2004 after a
25-year career at Bell Canada where she rose to senior vice-president
business processes and operational effectiveness. As George Brown
president, Sado's achievements have won her numerous honours, including
recognition last year as a Woman of Distinction in Education by the
YWCA and twice as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women (2010 and 2012)
by The Women's Executive Network. Last year, she also received the
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for her positive impact on
Toronto's socioeconomic vitality.
Currently, Sado is chair of the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical
Network and sits on the boards of several other organizations,
including the Toronto Region Board of Trade and the Toronto Financial
Service Alliance. Previously, she chaired the Trillium Health Centre
and College Ontario's Committee of Presidents, and was a board member
of several charities.
Anne Sado was key to the creation of Polytechnics Canada, and is a
founding Board member of the association.
An engineer, Sado holds an MBA as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science
in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Sado replaces outgoing Chair Dr. Don Wright, President of BCIT, who had
served on the Board since 2008.
Located in Canada's key economic regions, the 11 member colleges and
institutes of Polytechnics Canada are: BCIT, SAIT Polytechnic and NAIT
in Alberta, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in
Saskatchewan, Red River College in Manitoba and, in Ontario: Conestoga,
Sheridan, Humber, George Brown College, Seneca and Algonquin.
To see Polytechnics Canada recommendations for the federal budget of
2013, please see:
SOURCE: Polytechnics Canada
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