OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Polytechnics Canada announced today that Nobina Robinson will step down as Chief Executive Officer of the association after nine years of service. To ensure a smooth succession process, Mrs. Robinson will continue in her role through May 2018 and the next Annual Policy Conference of the association co-hosted by Sheridan at its Davis Campus in Brampton.
"Our members have benefited enormously from Nobina's passion, dedication and outstanding leadership during her tenure as CEO," said Dr. Chris Whitaker, Chair of the Board of Directors of Polytechnics Canada, and President and CEO of Humber College in Toronto. "Over the past nine years, Polytechnics Canada's role as a champion of polytechnic education in contributing to Canada's research and innovation agenda and talent strategies has become recognized by the federal government and employers across the country."
Dr. Whitaker praised Mrs. Robinson's accomplishments, along with the hard work of the Polytechnics Canada team in growing federal funding for polytechnic and college applied research, creating new supports for Canadian apprentices through initiatives such as the Canada Apprentice Loan, raising the profile of polytechnic training solutions for the country's skills needs, and for growing the association's membership.
Mrs. Robinson, who was appointed as CEO in May 2009, said that she is grateful for the support she has received from staff (past and present), from members and a range of collaborators – within and outside government – who have all helped to make the case that polytechnic institutions are key actors in Canada's innovation and education ecosystems. "While there will be always more to do, I set out to establish a presence in Ottawa for our members, and be a voice for differentiation and inclusion when it comes to federal supports for higher education research and talent. I am proud that the polytechnic viewpoint is now included in these significant federal policy discussions and in the Government of Canada's commitment to Innovation and Skills. Polytechnics Canada has a focused mission and a solid foundation on which to grow, and the time is right for me to pass the torch, as I step down to devote more time to my family," said Mrs. Robinson.
Polytechnics Canada has engaged Boyden Canada to facilitate the search process for the next CEO of Polytechnics Canada.
About Polytechnics Canada:
Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly funded colleges and institutes of technology. Located in Canada's key economic regions, the members of Polytechnics Canada are: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), SAIT, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Red River College, Fanshawe, Conestoga, Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Seneca, and Algonquin Colleges.
SOURCE Polytechnics Canada
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