Polytechnics Canada's Chair named to Order of Canada

OTTAWA, June 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Polytechnics Canada congratulates its board Chair, George Brown College President Anne Sado, upon receiving the country's highest honour, the Order of Canada.

"It is fitting that the Order of Canada recognized Anne for leadership in post-secondary education and community engagement," says Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. "These are the exact qualities she displays daily in her leadership role at Polytechnics Canada."

George Brown in Toronto is a charter member of Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of Canada's leading research-intensive, publicly funded colleges and institutes of technology. Sado, who became George Brown president in 2004, was named Polytechnics Canada's Chair in February 2013.

"I'm honoured and humbled to receive this news," Sado said. "As I approach a decade in education I feel privileged to lead an organization that is making a measurable difference in the lives of Canadians and on our economic future. I accept this as a proud advocate for the college and polytechnic sector in Canada."

For Sado, being named a Member of the Order of Canada is the latest in a series of public and community service awards, including recognition last year as one of YWCA's Women of Distinction in Education. The Women's Executive Network has twice named her one of Canada's Most Powerful Women.

As well, Sado's community work and education initiatives have earned her the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal and the Professional Engineers Ontario Citizenship Award.

Among her current board memberships are the Toronto Board of Trade, the Toronto Financial Service Alliance and the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network, where she also serves as Chair.

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.

SOURCE: Polytechnics Canada

For further information:

Ken Doyle
Director of Policy
Polytechnics Canada
Tel: 613 688-0690
E-mail: kdoyle@polytechnicscanada.ca


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