As president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s primary provider of technical education and skills training. Sask Polytech serves 26,000 distinct students and offers programs that touch every sector of the economy.
Dr. Rosia is responsible for leading the development of Sask Polytech’s vision and for providing strategic direction to the organization, enabling it to sustain its momentum and capitalize on new opportunities. His priorities include ensuring that students have access to a high-quality, innovative post-secondary education, that employers have access to a highly skilled and qualified workforce that contributes to Saskatchewan’s prosperity, and that Sask Polytech nurtures a positive and vibrant workplace environment.
Before joining Sask Polytech in July 2012, Dr. Rosia was dean of the School of Construction at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta, a position he held since 1999. His career in education spans more than 35 years, as an instructor, program chair, revenue generating coordinator, marketing manager and dean. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in educational administration and has served in advisory roles to community, provincial and municipal committees. He has also been a member of the boards of several regional, national and international organizations. Currently he serves as a board member for the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII), Skills Canada Saskatchewan, Chair Academy International Leadership Board, Polytechnics Canada, Post Secondary International Network, Saskatchewan Post Secondary International Education Council, Canadian Council of Chief Executives Business and Higher Education Roundtable Committee, Saskatchewan Labour Market Task Force, and is a member of the University of Regina Senate.
Dr. Rosia is an alumnus of SAIT Polytechnic and a lifelong learner. He has a background in telecommunications engineering, adult education and educational policy and administration, and in 2006 completed his PhD in academic leadership at the University of Calgary. He attended the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University. Notable recognition includes the SAIT Board of Governor Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Conference Board of Canada Award for Business and Industry Partnerships, the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award, and the Saskatchewan Men of Influence Award.
Dr. Rosia is a well-respected ambassador for the post-secondary community. He authored a book titled "The Successful College President."