Our Team

Nobina Robinson, CEO Polytechnics Canada

Nobina Robinson

  • CEO, Polytechnics Canada
Nobina Robinson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada in May 2009. She held progressive appointments in the federal government and non-profit sectors since 1990. Mrs. Robinson began her public service career in 1990 when she joined the Treasury Board Secretariat as a management trainee. Two years later, she became a Foreign Service Officer and was posted as a political officer to the Canadian Embassy in Havana from 1994 to 1997.  From 1998 to 2002, Mrs. Robinson led FOCAL...
Cody McKay

Cody McKay

  • Policy Analyst
At Polytechnics Canada, Cody focuses on policies and programs relating to innovation and research.  Cody supports the work of all our member applied research offices to ensure that their successes in supporting industry innovation and driving economic development in key regions in Canada, is recognized. Cody holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management with a focus on international development from Humber's Business School in Toronto, and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations...
Daniel Komesch

Daniel Komesch

  • Policy Analyst
At Polytechnics Canada, Daniel is responsible for policy files on skills and employment, apprenticeship, and labour market information.  Daniel supports the work of all of our member Institutional Research and Planning offices to ensure our advocacy is grounded on the latest data about our students and graduates. Daniel holds a Master's in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and a Bachelors in Political Science, also...
Amber Smith

Amber Smith

  • Executive Assistant to the CEO
Amber Smith joined Polytechnics Canada as Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2016.   Amber has previously supported executives in mid to large organizations, such as Scalar Decisions and Cisco Systems, with a focus on project coordination and control. Originally from Ottawa, Amber has returned after 16 years in Toronto. 

Matthew Henderson

  • Research Associate
At Polytechnics Canada, Matt supports the research and evidence-gathering that underpins the policy advocacy objectives of the association. Matt holds a Master’s in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. 

Frank Tersigni

  • Events and Communications Coordinator
Frank Tersigni joined Polytechnics Canada as Events and Communication Coordinator in May 2017.  Frank’s track record includes working with the Ministry of Education (Ontario) and the Government of Canada supporting Member of Parliament for the Riding of Waterloo, Hon. Bardish Chagger, with a focus on event management and execution, stakeholder relations and communications.  Frank holds a Dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Development with an emphasis in Political...