Polytechnics Canada Annual Conference 2017




Dr. Glenn Feltham

President and CEO of NAIT

Dr. Glenn Feltham was appointed President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2011. As NAIT's sixth president he has led the institute toward its vision of becoming one of the world's leading polytechnics, with a focus on relevance and responsiveness. Under Dr. Feltham's leadership, NAIT plays an essential role in strengthening Alberta's and Canada's economies through hands-on, technology-based education and applied research in partnership with industry.

Beyond his role as President and CEO of NAIT, Dr. Feltham is playing a leading role in advancing the post-secondary system in Canada and Alberta. He is currently Chair of Polytechnics Canada. He is also Chair of the Council of Post-secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA). COPPOA works across all of Alberta's post-secondary institutions to continue building the strongest possible system.


Nobina Robinson

Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada

Nobina Robinson has served as Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada since 2009.

Mrs. Robinson contributes policy and advocacy advice on behalf of Polytechnics Canada to the Business Higher Education Roundtable, the Human Resources Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the C.D. Howe Institute and is a patron of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.




Jamie Merisotis

CEO, Lumina Foundation

Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy. Since 2008, he has served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. and a driving force for increasing Americans' success in higher education. He previously served as co-founder and president of the nonpartisan, Washington, DC-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, and as executive director of a bipartisan national commission on college affordability appointed by the President and Congressional leaders. Merisotis is the author of the highly-regarded 2015 book America Needs Talent, published by RosettaBooks.

He is frequently sought after as a media commentator and contributor. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, National Journal, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Politico, Roll Call and other publications.

His work includes extensive global experience as an adviser and consultant in southern Africa, the former Soviet Union, Europe and other parts of the world. A respected analyst and innovator, Merisotis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and holds honorary degrees from several colleges and universities. Merisotis commits his time and energies as trustee for a diverse array of organizations around the world, including his alma mater Bates College in Maine, the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Anatolia College in Greece, and the London-based European Access Network. He lives with his wife Colleen O'Brien and their children Benjamin and Elizabeth in Indianapolis.


Martha Hall Findlay

President and CEO, Canada West Foundation

Martha Hall Findlay joined the Canada West Foundation as President and CEO on September 1, 2016.

Martha is a thought leader whose insight on issues such as pipelines, international trade, foreign investment and foreign affairs, energy and the environment, and supply management have framed the debate for decision-makers and everyday Canadians. Her career has been diverse, spanning law, technology, politics and public policy.

Previously, Martha was the Chief Legal Officer of EnStream, a Rogers/Bell/TELUS mobile payments joint venture. As a lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as startups, primarily in telecommunications and technology.

As an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy, Martha focused on Canadian economic, social and environmental prosperity in a global context. She was a member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, and served as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport; Government Operations and International Trade.

Martha has served as a board director and executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs; the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P) at University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs; the Georgian Bay Association and Alberta's CKUA not-for-profit radio network. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of Alpine Canada; a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Ottawa's Positive Energy project; and is a member of the Advisory Council for the New York Global Leaders Dialogue.


Kevin King

Vice President, North America and Government Sales

Kevin King is Vice President, North America and Government Sales and has been with CAE Healthcare for five years. He oversees sales and business development activities for all of North America including domestic sales as well as government and military sales.

Mr. King is a passionate health care executive with an extensive history in medical simulation. After obtaining a Macy Fellowship to attend the inaugural Institute for Medical Simulation at the Centre for Medical Simulation (a collaborative project between the Center for Medical Simulation and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology) in Boston in 2004, he returned to his native Toronto and began his career in medical simulation.

Prior to joining CAE Healthcare, Mr. King worked as a paramedic leader in a critical care environment where he honed his patient care skills using medical simulation. As the Chief of Ambulance Services in Muskoka, Canada he successfully directed a paramedic team of fifty where he was recognized for his dedicated service. He founded the Alliance for Simulation Specialists and Educators in Toronto and led a team of educators to create the only nationally accredited critical care paramedic program utilizing high fidelity medical simulation. Additionally, he has been published numerous times for his outstanding research. Mr. King earned his executive MBA from Athabasca University, and continues to drive innovation through leadership.


Barrie McKenna

Columnist and Correspondent, The Globe and Mail Ottawa Bureau

Barrie McKenna is a columnist and correspondent in The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau. He writes about the intersection of public policy and the economy, including monetary policy, innovation, taxation, trade, regulation and Canada-U.S. relations.

From 1997 until 2010, he covered Washington from The Globe's bureau in the U.S. capital. During his U.S. posting, he traveled widely, filing stories from more than 30 states. Mr. McKenna has also been a frequent visitor to Japan and South Korea on reporting assignments. A native Montrealer, he has degrees from McGill University (history) and Carleton University (journalism). He is a five-time finalist for Canada's National Newspaper Awards, and a 2016 winner of a Society of American Business Editors and Writers' Best in Business Canada award.



Please note - this agenda is a draft and is subject to change, please check back for updates.

Location: Sutton Place Hotel, Room TBD (10235 -101 Street, Edmonton)
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm Informal Reception
7:30 am Shuttle to depart the hotel for NAIT
Location: NAIT
7:45 am Registration

8:40 am Welcome and opening remarks by Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada and Dr. Glenn Feltham, President of NAIT and Chair, Polytechnics Canada.

Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt to bring greetings
9:00 am Keynote Speech by Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation
10:00 am Break
10:45 am - 11:45 am Panel - Building Canada

Panelists - to be announced
12 noon Luncheon

Speaker: Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO, Canada West Foundation
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Tours of the Centre for Applied Technology simulation laboratories, including Canada's only
ambulance simulator.
2:45 pm Speaker: Kevin King, Vice President North American & Government Sales, CAE Healthcare.
3:30 pm Break
5:30 pm Reception
6:00 pm Dinner - Ernest's

Speaker: Barrie McKenna, Columnist and Correspondent, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Bureau
8:00 pm Shuttle departs from NAIT to the hotel
7:15 am Shuttle to depart the hotel for NAIT
Location: NAIT
7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Working Breakfast*
9:45 am Working Groups*
12 noon Lunch

*Please note - Working Group members will be contacted directly with more details.




You can book your room at the Sutton Place, the host hotel for this event. For the group rate, please use promotional code "NAIT17".

Book Room

You may also book your room via telephone at 1-866-378-8866 or via email at res_edmonton@suttonplace.com.



Parking will be provided in A/B parkade at NAIT.



Shuttle service will be provided to and from the host hotel, Sutton Place and NAIT. A schedule will be provided closer to the event date.

Light Rail service is also available to NAIT from Sutton Place Hotel.