Polytechnics Canada welcomes Fanshawe College as newest member

April 12, 2017 – Ottawa – Fanshawe College, based in London, Ontario, is the newest member of Polytechnics Canada.  As well, Peter Devlin, President of Fanshawe, has been appointed as a Director of the Board of our association.

Fanshawe has chosen to join Polytechnics Canada because of its commitment to industry-relevant applied research and innovation and its support for the Polytechnics Canada vision that the Canadian economy and Canadian employers will benefit from a more inclusive and differentiated higher education and talent development system. 

With the addition of Fanshawe, Polytechnics Canada now represents thirteen institutions across the country that deliver high-quality polytechnic education with a full suite of post-secondary credentials, from apprenticeship and diplomas to bachelor’s degrees.  These leading and large polytechnics and colleges are at the forefront of providing Canadian business with R&D and commercialization services that help to grow Canada’s innovation outcomes.

“We are delighted that Fanshawe has chosen to join us,” said Polytechnics Canada Chief Executive Officer, Nobina Robinson.  “Fanshawe’s recognized leadership in applied research – through its Centre for Product Validation for example - further strengthens our association’s ability to promote the value of polytechnic innovation for Canadians,” said Mrs. Robinson.

Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin believes Fanshawe is an ideal fit for the polytechnic model because of its great strengths in three key areas, “As a comprehensive college, we offer an array of advanced education credentials, including bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates.  We’re also very proud of our powerful applied research agenda, and rich tech-based trades and apprenticeship programs.  Across these many streams, Fanshawe is preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Devlin adds being a member of Polytechnics Canada elevates the College voice at the national level, while at the same time strengthening its network of partnerships from a research and innovation perspective.

“As with all members of Polytechnics Canada, Fanshawe exemplifies the many benefits of a polytechnic education, delivering the technological and entrepreneurial skills urgently needed to advance Canadian innovation and productivity,” said Dr. Glenn Feltham, Chair of Polytechnics Canada, and President and CEO of NAIT.  “Our Board members, the presidents of our member institutions, look forward to working with Peter Devlin,” he added.

Fanshawe is one of Ontario’s largest colleges, offering more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs to 43,000 students each year.  The College also attracts international students from 70 different countries.  With a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite in all it does, Fanshawe is home to a Centre for Research and Innovation and delivers innovative programming in applied arts, business, health care, human services, hospitality and technology across four campuses in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Woodstock.

Located in Canada’s key economic regions, the 13 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, Conestoga, Fanshawe, Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Seneca, and Algonquin Colleges.




For more information, please contact:
Cody McKay

Policy Analyst
Polytechnics Canada
Tel: 613-656-1219
Email: cmckay@polytechnicscanada.ca


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