Board of Directors

The presidents of Polytechnics Canada member institutions are responsible for the governance and direction of the association.

Member Presidents and Directors of the Board

Chris Whitaker

Dr. Christopher Whitaker

  • Chair, Polytechnics Canada
  • President and CEO, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Dr. Chris Whitaker is President and CEO of Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Chris Whitaker joined the college in July 2012 and is the fourth president in the college’s history. He has worked in the Ontario postsecondary sector for over 25 years and is passionate about student success and the role of colleges in providing access and pathways to postsecondary education opportunities.  Since joining Humber, he has continued to advance the college as a comprehensive...
Dr. Larry Rosia

Dr. Larry Rosia

  • Vice Chair, Polytechnics Canada
  • President and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
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...
Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl Jensen

  • Treasurer, Polytechnics Canada
  • President, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology
Cheryl Jensen joined Algonquin College in 2014 as the eighth College President, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in the college system. Under her leadership, Algonquin College has formed new and exciting partnerships with The Ottawa Hospital, Siemens Canada, the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, and Shopify, offering students work-integrated learning opportunities and facilitating collaboration in support of local economic development. Cheryl also led the development...
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Dr. Glenn Feltham

  • Past Chair, Polytechnics Canada
  • President and CEO, NAIT
Dr. Glenn Feltham was appointed President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 2011. As NAIT’s sixth president he has led the institution 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.   Dr....
Anne Sado

Anne Sado

  • President, George Brown College
A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth at George Brown, and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development. Beyond her leadership at the college, she is Chair of the Board of ORION and the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and past Chair of the Board for Polytechnics Canada and Trillium...
David Agnew

David Agnew

  • President, Seneca College
David Agnew became Seneca’s fifth president in 2009. Mr. Agnew was Secretary to the Cabinet in the Ontario Government from 1992-95 after serving as the Premier’s Principal Secretary. He has held leadership positions in public, private and non-profit sectors, including as President/CEO of UNICEF Canada, Principal at Digital 4Sight, Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario and Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. In 1995, he was seconded...
Kathy Kinloch

Kathy Kinloch

  • President, BCIT
Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – Canada’s premier polytechnic institution -- a position she has held since January 2014. Kathy is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sector. At BCIT she is focusing on efforts to broaden and deepen BCIT’s partnerships with...
David Ross

Dr. David Ross

  • President and CEO, SAIT
Dr. David Ross is SAIT’s 16th President and joined the institution in 2013. A passionate leader in post-secondary education dedicated to promoting student success, Dr. Ross has a reputation for innovation in applied education. Under Dr. Ross’ leadership SAIT has become Alberta’s third largest institution known for its action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with people and partners from around the globe. Prior to joining SAIT, Dr. Ross was President and...
John Tibbits

Dr. John Tibbits

  • President, Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Dr. John Tibbits has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 1987.  In that time Conestoga has moved forward into a leadership position in the Ontario college system. Dr. Tibbits holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Diploma in Education from McGill University, a Master of Education degree and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of Vermont and a Doctorate in Education from Boston University. He has...
Paul Vogt

Paul Vogt

  • President and CEO, Red River College
On August 17, 2015, Paul Vogt joined Red River College as its fifth President and CEO. Paul holds a B.A. (Honours) in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he earned a Rhodes Scholarship and pursued graduate studies at Oxford University (where he earned an MPhil Politics degree) and at Princeton University. Over the past 25 years, Paul taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University. He has lectured on a wide range of subjects...
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Dr. Mary Preece

  • President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
With a PhD in Education, Mary Preece has been involved in postsecondary education in Ontario for more than 35 years.  Having served as a professor in the School of Business at Centennial College for 15 years, Mary moved into academic administration in 1992 first as a Chair, then Director, and ultimately as Dean of Academic Studies.  In 2002, Mary became Provost and Vice President Academic at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences where she spearheaded a wide range of change...
Alan Davis, President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Alan Davis

  • President and Vice-Chancellor / ex-officio, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Dr. Alan Davis was appointed President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University September 1, 2012. A native of Reading, England, Dr. Davis has held leadership positions at renowned institutions in the United States and Canada, including roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. Most recently, he served as President of Empire State College at the State University of New York. Dr. Davis is a member of the Board of the Council...
Peter Devlin, President Fanshawe College

Peter Devlin

  • President, Fanshawe College
Peter Devlin was appointed Fanshawe College's fifth President effective September 2013. Prior to joining Fanshawe, President Devlin served 35 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired commanding the Canadian Army at the rank of Lieutenant General. He has several UN, NATO and Coalition tours and his awards include Orders of Military Merit from the United States, Brazil and Colombia as well as the CanadianMeritorious Service Cross and Commander of the Canadian Order of Military Merit....