Polytechnics Canada, the voice of Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions dedicated to practical technological education, industry innovation and high-quality talent creation, announces its new Chair.  Dr. Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of Humber College, has been elected as the new Chair of the association.  Polytechnics Canada recently released proposals for the next federal budget targeting increased productivity and competitiveness through better support for polytechnic innovation and skills.

“As polytechnics, we know that a shifting workforce requires a shift in traditional thinking. As Chair, I am excited to share stories of how our members are preparing students for the careers of today and tomorrow, through our unique educational approach that combines the best of theoretical and hands-on learning,” said Dr. Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of Humber College.

“Dr. Whitaker is a longstanding champion of polytechnic education, and the positive benefits that polytechnic institutions bring for students, employers and communities across Canada and internationally.  We look forward to his leadership for the federal advocacy mission of Polytechnics Canada,” said Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada.

Dr. Chris Whitaker was named President and CEO of Humber in July 2012 and is the fourth president in the college’s history.  Under his leadership, Humber continues to be committed to combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections. Dr. Whitaker has worked in the Ontario post-secondary sector for more than 25 years and is passionate about the benefits of polytechnic education for students in an evolving economy, and providing access and pathways to postsecondary education opportunities.

In addition to his many commitments to Humber, Dr. Whitaker also serves as Chair of the Board for Community Colleges for International Development, and Vice Chair of the College Employer Council in Ontario.  He is also on the boards of the League for Innovation in Community Colleges, the Ontario College Application Service, Skills Canada – Ontario, and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Dr. Whitaker succeeds outgoing Chair Dr. Glenn Feltham, President and CEO of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), who had served as Chair since 2015.  The Polytechnics Canada Board thanked Dr. Feltham for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of our common cause.

The Executive Officers of the association are: Dr. Chris Whitaker, Chair; Dr. Larry Rosia, Vice Chair; Cheryl Jensen, Treasurer; and Glenn Feltham, Past‑Chair.

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

To read Polytechnics Canada recommendations for the federal budget of 2018, please visit our website.

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