As president and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Dr. Larry Rosia leads the province’s
primary provider of technical education and skills training. Sask Polytech serves
more than 28,000 distinct students, and offers programs that touch every sector of
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 ensuring that
students have access to a high-quality, innovative post-secondary education, that
employers have access to a highly skilled and qualified workforce that contributes
to Saskatchewan’s prosperity, and that Sask Polytech nurtures a positive and vibrant
Dr. Rosia’s career in education spans more than 35 years, as an Instructor, Program
Chair, Revenue Generating Coordinator, Marketing Manager, and Dean. He has more than
20 years of leadership experience in educational administration and has served in
advisory roles to community, provincial and municipal committees. He had and is serving
as a Director or Board Member for several Regional, National and International organizations;
including Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Canadian Council of Chief Executives,
Canadian Homebuilder’s Association, CANARIE, Community Colleges for International
Development (CCID), the International Mineral Innovation Institute (IMII), Polytechnics
Canada, Post-Secondary International Network (PIN), Skills Canada Saskatchewan, the
Saskatchewan Post-Secondary International Education Council, the Saskatchewan Labour
Market Task Force (LMTF), The Chair Academy, the University of Regina Senate, and
the World Federation of Colleges & Polytechnics (WFCP).
Dr. Rosia is an alumnus of University of Alberta and SAIT Polytechnic and a lifelong
learner. He has a background in telecommunications engineering, adult education,
and educational policy and administration, and in 2006 completed his PhD in academic
leadership at the University of Calgary. He completed the Executive Leadership Program
at Harvard University and earned Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) Designation.
Notable recognition includes the SAIT Board of Governor Award for Business and Industry
Partnerships, the Conference Board of Canada Award for Business and Industry Partnerships,
the Chair Academy International Exemplary Leadership Award, the Saskatchewan Men of
Influence Award, and the Paul A. Elsner Excellence in Leadership Award.
Dr. Rosia is a well-respected ambassador for the post-secondary community. He authored
a book titled "The Successful College President."
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