Saskatchewan Polytechnic dinner leverages partnerships with employers

Annual business and industry dinner presented by Graham Group Ltd. hosted in Saskatoon tonight

November 19, 2015 - Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry Dinners provide a valuable networking opportunity for students to make new employer contacts, meet industry leaders and possibly launch their career with their first job offer.

The dinner, presented by Graham Group Ltd., allows employers and industry partners to meet face-to-face with future graduates, providing an opportunity to build their future workforce.

"Our mission is to educate students and provide skilled and successful graduates. This would not be possible without our employer connections," says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic's president and CEO. "Employers are partners in everything we do. We leverage these relationships to give students the best education and hands-on work experience possible. The Business and Industry Dinners are a great example of how Sask Polytech brings students and employers together to benefit all involved."

"Graham is proud to continue to sponsor the Saskatchewan Polytechnic business and industry dinners across Saskatchewan. This provides a face-to-face opportunity for students to meet industry leaders and some of the school's successful graduates. Saskatchewan Polytechnic's connections to community and industry position its students for success," says June Verhelst, vice-president at Graham Group. "The knowledge and skills students develop through their education at the institute has been important to every sector of Saskatchewan's economy. Graham knows that the graduates are well equipped to contribute to their employers."

Funds raised through the events support scholarships and bursaries for Sask Polytech students. To date, the value of scholarships and bursaries supported by the event and given to students totals almost $1.3 million.

This year, approximately 1,100 students, staff and business representatives are expected at the 2015 Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry Dinners, with 340 expected to attend tonight's dinner in Saskatoon. A business and industry dinner is held at each of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's four campus cities.

The keynote speaker will be Tom Foster, president of Industrial Machine & Mfg. Inc. and a graduate of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (then SIAST). Trevor Gowen, also a Sask Polytech alumnus, will be the master of ceremonies.

Guest speakers at the Saskatoon event include:

  • Honourable Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education
  • Earl Buchinski, Graham Group Ltd.
  • Aaron Fornwald, PotashCorp
  • Bryce Wilson, Students' Association
  • Angela Nelson, student

Media are welcome to attend this event.

Event details

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner/Program: 6:30 p.m.
Location: TCU Place
35 - 22nd St E, Saskatoon

Presenting Sponsor: Graham Group Ltd.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 26,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.