Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes and celebrates partnerships at gala event

April 13, 2016 - Saskatchewan Polytechnic is pleased to honour program, industry and alumni partners in recognition of their contributions and achievements in support of our organization and students. 

Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, announced the recipients of the 2016 President's Partnership Awards today:

  • The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation - Program Partnership Award
  • Husky Energy - Industry Partnership Award
  • Brad Darbyshire - Alumni Partnership Award

"These awards honour and celebrate the partnerships that make it possible for Saskatchewan Polytechnic to provide skills and education that are relevant and responsive to industry's needs, and is the foundation for successful careers," says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech's president and CEO.

Husky Energy will receive the Industry Partnership Award for contributions towards expanding the Power Engineering Technology facility to enhance operations and ultimately support students in the program. The Industry Partnership Award is presented to an industry partner that has supported Sask Polytech's overall mission through a variety of means and over a period of time.

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation will receive the Program Partnership Award for its innovative collaboration on the Hannin Creek Educational Facility at Candle Lake. The Program Partnership Award is presented to an organization, or individual(s), who have made a notable contribution to the development of a new or existing Sask Polytech program.

Brad Darbyshire is being recognized for outstanding efforts to increase business and employment opportunities for the Aboriginal community in Saskatchewan. The Alumni Partnership Award is presented to an alumnus or alumni who have advanced the reputation of Sask Polytech and/or made a notable contribution to Sask Polytech through a variety of means.

This is the third year for the President's Partnership Awards. Past recipients have included SaskPower, the Sask. Mining Association and Steve McLellan among others.

This year's President's Partnership Awards recipients will be honoured at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic President's Gala, presented by PotashCorp. The event has gained a reputation as the most luxurious garage party in the province. Typically home to motor oil and revving engines, the Automotive Service Technician training area will get a dramatic makeover as the space is transformed into the setting for a lavish, black-tie gala dinner.

Event: Saskatchewan Polytechnic President's Gala presented by PotashCorp 
Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: Reception: 5:30 p.m. 
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus - Room 1130 
Idylwyld Dr. N, Saskatoon, SK 
Automotive Service Technician program area 

Proceeds from the gala support Sask Polytech's Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan, an initiative that provides Aboriginal students with the support they need to succeed in their programs.

"Supporting the Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan means we can do more to help students overcome any number of barriers to success," says Jochen Tilk, president and CEO of PotashCorp, the event's presenting sponsor. "This is an investment in the future of our province."

The evening's entertainment will feature Saskatchewan Country Music Award winner and Sask Polytech alumnus Codie Prevost, Saskatchewan singer and songwriter Jeffery Straker, and professional writer, singer/drummer, artist, journalist, and storyteller Carol Daniels. Leisha Grebinski, host of Saskatoon Morning, CBC Radio One will serve as master of ceremonies.

For more information about the President's Gala, visit

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 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.