Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic dinner leverages partnerships with employers

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

November 17, 2016 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry Dinners provide a valuable networking opportunity for students and enable employers to contribute to students’ success. Proceeds from the Business and Industry Dinners help fund Sask Polytech’s student awards program and provide more students with access to financial assistance.

At this year’s dinner, presented by Graham Group Ltd., Sask Polytech is celebrating several big accomplishments. This includes an alumnus, Lorne Figley, setting a Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest plumber at 92 years old. Research InfoSource Inc. also recently ranked Sask Polytech at #1 for largest percentage of research revenue from industry and #10 for growth in research revenue.

“We continue to see success, through the accomplishments of our alumni, employer partnerships and applied research projects. We are building vital connections in our communities and with employers that encourage experiential learning and collaborative research,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s president and CEO. “Our success is achieved with relevant and responsive programming and the strong support of industry. The Business and Industry Dinners are a great example of how Sask Polytech brings alumni, students and employers together to benefit all involved.”

“Graham Group is proud to sponsor the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry dinners across Saskatchewan. This year Graham Group is celebrating 90 years of construction excellence,” says June Verhelst, vice president operations at Graham Group. “Over our history, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has been a key producer of talent for Graham and its operations. Graham values this forum for industry to connect with the students. Polytechnic grads will continue to be to be future contributors to success industry, government and communities.”

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 more than $1.5 million.

The keynote speaker will be Brad Nelson, general manager of Honey Bee Manufacturing Inc., and a graduate of the Business Administration program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Brad Darbyshire, also a Sask Polytech alumnus, will be the master of ceremonies.

Media are welcome to attend this event.

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Reception:  5:30 p.m.
Dinner/Program:  6:30 p.m.

Location: TCU Place
35 – 22nd St E, Saskatoon

Presenting Sponsor:  Graham Group Ltd.
Campus Sponsor:  PotashCorp

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 needs, 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.