New members welcomed on Saskatchewan Polytechnic Board of Directors

All new members will serve for three years from the date of the Order in Council


February 2, 2018 – Recently the Government of Saskatchewan appointed seven new members to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic board of directors.  

The new board appointees include Mitchell Holash (chair), Mark Cooper, Vann Cortez, Prabha Mitchell, Wayne Pike, Drew Tiefenbach and Tyler Willox. They replace Ralph Boychuk (former chair), Donna Birkmaier, Lydia Cyr and Brent Waldo.

“It is with heartfelt gratitude that we say goodbye to the outgoing members of the board. We will miss their leadership and guidance,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “I look forward to working with the newly appointed members.”

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic board of directors meets seven times per year, and are responsible for providing strategic guidance and oversight of the management of Saskatchewan Polytechnic. The board ensures accountability to the Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Polytechnic and to the people of Saskatchewan.

Current board members include: Mitchell Holash (chair), Mark Vanstone (vice chair), Jim Nowakowski (secretary), Garry Benning, Mark Cooper, Vann Cortez (student representative), Kerry Heid, Prabha Mitchell, Wayne Pike (regional college representative), Robert Stromberg, Drew Tiefenbach (Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission representative), Arlene Unvoas and Tyler Willox. The constitution of the board must consist of one Sask Polytech student, one member of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission and one regional college representative.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 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.