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Image Credit: Technology Accreditation Canada
Image Credit: Technology Accreditation Canada

Technology Accreditation Canada accredits fourteen programs at Saskatchewan Polytechnic


Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) presented the faculty at Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificates recognizing national program accreditation for fourteen engineering technology and applied science programs (see below).

The audit of each program involved interviews with employers of graduates, alumni and students. Common to all programs, audit teams noted highly engaged faculty committed to student success, including the delivery of broad curriculum which provides graduates with employment opportunities in various sectors of their respective industries. The audits revealed positive input from program advisory committees and students entering the workplace with strong technical and problem solving skills, particularly those with co-op experience.

“Accrediting fourteen programs is an incredible achievement and we congratulate Saskatchewan Polytechnic, its administration and faculty,” says Richard Stamper, TAC executive director. “National program accreditation signifies an alignment of these programs with the current standards of the profession and clearly demonstrates the polytechnic’s leadership and commitment to its students, faculty, industry and government.”

In addition, accreditation provides a streamlined pathway towards professional certification as an Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) through Saskatchewan Applied Science Technologists and Technicians.

“Sask Polytech has always been respectful of the value and need to have its programs accredited as this demonstrates commitment to our students, industry and partners. We want to ensure we meet and exceed these expectations,” says Jamie Hilts, dean, School of Mining, Energy, and Manufacturing and School of Natural Resources and Built Environment. “To this point, the TAC accreditation process was a significant undertaking by Sask Polytech and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the members of the TAC audit teams, members of SASTT and of course the faculty and staff of the 14 programs that we are recognizing.”

TAC Audit

TAC Audit and Sask Polytech program teams

The following TAC and Sask Polytech team members participated in a successful accreditation process.

Architectural Technologies (Building Sciences & Interior Design)

  • Sask Polytech: Angela Deans, A.Sc.T., program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Patrick Coulthard, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); auditors Luke Simon, C.E.T. (Ontario), Jason Eggen, C.E.T. (Alberta)

Bioscience Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Blaine Chartrand, program head; Deanna Herman, academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Steven Chu, C.E.T. (British Columbia); auditors Robert Ashton, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan), Jordan Anderson, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

CAD/CAM Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Tim Muench, P.Eng, program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Darrin Heisler, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia); auditors Sherri Ritchie, A.Sc.T. (Alberta), Scott McDonald, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Chemical Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Amy Douglas, program head; Deanna Herman, academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Jordan Wicks, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); auditors Kai Ma, C.E.T. (Alberta), Cindy Wright, C.E.T. (Alberta)

Civil Engineering Technologies

  • Sask Polytech: Dean Massier A.Sc.T., program head; Art Skibinsky, P.Eng, instructor; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Mazin Audeh, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditors Kendra LeBoldus, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan), Kathryn Deschamps, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditor-in-training Jazmin McLean, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Computer Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Shaun Nanan, A.Sc.T., P.Eng., program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Gary Closson, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditors Richard Davies, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan), Sharon Reid, C.Tech. (Ontario); auditor-in-training Scott McDonald, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Electrical Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Tamra Allen, P.Eng, program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Gary Closson, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditors Jeffrey Harris, A.Sc.T. (Ontario), Dale DesOrmeaux, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Chris Roslinsky, program head
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Gary Closson, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditors Richard Davies, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan), Kevin Harrison, P.Tech. (Alberta)

Engineering Design and Drafting Technology (EDDT)

  • Sask Polytech: Candace Zurowski, A.Sc.T., program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Darrin Heisler, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia); auditors Jason Eggen, C.E.T. (Alberta), Holly Valad, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); auditor-in-training Jordan Anderson, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Environmental Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Kaya Forest, P.Chem., program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Mazin Audeh, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditors Shannon Kuntz, C.E.T. (Alberta), Ray Li, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); auditor-in-training Greg Fremont, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Geomatics and Surveying Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: CJ Pelletier, C.Tech., program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Patrick Coulthard, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); auditors Eric Collins, P.Tech(Eng) (Alberta), Kathryn Deschamps, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditor-in-training Andrew Douglas, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Instrumentation Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Frank Van Breugel, C.Tech., program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Darrin Heisler, A.Sc.T. (British Columbia); auditors Jason Marshall, C.E.T. (Alberta), Bob Bernhardt, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • Sask Polytech: Tim Muench, P.Eng, program head; Dan Bechard, A.Sc.T., academic chair
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Shawn Seitz, P.Tech(Eng) (Alberta); auditors Tim Roth, C.E.T. (Alberta), Dale DesOrmeaux, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan); auditor-in-training Ryan Berg, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

Telecommunications Networking Technician

  • Sask Polytech: Bill Walsh, C. Tech., program head
  • TAC Audit team: lead auditor Gary Closson, C.E.T. (Ontario); auditors Lloyd Linkiewich, R.E.T., T.L.(Eng) (Alberta), Richard Davies, A.Sc.T. (Saskatchewan)

TAC Audit

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