Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Barb Gustafson recognized for contributions to education sector

Gustafson honoured as one of the 100 Notable Women for the Canadian Federation of University Women

October 11, 2019 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic is pleased to share that Dr. Barb Gustafson, acting special advisor to the provost at Sask Polytech, has been selected as one of 100 Notable Women for the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW).

“Congratulations to Dr. Barb Gustafson on your selection as one of 100 Notable Women for the Canadian Federation of University Women,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “Your contributions to our provincial and national education, and to post-secondary education sectors has made a difference in the lives of many students and graduates.”

“It is wonderful to receive this recognition. I believe in the power of post-secondary education to change lives and am proud to support students through my work at Sask Polytech, as well as through volunteer activities,” says Gustafson. “As a member of CFUW Prince Albert, I’ve helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for scholarships. Each year, seven scholarships are given in Prince Albert alone, including one to a female Adult 12 graduate from Sask Polytech’s Prince Albert campus who is continuing on to post-secondary education.”

Gustafson received her Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan with a focus on vocational education. Gustafson has worked at Sask Polytech since 2003 as an instructor, director of Learner Pathways and most recently acting special advisor to the provost. Gustafson’s board and community involvements include: USask Senate member for District 11 (1999-2002 and 2019-2022), Prince Albert city councillor (2003-2006); Prince Albert Credit Union Board member (1996- 2006); Clarence Campeau Development Fund (Metis Development Corp.) board member (2007-2016); founding president of the Prince Albert and Area Community Foundation (1999-2016); and more than 30 years with the CFUW.

CFUW is an advocacy group that supports higher education opportunities for women. This year 100 awards were given to members who made outstanding contributions within CFUW and/or to the wider community in the fields of education, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, economics, political engagement, organizational leadership, cultural endeavours, or social innovation.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 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.