Local businessman-philanthropist donates $5M to Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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School of Construction renamed Joseph A. Remai School of Construction

December 11, 2019 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic has received the largest gift in its history - $5 million from Saskatoon businessman-philanthropist, Joseph A. Remai. In recognition of his gift, the School of Construction has been renamed the Joseph A. Remai School of Construction.

“I am passionate about education, Saskatchewan’s construction industry and our wonderful community,” says Mr. Remai. “It is my many years of hard work in construction that allows me to give today. Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates, including those from the School of Construction, have been employed by my company. The hands-on experience, skills and strong work-ethic they learn as students makes them great employees.”

“This is an important event in the history of our institution. Thank you Mr. Remai for your generous donation to Saskatchewan Polytechnic.” says Dr. Larry Rosia. “This significant contribution will enable Saskatchewan Polytechnic to support our students and industry partners to meet their education and business goals. Your commitment, dedication and passion for education will help Joseph A. Remai School of Construction graduates be equipped for the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

In a career that has spanned six decades, Remai has built thousands of multi-residential condominium and rental units, as well as commercial and hotel properties, primarily in Saskatchewan. Throughout this time, Remai’s companies have hired many Sask Polytech graduates and apprentices to complete these projects. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Joseph A. Remai School of Construction includes applied certificates, certificates, degrees, diplomas and apprenticeship training in several industries including architectural technologies, bricklayer, carpentry, electrician, plumbing and other trades.

Remai was one of ten children growing up on a farm near Carrot River, Saskatchewan. He completed an engineering degree before starting his construction career alongside his brothers Frank and John. Since that time, he has continued to be involved in construction and real estate in Saskatchewan.

Remai is well-known for his numerous philanthropic contributions throughout Saskatoon including health care, arts and culture and cause-based social agencies.

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.