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Dinner connects business and industry with Prince Albert students

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by ahnationtalk on November 7, 201813 Views

Presented by Graham Group, Sask Polytech’s Business and Industry Dinner provides networking opportunities and raises funds for student awards

November 7, 2018 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business and Industry Dinners presented by Graham Group provide a valuable applied learning opportunity for students to build networks for their future careers. Employers in attendance are provided the opportunity to meet with potential future hires. This year’s keynote speaker is Sask Polytech Industrial Mechanics program alumnus Gary Merasty.

Merasty is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and executive vice president and chief development officer of the North West Company. He is a former two-time Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council and the first Status First Nations person to be elected in Saskatchewan. He has previously received an honorary diploma from Sask Polytech and received both the the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan for his service to the people of Saskatchewan.

Proceeds from the Business and Industry Dinners help fund Sask Polytech’s student awards program and provide more students with access to financial assistance. To date, the value of scholarships and bursaries supported by the event and given to students totals more than $2 million. Over 1,000 business and industry professionals, alumni, faculty and students are expected to attend the 2018 provincial dinner series.

In addition to networking opportunities, attendees will get to hear about some of Sask Polytech’s recent accomplishments. Thanks for our focus on applied research over the past few years, Sask Polytech ranks No. 6 on the 2018 list of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges in terms of research income growth.

“Our Business and Industry Dinners are a highlight of my annual calendar and an excellent reminder of how fortunate Saskatchewan Polytechnic is to have such strong partnerships in business and industry,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “These dinners are a great opportunity for our students to network directly with industry leaders, business partners and successful alumni and for business and industry leaders to find first-class future employees!”

“Graham Group is proud to sponsor Sask Polytech in 2018 for the Business and Industry dinners across its campuses. Graham brings construction excellence and project delivery to its many customers in the buildings, infrastructure, mining, power, and energy sectors. Our breadth of experience is wide and our construction roots run deep, and Graham’s enduring legacy is a result of a steadfast belief in commitment, integrity and reliability.”

“Graham admires Sask Polytech’s progressive approach to delivering programs, balanced with applied learning skills, and the school’s solid track record of delivering graduates to all of the sectors it serves, along with its seamless commitment to diversity. Graham believes that the strong connections to the employers and students it serves uniquely positions Sask Polytech to grow. In partnership with Athabasca Basin Development LP, Graham is part of Points Athabasca Contracting LP and Great Plains Contracting LP, two of the most successful aboriginal construction firms in the region. Sask Polytech takes a leadership role in developing aboriginal students for, not just Graham’s business, but all sectors of the economy. Please enjoy your evening in the company of the many sought-after graduates that are attending the Business and Industry Dinners.”

Media are invited to attend.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Location: Coronet Hotel, 3551
2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner/Program: 6:30 p.m.
Presenting sponsor: Graham Group Ltd.
Speaker: Gary Merasty, executive vice president and chief development officer of the North West Company. Gary is a Sask Polytech alumnus of the Industrial Mechanics program and a past honorary diploma recipient.

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.


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