Person: Nobina Robinson

Innovation Conversation: Q&A with Nobina Robinson

Nobina Robinson retires from her position of Chief Executive Officer at Polytechnics Canada this month after nine years in that role. In those years, Robinson has been recognized by her colleagues for bringing attention to the important role polytechnics and colleges play in Canada’s innovation ecosystem, particularly applied research and commercialization. She shares her thoughts with RE$EARCH MONEY about the legacy she leaves behind and what’s next for the sector.

Sarah Watts-Rynard

Sarah Watts-Rynard is the next CEO of Polytechnics Canada effective July 30, 2018. She will succeed Nobina Robinson who is retiring after nine years of service. Currently serving as executive director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), Watts-Rynard has been credited for increasing public appreciation of the skilled trades in Canada and for engaging with…

Polytechnics CEO to step down

Leadership change is coming to Polytechnics Canada as its CEO, Nobina Robinson, has announced that she will step down by May 2018. The association, which represents research-intensive, degree-granting colleges and institutes of technology, has tapped the services of Boyden Canada to facilitate the selection of a new CEO for a smooth turnover. Robinson was appointed…

Colleges, polytechnics say time is right to boost funding for applied research

Polytechnics and colleges are once again making the case for what they say is a fair share of funding for applied research. In their pre-Budget submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Polytechnics Canada, and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) are asking to double the funding made available to applied research in previous Budgets.

Nobina Robinson

It’s time to reverse the innovation equation
By Nobina Robinson

As the federal government considers measures to boost Canada’s listless innovation performance in its 2012 federal Budget, it would do well to consider the plight of Sidney Crosby.

Nobina Robinson

Nobina Robinson has been appointed president of Polytechnics Canada effective May 1st, replacing Sharon Maloney. Robinson will represent eight of Canada’s largest colleges and technology institutes from Ottawa, advocating a role between Canada’s two traditional post-secondary education paths. She holds a BA from Amherst College, a BA and MA from Oxford Univ and post-graduate work…

Maurice Bitran

Maurice Bitran has been appointed assistant DM of the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development’s (MEDI) newly created strategic policy and programs division, which will also represent the Ministry of International Trade and Investment (MITI). Bitran has an extensive background in research and innovation, having worked as executive director of the Ontario R&D Challenge Fund, the…

Dr Michel Jébrak

Dr Michel Jébrak has been appointed president of the Conseil de la Science et de la Technologie (CST) effective this month. Jébrak comes to the CST from the Univ of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) where he held a number of senior positions including dean of science, VP research and art and director of several research…