Dr David Ross
President and CEO
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
Dr Ross became the 16th President of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in March of 2013. Previously he served as President of Langara College and as Vice President Administration and CFO at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. David brings over 30 years of post-secondary experience across several provinces.
Most recently David launched SAIT’s new strategic plan “New World, New Thinking” as part of the institutions proactive approach to rapidly changing job skill requirements. Critical to the success of the plan will be the responsiveness of the institution to adapt programming and provide work integrated learning experiences that align with the skills required by employers. He also recently chaired the Alberta Skills to Job Task Force as the region adapts to new economic realities and develops the next generation of talent.
Internationally he is on the boards for the League for Innovation, the Global Education Network, the Global Applied Education Network and has chaired the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Nationally he has sat on boards for NSERC, Polytechnics Canada, the Business Higher Education Roundtable and previously on the Board for CICan. From his BC experience he was Chair of BC Colleges and the Post-Secondary Employers Association of British Columbia. Recent local board experience includes Calgary Economic Development and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
His education background includes a BSC (Biology) and MBA from Dalhousie University, a MAQ from Simon Fraser University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska.