McDermott + Bull has been engaged to lead the search for SAIT’s Vice President, Academic. This search will be led by McDermott + Bull Principal Alex Verdecchia and Executive Search Consultant Alina Ivanets.

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is a polytechnic institute in Calgary, Alberta, with a vision to become a global leader in applied education. Building on its 100+ year history, SAIT continues to reimagine the workforce of tomorrow and train hit-the-ground-ready, future-proofed graduates. 

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Vice-President, Academic (VPA) is a senior executive officer of SAIT, responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the academic portfolio and related leadership initiatives. Collaborating with the President and CEO and the Executive Team, the VPA provides leadership, direction, and support for academic operations including strategic planning, budgeting, and reporting, while enhancing transparency, trust, and collegiality. Advancing SAIT’s Strategic Plan and supporting the Education Plan and Global Strategy, this role will champion academic excellence and innovation, and integrate academic and non-academic services to achieve the priorities and long-range plans of the institution.

The ideal candidate has a graduate degree (a doctorate is an asset) or higher, combined with a minimum of 10 years of experience in senior leadership roles in post-secondary settings. The candidate has strong leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and work collegially, and a demonstrated history effecting change and leading transformation. 

SAIT is committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  

If you would like to know more or know anyone who might be a good fit for the role, please contact Alina Ivanets at or Alex Verdecchia at in McDermott + Bull’s Vancouver office.