McDermott + Bull has successfully placed Marcia Buchholz as Vice President, People and Culture at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Marcia will provide strategic leadership to achieve the commitments, goals, and vision for SAIT’s strategic plan. As a member of the executive management team, she will collaborate with leadership, faculty, and staff across the institution, along with key external stakeholders, to drive SAIT’s people objectives and foster a culture valuing people as its greatest strength.

Marcia brings a wealth of experience in human resources and strategic planning, having previously served as the Vice President, Human Resources at the University of British Columbia and the Associate Vice-President, Human Resources at the University of Calgary. Her background also includes a significant tenure as a Senior Managing Consultant in Strategy and Business Transformation with IBM.

SAIT is a global leader in applied education, offering a comprehensive range of applied and baccalaureate degrees, apprenticeships, certificates, and diplomas to over 18,000 students and apprentices, in addition to almost 16,000 corporate training and continuing education students. SAIT is committed to advancing the highest quality of teaching and learning, attracting a diverse student body seeking practical, skills-oriented education with immediate employment prospects upon graduation and opportunities for lifelong learning.

This executive search was completed by McDermott + Bull Principal Alex Verdecchia, Senior Consultant + Head of Recruitment Brittany Stansfield, and Consultant of Executive Search Alina Ivanets.