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Letter of Transmittal Vision, Mission, Values Message from the Chair and President & CEO Board of Directors Primary Outcomes Strategic Theme One: Building Successful Careers Strategic Theme Two: Advancing Economic and Social Prosperity Strategic Theme Three: Leveraging Educational Innovation Strategic Theme Four: Leading Organizational Effectiveness, People, Leadership and Growth Strategic Theme Four: Leading Organizational Effectiveness, Enterprise Sustainability Student Statistics SIAST Workforce Statistics Kudos


VISION MISSION VALUES VISION A global leader in innovative education, valued for student success and advancing social and economic prosperity.

MISSION SIAST is Saskatchewan’s primary public institution for the development and delivery of post-secondary technical education and skills training. We share knowledge, provide skills training and engage in applied research, meeting the needs of students, employers and communities.

VALUES • E  thics. We adhere to high standards of ethical behaviours and personal accountability. We do the right thing based on sound principles, good character and caring for others. • Innovation. We encourage entrepreneurial thinking that cultivates creativity, agility and ongoing learning in the pursuit of excellence.

LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL 400-119 4th Avenue South Saskatoon SK S7K 5X2 September 27, 2013 The Honourable Rob Norris, Minister Saskatchewan Advanced Education Regina SK S4S 0B3 Dear Minister: On behalf of the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), and in accordance with the provisions of The SIAST Act, I am pleased to submit the annual report and audited financial statements of SIAST for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Respectfully submitted, Ralph E. Boychuk, Chair SIAST Board of Directors

• D  iversity. We embrace diverse cultures, UNDERSTANDING THIS REPORT heritages and opinions in our efforts to Before reading the annual report, it’s essential to understand the planning process that preceded it. SIAST uses enrich the learning and work environment a three-part planning process that aligns strategic initiatives and business activities with the organization’s longand foster inclusive decision making. term vision. The foundational element for this process is the 10-year strategic plan (2009-2019) that sets out four stra• L  eadership. We achieve results by tegic themes. An annual operating and capital plan (OCP) translates the strategic vision into action, detailing planning assumptions and assigning resources to advance new strategic initiatives and support ongoing activities. Initiatives in working effectively with others to the OCP are organized under 18 strategic goals, each of which relates to one of the four themes from the strategic plan: engage, support and inspire action. We 1. Building successful careers 3. Leveraging educational innovation motivate others through our vision, our 2. Advancing economic and social prosperity 4. Leading organizational effectiveness courage to take risks and our The third component of SIAST’s planning process is an operations forecast, which summarizes key challenges and commitment to our goals. opportunities for planning purposes. • C  ommunication. We engage in The first section of this annual report highlights initiatives related to the four strategic themes listed above. The second honest, focused consultation and in section provides comparisons of key student, employee and employer data, and the third section reports on financial the open exchange of ideas to performance, comparing it to previous and planned results, and providing analysis of variances. In all respects, the financial and non-financial information in the annual report is presented fairly, and systems of internal control are maintained inspire informed decision making, to provide reasonable assurance that this information is relevant, reliable and accurate. build relationships and foster SIAST’s planning and reporting approach is based on a balanced scorecard framework that links strategy implementation authentic partnerships.

with organizational goals and initiatives. It allows SIAST to look at its business from four perspectives: clients; internal processes; people, leadership and growth; and enterprise sustainability. In 2010-11, a balanced scorecard measures team was formed to recommend key performance measures for each of SIAST’s strategic goals. The results of the team’s work were presented to the SIAST board of directors for approval at its November 2011 meeting. Further development of SIAST’s balanced scorecard framework continues with the refinement of measures, targets and benchmarks in 2012 and beyond. In 2011-12, SIAST made additional progress toward aligning its enterprise risk management (ERM) approach with its strategic planning process. More information about ERM is included under Management Discussion and Analysis in the Financials section of this report. For copies of SIAST’s strategic plan, OCPs, operations forecasts and previous annual reports, please visit reports_statistics/reports_stats.shtml. 2012-13 SIAST ANNUAL REPORT | 1



More than any single event last year, approval to offer the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing is a game changer for SIAST.

During the last academic year, SIAST embraced a number of major initiatives that will ensure the organization continues to meet labour market needs, supports economic growth and operates in a sustainable manner. This annual report highlights many of the year’s developments, but two in particular fundamentally change the organization and warrant special mention here. In the fall, we were successful in our bid to join Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of research-intensive colleges and technical institutes that offer the full range of applied programming – from certificates to degrees. We also received approval to offer our first degree program, the Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing. Perhaps more than any other single event last year, this second development is a game changer for SIAST. It recognizes our capacity for curriculum development, and it acknowledges the demand that exists for increased levels of applied learning – our area of expertise. SIAST will continue to pursue development of baccalaureate programs where a higher level of applied programming will benefit both the students and the employers we serve. Doing so is consistent with our new status as a polytechnic, as is our intensified emphasis on applied research. In this area in 2012-13, our accomplishments also took us to a new level. The year got off to a great start when one of our grads won the first national applied research award from the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board. As it


continued, with applied research partners, we received two grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) – one was to test dental compounds, and the other was for gasoline station remediation with the University of Saskatchewan. Additionally, with the support of the federal government, we equipped the new SIAST BioScience Applied Research Centre. Our applied research success in BioScience was due in part to the designation of dedicated support, an approach we will extend to the Technology Division in 2013-14. This continued focus on applied research will allow us to support innovation at small- and mediumsized enterprises, while at the same time enabling students to hone the critical thinking skills that will benefit their employers upon graduation. Key ongoing initiatives also include implementation of the Lean management process, a strategic plan refresh and a senior management reorganization. These initiatives will ensure we are focused, responsive and efficient. Together with accomplishments in 2012-13, they will position SIAST for continued success and will enable us to embrace the new opportunities that only change can bring. Ralph E. Boychuk Chair Dr. Larry Rosia President and CEO (pictured)





Ralph E. Boychuk Prince Albert

Pamela L. Schwann Craven

Jim Nowakowski Saskatoon

Garry Benning Saskatoon

Donna L. Birkmaier Saskatoon

Leah Bitternose Saskatoon

Erick Erickson Regina

Kerry Heid Regina

Terry Parker Regina

Matthew Shirkey Moose Jaw

Brenda Stevenson Cowessess First Nation

Robert Stromberg Jackfish Lake

Arlene Unvoas Swift Current

Mark Vanstone Saskatoon

Brent Waldo Moose Jaw


BCIT 89%

NAIT 93% SAIT 95%

RRC 95%


Ontario Colleges 79 – 89%


COLLEGES USED FOR COMPARISONS BCIT – British Columbia Institute of Technology NAIT – Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ontario colleges – Algonquin College, 85%; Conestoga College, 89%; George Brown College, 81%; Humber Institute, 83%; Seneca College, 79%; Sheridan College, 82%



rated SIAST’s ability to prepare grads as good to excellent would hire a SIAST grad again

rated SIAST program quality as good to excellent employed grads stayed in Saskatchewan







RRC – Red River College SAIT – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology SIAST – Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology

97% 97% 99% 95%

800 applications received from potential international students for 2013-14




• Relevant curriculum • Marketable skills • Safe, secure environment • Effective instructional delivery • Aboriginal tailored experience


C1. Maximize student success



• Multiple access points • First Qualified/First Admitted • Sense of belonging and individual attention • Industry experienced instructors • Seamless support services • Cultivating innovation


C2. Provide skilled workers for the labour market


1. BUILDING SUCCESSFUL CAREERS IP1.1 Respond aggressively to evolving program opportunities IP1.2 Facilitate seamless career transitions and lifelong learning IP1.3 E  xpand facilities to accommodate enrolment growth TO EXCEL AT STRATEGIC PROCESS



IP2.1 Advance innovative partnerships and strategic alliances IP2.2 Expand education and training in select global markets IP2.3 Foster a sense of social responsibility

IP3.1 Enhance program quality IP3.2 Use creative solutions to enhance and expand the learning experience IP3.3 Grow applied research


P1. Optimize service excellence

P2. Become an employer of choice

TO ENABLE OUR PEOPLE S1. Maximize resource management

P3. Improve vertical and horizontal communication

P4. Provide quality governance and leadership

ENTERPRISE SUSTAINABILITY S2. Enhance and diversify funding sources

S3. Advance SIAST’s reputation






Nineteen of the 20 students who participated went on to successfully complete their post-secondary studies.

MAXIMIZE STUDENT SUCCESS It takes determination to return to school in your late 30s, especially when you’ve been working full-time and supporting a family. But that’s exactly what Steven Day did when he started SIAST’s Professional Cooking program in September 2012. To shift gears, Steven took advantage of SIAST’s Aboriginal Student Summer Transition Program, an introduction to SIAST that helps new students navigate essentials – such as housing, transportation and finances – and also lets them brush up on academic and group skills. The three-week program is part of SIAST’s Aboriginal Student Achievement Plan (ASAP), a multi-year initiative that began in 2010 to enhance Aboriginal student participation and success at SIAST. “It was like getting my feet wet,” says Steven of the transition program, which included four other Professional Cooking students. A former emergency child care worker, Steven was used to fluctuating shifts, not a Monday-to-Friday routine of classes. The program not only got him into this groove but also provided him with daycare options for his one-year-old son. And, under ASAP, he received a $500 emergency bursary to help cover childcare costs. ABORIGINAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT PLAN (ASAP) STRATEGY Implementation of ASAP institution-wide in 2012-13 included the realignment of services, including implementation of a proactive applicant support strategy and appointment of an Aboriginal community coordinator. Expansion of the Aboriginal Student Retention Model continued, with a greater focus on coordination with other services for Aboriginal students at SIAST. Summer transition programming was offered to Aboriginal students at SIAST Woodland and SIAST Kelsey campuses. Nineteen of the 20 students who participated went on to successfully complete their post-secondary studies.

The number of graduates increased by about 100, with the largest increase in success being in apprenticeship training: 78% of Aboriginal apprentices successfully completed, compared to 88% of all apprentice students. The ASAP Emergency Bursary was introduced: A $10,000 corporate donation was matched by the provincial government and provided much-needed emergency funds to many students at all campuses.


C2 Enrolment in the popular program has more than doubled in the last five years.

PROVIDE SKILLED WORKERS FOR THE LABOUR MARKET Apprentices and employers alike gave a big thumbs-up when SIAST recently announced the expansion of the electrician apprenticeship program. Starting in 2013-14, electrician apprentices can complete all four levels of their training at SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert, instead of having to travel to Moose Jaw for Level 4, as they’ve had to do in the past. “Several of our students come from northern Saskatchewan and live with extended family in Prince Albert while taking classes,” says Dwight St. Amand, program head of the Electrician program. “This will mean one less upheaval for them.” It also means that SIAST will be able to deliver all four levels to more students in the future. Enrolment in the popular program has more than doubled in the last five years. In April, the program received close to $300,000 through the Western Diversification Program. The federal funds cover the cost of additional equipment at SIAST Woodland Campus, including six electrical stations and 12 programmable logic controllers, high-voltage meters and circuit boards. APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING Also in 2012-13, to help increase apprentices’ technical training success rate, SIAST and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) partnered on a pilot program using Accuplacer testing (measures reading, comprehension and math skills) for Level 1 apprentices. Apprentices


who do not achieve a satisfactory score are required to take a remedial program. They can then take another exam to determine if they meet requirements to attend training. Apprentices can also test their math skills online before attending.







A diploma and a degree look great on your résumé.

BUILDING SUCCESSFUL CAREERS Computer science grad Roan Cooney recently started looking for a job. Chances are he’ll be snapped up in no time. Not only does Roan exude the confidence of someone who’s discovered his passion (he started tinkering with computers at age six), but his post-secondary credentials easily qualify him for the tech support position he’s seeking. After Roan completed SIAST’s two-year Computer Systems Technology diploma program, he took advantage of our transfer credit agreement with the University of Saskatchewan to enter the third year of a bachelor of science program. Continuing his studies at university made perfect sense to him. “It was obviously the best option,” says Roan. “A diploma and a degree look great on your résumé.” He has also reaped other benefits of attending both schools. At SIAST, Roan learned multiple programming languages, gained valuable hands-on experience and took classes in how to land a job. At the U of S, he learned how programming languages work and had the opportunity to explore interests such as graphics, animation and mobile phone development. For this grad, it’s full speed ahead.



The government of Saskatchewan approved SIAST’s proposal to offer a Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing degree program. The program will be available online to Psychiatric Nursing diploma graduates.

SIAST articulated the preliminary scope, schedule and cost information for the SIAST Kelsey Campus expansion in the Kelsey Campus Renewal: A Contemporary Urban Campus Vision for the Future report. The document was based on earlier work by Cornerstone and Stantec. During the year, SIAST continued to work with Stantec on the development of the overall project plan.

Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP) A proposed Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP), leading to a master’s degree and developed by the SIAST Nursing Division and the University of Regina Faculty of Nursing, underwent a rigorous U of R program approval process, culminating with approval by the U of R Senate. Approval by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association is expected in November 2013. The program will be delivered via distance education beginning in September 2014. The final intake to SIAST’s Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program will be in September 2013.

Space Utilization Study A space utilization pilot project at SIAST Palliser Campus established a central space-scheduling office through which all room bookings are managed. By centralizing this function and optimizing the use of space, additional classroom space was made available to accommodate an increase in the electrician apprentice program.

IP1.2 FACILITATE SEAMLESS CAREER TRANSITIONS AND LIFELONG LEARNING Articulation agreements SIAST reviewed all articulation agreements, and they are all current and up-todate. Standard templates and guidelines have been provided to all divisions to help deans manage articulation agreements. A summary of all current articulation agreements will be posted on SIAST’s website. 2012-13 SIAST ANNUAL REPORT | 15



SIAST is the only organization in Canada that offers overseas testing based on a Canadian curriculum.

ADVANCING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROSPERITY SIAST’s education projects in Ukraine are gaining momentum – and attracting attention from both provincial and federal governments. Last winter, Jason Kenney, then Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, visited the SIAST Skills Passport Program (SPP) in Kyiv, where he watched welding skills assessments of Ukrainian candidates aspiring to immigrate to Canada. SIAST is the only organization in Canada that offers overseas testing based on a Canadian curriculum. More than 1,000 language and technical assessments have been conducted through partner organizations on behalf of Saskatchewan employers. Of those tested, more than 300 have arrived in Canada. Ukraine’s post-secondary system is also benefiting from SIAST expertise. Thanks to $3.4 million in funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, SIAST is modernizing business programs in three Ukrainian vocational schools through its Skills for Employment Project (SFEP). In June, Saskatchewan Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz and SIAST president and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia visited Ukraine for a first-hand look at the project. They had an opportunity to meet the school directors, share insights and learn how the schools operate. The project will benefit 14,000 students and 1,900 entrepreneurs over its term.

IP2.1 ADVANCE INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AND STRATEGIC ALLIANCES Collaborative northern programs SIAST developed a leading-edge Mental Health and Addictions Worker certificate program to meet the needs of the northern Saskatchewan labour market for addictions and mental health counsellors. Curriculum integrates mental health, addictions and Aboriginal perspectives. The program is delivered in partnership with Northlands College, through a blended learning approach that includes online learning and face-to-face formats and in discussions in Cree and Dene. Elders provide context and support.

IP2.2 EXPAND EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN SELECT GLOBAL MARKETS International education International student enrolment on campus increased to 194 from 71 the year previous. We received almost 800 applications from potential international students for the 2013/14 academic year. 16 | 2012-13 SIAST ANNUAL REPORT

IP2.3 FOSTER A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Social responsibility Financial Services staff organized food bank drives at each campus and at the administrative offices for the third year in a row. In addition, employees helped with a Habitat for Humanity build in Saskatoon, a winter clothing drive for the Kateri House in Prince Albert and, food deliveries to home care clients in Prince Albert and $1,000 was raised by Financial Services for a memorial trust that will provide student scholarships.







LEVERAGING EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION Through SBARC, partners can tap into state-of-the-art research facilities.

Entrepreneurial firms experimenting with innovative technologies can now give them a test run at SIAST. In June 2013, SIAST launched its BioScience Applied Research Centre (SBARC), which supports small- and medium-sized enterprises in their product development efforts, helping them be marketready faster. “Through SBARC, partners can tap into state-of-the-art research facilities and the technical and academic expertise of SIAST instructors and faculty,” says Cristina Holguin-Pando, director of SIAST’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation. “Students benefit as well because of enhanced opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom,” she says. In addition to product testing, SBARC assists in product development activities such as proof of concept, prototyping, evaluation and analysis in the areas of agricultural biotechnology, bioproducts, the environment and biomedicine. Most recently, the federal government recognized the important role SBARC plays in the Canadian economy and provided $465,478 through the Western Diversification Program for the purchase of key instrumentation equipment. “This is a huge boost,” says Holguin-Pando. “With the latest in lab technology, SBARC can significantly reduce R&D costs and hasten product and process development.”

IP3.1 ENHANCE PROGRAM QUALITY Cohort data analysis SIAST is tracking cohort data to analyze student success and to develop program-level and corporate-wide strategies to effect performance. Cohort data, with a focus on graduation rates, has been incorporated into the annual Phase 1 program review and is a major component of the program vitality index and balanced scorecard. SIAST’s existing cohort model is being refined to support the reporting of persistence and attrition rates.

IP3.2 USE CREATIVE SOLUTIONS TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE Learning management system Project planning, budgeting and resource engagement plans carried over to 2013-14. Implementation of the learning platform modernization project was scheduled to begin September 1, 2013.

Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program regional expansion SIAST, the University of Regina, Great Plains College and Cypress Health Region signed a memorandum of agreement, paving the way for delivery of the SCBScN program in Swift Current in 2013-14.

The intake of students in Regina was adjusted from 195 down to 187 to accommodate a Swift Current cohort of eight students. Preparations included upgrades to the simulation lab at Great Plains College to meet the needs of the SCBScN program and installation of video conferencing equipment to facilitate program delivery.

IP3.3 GROW APPLIED RESEARCH Applied Research SIAST applied research efforts achieved $900,000 of external funding in 2012-13, including more than $465,000 from federal government for equipment in the new SIAST BioScience Applied Research Centre. Additionally, SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan received a $750,000 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for a soil remediation project with Federated Cooperatives. Efforts to grow applied research activity increased through a focused approach and deliberate investment of resources that enable activity within strategically defined academic programs, congruent with the province’s growth plan. SIAST is pursuing mining and environmental applied research.




The diversity program is about recognizing the differences in people and in their situations, and respecting it.

LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS PEOPLE, LEADERSHIP AND GROWTH At SIAST, we view diversity as key to unlocking unlimited potential in the classroom and the workplace. That’s why, in 2012-13, we established a Diversity Leadership Council, representing our various backgrounds and celebrating what makes us unique. Council members comprise a wide variety of equity groups and departments and are a helpful resource for employees, students and prospective students. “It opens our eyes not only to the area we represent – I represent the Aboriginal employees – but towards the disability and minority groups,” says Mary Ann Morin, a council member and a revenue and receivables supervisor at SIAST Woodland Campus. “The diversity program is about recognizing the differences in people and in their situations, and respecting it.” She adds, “Everybody has struggles, and it’s a matter of working together to make sure it’s easier for all students to obtain their education and the jobs they’re looking for.”

P1 OPTIMIZE SERVICE EXCELLENCE Employee engagement survey Three working groups were established to develop strategies to address five significant gaps identified in an employee engagement survey. The groups are developing action plans centred on leadership, culture and values, performance management, learning and development, and communication. In addition, all divisions are developing strategies to support corporate priorities and priorities specific to their divisions.

P2 BECOME AN EMPLOYER OF CHOICE Diversity program A newly formed diversity leadership council completed an intercultural development inventory to determine current cultural competence of committee members. The council is finalizing a communication strategy and prioritizing initiatives to be implemented during a multi-year rollout of an expanded diversity framework.

P3 IMPROVE VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL COMMUNICATION Internal communications Multi-faceted communications plans were developed and implemented for such initiatives as employee engagement, Lean management, paid parking, workplace diversity and strategic planning. Pancake breakfasts and town 22 | 2012-13 SIAST ANNUAL REPORT

hall meetings with Dr. Larry Rosia, SIAST’s new president and CEO, were organized on each campus. Dr. Rosia also addressed employees through video messages and at several divisional meetings. News about SIAST initiatives, accomplishments and employee activities was shared through news releases (68), intranet articles (165) and social media posts (319).

P4 PROVIDE QUALITY GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP Data-driven decisions The second annual scorecard was presented to the board of directors in November 2012. Following best practices, refinements to the scorecard were made, including: • Reduction in the number of measures (recommended practice is to have three to four measures for each of the four perspectives) • Focus on quantitative measures • Development of annual targets, based on an assessment of threeto five-year trends and some benchmarks For the first time, annual performance targets were identified for inclusion in the 2013-14 operating and capital plan. This links each strategic initiative and the measure it is intended to impact. These measures will provide relevant feedback on how well the strategic plan is being executed so that adjustments can be made as necessary.







It should free up time so we can provide better customer service: get back to our employees quicker and be more responsive.

LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS ENTERPRISE SUSTAINABILITY Efficiencies realized from SIAST’s new Lean initiatives are having a cascading effect – benefiting employees who implement positive changes and those who rely on their expertise and guidance. Since the creation of SIAST’s Lean Promotion Office, several learning events have been held involving more than 29 employees. Events examined several administrative processes across various departments, including the payroll process. Instead of a top-down approach, employees worked together to examine existing processes and generate ideas for improving efficiency. Although guidance and training were provided, the solutions – such as streamlining pay cycles – came from the front lines. “We’ve gone from processing five pay runs (monthly) to four,” says Judy Lozinski, a senior payroll officer. Out-of-scope (OOS) employees were previously paid monthly, while other staff were paid biweekly. Incorporating OOS pay cycles into the existing biweekly pay cycle has already resulted in time savings for Lozinksi – which will, in turn, benefit others. “It should free up time so we can provide better customer service: get back to our employees quicker and be more responsive.”

S1 MAXIMIZE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Administrative efficiencies


Enhanced financial information was provided to SIAST senior management to support budgetary reviews and highlight potential strategies to balance the AY 2013-14 budget. This resulted in the identification of a number of areas of potential savings and revenue sources to overcome a significant operating shortfall anticipated for the year.

Continuing education procedures were refined to more precisely categorize programming as cost-recovery or revenue-generating as a first step toward ensuring maximum return on revenue-generating activities. Preparations began to implement a client relationship management solution that will help SIAST better identify revenue opportunities.

Program rationalization

Capital fundraising campaign

SIAST developed criteria to rank academic programs using a vitality index to validate program offerings and develop program performance measures. Programs are ranked using critical criteria such as number of qualified applicants, enrolment, retention, and graduate and employment statistics. As part of the regular program review policy, the above data is now reviewed annually to identify strengths, weaknesses and trends. This process helps ensure that SIAST effectively repurposes resources for new and expanding program opportunities.

Implementation of a capital fundraising campaign awaits authorization from the SIAST board of directors.

S3 ADVANCE SIAST’S REPUTATION Market research and reputation study A four-part study by an external research firm found that SIAST has a solid reputation for providing technical education that leads to employment. SIAST carries a high level of awareness in Saskatchewan, receiving more mentions than any other post-secondary institution in the general public segment of the study. However, less is known about the breadth of SIAST programming. Results of the study are informing SIAST’s marketing messages. 2012-13 SIAST ANNUAL REPORT | 27









Programs: Basic Education 2,511 876 3,387 Apprenticeship 5,089 87 5,176 Certificate/Diploma/Degree Base1 5,213 519 5,732 Certificate/Diploma/Con Ed2 1,314 776 2,090 All Levels 14,1276 2,258 16,385 Distinct Students3 Enrolled in Programs 15,816



Credit: Basic Education 3,179 Apprenticeship 190 Certificate/Diploma/Degree Base 1,864 Certificate/Diploma/Con Ed 14,950 Subtotal Credit Activity 20,183 Non-Credit: 7,959 All Levels 28,142 Distinct Students Registered in Courses 14,410 Distinct Students in All Training 26,331



Credit: Basic Education Apprenticeship Certificate/Diploma/Degree Base5 Certificate/Diploma/Con Ed Subtotal Credit Activity Non-Credit: All Levels


1,871 323 2,194 1,831 6 1,837 5,953 268 6,221 1,593 934 2,527 11,248 1,531 12,779 n/a 339 339 11,248 1,870 13,118


NUMBER OF GRADUATES 2011-12 AY Applied Certificate Certificate Advanced Certificate Diploma Total



43 632










1. The term ‘Base’ represents SIAST’s certificate/ diploma/degree programs that are administered by program heads and are delivered on a regular basis, usually at a SIAST campus. The term ‘certificate’ includes SIAST’s applied and advanced certificate programs. Degree programs include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. 2. The term ‘Con Ed’ represents the continuing education delivery of SIAST’s certificate/diploma/ degree programs. Included in this number are 1,184 head count program enrolments at regional colleges and Dumont Technical Institute that broker SIAST programs. Overall, there were 1,521 distinct students registered in SIAST brokered programs or courses for an overall brokered FLE of 1,224. 3. Given that a student can be enrolled in more than one level of training in an academic year, the number of distinct students enrolled in programs overall will not equal the sum of the totals for each training level. 4. Effective in 2010-11, SIAST implemented a new Full Load Equivalent (FLE) model. The new FLE formula will calculate a student’s ‘full-load’ activity based on the total number of credits/hours she/he attends, relative to the number of credits/hours that would normally be assigned a full-time learner over the academic year. FLE will be calculated based on a standard divisor of 45 credit units for post-secondary training and 700 hours for secondary training (Basic Education). A student may be more than one FLE if his/her total credit unit or hour activity is greater than 45 credit units (post-secondary) or 700 hours (secondary). 5. Student records for the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are managed by the University of Regina. In discussion with the University, a FLE number has been estimated for the training delivered by SIAST. It is entered under the ‘Cert/Dip/Degree Base Program FLE’ and ‘Total FLE’ columns. A breakdown of the FLE by the Kelsey and Wascana locations was not available. As such, FLE has been assigned to each campus based on the same proportion as head count enrolment (57% enrolment at Wascana, 43% at Kelsey). 6. The 347 year one BSCN students have been included in the full-time attendance category for program head count enrolment; however, the actual attendance status of these students is not known, as the University of Regina manages the enrolment records. Source: SIAST Operational Data Store, 2011-12 AY Census Extract

NUMBER OF POST-SECONDARY PROGRAMS 2011-12 AY Applied Certificate Certificate Advanced certificate Diploma Degree Apprenticeship Total



(Head Count and % Enrolment)


ALL PROGRAMS* # % 2,838 17.3% 956 5.8% 908 5.5% 7,025 42.9%

Persons of Aboriginal Ancestry Persons with Disabilities Persons of Visible Minorities Female Students

CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMA/DEGREE # % 1,310 16.7% 443 5.7% 308 3.9% 4,743 60.6%

*Basic Education, Apprenticeship, Certificate/Diploma/Degree; includes continuing education programs.


SIAST FLE Total 13,118 n n n n n n


Base Certificate/Diploma/Degree (B-C/D) Apprenticeship (APP) Basic Education (BE) Non-credit Course Regs (N-CR) Credit Course Regs (C-CR) Continuing Education Certificate/Diploma (CE-C/D)


APP 17.3%

APP 18.9%

B-C/D 42.3%

APP 14.0%

BE 4.6% N-CR 0.8%

BE 18.7%

B-C/D 55.8%

C-CR 12.8% N-CR 1.8% C-CR 10.2%

BE 14.3% B-C/D 45.4%

CE-C/D 7.0%

CE-C/D 9.7%


BE 17.9%

N-CR 2.6%

SIAST WOODLAND CAMPUS FLE Total 2,073 APP 15.9% B-C/D 35.0%

B-C/D 47.0%

N-CR 6.1%

C-CR 11.7% CE-C/D 12.1%

BE 13.0%

N-CR 2.4%

C-CR 14.8%

C-CR 9.3% CE-C/D 24.4%

CE-C/D 13.2%


July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013, and July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012

SIAST Kelsey SIAST Palliser SIAST Wascana SIAST Woodland SIAST Admin. Offices Totals

ACADEMIC 2012/13 2011/12 458.57 433.39 187.83 180.34 281.90 275.05 134 140.41 1.52 4.52 1,063.82 1,033.71

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 2012/13 2011/12 160.56 148.39 97.69 89.47 127.30 132.01 69.36 70.53 64.56 72.61 519.47




2012/13 2011/12 17 13 11.67 11 15.63 15.8 10.43 11 44.83 45.5 99.56


2012/13 2011/12 636.13 594.78 297.19 280.81 424.83 422.86 213.79 221.94 110.91 122.63 1,682.85 1,643.02

(Does not include casual and/or employee service contracts)


KUDOS Eli Ahlquist, program head, and Carol Clark, faculty member, of the Perioperative Nursing program developed a surgical instrument recognition app called InstruMentor™.

The SIAST Outstanding Citizenship Award for students at SIAST Palliser Campus went to 17 students in the Business Marketing diploma program. Recipients planned local activities for the Grey Cup 100 Tour stop in Moose Jaw. They also raised $4,200 for WaterCan’s Climb for Life to provide better water resources for African families and $10,000 for Hunger in Moose Jaw.

Daycare employee Melanie Bacon at SIAST Wascana Campus was recognized with the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence In Early Childhood Education.

SIAST Wascana Early Childhood Education certificate and diploma students raised more than $1,000 for the Z99 Radiothon for the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.

Chris Barlow, program head, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Kelsey Campus, was appointed Saskatchewan representative on the executive for the Western North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing in July 2012.

Daniel Fahlman, a graduate of the Adult 12 Basic Education program at SIAST Woodland Campus, earned the Governor General’s academic medal for the highest overall average upon graduation from a secondary school program at SIAST Woodland Campus.

SIAST Parts Management student Nolan Barnes received the SIAST Outstanding Citizenship Award for students at SIAST Kelsey Campus for giving talks to high-school students through the PARTY program. Viktorija Beaucage, a former SIAST student and graduate of the Basic Education program at SIAST Palliser Campus, received the Governor General’s medal at the 2013 graduation ceremony in Caronport this year. Lana Bennett, simulation lab coordinator, SIAST Wascana Campus, received the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) mentorship award. Arnold Boldt, interim provost and vicepresident, Academic, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Recipients are cited for their lifetime of merit and achievement, “especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large.” Arnold set world records in the 1976 Paralympic high jump and long jump. His athletic career continued in the summer of 2012 when he competed for Canada in cycling at the London Paralympic Games. Ryan Brakefield, a graduate of the Business Information Systems program, received a Governor General’s academic medal for achieving the highest overall average upon graduation from a post-secondary program at SIAST Palliser Campus. Bob Britz, Medical Radiologic Technology faculty, received the Steward of the Profession award from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists at its national conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Joyce Bruce, program head, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, is the vice-chair, Canadian Nurse Practitioner Exam Committee. Joyce is also the educational representative on the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) RN(NP) Advisory Working Group.


Courtney Flanagan and Shannon McClary, Year 2 Psychiatric Nursing students, published an article entitled From a Student to a Student: Mental Health Literacy in the RPNews. They also presented this article at the RPNAS annual general meeting. Instructor Tara Fournier is on the Canadian Health Information Management Association practicum challenges task team. Dr. Lyle G. Grant, coordinator, Institute for Nursing Scholarship, completed a PhD in Nursing, University of British Columbia. His dissertation was titled The Impact of Smokefree Policies on Inpatient Psychiatric Units: An Ethnographic Study. Kandy Hennenfent, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus, provided leadership as president of the SRNA during the past two years, and served as a member of the Canadian Nurses Association board of directors. At SIAST Woodland Campus, Jennifer Hoey received the Governor General’s academic collegiate bronze medal. Jennifer, a graduate of the Resource and Environmental Law diploma program, received the award for achieving the highest overall average upon graduation from a post-secondary program at SIAST Woodland Campus. Rick Jakes, program head of the Agricultural Machinery Technician program, was integral in bringing the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association and the Saskatchewan Government into a partnership with SIAST so that funding could be provided for an extra intake in the AMT program to help supply needed technicians for industry. Natasha Jasper, a Graphic Communications instructor at SIAST Wascana Campus, is serving on the Skills Canada national technical committee.

Michell Jesse, interim program head, Practical Nursing, SIAST Wascana Campus, was appointed chair of the SRNA Investigations Committee in June 2013. John Karmazyn, program head of Applied Visual Media at SIAST Wascana Campus, as president of the Saskatchewan Interactive Media Association, was one of the contributors to the formation of the new Creative Saskatchewan Agency. Signy Klebeck, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Kelsey Campus, was installed as the new president of the SRNA. Maureen Klenk, faculty, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, was appointed as a participant in the Saskatchewan Primary Health Care Redesign Stewardship Committee. She will be appointed president of the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses for a two-year term. Lori Knight, Health Information Management instructor, is the SIAST representative on the Saskatchewan Data Quality Committee. Noreen Kolback, Practical Nursing faculty, SIAST Kelsey 4th Ave Centre, was recognized by the Hon. Gordon Wyant, Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General, at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building for her 10 years of service as a victim services volunteer. Lori Labatte, faculty, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus, was selected by the SIAST president’s office as the SIAST faculty representative at the Association of Canadian Community Colleges conference in Penticton, B.C. Graphic Communications student Courtney Larson was chosen to attend Skills Canada at the National Youth Forum in Vancouver. Dean Lefebvre, Dental Hygiene faculty, completed an applied research project on the implementation of tablets in the dental clinics. Shelly Luhning, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Kelsey Campus, initiated the development of an app to track achievement of skills and tasks in clinical courses, course competencies and SRNA competencies. Julia Macdonald’s BioScience practicum applied research project report titled “Determination of Fat Content by ANKOM Extraction Apparatus” won first prize in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) first annual contest. Jennifer McGillis, Aboriginal Activity Centre leader at SIAST Wascana Campus, was accepted into the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership training program at the COADY International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University. This certificate program is designed to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit women in strengthening and building their communities.

Lynde McKinley, nursing advisor and academic counsellor, SCBScN, SIAST Wascana Campus, was appointed to the board of directors, Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association. Linda McLeod, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Kelsey Campus, received the 2013 SRNA Elizabeth Van Valkenburg Award for Leadership in Nursing Education. Marian Morrissey, SCBScN program accreditation coordinator and former NEPS program head, SIAST Kelsey Campus, received the 2013 SRNA Life Membership Award. Deejai Mountford, Year 2 Psychiatric Nursing student, received the first Willy Hodgson Bursary. Sue Myers, program head, and the entire Psychiatric Nursing program team provided innovative leadership and completed exceptional work in developing the new Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing program. Sue was appointed as editorial board member for the Canadian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research for a one-year term and was also a chapter reviewer for Varcarolis – Canadian Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She was also inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in July 2012. A Governor General’s academic collegiate bronze medal went to Trysta Nasby. A graduate of the Dental Hygiene program, Trysta received the award for achieving the highest overall average upon graduation from a post-secondary program at SIAST Wascana Campus. SIAST Architectural and Interior Technologies instructor Kenda Owens travelled to Denmark where she toured with the Danish Consulate and Interior Designers of Canada. Twelve interior designers from across Canada were chosen to go on the tour to learn more about the work of Danish designers and companies. Michelle Pavloff, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Kelsey Campus, received the Myrtle Evangeline Crawford Scholarship. Fifteen Retail Management students received the SIAST Student Innovation Award for their work on the Hunger in Moose Jaw project. Kathy Rodger, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus, was nominated for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Excellence in Nursing Education Award. Leslie Rozon, Health Information Management instructor, is the Saskatchewan Health Information Management Association educational zone representative. Ida Sadowski, Health Information Management instructor, is chair of the board of directors for the Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association. She also presented at the International Federation of Health Information Management Association international conference. Darlene Scott, interprofessional education coordinator for the Nursing Division, was a peer abstract reviewer for the Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) IV Interprofessional Collaboration: Transformative Change from the Classroom to Practice Conference held in Vancouver.

Susan Thiessen, Veterinary Technology faculty, is the exam coordinator for the Saskatchewan Association of Veterinary Technology) and is the Western Canadian representative for the Canadian Association of Animal Health Technicians and Technologists on the veterinary technician testing committee, which reviews and preserves the Veterinary Technician National Exam. Wendy Treble, Lorraine Tucker and Dr. Ursula Osteneck presented at the Canadian Association of Continuing Care Educators in Halifax. They presented the Dementia Virtual Tour to an audience of educators. The SIAST Outstanding Citizenship Award at SIAST Woodland Campus went to Tyler Vanstone from the Geographic Information Science for Resource Management certificate program. Tyler has been dedicating time to a SIAST applied research project on the North Saskatchewan River and has played a critical role as an environmental spatial technician and a macro invertebrate specialist in the North Saskatchewan benthic invertebrate study. Frankie Verville, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus, was invited by the Canadian Nurses Association to participate as an item writer for the CNA certification exam. Judy Wagner, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus, was invited by the Canadian Nurses Association to write exam questions for the Occupational Health and Safety Specialty Certification. Lorna Weisbrod, SCBScN program coordinator, SIAST Wascana Campus, was reappointed chair of the SIAST applied research review. She was also appointed to the SRNA registration and membership committee. Paul Wheeler, a Professional Cooking instructor at SIAST Kelsey Campus, and his students raised $323 for the Hola! Mexican Friendship Society, an organization found-ed by Wheeler and his wife to help low-income families in Mexico. Brenda Udahl, Dental Hygine program head, was appointed chair of the dental hygiene education committee, Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Xiaoyan Zhao, a graduate of the SIAST Adult 12 Basic Education program, earned the Governor General’s acad-emic medal for the highest overall average upon graduation from a secondary school program at SIAST Wascana Campus.

Danae Simpkins, graduating Dental Hygiene student, received the SIAST Student Outstanding Citizenship Award. Sharon Staseson, SCBScN faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus, was the anchor and host of Election 2012, providing live election coverage of the Regina municipal election.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ralph E. Boychuk, Chair Pamela L. Schwann, Vice-Chair Jim Nowakowski, Secretary Garry Benning Donna L. Birkmaier Leah Bitternose Erick Erickson Brenda FitzGerald Kerry Heid Terry Parker Matthew Shirkey Brenda Stevenson Robert Stromberg Arlene Unvoas Mark Vanstone Brent Waldo

DIRECTORS Prince Albert Craven Saskatoon Saskatoon Saskatoon Saskatoon Regina Saskatoon Regina Regina Moose Jaw Cowessess First Nation Jackfish Lake Swift Current Saskatoon Moose Jaw

SENIOR MANAGEMENT COUNCIL President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Larry Rosia Provost and Vice-President, Academic Arnold Boldt (Interim) CFO and Vice-President, Cheryl Schmitz (Interim) Administrative Services Strategy and Advancement, Vice-President Dr. Anne Neufeld (Interim)

DEANS’ COUNCIL Academic and Research Associate Vice-President Basic Education, Dean Business, Dean Business Development and Advancement, Associate Vice-President Community Services, Dean Industrial Training, Dean Nursing, Dean Science and Health, Dean Student Services, Associate Vice-President Technology, Dean


Dennis Johnson (Acting) Della Anaquod Dan MacKay David Harvey Nancy Dill John Erickson (Acting) Dr. Netha Dyck Lynda Kushnir Pekrul Susan McIntyre Jamie Hilts

Applied Research Cristina Holguin-Pando Instructional and Leadership Development Centre Rod Goertzen Learning Technologies Darren Myles Library and Testing Services Rian Misfeldt (Acting) Registrar Kathy Larsen Student Development Brian Henderson

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENTS AND DIRECTORS Communications and Marketing, Associate Vice-President Patricia Gillies Controller Patsy Gilchrist Donor and Alumni Relations, Director Pam McLellan Employee Relations, Director Don Soanes Enterprise Risk Management, Director Melanie Mandtler (Acting) Facilities Management, Associate Vice-President Mark Fachada Financial Planning, Director Dani Yonge (Acting) Financial Services, Associate Vice-President Sean Engemoen (Acting) Health and Safety, Director Edward Lloyd Human Resources, Associate Vice-President Gary Earles Human Resources Advisory Services, Director Terence Carswell Human Resources Strategy Development, Director Terry Foulds Information Technology Services, Associate Vice-President Garth McCormick Information Technology Services Architecture, Applications and Data Services, Director Raymond Saunders Information Technology Services Client and Infrastructure Services, Director Lawrence Boehm International Projects, Director Angela Wojcichowsky Strategy, Associate Vice-President Ron Colin (Acting)

CAMPUS DIRECTORS SIAST Kelsey Campus, Saskatoon SIAST Palliser Campus, Moose Jaw SIAST Wascana Campus, Regina SIAST Woodland Campus, Prince Albert

Gerry Bonsal Bill Coulthard (Acting) Bill Coulthard Larry Fladager

NOTES: Design Sara Snodgrass, SIAST Communications and Marketing. Photography Tom Bartlett, SIAST Communications and Marketing. Dave Stobbe, Saskatoon. Tanya Turner, SIAST Communications and Marketing. Photos Pages 6 and 7: Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice chief Simon Bird and SIAST president and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia at a flag-raising at SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon by the Onion Lake Cree Nation, Treaty No. 6. Page 8: Steven, Professional Cooking student (2012-13). Page 11: Morgan, Electrician student (2012-13). Pages 12 and 13: Michael (white shirt), winner of the 2013 SIAST myRobot Rumble for high school students. Page 14: Ryan, Computer Systems Technology grad. Page 17: Workshop participants, Skills for Employment project, Ukraine. Page 18 and 19: Ryley, Media Arts Production student (2012-13). Page 20: Blaine Chartrand, BioScience program head. Page 23: Elder Dexter Asapace at an Aboriginal cultural event, SIAST Kelsey Campus. Page 24: Erika, BioScience student (2012-13). Page 26: Cheryl Morgan, SIAST Payroll Office. Page 33: Sara, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing student.

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SIAST 2012-13 Annual Report Initiatives  

The initiatives section of the 2012-2013 Annual Report for the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).

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