President’s Message

Introducing ...

Seneca
Polytechnic

By David Agnew

February 18, 2024

Earlier this year, Seneca decided to rebrand to more aptly describe who we are – a postsecondary institution dedicated to offering students a unique experience that combines the best of college and university.

Now, our name better reflects our promise to students: an education that prepares them for the workplace by blending academic rigour with practical, career-focused training, including experiential learning.

I’m excited about Seneca Polytechnic for many reasons.

It is the cornerstone of Seneca’s new Strategic Plan, The Next – adopted this year – that supports our Au Large vision of being an equitable, sustainable, and more virtual institution. It recognizes our distinctive role in postsecondary education. And it challenges us to keep our eye on the future and be prepared to forge new connections between education and industry to benefit our graduates.

“Now, our name better reflects our promise to students: an education that prepares them for the workplace by blending academic rigour with practical, career-focused training, including experiential learning.”

In this year’s edition of RED, we asked people directly affected by the name change to tell us what “polytechnic” means to them. Their answers, not surprisingly, are thought-provoking, not to mention uplifting. Simply, our broad, diverse community sees great opportunities ahead with our rebrand.

The magazine also highlights a number of positive developments for the 2023-24 year. We have fully emerged from the shadow of COVID, allowing us to celebrate convocations in person. In this edition of RED, you’ll read about some of our inspiring graduates, as well as some distinguished alumni and donors who have made their mark in the world.

We are also investing in new capital projects.

Construction will soon begin on the new Health and Wellness Centre at Newnham Campus. This facility will be a transformative destination, offering physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellness services for the entire Seneca Polytechnic community, including a new home for the Seneca Student Federation. Next up will be the Garriock Hall replacement project at King Campus.

On campus, we remain committed to a more virtual Seneca, enhancing our sector-leading, flexible model of in-class and remote classes that gives students more choice in how and where they learn. For our employees, we are exploring a virtual hub – similar to our new Service Hub for students – to access the services they need from Human Resources, Finances, ITS, Campus Services and more.

I hope you enjoy the first digital edition of RED. We are inspired by our new vision, our new name, and the wonderful accomplishments of our graduates and alumni in the workplace and community.

Thank you for your support of Seneca Polytechnic.

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