President and CEO

Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology

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January 18, 2023
Winnipeg, Canada
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About Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) provides training at the secondary, post-secondary and post-graduate levels, and provides programs in English language training and adult learning.

MITT hosts a full-time high school program through MITT High School as well offers a mix of secondary partnerships with school divisions including Pembina Trails School Division, Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM) and others. A unique offering with Pembina Trails is the PTEC program which allows students to focus on cyber defence or software developer training starting in grade 11.

At the post-secondary level, MITT offers certificate, diploma, and post-graduate programs for career-oriented students in six clusters of specialization: design and manufacturing technologies, applied business, information and communication technology, skilled trades, health care, and human services.

MITT is a leading provider of continuing education opportunities and offers several pathway programs for adult and language learners, including the English Language Institute, ESL for qualifying newcomers to Canada, and one of Manitoba’s largest Adult Learning Centre networks.

With less than one third of its funding from government grants, MITT prides itself on being nimble and entrepreneurial which fuels our tag line – Industry Driven and Student Focusedä. Through deep collaboration with industry, we develop programs that provide a skilled workforce for employers and successfully bridge students from classroom to career.

MITT has grown substantially since launching in its current iteration in 2014 as a hybrid institution, which builds on our 30-year legacy under the names of Winnipeg Technical College and South Winnipeg Technical College. MITT has 13 locations in Winnipeg, Portage La Prairie, and St Norbert. Today, we have over 30 programs, 400 staff, and 4000 students with a budget of more than $40 million annually.

In 2022, MITT launched its second five-year strategic plan since receiving its new mandate, focusing on five theme areas: Teaching and Learning, Student Experience, Relationships, Team, and Sustainability. MITT is committed to making education accessible, removing barriers, and welcoming students from all communities in the province and across the globe to create a diverse and inclusive campus community.

There are critical aspects of the organization that are still maturing and require direct oversight from the President’s office. These items include, but are not limited to, development and implementation of systems and infrastructure, policy development and the negotiation of a new funding model with the Province of Manitoba.

The President and CEO reports to a provincially appointed Board of Governors and works closely with the members of the Executive Team, which includes:

  • Vice President, Academic
  • Vice-President, Business and Organizational Development
  • Associate Vice-President, External and Corporate Affairs / Secretary to the Board
  • Associate Vice-President, Finance and Campus Services / Treasurer to the Board

Learn more about Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology here.

The Strategic Plan can be reviewed here.

The Opportunity – President and CEO

The President is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MITT and is accountable to the Board of Governors for the overall leadership and management of MITT. The President provides strategic leadership and vision, inspires innovation and creativity, builds effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and fosters dedication, collaboration, and accountability to ensure the successful achievement of the Institute's mission, vision, and strategic objectives.

As the champion of MITT’s strategic plan, the President and CEO is dedicated to advancing the institution’s mandate of being Industry Driven and Student Focusedä. This individual will provide inspiration and direction for the institution internally and serve as a visible and staunch ambassador and collaborator externally. The incumbent is a visionary and innovative leader, achievement-oriented, a highly engaging communicator, and an exceptional team and relationship builder. They possess a strategic and operational leadership track record that demonstrates the ability to work with secondary and post-secondary partners, business and industry leaders, Indigenous and diverse communities and organizations, government, alumni, donors, and other key stakeholders.

The President and CEO understands the critical role colleges play in supporting provincial and federal goals regarding growth, economic diversification, job creation, and immigration. In addition to possessing an excellent understanding of the provincial and federal governments, the incumbent is well respected by external stakeholders, demonstrates exceptional knowledge and understanding of industry and labour market needs, and is committed to furthering MITT’s role as a partner in supporting those needs.


Knowledge and Skills

The Person

The President and CEO is energetic and committed to creating strong, visible ties locally, nationally, and internationally. The President is a caring and confident leader who demonstrates a commitment to the values of the Institute and operates with an innate sense of honesty, integrity, and fairness.

The Board recognizes that no one candidate for the President and CEO is likely to meet all the following qualifications in equal measure. Nevertheless, the following set of criteria related to the desired background, experience, and personal qualities are deemed important in candidates for the position:

  • Exceptional leadership skills and a proven track record of accomplishment as a senior executive leader in a large, complex and diverse public or private sector, ideally in the post-secondary environment.
  • A leader who has demonstrated a commitment to building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and will be a key champion of implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission within their organizations.
  • Understanding the importance of the relationship between industry, business, and post-secondary education
  • Extensive experience in building authentic relationships with private and public partners, Indigenous community and organizations, and the community at large, where appropriate.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of industry and labour market needs and what role an institution such as MITT can play in developing programs to meet those current needs.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Experience representing organizations at the executive level, marketing their capabilities, advocating for their needs, and effectively communicating with business and industry, governments at all levels, key stakeholders, and the public.
  • Proven ability to build and motivate effective teams and to work with them to establish and achieve institutional goals and strategies.
  • Demonstrated consultative and collaborative management style, decisive executive skills, and the drive to foster and encourage educational excellence and innovation.
  • Significant and progressive experience in executive leadership roles.
  • Alignment with and a commitment to furthering the following three dimensions of organizational culture, including:
    • Mutual respect, civility, compassion – we are a caring organization;
    • Putting the organization first – always MITT proud; and
    • Performance and accountability are critical – especially accountability to each other.

Duties and Responsibilities

The President is expected to:

  • Strive for operational excellence and the best in high-quality programming while ensuring the institution’s long-term viability and continued growth within Manitoba’s post-secondary  system.
  • Build on our culture that is open, collegial, equitable, diverse, respectful and committed to student success. Ensure staff have continued opportunities for learning, development, growth, accountability, and recognition.
  • Take an innovative, calculated, sustainable risk and a future-thinking leadership style to anticipate challenges, opportunities, and trends to successfully interpret and capture them to increase organizational effectiveness and achieve sustainable growth of MITT.
  • Develop and implement processes to identify the needs of Manitoba’s workforce as well as economic, social, and environmental trends, and evaluates the ability of MITT’s programs and services to meet these needs and address future opportunities.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors, build a critical relationship, and ensure proper communication between the Board and the Institute.
  • Work closely with the Board to ensure they are well-informed and have the resources they need to be successful.
  • Implement strategies to monitor and address risks and trends in the business environment, regulatory frameworks, and other internal and external conditions, ensuring the success of the strategic plan.
  • Continue to mature the institution by enabling the development and implementation of systems, policies, and processes.
  • Ensure that MITT operates within the intent of all enabling and regulatory legislation and governing policies.
  • Set a climate of creative achievement through leadership and the development of a proactive, dynamic, and flexible organization.
  • Take an enterprising and progressive approach to business development and revenue generation.
  • Take a methodical and responsible approach to sustainable growth and development.
  • Continue to implement, monitor, and adjust the 2022-2027 strategic plan as required.
  • Leverage the institution’s human, financial and capital resources and MITT’s unique funding model to advance MITT’s Industry Driven, Student Focused mandate.
  • Actively establish and maintain highly effective, consultative, and productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including academic and support staff, students, elected and non-elected members of government, Indigenous communities and organizations, and members of the community.
  • Anticipate and balance the needs of these multiple stakeholders while maintaining the organizational requirements and values to drive success.
  • Continue to lead by example in building MITT’s reputation in the community.
  • Working closely with the Board and senior administration, develop and monitor operating and capital budgets that ensure the institution is appropriately resourced to meet its legislative mandate and vision.
  • Represent MITT internally and externally in a highly visible, professional, and personable manner.


The President and CEO will possess appropriate post-secondary education or a combination of experience and education at an executive level in a related field.