Speaker Profiles

Anne Sado

Anne Sado


George Brown College

A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has seen an almost doubling of its enrolment and significant increase in its physical footprint in the heart of Canada’s largest city. She has also led a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.

Anne’s areas of focus have been the development of a workforce with the right balance of skills for the knowledge economy, innovation in learning and the transition of new Canadians into productive careers to drive economic growth. A strong advocate of experiential learning, Anne has emphasized the importance of deepening partnerships with industry across the GTA.

Anne was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2013. She was recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2012 and in 2014 was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence and inducted into WXN’s Hall of Fame as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Beyond her leadership at the college, Anne serves on many not-for-profit boards, which has given her a broad perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA.
Anne holds an MBA from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto in June 2011.

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