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$25 million gift to Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Philanthropist Joseph A. Remai contributes to new facility.
A new Saskatoon campus is to be named Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Joseph A. Remai Saskatoon Campus.

SASKATOON — Saskatchewan Polytechnic is proud to announce it has received an extraordinary gift of $25 million from real estate developer and philanthropist Joseph A. Remai. To acknowledge this generous donation, which is the largest gift from an individual the institution has ever received, the new Saskatoon campus to be built at Innovation Place will be named the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Joseph A. Remai Saskatoon Campus.

“Joe Remai is unparalleled. He is an inspiring real estate developer with a remarkable career, who’s been a long-time supporter and friend of Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. “This is an investment from the heart, with a return that will create positive impact for decades to come including great jobs, thriving families and economic prosperity across our province. Our new campus name is a fitting legacy for an individual whose generosity and vision will benefit students and communities well into the future. This is a wonderful honour for Saskatchewan Polytechnic.”

Remai's career spanned six decades, during which he successfully built thousands of multi-residential condominium and rental units, as well as commercial and hotel properties, primarily in Saskatchewan. He is a passionate supporter of education, the Saskatchewan construction industry and the city of Saskatoon, and his companies have employed countless Sask Polytech graduates and apprentices.

“The new Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon will provide world-class facilities and programs for its students for a generation and more,” says Barry Remai, Joe’s son. “It will bolster the province’s post-secondary system and better provide students with the skills and training needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. Joe could not be happier to contribute to the success of this project.”

— Submitted by Sask Polytech Media Relations