Southeast College has announced that they will be hiring Darcy Nolte to fill the role of Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Development.

The announcement comes after the college received a grant for a new Centre for Sustainable Innovation, which will be led by Nolte.

"I am looking forward to developing innovative applied research projects and training programs in collaboration with lifelong learners, entrepreneurs, faculty, students, researchers, businesses, and industries," said Nolte, "Through our six campuses, southeast communities, the University of Regina, and strategic partners in our thriving region of Saskatchewan."

Nolte started his career working in heavy construction with Ledcor and PCL over 35 years ago predominately in the oil and gas sectors both on tools as a pipefitter, then as a lead tradesman which quickly evolved into a larger project supervisory role as a superintendent. He also worked for an oil and gas producer in various operational and maintenance roles in Northern Alberta. 

As part of his various operational and management roles, he completed a process operations certificate from the Southern Alberta Institue of Technology, which led him to transfer to seven different areas before landing in Saskatchewan in 2011 as the Senior Operations Superintendent in charge of the province of Saskatchewan and South-eastern Alberta field.

Nolte currently coordinates the College's strategic business development and training programs and manages its facility operations. Additionally, he led the Powerline Technician apprenticeship program and helped create a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Regina for new programming and applied research initiatives in 2022, as well as obtaining $200,000 from the Municipal Coal Transition Funding Committee for Southeast College's new Center of Sustainable Innovation.

“Darcy has established many successful partnerships with businesses and industries during his career, making him an ideal candidate for this strategic position,” stated Dr. Vicky Roy, President and CEO of Southeast College. “His experience in the energy sector, background in agriculture, long-term relationships with stakeholders and partners in our region, a strong network, and knowledge of the Southeast region will be extremely valuable in overseeing the newly announced Centre for Sustainable Innovation and the first branch on the Estevan Campus.”

Nolte will be beginning his role on February 21, 2023.