SIAST board chair, vice-chair resign over land deal

March 9, 2011

The chair and vice-chair of the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology's board of directors have resigned after the board violated provincial legislation by making a $6.7-million purchase of 2 properties near SIAST's Kelsey campus without the approval of Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris. A review by both the ministries of advanced education and justice determined that the board had violated the SIAST Act, but Norris says it was concluded that the board had been acting in good faith and he decided to move forward with the purchase. He says the province recognizes the need for enhanced governance procedures. Norris announced Tuesday the appointment of an interim board chair for SIAST. Regina Leader-Post | Saskatchewan News Release