Ron Woodward, Head Coach

Ron Woodward was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta where he graduated with a degree in Education. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in education of exceptional children and a Masters degree in adult education from the University of Saskatchewan.

Ron has enjoyed an extensive career in public and post-secondary education as a senior administrator in several educational organizations. He also served as an Assistant Deputy Minister for apprenticeship and job training and science and technology in British Columbia. He has been President and CEO of the Science Council of British Columbia and the Saskatchewan Research Council.

Mr. Woodward joined Red Deer College in 1998 as President and CEO. His extensive success in leading organizational change and in creating positive and productive work places was a key part of his tenure at RDC. Red Deer College enjoyed considerable success in growth of programs, student numbers, facilities and community partnerships under Ron’s leadership.

Ron is also active locally, provincially and nationally in education, technology and business in enhancing learning opportunities, advancing technology and expanding value-added sector growth. He has been an active volunteer with organizations such as the United Way of Central Alberta, Rotary international, and the Red Deer Symphony Society .

Ron chaired the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer as well as the Pan Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer.  He was Chair of the Alberta Association of Colleges & Technical Institutes Council of Presidents. He has also  served on a number of Boards including SEARCH Canada, Bethany Care Society, 2019 Canada Winrter Games Host Society Board, Alberta Registered Nurses Educational Trust, Mindfuel, and CETAC WEST. Ron served as the Honorary Colonel of the 41 Signal Regiment from 2009 to 2015.

Ron has been a Faculty Member and presenter for several years at the Association of Canadian Community College (ACCC) National Executive Leadership Institute (for Presidents, Vice Presidents and emerging leaders). He continues to provide mentorship to senior leaders across Canada.

Ron has received many awards recognizing his professional and community contributions. In 2005 the Lieutenant Governor awarded Ron the Alberta Centennial Medal. In 2006 he was recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. In 2009 Ron was recognized as the “Red Deer Corporate Citizen of the Year”. He was awarded the College Presidents’ Network Distinguished Service Award in 2009 by ACCC. In 2010 Ron was chosen to be the Community Torchbearer in the Olympic Torch Run in Red Deer.  He received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013.