Prominent business leaders to receive honorary degrees at Convocation
Three business leaders who’ve excelled in their respective fields will be presented with honorary degrees at NAIT’s 49th Convocation.
Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of Telus, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Don Breen, president of Ledcor Industrial Group will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree, and Andrew Clark, founder of Clark Builders, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Convocation ceremonies will be held Friday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday May 5 at both 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
“We take great pride in presenting honorary degrees to these three outstanding individuals, whose business and community accomplishments have clearly qualified them for such recognition,” said NAIT president and CEO, Dr. Glenn Felltham. “They have excelled in their respective fields and serve as excellent role models. I am honoured to include them as part of our Convocation ceremonies.”
Breen has been integral to the positive, mutually beneficial partnership between Ledcor and NAIT. The partnership was recently reflected in the pledge from Ledcor to help establish The Ledcor Group Applied Research Chair in Oilsands Environmental Sustainability.
Entwistle has helped transform Telus from a once regional telephone company into a national and global entity through a growth strategy focused on data and wireless technology. He is the longest-serving CEO among global incumbent telecom companies.
As founder one of Alberta’s premier construction companies, Clark has not only been a successful business leader, but also strong supporter of the community and NAIT. Clark Builders has been recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, one of Canada’s 50 Best Employers and as Alberta Contractor of the Year.
Nearly 1,200 graduates are expected to attend the three ceremonies. Among those who will cross the stage are the first graduates of NAIT’s Nanotechnology Systems program, the first such diploma program in Canada.
“Convocation is a time to celebrate remarkable achievements, plan for the future and reflect on where we’ve been,” said Feltham “This year – 2012 - is particularly significant because it marks NAIT’s 50th anniversary. We’ve come a long way since 1962, when NAIT admitted its first class of 29 students. Now, we are adding the Class of 2012 to our growing list of alumni. These individuals have worked hard and deserve their academic success. Congratulations to all.”
NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health care and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
NAIT Convocation times and details
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.
- Hospitality and Culinary Arts
- JR Shaw School of Business
- Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management
Darren Entwistle, president and CEO of Telus, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 8:30 a.m.
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Trades
- Captioning and Court Reporting
- Computer Systems Technology
- Digital Media and IT
- Graphic Communications
- Medical Transcription
- Photographic Technology
- Radio and Television
Don Breen, president of Ledcor Industrial Group will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 1:30 p.m.
- School of Information Communication and Engineering Technologies
- School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management
Andrew Clark, founder of Clark Builders, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree
** Location for all ceremonies: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 - 87 Ave.
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