Community leaders to receive honorary degrees at Convocation 2014
Three community leaders, including former premier Ed Stelmach, will be presented with honorary degrees at NAIT’s 51st convocation.
Stelmach, Alberta’s 13th premier, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree, James (C.J.) Woods, senior vice-president and director for CIBC Wood Gundy will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Bob Gomes, president and CEO of Stantec, will receive an Honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree.
Convocation takes place Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB). Honorary degrees will be presented as follows:
- James (C.J.) Woods – Friday evening ceremony (start time 6:30 p.m.)
- Bob Gomes – Saturday morning ceremony (start time 8:30 a.m.)
- Ed Stelmach – Saturday afternoon ceremony (start time 1:30 p.m.)
“Each of our honorary degree recipients has demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and compassion through their careers and in their communities,” said NAIT President and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham. “They exemplify character and integrity.”
More than 5,200 students will graduate this year. Approximately 93% of NAIT grads find employment within months of graduating from full-time programs.
“The celebration of convocation reminds us of the dedication and hard work of our students,” said NAIT Provost and VP Academic Dr. Neil Fassina. “We’re very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to hearing about their future successes in life.”
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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.
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James (C.J.) Woods - Senior vice-president and director for CIBC Wood Gundy
A successful businessman, accountant and investor, Woods is known as much for his philanthropic work as his business acumen. Woods, a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), was among the original members of the Edmonton Investors Group partnership which bought the Edmonton Oilers for $100 million in 1998 and sold the franchise to Daryl Katz for $200 million a decade later. He is also a shareholder in two investment companies, Atlas Capital Group and AIC Limited. In addition to his business activity, Woods supports many diverse charitable causes, particularly in the areas of education, health and wellness
Bob Gomes, President and CEO of Stantec
As president and CEO of Stantec, Bob Gomes has been responsible for growing and expanding the consulting company’s business while maintaining its focus on building and serving local communities. Gomes, a civil engineer, began working for Stantec in 1988. He was named president and CEO in 2009, and has overseen its recent strategic growth. Throughout the company’s growth, Mr. Gomes has gone to great lengths to ensure that Stantec remains an avid community builder, committed to designing with communities in mind.
Ed Stelmach – Former Premier of Alberta
As Alberta’s 13th premier, Stelmach left an enduring political legacy over 18 years in provincial government. Now, through the Ed Stelmach Community Foundation, he continues to help Albertans in need. Stelmach began his political career in Lamont County in 1986, first as a councillor and then as reeve, while running his family’s farm. In 1993 he was elected as the Conservative MLA for the riding now known as Fort-Saskatchewan-Vegreville, an area he represented for five terms. Stelmach became premier after winning the Conservative leadership race in 2006 and went on to win the general election in 2008.