Alumni recognized for accomplishments and entrepreneurial spirit
Entrepreneurs Wayne Land and Andre Gagnon are the recipients of NAIT’s 2013 alumni awards, which recognize the accomplishments of alumni who have contributed to the institute or the community. These awards were presented last night at NAIT by President and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham.
“The business successes of our recipients reflect the entrepreneurial spirit that comes with a NAIT education and the essential role it plays in the Alberta economy,” said Feltham. “It is rewarding that Wayne and Andre maintained their close relations with NAIT after they graduated.”
Land received the Alumni Award of Distinction, while Gagnon received the Spirit of NAIT Alumni Award.
Land, founder of Oakwood Management Ltd., a successful property management company, graduated from the Management program in 1970. In 2012, he was named as Worldwide Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Property Management for his accomplishments and leadership.
As past president of the NAIT Alumni Council, Land helped form the policies and procedures that serve as the foundation of the program today. A former team chaplain for the Edmonton Oilers, he continues to sponsor an annual night out at an Oilers’ game for a NAIT international student.
"To be the chosen one for this honour far exceeds my imagination,” said Land. “I am deeply moved and truly humbled by the richness of this blessing. It is with great dignity and respect to the powers that be that I offer my heartfelt gratitude."
Gagnon graduated from the Heavy Technician program in 2002. Four years later he cofounded Edmonton-based LiftBoss Material Handling Group – a full service heavy equipment dealership that specializes in selling, renting and servicing forklifts and heavy equipment. Gagnon’s entrepreneurial spirit was recognized in 2013 with an Edmonton Leaders of Tomorrow Award from Business in Edmonton magazine.
Since 2010, Gagnon has helped shape NAIT’s Industrial Heavy Equipment program by lending his industry expertise as a member of the program advisory council. He also contributed to the program by donating up-to-date equipment and establishing scholarships.
“I am extremely honored to accept this award,” said Gagnon. “NAIT through the years has been very good to me. Personnel in the Heavy Equipment programs truly care about the students and want them to succeed.”
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