Community leaders to receive honorary degrees
Convocation 2015 takes place May 1 and 2; more than 1,400 NAIT students expected to cross the stage
Three community leaders will receive honorary degrees at NAIT’s 52nd convocation this week, and more than 1,400 students are expected to attend the event to receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Convocation takes place Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB).
Naseem Bashir, president and CEO of Williams Engineering Canada will receive an honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management degree; Doug Golosky, a Métis entrepreneur, will receive an honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree; and lawyer Doug Goss will receive an honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Bios are attached.
Honorary degrees will be presented as follows:
- Naseem Bashir – Friday evening ceremony (start time 6:30 p.m.)
- Doug Golosky – Saturday morning ceremony (start time 8:30 a.m.)
- Doug Goss – Saturday afternoon ceremony (start time 1:30 p.m.)
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• 92% of NAIT grads find employment within months of graduating from full-time programs
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• 91% of grads stay in Alberta
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
“Each of our honorary degree recipients has demonstrated outstanding leadership both in their work life and in their communities. They have had a profound impact. These awards recognize their achievements.”
Dr. Neil Fassina, Provost and VP Academic
“Convocation is a highlight of the year because it gives us a chance to celebrate the incredible successes of our students, our staff and our entire NAIT community. We are so proud of all that our students have accomplished, and of all they will accomplish in the future.”
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.
Honorary Degree – BTech (Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management)
Business leader and community builder Naseem Bashir is president and CEO of Williams Engineering Canada and chairman of the board for the Williams Group of Companies. Bashir is a graduate of NAIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology program (’88), the University of Alberta (Engineering ‘92), and the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman/University of Alberta schools of business (‘11).
After graduating from NAIT in 1988, Bashir started as an engineering summer student at the Edmonton-based company he now leads. Williams is a prominent western and northern Canadian professional engineering services company with a 37-year history in the marketplace.
Bashir currently serves as a director with the Edmonton International Airport Board, director of a start-up company whose focus is on the Asian market, and is a member of the executive committee for the Institute of Corporate Directors Edmonton Chapter. He is an active member of the World Presidents Organization Alberta Chapter, a member of the University of Alberta Business Advisory Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises and a past president of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. In 2011, Bashir was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
A committed supporter of charitable organizations, Bashir is a member of Alberta’s Promise, which promotes the well-being of children and youth in Alberta and is a member of MacEwan University’s Centre for Arts and Culture Campaign Cabinet. He has served on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees including as vice-chair during his last year. He is a past director of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation as well as past chair of MacEwan University’s Mad Hatter’s campaign.
In 2012, Bashir received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recognized as one of NAIT’s Top 50 Alumni.
Honorary degree – BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
Doug Golosky is a Métis entrepreneur who has built successful businesses in the Fort McMurray region that provide welding, pipefitting, fabricating and trucking services to the oil and gas, pulp and paper and construction industries.
Golosky started his career as a welder, beginning his training in Fort McMurray at the Alberta Vocational Centre (now Keyano College) and completing his certification at NAIT. He founded his first company, Clearwater Welding and Fabricating Ltd., in 1984, with his wife, Carol. They expanded their business ventures to Quebec, Lloydminster and Edmonton, becoming one of the largest contractors in the Wood Buffalo region, employing more than 1,000 tradespeople.
Over the years, Golosky has been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations that encourage youth to find their career paths, including Careers: The Next Generation. He has shown a deep commitment to supporting Aboriginal business and entrepreneurship in Alberta. He was pivotal to the development of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association in 1993 and the Alberta Chamber of Resources steering committee for Aboriginal Programs in the Resources Industries initiative.
Golosky has received many accolades for his career achievements and advocacy for aboriginal business. In 2004, he was recognized with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Business and Commerce, and was named the Resource Person of the Year by the Alberta Chamber of Resources. He was the Alberta provincial winner of the National Association for Excellence in Business Education Partnerships from the Conference Board of Canada and, in 2012, was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.
Doug Goss, Q.C., AOE
Honorary degree – BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
Doug Goss is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, currently practicing general corporate and commercial law at Bryan & Company LLP. Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous private and public corporations in Canada and has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations.
Goss is currently chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta, chairman of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fort Edmonton Management Company. He formerly served as chairman of the board of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club, co-chair of the 2010 Edmonton Grey Cup, and chair of the Molson Canadian Heritage Hockey Classic held in November 2003.
A firm believer in giving back to his community, Mr. Goss has given his time and expertise to support many charitable initiatives in Edmonton including the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Minerva Foundation and the United Way. As a supporter of NAIT, Goss served as chair of the Board of Governors from 2008 to 2010, and was a key member of the campaign cabinet for the Building on Demand capital campaign, a successful initiative which raised funds for the creation of six new learning facilities at NAIT.
Goss holds a long list of honours for his community service. He was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence, Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Edmonton Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award, the Alumni Honour Award from the U of A and the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and named one of the province’s “50 Most Influential People” in 2004 by Alberta Venture Magazine.