NAIT President and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham named chair of Polytechnics Canada
Polytechnics Canada, the national association of Canada’s leading polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology, today announced its new chair. Dr. Glenn Feltham, president and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), has been elected unanimously by the Board of Directors of Polytechnics Canada as the new chair of the association effective immediately.
Feltham was appointed NAIT president and CEO in 2011. Born and raised in southern Alberta, Feltham believes in the essential role of polytechnic education for strengthening the economies of Alberta and Canada through hands-on, technology-based education and applied research in partnership with industry.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Montana, an LLB from Queen’s University Faculty of Law and a PhD from the University Of Waterloo School of Accountancy. He is a designated Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) and a fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA) and was formerly a member of the Law Society of Alberta.
Feltham chaired the Taskforce for Teaching Excellence of the Alberta Ministry of Education from 2013 to 2014. He is on the Governing Council of the Standards Council of Canada. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Polytechnics Canada since 2011.
- Polytechnics Canada is a not-for-profit policy advocacy association, based in Ottawa.
- Established in 2003, Polytechnics Canada is the voice of polytechnics that share a common focus on advanced technical and technological education.
- Located in Canada’s key economic regions, the 11 members of Polytechnics Canada are: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), SAIT Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Red River College, Conestoga, Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Seneca, and Algonquin Colleges
- Polytechnics Canada has targeted three policy areas for action in the upcoming federal election and in the 2016 federal budget: applied research and innovation, skills and trades training, and better labour market information for students, educators and employers.
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT President and CEO
“I am honoured to have been asked to serve as chair of Polytechnics Canada during this critically important time in Canada. I am proud to carry the message to federal decision-makers on behalf of all our members, that polytechnic education and research plays a central role in meeting the employment and innovation challenges of our country.”
Nobina Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada
“Advanced applied education is a vital solution to Canada’s twin challenges of innovation lag and skills mismatches. I look forward to working with Dr. Feltham, as well as all our other board members to continue to press home the message to federal decision-makers to recognize the strengths and merits of polytechnic education through changes to federal policy and funding.”
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 nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 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.