As the Director of Applied Research and Scholarship, Dr. Klay Dyer oversees, coordinates, and facilitates applied research activities across the NAIT community, providing creative and high-level support for novaNAIT's exemplary team of school-based Research Officers. Klay also liaises with the leadership of NAIT's schools and program areas, with industry and business across Alberta, as well as with the various local, national, and international agencies supporting applied research within Canadian universities, colleges, and polytechnic institutes. With a PhD in English (University of Ottawa), Klay brings over two decades of post-secondary teaching and research experience to novaNAIT, along with a passionate belief that learning, innovation, and creativity are the true engines of the future.
David Burry has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in managing teams and facilitating industry-focused projects and activities. As the Manager of Enabling Programs, David has the responsibility for the development and delivery of services and engagement programs to enhance, promote and support novaNAIT business activities and NAIT applied research priorities which lead to lasting partnerships with industry. He also manages a team of professionals who provide business incubator programming and business development activities, including commercial assessment and feasibility studies, as well as intellectual property management and commercialization activities. David has a passion for technology development, holds an MBA from Cape Breton University, and has 18 years of experience in many facets of academia.
Hugh Seaton has been professionally involved in applied research and economic development in Northern Alberta since 1985. Hugh holds a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Based in Peace River, Hugh was the founding manager of the Boreal Research Institute in 1995, a regional partnership of industry, post secondary, and communities. Hugh manages a team responsible for applied research, technology transfer, and forest education. Prior to NAIT, Hugh was Research Director with the Northern Alberta Development Council.
Randy Thompson provides valuable guidance and mentoring assistance to novaNAIT incubator clients and small and medium enterprises as novaNAIT's first Entrepreneur in Residence. He has also relocated the Edmonton VentureAlberta office to the Duncan McNeill Centre for Innovation, which will provide novaNAIT and incubator clients a closer tie to the investment community. Randy is currently invested in 7 companies and has been working in the startup venture space since 1992 when he started the first ISP in Alberta. In 1999, he started working on developing angel groups in Alberta, starting with an organization that matched deals for Western Canada investors on the Internet. In 2001, Randy began to work as a venture capital advisor to the Province of Alberta and started the Alberta California Venture Channel, bringing together investors and companies in both regions. He is president of the VentureAlberta Forum, one of the largest gatherings of business angels in Edmonton and Calgary, which has funded 64 startups.
As the Business Manager, Sandra works within novaNAIT to oversee the management of assigned programs and projects, external contracts, operations management and reporting. She is responsible for financial analysis and reporting of novaNAIT programs and novaNAIT operations. With her project management experience and work in other areas of novaNAIT, she grasps underlying business processes and is responsible for working with stakeholders on projects to map existing processes; identify redundancies, inefficiencies, and bottlenecks. Sandra strives to improve and redesign processes where necessary; create process measures and controls, and implement and communicate new improved processes.
Jennifer Hicks is a research assistant at novaNAIT and has legal experience from working as a paralegal for 3 years prior to returning to school at NAIT. She is currently enrolled in the BBA program focusing on Management. Jennifer provides assistance to the novaNAIT research officers on a number of novaNAIT initiatives and projects.
Administrative Assistant to the AVP Academic and Applied Research
Monique works with the AVP Academic and Applied Research and all the novaNAIT staff in their applied research, prototype development and technology transfer activities. She is a long-time NAIT employee who has held administrative positions in various programs and departments across the institute. She joined novaNAIT in early 2009.
As a receptionist and administrator, Colleen Porter is the primary contact at the novaNAIT St. Albert campus. Her position involves providing administration assistance to novaNAIT incubation clients and NAIT researchers, and coordinating the daily operations of the facility. Colleen's past professional experience includes working as a Deposit Application Administrator in the Credit and Collection department at Lilydale Inc. and she has worked for several years as a Condominium Property Administrator.
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Applied Research & Scholarship
Melissa Cordeiro assists with NAIT's Director of Applied Research & Scholarship as well as performing administrative duties in support of the novaNAIT Office with focus on the needs of the Duncan McNeill Centre for Innovation. She is a graduate of Business Administration, Project Management, Special Events Management, and is pursuing her BBA here at NAIT. In 2008, Melissa came to NAIT from the Government of Alberta and joined novaNAIT in May 2011.