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Announcing our NAIT Celebrates Award Recipients

We are proud to celebrate our friends, alumni and industry partners who are doing remarkable things in our community and beyond.

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2020 NAIT Celebrates Award Recipients

Business leaders, inspiring chefs, an industry partner, a frontline hero, and tech trailblazer are among the 2020 NAIT Celebrates award recipients. Read more about the impact each of these community builders has made through leadership, spirit, dedication and generosity.

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Brent Hesje

CEO of Fountain Tire and former NAIT Board of Governors Chair Brent Hesje received the Distinguished Friend of the Institute Award.

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Spartan Controls

Spartan Controls received the Distinguished Industry Partner Award for support of hands-on education and innovation. 

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Blaine MacMillan

Owner of Cowan Graphics Blaine MacMillan received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his leadership.

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Shane Chartrand

Notable chef and author of the acclaimed cookbook tawâw Shane Chartrand received the Alumni Award of Excellence for his achievements in the culinary arts profession.  

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Michael Turcsanyi 

CEO and owner of Goose Digital Michael Turcsanyi received the Alumni Award of Excellence for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur in digital marketing. 

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Lasha Gust

Chef at High Dough Lasha Gust  received the Spirit of NAIT Alumni Award for her professional accomplishments and mentorship of the next generation of chefs.   

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Harold Larson 

Former wildland firefighter and crew leader Harold Larson received the Spirit of NAIT Alumni Award for his work on the frontlines and mentorship within the forest technology profession.  

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2021 Award Nominations

Do you know an innovator, community builder or NAIT graduate doing amazing things? Make your nomination today for next year's NAIT Celebrates Awards.

Distinguished Friend of the Institute Award

Awarded to an individual or family who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the welfare and the advancement of NAIT through their contributions and advocacy.


Distinguished Industry Partner Award

Presented to an organization that has displayed an ongoing commitment to NAIT and has played a critical role in supporting NAIT’s vision and mandate.


Alumni Recognition Awards

Awarded to NAIT graduates for their professional achievement, service to NAIT and contributions to the community.


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