The Impact of
Essential: The NAIT Campaign

The campaign continues and there's still time for you to be a part of it. When we wrap up in spring 2018, join us to celebrate your contribution to our most ambitious and successful fundraiser ever.

Message from the President

Ambitious goal, ambitious promises

Each year, thousands of students come to NAIT to acquire the skills they need for rewarding careers. Demand for our hands-on, technology-based education has never been stronger – applications in most programs have more than doubled over the last five years. NAIT provides the essential skilled workforce our province needs to move our economy forward.

In responding to the needs of our province, learners and industry, NAIT has grown. We needed to add physical space, and to strengthen financial support for students and applied research. That’s why we launched a $100-million capital campaign.

The campaign builds on deep and meaningful relationships with industry, businesses, alumni and friends of NAIT. We began this journey – led by Fountain Tire CEO Brent Hesje, our board chair at the time – to support the Centre for Applied Technology, create student awards and advance applied research to meet Alberta industry’s current and emerging needs.
I’m happy to report that this ambitious goal is now within sight, despite recent economic challenges. I have been amazed by the support and truly humbled by the number of people who recognize the importance of polytechnic education to our city, province and country.

The campaign will wrap up in 2018. But the theme and spirit will remain. These last three years have positioned us to deliver on our promises to Alberta, students, industry and our staff like never before. With your help, we’re able to continue to be a leading polytechnic, committed to meeting the workforce demands of the 21st century.

My thanks to everyone who has contributed to this goal and to those who will do so before the campaign’s end. Your support is greatly appreciated by NAIT and our students.

Dr. Glenn Feltham
President and CEO


NAIT is essential to Alberta. Our supporters helps us achieve our vision to be the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada and one of the world’s leading polytechnics.