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Vice-President Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Ray D. Block, PhD, CPA, CGA

Dr. Ray Block joined NAIT’s executive as Vice-President Administration & CFO in April 2011, following more than two decades in leadership and management in a variety of sectors in Alberta, including post-secondary education, health care and financial services. He has extensive experience in

  • finance and human resources
  • capital projects and facilities operations
  • administration systems
  • legal affairs
  • records management and archives
  • risk management services
  • procurement and contract development

Q&A

What is your favorite place on campus?
The Board of Governors meeting room. The view is spectacular and many meaningful discussions have taken place in that room.

What is your favorite/most inspiring quote?
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." – John Wooden

Is there anything people would be surprised to learn about you?
I used to play and sing in a rock & roll band. The "Block & Roll" is thinking about doing a farewell tour.


Contact

Phone: 780.471.7889
Email: rblock@nait.ca

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Educational highlights

  • Honours Diploma in Accounting, NAIT
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Alberta
  • Certified General Accountant, Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta
  • Masters of Agriculture in Agriculture Economics, University of Alberta
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta

Accomplishments

  • As president and CEO of the Alberta Mental Health Board, Dr. Block co-chaired the implementation of a province-wide mental health plan.
  • In the same role, he oversaw the completion of a $110-million geriatric and adult facility in Ponoka.
  • He is also responsible for the creation of Mental Health First Aid Canada, a program to provide early mental health treatment.

Responsibilities

The Vice-President Administration and Chief Financial Officer manages the financial and administrative services for the institute. Responsibilities include:

  • corporate services (financial accounting, financial planning, materials management, eat AT NAIT, and accounting services for the NAIT Foundation)
  • information systems
  • capital projects and facilities operations
  • human resources
  • contracts, access and privacy administration
  • support for the Finance and Audit, Campus Development, and Human Resources Committees of the Board of Governors
  • building effective relationships with:
    • government
    • business and industry leaders
    • other post-secondary organizations
    • professional support services (audit, banking, legal and consulting)

The Vice-President Administration and CFO is also the treasurer of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Foundation. He also assists the President and members of the Executive Team in ensuring that NAIT achieves its vision.


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The Executive Team

President and CEO

Dr. Glenn Feltham was appointed President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2011.

Vice-President Academic and Provost

Sue Fitzsimmons joined NAIT’s executive team as Vice-President Academic in 2016. Her portfolio expanded in 2019 and she assumed the role of Vice-President Academic and Provost.

Vice-President Industry Partnerships and Chief Marketing Officer

Sandra Marocco was appointed Vice-President Industry Partnerships and Chief Marketing Officer at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in September 2018.