NAIT names new dean of JR Shaw School of Business

Published on August 02, 2016

Tracey Scarlett is the former CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

Tracey Scarlett has been named dean of NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, one of western Canada’s largest business schools. A prominent and successful entrepreneur, the former CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs starts her new role at NAIT today.

Scarlett has a wide and varied background that touches virtually all aspects of NAIT’s business, from health care to trades to research.

Scarlett graduated from NAIT’s Medical Laboratory Technology program in 1987 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in technology commercialization at the University of Alberta.

She has worked in lab and research environments, co-owned an electrical contracting company and was chief operating officer of a start-up biotechnology company. She was president of BioQuest Ventures Inc., a business development company specializing in the high-growth and innovation sector, before joining Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in 2007. AWE is a not-for-profit organization offering business advising and lending programs, peer support, mentorship and other services to women entrepreneurs.

Scarlett was named one of NAIT’s Top 50 Alumni in 2012, as part of the polytechnic’s 50th anniversary.


Tracey Scarlett, dean of the JR Shaw School of Business 
“I’m happy to be back in Edmonton and back at NAIT. When I saw the opportunity for this position, it seemed like the perfect marriage of everything I’ve done in my career. With the JR Shaw School of Business moving into the new Centre for Applied Technologies, I think it’s a great time for me to be coming in. I look forward to working with the team and continuing to grow and offer students an outstanding polytechnic education.”

Dr. Neil Fassina, NAIT provost and VP academic 
“We’re excited to have a leader of Tracey’s calibre joining NAIT, with strong connections to so many communities and industries in Alberta. As an Edmonton native, a NAIT grad, an entrepreneur and an experienced leader, I know she’ll be a great addition to our team.”


JR Shaw School of Business

About NAIT

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.

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