BMO Financial supports campus expansion and student success

Published on April 07, 2017

$500,000 donation going toward new Centre for Applied Technology; student study space named in recognition

BMO Financial has committed $500,000 toward the NAIT Centre for Applied Technology (CAT), the largest capital project in the polytechnic’s history.

CAT, which opened in September at Main Campus, is home to the JR Shaw School of Business, the School of Health and Life Sciences and the School of Applied Sciences and Technology. The 51,600-square-metre (555,000-square-foot) building includes some of the most advanced simulation labs in the country.

In recognition of the gift, a second-floor study area in CAT has been named BMO Financial Group Student Lounge.

The BMO Financial donation brings NAIT closer to its goal of raising $100 million by 2018 through Essential: the NAIT Campaign, the largest fundraising initiative in the polytechnic’s history. Launched in 2014, more than $90 million has been raised to date.


Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO 
“The support from BMO helps to enhance the student experience at NAIT and we are very grateful for their commitment to our students and to our polytechnic.”

Susan Brown, senior vice president, Alberta and North West Territories Division, BMO Bank of Montreal
“We are so pleased to be a part of the Centre for Applied Technology with NAIT, something that is truly ground breaking and is sure to unlock tremendous opportunity for the students in Alberta and leaders of tomorrow. BMO has always been committed to education and innovation, and during our 200th year in business, this donation helps us to celebrate looking forward and continuing that legacy.”


Essential: The NAIT Campaign

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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