NAIT hosts polytechnic leaders from across Canad

NAIT hosts polytechnic leaders from across Canad

Published on June 02, 2017

Polytechnics Canada conference focuses on building innovation and skills

EDMONTON – Leaders from 13 polytechnic institutions across Canada gathered at NAIT June 1 to discuss innovations in polytechnic education. This year’s theme was Building Canada Through Skills and Innovation. 
The annual conference focused on the nation’s priorities in its 150th year – building innovation and skills. Across the country, polytechnic institutes train the next generation of workers who will build Canada, growing its productivity and prosperity.

Attendees heard from key thought and industry leaders including keynote speaker Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumina Foundation – one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. focused on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. They discussed how to prepare students with the innovative skills needed for the workplace of the future, and how polytechnic education contributes to building Canada.

Other notable speakers included Iain Stewart, President of the National Research Council, Martha Hall Findlay, President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, Barrie McKenna, columnist and correspondent with The Globe and Mail Ottawa Bureau and Kevin King of CAE Healthcare.


  • Polytechnics Canada represents 13 polytechnic institutions across Canada
  • The organization is the voice of leading, research-intensive, publicly funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology
  • Polytechnics Canada and its members share an extensive track record in supporting applied research and innovation partnerships with industry


Polytechnics Canada Conference website

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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