New Dean for NAIT's JR Shaw School of Business

New Dean for NAIT's JR Shaw School of Business

Published on September 04, 2018

Dennis Sheppard brings more than 25 years of experience as a post-secondary educator and entrepreneur

EDMONTON – Dennis Sheppard, former dean of the Centre for Applied Management at Lethbridge College, joins NAIT this week as dean of the JR Shaw School of Business.

Sheppard is an entrepreneur who founded two geospatial services companies and lead the team which established the first third-party food service on Lethbridge College campus. He joined the college as an instructor in 2001 after serving as an academic assistant with the University of Lethbridge. He has since served as chair, interim vice-president academic and dean at the college.

He has a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University, a Master of Science from the University of Lethbridge and studied Geographic Information Systems at Nova Scotia Community College. He has also completed graduate level business courses with Athabasca University.

Dennis is a strong proponent of building relationships both within NAIT and externally, with the broader business community.


  • The JR Shaw School of Business employs about 130 full-time instructors and staff  supporting more than 6,000 full- and part-time students.
  • The school offers baccalaureate degrees, applied degrees, diplomas and certificates. 
  • A “trades to degree” path allows students with trades credentials to enter their third year of a business degree program.


Kevin Shufflebotham, NAIT provost
“Dennis has an exceptional reputation in the communities that he serves. He will be a strong advocate for the JR Shaw School of Business, NAIT and the value of a polytechnic education.”

Dennis Sheppard, dean of NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business
“I believe in experiential learning and I believe industry is an integral partner in the education system … Developing an entrepreneurial mindset will prepare graduates to innovate and create whether they are employed by others or venture into the startup world.”

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 about 40,000 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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