Angel investor and NAIT adviser receives distinguished Friend of the Institute Award

Angel investor and NAIT adviser receives distinguished Friend of the Institute Award

Published on June 06, 2019

Kerry Brown spent his career helping young entrepreneurs achieve their dreams

Kerry Brown, an accountant with a 33-year investment career, is the 2019 recipient of NAIT’s Distinguished Friend of the Institute award.

Brown has led many successful angel capital funds, investing in a diverse range of companies including telecommunications, data transmission and encryption, thermo-electrics, fuel cells, lasers, biotechnology, cognitive behaviour and information technology. His passion was to help young companies and entrepreneurs succeed.

He has founded several successful venture and private equity funds, including the Foundation Equity Corporation, where he is now chairman.

Brown was a member of NAIT’s Board of Governors for two terms, from 2008 to 2014, and currently chairs the board’s investment advisory sub-committee. He also volunteers on NAIT’s Industry Solutions advisory group.

An avid outdoorsman, gardener and cook, Brown has three sons and four grandchildren. He and his wife have also organized and led many marriage enrichment seminars.

The award was presented at the NAIT Celebrates event June 5.


  • Potential candidates for the Distinguished Friend of the Institute have demonstrated a commitment to the welfare and advancement of NAIT through volunteer services, endowments or other activities that benefit the polytechnic.
  • The Distinguished Friend of the Institute award was established in 1985.


Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
“Kerry is very deserving of this award. He has made, and continues to make, a substantial impact on NAIT. His guidance has moved NAIT toward its vision to be a world-leading polytechnic. He has made a difference.”

Kerry Brown, Distinguished Friend of the Institute award recipient
“One of the reasons I’m so confident in our future comes from my time working with NAIT. I really wanted to have an influence in Alberta by supporting and applying technology throughout my career. Being aligned with NAIT, I’ve been part of an organization that is playing an integral part in evolving Alberta business and technology.”


Distinguished Friend of the Institute

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 skilled trades. With nearly 40,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to the provincial economy. NAIT also contributes to Alberta’s prosperity by helping business and industry become more competitive with Industry Solutions offered through its Productivity and Innovation Centre, including technology adoption, business and product innovation and industry-driven research. 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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