Published on May 29, 2019
Dr. Glenn Feltham will retire as president and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in December 2019
Feltham has played a leading role in advancing polytechnic education and the post-secondary system in Alberta and Canada. His impact has been transformational.
Since joining NAIT in 2011, Feltham has worked tirelessly to lead the institution in its vision to become one of the world’s leading polytechnics and the most relevant and responsive post-secondary institution in Canada. In 2012, he brought together almost 3,000 people – including staff, students, industry and government – to define NAIT’s future as a leading polytechnic. The resulting document, NAIT 2021, defined the values and promises that would empower NAIT in achieving its vision. It has guided every decision since.
Since his first days at NAIT, Feltham has immersed himself in the polytechnic experience. He spent his first months getting to know the institution and its people through Project President – a novel introduction in which he became a student-for-a-day in over 30 programs. Shortly after joining NAIT, he also launched the institution’s first annual employee engagement survey. He positioned NAIT as a polytechnic and clearly defined what this meant and why it mattered.
Under Feltham’s leadership, NAIT has grown both in the number of learners and in its facilities. NAIT has seen unprecedented infrastructure growth including the opening of the Centre for Applied Technology, one of the largest post-secondary spaces in Canada. This facility transformed NAIT, providing state-of-the-art simulation and learning spaces for students.
In 2018, NAIT opened the Productivity and Innovation Centre, one of the largest and most significant innovation spaces in Canada. This space deepens NAIT’s partnership with industry, supporting businesses in becoming more productive and globally competitive.
In addition, Feltham has secured NAIT’s future through the acquisition of land on the Blatchford site and the Westwood transit garage property, as well as the purchase of the Spruce Grove Campus.
Ray Martin, Chair of NAIT’s Board of Governors
“Dr. Feltham has truly made NAIT essential to Alberta. He has been an outstanding leader of our polytechnic. On behalf of the Board of Governors, I want to thank Dr. Feltham for his incredible passion for NAIT and his many contributions which have advanced polytechnic education in our province and country. He will forever be NAIT’s ‘cheerleader in chief.’”
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT President and CEO
“I love our institution and all that it represents. NAIT truly is essential to Alberta! It has been a great honour to serve as president of our amazing polytechnic, and to have had the opportunity to work with an incredible board of governors, leadership team, staff and students. Together we have accomplished much. We have advanced our institution toward our vision. We have grown, both in the number of learners, and in our facilities. We have told our amazing polytechnic story. What an amazing journey! And as I look to NAIT’s future, I am excited and comforted knowing that our institution will only become stronger.”
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.