NAIT welcomes new board chair and 5 new board members

Published on August 19, 2019
EDMONTON – The new chair of NAIT’s board of governors says he looks forward to championing polytechnic education in Alberta and working with government to advance hands-on training in science and technology, skilled trades, business and health.

Ray Pisani knows firsthand the value of a NAIT education as a graduate of the polytechnic’s business administration program. He has been a member of NAIT’s board of governors since 2013. He chairs the board’s governance committee and is a member of the search committee for NAIT’s new president.

The other new members of NAIT’s board of governors are:

  • Kris Mauthe, (Business Administration – Accounting ’95) president and CEO of Argus Machine Co. Ltd.
  • Marlea Sleeman, president of Sil Industrial Minerals
  • Kristina Williams, president and CEO of Alberta Enterprise Corporation
  • Janet Riopel, president and CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Paul Verhesen, CEO of Clark Builders


  • Outgoing chair Ray Martin was appointed in March 2017
  • NAIT’s board of governors also includes:
  • 2 students nominated by the council of the students association
  • 2 academic staff members nominated by the academic staff association
  • 1 non-academic staff member nominated by the non-academic staff association
  • the president of NAIT


Ray Pisani, chair of NAIT’s board of governors
“I feel very honoured to be appointed to chair the board of NAIT – a world-class, world-leading polytechnic. This institution has a great role to play in this province and in Canada, and I look forward to working collaboratively with government and the board to promote the kinds of hands-on, technology-focused skills that NAIT provides.”  

Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
“We look forward to working with our new chair, Ray Pisani, and board members as we advance NAIT’s vision to be a world-leading polytechnic. I would like to thank Ray Martin for his leadership to NAIT. He was a strong advocate for our polytechnic and is a true gentleman. We would also like to thank our outgoing board members for their contributions.”

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 over 34,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads help fuel the economic engine of the province. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping businesses and communities become more competitive through industry-driven research and corporate training. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, industry partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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NAIT Media Relations
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