New Dean of NAIT's School of Health and Life Sciences focuses on innovation and teamwork

New Dean of NAIT's School of Health and Life Sciences focuses on innovation and teamwork

Published on March 13, 2019

Denise MacIver has been named dean of NAIT's School of Health and Life Sciences

EDMONTON – Denise MacIver has been named dean of NAIT’s School of Health and Life Sciences continuing a 17-year career at the polytechnic where she has served as chair of the Diagnostic Imaging programs, associate dean academic and interim dean.

MacIver is admired by colleagues and staff for her leadership style emphasizing teamwork and inclusiveness, and for her support and coaching of leaders, staff and students. Earlier this year, she was recognized with the Ernest Manning Leadership Medallion at NAIT.

She has championed innovation and continuous improvement within the school, including its move to the new Centre for Applied Technology in 2016 and the opening of its high-tech simulation centre, providing students with state-of-the-art, hands-on learning opportunities.

NAIT’s School of Health and Life Sciences offers 18 diploma and certificate programs in areas from Medical Lab Sciences and Respiratory Therapy to Emergency Management and Paramedicine.


  • NAIT’s School of Health and Life Sciences offers 13 full-time diploma programs and five certificate programs, including work experience placements. Some also offer structured part-time pathways and distance learning options.
  • NAIT’s inter-professional and multi-purpose Centre for Advanced Simulation is one of only three in the world to be designated a CAE Healthcare Centre of Excellence
  • The simulation centre includes an ambulance simulator box, a driving simulator, an augmented reality theatre and highly specialized manikins that can authentically simulate a range of health care scenarios and emergency situations.


NAIT’s School of Health and Life Sciences


Sue Fitzsimmons, NAIT Vice-President Academic and Provost
“Denise has shown incredible leadership, and she understands the critical role NAIT graduates play in keeping Albertans healthy, including support for health prevention and animal related care. She is passionate about the school and the role it will play in the future of health care which includes the enhanced use of learning simulation, an increasing focus on inter-professional education, and a deepening of our partnerships within Alberta’s health related industries. Denise cares deeply about staff and students, and I am wholehearted in my belief that she is the right person to lead the way for NAIT and for Alberta.”

Denise MacIver, Dean, School of Health and Life Sciences
“I really care about the people I work with. I care that they’re well, that they’re productive. I really believe there is no problem that can’t be solved together.
It is a privilege and honour to work at NAIT and with the excellent staff of the School of Health and Life Sciences. What we do is an essential part of healthcare in preparing our students for their future service as graduates of the healthcare industry, in Alberta and beyond.”

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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