Dan Brown appointed to NAIT’s Board of Governors

Published on October 13, 2021

Dan Brown brings experience and insight from a diverse career in the energy sector to his recent appointment as a member of NAIT’s Board of Governors

Brown spent most of his career at Syncrude Canada Ltd. where he held various positions, wrapping up his 25-year tenure as the senior manager in the process control and automation department. He retired in 2016.  

Brown is familiar with the Alberta post-secondary sector from both a student and an industry-partner perspective. He has earned certificates from SAIT and the University of Alberta and sat on the University of Alberta Senate from 2013 to 2020 as a public member. He has also worked with NAIT graduates through his various roles with Syncrude. 

Brown’s appointment to NAIT’s Board of Governors is for 3 years. He is eligible for reappointment on or before September 28, 2024 for a second term. Public members are appointed for a maximum of 2 terms (6 years). 


  • NAIT’s Board of Governors comprises 18 people, 12 of whom are public members appointed to the board by the Government of Alberta 
  • 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 



"Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to support NAIT programs and work with NAIT alumni, and the quality of outcomes in these interactions has always impressed me. I am honoured to be appointed to the Board of Governors for NAIT and will ensure that NAIT continues to be seen as a high-quality institution responsive to the needs of Albertans and adaptive to the changing business environment. I am excited to support the continued growth of NAIT in this leadership role.” - Dan Brown, P.Eng, NAIT Board of Governors 

“On behalf of NAIT, I am excited to welcome Dan Brown to our Board of Governors. As an institution that values close connections with industry, we are fortunate to add Dan’s decades of experience and leadership to the Board. NAIT will benefit from his perspective and insight, as we continue to work to meet the needs of the province, and prepare students for meaningful careers.” - Laura Jo Gunter, NAIT President and CEO 

" On behalf of NAIT’s Board of Governors, we are very pleased to welcome Dan Brown to the Board. Dan's longstanding role as a leader in the energy sector and his affiliations with Alberta post-secondary are a wonderful blend and will be of great value to NAIT." - Ray Pisani, NAIT Board of Governors Chair 

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.

Media inquiries

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NAIT Media Relations
C 780.916.8307 E media@nait.ca

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