Published on May 20, 2021
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is pleased to announce that Matt Lindberg has been named the new dean of the School of Skilled Trades.
Lindberg brings substantial experience to the role, including a year serving as the interim dean of the polytechnic’s School of Skilled Trades where where his exceptional leadership helped navigate trades education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also instrumental in the recent launch of NAIT’s four trade-based diploma programs, which provide more education pathways for individuals pursuing a career in the trades.
Starting at NAIT 15 years ago as an instructor in the plumbing and gas-fitting apprenticeship programs, Lindberg has been heavily involved in Skills Alberta and Skills Canada, competing in the 1999 provincial and national competitions, and serving as an expert on the world skills stage throughout his career. He has also held several senior roles including pipe trades program chair (2012-2016) and associate dean academic (2016-2020).
Prior to joining NAIT, Lindberg spent 11 years working with a family-owned plumbing and heating company.
Lindberg is passionate about trades-related programs, the opportunities these programs provide for NAIT students and graduates, and about advancing the skilled trades.
“Skilled trades are going to play an important role in Alberta’s economic recovery as the province emerges from the pandemic, and I’m excited for the opportunities this will create for students. I feel privileged to lead the school through this time of change. The level of talent, enthusiasm and dedication of my colleagues empowers me to want to make sure the team is successful.” - Matt Lindberg, dean, School of Skilled Trades, NAIT
“Matt has an incredible knack for building innovative practices – this will serve NAIT well as we evolve skilled trades education and our apprenticeship model to meet the emerging needs in the province. He is a highly collaborative colleague and so clearly dedicated to advancing the possibilities for students and the industry partners we work with. Matt has done an exceptional job leading the school over the past year in his interim role and I strongly believe he is the best person to lead the School of Skilled Trades into the future.” - Sue Fitzsimmons, VP academic and provost, 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 34,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 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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