NAIT welcomes Gerard Hayes as vice-president students and campus life

Published on April 08, 2022

NAIT is pleased to welcome Gerard Hayes as the polytechnic’s new vice-president students and campus life. Hayes brings more than 30 years of post-secondary leadership in student campus experience to his new role, which he will begin on May 2, 2022. 

As vice-president students and campus life, Hayes will focus on providing students with an exceptional experience outside of the classroom, through services that support their success. His leadership will help the polytechnic achieve the goals outlined in the institute’s strategic plan, The NAIT Effect, including building a diverse and inclusive community and vibrant campuses. 

Prior to joining NAIT, Hayes spent seven years as the director of Student Experience and Business Services at George Brown College in Toronto where he focused on enhancing the student experience outside the classroom.  

Before joining George Brown College, Hayes spent 14 years at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops as the director of Ancillary Services. Hayes also spent nine years at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, where he directed all activity for the university’s residence and apartment complex, focusing on residential life, mental health and wellness, staffing, maintenance and operations for 14 buildings that housed over 2,000 students. 




“I am thrilled to join NAIT and become part of “The NAIT Effect”. I look forward to partnering with the entire NAIT community, including students and student leaders, as we work together to further enhance the student experience on NAIT campuses. I am excited about the possibilities ahead of us to create a vibrant, inclusive and safe campus for everyone.” - Gerard Hayes, NAIT Vice-President Students and Campus Life 

“I am very pleased to welcome Gerard Hayes as our new Vice-President Students and Campus Life. NAIT is committed to the success of learners, and providing a positive, inclusive polytechnic experience is integral to their success. Gerard’s long history of enhancing and enriching the student experience and enhancing a vibrant campus life will be instrumental in this commitment, and I look forward to the knowledge and expertise he will bring to his role and to our executive table.” - Laura Jo Gunter, NAIT President & CEO   


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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