Nazim Merali joins NAIT executive as vice-president administration and CFO

Published on December 20, 2022

NAIT is pleased to announce the appointment of Nazim Merali to the position of vice-president administration and CFO. 

Merali joined NAIT as the interim vice-president administration and CFO on September 26, 2022. 

With more than 30 years of experience in strategic financial leadership across the post-secondary, healthcare and manufacturing industries, Merali brings to NAIT a wealth of knowledge in finance operations, change management, governance and business growth. 

Merali spent seven years as the CFO and associate vice-president at the University of Alberta and another eight years as the CFO at Caritas Health Group. He began his career as an auditor, first at the Government of Alberta and later at the Misericordia Community Hospital. Most recently, he served as the interim vice-president finance and administration and senior advisor to the president at Northwestern Polytechnic. 

Merali’s appointment is effective immediately. His portfolio includes finance and corporate services, risk management services, information and technology services, facilities management and development and general counsel.   

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“Nazim has a strong track record in leading organizations through complex financial and operational transformations. Since joining NAIT in September, Nazim has done an excellent job assessing NAIT’s current finances while planning the polytechnic’s long-term financial effectiveness and sustainability. We are pleased to welcome Nazim as a permanent member of NAIT’s executive team.” - Laura Jo Gunter, NAIT President & CEO 

“I am very happy to be joining the NAIT team on a permanent basis. Ensuring the financial sustainability of the polytechnic—now and in the future—is a top priority, and I am looking forward to continuing my work with a dedicated team of professionals to achieve this.” - Nazim Merali, VP Administration and CFO 

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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