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Dec. 01, 2022

Sandvik Coromant and NAIT continue to shape future of machining

NAIT’s machinist students keep ahead of the innovation curve with renewed support from long-standing industry partner, Sandvik Coromant.

Nov. 30, 2022

Touchpoints of influence

Machinist apprentice chats about his journey to a career in trades and the impact of receiving NAIT student awards.

Nov. 28, 2022

NAIT bursary comes through in the clutch

A fateful late-night email helps business management student regain momentum and meet program requirements.

Nov. 15, 2022

PCL Student Awards 2022

Congratulations to 22 NAIT students on receiving PCL Century of Construction Excellence and Vanguard awards for their academic success.

Nov. 03, 2022

Myshak Group of Companies champions hands-on learning

More than $1.2 million in equipment and scholarships supports future crane operators

Oct. 18, 2022

$15 million province-wide investment to fund scholarships for construction careers

Residential homebuilders are laying a strong foundation to help build the next generation of skilled tradespeople, thanks to a $15 million investment campaign.

Sep. 29, 2022

Doug Wotherspoon shares why he gives through NAIT it Forward

NAIT’s director of enterprise CRM, Doug Wotherspoon, shares his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy and how changing simple habits can help students in need.

Sep. 21, 2022

Harnessing the power of education to create a legacy of opportunity

One of NAIT’s most philanthropic individual donors prior to her passing earlier this year, Lucille MacPherson dedicated her life to helping others.

Sep. 21, 2022

Sinclair Supply Ltd. celebrates 75 years by establishing NAIT endowment

NAIT students benefit from $75K endowment, created to celebrate Sinclair Supply Ltd.’s 75 years in business.

Sep. 20, 2022

NAIT's MRI students enrich their education through gift-in-kind from MIC Medical Imaging

MIC Medical Imaging offers the use of MRI space, equipment and staff oversight to give students hands-on experience generating MRI diagnostic images.

Sandvik Coromant Student Awards

Thanks to a generous gift from Sandvik Coromant, 12 students in Machinist Technology received financial support in their studies. Meet the students and hear what this gift means to them!

PCL award winners celebrated

Congratulations to 16 NAIT students on receiving PCL Century of Construction Excellence awards for their academic success. Thank you to PCL Construction for supporting NAIT students.

Mar. 03, 2022

TD Bank Group supports aspiring NAIT entrepreneurs to move their ideas forward

TD Bank provides more NAIT students with the opportunity to seek guidance and mentorship to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses

Feb. 22, 2022

A focused philanthropist

For his leadership as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Ashif Mawji is the 2021 Distinguished Friend of the Institute

Feb. 22, 2022

An essential partnership

Dow Canada was named Distinguished Industry Partner for its commitment to polytechnic education, sustainability and diversity and inclusion

Dec. 20, 2021

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation extends partnership with NAIT through 2023-24

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has signed a three-year pledge with NAIT to provide student athletes in the polytechnic’s men’s and women’s hockey programs with scholarships.

Oct. 29, 2021

Calian donates in-kind software to Centre for Applied Disaster Emergency Management

Calian’s simulation software will help NAIT train students and industry for communicating during emergency situations.

Donation provides a well of data

Thanks to geoLOGIC systems ltd., students will learn to use data essential to their success in the oil and gas field.

Scholarships make goals possible

Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, NAIT student athletes have access to scholarships to succeed on the ice and in the classroom.

Jun. 15, 2021

In-kind donation helps students learn with the latest smart building hnology

Schneider Electric’s in-kind donation to help students implement efficient and sustainable solutions for building systems maintenance and management.

2020 Donor Report

We are proud to share the collective impact and stories of how people like you – our industry partners, alumni and friends – are making a difference on our community each and every day.

Apr. 28, 2021

Donor helps people succeed through scholarships and personal fitness

NAIT graduate Mark Kay is committed to giving back to his profession by supporting Personal Fitness Trainer students.

Apr. 28, 2021

Get to know more about NAIT's president and CEO

NAIT's seventh president and CEO Laura Jo Gunter shares a bit about herself and her vision for NAIT.

Apr. 22, 2021

Scholarships help student provide a better life for her family

As the sole provider for her family, one of the most difficult – and rewarding – decisions Samantha Richards ever made was taking the leap of faith to make a career change.

Announcing our NAIT Celebrates Award Recipients

We are proud to celebrate our friends, alumni and industry partners who are doing remarkable things in our community and beyond.

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Feb. 16, 2021

Leader’s success tied to strong circle of support

Brent Hesje receives the Distinguished Friend of the Institute Award.

Feb. 16, 2021

Partnership built on investments in skilled talent and innovation

Spartan Controls receives the inaugural Distinguished Industry Partner Award.

Jan. 27, 2021

$1M anonymous donation to bolster student financial aid at NAIT

Endowment to create eight $5,000 bursaries for science and technology students

Nov. 19, 2020

Long-time donor and alumnus recognized for supporting education

Orest Myroon is among donors celebrated for National Philanthropy Day.

Making career success possible

Meet the NAIT student recipients of the PCL Century of Construction Excellence Awards.

Sep. 25, 2020

A well-measured career leads to gift for student awards

Bursary donor honours his life’s work as a surveyor and entrepreneur by supporting geomatics students.

Sep. 22, 2020

Donation brings manufacturing robotic automation to NAIT

Dow Canada provides students with robots to learn about safety and automation.

Sep. 22, 2020

Donors respond to the call for help

How the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund came to students’ aid during the pandemic.

Sep. 22, 2020

RBC Future Launch helps grads compete in challenging job market

Networking platform provides students and alumni with connection to professionals and industry.

Sep. 22, 2020

Remembering a telecom giant

See the enduring impact of long-time friend and the namesake of the JR Shaw School of Business.

Aug. 04, 2020

The miracle maker: Animal health scholarship named for dedicated vet

Carla Cumming Sojonky establishes endowment to improve animal welfare.

May. 15, 2020

A challenge inspires students to think creatively

Students pitch ideas to reimagine home buying

May. 15, 2020

A message from the President and CEO

NAIT has a history of working together with industry, alumni and friends to find solutions and help one another

May. 15, 2020

Emergency bursary gives student hope and a home

Willow Shelley is thankful to donors for helping her when she needed it most

May. 15, 2020

Sowing the seeds of social entrepreneurship

Scholarship recipient Jonathan Mui is making a difference in his community - one plant at a time.

May. 15, 2020

Working together to overcome challenges

When NAIT cancelled in-person classes to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the entire campus united in inspiring ways

Mar. 04, 2020

Partnership supports skills training for safer workplaces and environment

IR Supplies and Services donates equipment for non-destructive testing

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Nov. 18, 2019

Partnership supports next generation of machinists

Sandvik Coromant helps students practice hands-on skills

Nov. 05, 2019

Memorial bursary dedicated to future paramedics

Bursary honours Edmonton paramedic for his compassion and perseverance

Nov. 01, 2019

Retired instructor marks decades-long career with a gift

Mel Gowda creates a bequest in her will to support future students

Sep. 17, 2019

A family’s dream comes full circle

Scholarship recipient follows in mother’s footsteps

Jun. 21, 2019

NAIT receives national award for donor relations

The award recognizes celebration of record-setting fundraising campaign

May. 10, 2019

Ashif Mawji honoured for supporting entrepreneurship

Mawji Centre founder inducted into the Alberta Business Hall of Fame

Apr. 15, 2019

Student mental health gets a hand up

Donors help students access anxiety reducing fitness program.

Apr. 12, 2019

Bursaries a key ingredient for success

Recent graduate gives back to Baking and Pastry Arts students

Apr. 12, 2019

Flight and fight

Emergency bursaries help student overcome loss after devastating fire.

Apr. 12, 2019

Scholarships support best in class

NAIT hospitality instructor gives back to her profession with scholarships

Nov. 09, 2018

A student's mission to help struggling students

Mental health support a critical resource to student success.

An 'Essential' moment in history: NAIT raises record $125M in donations

Three-and-a-half years and more than 4,200 supporters added up to a record-breaking $125 million in donations for NAIT students, applied research and campus growth.

May. 31, 2018

Former Sinclair Supply president led with a generous heart

Dan Sorochan’s belief in people underpin his business and support for community.

May. 31, 2018

Heavy equipment grad ‘never gave up’ in face of adversity

Megan Shechosky wants to be a role model and help other women succeed in the trades.

May. 31, 2018

Zedi’s technology supports student capstone project

NAIT students create tool to gather data on emerging technology in wireless internet connectivity.

May. 30, 2018

WBM partnership boosts NAIT summer camps

The donation ensures 30 kids enjoy a fun summer of learning.

May. 28, 2018

Education opens doors to a better life

NAIT alum remembers early struggles as a student with donation to bursaries.

May. 28, 2018

Scholarships help new mom pursue dreams

Sadie Holt thankful to the donors who helped her graduate.

May. 28, 2018

Strong ties build community

NAIT alum Jason Gregor supports bursaries for next generation of radio talent.

May. 25, 2018

Partnership to boost career skills

RBC Foundation supports students to thrive in the workforce.

A transformational gift for NAIT

We believe collaboration and innovation go hand in hand in solving today’s industry challenges, creating a bright future for the communities where we work and live. – Grant Wilde, Spartan Controls

May. 16, 2018

Exercise program strengthens students' mental health

Donation from NAIT alumna Linda Haymour helps students deal with stress and anxiety.

May. 16, 2018

Scholarships help student on his path to convocation

Recent Alternative Energy Technology grad Chris Crevier looks back on how scholarships supported his success.

Community-minded couple supports bright students

Arnold and Grace Rumbold have been part of the Edmonton community for 60 years. Now they want to help students gain access to rewarding, lifelong careers.

Industry trailblazer supports Forestry Technology students

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Al Owen wanted to contribute to the forest industry that he built his career upon, so he established a scholarship endowment at NAIT. Lucas was the 2015 recipient.

NAIT grads say thanks

This year, NAIT students received $6 million in scholarships and bursaries. Celebrating convocation, recipients were thankful for the Essential Effect donors have had on their education.

ProCura supports next generation of professionals

More than 40 students receive $40,000 in scholarships from ProCura Real Estate Services.

Apr. 30, 2018

McCoy Global invests to move technology forward

Partnership with NAIT helps industry meet evolving technological challenges.

Cisco Canada supports learning innovation

“Our partnership with NAIT is a critical part of our commitment to improving educational experiences for students and catalyzing innovation both here and around the world.” - Al Amiri, Cisco Canada

Apr. 25, 2018

Opening doors for residential design

NAIT grads support architectural technology students with scholarships and mentorship.

Apr. 24, 2018

Therapy dogs have a PAWS-itive effect on students

Support confirms how Flynn and assisted animal therapy helps reduce stress and anxiety one student at a time.

Global leader renews support for machinist education

“Technology has changed at a faster pace and the manufacturing industry is in need of skilled, qualified employees that will drive innovation.” - Tom Henry, Sandvik Coromant

Apr. 19, 2018

Forest reclamation follows nature’s blueprint

NAIT’s Boreal Research Institute teams with industry to transform industrial sites into vibrant forests.

Apr. 12, 2018

Overcoming barriers to academic success

NAIT staffer honours parents' memory with bursaries to help students in need.

NAIT grad supports single parents with bursaries

A year after graduation, Andrew Golbeck created bursaries to help hardworking, single parents. In 2015, Dawit Tesfazghi received the bursary and says the support helped him achieve his dreams.

A big boost to scholarships

As one of NAIT’s biggest scholarship boosters, Argus Machine helped more than 300 machinist and business students. Here’s a look back at what Kris Mauthe had to say in 2015 about why they support.

Mar. 29, 2018

Company invests in NAIT students to help improve lives

Gilead supports students who contribute to the manufacturing of life-saving medicine.

Giving students the tools to learn

Scholarships gave apprentice Kathleen Mahoney the tools to learn. Here's a look back to when she first began her educational journey.

Mar. 28, 2018

Forestry company has deep roots at NAIT

Millar Western supports forestry students to stay on the cutting-edge.

Mar. 28, 2018

Success starts with 'in-your-face training'

How Clark Builders supports NAIT students and invests in the future.

Mar. 26, 2018

Carpentry scholarship builds student success

Patrick A. R. Smith Memorial Endowed Fund established in memory of former instructor.

A smooth transition from student to graduate

Since receiving scholarships, Taylor J. Oliwa graduated. Today, he says he’s grateful for the support, which helped him transition into a rewarding career.

Life changing support

Anna Hammermeister captures diagnostic images that help patients during potential emergencies. The scholarships she received during her time as a student has made her career possible.

Mar. 23, 2018

Endowment honours former dean

After Ellen Hughes retired, partner Elaine established scholarships to support the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs.

Mar. 22, 2018

Alum creates new venture in custom weather forecasting

How NAIT graduate and storm chaser Nevin deMilliano turned a unique hobby into a business.

Mar. 21, 2018

Water a source of inspiration, cycle of giving

Alumnus sees importance of investing in water resources and students’ learning.

Mar. 20, 2018

Lifelong lessons about generosity

Carpentry alumnus Roger Dootson reflects back on his career and his support for the community.

Mar. 16, 2018

Scholarships help graduate spread her wings and fly

Recipient Sandra Prystupa finds career in the aviation industry to make the skies safer.

Mar. 16, 2018

Auto scholarship part of a proud family tradition

David Lazaruk’s memorial gift celebrates his father’s support of NAIT automotive apprentices

Mar. 16, 2018

Bursary supports the full NAIT student experience

Alumnus Georg Wowk encourages students to get involved and pursue learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

Mar. 16, 2018

Partnership connects builder with potential employees

PCL Construction believes NAIT-trained graduates have a valuable role in its growth

Donations a key to student’s success

Back when he was a NAIT business student, Daniel Petty says scholarships unlocked doors that boosted his career. Today he works as a sales professional for an international business.

Mar. 13, 2018

Student goes from automotive shops to world stage

Aaron Taves credits NAIT and industry donors for his world-class performance at WorldSkills in Abu Dhabi.

Mar. 12, 2018

Crane operator soars to new heights

Morgan Bosch proudly serves as a role model for young women in trades.

Mar. 09, 2018

CAE manikins push students’ limits

CAE Healthcare partnership prepares students through simulation.

Gift honours local leader and builds communities

NAIT unveils the Melton Crane and Hoisting Building named for Melcor Developments chairman.

Mar. 08, 2018

Instructor pays it forward to students

NAIT instructor and donor Garry Wilson shares why community is so important.

Mar. 08, 2018

International student seizes opportunity at NAIT

Jagrit Bajwa isn't just living the Canadian dream — he's living proof that opportunity, work ethic and a NAIT education open doors to a better future.