President and CEO

Dr. Ray D. Block, PhD, CPA, CGA

Dr. Ray Block, PhD, CPA, CGA, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in December, 2019.

Dr. Block joined NAIT’s Executive Team as Vice-President Administration and Chief Financial Officer in April 2011 following more than two decades of leadership and management experience in a variety of sectors in Alberta, including post-secondary education, health care and financial services. Prior to joining NAIT, Dr. Block served as Vice-President Finance and Administration at Athabasca University. He previously held senior positions at the University of Alberta (Augustana Campus), Alberta Mental Health Board, and other public and private sector organizations.

Dr. Block holds a PhD in Public Health Sciences, a Master of Agriculture in Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce all from the University of Alberta. In addition, he has published articles in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, the Health Care Management Forum and Psychiatry Services from the United States. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.


What is your favorite place on campus?
The Board of Governors meeting room. The view is spectacular and many meaningful discussions have taken place in that room.

What is your favorite/most inspiring quote?
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." – John Wooden

Is there anything people would be surprised to learn about you?
I used to play and sing in a rock & roll band. The "Block & Roll" is thinking about doing a farewell tour.


Phone: 780.471.7889



In accordance with the By-Laws of the NAIT Board of Governors, the responsibilities of the President and CEO are to:

  • Prepare the agenda, under the authority of the Chairman, of each Board meeting.
  • Appoint from staff of the Institute a Secretary to the Board whose responsibilities shall be to give or cause to be given notices for all meetings of the Board or any committee of the Board when directed to do so; prepare and distribute the agenda and Board packages through the Board Link software; prepare and distribute minutes of Board meetings; and maintain records of Board meetings.
  • Execute all duties as Chief Executive Officer as assigned in the President’s job description, and under direction of the Board, lead, supervise, manage and direct the instructional, administrative, and business affairs of the Institute, and exercise such powers and perform such duties as are assigned by the Act, by any other enactment and by the resolutions, by-laws and orders of the Board.
  • Execute on behalf of the Institute, all contracts, documents or instruments in writing requiring the signature of the Board, and all contracts, documents and instruments in writing so executed shall be binding upon the Board and upon the Institute without further authorization or formality.
  • Be responsible for the selection and evaluation or dismissal of any employee, however designated, directly or through their next superior position, for the efficient operation of the organizational unit or functions for which they are responsible.
  • Be the channel of communication from Academic Council in accordance with the Post-Secondary Learning Act.
  • Assist the Board with establishment of goals and the development of policies.
  • Provide such information and advice to the Board as it may require to fulfil its responsibilities under the Post-Secondary Learning Act.
  • Provide such information to the Board as will enable it to assess the Institute's effectiveness and efficiency in achieving its goals and carrying out the mission articulated by the Board.
  • Serve as the communication link between the Board and the Institute’s internal and external constituencies, unless otherwise directed by the Board.
  • Serve as an ex officio and voting member of all standing and ad hoc committees of the Board except in those cases where the Board or its committees are reviewing the exercise of the office and except for the Finance and Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee, where the President shall serve as an ex officio non-voting member.
  • Ensure that appropriate and sufficient staff resources are assigned to provide support services required for effective functioning of the Board including the appointment of a Secretary to the Board.
  • Perform such additional activities and assume such other powers as the Board may specify and delegate.

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The Executive Team

Vice-President Academic and Provost

Sue Fitzsimmons joined NAIT’s executive team as Vice-President Academic in 2016. Her portfolio expanded in 2019 and she assumed the role of Vice-President Academic and Provost.

Vice-President Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Dumont was appointed Vice-President Administration and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in December, 2019

Vice-President Industry Partnerships and Chief Marketing Officer

Sandra Marocco was appointed Vice-President Industry Partnerships and Chief Marketing Officer at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in September 2018.