Dr. Glenn Feltham

Dr. Glenn Feltham was appointed President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2011.

Dr. Glenn Feltham

"NAIT meets the current and emerging polytechnic needs of Alberta. We exist to serve this province and its people. Every decision we make has been informed by this simple fact."

Dr. Glenn Feltham


What is your favorite place on campus?
There are many spaces at NAIT that I find inspiring, but there is one I find particularly nifty. While rather old-school, I enjoy gazing at the original NAIT mosaic from the North Lobby. For me, it captures what NAIT was, is, and is meant to be.

What is your favorite/most inspiring quote?
My favourite quotes tend to relate to celebration and education. The always wise Oprah noted that, “The more you praise and celebrate …, the more there is in life to celebrate”. And in defining the importance of education John F. Kennedy stated, “A child miseducated, is a child lost.”

Is there anything people would be surprised to learn about you?
I have held many positions in my career, but the longest I have ever been in a role (or in an institution) is as President and CEO of NAIT. And this will be the last position I ever hold!


Phone: 780.471.7704
Email: president@nait.ca

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As NAIT’s sixth president Dr. Glenn Feltham has led the institute toward its vision of becoming one of the world’s leading polytechnics, with a focus on relevance and responsiveness. Under Dr. Feltham’s leadership, NAIT plays an essential role in strengthening Alberta’s and Canada’s economies through hands-on, technology-based education and applied research in partnership with industry.

Beyond his role as President and CEO of NAIT, Dr. Feltham has played a leading role in advancing the post-secondary system in Canada and Alberta. He was Chair of Polytechnics Canada, a national organization which works to elevate the place of polytechnic education and applied research in Canada, and advance our country’s skills agenda. He also Chaired the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA). COPPOA works across all of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions to continue building the strongest possible system.

Educational highlights and professional designations

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Montana
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Montana
  • LLB, Queen’s University Faculty of Law
  • PhD, University of Waterloo School of Accountancy
  • Designated Certified Management Accountant (now CPA CMA)
  • Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (now FCPA, FCMA)
  • Past member of the Law Society of Alberta

Service to community

  • Former chair, Polytechnics Canada
  • Former chair, Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA
  • Former Chair, Taskforce for Teaching Excellence, Alberta Ministry of Education
  • Board member, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Governing Council member, Standards Council of Canada
  • Board member, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Campaign Cabinet member, United Way Alberta Capital Region
  • Former chair, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Former board member, Crown Corporations Council of Manitoba
  • Former board member, Winnipeg Airports Authority

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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