Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Centre for Applied Technology renamed Feltham Centre

Building’s opening among major accomplishments of past NAIT president

The legacy of former NAIT president and CEO Dr. Glenn Feltham was celebrated on Aug. 12 at a small ceremony marking the renaming of NAIT’s Centre for Applied Technology. It is now known as the Feltham Centre.

During his nine years at the polytechnic (2011 to 2019), Feltham spearheaded many projects and initiatives that saw NAIT grow in both reputation and size. One of those projects was the construction of the centre, which opened for the 2016 fall term.

As one of the largest simulation-based learning facilities in Canada, the 550,000-square-foot (51,600-square-metre) building is home base to 5,000 full-time students from NAIT’s business, health and life sciences, and applied sciences and technology programs. It houses 45 leading-edge labs and simulation rooms and holds a gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design rating system, making it NAIT’s first building to achieve this certification.

Considered the “heart” of Main Campus, the centre is one of NAIT’s most recognizable spaces.

“I feel blessed to have served as president and CEO of NAIT – there is truly no better institution or people,” says Feltham. “I am moved to be recognized by the naming of this truly polytechnic building. I want to thank NAIT and its board for bestowing this honour upon me.”

Cheerleader in chief

Throughout his time at NAIT, Feltham proudly referred to himself as the institute’s ‘cheerleader in chief’ and played an integral role in advancing its vision of becoming one of the world’s leading polytechnics. He was a champion of hands-on, technology-based education and applied research in partnership with industry.

Feltham was a champion of hands-on, technology-based education.

“Glenn had a profound impact on NAIT during his time as president and CEO – from truly defining what it meant for NAIT to be a polytechnic and creating its collective vision, to securing NAIT’s future through campus development, acquiring land at Blatchford and much, much more,” says Ray Pisani (Management ’84), chair of NAIT’s Board of Governors.

“It is truly fitting to rename the Centre for Applied Technology to Feltham Centre in recognition of his accomplishments.”

NAIT Centre for Applied Technology is now called the Feltham Centre

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