DR. GLENN FELTHAM | President & CEO @ Northern Alberta Institute (NAIT) | Edmonton, Canada
Dr. Glenn Feltham was appointed President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 2011. As NAIT’s sixth president he 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. Dr. Feltham has a long history of excellence in academic leadership. Prior to joining NAIT, Dr. Feltham served as Dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. Previously, he was the department head of Accounting at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan; a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, where he held the prestigious PotashCorp Chair for Saskatchewan Enterprise and the director of undergraduate business programs in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Can Whales Dance?: What Does Future Innovation in the Construction Sector Look Like?
2017 was a big year for technology innovation in the construction industry, and that pace is unlikely to slow in 2018. This is good news for companies that embrace technology to improve cost, safety, efficiency, and quality of construction but the biggest construction firms have a history of being risk-adverse and late adopters of innovation.
New data is showing, however, that the sector is taking strides to take advantage of emerging technologies. These new technologies range from self-healing concrete, drones, cloud computing, modular construction, and 3D printing to name a few. What will it take for construction companies to keep pace with the exponential growth of technology and how will the winners and losers be determined in this new age of innovation?