Dean, School of Skilled Trades
For over 20 years Malcolm Haines’s passion has been helping to educate and advance the skilled trades in Alberta and Canada. He is a strong and vocal advocate of skilled trades and apprenticeship and uses every opportunity to speak with young people, stakeholders and influencers about the value of the skilled trades as a rewarding career pathway.
Malcolm is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and is also the Vice-President of the Skills Canada Alberta Board. He chaired the Skills Canada Provincial (Alberta) and the National Technical Committees for the sheet metal worker trade until 2005. Malcolm was chosen to be the Canadian Technical Expert and Deputy Chief Expert in his trade of sheet metal for both the 2001 and 2003 WorldSkills competitions.
After completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta, Malcolm began an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker, and completed his technical training at NAIT in 1994. During this time, he earned the top apprentice award in three of his four years of training. He worked as a journeyperson sheet metal worker for the next several years. Malcolm returned to NAIT in 1997 as an instructor in the sheet metal worker program. He was an instructor for six years and then became the associate chair in the sheet metal/insulator/aircraft skin and structure repair cluster for a further three years.
In 2006, Malcom became the Operations Manager and then the Associate Dean in the School of Applied Building Sciences where he was responsible for a broad mix of both apprenticeship and full-time programming. In 2011, with the creation of the School of Trades he continued in the role of Associate Dean and in 2013 he was appointed acting Dean of the school and then assumed the role of Dean in 2014.