Isabelle Nault joins NSCAD as new AVP, Operations

NSCAD University is pleased to announce Isabelle Nault as its new Associate Vice President (AVP), Operations.

Nault will take the lead on university operations and administration. Her first day on the job is today, November 9, 2020.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Isabelle to the NSCAD family as our first AVP Operations. She will assume leadership of future major capital construction projects, and the ongoing infrastructure operations of the university,” said Sarah McKinnon, PhD, Interim President, NSCAD University. “She has significant knowledge of facility planning and project management. With this experience, Isabelle will help NSCAD design a robust infrastructure plan that prepares us for the future.”

As AVP Operations, Nault will also provide strategic oversight to NSCAD’s administration portfolios, specifically facilities, HR and IT, to ensure efficient operations. She comes to NSCAD after serving as manager of architecture and design at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and also has more than 10 years of experience in the public sector working in defence construction.

“I’m very excited to join the NSCAD family and I’m looking forward to working in such a dynamic, and diverse environment,” said Nault. “The variety of my experience has prepared me well to manage major capital and infrastructure projects, as well as provide leadership in alignment with the university’s vision.”

Nault has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout her career, everything from sports facilities and labs to studios and offices. This includes leading and overseeing work on heritage buildings across Queen’s University – buildings that were constructed in the 1880s.

“I find the role of AVP Operations very compelling,” said Nault. “I’m really excited to apply the skills and experience I have acquired over the years to benefit NSCAD students, faculty and staff, as well as the local arts community.”

Nault has earned numerous academic accomplishments, including a graduate diploma in architecture from Athabasca University, along with an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Université de Montréal. She is also certified in workplace mental health leadership, and brings to NSCAD a wealth of project management experience, such as budgets, schedules and contract expertise, and accessibility and inclusion.