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Celebrating 30 Years of Alumni Awards

In 1988, SAIT awarded the first Distinguished Alumni Award to Art Dixon (WIRE '42) for his contributions to business and the community. Thirty years later, graduates are still being honoured for their outstanding achievements and their impact on SAIT and the communities where they live and work.

Read updates from past Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Established in 1988, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes SAIT graduates who demonstrates leadership skills, achievements in business or industry, contributions to the community and a history of support for SAIT.

Congratulations to the 2017 SAIT Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

Victor Buffalo
Chemical Technology 1964

Victor Buffalo, 2017 SAIT Distinguished Alumnus

Working to build a brighter future for his people through education and economic development, Victor served as Chief of the Samson Cree Nation, co-founded the Peace Hills Trust Company, built four state-of-the-art schools, established the Samson Education Trust Fund and received the Order of Canada for his efforts.

David Sartorelli (1957-2014)
Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic 1982

David Sartorelli, 2017 SAIT Distinguished Alumnus

As a paramedic in Calgary's downtown core for 32 years, David Sartorelli was known for sharing a kind word, a reassuring touch, and advocating for patients who weren't being heard. He was the first person to receive both the Alberta College of Paramedics Award of Excellence and the Federal Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal.

2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients

In addition to the Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2009 SAIT introduced the Outstanding Young Alumni Award to recognize SAIT graduates who had graduated within the past 10 years and are 35 years or younger, have proven leadership skills, have excelled in their careers and have made outstanding contributions to the community.

Congratulations to the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients.

Nicky Nash
Business Administration 2008

Nicky Nash, 2017 SAIT Outstanding Young Alumna

Contributing to the community is second nature to Nicky Nash. At Kids Up Front Calgary, Nicky and her team work with 230 partner agencies to distribute donated tickets for events such as hockey games, concerts and plays to youth who are experiencing poverty, abuse, illness or disability.

Avree Bujaczek
B.Sc. Construction Project Management 2015

Avree Bujaczek, 2017 SAIT Outstanding Young Alumna

There's a generation gap in the construction industry, and 29-year-old Avree Bujaczek is determined to address it. She knows first-hand the rewards of construction work, having been involved in projects ranging from the Airport Trail tunnel and new runway, to flood mitigation at the Calgary Zoo. 

Albert Myles Mejia
Aircraft Structures Technician 2010, Business Administration 2014

Albert Myles Mejia, 2017 SAIT Outstanding Young Alumnus

This 27-year-old designer and entrepreneur owns his own streetwear company, is a professional dancer who co-founded Empirical Freedom, and he is also the founder of YYC SOLEdiers —a community of people passionate about sneakers.