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New Tools for Student Success

SAIT students have some new high-tech tools to help them achieve success thanks to four major gifts totaling more than $5 million. The donations include an executive jet aircraft, a digital printing press, a simulator for petroleum engineering technology, and funds to support counselling and academic assistance.

A Cessna 560 Citation Ultra twin-engine corporate jet aircraft worth $2.5 million was donated by Wayne Henuset, the owner of Willow Park Wines and Spirits and Richard Stewart of Visions Electronics.

“I just think it’s a way of giving back to SAIT and the community,” says Henuset. “It will become a practical tool for instructors to use that will help aeronautics students when they go out and work in their industry."

The MacPhail School of Energy now has a $1 million Coil Tubing Simulator thanks to Gordon Dibb, co-founder of Calfrac Well Services Ltd. SAIT is the only post-secondary to have this high tech teaching tool to help teach students learn a complex process of pumping material through a long tube into oil or gas wells to optimize production. 

The School of Information and Communications Technology has a new state-of-the-art digital printing press thanks to a $850,000 gift from Xerox Canada. SAIT is also the only post-secondary in Canada to have a Xerox iGen4TM press which will help prepare Graphic Communications and Print Technology students adapt as their industry switched to digital. 

SAIT’s Lamb Learner Centre and the I.G. Lewis Student Emergency Fund received an injection of resources thanks to a $700,000 gift from Trevor and Gail Lamb. Trevor, PT ’97 is founder of Three Streams Engineering. He credits his SAIT education as a major contributor to his success. The Lamb family’s experience with learning challenges inspired the largest individual gift to SAIT’s Centre for Academic Learner Services that houses the centre which provides personal and academic counselling to students.  

"These gifts ensure SAIT students have cutting-edge technology and resources at their fingertips for the highest-quality training," says Dr. David Ross, President and CEO of SAIT. "Thanks to our supporters, we continue to set our students up for successful careers in industry."

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