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SAIT's President honours students, partners and history

Left to right: Hamzah Al-Hakime, SAIT President and CEO, Dr. David Ross, and Yekaterina Giyasova. Al-Hakime and Giyasova are the inaugural recipients of the President's Medal for students who help improve campus life, show leadership in building SAIT's connection with industry and strenthen its reputation in the community.

A new student award has been created by SAIT President and CEO Dr. David Ross in honour of our centennial. Ross introduced the award at a dinner for donors and supporters on Thursday,
March 9.

The President's Medal is for individual students who help improve campus life, show leadership in building SAIT's connection with industry and strengthening its reputation in the community. The inaugural recipients are Hamzah Al-Hakime who emigrated from Yemen to study Power Engineering and Yekaterina (Kat) Giyasova, a student in the Professional Accounting program.

Al-Akime serves as vice-president of the SAIT Power Engineering Society. Giyasova is president of the Accounting Society and a student ambassador to the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and KPMG. Both students have maintained a 3.9 GPA. As well as being recognized at the President's Dinner they will be acknowledged at graduation ceremonies in June.

Student leaders and industry partners

Ross also presented the President's Student Leadership Award to the ISA-SAIT Instrumentation Club which organizes an annual international competition for Instrumentation students.

RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) was presented the President's Partnership Award for its long standing financial support of a variety of SAIT programs and projects including research into green building technology, Chinook Lodge Resource Centre which serves Indigenous students, and the SAIT Trojans' award-winning Make Some Noise for Mental Health awareness project.

SAIT's heritage was also acknowleged by bestowing the President's Cornerstone Award posthumously on Dr. James C. Miller who was the first principal of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art which eventually became SAIT. Miller was tapped by the provincial government to establish the institute 100 years ago in order to train war veterans who would support Alberta's growing economy.

Future focus

The theme for this year's President's Dinner was "Focus Futures." Speaking to an audience of about 300 people, Ross explained that SAIT is keenly aware of its second century.

"SAIT strives to prepare for what's coming, and what's coming now is remarkable. Technology is opening up a world full of what-ifs. The future of work is evolving and SAIT is ready to evolve along with it. As new technologies develop and more new jobs emerge, we're ready to meet industry needs with the right skills at the right time - that much hasn't changed in 100 years, and it won't change in 100 more."

As attendees left the dinner, they participated in SAIT's Centennial 100 Project Project by dropping a token in a container to designate funds to one of three of student awards.


Thank you to our event sponsors

The Globe and Mail Shaw Xerox
Mawer PCL Construction Leaders Qualico
ConocoPhillips Bowen
FMAV Orange Frog Productions

Written by Eric Rosenbaum
Photos by Brian Buchsdruecker