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Fall 2017 Valedictorian

Samantha Pelletier, Valedictorian Fall 2017

Samantha Pelletier, Valedictorian
October 17, 2017

Administrative Information Management, School of Business

Samantha, a member of the Siksika Nation, was born and raised in Calgary. Her hard work and big dreams have brought her to this ceremony.

Married for 15 years and a devoted mother of two active hockey-loving boys, nine and 13, the thought of leaving a full-time job of eight years and balancing her home life with school was a difficult decision. Samantha learned to successfully juggle being a full-time mom, a student, a busy work life (20 hours a week on the night shift) and being an avid volunteer.

Samantha didn’t want to “just settle” in life. She wanted to show her boys they can accomplish anything if they work hard.

During her two years at SAIT, Samantha faced personal obstacles. He husband was out of work twice due to injuries and her father fell seriously ill. She continued her volunteer schedule along with her sons’ crazy hockey schedules. All the while, Samantha excelled in her programs.

Today, Samantha graduates with honours from the Administrative Information Management diploma program and has been accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royals Roads University. She will start the two-year program in March 2019.

Spring 2017 Valedictorians

SAIT Valedictorian Hector Flores Mendoza

Hector Flores Mendoza, Valedictorian
June 13, 2017

New Media Production and Design, School of Information and Communications Technologies

Hector Flores was born in Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and a Master of Business Administration. In 2009, Hector enjoyed a road trip along Canada's west coast and fell in love with this country. He decided to pursue a better and safer life for his family and chose SAIT as the lynchpin to build the foundations of a new life. At SAIT, he collaborated with the Student Calling Program, the Alumni and Development Department and Xdocs creative studio.

SAIT Valedictorian Tyler Kobayashi

Tyler Kobayashi, Valedictorian
June 14, 2017

Petroleum Engineering Technology, MacPhail School of Energy

Post-secondary education was only a dream for Tyler until getting accepted into the Skills Investment Program at SAIT. Upon completion of seven upgrading courses, Tyler was accepted into the Petroleum Engineering Technology program. Making the most of his time at SAIT, Tyler connected with many students and industry personnel, which secured him a position with Yangarra Resources Ltd. immediately after graduating from the program. Tyler continues to give back to the Petroleum Engineering Technology program by remaining on the Advisory Committee, mentoring students entering their second year of the program, and as an industry advisor to the Student Petroleum Society.

SAIT Valedictorian Katerina Giyasova

Yekaterina Giyasova, Valedictorian
June 14, 2017

Bachelor of Business Administration, School of Business

Katerina landed in Canada seven years ago. When she had the means to afford an education, Katerina chose SAIT. Katerina became president of the SAIT Accounting Society, a CPA Ambassador, a KPMG Ambassador, and secured a job with KPMG (one of the Big Four) 18 months before graduating.  Being awarded the first President's Medal was Katerina's biggest accomplishment until being selected as valedictorian. She plans to continue "shining for SAIT and all future SAIT students."

SAIT Valedictorian Noha Mohammad

Noha Mohammad, Valedictorian
June 15, 2017 

Civil Engineering Technology, School of Construction 

The constant in Noha's life journey has been her focus on family. Seeking happiness and security, she immigrated to Canada to start a new life and enrolled at SAIT. The Civil Engineering Technology program gave her an opportunity to explore Canadian culture and network with industry in her new home. SAIT's degree boosted Noha's career and became a turning point in her life giving her the energy and confidence to succeed in her future plans.