Cadmus Teaching Chair
Founded by John Aldred, a British immigrant who attended SAIT in the 1960s, the Cadmus Trades Teaching Chair fosters faculty excellence in skilled trades teaching and allows instructors to develop a project, idea or concept to enhance trades education.
CADMUS award details
The award provides the recipient with the following:
- $2,500 for items such as tools, equipment and personal computers
- up to $17,500 to fund professional development activities,
- promote the trades, mentor other instructors and complete project work that will enhance program quality
- an off-load of up to four months to work on their project.
2023/24 Cadmus Teaching Chair Recipient
Tim Wong, School of Manufacturing and Automation
Tim Wong, an instructor at the School of Manufacturing and Automation, was awarded the 2023/24 Cadmus Trades Teaching Chair Award for his Machinist Outreach Program project, which aims to grow awareness for machining as a career option in secondary schools.
Born from reflecting on his gap in understanding of what a career in machining could look like, Wong realized many high school shop classes are equipped to teach machining skills but lack awareness and knowledge of the trade.
Working closely with SAIT’s Strategic Youth Initiatives, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District, Wong will connect with shop instructors interested in teaching machining skills. His Machinist Outreach Program will be executed through an online module currently in development and hands-on learning.
Wong was also named the 2023 Alumni of the Year by Skills Alberta. As a former provincial and national competitor in Precision Machining, he is now an influential member of the Provincial Technical Committee.
2018/19: Andrew Samek - School of Manufacturing and Automation
Andrew Samek took a look at the established trades of blacksmithing and bladesmithing. Samek looked at plans for a facility to house the equipment and tools needed to translate creative ideas into metal. With increased interest in blacksmithing, with popular shows like Forged in Fire, Samek is showcasing the creativity behind the traditional trades.
2018/19: Jordan Persson - School of Manufacturing and Automation
Jordan Persson is bringing mentorship into the 21st century. Persson piloted a web-based video mentorship program for millwrights and machinist apprentices, and industry mentors. Persson saw an opportunity in technology to make mentorship more convenient – apprentices and industry mentors can meet online. Apprentices can receive impartial advice and encouragement to help them excel in their careers.
2017/18: Robin Greig - School of Manufacturing and Automation
Robin Greig took his love for MakerSpace and launched it successfully at SAIT. The MakerSpace in Thomas Riley provides campus-wide access to 3D printers, CNC routers, Raspberry Pi computers and Arduino. The space offers an environment for creativity and collaboration between students in different programs. Instructors and students from across campus and in many programs come together as a community to share their expertise, solve problems and create. MakerSpaces are not just for the mechanical and technical but for the artistic.
2016/17: Darcy Wallace - School of Transportation
After observing how each student learns differently, Darcy Wallace wanted to bring technology into the classroom. While some students learn by listening, reading, seeing or doing, some need to be able to interact with their learning materials with technology. Wallace ensured that visual and experiential learning didn’t get left behind by creating a suite of augmented reality tools – animations, illustrations, video tutorials and three-dimensional exploded views – that students could launch with their smartphones.
- 2015/16 - Mick McGowan - School of Construction
- 2014/15 - Adam Medrek - School of Manufacturing and Automation
- 2014/15 - Rosalyn Ediger - School of Hospitality and Tourism
- 2013/14 - Todd Green - School of Transportation
- 2012/13 - Dan Weinert - School of Construction
- 2011/12 - Derrick MacAskill - School of Manufacturing and Automation
- 2010/11 - Andrew Hewson - School of Hospitality and Tourism
- 2009/10 - Randy Croft - School of Construction
- 2008/09 - Darwin Schatz - School of Transportation
- 2007/08 - Georg Windisch - School of Hospitality and Tourism
- 2006/07 - Tom Batchelor - School of Transportation
- 2005/06 - Jack Firth - School of Manufacturing and Automation