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SAIT names 2014 Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni

Calgary, AB — SAIT is recognizing a collection of Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni this fall. This year, the post-secondary has chosen multiple people to receive this prestigious recognition.

"SAIT has more than 200,000 alumni and the level of achievement and number of accomplishments led to us wanting to celebrate more of those success stories," says Brian Bowman, Director of Alumni and Development at SAIT. "They are all equally distinguished and outstanding and we are proud to showcase some amazing people this year."

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony on Oct. 30, 2014 at SAIT.

2014 Distinguished Alumni

Stephen HarkeStephen Harke
President, Genesys Certification Services Inc. and Director of Product Development, FLYHT Aerospace

SAIT credentials: Avionics Technology (AXT) 1989, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Technology (AMT) 1982

Stephen Harke is a systems engineer whose work at the helm of a product development team at FLYHT Aerospace has revolutionized the way airlines can track flight data information.

Harke and his team were in the process of refining a technology to distill and stream to aircraft operators via satellite link the flight data (called black box data) that is used by investigators after an aircraft accident. The technology, called AFIRS 228, was essentially seen as an efficiency for the flight industry. But the tragic crash of Air France Flight 447 caused Harke and his team to consider the value of the AFIRS 228 system in such circumstances. The AFIRS 228 could have relayed the aircraft's location and other essential information before the crash. Within seconds, rescue officials would have known exactly where to deploy teams to look for survivors and where to start the recovery.

Today, the AFIRS 228 technology developed by Harke and his team is the only commercially available system capable of streaming black box data in real time via a satellite data link. The system is now a factory-fit option at Airbus, a major international aircraft manufacturer.

Paul RogalskiPaul Rogalski
Chief Culinary Officer and Co-Owner of Rouge Restaurant and Bistro Rouge

SAIT Credentials: Professional Cooking (PCK) 1986

Paul Rogalski, chef and co-owner of Rouge Restaurant and Bistro Rouge, has nourished a reputation for excellence for nearly 30 years. The multiple award winning chef launched his career as head chef at Calgary's revered La Chaumiere restaurant by the age of 26 and, by 2010, had secured an honour of which most restaurateurs only dream — Rouge's ranking on the prestigious San Pellegrino World's Top 100 Restaurants list. Today, Rouge Restaurant and Bistro Rouge, known for their focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients and impeccable preparation, are institutions on the Calgary culinary scene.
Rogalski was Michael Smith's sous-chef on the Food Network's Iron Chef America and served as one of the lead chefs in the athlete's village during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Rogalski was selected as one of Alberta Venture's 50 Most Influential People in 2011, one of the Twenty Business Leaders of Tomorrow by Business in Calgary magazine, and Independent Restaurateur of the Year 2011 by FoodServiceWorld. In 2010, Rouge received a Restaurant of the Year nod from Avenue Magazine.

2014 Outstanding Young Alumni

Rosalyn EdigerRosalyn Ediger
Chef de Cuisine, Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing, China

SAIT Credentials: Professional Cooking (PCK) 2005

Rosalyn Ediger has covered a lot of ground in a nine-year career — literally and figuratively. The 29-year-old chef, who started her career as a sous-chef at Calgary's prestigious Glencoe Club and netted national and international culinary gold medals shortly after graduating from SAIT, has taken her career to impressive places across Asia.

At 23, Ediger boarded a plane to Beijing to embark on a position as a Chef de Cuisine for the official residence at the Embassy of Canada. She learned to speak fluent Mandarin and spent the next four years cooking for ambassadors and visitors including cabinet ministers, dignitaries and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In 2011, Ediger was chosen to conduct training sessions and help establish the Canadian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Today, Ediger is a Chef de Cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing. She was recently featured on a Chinese CCTV 9 cooking show about chefs traveling across China to learn about the cuisine from a city in another region.

Adam LoriaAdam Loria
Paramedic, Public Education Officer, Emergency Medical Services, Alberta Health Services

SAIT credentials: Paramedic (EMTP) 2005, EMT 2002, EMR 2001, Past EMR Instructor

Adam Loria always knew he wanted to help people in crisis and he pursued this passion with drive and dedication. At 22, Loria had completed his education and was working on the front lines as a certified paramedic, helping people in distress and saving lives as a member of Alberta Health Services' EMS team.

In 2009, Loria was promoted to a new role on the front lines of emergency health care, taking a position as a Public Education Officer for Alberta EMS, Calgary. As the face of EMS, Loria reports on operational emergency events and delivers crucial information to the community regarding public safety. During the Southern Alberta floods in 2013, Loria worked around the clock to ensure the public had the information they needed to stay safe during the crisis.

Loria also applies his passion for helping to the community at large, volunteering for the EMS Foundation, the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee, and in the past, the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada.

Catherine OshanekCatherine Oshanek
Owner/Photographer, White Cedar Photography

SAIT credentials: Journalism Arts (JA) 2005

At just 31 years old, photographer and activist Catherine Oshanek has amassed a body of achievement and experience that belies her years.

In the nine years since her graduation, the SAIT valedictorian has secured columns at major newspapers in Calgary and Vancouver and participated on a research and development team that pioneered the conversion of 2D to 3D film and tested movies for such directors as James Cameron, George Lucas and Jerry Bruckheimer. Today, she operates a successful fashion/fitness/commercial photography business — White Cedar Photography — photographing fitness and fashion celebrities internationally and breaking down beauty stereotypes by shooting for VOL•UP•2, a Paris-based magazine for plus-sized fashion.

In 2011, Oshanek launched a bullying awareness campaign called "I've Been Bullied." The campaign uses portraits as the visual heart of the crusade that coordinates teen mentoring, motivational speaking and support by connecting Kids Help Phone counsellors with kids seeking advice via email.

That keen social conscience also prompted Oshanek to roll up her sleeves for 30 straight days following the Southern Alberta floods in June 2013. For these efforts, Oshanek was named a Hero of the Flood by the Alberta Government.

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