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SAIT Originals

The faces of SAIT Alumni will be popping up online, in newspapers, movie theatres and transit stations around Alberta.

The stunning portraits are part of SAIT's new campaign — Where Originals are Made — which demonstrates the passion, drive and entrepreneurial spirit of SAIT graduates and students.

The campaign will launch with alumni who are proven leaders — Paul Rogalski, Adam Loria & Jennifer Carlson.

During their photo shoots, we went behind the scenes to learn a thing or two about their success:

Paul Rogalski

Professional Cooking '86
Culinary Director/Owner of Rouge Restaurant and Bistro Rouge

Paul Rogalski has been drawing attention in culinary circles since receiving his first international cooking medal as a SAIT student during the Food Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge in Singapore. By age 26 he was the head chef of Calgary's revered La Chaumière Restaurant.

Rogalski was named one of Alberta Venture's 50 Most Influential People in 2011, one of Business in Calgary magazine's Twenty Business Leaders of Tomorrow and Independent Restaurateur of the Year by FoodServiceWorld. 

With Rogalski at the helm, Rouge received a Restaurant of the Year nod from Avenue Magazine in 2010 and has been named one of the World's Top 100 Restaurants on the prestigious San Pellegrino list.

Adam Loria

Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic '05
Public Education Officer, Alberta Emergency Medical Services

Adam Loria registered in SAIT's Emergency Medical Responder program before he even graduated from St. Francis High School in Calgary. Within four years he was a certified paramedic, and soon after that he was helping people in crisis 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. As the face of EMS, Loria is charged with media relations, community relations, public affairs and public injury prevention.

Jennifer Carlson

Business Administration '98
Founder, Baby Gourmet

The first time Jennifer Carlson served her six-month old daughter a jar of bland baby food became the genesis of Baby Gourmet Foods Inc. In 2006, Carlson teamed up with her sister to produce organic, innovative and delicious baby foods to be sold at the Calgary Farmer's Market. Today, her products are sold at most major retailers like Superstore and Walmart. 

Carlson was awarded Ernst & Young's Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011 and was the recipient of the Star Women in Grocery award in 2012. She also contributes to Huffington Post Canada as a parenting expert and is a motivational speaker for women, entrepreneurs and busy moms.

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