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Another year of impact #HereAtSAIT.
March 2021 – 2022


Looking back on the last year, it may be difficult to see anything beyond the pandemic. But it’s truly been a year of evolution here at SAIT.

Throughout the first full academic year guided by our Strategic Plan, New World. New Thinking., we have strengthened our commitment to create change through innovation and leadership in applied education and research. And through countless lessons in resiliency taken from the past year, the past two or the past century, we’re emerging a stronger institution overall.

While SAIT supports our partners through change as whole industries transform the way they do business, our schools are evolving to create opportunities for our students to be key drivers of the province’s economic growth.

Making predictions during a pandemic has proven virtually impossible, with one exception. This past year has once again demonstrated that regardless of conditions, what SAIT does well is support the success of our students.

That success is our course for the future, and is advanced only through the talent and dedication of our employees, and the mindset of innovation embraced by our entire SAIT community.

Looking forward to a post-pandemic world, how do you go back to the way things were? You don’t. As we keep evolving, we will continue to embed digital literacy and leadership across all programing, leverage our strong industry connections, and develop graduates who will define the workforce of tomorrow. 

This report reflects some of our work over the past year and is a look at where we’re heading next — knowing nothing can stay the same.

Dr. David Ross

President and CEO

Learn a Better Way Forward


As we entered our second year of the global pandemic, the SAIT community continued to build on what we already knew — we're better together. Students, employees and alumni came together to take steps forward. Because how do we go back to the way things were? We don't.

We're building our future.

Chinook Lodge doors

SAIT's Chinook Lodge Celebrates 20 years of serving Indigenous learns

Kanaka bar rebuild

SAIT to help Kanaka Bar rebuild


No one could have predicted how long the pandemic would last — and we still can’t. What we did was move with agility and mindfulness to meet community needs. We’ve evolved our support services for both students and employees — including virtual mental wellness resources and opportunities for connection through employee info sessions and “coffee” meetups.

Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy celebrated its first anniversary and we continue in our commitment to an environment in which all students and employees can thrive.

Love you neighbour hat

Tips for turning your words into gestures of inclusion

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Make a point of promoting positive mental health and well-being


In our first full year led by our strategic plan, New World. New Thinking, we supported our students, employees, industry and partners in a new way of learning and doing. Our School of Information and Communications Technologies merged with our School for Advanced Digital Technology (SADT) to ensure our graduates have the evolving skills necessary to contribute to the economy’s future growth.

We will continue to empower our students, employees and community in digital literacy to succeed.

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We’ve embraced new ways of learning at an accelerated rate. Our students come to SAIT at all stages — high school graduates, mid-career skill enhancers and lifelong learners — and we’re evolving our programs not just to answer the demands of the world around us, but the future.

Our Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Studies launched SAITMicro — delivering in-demand competencies aligned with industry standards and practices. Digital transformation bootcamps launched through SADT gave learners access to short-burst programming to elevate existing credentials, and our ADaPT partnership with Ryerson University allowed new graduates a chance to develop digital literacy skills to transition into employment.

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Shifting career gears: From SAIT to Space X

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New micro-credentials develop in-demand skills


The pandemic and related travel restrictions haven’t stopped our global connections from taking flight. From virtual student exchanges with SAIT students attending classes from all over the world. SAIT is connecting employees, students and alumni beyond borders. We also create opportunities for students to participate in world-renowned international programs like How to Change the World.

SAIT schools — and grads — are recognized on the global stage, with rankings from CEOWORLD Magazine putting both the School of Hospitality and Tourism and School of Business among the top in the world.

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School for Advanced Digital Technology offers opportunity in transformational program

School of business students

In good company — SAIT ranked one of the best business schools in the world


We continue to ignite innovation through our applied research work and by being a thought-leadership connector — solving problems and bringing industry and community leaders to the table to create the path forward. This year, SADT launched the Playbook: Digital Talent Ecosystem 2021, changing the way we think about talent as a resource and working together with the local tech ecosystem to solve our economy’s digital talent gap. Our Applied Research and Innovation Services team led the way in award-winning green building technologies and partnerships to build community infrastructure.

The School for Hospitality and Tourism also inked partnerships for work-integrated learning opportunities with major hospitality names to provide the real-world experience needed for graduates to hit the ground running in a recovering industry.

Glass hotel building

SAIT partners with leading Calgary hotels to embed students in industry

House in the forest

"The Confluence" wins national, international awards in sustainable building


2021 Honorary Degree Recipients

Tom Sampson, Owner, 9Zero Solutions, retired Chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency, 2015 SAIT Distinguished Alumnus

Distinguished Alumni

Shelley Kuipers

Petroleum Engineering Technology ‘87

Entrepreneur and Investor

Mike Lamacchia

Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic ‘90

Chief Operating Officer – Provincial Operations, STARS Air Ambulance

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Doug Braden

Mechanical Engineering Technology ‘11

CTO, The Canadian Shield


Canada Foundation for Innovation – $1M for building integrated renewable energy infrastructure

Industrial Research Chair for Colleges – $1M, Dr. Vita Martez

College and Community Innovation Program Build Innovation Enhancement Grant – $2M, Center for Innovative Research in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Green Building Technologies received the following awards for their work with Woodpecker European Timber Framing on The Conflucence ­­— a home that produces more energy than it uses — in the Alberta Foothills:

SAIT is an Alberta Top Employer for 2021.

CEOWORLD Magazine ranked the School of Business as one of the top 100 business schools in the world and the School of Hospitality and Tourism as one of the top 50 hospitality schools in the world.

Heather Culbert (CT ’79), 2017 Distinguished Alumna, 2014 Honorary degree recipient, past Board Chair, was named the Women’s Energy Council Executive of the Year.

Beta Sigma Tau, SAIT’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, received the top ranking of Distinguished Chapter for the Greater Northwest Region. It also ranked in the Top 100 of 1,400 chapters internationally.

In March 2021, SAIT and Women in Trades and Technology presented their Achievement Award to Melanie Ross and Tracey Chala (AT ’01) for their work with SAIT’s Green Building Technologies team. Jill Timushka received the Catalyst Award, which recognizes someone who is driving change in their field. Emily Pyke received the Futures Award for building inclusivity and equity in her field.

Jennifer Carlson (BA ’98, DA ’16) of Baby Gourment was presented with the Celebration of Achievement Award at the Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Awards in Oct. 2021. The AWE Celebration of Achievement award pays tribute to an exceptional woman entrepreneur who has built a business in Alberta with a significant impact on the economy and the community.

Heritage Hall 100 – The iconic Heritage Hall building is turning 100 this year. We're just getting started with celebrating 100 years of history — tune into our audio series If These Halls Could Talk, and learn more.

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