Our course for the future, outlined in SAIT's 2020-2025 strategic plan, embeds digital and leadership literacy across all programs. To achieve this, the School for Advanced Digital Technology was established as a hub for digital technology learning at SAIT.
Our vision is to be a catalyst for industry, technology and education, to identify and train future-proof skills for the workforce of today and tomorrow. A workforce made by SAIT will be armed with the mindset to lead and with the skills — technical and human — to create, to evolve, to make a difference.
Our goal is to produce work-ready graduates who have a growth mindset, entrepreneurial skills and the resilience to adapt to a continually evolving world while retooling existing workers for a diversified digital economy.
It’s a big job and the title says it all — Chief Catalyst. For us, it means leading a school of impact while accelerating existing and yet-to-be-realized businesses. If you’re inspired by digital disruption, you know at the core of Calgary’s growing tech ecosystem is Jim Gibson — a connector and catalyst. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, our new school and leading trailblazer will change that.
Passionate, infinitely curious and a serial entrepreneur, Gibson believes he’s been preparing for this role his entire career. Maybe it’s because he’s spent three decades anticipating, adapting and advancing technology trends and challenges.
Cutting to the chase and credentials, Gibson co-founded Rainforest Alberta in 2016 to advance innovation in the province. Most recently, he co-founded Thin Air Labs, which funds early-stage, entrepreneur-led technology ventures and networks. In addition to remaining a partner with Thin Air Labs, Gibson is a board member and advisor to Alberta Innovates, The A100, Mikata Health, Beakerhead and Venture Mentoring Services of Alberta.
With a Management Consultant designation (CMC) along with an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies and Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Computer Science, Gibson also understands the business side of innovation and technology advances. Outlined in his recently published and thought-provoking book, Tip of the Spear: Our Species and Technology at a Crossroads, Gibson examines the challenges and the opportunities ahead.
“With my recent work, I have come to appreciate that some of the best technologies, innovations and breakthroughs will come from places in our global economy where we least expect.”
If he sounds cool, it’s because he is. Together, we’re building what’s next. Jim, let’s do this.
The School for Advanced Digital Technology is located in downtown Calgary in the Odd Fellows building.