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Industry Partnerships

The School of Construction is proud of our strong ties to the Calgary construction industry and the ongoing support its many members have shown for our Technology and Trades programs.

In January 2010, a very special group of industry leaders from the residential home building sector came together to support the state-of-the-art, interactive Trades and Technology Complex.

I wish to recognize the invaluable contributions of the Founding Builders and Community Partners, who have each donated $1 million for the construction of the Trades and Technology Complex, our most recent campus expansion that will create 3,600 additional spaces for students at SAIT. 

Scott MacPherson, MBA, BComm
Dean, School of Construction

The Founding Builders:

The Community Partners:



3M Canada
3M Canada provided a specialty cabinet to the Glazier apprenticeship program that 3M will keep stocked with numerous types of sealants and similar products used in the glazing trade.

Alberta Real Estate Foundation and Canadian Association of Home Inspectors
In 1996, SAIT and the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors partnered to develop a Home Inspection Program. This was made possible by a grant received from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation Course delivery started in 1997 and has since been received by several provinces and states.

Alberta Ready Mix Concrete Association
The Alberta Ready Mix Concrete Association uses the Construction department concrete lab to run their certification courses. They provide materials for use by the Civil Engineering Technology students. Department staff is also included in all certification courses at no charge to the department in order to ensure ongoing professional development.

Autodesk Authorized Training CentreSince 1986, SAIT has been an Authorized Training Centre for Autodesk, providing training in that company's software for local industry users. The Centre serves up to 3000 industry users annually and is part of the Advantage Plus group receiving preferential pricing for all lab software and upgrades.

Autodesk offers training for instructors on all new and upgraded software, free advertising for SAIT internationally and sends customers to SAIT. The Centre's sophisticated equipment and software is integrated into many SAIT full-time programs.

Our partnership with Blackstar, an Aboriginal training company, began in late 1998. This partnership was developed in order to provide pre-careers training programs primarily for aboriginal students, but open to anyone interested. The Construction Trades and Technologies department provide instruction in basic carpentry skills and also provide safety training for this group including WHMIS and TDG.

City of Calgary Water Works
Partnership began in 2001 with the Water Works department's need to upgrade and enhance its staff's knowledge. The department is also interested in working with SAIT to deliver training to other municipalities.

Dupont Canada
SAIT's exclusive partner in education agreement with Dupont has the company providing technical support and professional development to faculty through educational sessions. Up to fifteen hundred dollars worth of Suva developmental refrigerant product will be supplied per year at no charge.

A Rising Star student award in the amount of five hundred dollars is given to an apprentice or technology students. Dupont also provides their latest engineering computer programs in thermodynamics, cycle analysis and refrigerant piping. The partnership includes over 10 technical training institutes from B.C. to New Brunswick.

Genstar Development Company and Jayman Master Builder
SAIT and its two partners have collaborated to design and build Canada's home of the future. The home showcases the latest innovations in house construction and connectivity. The SMART prototype home of the future is an interactive training facility for construction trade and technology students at SAIT. It is also used as a technology and materials demonstration site for manufacturers and suppliers to the Canadian home building industry to test and demonstrate their products.

"Genstar prides itself on being recognized as a leader in new community design and development. The opportunity to partner with Jayman and SAIT to develop and test technological advances in the housing industry will benefit directly our young entrepreneurs. That is a solid investment in Canada's future."

~ James Hammermeister, Vice-President, Calgary Region
Genstar Development Company Limited

Inukshuk Consulting Group
With a partnership beginning in 1998, Inukshuk Consulting Group was designed to provide training in employable trades to community members. Inukshuk provides the equipment and facilities while the Construction department supplies the instructor, teaching materials and all coordination required.

Little Red River Cree First Nation (High Level, Alberta)
SAIT started providing on-site carpentry apprenticeship training in 1997. The First Nation provides the facilities, instructional assistants and students, and share responsibility with SAIT for the provision of equipment. Projects are undertaken to benefit both the trainees and their community.

Merit Contractors Association
This partnership was formed in 1989 to develop state of the art training for construction workers. Many workers have successfully completed the 12 construction courses and received SAIT certificates. SAIT and Merit continue to develop and present new construction upgrading courses and comprehensive certificate programs to meet the educational requirements of the construction industry.

SAIT is certified as an Education Centre for MicroStation providing regional industry users with training in the company's latest software programs. SAIT receives preferential pricing for software and enjoys problem-solving support from the company. In addition to generating revenue for SAIT, the Education Centre offers training in the latest software applications to students in several full-time programs.

Q-X Enviro
In cooperation with Q-X Enviro, the Construction Trades and Technologies department has applied for funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, IRAP and the College Research Development Fund to research sustainable road base stabilization and dust suppression technology.

This research consists of three components, an educational component (that develops sustainable methods to complement conventional construction methods), a laboratory component (that performs analysis and testing) and a field component (that demonstrates the impact of research overall).

Their laboratory component uses the department's Civil Engineering Technology Labs, equipment, and technical support for analysis and testing of their products.

"Q-X Enviro Products Ltd. invests a sizeable proportion of its resources in innovative and eco-responsible, geo-products and technology development. Q-X Enviro Products in partnership with the Construction department, pioneers timely, practical and sustainable solutions to critical infrastructure challenges."

~Walter Wilson, Director
Q-X Enviro Products Ltd.

Samson First Nations (Hobbema, Alberta)
SAIT started on-site training in 1996 offering instruction in construction trades. The First Nation group provides the facilities, instructional assistants and students and shares joint responsibility with SAIT in the provision of equipment. Projects are undertaken to benefit the trainees and the community.

Scaffold Industry Association
This international association has worked with SAIT to develop the first certified training program for erectors of scaffolds. The request for specific training started as a local request, but has grown to a North American initiative jointly developed by the Scaffold Industry Association and SAIT. The completed programs are available and the Construction department processes all North American testing.

Siksika First Nation
SAIT started providing training in 1994 and has since offered instruction in first, second and third year carpentry and concrete finishing. The First Nation group provides the facilities, instructional assistants and students, and shares joint responsibility with SAIT in the provision of equipment. Projects are undertaken to benefit both the trainees and their community.

Stoney First Nation
SAIT began providing on-site training in 1994 and has offered instruction in carpentry, painting/decorating, concrete finishing and life skills. The First Nation group provides the facilities, instructional assistants and students, and shares joint responsibility with SAIT in the provision of equipment. Projects are undertaken to benefit both the trainees and their community.

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