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To be the best, you need to learn from the best.

At SAIT, we celebrate diversity and passion. Our faculty hail from all corners of the world bringing their global industry experience and years of study right into the classroom.

Our students learn from exceptionally talented instructors who forged their skills in some of the world's finest hospitality establishments. Meet our faculty.

James Overall, MBA


Hala Dehais

Academic Chair, Travel and Tourism

Rugby has taught me, everyone can contribute to the team's success, you just have to find the right position.

Rupert Kaupp, CCC

Academic Chair, Professional Cooking and Cook Apprentices

Adrian Jemmett, MMC

Faculty, Professional Cooking

I have three motorcycles and no garage.

Alita Brown

Faculty, Hospitality Management

I've been an instructor for as many years as I've worked in industry.

Andreas Schwarzer, CPC

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

I'm a big believer in setting goals and staying focused to achieve them. Never stop learning!

Andrew Springett, CCC

Faculty, Professional Cooking

I organize and coach our SAIT Skills Canada team and enjoy every moment of it!

Clark Adams

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

I love Batman! Being an avid collector since the mid 80's, I have over 1,000 comics and hundreds of memorabilia items.

Headshot of Cynthia Johnston

Cynthia Johnston


I am a 7th generation Canadian, who grew up on land that my ancestors cleared for farming in 1788.

D'Oyen Christie

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

If I had chosen a different career path, it would have been to be a police officer.

Hayato Okamitsu, CCC

Faculty, Professional Cooking

James Boyd, CCC

Faculty, Professional Cooking

My love for seafood began at the age of 9 when I started working in my family's seafood restaurant.

Karla Winter

Faculty, Hospitality Management

Kevin Conniff

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

I can juggle!

Kyle Groves

Faculty, Professional Cooking

I was a top 40 under 40 recipient in 2013.

Len Steinberg


I grow six kinds of basil each year.

Leopold Newsimal

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

I make the best Stollen!

Madeleine MacDonald


I am a cross stitch enthusiast!

Mark Beattie

Manager, Operations

I play a little country music on the guitar and enjoy hiking, skiing and travelling.

Mary-Frances Bahun, RSE

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

I LOVE tap dancing!

Michael Mandato

Faculty, Culinary Entrepreneurship

When I was 18, I got my start in the industry working at Tavern on the Green in New York City!

Mikael Volke

Faculty, Professional Cooking

I was a water boy for the Seattle Super Sonics in 1978 when they came to Calgary for a pre-season game.

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Mona James


I am the proud owner of 3 big standard poodles!

Ray Bucknell

Faculty, Butchery and Charcuterie

If it is there I will climb it.

Rolf Runkel

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Art

I'm a life-long learner and professional student.

Royce Rodrigues, RSE

Faculty, Baking and Pastry Arts

If I were not a Chef, I would probably have been a professional video game player with the alias "Zeus".

Steve Lepine, CCC

Faculty, Professional Cooking

I'm afraid of horrendously bad food!

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