SAIT Alumni Awards
A radio star, a ballerina butcher and guru of green homebuilding — the three recipients of SAIT's 2018 Alumni Awards share a creative spirit, an innovative streak and a commitment to giving back. Although they all live and work in Alberta, each has made an impact far beyond its borders.
As we mark 10 years of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, this trio of trailblazers is notable for their dedication to inspiring future graduates by serving on SAIT program advisory committees, mentoring students and supporting scholarships.
2018 Distinguished Alumni Award
Professional Cooking '00
Co-owner and co-chef at CHARCUT Roast House, Charbar, Alley Burger and Rooftop Bar @ Simmons
As much as she enjoys being in the kitchen, award-winning chef Connie DeSousa also loves connecting with the people enjoying her food. She makes a habit of spending time at their tables, hearing their stories and sharing stories of her own — including how she earned her nickname "ballerina butcher."
Business Administration '01
President and CEO, Avalon Master Builder; past president, Canadian Home Builders' Association of Alberta; founding member of the CHBA Net Zero Energy Housing Council.
Ryan Scott's entrepreneurial spirit is helping Avalon Master Builder meet growing consumer demand for sustainable homes. As his mid-size company thrives in a competitive industry dominated by larger players, SAIT talks with Scott, who graduated from SAIT's Business Administration program in 2001, about hard lessons, entrepreneurship and the value of keeping it simple.
2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Radio, Television and Broadcast News '12
Program Director, Real Country 95.5 (Red Deer)
Jennifer Dalen's award-winning career in radio started in a statistics class. She remembers "not enjoying" learning about probability — and she remembers starting to think maybe her mom was right. Maybe instead of business school, she should pursue a career in communications. So Dalen switched studies. That was 10 years and almost as many radio stations ago.