SAIT Alumni Awards
Each year SAIT recognizes graduates who are accomplishing great things in our community, on the national stage and around the world. Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of SAIT's Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni Awards.
2021 Alumni Awards recipients
2021 Distinguished Alumni Award
Petroleum Engineering Technology '87
Entrepreneur and Investor
A serial entrepreneur, Shelley Kuipers knows the power of starting something new. She also understands how challenging launching a business can be — especially for women. Using a feminist-forward financial platform, Kuipers and her The51 co-founders match successful investors with talented entrepreneurs. Since 2019, the organization has engaged more than 100 investors in over 30 ventures, investing $16 million in Canada and the United States.
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic '90
Chief Operating Officer — Provincial Operations, STARS Air Ambulance
After joining STARS full-time in 1999, Mike Lamacchia launched North America's first mobile human patient simulation program. Using a custom motorhome equipped with groundbreaking technology, Lamacchia led a team bringing critical hands-on skills training to all corners of the province, preparing rural medical professionals to face complex and challenging emergency situations. Today, Lamacchia oversees STARS' operations across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
2021 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Mechanical Engineering Technology '11
Chief Technology Officer, InkSmith
In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to grip the world, Doug Braden got a call from a local physician asking how quickly InkSmith could manufacture 10,000 face shields. In mere days, Braden shifted InkSmith's focus away from selling 3D printers and laser cutters to school and began retooling its infrastructure to create and manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for Canada's frontline workers.
Alumni Awards nominations
Nominations are currently closed. Be sure to check back for your opportunity to submit your nomination(s) of a deserving SAIT graduate for future Alumni Awards.
Established in 1988, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a SAIT graduate who demonstrates:
Established in 2009, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes a SAIT graduate who: