SAIT is a global leader in applied education, offering advanced programming aligned with the latest developments in trades and technology. Our purpose is to provide students with innovative courses and hands-on learning opportunities that put them on the path to success in their chosen careers.
We are able to do this in part thanks to our many connections and collaborations with industry, including through our Advisory Committees.
The world of work is evolving faster than ever — and so must the curriculum supporting students entering the workforce. In consultation with SAIT's Advisory Committees, the institution designs, develops and delivers relevant training — ensuring our graduates are armed with career-ready skills and the innovative spirit to move industry forward. Bringing industry authorities, with their wealth of knowledge and experience, to the table through these committees is essential.
Role of Advisory Committees
These committees — organized by program, area or school — connect SAIT leaders, industry leaders, governments and private organizations' representatives and community members to gather input, discuss and make recommendations on SAIT's programming.
They meet, at minimum once a year to identify technological advances and economic and human resource trends which could affect particular programs, sectors and other areas. At these meetings, members offer advice and make recommendations for SAIT to take into consideration.
Advisory Committees Members
Advisory Committees are created thoughtfully and strategically to ensure members are able to advise SAIT on changing industry requirements and new areas of opportunity, as well as promote co-ops, practicums or other employment opportunities for SAIT's current students and graduates.
Each committee consists of between eight and 15 full members who represent a range of industry and business backgrounds within the sector represented by the program, area or school. Ideally, each one includes representatives of companies who have hired SAIT graduates in the last five years, those whose businesses participate in practicums, capstones or other work-integrated learning opportunities, alumni, active consultants and those from accreditation or certification organizations.
Membership is voluntary — SAIT does not provide financial compensation to committee members.
SAIT recognizes all Advisory Committee members bring their own unique areas of expertise and experience to meetings. At the table, each has an equal voice and say in the committee's recommendations and decisions.
- Program and area committee members are appointed for three-year terms with the opportunity to be re-appointed for one additional term.
- Recent SAIT graduates — who completed their studies within the last two years of being appointed to the committee — and committee chairs all hold two-year terms.
- The chair can extend their term once.
- For school and president's office committees, the terms are left to the discretion of each committee — these are often more of an annual round table invitation.
- The maximum number of years a member serves is six — and we recommend members only sit on one committee at a time.
- Members are added on a staggered basis to ensure there is continuity — committee members are encouraged to make recommendations of new members.
- SAIT students, employees and invited guests are not allowed to vote. SAIT instructors employees or contractors cannot serve as members.
Conflict of Interest
Members must disclose any possible or actual conflicts of interest and excuse themselves from any Advisory Committee discussions that could be seen being in conflict, as well as abstain from voting on that issue.
Benefits to Committee Members
There are a number of benefits for those who serve on Advisory Committees including,
- Access to SAIT's Corporate Engagement office and Applied Research Innovation Services division
- They also have the opportunity to connect with SAIT's network of industry partners, as well as hire SAIT students and graduates
Policy and Procedures
- AC.2.4 Advisory Committees Policy
- AC.2.4.1 Program Advisory Committees Procedure
- AC.2.4.1 Schedule A- Conflict of Interest Declaration for Committee Members