HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS
Mandy Rennehan, CEO, Freshco
Mark Little, CEO, Suncor
Deanna Burgart, Chemical Engineering Technology ‘00, President and COO, Indigenous Engineering Inclusion Inc.
Trevor Lamb, Petroleum Engineering Technology ‘97, Vice President Operations (retired), Three Streams Engineering Ltd.
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNI
Gursh Bal, Electrician ‘16, Director of Business Development, Virtuoso Energy
Kai Fahrion, Electrician ‘15, Director of Operations, Virtuoso Energy
On the world stage, Taylor Desjardins represented Canada at the biennial WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia in August 2019, earning a Medallion of Excellence for his work. A student from our Cabinetmaker program, Desjardins competed against others from around the world in the five-day event.
2019/20 CISCO e-Learning Chair Heramb Vadalkar, School of Business, introduced blended learning into two business finance courses linked to external licensing exams and explored the development of a new blended course for financial services covering the impact of information technology, blockchain, artificial intelligence and data analysis on financial services.
Jacqueline Lyndon, School of Business, transitioned a course delivered in the Bachelor of Business Administration and Business Administration programs to an E2 learning hybrid model, which represents the fusion between the best of traditional classroom strategies and online learning technologies in order to increase learning accountability, provide greater flexibility for students and achieve a broader range of learner outcomes.
William Hu, School of Information and Communications Technologies, developed a cost-effective, software-defined networking virtual lab, giving students the opportunity to acquire up-to-date hands-on skills with software-defined networking. This has the potential to benefit students in several programs.
Rosalyn Ediger, SAIT Outstanding Young Alumna and culinary faculty member was awarded the Cadmus Trades Teaching Chair. Her work focused on the development of a specialized course in culinary diplomacy and food anthropology, the first of its kind in North America and, possibly, the world. Culinary diplomacy is an emerging discipline that will help SAIT attract a more diverse student body, provide international career opportunities for our students and graduates, strengthen SAIT’s relationship with the federal government and with Canadian embassies and high commissions around the world, and provide innovative ways for SAIT to use food as a means to teach and to build cultural bridges.
SAIT hosted the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs international competition and the Canadian National Jeunes Chefs competition in September 2019. SAIT alumnus, Nolan Moskaluk (Professional Cooking '15 and Baking Pastry Arts '17), turned up the heat as he competed in the national black box competition and took home second place.
The SAIT Concrete Toboggan team competed in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in February 2020. It’s an annual engineering competition that attracts more than 450 students from more than 20 post-secondary institutions.
LINK’s Analogue Issue (Spring 2019) won bronze in the Visual Design: Multi-Page Print Design category of the 2020 Best of CASE VIII competition. LINK was also a finalist in two categories of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Awards.
As part of SAIT’s International Women’s Day celebrations in March 2020, several SAIT community members were recognized for their work in lifting up and supporting women.
Dr. Vita Martez, a researcher with SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) and NSERC Industrial Research Chair, received an Achievement Award in recognition of her achievements in chemical technology and environmental engineering. Martez leads SAIT’s Centre for Energy Research in Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions. She holds two industry patents, directing all of the royalties to empowering the next generation of learners. She was part of The Women of ARIS, a group of 11 women researchers and support staff at SAIT who provided mentorship to foster female involvement in STEAM and the trades.
Carina Butterworth, Geomatics Engineering Technologist instructor, was awarded the Catalyst Award for her efforts in a non-traditional industry. Carina volunteers with the Capstone Collaboration Committee and as the Education Director at a free, open online geomatics program called Eclipse College. She also welcomes international students into her home to help them learn English.
One of SAIT’s own took home the coveted distinction of being among Avenue Magazine’s first Made in Alberta award winners. Michelle Atkinson, New Media Production and Design ‘03, is the owner of Jewelnotes Glassworks and was the winner in the Furnishing and Home Décor category.
SAIT hosted the Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition in early March 2020. It brings some of the best business students in the province together to create and compete. Faced with real-world business problems from a local industry partner, #TeamSAIT drew on their 21st-century skills — those vital soft skills including collaboration and adaptability — to earn fourth place at the competition.
Tracey Chala was awarded the ECO Canada Impact Award for Environmental Professionals for her work as a principal researcher with SAIT's Green Building Technologies team.
James Kohlen, one of our technical support staff supporting our Machinist and Industrial Mechanic programs, won the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Apprentice of the Year Award.
SAIT was ranked as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for the 11th time. The list, by Mediacorp Canada Inc., focuses on a broad list of criteria including a commitment to lifelong learning, training and skills development, financial benefits and compensation.
You can read a full list of honourees and awards in SAIT’s 2019/20 Annual Report.