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$30 million gift sets new course for SAIT's future

David Bissett, a distinguished Calgary businessman and philanthropist, has donated $30 million to SAIT. It’s the largest gift in the institution’s history and it will support the development of a new school and programs focused on advanced digital technology. 

This gift is going to accelerate industry and our economy, and set the pace for digital transformation in post-secondary education. 

We’re very proud David Bissett has chosen to partner with SAIT to future-proof our workforce.


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$30 Million Gift to SAIT Sets New Course for the Future

Dec. 3, 2019

SAIT has received the largest gift in its history – $30 million from Calgary philanthropist, David Bissett.  His extraordinary contribution, his largest gift ever, will help establish a new school at SAIT that will provide the latest in digital education for students...

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David Bissett Biography

Dec. 3, 2019

David Bissett is one of Calgary’s leading philanthropists. 
He received his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1962 and attained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1972. He and his wife Leslie relocated to Calgary in 1977 to run the western operations of a national investment firm...

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Bissett recipients - prepared for success

May 12, 2014

When Bissett announced the donation last February [2014], he said, "Education is the door to opportunity and SAIT is the place in Calgary that's graduating students with the skills they need to be successful."

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Program Highlights 

From cyber security to unmanned-systems, here are a few of SAIT’s programs that use innovative technologies to future-proof students equipping them with the digital skills they need to succeed.

Immersive technologies used in SAIT classrooms

Feb. 19, 2020

Hear the words “virtual reality” or “augmented reality” and you might associate them with video games like Pokémon GO or Beat Saber. At SAIT, virtual and augmented reality aren’t just for games — they’re tools for learning to expand students’ knowledge, comprehension and confidence. 

Take a look at how some programs at SAIT feature these technologies as part of the learning process.

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Alexa, meet SAIT: How a business instructor is using AI in the classroom

Jan. 07, 2020

Artificial intelligence has changed everything — it’s impacted the way we live, work and connect with the world. Calling upon Apple’s Siri or Amazon's Alexa to play a tune or provide directions is now commonplace, and voice technology’s capabilities are becoming more and more integrated into our everyday lives.

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Closing the Cybersecurity skills gap

Feb. 07, 2020

As reliance on tech-based services such as mobile apps rises, so do cybersecurity threats. Every day, companies and individuals fall victim to cyber-attacks, compromising their networks, devices, programs and sensitive data. This is where information security experts come in.

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