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Welcome to the world of tech-based learning. The School for Advanced Digital Technology (SADT) is SAIT’s bold commitment to equip the next generation of tech talent with the skills needed to thrive in a fast-paced economy.

I see every day the importance of technology in every field, whether it is investment management, oil and gas or agriculture. The advance in the associated technologies is breathtaking. If we are not fully competitive in these skills in the global economy, we are doomed to be a nation falling behind and will not be able to afford the standard of living and social services which we have enjoyed.

David Bissett
Philanthropist and Member, Order of Canada,
Core funder of SAIT's School for Advanced Digital Technology (SADT)

SAIT sets new course for the future

SADT is poised for the future and will help continue SAIT’s legacy of teaching the better way with technology. We know that tech is for everyone. It always has been. So, let’s bridge the gap and embrace the future.

The school launched in September 2020, fueled by a $30-million donation by philanthropist and businessman, David Bissett — making it the most significant gift in both SAIT’s and Bissett’s history. This transformative donation was gifted to create a school where students could learn the digital skills needed to get a job in today’s fast-paced, tech-savvy economy. Now, we’re in the prime of a tech revolution. Rapid changes are happening, and we have the tools to stay ahead of the curve.

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Leadership

What makes our programs stand out is the delivery, as we require students to have a face-to-face component since the next generation of talent needs both the human and technical skills to meet the demands of the tech workforce.

Dr. Raynie Wood
Dean, School for Advanced Digital Technology

Dr. Raynie Wood believes that unlocking human ingenuity and passion is the key for success in one’s educational journey. As a leader in media and technology talent development, she has been at the forefront of shaping post-secondary education experiences for over 20 years.

As the Dean of SAIT’s School for Advanced Digital Technology, Raynie is a dedicated partnership builder – fostering connections with industry leaders and tech visionaries around the world to create ties back to SAIT that are unparalleled to other post-secondary institutions. Raynie knows how important it is that SADT faculty are empowered and encouraged to act as advisors, coaches, mentors, and committee members to build a community of excellence dedicated to supporting learners – no matter their journey. These are some of the many reasons SAIT is recognized as a local and global post-secondary of choice.

As a student herself, she has earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Calgary specializing in Adult, Community, and Higher Education. Additionally, she holds a PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies, specializing in Community College Leadership focused on international branch campuses. Raynie is involved in a range of activities with accredited associations. On her downtime from our digital world, she loves to unplug by spending time outdoors with her family.

Meeting Calgary’s demand for tech talent

Calgary is leading the charge as the technology destination of choice! Our city is innovating, accelerating and implementing transformation at an expedited pace, like never before. All industries are transforming — from energy and health to manufacturing and transportation — by leveraging digital and advanced technology.

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Industry connections

As an employer in the world’s fastest-growing industry, you have positions to fill and projects to complete. You need people with the right combination of cutting-edge knowledge and practical experience.

Find out how our students can start helping your organization today.

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