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Fall 2018 valedictorian

Maggie Grynia, Valedictorian Fall 2018

Maggie Grynia, Valedictorian
Oct. 11, 2018

Administrative Information Management, School of Business

Maggie Grynia started her academic career at the University of Calgary, receiving a bachelor's degree in Sociology. After graduating, she entered the medical industry as a Medical Office Assistant and continued in this occupation for the next 12 years. Although the flexible hours afforded her the luxury of indulging her love of travel, she eventually decided she was ready for a new challenge and new direction in life.

With slight trepidation at going back to school, she applied for, and was accepted into, the Administrative Information Management program at SAIT. Enrolment at SAIT afforded Maggie the opportunity to play soccer for the SAIT Trojans, and through the Trojans Outreach Program, volunteer for numerous events both on campus and in the wider community. Her time as a student athlete helped to solidify her commitment to athletics, academia and her community.

With the credentials Maggie earned at SAIT, she secured a permanent position with BMO Capital Markets, working as a Senior Administrative Assistant in downtown Calgary. The journey has taught Maggie hard work pays off and going back to school is always a good idea.

Spring 2018 valedictorians

Mikhail Fedossov, 2018 Valedictorian

Mikhail Fedossov, Valedictorian
June 12, 2018

Geomatics Engineering Technology, School of Construction

Education has always been a part of Mikhail's life — studying business, philosophy and political science at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. After several years of pursuing his passions, he decided to go back to school.

Enrolling in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program was not a quick decision — it took almost two years of planning and researching before applying. Geomatics engineering was interesting, challenging and, most importantly, it aligned with Mikhail's passions.

During his two years in the program, Mikhail excelled academically and participated in extracurricular activities including SAIT's Peer Assistance and Leadership Mentorship Program, various focus groups and acting as Vice President with the geomatics social club.

By the end of his first year, Mikhail secured a job with a leading geomatics engineering company. In second year, he continued working with the geomatics engineering student club and represented SAIT in the National Geomatics Competition in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Graduating with honours, Mikhail has already enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems program, starting this spring. He plans to continue working for the company he started with last summer.

Stephan Sutcliffe, 2018 Valedictorian

Stephan Sutcliffe, Valedictorian
June 13, 2018

Information Technology Telecom Systems, School of Information and Communications Technologies

At two-years old, Stephan's family made the move from Edmonton, Alberta to Bangkok, Thailand. Returning to Canada permanently by age seven, he completed grade school in Calgary before moving around the country, pursuing careers in the military and journalism.

Returning to Calgary in 2016, Stephan found a home at SAIT in the Telecom Systems diploma program through the School of Information and Communications Technologies. Here, he led an initiative to bring students in his program together while reaching out to industry alumni. Outside of his studies and program initiatives, Stephan spent time on campus as a volunteer with SAITSA. Looking forward, Stephan is excited to continue learning as he starts his career in telecommunications.

Eric Rasmussen, 2018 Valedictorian

Eric Rasmussen, Valedictorian
June 13, 2018

Bachelor of Business Administration, School of Business

Eric spent four years transitioning between work and school before finding a program he connected with and enrolling at SAIT. He is proudly graduating from SAIT with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Supply Chain Management. During his studies, Eric immersed himself in campus life with student clubs, including president of the SAIT Supply Chain Management Club. He also held a position as the student representative on an advisory committee for the Supply Chain program at SAIT.

A devoted learner, Eric applied his studies outside the classroom by regularly attending industry events and assisting with The Calgary Logistics Council. Through networking, he secured a position with the tech startup, TerraHub. Eric is looking forward to seeing where his career takes him.

Kevin O'Brien, 2018 Valedictorian

Kevin O'Brien, Valedictorian
June 14, 2018

Power Engineering Technology, MacPhail School of Energy

Kevin is the first Power Engineering Technology student to be chosen as a valedictorian. Prior to attending SAIT and receiving this recognition, he spent 13 years in the oil and gas service industry and was directly affected by the declining economy. As a result, he found himself as part of an industrial cleaning crew, where he worked with power engineers. Consulting with his wife and family, he determined Power Engineering was a career path worth pursuing.

During the course of the program, Kevin made many connections with both faculty and students — always striving to be a leader and mentor at every opportunity.

Kevin is extremely proud to graduate and join the workforce, representing his family and SAIT with pride, dignity and enthusiasm.

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