Local entrepreneurs prove success during recession possible

Entrepreneurs Daniel Chow and Jaspreet Mehdwan have proven even when times are tough small business owners can still turn a profit. Chow and Mehdwan are owners of a lucrative company called The Secret Sauce Factory, an interactive marketing company. Their growth supports a September study by the Canadian Federation of …

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Polytechnic peep: Jesse Farhat

Q: How do you like your program so far? A: It’s a really good program. It’s so hands-on and practical. Q: What is the best part? A: I don’t have to lift anything. Q: What’s your dream job? A: Working for ESPN in San Diego. They have warm weather. Q: …

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Making the Jump: SAIT grad forms one half of an internationally successful production company

What are we going to do next year? That’s the question that started a unique presence in Alberta. Jump Studios is sought out for it’s ability to turn wildest dreams into full-fledged cinematic productions. Now, over five years after Jeff August and Brian Vos hashed out that question, Jump Studios …

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Summer’s a bummer with no job

Did you have problems finding a job last summer? Did you have to settle for a part-time job just to make rent? If so, you’re not alone. A recent study by Statistics Canada indicates many students are in a tense fiscal situation for 2011/2012, following a rise in summer unemployment …

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SAIT business competition reLAUNCHes

SAIT’s business plan competition will officially launch with a kick-off event on Sept. 26. The LAUNCH program encourages students to become entrepreneurs, challenging competitors to create innovative new companies within their community. Last year’s winners were Michael Hwang and Ryan Hemarson, School of Information and Communication Technology. The duo won …

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Grad survey results show increase in industry-related jobs

SAIT Graduate Employment Survey results are in, and there is an increase in the number of SAIT grads who are employed and working in their program’s industry. Surveying over 3,000 SAIT graduates from 2010, the numbers show 93 per cent have found jobs, up two per cent from last year’s …

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Funny Money show makes money funny

James Cunningham, comedian and television host, was on campus Tuesday with a comedy show aimed at increasing fiscal literacy among students. “It’ll be better than Cats, that’s a guarantee,” said Cunningham, who started the Funny Money tour eight years ago and has spoken at a variety of campus coffeehouses, pubs, …

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Average Canadian tuition rose by eight per cent in two years: StatsCan

SASKATOON (CUP) — As universities try to balance their budgets in the face of a sluggish economy, Canadian university students have seen their tuition go up by eight per cent in the last two years. A four per cent increase for the 2010–11 year was followed by another 4.3 per …

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DeSousa brings her success home

A lot of great chefs call Calgary home, but perhaps none of them have brought the spotlight back to their hometown more than Connie DeSousa. DeSousa is a recent finalist from the reality cooking show Top Chef Canada. After 13 episodes, DeSousa placed in the top three, bringing attention to …

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Smartphone text harder to comprehend: study

EDMONTON (CUP) — Reading comprehension from a Smartphone screen is as low as half of that when reading from a standard desktop monitor, according to a recent study by a University of Alberta research team. James Miller, professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of the team that …

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Slow Food comes to fast-paced campus

Each year, SAIT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism brings a special guest to campus to speak with students. In previous years, the guest has often been a celebrity, including Chef at Home host Michael Smith or Restaurant Makeover regular Lynn Crawford. This year’s guest may not be a recognizable star, …

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Cultivating a professional online presence matters

With the end of the academic year rapidly approaching, studying for final exams, freshening up resumés, and preparing for the “real world” are a few of the things students will be stressing over in the coming weeks.  So it’s only natural that some of us take it out on our …

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Tutors for kids who want to read good and do other stuff good, too

Although a part-time job for extra cash may mean falling behind in classes to some, there is a particular job that can advance your academic development while you’re making cash. Whether becoming a tutor on SAIT campus or on the web, tutoring carries as many benefits to the tutee as …

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Tips for tax time

As tax time draws near students dig their T4s out from under piles of clothing and prepare to trudge to the nearest tax centre, or personal computer, and apply for a government cheque. But there are ways to make the process easier. There are numerous sources with tips to make …

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Formula for a good summer job: combine resumé finesse with interview savvy

SAIT students will soon put down their backpacks and books and pick-up tools of the trade for summer employment. Now is the time to start flooding the job market looking for that “perfect summer job” before someone else gets it. There are numerous employment agencies and websites out there to …

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To degree or not to degree

A post-secondary education has become a commonplace achievement in today’s information-driven society.  More education, it is assumed, means a higher salary and rate of employment. But what’s right for you: sticking with your SAIT diploma or continuing your education towards a degree? According to Statistics Canada, over 50 per cent …

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SAIT grad aims to revolutionize wheelchair industry

A broken back didn’t stop him. It only gave Christian Bagg  a new life focus. Since 2000, Bagg–co-founder of Icon Wheelchairs and SAIT alumnus–has been building wheelchairs that could change the wheelchair industry. Now, as a result of Bagg’s partnership with the Ontario-based manufacturing company Multimatic, 100 chairs will be …

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Alberta’s next top accountant contestants go viral

Whoever says that accountants are boring doesn’t know about the competition to become Alberta’s Next Top Accountant. The Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta (CGA Alberta) is holding a contest where Alberta residents who want to pursue a career in accounting could submit a video on YouTube to win an …

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PCK grad competes in Canada’s Top Chef

Calgarian and SAIT graduate Rebekah Pearse is anticipating her television debut on Top Chef Canada as well as the reaction to her first cookbook Sweet Seasonal Desserts. “I felt I would be a pretty solid competitor on the show,” said Pearse, who can’t divulge how she faired but for those …

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Kitchen arm innovation reaches across SAIT programs

SAIT mechanical students are reaching across program boundaries to assist culinary students. Still in the early stages of their project, four second-year Mechanical Design Technology (MDT) students – Omer Syed, Quinn Johnsen, Joshua Paynter, and Colin Stager – are designing a kitchen mounting system for the SAIT culinary labs. The …

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