Jim Szautner

Jim Szautner Q&A: Ready for the robot uprising

Jim Szautner has overseen SAIT’s School of Manufacturing and Automation as Dean for 10 years. We sat down to talk about providing cutting-edge education in an ever-changing field, industry trends, and new technologies enriching the learning experience at SAIT. What is your role as Dean? JS: I’m responsible for the …

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liquor parks: Calgarians respond

Bylaws could permit liquor parks, with conditions On Jan. 17, City of Calgary officials began an open discussion regarding the possibility of allowing the consumption of liquor in public parks around the city. Recent engagements regarding possible changes to Calgary’s Parks and Pathway Bylaw revealed a distinct public interest in …


SAIT Pride Week celebrates LGBTQ+ students

SAIT’s Gender Sexuality Inclusion Committee rolled out rainbows this week This year’s SAIT Pride Week was one of the biggest ones yet, according to organizers. “Because we have a bit of a budget to work with, it’s allowed us to do a lot of the things we always wanted to …

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Calgary Transit C-Train Somerset-bound collides with SUV

Somerset-Bridlewood-bound Calgary Transit C-Train service was briefly delayed due to a collision at the SAIT LRT station’s crossing around 10 a.m., Feb. 8, 2019. As of 11:40 a.m. today, the car has been towed, and transit service has resumed according to a tweet by Calgary Transit. According to 660 News, …

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Polar Jam breaks ice and kicks off the winter term

Kicking off the 2019 winter semester, SAITSA held its third annual Polar Jam, hosting various events all over campus throughout the week.  The host of events held by SAITSA included skating in the SAIT arena with free hot chocolate, the Polar Jam Expo, Wingo at the Gateway, a winter carnival …

Winter Cycling Congress

Calgary hosts Winter Cycling Congress International experts to discuss riding in dark and snowy streets

Packing their spandex, headlamps, and helmets, cycling experts and enthusiasts from the world’s coldest cities have come to Calgary for the Winter Cycling Congress. The City of Calgary is hosting the 7th Winter Cycling Congress from Feb. 6 to Feb 8, 2019 within the new Central Library in downtown. The …

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SAIT MakerSpace’s re-opening and anniversary: New location, more toys

For aspiring mad scientists or those that simply want to learn something new in a social and relaxed environment, SAIT MakerSpace, a knowledge transfer space on campus, is open once again. Celebrating its anniversary on Jan. 17, 2019 the SAITSA club offers a space on campus for students to share …

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SAITSA donates $10 million to SAIT to reignite SAITSA HQ plans

$25 million still needed from the province along with the donation-to-be in SAIT’s hands for a SAITSA HQ. The SAIT Students’ Association announced today that it is donating $10 million to SAIT to help realize the goal of building a new student centre on campus sited for the south side …


SAIT Blockchain boom: Nearly fraud-proof credentials coming to SAIT through blockchain

In a new pilot program, SAIT will become the first Canadian post-secondary institution to issue academic credentials incorporating blockchain, the cryptographic record system used in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Twenty-five future graduates of the Pre-Employment Automotive Service Technician program will receive a blockchain key. Each key provides access to the credentials …

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SAITSA student clubs Clubs on campus offer new experiences for students

SAITSA offers students at SAIT the option to join an existing student club, or start a new one themselves, to add to their student experience. Currently, SAITSA has 62 registered clubs for students to choose from, including Anime and Gaming Club, Baking and Pastry Arts Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, …


Transit to the MAX: Calgary’s new bus rapid transit system raises the standard for transit

Traversing the great city streets of Calgary changed overnight with the introduction of the new MAX rapid bus lines on Nov. 19. The new lines consist of the MAX Orange, MAX Teal, and MAX Purple, all of which, according to Calgary Transit, will enhance access and facilitate movement across the …


Randy O’Dell Centre donation received to benefit electrical apprenticeship programs

Estate of the late electrician, and entrepreneur Randy O’Dell  provides largest single legacy donation ever received by SAIT. A substantial gift was given to SAIT on Nov. 13 to make a new space for certain electrical programs. The gift is from the estate of Randy O’Dell, founder of O’Dell Electric, who died …


Alberta passes Bill 19, establishing new rules for post-secondary tuition and mandatory instructional fees

The provincial government of Alberta will soon pass a new bill enacting key changes to post-secondary education policy throughout Alberta, including new rules regarding tuition prices.  Bill 19, “An Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education”, passed its third reading in legislature on Nov. 20, meaning that …

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SAITSA and SAIT join forces for Adopt-a-Student Family

Every year, students at SAIT have a chance to apply for the Adopt-a-Student Family program, and receive Christmas gifts for themselves and their family, purchased by staff. There are 47 student families who will be adopted this holiday season, all of whom will receive their gifts from Dec. 10-14, the …

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Drones, lasers, and the future of mapping: Verda Kocabas, geomatics guru, and SAIT Geographic Information Systems program academic chair Q&A

Verda Kocabas, the Academic Chair for the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program at SAIT, is a geomatics guru, with a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and a career which includes consulting in the private sector. We spoke on how GIS has a boring name, but is actually mind-blowing, …


Global Expo offers snapshot of cultural wonders, world culture, and travel tips

The Stand Grad Centre transformed into a hub of global culture with live dancing and information booths for Global Expo on Nov. 13 as part of International Education Week (IEW). One way SAIT students explore the world is through international education, which also allows people from abroad to come to …


Honouring Indigenous people’s military service with National Aboriginal Veterans Day

The contribution of Canada’s Indigenous people to Canada’s military has gained attention thanks to a day of observance separate from Remembrance Day.  National Aboriginal Veterans Day, held on Nov. 8, was established in 1994 to recognize the military contributions of Indigenous people during Canada’s major conflicts of the 20th Century. …


Too many cooks don’t spoil the broth, professional cooking grad Connie Desousa wins Distinguished Alumni Award

Connie Desousa, SAIT 2018 Distinguished Alumni, became a chef, honed her craft, and co-established a top Calgary restaurant: Charcut. She’s also the co-founder of Charbar, Alley Burger, and the Rooftop Bar at Simmons, and competed in Top Chef Canada. We asked her a few questions about developing her craft and …


New Central Library captures hearts, blows minds

After years of design and construction, Calgarians finally experienced the gleaming interior of the new Calgary Central Library. The novel exterior of the $245-million, four-level building, located at 800 3 St SE where downtown Calgary interfaces with the East Village, was apparent for over a year to passersby. Following 750 …


Clutch your purses SAIT, private property theft increasing

Keep that shiny new laptop in your sight, every year thousands of dollars worth of possessions are stolen on SAIT campus, and the problem might be getting worse. Data provided by SAIT campus security shows that from July 2015 to June 2018 there were 399 reported thefts on campus. 81 …