Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
SAIT curly logo.png
MottoIncipio Et Erudio
Motto in English
I Take In Hand And Educate
PresidentDavid Ross
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students11,023 (full-time)
1,270 (part-time)
Other students
8,777 apprenticeships, 34,622 corporate training and continuing education
Location, ,
ColoursAthletics: Red, White.    [1]
Institute: Red, White, Blue.      [2]
AffiliationsCCAA, AACTI, Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, CBIE, CUP, Polytechnics Canada

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)[3] is a polytechnic institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SAIT offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business. SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada and one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers.[4] Established in 1916, it is Calgary's second oldest post-secondary institution and Canada's first publicly funded technical institute.[5]

Campus location and expansion[edit]

SAIT's main campus is located on 16 Avenue NW, overlooking the downtown core of Calgary and is served by the CTrain light rail system. SAIT has three other campuses located in Calgary:

  • Mayland Heights – Located on Centre Avenue, this facility supports students pursuing a career in auto body, crane and hoisting, recreation vehicle servicing, electrical, plumbing and rail.
  • Culinary Campus – Located on Stephen Avenue, it provides baking basics and cooking fundamentals. The Culinary Campus also acts as a marketplace, selling food to the general public.
  • Art Smith Aero Centre – Occupying 17 acres of land at the Calgary International Airport, this campus supports the School of Transportation.
  • Crane and Ironworker Facility – Located at 10490 72 St SE, this 2,812 m² facility has a fully functioning crane maintenance shop, a yard with boom trucks and mobile cranes and crane simulators.
  • The Tastemarket by SAIT – Located at 444 7 Ave SW, The Tastemarket is a downtown urban eatery and learning environment.
SAIT campus viewed from the south field. Senator Patrick Burns building on the right, Heritage Hall centre, and Campus Centre left.


SAIT's student residence buildings

SAIT offers three baccalaureate degrees (2019), three applied degrees, 86 diploma and certificate programs, 27 apprenticeship trades and more than 1,100 continuing education, corporate training, camps and other open registration courses.

SAIT delivers skill-oriented education to students through nine schools:

  • MacPhail School of Energy
  • School of Business
  • School of Construction
  • School of Health and Public Safety
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • School of Information and Communications Technologies
  • School of Manufacturing and Automation
  • School of Transportation
  • School for Advanced Digital Technology[6]

English language foundations and academic upgrading are offered through the Lamb Learner Success Centre. SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department works in partnership with industry on applied research.[7]

Scholarships and bursaries[edit]

Through the generous support of donors, SAIT offers over $5 million in awards to students in almost every program. Awards are available to all qualifying SAIT students in recognition of academic success, financial need, community involvement and other areas of success and support.


Heritage Hall[edit]

Heritage Hall
The entrance and facade to Heritage Hall
Former namesHeart Building
Alternative namesHeritage Hall - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology National Historic Site of Canada
General information
StatusUsed as a post-secondary educational building
TypeEducational building
Architectural styleCollegiate Gothic style
Address1301 16th Avenue North West
Town or cityCalgary, Alberta
Current tenantsSouthern Alberta Institute of Technology
Construction startedJanuary 18, 1921 (1921-01-18)
CostCA$174,200 (equivalent to $2,323,828 in 2018)[8]
Other dimensions340 feet (100 m) across x 90 feet (27 m) deep[8]
Design and construction
ArchitectRichard P. Blakey
Main contractorJ. McDiarmid Company
Official nameHeritage Hall - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology National Historic Site of Canada
DesignatedJune 24, 1987
Official nameHeritage Hall of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
DesignatedMay 31, 1985

Heritage Hall is one of the central buildings and a historical site on the SAIT campus.

Construction began on Heritage Hall on January 18, 1921, five years after the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA) was formed in Calgary in 1916.[9] Designed by Alberta provincial architect Richard Palin Blakey and built by J. McDiarmid Company of Winnipeg,[10] the three-story modern structure's focal point is the central entrance flanked by two large towers designed with the characteristics of Collegiate Gothic[11] architecture, which was prevalent throughout North America at the time. Despite the prevalence of Collegiate Gothic architecture in post-secondary education, Heritage Hall is the only example in Calgary.[11] Heritage Hall would be completed later in 1922 and would accommodate both the PITA and the Calgary Normal School.[10] During the Second World War, the structure was used as a wireless training school for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.[11] The structure was intentionally situated on Calgary's North Hill to maximize the structures visibility throughout Calgary, and also provide a view of the city from the building.[11] The building was originally known as the "Provincial Institute of Technology Building and Normal School" and was renamed "Heritage Hall" in 1985.[12]

On May 31, 1985, the Government of Alberta designated Heritage Hall a Provincial Historic Resource under the Historical Resources Act. The citation for the historical designation notes the integral role the structure and SAIT played in the development of post-secondary education in Alberta, and the significant architectural value of the Collegiate Gothic design.[12]

On June 24, 1987, the Government of Canada designated Heritage Hall a National Historic Site under the name "Heritage Hall - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology National Historic Site of Canada". The federal designation notes the importance of the structure and SAIT as a place in the development of vocational education in Western Canada. The designation only references the footprint of Heritage Hall and not the entire SAIT campus.[10]


SAIT Residence has two modern high rises located in the northeast corner of its main campus.

Campus Centre[edit]

The Campus Centre contains a coffee house, bar, Jugo Juice, gymnasium, fitness centre, squash courts, bowling alley, hockey arena, salt water pool and theatre.

Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre at SAIT

Stan Grad Centre[edit]

This central building on SAIT's main campus houses food service outlets, study areas, classrooms, the campus bookstore and the library.

Additional buildings on campus[edit]

  • Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre
  • Aldred Centre
  • John Ware Building
  • E.H. Crandell Building
  • Cenovus Energy Centre
  • Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre
  • Senator Burns Building
  • Eugene Coste Building
  • Thomas Riley Building


SAIT has been a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference since 1964. The SAIT Trojans are represented basketball, curling, soccer, cross country running, hockey and volleyball. All of SAIT's sports teams share the name Trojans.


SAIT has two on-campus newspapers: The Weal is owned and operated by SAITSA, SAIT's Student Association and the Polytechnic Press is operated by SAIT Journalism students.

The campus radio station, Journey 103, is operated by SAIT RTBN students. The RTBN program at SAIT (previously known as CTSR) boasts many graduates who have become prominent radio and television personalities.[citation needed] It is one of Canada's leading Television and Radio programs and admissions to the program are very competitive.[citation needed]


In 2021, SAIT’s School of Business was one of three Canadian schools to make the top 100 of CEOWORLD Magazine’s Best Business Schools in the World for 2021. SAIT ranked #52 overall, with Harvard Business School claiming the top spot.

In 2021, for the sixth consecutive year, CEOWORLD Magazine recognized SAIT as the number one hospitality school in Canada on its list of the world’s Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools, ranking #19 overall. CEOWORLD also ranked the School of Hospitality and Tourism as Canada’s number one culinary school in its inaugural ranking of the Best Culinary Schools in Canada.

In 2021, SAIT was named one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Trojans Athletics & Recreation - Trojans History". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-04-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Alberta's Top Employers". Mediacorp Canada. April 1, 2021. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ SAIT. "School for Advanced Digital Technology to boost Calgary's tech-talent pipeline". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2013-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ a b "Normal School 2 (Heritage Hall, SAIT) Built History". University of Calgary. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Heritage Hall stands the test of time". Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. January 19, 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "Heritage Hall - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology National Historic Site of Canada". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d "Heritage Hall of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology". Alberta Register of Historic Places. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Heritage Hall of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Provincial Designation)". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved 20 May 2020.

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Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 114°05′29″W / 51.06194°N 114.09139°W / 51.06194; -114.09139 (SAIT)