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On March 8, SAIT President and CEO Dr. David Ross presented the 2018 President’s Awards. The theme of this year’s awards was “Connections” because, for the past 100 years, SAIT has been connecting industry to research and innovation, and connecting people around the world to each other. LINK introduces you to the recipients of this year’s awards.
The SAIT Accounting Society (SAS) was recognized with a President’s Student Leadership Award. One of the largest and most active clubs on campus, it offers networking events, a speaker series and workshops that provide mentorship and career guidance to students. SAS maintains a strong partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, and SAS members are active volunteers as ambassadors and with charitable groups such as the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre.
SAIT’s 2018 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race Team — which beat out 22 other Canadian post-secondary schools to win this year’s race in January — received a President’s Student Leadership Award. Competing in the race is an interdisciplinary team effort involving about 30 students and faculty advisors representing seven programs in five academic schools. In building and racing a five-passenger toboggan with a concrete running surface, team members gain experience in everything from planning to fundraising.
The President’s Medal was presented to Akhil Sharma, who has excelled academically as a student in the Architectural Technologies program and as a leader among peers. He served as co-president of his program’s club and organized activities to connect students with industry. An elected member of the SAIT Students’ Association board of directors and an active volunteer, he participated in fundraisers and educational activities while maintaining a 3.66 grade point average.
The Brawn Family Foundation was established in 1976 by Calgary entrepreneur Bob Brawn to create, develop and support programs in the community that focus on health, sports, recreation and education. One of SAIT’s most important partners, the Foundation received the 2018 President’s Partnership Award for its numerous contributions to applied education including endowed student awards, contributions to the Promising FuturesTM campaign to build the Trades and Technology Complex, and the creation of the Brawn Fieldhouse at SAIT.