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The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has presented its Innovation Award to SAIT Athletics for its Trojans Leadership Training initiative. A continuation of the award-winning Make Some Noise for Mental Health awareness campaign, this initiative offered all Trojans student-athletes, coaches and staff access to the Respect in Sport Activity Leader online training program. The program addresses bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination and its approach is to educate, promote respect and empower the bystander. This is SAIT’s first CCAA Innovation Award.
In June, Chief Victor Buffalo (Chemical Laboratory Technology ’64, DA ’17) received MacEwan University’s Medal of Excellence in recognition of his entrepreneurial leadership. He received the medal as part of the university’s Spring Convocation ceremonies and delivered the convocation address to its School of Business graduates. Every year, MacEwan awards Medals of Excellence to recognize outstanding contributions and achievements by individuals from many fields and sectors—academic, social, economic, cultural, artistic and political—at the local, national or international levels.
For the third consecutive year, the School of Hospitality and Tourism has been named one of the Top 50 Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the world. SAIT is the only Canadian school to be honoured in the 2018 list compiled by CEOWorld magazine, which ranks each school by performance and looks at criteria such as academic reputation, job placement rate and admission eligibility.
In June, Joanne Johnson (CTSR ’82, DA ’13) was inducted into the Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame along with fellow 2018 inductee Bob Layton. One of the most recognized broadcasters in Calgary, Johnson recently retired after 25 years with Lite 96 and XL 103. Hall of Fame recognizes commitment to the highest standards of broadcast excellence, community service and extraordinary leadership.
Deanna Reynolds (MWTN ’13, AMWP ‘16) has received the Skills Canada Alberta 2018 Alumni of the Year Award in recognition of her dedication to her trade as an industrial mechanics millwright. Skills Canada Alberta describes Reynolds — who competed with Team Canada at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in 2017 and is today working with the City of Calgary in Water Services — as “a role model to young people, and especially young women, who are curious about career paths that are available to them in the trades and technologies.”
Three SAIT alumni were honoured in May at the 56th annual Calgary White Hat Awards, which celebrate those working in the hospitality and tourism industry:
Eight SAIT alumni were winners at the 44th annual Alberta Film and Television Awards in May. Presented by the Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) and known as The Rosies, these awards celebrate the achievements of Alberta’s finest productions and those who created them: