SAIT Polytechnic



Main Campus

1301-16 Ave. NW Calgary, Alberta T2M 0L4

SAIT Polytechnic helps students further their passion with programs offered through eight academic schools: Business, Construction, Energy, Health and Public Safety, Hospitality and Tourism, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation, and Transportation. English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading are also offered, as well as distance and Continuing Education courses and Corporate Training.

SAIT works closely with industry to ensure graduate success and program relevance — 94 per cent of 2012 SAIT graduates are currently employed.

In fall 2012, SAIT opened the doors to the 740,000 sq. ft. Trades and Technology Complex consisting of three new buildings — the Aldred Centre, Cenovus Energy Centre and Johnson-Cobbe Energy Centre. The $400-million expansion project is the largest in SAIT’s history, adding capacity for an additional 8,100 students per year.

Also in the fall of 2012, SAIT opened the Downtown Culinary Campus. The campus offers additional learning space for Baking and Pastry Arts and Professional Cooking students as well as Continuing Education classes and corporate team building events.

SAIT offers transfer options for its baccalaureate and applied degree, diploma and some certificate programs. More than 750 transfer options are available toward degrees and other credentials at 66 other post-secondary institutions provincially, nationally and internationally or toward other SAIT programs.

Campus locations:

  • Main Campus
    • 1301 16 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4
  • Bob Edwards Building
    • 2015 Centre Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2E 0A9
  • N.R. Buck Crump Building
    • 1940 Centre Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0A7
  • Art Smith Aero Centre
    • 1916 McCall Landing NE, Calgary, AB T2E 9C2
  • Culinary Campus
    • 230 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B5

Institutional Data from 2013-2014 Academic Year


Full-time students 10,615
Part-time students 8,054
Apprenticeship students 7,465
Total For- Credit Enrolment (Headcount) 24,134


International Students (including ESL) 842

Annual intake of new students:

2013-2014 7,626
2012-2013 6,379
2011-2012 7,872
2010- 2011 7,440
2009- 2010 7,526
2008- 2009 8,382
2007- 2008 8,273


Standalone Bachelor’s Degrees 5
Diplomas 44
Certificates 31
Apprenticeship Programs 34

Graduation Data:

Total Graduates, academic year 2013-2014 4,362
Graduate employment rate 94%

Applied Research and Innovation Services


SAIT Polytechnic’s research priority is to further student knowledge and experience through innovative, industry-driven projects that solve practical problems. By focusing on prototyping, simulation and validation, students build their expertise and generate solutions to meet the needs of industry, government and the community.

SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services is recognized for its activities in green buildingsports and wellness engineering, waste-to-biofuel initiatives, water treatment and remediation, electronics, information and communications applications, and technologies for the health, culinary and oil and gas industries. Applied Research and Innovation projects include biodiesel processing, skeleton and bobsleigh prototyping and development, mobile water desalination and industry-related produced water technologies, Net-Zero home development, radio frequency identification applications, solar-powered energy systems, rain-water capture and use, quantum key development and more.

Over the past six years, more than 724 SAIT students have been awarded over $455,000 to carry out innovative, industry based coursework projects through the Innovative Student Project Fund — a fund supported by SAIT, the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, NSERC, SAIT’s ’88 Olympics Legacy Fund and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.

SAIT’s long-term commitment to applied research is being carried into the future at the new Enerplus Centre for Innovation. Launched with a $5-million investment by Enerplus, the Centre includes both specialized and adaptable lap spaces. Companies will find industrial-scale facilities to cost-effectively develop new technologies and validate product performance, as well as convenient access to the SAIT Applied Research team-focused experts dedicated to developing, fabricating and testing innovation solutions. The 20,000-square-foot research facility is housed inside Aldred Centre, one of three buildings that make up the new $400-million Trades and Technology Complex.

Newcomer integration

The English Language Foundations (ELF) program provides language upgrading for learners whose first language is not English. A skills-based curriculum encourages development in all language areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Computer technology is incorporated into the program. The program has six start dates per year (8-week terms). Full and part-time studies are offered. Most ELF students are preparing for admission into SAIT career programs.

International Activities and International Educational Partnerships

Two on-campus residences provide housing for local and international students. The International Centre offers full student services and support including social, cultural and recreational activities that provide the opportunity for students to integrate with peers from more than 143 countries. Collaboration agreements have been established with English language schools across Canada to attract international students. Diversity and growth are key priorities as SAIT continues to increase its number of full-time international students which currently sits at approximately 979.

SAIT is a partner in the Global Education Network (GEN) along with Box Hill Institute (Melbourne, Australia), Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A.), and the Institute of Technical Education (Singapore). This initiative offers students in participating academic programs the opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution for a short-term study tour or a full semester exchange.

SAIT also offers expertise in training for workforce nationalization to the oil and gas industry worldwide. For more than three decades, SAIT has worked with multinational companies to support their workforce nationalization goals by designing and delivering workforce development solutions to nationalize their local workers. SAIT’s unique Training Solution for Workforce Nationalization includes recruitment, assessment and learner support services; preparatory training (foundational science, English as a second language and occupational English); hands-on technical training (operations and maintenance, health, safety and environment); as well as management and cultural awareness training.

SAIT Polytechnic is renowned for their expertise in:

  • Energy and Construction Technologies
  • Manufacturing & Automation
  • Business Studies
  • Information, Communications and New Media Technologies
  • Culinary and Hospitality
  • Health Technologies
  • Transportation

 SAIT Polytechnic offers Bachelor's Degrees in:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Science (Construction Project Management)
  • Bachelor of Applied Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (Petroleum Engineering)

Top 5 countries of origin of International Students:

  1. China
  2. South Korea
  3. India
  4. Nigeria
  5. Vietnam and Russia

Contact Information

Main Campus
Toll free: 1.877.284.7248
Fax: 403.284.7112

Bob Edwards Building

N.R. Buck Crump Building

Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology

Culinary Campus

President and CEO
Dr. David Ross

CFO and Senior Vice President
Wayne King

Vice President, Academic
Lee Haldeman

Vice President, Corporate Development and Applied Research
Dr. Alex Zahavich

Associate Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Maureen MacDonald

Registrar/Director, Student Services
Jennifer Bennett

Director, Alumni and Development
Brian Bowman

Manager, International Centre
Enid Angelstad

Director, Government and Community Relations
Glenn Shepherd

Public Relations Specialist
Melanie Simmons

Associate Vice President, Corporate Training Solutions
Rod Miller

What People are Saying

Polytechnic schools are increasingly becoming a finishing school for general arts and sciences bachelor degree holders…

Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister for Employment and Social Development