Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
MottoIncipio Et Erudio
Motto in English
I Take In Hand And Educate
Academic affiliations
AACTI, CBIE, CUP, Polytechnics Canada
PresidentDavid Ross
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Other students
3,955 apprenticeships, 20,822 corporate training, continuing education, camps and other courses, 2,001 Open Studies and upgrading programs
Colours   Red & white (athletics)[1]
    Red, white, blue (institute)[2]
Sporting affiliations
CCAA, Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)[3] is a polytechnic institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SAIT offers more than 110 career programs in technology, trades and business. Established in 1916, it is Calgary's second oldest post-secondary institution and Canada's first publicly funded technical institute.[4]

Campus location and expansion

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

SAIT campus viewed from the south field. Senator Patrick Burns building on the right, Heritage Hall centre, and Campus Centre left.


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 through nine schools:

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.[6]


Heritage Hall

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 $2,466,672 in 2021)[7]
Other dimensions340 feet (100 m) across x 90 feet (27 m) deep[7]
Design and construction
Architect(s)Richard 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.[8] Designed by Alberta provincial architect Richard Palin Blakey and built by J. McDiarmid Company of Winnipeg,[9] the three-storey modern structure's focal point is the central entrance flanked by two large towers designed with the characteristics of Collegiate Gothic[10] 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.[10] Heritage Hall was completed later in 1922 and accommodated both the PITA and the Calgary Normal School.[9] During the Second World War, the structure was used as a wireless training school for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.[10] The structure was intentionally situated on Calgary's North Hill to maximize the structure's visibility throughout Calgary, and also provide a view of the city from the building.[10] The building was originally known as the "Provincial Institute of Technology Building and Normal School" and was renamed "Heritage Hall" in 1985.[11]

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.[11]

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 references only the footprint of Heritage Hall and not the entire SAIT campus.[9]


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

Campus Centre

The Campus Centre contained 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

This building has been decommissioned, and demolition is currently in progress. Construction of a new Campus Centre is expected to be complete by 2025.[12]

Stan Grad Centre

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


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.


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.[13]

In 2021, 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.[14] 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.[15]

Notable alumni


Coat of arms of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Granted 20 August 2009
A wolf sejant affronty its head to the dexter proper resting its forepaws on an open book Argent bound Gules.
Per pale Gules and Azure a lightning bolt Argent grasped in base by two winged hands affronty and clasping each other Or.
Two dragons Gules winged Or their undersides Azure each gorged of a coronet of hazelnuts and wild rose flowers Or holding a teepee pole Or and standing on a compartment of sandstone blocks Proper.
Incipio Et Erudio[16]

See also


  1. ^ "SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Trojans Athletics & Recreation - Trojans History". Archived from the original on 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Our Brand | SAIT Polytechnic | Calgary, Alberta". Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ "Our New Brand revealed | SAIT Polytechnic | Calgary, Alberta". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  4. ^ "History of SAIT | SAIT Polytechnic | Calgary, Alberta". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  5. ^ SAIT. "School for Advanced Digital Technology to boost Calgary's tech-talent pipeline". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  6. ^ "Applied Research and Innovation Services | SAIT Polytechnic | Calgary, Alberta". Archived from the original on 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  7. ^ a b "Normal School 2 (Heritage Hall, SAIT) Built History". University of Calgary. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Heritage Hall stands the test of time". Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. January 19, 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ a b "Heritage Hall of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Provincial Designation)". Canadian Register of Historic Places. Parks Canada. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  12. ^ Melgar, Alejandro (June 8, 2022). "SAIT's Campus Centre to get knocked down after 41 years". The Emery Weal. Archived from the original on 13 September 2022. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Best Business Schools In The World For 2021". March 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Best Hospitality And Hotel Management Schools In The World For 2021". March 5, 2021.
  15. ^ "Best Culinary Schools in Canada, 2020". September 30, 2020.
  16. ^ "Southern Alberta Institute of Technology". Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved 5 January 2022.

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