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$30 million gift sets new course for SAIT's future

David Bissett, a distinguished Calgary businessman and philanthropist, has donated $30 million to SAIT. It’s the largest gift in the institution’s history and it will support the development of a new school and programs focused on advanced digital technology. 

This gift is going to accelerate industry and our economy, and set the pace for digital transformation in post-secondary education. 

We’re very proud David Bissett has chosen to partner with SAIT to future-proof our workforce.


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Bissett scholarship

$30 Million Gift to SAIT Sets New Course for the Future

Dec. 3, 2019

SAIT has received the largest gift in its history – $30 million from Calgary philanthropist, David Bissett.  His extraordinary contribution, his largest gift ever, will help establish a new school at SAIT that will provide the latest in digital education for students...

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David Bissett

David Bissett Biography

Dec. 3, 2019

David Bissett is one of Calgary’s leading philanthropists. 
He received his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1962 and attained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1972. He and his wife Leslie relocated to Calgary in 1977 to run the western operations of a national investment firm...

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Bissett recipients - prepared for success

May 12, 2014

When Bissett announced the donation last February [2014], he said, "Education is the door to opportunity and SAIT is the place in Calgary that's graduating students with the skills they need to be successful."

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Program Highlights 

From cyber security to unmanned-systems, here are a few of SAIT’s programs that use innovative technologies to future-proof students equipping them with the digital skills they need to succeed.

remotely piloted aircraft systems

School of Transportation

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems 

SAIT is a leader in the expanding industry of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) through training, education and technology. Our RPAS courses are designed to meet the TP15263 training requirements outlined by Transport Canada. Our courses reflect the changes made by Transport Canada that govern all aspects of Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) operations for all operators flying these systems. SAIT’s courses cover a wide range of training to suit your RPAS use.


future proof cybersecurity

School of Information and Communications Technologies

Cyber Security for Control Systems

The Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate program addresses the business risks specific to securing control systems in sectors such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications and hospitals. Many of these systems were previously analog-based, but are currently networked and digital, placing them at higher risk for cyber-attacks.


Medical laboratory technology

School of Health and Public Safety

Medical Laboratory Technology

Learn to be an integral member of the healthcare industry and train to perform and evaluate diagnostic laboratory tests – a vital role in the treatment and prevention of disease – working in hospitals, medical or research labs and scientific supply companies. This is an intensive program that includes courses in anatomy, chemistry and analysis techniques.

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