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SAFA Update

James McWilliams, SAFA President  2014 – 2018





If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

James McWilliams (SAFA President)


Al Brown (SAFA Labour Relations Officer) 

through the SAFA Office – N201 Senator Burns Building  (403) 284-8321. 


The ACIFA Conference Update:


The ACIFA (Alberta Colleges Instructional Faculty Association) held its annual Conference this year, May 15-18, 2016, in the pristine Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta. The Conference was hosted by Bow Valley College and the theme for this year was “Pioneering Alberta’s Learning Frontier”. In keeping with the theme the Keynote Speaker was renowned naturalist and anthropologist Brian Keating. Keating hosted a weekly column for the CBC and has been featured on Discovery Channel. He is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Calgary. Keating’s presentation was energetic and humorous, with a superbly unique overview of Alberta’s mountain and glacier park lands. Quite impressive for those of us that have never really taken advantage of Alberta’s serene geography.

The Conference offered a melee of educational sessions, facilitated by faculty members from various colleges in Alberta. Most importantly, there were a number of SAIT Faculty members that presented some very enlightening sessions.

The 2017 Conference will be held in Canmore; the host will be Olds College and their theme will be “Cultivating Connections”.


James McWilliams,

 President, SAFA Academic Faculty Association.


April 28, 2016 - Photo with Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt

Left to right:  Al Brown, Amir Fard, Tracy Fawcett, Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Candace Van Apeldoorn, James McWilliams


Congratulations to Sheldon Thunstrom, a recipient of the EMS Exemplary Service Medal in Alberta.


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