SAIT Academic Faculty Association
James McWilliams, SAFA President 2014 – 2018
you have any questions or concerns please contact:
James McWilliams (SAFA
Al Brown (SAFA Labour Relations Officer)
through the SAFA Office
– N201 Senator Burns Building (403) 284-8321.
The ACIFA Conference
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
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
President, SAFA Academic
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.