New Issue: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology commemorative envelope

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Canada Post has issued a commemorative envelope showcasing the institute’s storied history.

The envelope, which depicts images spanning the institute’s 100-year history, was issued Oct. 16.

Founded in Calgary, SAIT opened its doors Oct. 16, 1916, with staff welcoming 11 students—a number that grew to 370 in two weeks. In 1922, the institute moved to its current location, on 1301 16 Ave. N.W.; the new home – a red brick and sandstone building – still stands as Heritage Hall.

During the Great Depression, SAIT offered free classes for the unemployed. Its campus also served as a wireless training school for the Commonwealth Air Training Program during the Second World War.

Following the war, SAIT’s programming expanded as the institute became a residential campus in 1972. A large expansion in 2012 – and the distinction of being the top research college in Canada in 2013 – have secured SAIT’s position as one of Canada’s premier research and innovation institutes.

For more information about SAIT’s centennial, visit

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