This is the fourth year SAIT has been recognized for this award, among many other distinguished employers.
“I think it speaks to your dedication, to your commitment, your ability, your passion, to build what is truly a leading post-secondary institution,” Ross told about 100 students, faculty and staff in the Stan Grad Centre.
“To be recognized as a leading employer, I think, is critical,” he said.
“I think it’s a piece we need to be proud of and embrace, one that we can’t quite frankly take for granted.”
Ross credited SAIT’s success largely to the outstanding work staff and faculty do every day.
“Institutions are not successful, period, unless the people at those institutions are successful. I don’t think that’s a particularly complex equation.”
SAIT has previously won this honour in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
Alberta’s Top Employers is an annual competition assembled by editors of Canada’s Top Employers, a MediaCorp Canada publication.
It recognizes Alberta employers that lead their industries in categories such as physical workplace, work atmosphere, health, financial and family benefits, employee communications, training and skills development, and community involvement.
“[The staff and faculty’s] enthusiasm, your commitment is critical to us receiving these awards,” the president said.
“I don’t take them for granted and I think you all need to be recognized for your outstanding work and achievement.”
On top of these awards, SAIT is also being recognized on a national and global stage.
SAIT has continuing projects in the U.S., Asia and Africa.
In addition, SAIT instructors and students have constructed two skeleton sleds that will be used by the Canadian team in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
With all of all these honours and recognition, Ross noted that student success is of upmost importance.
“We really are about student success. The success of our graduates going forward is how we should be measured,” he said.
“If our graduates aren’t successful, we’re not successful.”