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Spartan Controls Renews Its Commitment to SAIT, Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future in Industrial Automation

September 19, 2023

September 19th, 2023 — Spartan Controls, a trusted leader in industrial automation, valves, measurement, and process control solutions in Western Canada, is proud to announce the renewal of its longstanding partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). As part of this partnership, Spartan Controls is gifting $1.58 million to SAIT, solidifying their shared commitment to advancing the digital transformation of the energy sector and fostering a diverse and sustainable workforce.

“The longstanding partnership between Spartan Controls and SAIT has spanned several decades and emphasizes the pivotal role of education in fostering thriving global societies, local communities, and sustainable businesses,” says Grant Wilde, President and CEO, Spartan Controls. “This renewed pledge will empower future leaders and innovators in industry and business by continuing to inspire students to excel with the best available training and technology, so they can be confident they are being set up for a successful future that is yet to be written and is theirs to create.”

Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, SAIT and Grant Wilde, President and CEO, Spartan Controls
In an era marked by increased automation driven by evolving technologies, SAIT's connection with industry provides students with a dynamic curriculum that aims to prepare them to excel in the industrial automation field and contribute to a more sustainable future in the energy sector and beyond.

“Spartan’s support will enable SAIT to keep pace with the digital transformation taking place across the energy sector,” says Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, SAIT. “Over our 40-plus years of partnership, Spartan has affirmed their belief in our institution through multiple initiatives, and this investment speaks volumes to their commitment to the evolution of SAIT and the growth of our programming.”

The enduring partnership between Spartan Controls and SAIT has seen the employment of over 150 SAIT graduates at Spartan Controls and has provided state-of-the-art technology for SAIT students, enabling them to graduate as leaders in the digital automation industry. To date, this partnership has conservatively contributed nearly $4 million over the past four decades.

About Spartan Controls

Experience industrial innovation at Spartan Controls—the recognized leading provider of industrial automation solutions in Western Canada. For over 60 years, Spartan has provided customers with high-performance solutions, industry expertise, lifecycle support, and technical training—delivering value and outcomes our customers want. Our automation solutions are used in all process industries including oil and gas, oil sands, mining, pulp and paper, power, pipeline, and municipal. We are dedicated to creating a sustainable modern world and providing exceptional customer experiences where expertise and collaboration come together.

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About SAIT

Established in 1916, SAIT was the first of its kind, publicly funded technical school in North America. As a global leader in applied education and research — serving nearly 40,000 students annually — SAIT offers certificate, diploma, post diploma, apprenticeship and applied degree programs, baccalaureate degrees, corporate training and more than 1,000 continuing education courses, along with six dedicated, award-winning areas of research and capacity for new and emerging research. Curriculum and research priorities are developed through industry partnerships to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge required to fulfill the demand for talent. SAIT is honoured to be recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2023, and to be ranked fifth by Research Infosource Inc. in the Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada for 2022. CEOWORLD Magazine ranked the SAIT School of Business #51 on the list of Best Business Schools in the World for 2023, and the School of Hospitality and Tourism placed #15 on their list of Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the World — the only Canadian school listed — for 2023. 

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