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GAMA May Dinner Meeting with Guest Speaker Reva Bond Ramsden-Dean of Construction at SAIT Polytechnic
May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dinner and Business Program 18:00
Guest Speaker 19:00
Reva Bond Ramsden joined SAIT June 1, 2009. At the time, she had been a cost controls lead for Aecon Industrial based in their Sherwood Park Module Facility near Edmonton. Wrapping up a large contract with Shell she saw the posting for an Academic Chair position in the School of Construction at SAIT which piqued her interest. Prior to working in construction she had completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and had been a family counselor for a short time. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology because the plan had been to become a genetic counselor; but the Alberta winds were calling her back to her prairie home. Oil and gas prices were on the rise and moving back was great timing and she landed a role in construction as a contract administrator. Being a productive team member on multi-million dollar projects was pretty exciting and during this time she also completed her MBA at the University of Alberta. That set her up well to develop her career to take on management roles.
Working in education the past nine years has been filled with wonderful challenges. She has been very active in supporting workplace integrated learning and study abroad opportunities for which her students have participated. So much learning occurs outside of the classroom, it’s important to create opportunities that can flourish, so students develop a passion for life-long learning. The highlights for her are, hands-down, the individual stories of student success.
Technology is ingrained in our day-to-day life, like never before. So much so that we take most of it for granted. SAIT, including the School of Manufacturing and Automation, knows it has a responsibility to train and educate the next generation workforce in the latest forms of that technology to support our economy for today and the future. Stay tuned for some new course and program offerings that will build on areas of strength if you want to challenge yourself with some fantastic hands-on training.
Working with students to support their career goals and working with faculty to design and implement educational experiences that support achieving those career goals drives Reva’s satisfaction. SAIT, and Reva, are also keenly aware of the role they play in building community. So, working with industry partners is essential to their student’s success and a very enjoyable part of Reva’s role at SAIT and in industry. Her goal for SAIT is to continue to recruit and develop all the future players in our industry.
Over the past decade, Reva has had the privilege of working with some very dedicated Calgary, Alberta and Canadian organizations, working to better our industry, and looks forward to continuing to help the industry grow, evolve, and build better.
Reva will be speaking on “Women in Construction” and the impact of growing our workforce through gender.