Elections

About the Saitsa Elections

As a student-owned and operated non-profit organization, Saitsa needs students who are passionate about being stewards of their Students’ Association and who want to improve the SAIT student experience. It is governed by student representatives elected by their peers each year. These students work together to lead Saitsa initiatives.


Get Involved! – It’s your student association, your voice. Make the most of your academic experience. Run for the Saitsa Board of Directors, attend the Panel Night, and cast your vote online on March 23 & 24, 2022.

Why Should I Get Involved?

Experience on the Board of Directors can truly benefit your future! There are so many reasons to get involved with your student-run government. Visit ‘Get on Board’ for more information why and how to get involved today.

DECIDE Your Board

Meet Your Candidates

(Campaign Period Currently Closed)

Those who get elected represent over 12,000 SAIT students to all levels of government, the community and the institution – your vote matters!

Candidates are expected to build a platform based on the 4 guiding principles of fairness, equality, student interest, and transparency. Platforms should be clear and realistic; ideally, candidates’ platforms will also incorporate components of Saitsa’s strategic plan, mission, and vision.


VOTE Your Board

When Can I Vote? Voting is easy and only takes a few minutes. Online voting dates are March 30, 2021 at 8 a.m. until March 31, 2021 at 4 p.m

Where Do I Vote? Students are able to access a secure link to the election ballot via their SAIT student email (subject is “Vote Here”) during the voting period. Day or night, you can vote from anywhere! All you need is a valid SAIT student email address.


  • Forgot what your password is to your SAIT student email?

Unless you’ve changed it, your password should be your date of birth: YY/MM/DD

Online Voting Period:

March 30, 2021 at 8 a.m.

March 31, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Voting FAQ

Is voting secure?

Saitsa utilizes a platform called Simply Voting  Simply Voting is a web-based online voting system that manages Saitsa’s elections easily and securely. Saitsa staff and the CRO coordinate the development of the ballot; the voter list is uploaded with student numbers only, no names, so your vote is confidential.

What voting system do you use?

Saitsa uses the Single Transferable Vote system to elect its representatives. Under this system, voters rank the candidates in order of preference whereby voters rank their most preferred candidate as ‘1’ and their second most preferred candidate as ‘2’ and so on. This system closely approaches proportional representation and is generally considered a more fair voting system. For more information on how STV works within Saitsa please consult our Election Policies & Procedures.

Who is eligible to vote?

Any student who pays Saitsa fees can vote in the SAIT Students’ Association elections. If you pay Saitsa fees and have not received your voting email please check your junk folder; if you still cannot find the email please submit a ‘voter issue form’ found at the top of this page.

Why should I vote?

You’re putting your support behind students who will advocate for you to the institution and all levels of government. These dedicated students will set the framework for the Students’ Association for years to come, which will impact the events and services offered and how your membership fees are spent. VOTE and help shape your student experience!

How do I decide?

Deciding who to vote for can be tricky, for many students, this may be their first time voting – exciting! Democracy in action! As with all elections, it is important to review the candidate’s campaigns and get a ‘feel’ for them via their campaign activities and materials. It is also important for you to understand what the role of the Board is so that you can ensure the candidate’s platform aligns with the role of the Board.


Candidates are expected to build a platform based on the 4 guiding principles of fairness, equality, student interest, and transparency. Platforms should be clear and realistic; ideally, the candidate’s platforms will also incorporate components of Saitsa’s strategic plan, mission, and vision.

Decide who will get your vote based on what matters to you! Those who get elected represent over 12,000 SAIT students to all levels of government, the community, and the institution – your vote matters! Ultimately pick the candidates who resonate with you and your values the most, and who you think will do a great job representing SAIT students


I want to vote, but something isn’t working

Are you experiencing technical issues when you attempt to cast your vote? Complete this form if you are experiencing an issue with voting in Saitsa’s election. Replies will be via email unless a phone call is required to help solve the issue.


What are the rules governing the elections?

The rules governing the elections can be found by clicking on the following documents:


Saitsa recognizes the need to hold open and fair elections and makes efforts to ensure all Saitsa members have the opportunity to participate in the election process. All individuals working for Saitsa are required to remain impartial while on duty. Saitsa implemented a Political Committee, led by the Chief Returning Officer (CRO), to carry out objective and rational decisions during elections.  


The Political Committee is comprised of the following positions: 

  • Ilene Burns – Chief Returning Officer of Political Committee
  • Rachel Paris – Manager, Governance of Advocacy of Political Committee  

In pursuit of the objective to achieve fairness and openness, Saitsa requires candidates, campaign managers/teams, and volunteers to demonstrate respect for others and engage in fair competition. Campaign activities must be in compliance with SAIT’s code of conduct and Saitsa’s bylaws, policies, and procedures. Saitsa welcomes healthy debate and opposition; however, campaign activities shall not harm the reputation of any individual. 

Where can I report a campaign violation?

All candidates are required to abide by the Election Policies and Procedures. If you believe a candidate has violated any of the Policies and Procedures, you can file a report via the complaint form.

Where can I submit an appeal?

The appeal process is outlined in the Election Policies and Procedures.

How can I get involved with the election?

Saitsa encourages and appreciates involvement with the election in many forms. Involvement opportunities include helping with candidates’ campaigns, running themselves, or volunteering with Saitsa. Contact us for more information.


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1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

The Gateway Restaurant & Bar

Monday – Friday

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Odyssey Cafe

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7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

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Station Market

Monday – Thursday

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Station Express

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7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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1301 – 16 Ave N.W. Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Health & Dental Process for Fall 2021

As of July 5, 2021; Saitsa will be accepting Health & Dental Opt-Out forms for the Fall 2021 semester. As soon as you are registered or begin self-registration for the Fall 2021 semester you are able to submit a Health & Dental Opt-Out form.

You have until July 26 to send your completed Health & Dental opt-out form to Saitsa for processing before the tuition fee deadline in order to receive Opt-Out credits before paying tuition fees. All other Health & Dental opt-outs processed after July 26 will follow SAIT’s refund policy where credit balances may be applied to future terms.

SAIT Refunds: Credit balances, for students who are registered or plan to register in a future term, will be carried forward and applied as appropriate to that future term.  Refundable balances will also be assessed at the end of the academic year for refunding. More info here.