How is Saitsa Governed?

Within Alberta, all student associations and unions are regulated by the Post-Secondary Learning Act; section 95(1). The act prescribes that Saitsa is managed by a board who is elected by and from the members of the association.

Saitsa is governed by student representatives who are elected each year. Saitsa’s success is tied directly to these dedicated students. Saitsa’s Board meets monthly and invites students to attend their meetings to see Saitsa’s governance in action.

Saitsa’s Board of Directors (BOD) is elected in the fall semester, and their term begins in October. Directors are considered volunteers to the organization and are paid a small honorarium for their time. Directors contribute an average of 15 hours a month to Saitsa. This time includes meeting with students, attending board and committee meetings, and volunteering for events. The BOD are your student leaders on campus.

Saitsa’s Executive Council (EC) work full-time at Saitsa, and represent SAIT students to the institution, government, and the community. The EC are elected in the winter semester, and their term commences in May. They represent and serve students by advocating for students needs. Their work includes researching opportunities, meeting with administration and government officials, and developing and nurturing networks and partnerships for Saitsa. They also meet with students to provide advice and support on academic or non-academic issues. The EC are your student advocates on campus.

Regular Attendees and Support for the Board

Neutral Facilitator

• Appointed by the Board to Chair Meetings;
• Expert in Robert’s Rules of Order and mentors the Board in leadership and governance

Executive Director

• Staff leader of Saitsa;
• Reports to the Board on relevant business and helps to mitigate risk

Governance Staff

• Saitsa staff support the administration of the Board and coordinate Saitsa’s elections

Board of Governors Student Representative

•Appointed by the Board
•Reports to the Board on the business of SAIT’s Board of Governors