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In celebration of 100 years, we're sharing stories about the people who have shaped SAIT throughout our first century.
 What’s your #SAITstory? If you have a special memory or connection to SAIT, we want to hear about it. Tell us your story.
08 Nov
From satellite communications to craft brewery

From satellite communications to craft brewery

Things have changed exponentially for us since Aug. 12, 2013 — the day we made our first sale in Alberta. We started in an eight-foot-by-ten-foot tool shed and now we’re in a 15,000 square-foot industrial bay. And yeah, it grows all the time. 

I was talking to Graham (Co-owner & Co-founder, Tool Shed Brewing Company) a few weeks ago about how ridiculous this thing is and how we got here. It’s weird when you think back on how these connections are made. I was saying I think Facebook is the best way to track it — if you look back at your posts, you can see how you got to where you are.

I started in Computer Engineering at SAIT and then inadvertently turned into everyone’s computer technologist at home, so I quickly switched programs … I had always been interested in radio frequency, so I thought either telecom or broadcast. And at the time, I remember thinking broadcast would be cool because I’d have kids one day and I could take them for a tour of the TV station. And they’d say, ‘Yup, my dad works at the TV station,’ and think it’s pretty cool.

I worked in broadcast for two years and then I took a job in Afghanistan, which kind of had the perfect mix of both worlds ― satellite communications ― and the location made it exciting as well. I was doing the part I loved about broadcast, and doing it in a foreign land kind of put some spice in it.”

Jeff Orr, Broadcast Electronics Technology ’03 | Co-owner & Co-founder, Tool Shed Brewing Company

Editor’s note: Tool Shed Brewing Company teamed up with SAITSA to create a centennial brew, SAIT Centenni-Ale in celebration of our 100 years. You can find the special-edition ale the Gateway Bar and Oak & Vine.

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