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Originally From

Port Colborne, Ontario

Years in Current


Years in


in Calgary

Alex's Story

Dr. Zahavich is the Vice President of Corporate Development and Applied Research at SAIT Polytechnic. He has responsibility for all of SAIT’s international activity, including international projects, international students and SAIT’s Global Strategy.

He oversees SAIT’s, corporate training, continuing- and distance-learning, and the industry-based Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS). As the founding director of ARIS, the department became the number one ranked college in Canada for applied research in 2013. Prior to joining SAIT, Alex was the Vice President of Production and Product Development at Uniplast Films Canada, a global leader in packaging.

He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Plastics Recycling) from McMaster University, and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Advisory Board for Partners in Research, the Board of Directors for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton (BCS), the Materials Commission of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) and the Board of Directors for Innovate Calgary.





Alex is a member of Team Calgary, Calgary Economic Development’s corporate partnership program. Team Calgary engages visionary business leaders to shape the future of Calgary.

Why Calgary?

"For companies looking to bridge the valley of death in technology development, Calgary has the resources to help take their novel ideas to market. Whether it’s seed funding, prototype design, fabrication and testing like we do at SAIT, or taking a new product through to commercialization – it’s all here within the city limits."

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