Louise is an advertising professional with over 15 years’ experience in radio broadcasting and advertising agency work. In 2003, her career took a “deja vu” turn when she returned to SAIT as an instructor. She’s a former grad of the RTBN program and fostered her career at several Calgary radio stations. Her specialization includes writing, sales and promotion.
Louise likes interacting with students and contributing to their success, particularly written communication skills. Every script starts with a story and Louise is ready to hear yours.
Beesley is the on-air instructor at SAIT. Specializing in Speech, Presentation, Voice and On-Air. Recipient of multiple Instructor Excellence Awards – for his passion, dedication, and undying love for sharing his knowledge with the next generation of announcers.
Prior to joining the SAIT Faculty Beesley spent over 30 years in Radio and Television. He began his career in Kamloops BC, before moving his young family to Calgary where he spent a decade behind the microphone at CJAY 92. He also has worked with the Rogers family of stations including Rock 97, Lite 96, 66 CFR and Jack FM. He also spent 3 years as the morning show host of Rawlco Radio.
In addition, he has over a decade of experience in Television as a host and voice talent.
One of the first events he hosted was the Opening Ceremonies of the ’88 Winter Olympics at Olympic Plaza – since then he has become one of Calgary’s most recognized voices. Hosting everything from CTV’s Stampede Talent Showdown for 25 years, voice of Spruce Meadows, Calgary Stampeders sideline announcer and since 1996 the Arena-Voice of your Calgary Flames. He’s an active volunteer with more than a dozen charities and more than 50 emcee events a year.
Committed to family, community and education and his students.
Richard always knew he wanted to be in Radio. He graduated from the SAIT Radio program, CTSR back then, and became a multi-award winning producer at CJAY 92 for almost 20 years. He began teaching evening audio production classes at SAIT and became a full time instructor in 2005.
Richard currently instructs a variety of courses, with a main focus on audio production as part of the Radio, Television, and Broadcast News program. He has been nominated by his students on several occasions for Instructor Excellence Awards, and has won the SAITSA’s Instructor Excellence Award in 2016 & 2017. Richard was also given an Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development from the University of Texas in 2013.
Richard is an active member of the SAIT community, and is currently the SAFA representative on the Board of Governors at SAIT. Richard has also been on the Board of Directors for The Broadcast Educators Association of Canada for the last 7 years. Richard is thrilled to have the privilege of training and helping guide the new generation of broadcasters.
Sally graduated from the broadcasting program at Mount Royal College. Her first job was with Cable 10 (the community channel). She worked a lot with volunteers, so it was a little bit of teaching and a lot of community events with a focus on sports, Stampede coverage, magazine shows, and phone-in shows.
In 1985, Sally began my career at CFCN Television as an editor in the newsroom. A year or two later, CFCN began doing a morning news show and they groomed her as a director. Canada AM was looking to do “local cut-in newsbreaks” and for 5 years Sally worked directing these newsbreaks and then the morning news. She was also fortunate enough to work as a field producer on several projects including Pope John Paul II’s visit to Fort Simpson, NWT in 1987, the Olympic Torch Run in 1988, the medal ceremonies for the 1988 Calgary Olympics, and the Special Olympics in Reno, NV in 1989…to name a few.
Since 2008, Sally has worked with TSN as a Production Assistant on all the Stampeder home games. She started at SAIT as a contract instructor in 2009, and was hired full time in 2011. Sally enjoys working with the SAIT Athletics department live streaming hockey, basketball, and volleyball games with television students working as the crew.
Sally has also been the president of her community association 2 different terms, and was appointed a panel member of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board 2011-2016.
She also play the trombone!
During the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Leen had the opportunity to work alongside crew members of ABC Television. This positive experience led to the decision to pursue a career in television. In over twenty-five years of professional television production experience, Leen has worked with all three of the major television networks in Canada: CBC affiliate CHAT in Medicine Hat, Global station CISA in Lethbridge and CTV Calgary’s CFCN. In September 1997, he was chosen to put the very first video on air in both Calgary and Edmonton for the upstart A-Channel, Alberta’s first digital TV stations.
In December of 2003, Leen took his experience of training dozens of people in the television industry to teaching television students full-time at SAIT. He really enjoys the opportunity to teach and then work with former students in a professional environment. Leen’s students have nominated him for an Instructor Excellence award four times.
Teaching full-time hasn’t kept Leen busy enough so he spent the last 15 years working for the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation as an audio technician. A career highlight was mixing audio for Game 6 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals. (It was in!)
SAIT encourages faculty members to expand their education, so Leen graduated with his Bachelor of Communications Studies from the University of Calgary in 2009.
Shane McQueen is the EFP/ENG Camera and Editing Instructor in the RTBN program, specializing in Television and Broadcast News field production.
Shane has been teaching in the RTBN program since the fall of 2000. In his over 29 year career in the television industry, he has worked for Global, CTV, CITY-TV, and Newcap TV among others.
B.J. Hamilton has been an Instructor and Program Specialist for the RTBN (Radio, Television, and Broadcast News) and FVP (Film and Video Production) programs since 1991. His area of expertise is in Post-Production and Graphics Creation. He is also an Instructor of the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development course.
While fluent in the use and application of digital technologies, B.J. is a strong advocate for members of Team Human to maintain a versatility in the analog world in order to make better digital stuff. There are some things you have to earn with your hands.
B.J. has almost four decades involvement with both print and electronic media production. Prior to becoming a SAIT faculty member, B.J. was employed at an advertising agency as well as various television broadcasters. He maintains relevance in the industry by continuing to free-lance his services as a broadcast technician.
His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Diploma of Visual Arts (DVA) from the Alberta College of Art & Design, as well as a Diploma of Applied Arts – Television Operations (DAA) from SAIT. In addition, he holds a number of certificates in specialized educational and industry training.
Laura loves radio and is so happy to be teaching at SAIT!
Laura graduated from the Radio option of the CTSR program, (which later evolved into RTBN). She started working in radio news in the final year of her studies at SAIT, and continued working in Calgary radio for her entire career. During that time, she held every job imaginable in a newsroom, from the “traffic girl”, to political reporter, entertainment reporter, news anchor, show host, producer, and News Director. She has worked in all formats from rock radio, to country, jazz, adult contemporary, all-news and news-talk over her 30+ years in industry.
During Laura’s radio career, she also taught as a sessional instructor at SAIT. She is an award winning instructor who is thrilled to be back in the program so she can share her knowledge and insights with up and coming broadcast journalists.
Lisa MacDonald is a graduate of the Broadcast News option of the SAIT CTSR program (the precursor to RTBN). Lisa’s first job was at CFAC Radio here in Calgary as the “All Night News Girl”. That’s what they called her back then. Lisa spent about a year there before moving on to CHQR Radio as a reporter and desk announcer.
18 months later, she started at Global Television where she was a news producer for 24 years producing all the shows. She spent the final 14 years there on Global News Morning Edition.
Lisa ended her 30+ year broadcast career at City TV Calgary as the Assignment Editor for 5 years before joining the RTBN program here at SAIT as the Television Broadcast News instructor. She says it feels very full-circle to be back here at SAIT and feels 18 again when strolling down the ugly blue hallway downstairs.
Lisa has been awarded several Instructor Excellence Awards from SAITSA. Not only is she a recipient of a Broadcast News diploma, but is also a facilitator of the Instruction Skills Workshop for new teachers and holds a certificate in Brightspace training.
Lisa is honoured to mentor the new generation of young broadcast journalists.