Meet the Executive Team


Julio Jacome De Paz

CO-President

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Los Amates, Guatemala

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Going to team bonding parties

Fun Fact: Talk to him about soccer and you'll be friends for life

Julio is best known as GNCTR’s El Presidente. After just coming back from his heated summer in Guatemala he hopes to now cool off by hitting the snow in this years GNCTR competition. His roles include hounding the SAIT GNCTR team to get things done under the threat of deporting those who fail him.


andrew humphreys

CO-PRESIDENT

Program: 4th year Bachelors of Business Administration: Financial Services

Hometown: Kelowna, BC

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Attending the 1st annual SAIT T-Bog bash

Andrew is better known around GNCTR as Mr. Money Bags. He is from Kelowna B.C. but chose to call Calgary home rather than go to rival UBCO. He enjoys playing sports and cracking the odd cold one with the boys on weekends.


JC Campbell

safety & scheduling lead

Program: 1st year Construction Project Management

Hometown: Irricana, AB

1st GNCTR: Winnipeg 2017

Favorite Memory: Being so exhausted from the competition that he passed out in a movie theater while waiting for the flight home

JC is well known to cram a 10 hour project into 10 minutes and just tells other people what to do so that he doesn't have to do it. Notable achievements include eating a scorpion pizza and only crying 7 times about school in the past day. His roles include keeping Andy/Julio under check and making sure everything runs semi-smoothly.


Dylan Wittmann

Concrete Co-lead

Program: 2nd year Civil Engineering Technology

Hometown: Kitimat, BC

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Beating spirit captain Monty at beer pong

Fun Fact: Once went on Club Penguin without his parents permission


Matthew Drenth

CO-Mechanical

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Ajax, ON

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Having the automation and GNCTR clubs fighting over him at the open house

Fun Fact: Mines cryptocurriencies


Cole batonyi

co-Mechanical

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Calgary, AB

1st GNCTR: Edmonton 2019

Favorite Memory so Far: Tbogg Bash 2018

Fun Fact: May or may not be a robot and on the run from the mob.


Emery Myers

tech display & Financing Co-lead

Program: 2nd year Architectural Technologies

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Painting the tech display

Fun Fact: Is learning to hold her own at the bar


Micah Sudom

tech display co-lead

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Painting the tech display

Fun Fact: Likes to compose music


Marcus De Souza

financing co-lead

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Calgary, AB

1st GNCTR: Edmonton 2019

Favorite Memory: Receiving the email stating the 2018 team won

Fun Fact: His Afro holds exactly 64 pencils


Wade Hill

Spirit Captain

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Creston, BC

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Coming in to watch the skis being poured

Fun Fact: He's half Aussie


Chit Tun

Spirit Captain

Program: 2nd year Mechanical Engineering Technology

Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON

1st GNCTR: Waterloo 2018

Favorite Memory so Far: Watching Austin Powers International Man of Mystery with the team

Fun Fact: Started driving motorcycles at the ripe age of 10


Faculty Advisors

Milan Niksic - Chairman

SAIT Position: Civil Engineering Instructor

Background: M.Sc. International Project Management (Bath University '13)

CVT (SAIT '93)

1st GNCTR: London 2014 (Advisor)

Favorite Memory: My first event and we actually made it down and after the race we took a team picture. Seeing us all relaxed and realizing we did good made all the stress worth it. I jumped across all the team members and it was awesome. I wrote a email to our dean and the students about how much I liked the experience, apparently it made some parents cry!

Aspirations for the Team:  The team has worked so hard and I want SAIT funding in place, more schools involved, and have faculty from other departments join. Make it a permanent SAIT team, a permanent part of SAIT and SAITSA with minimum financial support, and dedicated, known support from SAIT and even the government of Alberta. GNCTR is hands on experience and that’s is what SAIT is about, period!


Ben Ellard - Promotion & Sponsorship

SAIT Position: Civil Engineering Instructor

Background: B.Sc. Land Use & Environmental Studies (U of Saskatchewan '98)

1st GNCTR: Winnipeg 2017 (Advisor in Training)

Favorite Memory: My favorite experience from that year was seeing the reactions from the team when we won the King of the Hill. Unforgettable.

Aspirations for the Team: Tackle some of the interesting challenges put forward by the judging committee. While they may seem “fun and trivial,” I believe they offer truly unique challenges that require very unconventional problem solving strategies. Getting recognition as a SAIT team would be icing on the cake.


Brian Backs - design consultant

SAIT Position: Civil Engineering Instructor

Background: B.Sc. Civil Engineering (U of Alberta '02)

1st GNCTR: Regina 2000 (Competitor)

Favorite Memory:

My favorite memory as a competitor was waiting for dinner one night with all of the teams and we all started singing the National Anthem (except for the team from USA, who didn’t know our anthem). When we were done the team from the USA started singing their anthem thinking they would be 10 voices in a crowd of 300. I can still remember the looks on their face when we all joined in with them. Afterwards they promised to try an learn our anthem too.

My favorite memory as an advisor was waiting by my phone as the results came via text from Ben this 2018 season. I hope the be there in person the next time we win!

Aspirations for the Team:

I think my biggest aspiration for the team is to continue fostering the bond we have between students from different schools. It’s a truly unique quality that you don’t find in any of the other teams and I think it gives us an advantage to pull from such a diverse set of skills.