Tom Goodchild Memorial Bursary

Tom Goodchild was the founding president of the Sawmill Restaurant Group who passed away suddenly in June of 2022 and will be dearly missed by family, friends, team members and the province of Alberta.

At the age of 14 Tom was drawn to the pace and opportunity of the hospitality and foodservice industry beginning as a busboy at the King Edward Hotel.  A graduate of NAIT’s hospitality management program Tom possessed an authentic servant quotient coupled with an entrepreneurial passion that would enable him to amass twenty-two restaurants in his 47-year career.


He was respected and loved by many and equally known for his generous community spirit, donating to many deserving charities including NAIT’s Department of Culinary Arts and Professional Food Studies.

It was felt by family members and his Sawmill Restaurant Group brand that a memorial bursary to help youth and their pursuit of higher hospitality education was a fitting way to personify Tom and his lifelong commitment to the restaurant industry.

Please make your gift below. If you wish to make a gift by cheque, please make payable to NAIT Department of Advancement and indicate your gift is to be directed to the Tom Goodchild Memorial Bursary. Please mail cheques to:

NAIT Department of Advancement
11762 106 St NW Edmonton AB T5G 2R1

Contact Elizabeth LoPresti at 780.491.3082 or with any questions. 

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