Reasons to celebrate

We’ve made it this far together – with all the ups and downs over the past year, greeting June 2021 feels worthy of a celebration. We have been inspired by your enthusiasm and the chance to offer new virtual connections.

Before the pandemic started, we heard from alumni that lifelong learning and professional development were of great interest. Our goal was to serve as many alumni as possible, although we could not have imagined how quickly we needed to adapt to online delivery.

We’ve learned a lot along the way and are pleased to report that our Improve Life Webinar Series welcomed more than 2,000 alumni participants over the fall and winter, covering topics like how to ace a virtual interview, the science of gratitude and ways to maximize LinkedIn.

Our Improve Life Webinar Series welcomed more than 2,000 alumni participants over the fall and winter

The theme of our virtual Alumni Week is Connecting Communities, and this idea will continue to guide us as we plan for more ways to virtually connect with you over the coming year.

Our traditional Awards of Excellence Gala has been transformed into an online celebration of alumni excellence. We will honour our incredible alumni winners during a “Three Cheers Celebration” as part of the virtual Alumni Week (June 21-26) lineup. Congratulations to:

  • Mark Lautens, B.Sc. ’81, D.Sc. ’16 (Alumni of Honour Awards)
  • Bill Laidlaw, BA ’74 (Alumni Volunteer Award)
  • Yvonne Su, BA ’11, PhD ’20 (Young Alumni Award)

You make your alma mater proud.

If you haven’t been receiving our email notifications about upcoming events and professional development opportunities, be sure to update your contact information at Have a safe and enjoyable summer – and let’s continue to celebrate our U of G connections throughout 2021.

Christins Crowley Arklie

Jason Moreton

Christina Crowley-Arklie, B.Comm. ’09, President, UGAA, and proud donor to U of G

Jason Moreton, BA ’00, Associate Vice-President, Alumni Advancement, and proud donor to U of G

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