Alumni Achievement Awards

The Alumni Achievement Awards

The 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards recipients will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards. Check back here after the event to watch videos featuring the recipients and read their inspirational stories.

The 2017 nomination period opens Jan. 3, 2017. Mount Royal alumni are leaders in our community. It's up to all of us to make sure they're recognized.

A Royal Night featuring the Alumni Achievement Awards

Join us Oct. 5, 2016 at the Bella Concert Hall for an inspiring night with entertainment, food and drinks.

Experiences include:

  • Announcement of the 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards recipients experience their inspiring stories
  • Paul Brandt, alumnus and Mount Royal Storyteller-in-Residence — hear his talk titled Paul Brandt Legacy Collection - Intellectual, Creative and Personal
  • Pure Motion Dance Company lead by alumna/Horizon Award recipient Nicola Kozmyk Jones — watch her troupe dazzle on stage
  • Mount Royal Artio & Cum Vino Cantus choirs —  the two choirs collide for an invigorating performance
  • The Calgary Fiddlers — be energized by the sounds of the fiddle
  • Mount Royal alumni Doug Dirks and Jenny Howe of CBC Radio Calgary — veteran hosts of the Alumni Achievement Awards will entertain with their witty banter

Reconnect with old friends. Come back to where it all started because you still belong here. Get tickets and learn more at the event page: mru.ca/royalnight 

About the Awards
Mount Royal University derives tremendous pride from the success of our students and their achievements as alumni. Our alumni community has grown to more than 90,000 individuals who make remarkable contributions to their professions and communities. To celebrate their many accomplishments the Mount Royal University Alumni Association offers a comprehensive recognition program to honour alumni and students known as the Alumni Achievement Awards.

The Alumni Achievement Awards honour and celebrate alumni each year in four different recognition categories:

Horizon Award — recognizing the outstanding achievements of alumni early in their careers
Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award — recognizing an alumnus who has brought great honour to the university and fellow alumni through excellence in professional, community and/or personal endeavours
Outstanding Alumni Awards — recognizing alumni who demonstrate outstanding achievement in their fields (full description can be found on the nomination form available during the nomination period)

The awards program also goes a step beyond traditional alma mater recognition by providing support to current and new Mount Royal students. More than $9,000, including a select number of scholarships for children of alumni, is awarded annually to current and new Mount Royal students through the awards program.Past Awards recipients:

2016 Alumni Achievement Awards nominees:

Joel Fischer, Bachelor of Nursing, 2015
Reetu Mall, Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice, 2010
Carmen Morin, Music Diploma — Music Performance, 2009
Chelsea Smyth,  Bachelor of Communication — Public Relations, 2015
Courtney Vincent, Bachelor of Applied Interior Design, 2006
Tom Babin, Bachelor of Applied Communication — Journalism, 1999
Shawn Cable, Business and Sports Management
Lee Genier, Business Administration diploma, 1993
Danielle Gibbie, Bachelor of Business Administration — General Management, 2015
Bronson Ha, Bachelor of Arts — Criminal Justice, 2013
Paul Hagel, Bachelor of Applied Communication — Public Relations, 2003
Murray Langdon, Broadcasting diploma, 1994
Brad Nichols, Bachelor of Applied Justice Studies, 2003
Pat Patton, Justice Administration diploma, 1985
Marshall Copithorne, MRC High School, 1955
Michael Fulmes, Communications Media Associate diploma — Broadcasting, 1978
Michael Parker, Interior Design diploma, 1971
Stan Schwartz, MRC High School - Grade 12 Senior Matriculation
Past recipients:
Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Rick Smith, Business Administration - University Transfer '69
Outstanding Alumni Award – Professional Achievement
Jonathan Hak, Criminal Justice Careers - Police '80
Outstanding Alumni Award – Professional Achievement
Mercedes Brown, Natural Sciences '93 and Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program '97
Horizon Award
Pieter Boekhoff, Bachelor of Applied Computer Information Systems and Business '07
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Kristin Milloy, Bachelor of Science - Health Sciences and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Dexter Nelson, Physical Education - University Transfer '68
Outstanding Alumni Award – Professional Achievement
Liz Hannah, Journalism Diploma '80

Outstanding Alumni Award – Professional Achievement
Mark Seland, Public Relations Diploma '90

Horizon Award
Ashley Black, Aviation Diploma '10

Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Tristan Smyth, Bachelor of Arts

Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Colleen Abdoulah, Public Relations Diploma, ‘79
Outstanding Alumni Award — Community Service
Roland (Rollie) LaHaye, Correctional Careers Diploma, ‘70
Outstanding Alumni Award - Professional Achievement
Timothy (Tim) Morris, Broadcasting Diploma, ‘97
Horizon Award
Amanda (Whelan) Hamilton, Bachelor of Applied Interior Design, ‘05
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Julia Pasieka, Bachelor of Arts
Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Hon. Raymond Lee – Engineering '58
Outstanding Alumni Award – Arts and Culture
Michele Decottignies – Theatre Arts '92
Outstanding Alumni Award – Athletic Achievement
Tom Otjes – Therapeutic Recreation '76
Horizon Award
Nicola Kozmyk – Sport and Recreation '06
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Collin Semenoff
Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Robert Laidlaw, Petroleum Engineering '50
Outstanding Alumni Award - Arts and Culture
Daniel Okulitch, The Conservatory '95
Outstanding Alumni Award - Professional Achievement
Lorne Motley, Journalism '86
Horizon Award
Laura Ell, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership '03
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Elizabeth Mack
Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award
Sid Marty, Arts and Science '65
Outstanding Alumni Award - Arts and Culture
Dr. Michael Kim, Mount Royal Conservatory Academy of Music '88
Outstanding Alumni Award - Professional Achievement
Wayne Wiebe, Environmental Quality Control '74
Horizon Award
Ryan Correy, Bachelor of Applied Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership '07
Outstanding Future Alumni Award
Erin Delamont

See past Distinguished Alumni