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    Stay connected with your alumni community with our bi-weekly online event series



The fun and camaraderie doesn’t end with graduation. You always belong here. Stay connected with events and programming designed to help you grow your network and continue the personalized learning experience you loved during your time at Mount Royal. 

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Upcoming Events

MRU Reads: June Event

MRU assistant professor, author and lifelong competitive powwow dancer Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane will join us for a conversation on the history and vibrancy of powwow culture in North America.  

Highly recommended by CM Magazine as “authentic, informative and celebratory”, Pheasant-Neganigwane’s book Powwow: A Celebration Through Song and Dance is the perfect choice for our next MRU Reads as we move into the summer. Join us for the live virtual book club discussion on June 8.

Find out more about MRU Reads. 


Recordings of Past Events

Did you miss a previous webinar? Access webinar recordings at your convenience below. Check back regularly, as new webinar recordings are posted every two weeks. If there is a specific topic you would like to see covered in a future webinar, please let us know!

MRU Reads: Jonny Appleseed 

MRU Reads is a virtual book club that brings the MRU community together through a shared love of reading and thought-provoking dialogue. For our March 2021 book club meeting, we invited Chelsea Fritz, an alumna and PhD student of Indigenous literature, and alumna Michaela Ritchie, an author and poet, to discuss recent Canada Reads winner Jonny Appleseed. Check out the on-demand version of this insightful discussion. Note: adult themes discussed.

Find out more about MRU Reads. 

MRU Reads: The Finder

Read, discuss, repeat! MRU Reads is a virtual book club that brings the MRU community together through a shared love of reading and thought-provoking dialogue. Local author and MRU honorary alumnus Will Ferguson joined us for our inaugural meeting on November 26 to discuss his latest book, The FinderListen to the live discussion with Will Ferguson. Note: adult themes discussed.

To find out more (and join!) MRU Reads, click here

Webinar: Advancing Their Communities

This year's Outstanding Alumni Award - Community Service recipient Travis Juska serves his community every day through his work as a Calgary police officer. Furthermore, he is a dedicated volunteer who has contributed over 10,000 hours of volunteer service over the last 15 years.

2019 recipient Heather Graham made her way to Guatemala for what was intended to be a short-term volunteer role in 2001. 19 years later, she is still there, playing a major role in helping to break the cycle of poverty for the local Mayan communities. 

The Outstanding Alumni Award acknowledges alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievements in their fields and/or community.  

Join us on November 25 to be inspired by two alumni who are going above and beyond in making their communities better places to live.


Webinar: Challenging the Status Quo

When Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award recipient Anne Kendrew was first working as a nurse fifty years ago, the medical community had very different views on maternal and infant care. Kendrew was instrumental in advocating for two programs that have significantly improved pediatric care for Albertans. 

Given her strong commitment to ethical business practices and community building, Outstanding Alumni Award - Professional Achievement recipient Sharilyn Amy made the difficult decision to take a stand against corruption when developing Oceana Patagonia, an award-winning eco-hotel in Argentina.

The Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes alumni at the culmination of their careers who have brought honour to their profession and alma mater.

The Outstanding Alumni Award acknowledges alumni who demonstrate exceptional achievements in their fields and/or community.

Join us on November 24 to hear these amazing and inspiring stories of two alumnae who changed lives by changing the status quo.


Webinar: Storytelling Through Film

Trevor Solway is the 2020 Horizon Award recipient, which recognizes outstanding achievements of alumni early in their careers. His production company, Solway Entertainment, has completed numerous film projects aimed at overcoming social and economic issues of his community. Solway also created The Napi Collective in 2018, a grassroots filmmaking society at Siksika Nation, dedicated to building the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers and films. Join us on November 23rd as Trevor shares how he broke into filmmaking and shares some behind-the-scenes insights into this exciting field.


Webinar: Media in Times of Crisis

The media plays a pivotal role during times of crisis in keeping society informed and current. By empowering their communities with knowledge, media plays a significant role in shaping public opinion. In this webinar, a panel of journalists will discuss this critical role that media plays and how the public can be responsible in their media consumption in this time of 'fake news'. 


Webinar: Looking for Work in a Changing Labour Market

Unexpected events, new innovations and market disruptions are all around us.  Job search strategies effective in the past may not be effective today.  In this session, learn how to use your skills and interests to ‘see’ and connect with hidden opportunities in your current field, emerging markets or making a pivot. Attendees will also hear from an alumnus who works in recruiting who will speak to emerging industries and where the demand will be in coming years.


Webinar: Is Grad School Right for You?

When the employment market is suffering, graduate studies is a potential option for those looking to make themselves more marketable. Grad school is a costly and involved undertaking but can be a great option depending on your personal and professional goals. Join us on October 15th to hear from a career services specialist who will speak to the process and key considerations when thinking about grad school. Attendees will also hear from a current grad school student who can speak to living the grad school experience during COVID-19, as well as a grad school alum who will elaborate on how their career path was impacted by their grad school experience.


Webinar: Stories from the Frontline of COVID-19

MRU alumni have been at the forefront in a myriad of ways during the COVID-19 crisis, helping to keep society healthy, informed and the economy moving forward. Join us in our September 29th webinar to hear from three alumni as they share their stories from the frontline and how their professions have been impacted by the pandemic.


Webinar: Stories of Innovation During COVID-19

Times of crisis breed innovation. On September 15 join us and meet four MRU alumni who got creative in developing strategies for ways to pivot and prosper during COVID-19.


Webinar: Career Resiliency - Keys to Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Times

Whether you are a recent graduate or have found your place in the world of work, unexpected events can be unsettling.  In this webinar, learn about strategies and resources to help you bounce back from career shocks and disruptions, spot trends and make progress towards career goals whether you are early in your career or well established.


Webinar: Life-Changing Adventures in Studying Abroad

Several MRU alumni have participated in outbound exchanges in which they spend a semester or two immersed in another culture. Alumni who have done semesters abroad in Spain, France, Mexico and Austria will share their powerful stories in this webinar.


Webinar: Life-Changing Adventures in Field School

We bring together four alumni who have attended MRU field schools in Peru, India, China, Canada and the US to share what they learned and how the experience changed them.


Webinar: Virtual Networking - Strategies for Success

We all know networking is a critical skill in all fields and industries. Whether your network is large or small, current or languishing, this webinar will provide tips, tools and strategies to virtually leverage your connections, preserve your networks and build stronger ties with other professionals in your field and beyond.


Webinar: Creating a Job for Yourself

The gig economy continues to grow, fueled in part by a desire for increased flexibility and independence. This webinar, featuring alumnus Mike MacDonald and alumna Aislinn Grant, will provide insights into whether entrepreneurship or self-employment would be a fit for you, tips for getting started, and strategies for success.


Webinar: COVID-19 Resources for Canadians

With the constant stream of information available around COVID-19 it can be challenging to cut through the noise and understand what specific supports are available to those who need them. In this June 23rd webinar, we'll bring together alumnus Zak Smith and alumna Talia Bell to educate on the latest COVID-19 resources available to Canadians.


Webinar: Thriving in the New Normal

In this June 9th webinar, MRU alumna Victoria Smith teaches strategies to manage the rollercoaster of emotions that we are all experiencing throughout COVID-19. Hosted by Alumni Council Chair, Danielle Gibbie, attendees will learn about how to incorporate self-care into already busy lives, develop mindsets to serve you, and how to build your resilience so you can bounce back faster.


Webinar: The Role Universities Play in Changing Times

On May 26th, MRU President Dr. Tim Rahilly and alumnae Keri Smith and Shannon Pestun discussed the role that higher education plays in society, how it drives economic impact, and in particular how universities can adapt and respond to what the future holds.


Webinar: Leveraging LinkedIn

Join us on May 12th to learn about how you can leverage LinkedIn to its fullest. This webinar will teach you effective tools and strategies to build your online professional network, maximize your career research and represent yourself in a focused and professional manner.


Webinar: Learning to Work and Live Remotely

This April 28th webinar featured MRU alumnus, and seasoned remote worker, Mark Sollis and MRU professor and educational developer Erika Smith sharing strategies for successfully navigating the remote work environment.


Past events:


International Women's Day Event - Keynote

2018 Alumni Achievement Award recipient Jenn Lofgren shared her incredible journey with students and alumni at an International Women’s Day event on March 6th. From dealing with homelessness at the age of 15 to her recent recognition as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Jenn’s story is one of inspiration and determination.


Alumni Weekend


Mount Royal University Alumni Relations has made the difficult decision to postpone MRU’s inaugural Alumni Weekend — originally scheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2020 — until further notice.


Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that the response to COVID-19 will have lasting impacts on large-scale gatherings for some time. Until we know more, Alumni Weekend will be postponed to a time when we can freely come together to connect and learn.



Crowchild Classic

Come on out and cheer on the Cougars as they go up against the University of Calgary Dinos in this annual rivalry game. 



Alumni Networking Reception

The night before the January 30, 2020 Faculty of Business and Communications Studies Networking Day, we're pleased to be hosting an Alumni Networking Reception. Whether you are participating in the Networking Day as a presenter or panelist, or just want to come out and reconnect with your old classmates, a fun evening is guaranteed. 



Two upcoming on-campus events are featuring alumna and MRU 2020 writer-in-residence Jan Derbyshire. 

Certified: Comedy Resilience and Mental Health (January 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Brave Space: Increasing our Capacity for Uncomfortable Feelings (January 29, 4:00 pm)


Campus events

You always belong here, and there is no shortage of diverse workshops and events regularly taking place at MRU that are open to alumni and the community at large.


Events at the Library

From the Immersion Studio to Experience Lab to the Maker Studio, come and get to know the Riddell Library and Learning Centre through a wide variety of programming opportunities.


Taylor Centre

Located on campus, the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts is a world-class facility dedicated to meeting the needs of the community. From international icons to up-and-coming talent, the TCPA truly showcases the best the arts has to offer.


Cougars Games

Our Cougar athletes make the MRU community proud! Come on out and cheer them on at an upcoming game!