Musician Paul Brandt named 'Storyteller-in-Residence' for his on-campus leadershipMusician Paul Brandt named 'Storyteller-in-Residence' for his on-campus leadership

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JUNO award-winner Paul Brandt has partnered with the University and its students to initiate an awareness campaign called "W: at MRU." ~ Photos by Bryan Weismiller

Mount Royal University is pleased to announce alumnus Paul Brandt will serve as "Storyteller-in-Residence" for a two-year period, starting today.

Brandt, a decorated country music artist and humanitarian, holds strong ties to the University. He graduated from Mount Royal's nursing program in 1992 and has returned to campus to mentor students.

"We are delighted to expand our relationship with Paul through this new volunteer position," said Valerie Kinnear, Dean of the Bissett School of Business where the position will be housed. "The Storyteller-in-Residence works with students, professors and community members to turn interesting ideas into meaningful action."

The announcement marks the first day of a student-led exhibition in which Brandt has lent his leadership.

This semester, Brandt partnered with the University and its students to initiate an awareness campaign called "W: at MRU." The project is aimed at bringing awareness to human trafficking and missing and murdered Indigenous women - two distinct but personally important social justice issues to Brandt.

"It is an honour to work alongside Mount Royal students to raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against human trafficking, as well as Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women and their families" said Brandt, an eight-time JUNO Award winner. "From the time I graduated Mount Royal as a registered nurse, my vision has been focused on helping others."

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Bissett School of Business student Bryton Udy is pictured in the "MRUnity Sycamore Forest" exhibit as part of the student-led "W: at MRU" campaign.

From now until April 7, Calgarians are invited to Mount Royal's campus to see a series of exhibits related to the "W: at MRU" campaign.

Six displays and interactive experiences will be presented, featuring original art displays, digital interactions, experiential components, a social media campaign and performances.

More information on the initiative can be found at

The experiences culminate in a TED-style event on March 30 at 6 p.m. at the Bella Concert Hall in Mount Royal University's Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts.

Brandt will host special guests Ruth Awo Taanaakii Scalp Lock (founder of Awo Taan Healing Lodge), Katarina MacLeod (a sex trafficking survivor and leader of Rising Angels), and former federal politician Joy Smith, who created a foundation to fight human trafficking in Canada. The evening will include informative talks, screenings and musical performances. All proceeds support Indigenous wellness projects and survivors of human trafficking in Calgary, Canada and abroad.

March 21, 2016