Vice-President, Students


Phil Warsaba, Vice-President, Students joined Mount Royal University in 2011 and, over time, his portfolio has evolved to include Enrolment Services, International Education and Student Affairs.

Phil’s extensive experience in strategic enrolment management and services for students has been honed through teaching and research roles, as well as through administrative and senior management positions, at Carleton University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours) in English Language & Literature and Linguistics & Applied Language Studies (1999) and a Master of Arts in Applied Language Studies (2004) from Carleton University. A recipient of the 2017/18 Mount Royal University Distinguished Administrator Award, Phil is unwaveringly committed to transformative change and to fostering a sustainable campus life environment that supports the satisfaction and success of students, staff and faculty.


Our Services

The Students division, led by Phil Warsaba, Vice-President, Students, includes 15 functional departments, many with multiple student support units. The focus of the Students division is to serve and support the academic and non-academic growth and development of students.  A strength is in our approaches to peer-to-peer learning and student leadership by empowering students to work collaboratively with service areas and other students to grow holistically as individuals.


Access and Inclusion Services

Facilitates reasonable academic accommodations for students experiencing disability related barriers and encourages student development, partnering with the campus  community to become a more accessible, equitable, diverse and inclusive learning environment.


  • Access support
  • Exam accommodation
  • Assistive technology
  • Academic strategist
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion programming, including intercultural competency, social justice and diversity peer education
  • Promotion of CCDI resources


Admissions and Recruitment

Serves as the primary contact for faculty/staff on admission (policy/procedure and consultation pertaining to enrolment targets), student recruitment, campus tours, prospective student information, as well as communication with prospects and applicants throughout the admission process.


  • Recruitment — domestic, Indigenous and international
  • Admissions — domestic and international
  • Transfer articulation
  • Liaison with high schools
  • Guidance counsellor updates


Cougars Athletics & Recreation

Creates an environment for the academic, athletic and social success of students. Cougars Athletics participates in eight intercollegiate men’s and women’s teams and Recreation inspires healthy, active lifestyles through fun, student-led experiences.


  • Varsity teams (basketball, volleyball, hockey and soccer) participate in U SPORTS Canada West conference
  • Academic support for student-athletes
  • Facility management of Recreation Centre
  • Personal training and Fitness classes
  • First aid and certifications
  • Intramural recreation sports
  • Events and tournaments


Career Services

Provides opportunities for students to clarify, experience and achieve their career and employment goals. Includes career and employment support, work experience programs and a student resource centre.

  • Work integrated learning
  • Co-op education
  • Career Education and Employment Development
  • Resume preparation and critiquing
  • Career and volunteer events
  • Career Mentorship - Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program



Makes available chaplains and faith representatives, as well as spaces on campus to explore or practice one’s religious, cultural or spiritual beliefs.


Iniskim Centre

Offers programs and services to increase the engagement and success of Indigenous students while raising awareness of Indigenous cultures, histories and protocols across the University. Mount Royal University is located on the traditional lands of the Blackfoot people, the Niitsitapi. The Centre recognizes and respects the diversity of all Indigenous Peoples of Canada.


  • Indigenous University Bridging Program
  • Indigenous Housing Program
  • Medicine Trail Program
  • BMO Peer Mentorship Program
  • Student support centre


International Education

Offers students the opportunity to enrich their education and expand their understanding of the world through the development and delivery of programs related to international partnerships, student mobility and international field schools, and through the provision of specialized student supports dedicated to the improvement of the international undergraduate student experience.


  • English Language Program
  • International field schools
  • International Student Centre
  • International exchange partnerships


Office of the Registrar

Provides information on curriculum approval processes, academic policy review and/or interpretation, student requests for special consideration, grade appeals (e.g., academic warning/disqualification, grade appeals, fee refunds), room scheduling, financial aid and awards, and general questions about services available to students. 


  • Curriculum Approval
  • Student Records
  • Credit Registration
  • Student Awards and Financial Aid
  • Academic Scheduling


Residence Services

Provides housing in two owned and operated residences (East and West) with a capacity of approximately 1,000 beds. Residence Services is responsible for these facilities and offers students a variety of associated accommodations and amenities. Residence Services is committed to be the place students want to live. Centered on student success, residence life programming is designed to support the needs of students by creating a living and learning environment that is conducive to academic, persona, and social growth.


  • Facility management
  • Residence Life programs
  • Guest accommodations


Student Community Standards

Acts as the primary contact for students, staff and faculty on matters related to the application and interpretation of the Code of Student Conduct.


  • Academic and non-academic misconduct support
  • Facilitation of hearing panels and, if necessary, the application of student discipline sanctions


Student Success and Learning Services

Creates integral learning experiences to develop self-directed learners. Students can receive help with writing, math and learning strategies. They can also sign up to participate in a variety of peer learning programs.


  • Learning peers
  • Writing and learning services
  • First-Year Mentorship Program

The role also serves as the primary contact for students, staff and faculty for matters related to New Student Orientation (NSO), the coordination of institutional academic advising and the development and delivery of transitional support programs for new students. Any current Mount Royal student who is interested in changing programs is also welcome to meet with an advisor in Academic Advising services.


  • Academic Advising
  • New Student Orientation
  • Graduate Studies Fair
  • New Student Registration
  • Early Warning/Early Support programs


Student Systems and Communications

Provides internal support to the Students subdivision for business and data analysis, project management, system upgrade/implementation services, as well as student-facing marketing and communications for transactional messages (official communications) and service marketing to students across the University.


  • Student-facing communications and Academic Calendar production
  • Banner training/support, implementation and upgrades
  • Student service systems implementation and upgrades (e.g., MyMRU; DegreeWorks; Banner Communication Manager, Curriculog/Acalog)
  • Strategic planning of student systems (Roadmaps)
  • Student data: operational reporting and analysis


Wellness Services

Promotes individual and campus well-being by empowering the Mount Royal community to create a place where people can learn, work, play, love and live well.


  • Health Services
  • Injury and Prevention Clinic (chiropractic, massage therapy, athletic therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture, pedotherapy)
  • Student Counselling
  • Health Education
  • Mental health programs
  • Immunizations
  • Dating, domestic and sexual violence response and awareness