About the Program

About the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program

Inspiring lifelong learning through transformational mentorship experiences

By providing a diversity of university-wide mentorship experiences, the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program connects students with alumni and the broader community. This signature program inspires learning through relationships that demystify life after graduation for students and provides meaningful engagement opportunities for alumni and Mount Royal’s community partners. Recognizing the importance of developing citizenship and leadership, value-based mentorship is an integral component of this program. The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program is committed to excellence in mentorship.

Mount Royal University is proud to honour Harry G. Schaefer for his leadership at the University and his legacy in Calgary by establishing a campus-wide mentorship program for our students. The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program helps students navigate and understand the opportunities available to them while fostering their need for independent thought and creative freedom.

The Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program is available to all third- and fourth-year students at Mount Royal—across all faculties, from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds. It will comprise a variety of components, including:

  • one-to-one mentorship
  • mentorship circles
  • a speaker series
  • interdisciplinary research focused on mentorship



In memory of Harry G. Schaefer

quote_schaeferHarry G. Schaefer picture Harry G. Schaefer was known for his passion for mentorship — sharing his knowledge and experience while challenging those he mentored to step out of their comfort zones, to reach higher and to achieve their full potential.

Schaefer was skilled in recognizing untapped potential, and many of Calgary’s business and community leaders benefited from his sharp mind and inquisitive nature.

A chartered accountant by trade, Schaefer spent most of his career at TransAlta in a number of financial roles, culminating in the role of Chief Financial Officer, which he held until his retirement in 1993. With his expertise in financing and corporate takeovers and his leadership on corporate governance and ethics issues, Schaefer served as Chairman of the Board of TransAlta for five years ending in 1996. He also served as director and audit committee chair of many corporate boards including TransCanada Corporation, Telus, Agrium, Fording Coal, Sun Life and Mount Royal University.

Harry G. Schaefer passed away on October 23, 2011.