About your Alumni Association

Meet the people and the vision behind the University of Calgary Alumni Association.

Your Alumni Association

All graduates become members of the University of Calgary Alumni Association – the official community of UCalgary alumni at home and around the world.

Your Association is led by the UCalgary Alumni Association Board of Directors – a group of dedicated volunteers – who undertake work to: 

  • Advise the university on matters related to alumni, and the development and execution of the alumni strategy;
  • together with the university, develop and oversee systems, processes and programs to achieve the goals within the alumni strategy;
  • develop a transparent and effective process to appoint alumni to the various positions specified by the university requiring alumni representation;
  • work with the university to increase alumni recognition within the university and broader community;
  • foster collaboration and community connections between alumni and the university’s research initiatives;
  • build an environment in which alumni are supportive of the fundraising ambitions of the university; and
  • engage in work and projects to help the University execute on the alumni strategy, where it is most beneficial for the work to be done by the board and not the university

We believe that an engaged alumni population enhances the reputation of the university, contributes to the lives of our alumni, and reinforces the connection between the university and the community.

UCalgary Alumni Board of Directors

Comprised of a group of dedicated and diverse volunteers, the University of Calgary Alumni Board provides the valued perspective of current and future alumni to meet the needs of members and support UCalgary’s priorities.


President: Vern Kimball, BA'81, MBA'90

Known as a “top difference maker” and one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential,” Vern Kimball is the CEO of the Calgary Stampede. He has held significant positions at the Stampede since 1986 including COO and CFO and has guided the Calgary Stampede through re-branding, re-development and re-invention. Vern also devotes his time and energy to the Rotary Club of Calgary and the Calgary Philharmonic Society and was named 2012 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Calgary Alumni Association.


Sarah Victoria Akierman, Combined BA and BSc’09 & MSc‘15

Currently working as a project manager for a technology company, Sarah Akierman is a community builder, a characteristic she consistently demonstrated during her two years as president of the Graduate Students’ Association, developing an active and engaged membership while consistently working and advocating to improve services for graduate students.  As a longtime volunteer for organizations such as Oxfam Canada, Akierman is also a founding board member of the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy. In the aftermath of the Flood of 2013, her compassion earned her an Alberta Flood Hero Award after she was compelled to take a lead role in several initiatives to identify and aid students at risk.


Rob Allen, BComm'82

Rob Allen is an innovator with deep international experience and is the CEO of Aligned Outcomes Corporation. Prior to this, Rob held leadership positions for 30 years with the IBM Company. He earned executive program certifications from the University of Western Ontario and Harvard Business School. Rob is an active community volunteer and also serves on the university’s Board of Governors and Haskayne’s Management Advisory Council.


Lawrence Bailey, BA'04

Lawrence Bailey is a financial advisor and wealth management consultant with Investors Group Financial Services. Passionate about affecting positive change and giving back to the University of Calgary and the community, he has been active in the Alumni Association since convocation and has served on the Alumni Board since 2007. He has also been a member of the University of Calgary Senate since 2009.


Judy Hanson, BA'77, BN'79, MN'83

Judy Hanson is a nurse, educator, researcher and administrator. She was a member of the university’s masters in nursing program’s first graduating class. Judy’s nursing career began with what was then the Calgary Regional Health Authority in 1983 and she held numerous positions until leaving Alberta Health Services in 2003. She is currently a nursing practice instructor with the Faculty of Nursing. As a proud alumna, Judy served as president of the Faculty of Nursing Alumni Committee from 2005 to 2010 and is still an active committee member.


Russ Mackenzie, BSc'87

Russ Mackenzie has spent the majority of his career as a civil engineer with Stantec Consulting Ltd., working in land development in partnership with municipal and provincial government authorities and land development clients. For the past three years Russ has been the vice-president (Alberta South) with responsibility for the Environment, Buildings, Architecture, Transportation and Urban Land groups in southern Alberta. He is a volunteer for the U of C’s Engineering Internship Advisory Council and a member of the Engineering Associates Program.


Nauman Saeed Anwar, BSc'05, MBA'11

Nauman is currently working as a program manager with the oil & gas regulator's climate policy assurance program. Prior to this, Nauman has worked with the likes of SNC Lavalin and Deloitte in Calgary. Passionate about alumni engagement, he has consistently supported the University and Haskayne Business School's efforts to build a stronger alumni community, most recently playing an important role in the creation of Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance. He was also elected the inaugural graduate class ambassador the Class of 2011. His volunteer efforts have supported the 24 hour case competition, mentored students through the HSB/CCAL Mentorship Program, and various non-for-profit organizations around Calgary


Brenda Marks, BN'86, MBA

A graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing, Brenda started her career as a registered nurse in Calgary. She then completed her MBA at the University of Western Ontario and moved into the medical device industry with Abbott Laboratories as a Sales Representative and then Clinical Consultant.  In 2004, Brenda shifted into Product Management and has worked with successful Alberta companies including priMED Medical Products and Surface Medical Inc., working with production facilities in China and gaining international sales experience. Brenda is a former member of the Dinos track team and 5 year volunteer with the Faculty of Nursing Alumni Committee.


Alyx Nanji, BSW '12

Alyx is a lawyer and well-known community advocate.  He is currently co-chair of Alberta’s branch of the Young Lawyers section, Canadian Bar Association. Named "Top 40 Under 40" by Avenue Magazine in 2010 and the University of Calgary's esteemed Future Alumni Award in 2012.  While a student, Alyx served as an elected representative of the Students' Union.


Helen Sunderland, B.Mus’87, MBA’92

In her “day job”, Helen Sunderland  is a Business Architect with SAP Canada.  She has been in various roles with this international software conglomerate since 1998, beginning her SAP career in Calgary, then subsequently living and working for seven years in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA) and returning back to Calgary in 2015.   She is as a subject matter expert in multiple SAP software solutions.In her recent volunteer experience, she served as Treasurer and then, subsequently, chair of the board for the Digital Moose Lounge, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit with a mission to connect Canadians in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In addition to serving as the alumni liaison for the UCalgary’s alumni activities in the Bay Area, Helen is a director of the American Friends of the University of Calgary, a specialized fund-raising entity for US residents making donations to UCalgary.