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University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA)

All U of G graduates are members of the UGAA and are eligible for many great services and benefits, networking events and lifelong learning opportunities.

Board of Directors

The UGAA is governed by a ten-member volunteer board. The role of the board is to:

  • Represent the interests of the alumni population as a whole
  • Promote opportunities for lifelong relationships
  • Encourage communication among alumni and with the University community

The board seeks competencies and diversity that will contribute to effective governance and represent our alumni body. Diversifying the board is a priority for our nomination process. The alumni we serve are diverse in many ways. By better reflecting this diversity in the makeup of our board and committees, we will increase our understanding of how to best serve all of our alumni. Nominations close March 30, 2024. 

Nominations are now closed

*Self nominations are encouraged

What's in it for you?

When you join the UGAA board, you are seizing a great opportunity to develop your skillset, connect with like-minded alumni, and engage in strategic planning on behalf of the alumni community. As a board, we work together to affect change and implement opportunities at U of G — individually, we develop our own skills and experience in board governance, community involvement, strategic planning, communications, marketing, finance and fundraising. It's a win-win!

  • Term of Office: Three Years


  • Increase the awareness of alumni and their involvement, contributions and interactions with the University
  • Act as a strong ambassador for the University of Guelph
  • Motivate fellow alumni to be active in University advancement and alumni outreach
  • Seek out new affinities that will expand the connection alumni have with the University
  • Provide information, best practices and ideas for the UGAA and Alumni Affairs and Development
  • Contribute to the good governance and ethical behaviour of the UGAA
  • Be an active participant in at least one UGAA subcommittee
  • Be prepared for all meetings by reviewing the past minutes, committee reports, and any other information provided in advance
  • Contribute to the governing of the UGAA, which includes proposing, debating, approving operations as well as short- and long-term strategic planning

Qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Graduate of the University of Guelph
  • Commitment to the advancement of the University of Guelph
  • Ability to meet time and length of term commitments
  • Commitment to the mission and role of the UGAA board
  • Understanding of the operation of the UGAA and Alumni Affairs & Development
  • Ability to contribute ideas and opinions openly and to build a climate of trust and teamwork
  • Objectivity and absence of conflict of interest
  • Prior board experience
  • Ability to work with a diverse alumni population and other university stakeholders
  • Results orientation
  • Systems-level planning and thinking
  • Understanding organizational and team dynamics

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 9 board meetings per year
  • Attend weekend retreat and/or an annual orientation session
  • Annual General Meeting (June)
  • Occasional teleconference calls
  • Homecoming Weekend (September)
  • Alumni Weekend and Gala (June)
  • In addition, time is required for reading and preparation for board and committee meetings
  • Participation in at least one board sub-committee with meetings held 6-8 times per year, representing 4-6 hours per month
  • Attendance at University and alumni functions as required
  • All meetings (executive & board) begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held either virtually, at Alumni House, University of Guelph or occasionally an off-campus location. Dinner and beverages are provided for each in person meeting. Normally available at 5:30 p.m.
  • Duration of meetings: regular board meetings last for approximately 2 hours while committee meetings are approximately 60 minutes.
  • Correspondence between board members is frequent and encouraged.

  • EXECUTIVE: Provides leadership for the board.
  • NOMINATIONS: Ensures sound leadership and continuous development of the UGAA by recruiting a succession of dedicated alumni with appropriate skill sets.
  • FINANCE AND AFFINITY: Provides the UGAA with predictable, stable, and expanding financial resources.
  • GOVERNANCE: Reviews the UGAA bylaws with a focus on keeping processes and policies current, efficient and in line with the board goals.
  • ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT/PROGRAMMING: Advises and supports AA&D staff in planning and executing successful engagement opportunities


College Alumni Associations

You can also join college-based alumni groups that provide volunteer opportunities like career nights, mentoring, and guest speaking. Learn more:



UGAA Board of Directors

Lindsay Holland
Talha Tariq
Lauren Lewitzky
Gregg Allan
Christina Crowley-Arklie
Past President
Courtney J. De Caire
Thomas Brandstetter
VP External
Benjamin Hayes
Jeff Dover
Krista Miller
VP Internal

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