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Alumnae Twins Star in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

Alumnae Twins Star in Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

We lift the curtain on those hapless Baudelaire siblings, treacherous Count Olaf and the beguiling beginnings behind all those Lemony Snicket books and episodes.

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Lessons From Tragedy: A 9/11 Survivor’s Message

Lessons From Tragedy: A 9/11 Survivor’s Message

Seventeen years ago today, alumna Christine Gillies was working on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center when her world sheared and collapsed around her. She and co-worker Yvette Lynch managed to escape and then, this past summer, decided to return to Ground Zero. Together.

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Returning to Campus with Kids in Tow

Returning to Campus with Kids in Tow

Alumna, author and speaker Joan Chand’oiseau rediscovers what she can do at her alma mater with her family.

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Class Projects Can Change the World

Class Projects Can Change the World

Alumna Carolyn Reicher has been awarded a Governor General's medal for her work with women in Afghanistan, and it all began in an international development course at UCalgary.

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The Family Way:

The Family Way

Family businesses are different from other sorts of enterprises — they are held together by strands of DNA, as well as the logic of profit. In a salute to Family Day, we checked in with a trio of alumni-operated family businesses.

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Behind the Scenes at Dragons’ Den with a UCalgary Alumnus

Behind the Scenes at Dragons’ Den with a UCalgary Alumnus

Arash Hosseini, BComm’13, and partner Ali Asghari braved the Dragons for the longest two minutes of their lives in hopes of propelling their startup into the stratosphere.

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What Happens When You Say “Yes!” to Your Kids

In a salute to multi-tasking moms, we thought we’d catch up with a local “mompreneur” whose tiny daughter sparked a new business.

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Q&As

Wordfest’s Creative Ringleader Reveals Her Top 10

Wordfest’s Creative Ringleader Reveals Her Top 10

Forget zotting off to Bora Bora or Botswana — this week’s ticket to pure escapism doesn’t demand vaccinations or visas, or even much moolah.

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Dear First-Year Me

Dear First-Year Me

If we could fill a stage with some wise UCalgary alumni, we wondered what they’d say to their younger selves. In this article alumni share words of wisdom on how to optimize their university experience.

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Back to School — But Far, Far Away

Back to School — But Far, Far Away

A year abroad (or several) has become a popular career move. Several months before he was to graduate from the Werklund School of Education, Christopher Klune, BEd’17/BA’17, decided he was not ready for the briefcase, nor the Brooks Brothers look.

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Three UCalgary Alumni Power Couples

Three UCalgary Alumni Power Couples

Whether they are building an empire together or they are finding ways to better the world individually, these UCalgary alumni have figured out how to balance their professional, personal and love lives.

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Her Olympic Dream Ended, But She Thrived

Her Olympic Dream Ended, But She Thrived

It was a beautiful day on Feb. 1, 2009, when Charmaine Ironside, a gifted snowboarder ranked No. 2 in Canada in the half pipe and training for the Olympics, landed hard and shattered her back — and her dreams.

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National Music Centre Offers Backstage Pass to Music History

National Music Centre Offers Backstage Pass to Music History

A highly anticipated, behind-the-scenes tour that includes recording studios and the legendary Rolling Stones Mobile Studio is now available at Studio Bell. Alumnus Andrew Mosker, MA’11, shares his favourite spots on the tour at Studio Bell.

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Careers

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Careers in Motion: Fatima Nasser, BSc’07, BN’11

This month, we chatted with Calgary-based entrepreneur and award-winning home-builder Fatima Nasser, BSc’07, BN’11, who, along with her husband, Moe Abdullah, won last year’s Building Industry Lane Developers (BILD) award for Calgary’s Best New Home of the Year.

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Careers in Motion: Bobbi Paidel, BA’09

Careers in Motion: Bobbi Paidel, BA’09

What makes someone with a dance degree, who then snags a lucky break that lands her in the fashion industry in Toronto and NYC, toss all that aside to launch a non-for-profit organization that helps children in India who are HIV-positive?

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Actor-Alumna Jamie Konchak Takes Us Behind the Curtain

Actor-Alumna Jamie Konchak Takes Us Behind the Curtain

"I really like the people. Theatre people are investigators. Actors ask big questions of themselves and the world they live in. I think the potential for internal and spiritual growth is very high amongst actors."

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Careers in Motion: TREE founder Jordan Flagel BA'11

Careers in Motion: TREE founder Jordan Flagel, BA’11

Our featured alumnus is Jordan Flagel, BA’11, who is currently working in the rainforests of Belize, Guyana and Jamaica. Executive director and founder of an ecotourism company dubbed TREE (Tropical Rainforest Education & Exploration).

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14 Books to Help Grow Your Career

14 Books to Help Grow Your Career

Business books are a cheap, easy route to professional growth. To kick off your career reading list, we picked the brains of UCalgary professors, staff and alumni, asking them to recommend their favourite business books.


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Ten Tips for Future Careers

Ten Tips for Future Careers

We check in with four UCalgary grads and career development experts for their insights, advice and tips on how to survive and thrive in the next economy.

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Careers in Motion: Helen Vanderburg, BPE’79

We chatted with Calgary-based entrepreneur and fitness guru Helen Vanderburg, BPE’79​, co-owner of Heavens, a fitness club that has dominated Calgary’s downtown workout scene since it first flexed its muscles in the early 1980s.

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Careers in Motion: Bindu Cudjoe, BComm'96

Our featured alumna is Toronto-based lawyer Bindu Cudjoe, BComm’96, whose current role is Deputy General Counsel for Technology and Operations Legal and Chief Knowledge Officer at BMO Financial Group. 

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Careers in Motion: Bonnie Butlin, BA’95

We chatted with Ottawa-based co-founder and executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), Bonnie Butlin, BA’95. Butler works with professional security associations across the planet, building capacity and interconnectivity within the domestic and global security community.

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Careers in Motion: Jeremy Bridge, BSc (Eng)’05

Our featured alumnus is chemical engineering grad Jeremy Bridge, whose love of sound predates his DJ days at UCalgary. In the R&D room at his 14,000-sq.-ft. Calgary warehouse, Bridge explains that PK stands for “nothing . . .  we just liked the letters and it had a good Google search,”

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Careers in Motion: Judy Arnall, BA’88

We checked in with a parenting pro — Judy Arnall, BA’88, Calgary-based child development specialist and author of two books on non-punitive parenting. Besides penning Discipline Without Distress and Parenting with Patience.

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Top Tips to Help Grow Your Career

In a collegial atmosphere, UCalgary Alumni’s first Grow Your Career Conference saw more than 125 attendees swapping cards and job experiences for the latest in tips, coaching and best practices, get the highlights in this article.

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Careers in Motion: Jill Tynan, BPE’72

Featured alumna, Jill Tynan, BPE’72 — recent recipient of the Order of the University of Calgary — we hope you find these candid conversations illuminating.

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Careers in Motion: Tony Tran, BComm’11 (minor in dance)

Know your value and how much your time and energy is worth. The arts are just as important in society as other industries, and we help shape our communities and the city. Just keep that in mind. 

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Philanthrophy

Non-Profit Leaders Transform Communities

Non-Profit Leaders Transform Communities

Passion for helping others sparked at UCalgary. Great leaders of non-profit organizations pilot by example, their vision for bettering lives rooted in hands-on work. They see clearly how to improve communities for everyone and they get things done.

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

Discover how Eva Friesen, MBA’00, stays grateful all year round. On a sharp December morning, Friesen, takes us on a tour of the Calgary Foundation’s sunny space on the 11th floor of the Kahanoff Centre.

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If There’s More to Learn, Just Keep Going

If There’s More to Learn, Just Keep Going

Robbie Babins-Wagner, PhD’11, on scholarships, education and mental health. If you’ve received a scholarship do you wonder where the money came from?

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University will teach you how to think, not what to think

University Will Teach You How to Think, Not What to Think

Award-winning actor Andrew Phung, BA'06, reflects on how his UCalgary experience shaped his career in the world of improv comedy, and how he pays it forward for the next generation.

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Research

From TV to Real Hospitals: Sci-Fi isn’t Fiction Anymore

From TV to Real Hospitals: Sci-Fi isn’t Fiction Anymore

The surgeons’ hands move in thin air, exploring a heart only they can see suspended in front of their goggle-clad faces. The doctors examine the hologram to determine the best course of action to fix the heart.

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Augmented reality – it’s not just for Snapchat & Pokémon Go

Augmented Reality – It’s Not Just for Snapchat & Pokémon Go

Alumnus Jeff LaFrenz, BSc’85, MSc’88, is at the helm of leading-edge technology that’s transforming business.

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UCalgary Driving Changes to New Economy

UCalgary Driving Changes to New Economy

As Alberta looks to pivot from its history of relying primarily on the energy sector to developing a more diversified and sustainable economy, the University of Calgary is poised to be a consistent driver of innovation and collaboration.

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Health

Why it’s Good to Be Grateful Beyond Thanksgiving

Why it’s Good to Be Grateful Beyond Thanksgiving

Is “gratitude” the new self-help buzzword of the moment?  The importance of gratitude goes far beyond Tom Turkey and pumpkin pie. 

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10 Know-Brainers for Aging

10 Know-Brainers for Aging

Some of healthy aging has to do with genetic luck, but much of it has to do with making smart lifestyle choices every day of our lives — from exercising to learning to tango.

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Just For Fun

What Makes a Perfect Pumpkin Pie?

What Makes a Perfect Pumpkin Pie?

Precisely why a small, but vital team of five pie-lovers at UCalgary Alumni decided to chow through four Calgary-made pumpkin pies (two of those bakeries are owned by alumni) to toast a pie that is said to have been first served at the Pilgrims’ second Thanksgiving in 1623.

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Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes

We've put together these three pumpkin-based dessert recipes to inspire the chef in you. Learn how to make a classic Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling and Pumpkin Mousse Parfait with Speculoos Crumble.

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