Raise the Bar

Artificial Intelligence. Is it Alexa and Siri? Or Hal-9000 and Robocop? On September 25th, join the Friends of the University of Alberta for a pint or glass of wine, and find out more about the Fantasy & Reality of Artificial Intelligence from one of North America’s leading researchers in the field.

On Tuesday September 25 at 5:30pm we present our inaugural event at Accent Lounge (8223 -104 St.) Professor Jonathan Schaeffer will speak about artificial intelligence followed by a free flowing and informal Q & A session about AI, its promise and implications.

Tickets are only $10 and include one free drink token. But space is limited so register now. Click here to get your EventBrite tickets.

‘Raise The Bar’ is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta Society to bring fascinating and entertaining educational subject matter to informal gathering places to engage the broader community in post-secondary learning opportunities.

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2018 Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour

Back by popular demand… Please join us on a tour through North Campus’ urban forest led by horticulturalist and landscape designer, Wayne McCutcheon. The tour will highlight some of campus’ unique plant and tree specimens, the various water features and its overall landscape. This tour has been re-named Campus Water Features: Flora and Fauna Tour to be more inclusive of the diverse elements of the tour.

Register for your free ticket via EventBrite on one of these links:

cancelled July 31, 2018

August 23, 2018 and

September 27, 2018

For everyone who has been associated with the University of Alberta, its campus has a place in our memories – and its trees through the changing seasons are very much a part of those memories. Much of the original native forest which provided the back drop to the University’s first sod turning ceremony has changed. Many new trees have found their way onto campus, including several specimens not native to the Edmonton area. The campus has inherited a truly lovely urban forest of 4,000 trees.

We will be meeting at 3:45 p.m. in front of the Administration Building, facing the bus loop, at the University of Alberta’s North Campus. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes!

(***The tour is limited to 20 people on a first come/first registered basis. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled – the event organizers will confirm by email.)

2018 Annual General Meeting

This year’s free standup reception with a mix and mingle style was well attended and a great opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old friends.

A short Friends’ Annual General Meeting was conducted, with Kate presenting a year end review and Matthew presenting the Treasurer’s report.

The highlights of the past year include the $10,000 Graduate Student Award.

The election of the executive positions for 2018-19 was completed as follows: The Friends elect Kate Freeman as President, Luca Vanzella as Vice President, Matthew Sharp as Treasurer, Ken Regan as Secretary.

Thanks to our guest speaker Steven Penney,  for introducing us to the legal issues around digital devices and reasonable expectation of privacy.

The Friends look forward to bringing you more opportunities this summer and into the fall.

2018 AGM and Reception

The Friends of the University of Alberta Society invites you to our public Annual General Meeting (AGM) at The Faculty Club, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive (U of A Campus) on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Steven Penney, professor from the Faculty of Law who will speak about “Privacy, Security, and Encryption: Regulating Law Enforcement Access to Digital Devices”.

The Friends are hosting the AGM this year with a new format. The evening will consist of the evening’s AGM business, our guest speaker and opportunity to meet other Friends over refreshments and appetizers.

Please join us for an evening to celebrate our 2017 accomplishments and what we envision for 2018. Please reserve your free tickets here.

Doors open at 4:45pm.