2020 AGM – Covid-19 style

We hope you are all keeping healthy and safe during the pandemic. The Friends have continued to work on supporting the University through these challenging times. Since we are required to hold an Annual General Meeting, we held it virtually via Zoom on May 27 at 5:00 PM. We changed the agenda to just the business portion of the meeting and kept the time requirement to a minimum. Thirty one people attended – Thank You!

Three of the executive board members agreed to stay on another year and Andrea Sulyma stepped up to take on the Secretary role.  Thanks to all the volunteer board members for their contributions throughout the year.

We hope to meet in person soon (perhaps a Raise the Bar?) and continue championing the University of Alberta to the broader community.

Stay Safe!



2019 Friends’ Annual General Meeting

Over 70 Friends gathered at this year’s AGM. The mix and mingle style was a great opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old friends.

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

Chancellor Doug Stollery thanked the Friends for the USchool donation and highlighted the profound impact USchool has on the students.

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The highlights of the past year included the kick off the the new program Raise The Program with three events and meeting the first two winners of the $10,000 Graduate Student Award.

The election of the executive positions for 2019-20 was completed as follows: The Friends elect Luca Vanzella as President, Ken Regan as Vice President, Matthew Sharp as Treasurer, Kate Freeman as Secretary.

Thanks to our guest speaker Dr. Lee Foote, for introducing us to new Aga Khan Garden part of the University of Alberta Botanical Garden.

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

2019 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 29, 2019, from 5:00 – 6:30pm.

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Lee Foote, Professor & Director of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden.

The Friends are hosting the AGM this year with the same format as last year. 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 2018 accomplishments and what we envision for 2019. Please reserve your free tickets here.

Doors open at 4:45pm.

Photo credit “University of Alberta Botanic Garden.”

Killer Asteroids: The Next Extinction Event?

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Killer Asteroids: The Next Extinction Event?

Tue, 14 May 2019
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00-7:00 PM Speaker + Q&A
Accent Lounge
8223 104 St. Edmonton (View on map)


We live on a planet in a Solar System that has lots of loose rock still in orbit around the Sun. Earth history is full of extinction events, some of which are linked to impacts of asteroids. Today, there are many asteroids in orbits that are a possible threat to life on Earth. How likely is it that the next great extinction event would be caused by asteroid impact? Is there anything we could do to prevent it? What are asteroids made of, anyway? Chris Herd address these and other questions related to the survival of our species in the context of a “shooting gallery” Solar System.

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Herd is a geologist who studies the planets and moons of the Solar System as understood mainly through meteorites. He is the curator of the University of Alberta Meteorite Collection, the largest University-based meteorite collection in Canada, and an internationally-recognized expert in the best methods for curation and handling of pristine planetary samples under cold conditions in the world’s only cold meteorite curation facility.

Raise The Bar is a program designed by The Friends of the University of Alberta Society to provide interesting, engaging learning opportunities that break down real or perceived barriers to education and connect the University and its faculty to the broader community. We’re raising the bar on the way people consume content.