Our alumni do amazing things—and we are excited to celebrate their achievements through the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Emerging Leader Award.

Some of the most creative visionaries, compassionate community leaders, trend-setting entrepreneurs and ground-breaking researchers started their journey right here at MacEwan University. 

Help us celebrate MacEwan alumni who are making a difference in our city, our province and around the world.

Nomination and award process

If you know a MacEwan graduate who meets the criteria for a Distinguished Alumni Award or Emerging Leader Award, we want to hear from you. Awards are presented annually, and nominations are accepted anytime. Those received by October 31 will be considered for our spring Alumni Awards Reception.

A well-prepared nomination is key to assisting the Alumni Awards Selection Committee members in making an informed decision.

  1. Ensure your nominee fits the definition of alumni: "A person who has received a ministry approved credential OR a continuing education certificate OR a certificate of achievement with support from Inclusive Post-Secondary Education OR has successfully completed 30 credits of a formal transfer program from the university."
  2. Gather supporting documentation for the nomination.

    a) A short bio (approximately 750 words) for your nominee

    We recommend having the bio ready for upload prior to completing the nomination form. The bio, which can be written in bullet form, should respond to these questions:
    • How does the nominee fulfill the award criteria?
    • In what ways have they differentiated themselves?
    • What are the unique achievements that brought distinction to the candidate?
    • What are the recognized contributions that earned them prominence in their profession or their organization?
    • What are the recognized contributions that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community or society?
    • How has the candidate distinguished themselves through leadership as well as service? (Are they an influencer within our community? Have they established themselves as leaders who can bring people together?)

    b) A minimum of two letters of support from someone other than yourself. You could consider asking professional peers, fellow alumni, and/or those impacted by the nominee. You can attach up to four letters of support.

  3. Complete the nomination form and attach/upload the accompanying documents.

Nomination Form

Distinguished Alumni Award

To be nominated for a Distinguished Alumni Award, the nominee must be:

  • A living graduate of MacEwan University
  • Recognized for leadership and innovation within their field
  • An active contributor to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society
  • Able to inspire alumni, students, faculty, staff and the community at large

Emerging Leader Award

To be nominated for an Emerging Leader Award, the nominee must be:

  • A recent graduate of MacEwan University
  • Have made significant achievements in their field of endeavour
  • Recognized as an emerging leader through professional and/or voluntary accomplishments
  • An example for our students/future young alumni to follow

MacEwan University is committed to fostering the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion within our community. We welcome and encourage nominations from Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and members of all equity-deserving groups. We believe that the diversity of our alumni, students, staff and faculty serves as a strength of our institution and benefits society. We are committed to ensuring full and inclusive participation for all in our community.

The Alumni Office will let you know they’ve received your nomination. Successful candidates will be asked if they are able to attend the presentation ceremony and if they are available to meet with students and faculty in a role such as visiting speaker, student mentor or alumni panelist.

Alumni awards are presented annually at our spring Alumni Awards Reception.