community builders

People who teach. People who support. People who research. People who inspire. This is who we are.

Throughout the past 50 years, the exceptional contributions of our people have grown MacEwan University – and Edmonton – into what they are today. 

MacEwan’s Community Builders Map recognizes more than 50 members of our community who have gone the extra mile in building something bigger than themselves. These individuals are a snapshot representation of the many community builders connected to MacEwan and this is just the beginning!

There are many more community builders out there, and we intend to continue to develop this map out beyond our 50th year, as MacEwan continues to make an impact in the community. In fact, we will be adding at least one new community builder to our map each month! Check out the criteria below:

  • Community builders stand out because of their work identifying opportunities for our community to grow and in creating connections and community between people.
  • They are creative and analytical, strategic and empathetic, listeners and communicators.
  • Must have lived in Edmonton between 1971 and 2021.
  • Must have a direct link to MacEwan University (e.g. alumni, former Allard Chair, staff, etc.)
  • Person has made a significant contribution to the Arts, Social Sciences, Science, Health, or Business.
  • Person does not need to be “famous” (unsung heroes are great).
If you know a community builder that you would like us to know about, please send an email to our archivist, Valla McLean, at


Who are our community builders?

A pioneer in advancing LGBTQ2S+ rights. A developer who has literally shaped the landscape of our city. These are just two of the more than 50 community builders that will be linked to a physical location on the interactive Google Earth map. By clicking on the locations, visitors will be introduced to these exceptional influencers through articles, videos and other media.

Learn about our community builders
Find out about MacEwan's community builders through the Google Earth map.
Explore the map

How to use the Community Builders map

Note: For the best viewing experience, use the CHROME web browser.

On a desktop computer

2D Experience

To view the map at a bird’s eye view:

  • Click on the place marker icons to read the profile of the community builder located there or choose from the list in the panel on the left-hand side of the screen

Street View Experience

To zoom and explore Edmonton on a street level:

  • Click on the “Present” Button
  • Click the arrows on either side of the “1/46” to go back and forth in a pre-designed journey around Edmonton

  • Choose “Table of Contents” at the bottom of the screen for a list of community builders and choose one to zoom to their location
  • To exit this mode and return to the 2D Experience, click the arrow in the top left corner of the screen
  • To restart the presentation, choose the curly arrow in the top right corner of the screen
  • Whichever experience you choose, use the arrows on either side of the pictures to flip through. Be sure to scroll down and explore all of the linked content for each community builder.
  • This map is best viewed using the CHROME web browser.
  • If the screen goes black or gives a rendering error message, refresh the page or exit out and re-click the link on MacEwan’s Community Builders page to re-launch the map.

On Mobile Devices

  • Download and use the Google Earth map application.