Board of Governors welcomes new alumni representatives

August 26, 2020 | Campus Life

MacEwan University's Board of Governors welcomes two new alumni representatives. Scott Kashuba (General Arts and Science, ’83) and Tracy Sopkow (Public Relations, ’97) will be sharing their perspectives as alumni as members of the Board of Governors and will serve as a connection point between MacEwan’s 75,000 alumni and the board.

The new alumni board member positions are part of last year's legislative changes to the Post-secondary Learning Act, which established MacEwan University as an undergraduate university. This change opened the possibility of MacEwan establishing an alumni association.

"Alumni are champions of the university and provide invaluable insights into making our institution even better and brighter," says Board Chair Carolyn Graham. "We are pleased to welcome the two alumni members to the Board of Governors and look forward to working with them."

The alumni representatives were chosen through a search and selection process led by the newly created Alumni Advisory Council.

Meet the alumni

IMGLR_Kashuba_20Scott Kashuba

General Arts and Science, ’83 and Distinguished Alumni, '08
Director, Risk and Assurance Services, Alberta Blue Cross

Scott Kashuba is a MacEwan alumnus (General Arts and Science Transfer program) who went on to complete his Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. In 2008, he received MacEwan's Distinguished Alumni Award.

As the director of Risk and Assurance Services with Alberta Blue Cross, he is responsible for enterprise risk management, corporate policy, regulatory compliance and reporting, business continuity, fraud, complaint and dispute resolution, ethics and insurance.

Kashuba has extensive board governance experience, including serving as a chair, vice-chair and director of Government of Alberta public agencies/crown corporations. He was the senior manager of the Premier’s Public Agency Governance Task Force, where he wrote the Public Agencies Governance Cabinet Policy, which later became the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act (APAGA).

He currently sits on the Alberta Motor Association Corporation Investment Committee (Insurance Services Corporation as director and the Edmonton Regional Board as vice-chair).

"Alumni are the foundation of MacEwan's continued success and sustainability," says Kashuba. "It is vital that alumni have a strong voice in the governance of the institution, especially with the recent uncertainty and disruption in the world. Our experience and insights can greatly contribute to the continued delivery of a quality post-secondary education for future generations."

IMGLR_Sopkow_20Tracy Sopkow

Public Relations, ’97
CEO, Covenant Foundation

Tracy Sopkow is an alum of the Public Relations program and currently chief executive officer of Covenant Foundation, which partners with the community to invest in transforming health care at 20 acute-care hospitals, long-term care facilities and hospices across Alberta. Sopkow led the redesign of Covenant Foundation, merging five charities into a single legal entity within the confines of the Hospitals Act. She oversaw the growth of the organization from supporting three facilities to 20 facilities across the province. Under her leadership, Covenant Foundation has been able to better leverage resources, improve priority alignment, reduce duplication, enhance accountability and grow philanthropic support.

Sopkow was recently appointed as a board member with Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing, and is an ex-officio member of the Bonnyville Health Foundation, Killam & District Health Care Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation, Mary Immaculate Hospital (Mundare) Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital (Camrose) Foundation and St. Mary’s (Trochu) Foundation.

"MacEwan alumni bring to their governance and committee work on the Board of Governors wisdom, the ability to passionately advocate for the institution and a strong sense of history and tradition," says Sopkow. "Through collaboration with leadership, academic departments and internal and external partners, we can seek opportunities to bring MacEwan to its alumni in more meaningful and unique ways."


New Alumni Advisory Council represents MacEwan University's 75,000 graduates

Alumni have gone on to become passionate community members, industry leaders and game changers.

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