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Your Alumni Association: Year in Review

Western Alumni works to continually demonstrate the strength of your degree, while delivering an alumni experience like no other. We aim to foster a relationship between our alumni and Western, and among fellow alumni in networks around the world.

Our ‘Year in Review’ report provides an overview of our achievements and activities in 2019-2020 as we work together to realize our vision – to inspire all alumni to share a lifelong commitment, pride and passion for Western.

318,000 Western alumni live in
150 countries around the world

President’s Alumni Tour

Western’s 11th President and Vice- Chancellor, Alan Shepard met more than 1,400 alumni and friends during his alumni tour which included stops in London (ON), Toronto, Montreal, Shanghai, London (UK), San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver and Calgary.

  • Sydney

    President's Alumni Tour, Sydney - February 11, 2020

  • London

    President's Alumni Tour, London, ON - October 18, 2019

  • Los Angeles

    President's Alumni Tour, Los Angeles - January 29, 2020

  • Montreal

    President's Alumni Tour, Montreal, QC - October 28, 2019

  • San Francisco

    President's Alumni Tour, San Francisco - January 27, 2020

  • Shanghai

    President's Alumni Tour, Shanghai - November 30, 2019

  • Toronto

    President's Alumni Tour, Toronto, ON - October 1, 2019

  • Vancouver

    President's Alumni Tour, Vancouver, BC - March 9, 2020

Our response to
a global pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for Western Alumni and we were quick to respond to the needs of our students and alumni.

Kind Mail 2020

More than 600 Digital Messages sent in support of students facing final exams during a global pandemic.

Student Relief Fund

Western launched the student relief fund to provide critical resources to those students who find themselves with urgent expenses related to COVID-19. Over $600,000 was raised including a $100,000 donation from the Alumni Association.

Connecting from Home

Our first ever global volunteer Zoom meeting was held in April and provided a platform for alumni volunteers to hear updates from Western and to “meet” each other while physical distancing at home.

Online Learning Opportunities

While we couldn’t gather alumni in person, Western’s commitment to lifelong learning remained strong. More than 8,000 alumni and friends registered for our expanded offering of 10 post-COVID-19 webcasts.



Alumni Volunteers

Alumni Association Board Meeting, London, ON – October 19, 2019
2019-20 Alumni Association volunteers: Back row: Paul Jenkins, Amy Bi, Promod Sharma, Keith Gibbons, David Simmonds, Matt Helfand | Middle: Ashley Rowe, Susy Martins, Farah Perelmuter, Gary West, Sandra Datars Bere Front: Trisha Beausaert, Sunny Uppal, Fiona Cuddy, Warren Bongard, Mark Brown (Not pictured: Kant Chong, John Moore, Melanie Peacock, Lisa Richards, Gina Uppal)


Western’s Alumni Association is a non-profit organization led by an all-alumni Board of Directors. Members of the Alumni Association give freely of their time and talent to deliver the best alumni experience through active participation in: alumni and student engagement programs; support of University governance; student recruitment and development opportunities; as well as advocacy and ambassador opportunities for Western.

Meet your Board

2020-21 Western Alumni Association Board of Directors

President, Mark Brown, MBA’95
Past President, Warren Bongard, LLB’91
Trisha Beausaert, BA’11
Amy Bi, BA’07
Kant Chong, BA’03
Sandra Datars Bere, BA’87, MPA’06

Matt Helfand, BA’13, MA’14, JD’18
Shannon MacDonald, BA’90
Susy Martins, BA’01, BA’03, MBA’08
Daniel Matthews, BSc’09, JD’14
Melanie Peacock, MBA’90
Farah Perelmuter, BA’91

Lisa Richards, BA’06
Ashley Rowe, BA’11
Patrick Searle, BA’11
Laura Spero, BA’95
Promod Sharma, BSc’84
David Simmonds, BA’07



Thank you to our sponsors

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