Affinity FAQs

Who are your current affinity partners?
We currently have partnerships with TD Meloche Monnex for auto and home insurance, Industrial Life Pacific for life, critical illness, and medical dental insurance, and MBNA Canada for credit card services.

Why do you have affinity partners?
The University of Alberta Alumni Association offers a variety of programs and services to our alumni and to current students (e. g. scholarships. class reunions, alumni education). Affinity partnerships help to generate the funds needed to provide these services and events.  Without such partnerships, alumni would likely be required to pay yearly dues.

How do these affinity partnerships benefit me as an alumnus?
These partnerships help provide funds so that we can offer free or low cost events and services to our alumni. In addition, the University of Alberta Alumni Association is able to negotiate preferred rates on services for our alumni (e.g. insurance rates) and/or help our alumni benefit from special promotions (e.g. low interest rates on credit cards).

How are these affinity partners selected?
Numerous vendors approach the University of Alberta Alumni Association each year. Each interested vendor is evaluated by members of the Alumni Council, which is made up of volunteers representing each of the faculties. These volunteers are alumni just like you, and they carefully screen each proposal to ensure that the service is of value to our alumni. This rigorous criterion has limited our affinity partnerships to three approved vendors.

How do you get money from these affinity partners?
The agreement with each affinity partners varies. In general we receive a small percentage of the net expenditures or fees (e.g. credit card purchases, insurance premiums) paid to these partners. It is through the vast numbers of alumni who use these services that these monies add up.

How many alumni use these affinity partners?
We have approximately 40,000 alumni using the services provided by these affinity partners.

Do you give my contact information to these affinity partners?
The University of Alberta Alumni Association respects your privacy. The Office of Alumni Relations oversees the distribution of all affinity program materials; your personal information remains confidential and is never released to any of our affinity partners.

If you prefer not to receive information regarding the Alumni Association’s affinity programs, please email our Alumni Records Department at alumrec@ualberta.ca, or call (780) 492-3471 (toll-free in Canada and the US at 1-866-492-7516).

Do you know if I am signed up for one of your affinity partner programs?
No we do not.  Just like we protect your privacy by never releasing your contact information directly to our affinity partners, our affinity partners also protect their clients’ privacy. They will share aggregate data with us so we do know how many alumni take part in their programs/services, but we never know specific names.