Meet Our Community

At the UAlberta MBA, we connect bright and motivated individuals hailing from different corners of the globe. Our exceptional faculty includes world-renowned researchers that bring their global experience and perspective to the classroom. With the combination of support from the Master's Programs Office, faculty, and students, the UAlberta MBA provides a unique and transformational experience to all.

Current MBA Students

Current Master's Students

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Meet our Faculty


Master's Programs Office Staff

Associate Dean, Master's Program: Michael Maier

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Professor Maier teaches our Executive MBA, Master of Accounting, and Master of Financial Management programs. He is also the Associate Dean of the Masters Programs office. Professor Maier received his Ph.D. in accounting after taking a heavy interest in information systems.

Q: How did you get involved in your field?

My involvement in the accounting field was by accident in many ways. I did not set out to become an accountant. Initially, I was interested in Information Systems and Design, but as I continued my undergraduate degree, I realized that accounting was more about information. So after finishing my degree, I shifted over, did my Ph.D. in accounting and the rest is history.

Q: What resources do you recommend to help your students succeed in class/ MBA program?

Financial media is probably the best and most underappreciated resource. The top three resources I recommend to students are the Financial Times, The Wallstreet Journal and the Globe and Mail. I believe that students should be reading these resources on a daily basis. I look at them quite frequently as it keeps me in touch with what’s happening in business, highlights current trends, and provides insight into what is happening in the world at large.

Q: What is your favourite thing about being a professor?

My favourite thing about being a professor is being able to interact with students. When you see that light bulb go off in a student's mind, it’s an amazing feeling because you know that you’ve made a difference.

Senior Director, Recruitment, Admissions, & Marketing: Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is the Senior Director of our Masters Programs Office. Read on to learn more about Chris’ role and the advice he would give to both prospective and current students.

Q: How long have you worked for the University of Alberta?

In 2003, I graduated from the Alberta School of Business and started working at the University of Alberta’s Research Services Office. I stayed there for a year and a half and then I went travelling for six months. While abroad, I applied for a job with the Alberta School of Business Masters Programs Office and started working there in 2005.

Q: What sets the Alberta MBA apart from other programs?

I believe our collegial atmosphere sets us apart. We have a large group component to our classes that encourages collaboration among students. Our students are active and engaged, but they also realize that they have the opportunity to learn a lot from their fellow classmates.

Q: What advice would you give to potential applicants?

Put a lot of thought into things before you apply. Look at yourself and determine what you want to do in the future. Be honest, upfront and thoughtful with us in your application. This helps us better assess your fit for the program and we can better connect you to resources while you’re a student to help you achieve your career goals.

Director, Full-Time & Part-Time MBA: Aileen Kaushal (on leave)

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As an alumna and the Director, Full-Time & Part-Time MBA Programs, Aileen Kaushal promotes the UAlberta MBA experience to prospective students from around the world and works with the Academic Services Team to ensure students are supported on the academic side of their program.

Q: You did your MBA part-time while working at the University of Alberta. What challenges did you experience as a part-time student?

For any MBA student, regardless of their part-time or full-time status, time management is a challenge. As a part-time student, the program teaches you how to balance work, school and your personal life.

Q: What advice would you give to prospective MBA students?

Take extracurriculars and getting involved seriously. Your time is limited, so you have to be selective and see where you can add the most value. Participating in the MBA experience will help you build new relationships with your peers.

Q: How would you describe the culture of the Masters Programs Office in just three words?

Inspiring, fun, hardworking.

Director, Executive Graduate Programs: Charlene Patry

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Charlene Patry, Director, Executive Graduate Programs, on her experience in the Alberta MBA Program, working in her dream job and tips for prospective MBA students!

Q: What do you love about working for the University of Alberta?

This is in every sense my dream job! The ability to work in a university setting where there is incredible energy, dedication and hope for the future is the best! I am continually inspired by the students that I meet, the commitment and expertise of our professors and the progress and impact that our business community members are making in the world.

Director, Full-Time & Part-Time MBA (interim)

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Taylor Doucette is the  Director, Full-Time & Part-Time MBA (interim) and fashionista here at the Master's Programs Office. She graduated from the BCom program in 2018. Outside of work, Taylor creates content for her blog, When I’m Older, where she shows off trendy outfits, reviews beauty and skincare products and more!

Director, Analysis & International Programs: Xiao Cheng

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Xiao came to the University of Alberta as a BCom transfer student from China. Now she works as the Director, Analysis and International Programs in the Masters Programs Office and is a part-time FastTrack MBA student too.

Q: What’s the best part about your job?

I like communicating with different types of people all day – students, vendors, other accounting professionals within the University.

Q: What’s your experience been like as a part-time FastTrack MBA student?

The MBA is totally different from undergrad! You don’t want to just speed through this degree – you want to enrich yourself. I’ve had the opportunity to make new friends and learn a lot from my classmates, professors and industry professionals.

 

Senior Career Advisor: Paul Taylor

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Our resident golf pro and Senior MBA Career Advisor Paul Taylor sits down with us to chat about recruitment tips.

Q: What’s the best part about being a Senior MBA Career Advisor?

We get to see the impact we make every day. It’s rewarding to see the journey from when students come into the program, work hard and achieve the goals they set.  I’ve been able to help students successfully navigate the recruitment processes of Nike, Amazon, SAP, City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta.

Q: What are some interview “do’s” and “don’ts”?

Don’t show up unprepared. Don’t start talking until the interviewer is done their question. Don’t think your MBA degree speaks for itself; you need to speak to your skills and demonstrate that you are the best person for the job.

Q: What are some recruitment trends you’re seeing?

The importance of building and maintaining relationships in person or virtually using social tools like LinkedIn and Zoom. As well as the importance of tailoring and targeting your applications.

Employer Relations Advisor: Alyesha Dyck (on leave)

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When she’s not exploring the great outdoors going mountain and trail biking, you can find Alyesha Dyck, our newest MBA Career Advisor, hard at work preparing for orientation and other initiatives.

Q: Before working in the Master’s Programs Office, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Before starting with the Master’s Programs Office, one of my previous roles entailed working as a door-to-door sales representative. I sold alarm systems to homeowners across Canada and even spent four months in Denver, CO. This was a great summer job and I did this for four years while completing my BBA Degree.

Q: What does your MBA Career Advisor role entail?

As an MBA Career Advisor, I work directly with students to help them achieve their career goals through obtaining internships while completing their MBA and ideal careers post-MBA. I help the students with resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profiles, and interview preparation.

Q: How can students make the most of the MBA Career Management Centre during their time in the MBA program?

Utilize the myriad of services offered and build a strong relationship with the MBA Career Advisors. We are here to help students and we want to see them achieve success.

Academic Services Advisor: Melissa Williams (on leave)

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Melissa Williams is an Academic Services Advisor with the Master's Programs Office. Learn more about the role her department plays in ensuring student success.

Q: What role does Academic Services play in the MBA student experience?

Our Academic Services team helps students with course enrollment, timetabling questions, and program planning from admission to graduation and ensures that students meet all of their academic requirements.

Q: What’s the best part of your job?

Interacting with students and helping them through their educational journey is very rewarding.

Q: What are some benefits you’ve witnessed when students take part in an international study tour?

The biggest benefit that I have seen and experienced is that the students and staff get to know each other better. Students get to know their fellow classmates, Masters Programs Office staff, and instructors on a different level and become much closer. It’s also a great first-hand cultural learning experience.

Academic Services Coordinator: Gil Anderson
Executive Assistant: Angie Thomas
Program Coordinator: Sarah Prendergast
Financial & Data Analysis: Vivian Hu
Admission and Records Assistant: Rachelle Durocher
Program Coordinator: Michelle Berg
Program Coordinator: Jessica Olesen

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Jess Olesen is the Program Coordinator for the Executive MBA, Fort McMurray MBA and Master of Accounting Program here at the Master’s Programs Office.  Jess is a proud alumnus of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Q: What was your background prior to joining the Master’s Programs Office?

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce degree I worked in sales for a while, which was a great learning experience but not my passion and I started looking for other opportunities.  I knew a couple of people who worked at the University at the time, and they talked about how much they enjoyed it so I began applying to job postings.  Shortly after that, I was hired on as the Executive Assistant to Associate Dean, Michael Maier which was my start of working in the Master’s Programs Office.

Q: What does your role as a Program Coordinator entail?

I’m the main point of contact for students in the Executive MBA, Fort McMurray and Master of Accounting Programs for any questions they have.  I set up courses in our online system and enrol students in their courses, doing program reviews to make sure they’re on track to graduate.  I order and distribute their textbooks to them.  I plan special events such as orientation, guest speaker events, and convocation.  I work with the professors to create the schedules each term and provide them with assistance when it comes to purchasing cases, setting up eClass, etc.

Q: What is one tip that you would provide to incoming MBA students?

Be sure to take care of your mental health!  Reach out to our office if you need resources and/or to be connected with someone to help!

And go on an exchange if you can!  I did an exchange in Vienna during my undergrad and it was truly a life changing experience.

Program Coordinator: Jane (Yan) Ji