Message from the Chair
My name is Kairi Pawlick and I graduated from civil engineering at the U of A in 2005. I work as a senior associate and project manager in land development at Stantec Consulting and I’m also part of the faculty’s newly formed Young Alumni Council, an organization whose time has come.
Dean Fraser Forbes told me it isn’t uncommon now to have graduating classes of more than 800 people at the faculty. And alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years currently represent one-third of living alumni—a figure that will quickly approach half. The faculty wants to do a better job of engaging these graduates.
I confess I’m a serial hand-raiser. I’ve been involved with Edmonton’s NextGen Committee for three years now, I volunteer with APEGA's outreach program and I act as a mentor in Stantec’s emerging leaders program. I spend time thinking about developing the next generation of leaders in our community and I’m excited to carry this experience forward with U of A engineering grads of the past 10 years.
First, our council will establish who we are, what we plan to do, why it’s important, and how we’ll achieve it. We’ll identify gaps in programming and services and we’ll provide direction to the faculty for how to meet the needs of young alumni, and we're looking for your ideas. The best way to stay in the loop is through social media (@kpawlick on Twitter) or by emailing the council at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.