Dental Alumni Association

Who we are

The Dental Alumni Association (DAA) represents all graduates from the University of Alberta Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program. Upon graduation, DDS alumni automatically become members of the DAA.

The DAA common agenda for collective impact includes:

  1. Maintaining a healthy and collaborative relationship with the University of Alberta
  2. Celebrating achievements in our alumni dental community
  3. Establishing a networking platform for past graduates, students, and new alumni to diversify our representation

For a list of the current executive team, please visit our team page, which includes a message from current DAA president, Dr. Navi Bharj.

Get involved

If you are interested in being involved with the Dental Alumni Association or interested in being a mentor in our Alumni/DDS Mentorship program starting later in the year, please contact for more details.

What we do

Inaugural Summer Mix Event

Saturday, August 27, 2022   |  6 p.m. - midnight
The Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton, AB T6H 1E7

You are invited! The Dental Alumni Association is proud to announce our inaugural Summer Mix Event! We want to unite current and future alumni - the event will bring together students and alumni along with industry vendors (ie. accountants, lawyers, insurance brokers, etc) to socialize and have a great night in downtown Edmonton.

FREE for U of A School of Dentistry (DDS & DH) students, alumni and faculty/staff. All other guests are welcome to attend for $50.00 per attendee.

Admission includes hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and live music/dance. The extensive menu will include prime rib, burger, seafood and taco stations, plenty of passed canapés, sweet treats and some late night eats.

Many thanks to dentalcorp for sponsoring this event.

Deadline to register is August 20, 2022. Register here »


Associate Advice 101 Webinar Series

This webinar series is targeted at helping students and recent grads looking for associate positions more comfortable in making this major career step. Each webinar features a panel of recent U of A dental alumni who work across Alberta. Topics discussed include navigating the job market, urban vs rural dentistry, what to look for in associate positions, red flags and much more!

Past webinars:

Associate Advice 101 2.0 - March 2022

Panelists included Dr. Sama Banaei, 21 DDS, Dr. Mandy Flory, 20 DDS and Dr. Dharminder Panesar,  ’19 DDS. Watch the recording here.

Associate Advice 101 - April 2021

Panelists included Dr. Adam Woods,  ’19 DDS, Dr. Aqib Shirazi,  ’18 DDS and Dr. Cheyanne Olsen,  ’17 DDS.

Mentorship Program

The DAA hopes to introduce the Alumni Mentorship Program in conjunction with the School of Dentistry. The goal of this program is to build relationships with DDS students and help guide them in their academic journeys. Interested in being a mentor in Alumni Mentorship Program, please contact for more details.


Convocation Luncheon

Every year, the DAA supports and recognizes the graduating DDS class with a convocation luncheon on graduation day. This event acknowledges the hard work and dedication for all graduating students and highlights scholastic and clinical excellence awarded to select graduating students.

Ongoing Continuing Education through the U of A

The University of Alberta Continuing Dental Education Office offers a variety of outstanding continuing education programs for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental laboratory technicians. Hands-on competency based, and lecture based specialized education and certification programs are available year round. For more information, visit the School of Dentistry Continuing Dental Education.

Alumni can apply for an Alumni Association Professional Development Grant to help fund their participation in any U of A Continuing Dental Education program. For more info, visit Professional Development Grants.


Most recently, we have been in communication with the Alberta Dental Foundation (ADF) to establish a partnership between the DAA and ADF to better improve access to care for all Albertans. The DAA is excited to promote dental advocacy and maintain firm belief in the ADF advancing improved access to dental care for underserved and low-income Albertans.