Alumni Executive Committee
The purpose of the Association shall be to foster a spirit of loyalty, fraternity and help among the graduates and former students of the University, and to bring about united and concentrated action in promoting the welfare and advancing the interests, influence and contribution of the University.
Lesley Kelly ’99 – President of the Alumni Association
I’m honoured and excited to have been chosen to serve as the 2019-21 President of our Bishop’s University Alumni Association.
It has been 20 years since I graduated and I am so grateful that the knowledge and values that I developed at Bishop’s led me to a lifetime of learning and a rewarding career.
While I was a student, my involvement with Big Buddies and on the Women’s Soccer team gave me the opportunity to step outside student life, take on new challenges and appreciate what it means to be part of a community. Outside my family and professional life, I still work hard to find the time to invest in my community, as a minor sports coach, an active volunteer with the United Way and on the board of my local professional association.
Bishop’s holds a special place in all of our hearts and what sets it apart is its exceptional people and our enduring Purple Pride! During my term as President-Elect, I hope to strengthen the ways we engage and connect as alumni. I look forward to hearing from you and working with our incredible alumni volunteers to build an inclusive, member-driven, relevant Alumni Association.
Mark Lawson ’09 – Past – President of the Alumni Association
Mark is a proud Political Studies graduate (BU ’09). During his time on campus, he could be found on the squash court, at the hockey rink, or at the SRC offices, where he served as President in 2008-2009.
Mark has remained active with the University since graduating, serving on the Steering Committee for the JUMP Mentorship Program, as a member of the Principal’s Review Committee, and as an at-large member of the Alumni Executive Committee.
He has also been involved in the launch of new Alumni Chapters in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.
Currently working for Union Gas in Toronto, Mark fills his free time with travel, volunteering with Ronald McDonald House and completing his Master’s Degree in Energy and Natural Resources.
Fun Fact: One of his favourite memories was when his friends from McGill came to Homecoming and one of them confessed to “experiencing school spirit for the first time”.
Katie Leclair ’13 – Ottawa Chapter President
If you were to meet me today one of the first things you would learn is that I am a proud alumna of Bishop’s University. The four glorious years I spent at 2600 Rue College are those I hold closest to my heart. A student of the Williams of Business, a cashier at Doolittles, a member of the dance club, an avid Acoustic Tuesday attendant, a Vice-President of the SRC, and more – I’d say, like most Gaiters, I made the most of my time in Lennoxville. And this didn’t end once I graduated. For three years I was Bishop’s University Recruitment Officer; it was my job to travel across Canada and spread the word about the purple gem we call BU. After that, I said goodbye to our alma mater and hello to Ottawa where I finished a master’s degree and am now working in marketing at the city’s economic development agency.
In Ottawa, I am involved in the JUMP Mentorship Program (if you’re not, do join us!) and am eager to do more to bring “purple people” together. I applied to lead the Bishop’s University Ottawa Alumni Chapter to use my skills, passion and sense of community to build the Bishop’s network. There is no energy like the energy found in a room full of Gaiters, and I want to fill more rooms. I am excited about my position as co-lead and hope to ‘raise a toast’ with you at our upcoming events!
Laurie Tanguay ’17 – Montreal Chapter President
Hey Gaiters, I’m Laurie Tanguay, an upbeat career-oriented grad who works as Territory Sales Representative for Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade within PepsiCo Canada. For those who don’t know me yet, here’s a little overview of my time at Bishop’s:
While completing my Bachelor’s in Business with double concentrations Marketing and Human Resources, I was hyper-involved in BUCS as Vice President of Engagement (events and operations), planned the Maple League Business Competition, was one of the leads in the BU Snow Club, Women’s Volleyball, Fashion Show, Build A Better Purple, and a few other clubs and committees.
However, I realized that the reason I decides to get so involved was because I truly enjoyed bringing people together. That’s what I plan to accomplish during my time as Chapter Co-Lead in Montreal!
Graduating from Bishop’s University is always worth celebrating, so let’s make this year memorable by getting together and raising a toast!
Alex Fournier ’14 – Toronto Chapter President
I did not have to look far when it came to finding my ideal university; a small English-speaking university with an excellent business program. The two-hour drive from Montreal to my Norton residence made the choice to pursue a BBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Bishop’s an easy one.
Following graduation, I moved to Toronto to begin my career in tech and am proud to use the many business and social skills I learned on campus as the Customers Success Lead for OneLocal, a startup helping traditional small businesses grow in a digital world. I started interacting with small business at Bishop’s in the entrepreneurship program and then joined Enactus where I got exposure to the many challenges faced by local businesses. From there, I was asked to put theory into practice as manager of our favourite campus snack heaven, Doolittle’s General Store. I subsequently filled the position of Director of Finance and Operations for the SRC and had an amazing time working with clubs and overseeing operations at the Gait, Doolittle’s, and various events on campus.
Fun Fact: the best way to spend some time off-campus is to take a vacation down south by going snowboarding at Jay Peak.
Alex Cook ’13 – Vancouver Chapter President
My time at Bishop’s University was the best experience of my life both in and outside the classroom. I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in French Language Studies. Upon graduation, I returned to my hometown of Wakefield, QC and began my career with PepsiCo in Ottawa.
Itching for a new experience, I decided to take my show on the road and am now working as a Xerox Account Executive in Vancouver, BC.
While at BU, I was involved in Big Buddies, Orientation Week and fundraising for the Graduating Class Gift Campaign. In 2013, I also represented the school in the Network of International Business Schools’ Worldwide Case Competition.
Fun Fact: Sometimes when I’m driving alone I sing Raise a Toast.
Bishop’s alumni chapters are found coast to coast and around the world. Events are organized to keep the Bishop’s spirit alive, and our goal is to provide different events that appeal to all alumni demographics, with a focus on social, cultural, networking and family events. Over the course of a year, chapter volunteers in the major demographic regions and the Bishop’s University Alumni and Development Office work together to provide events covering these main categories.
Visit the events page to see what’s coming up in your area. If you are interested in organizing an event or joining the volunteer team in your region, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you!