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.
Alex Cook ’13 – President
My time at Bishop’s was the best of my life and the values I developed on campus have helped me through every step of my career. The Alumni Community has played a major role in my journey, helping me land roles at PepsiCo, Xerox and most recently Salesforce. Before taking on the role of President, I spent 4 years working with the Alumni Association, building out our Vancouver Chapter.
During my time on campus you’d have found me volunteering with Big Buddies, lifeguarding at the Plex, playing Intramural Sports or traveling to Belgium to bring home the 2013 NIBS Championship. I graduated with a B.B.A. concentrating in Marketing and a Minor in French Language Studies.
I’m currently working in the Vancouver tech scene at a competitive intelligence company called Klue. Outside of my professional life, my time is filled with running, skiing, hiking, traveling and volunteering locally as a ski coach with Vancouver Adaptive Snowsports and abroad with Surf for Life on various community projects.
During my two year term, I hope to expand our local chapters and work together to connect alumni across the world in a way that fosters a loyal, fun and helpful Gaiter Community.
Lesley Kelly ’99 – Past-President of the Alumni Association
I’m honoured to serve the Bishop’s University Alumni Association as the Past-President.
It has been over 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 Past-President, 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.
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!
Carolyn Gagnon ’16 – Toronto Chapter President
Bishop’s has been in my family for generations. My dad loved his time there so much he even convinced my mom (a non-Bishop’s grad) to get married in St. Mark’s Chapel – on homecoming weekend of all weekends.
I wouldn’t trade the four years spent on the Massawippi shore for anything! While at BU I was a coordinator for the Dance Club and Competitive Dance Team, participated in Fashion Show and was a member of the Golf Team. I graduated with a B.A in English (Media & Cultural Studies) with a Minor in Entrepreneurship
Now living in Toronto, I work as a Consultant for NATIONAL Public Relations. I look forward to connecting with all my fellow gaiters and raising a toast together again!
Jacob Gerlofs ’19 – Vancouver Chapter President
Completing my undergrad at BU was a genuinely transformative experience; I made deep and lasting friendships, cultivated character, developed my career, and had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. This tends to be a universal Bishop’s experience and one which has created a community of dedicated alumni long after graduation – a community that I am proud to be a part of.
I completed my B.Sc. at Bishop’s in neuroscience and psychology, minor in drama studies. During that time, I played intramural hockey and volleyball and was a member of the Ski & Board Club, the Rock-Climbing Club, the Photography Club, and the Neuroscience Student Network – for the latter two I was a club co-lead. I’ve volunteered in the annual Charity Fashion Show and participated in O-Week as a Team Leader and Judge. I was also involved in the arts at BU, having acted in a production, directed a short film, written a play, and worked as a photographer around campus. With the help of BU opportunity funds, I also completed research internships in France and China.
I now reside in Vancouver where I’m completing my Ph.D. in neuroscience at UBC and am enthused to be leading the Vancouver chapter! I see so much value for all alumni in being a part of a greater network and I’m committed to strengthening and growing our local Gaiternation.
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 email@example.com and we’ll connect you!