Alumni events and awards | Mount Allison

There is no better way to celebrate being an Allisonian than engaging in events on and off campus!

There are many occasions for alumni and friends to join together throughout the year: Homecoming, Reunion, Network receptions, guest speakers, sporting events, etc. Check out what events are happening soon that alumni are invited to attend.

Argosy 150th Anniversary Celebration — Nov. 18-19, 2022

Join us in celebrating the sesquicentennial of one of Canada's oldest student newspapers — The Argosy! Everyone welcome.

Full schedule

FRIDAY, NOV. 18

Listening to the Forest in Reviewing Forest Practices in Nova Scotia: Reflections of an Argosy alumnus, Legal Scholar, Former Deputy Minister of Environment, and One-Time Geographer | 1:30 p.m. Avard-Dixon 118

Geography & Environment Guest Speaker: William Lahey (‘83), Argosy alumnus, President & Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law, University of King’s College and Rhodes Scholar. All welcome!

Bill Lahey is President and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law at the University of King’s College. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Efficiency Nova Scotia. He was a professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University for twenty years. He has served at the senior levels of Nova Scotia’s public service, practised law in the private and public sectors, and clerked with Mr. Justice Gerard La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada.  

Bill was one of the architects of Nova Scotia’s transformative Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (2007). With Dr. Meinhard Doelle, he subsequently conducted a major review of Nova Scotia’s regulatory framework for aquaculture. Most recently, he and a team of advisors conducted a similar review of forest practices in Nova Scotia, and an evaluation three years later of the government’s progress in carrying out the recommendations of that review.  

Bill holds a BA in Geography from Mount Alison University, a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and an LLM from the University of Toronto. His publications are in administrative and constitutional law, health systems law, professional regulation, legal history and environmental law. He received three teaching awards at Dalhousie and the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Nova Scotia IPAC Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

In Conversation with Editorial Cartoonist Mike de Adder ('91, LLD ‘20) | 3 p.m. Tweedie Hall

As part of the Argosy 150th anniversary, fourth-year international relations student Ainsley Cunningham sits down with Argosy alumnus and award-winning Washington Post editorial cartoonist Mike de Adder (’91, LLD ’20) to talk about the impact of the contemporary political landscape and social media on editorial cartoonists — is it the best of times or the worst of times?

Event is free. Register on Eventbrite

Michael de Adder (’91, LLD ‘20) is an award-winning editorial cartoonist who joined The Washington Post as its political cartoonist in 2021.  

He has worked for several publications over the course of his career, freelancing for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, the Toronto Star, The Hill Times, and the Record, Mount Allison's alumni magazine. His work has been featured on major news outlets including CNN, NBC, Counterpoint, and The Lincoln Project.

Nominated for six National Newspaper Awards, de Adder was named the winner of the 2020 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning, received the Association of American Editorial Cartoonist’s Golden Spike Award, and was shortlisted for the Reuben.

De Adder has also published several books including dePictions; You Might Be From Canada If...; as well as a series of these books for all Atlantic Canadian provinces.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 19

Data Journalism Live Demo with Argosy alumnus William Wolfe-Wylie (‘07) | 10:30 a.m. Dunn 106

This session will be a one-hour live demonstration of how we can take a seemingly normal webpage on a Canadian university website and write a program that will turn it into structured data for original reporting and research. Data journalism isn’t a separate discipline — it’s an extra set of tools and skills that you bring to your existing beat, instincts, and process. It allows you to ask more specific questions and come up with more original stories. We'll talk about the ethics of treating data as inherently truthful and include time for questions and discussions and resources for further learning.  

William Wolfe-Wylie (‘07) manages the open data and custom data requests team in the chief data office at Employment and Social Development Canada. A former Argosy editor, his varied career means he’s been a data journalist and web developer at CBC news, the team lead for Canada.com at Postmedia, the social media manager for the Sun Media chain of newspapers, a national columnist, and a wire reporter. He’s also taught at five post-secondary institutions in Canada.

Event is free. Register on Eventbrite.

Panel: News Climate: Journalism and the Environment | 2 p.m. Tweedie Hall

It’s no exaggeration to say the environment is the journalistic story of the 21st century: hurricanes, floods, freak storms, wildfires, warming oceans, droughts, extinctions. We are living in a time of multiple environmental crises. What role does journalism play in reporting on climate change? To what extent is today’s journalism equipped to report these multiple crises in a way that will help the public make informed political choices?

Join CHMA News Director Erica Butler as she moderates a panel discussion on the role of journalists in covering the climate crisis.

She will be joined by:

  • Bill Lahey (‘83), President & Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law, University of King’s College and Rhodes Scholar
  • Linda Pannozzo, Award-winning author and freelance journalist
  • William Wolfe-Wylie (‘07), Manager Data Services and Open Data, Chief Data Office, Employment and Social Development Canada

Event is free. Register on Eventbrite.

Bill Lahey (‘83) — Bill Lahey is President and Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law at the University of King’s College. He is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Efficiency Nova Scotia. He was a professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University for twenty years. He has served at the senior levels of Nova Scotia’s public service, practised law in the private and public sectors, and clerked with Mr. Justice Gerard La Forest of the Supreme Court of Canada.  

Bill was one of the architects of Nova Scotia’s transformative Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (2007). With Dr. Meinhard Doelle, he subsequently conducted a major review of Nova Scotia’s regulatory framework for aquaculture. Most recently, he and a team of advisors conducted a similar review of forest practices in Nova Scotia, and an evaluation three years later of the government’s progress in carrying out the recommendations of that review.  

Bill holds a BA in Geography from Mount Alison University, a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and an LLM from the University of Toronto. His publications are in administrative and constitutional law, health systems law, professional regulation, legal history and environmental law. He received three teaching awards at Dalhousie and the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Nova Scotia IPAC Medal for Excellence in Public Administration.

Linda Pannozzo — Linda Pannozzo is an award-winning author and freelance journalist with a degree in Journalism from the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her most recent book, About Canada: The Environment, is part of the “About Canada” series by Fernwood Publishing. In it she explores the philosophical, economic, and ideological landscape of our current environmental worldview. She also penned the award-winning book The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada’s Grey Seal, which looked into the science and politics behind the push for a massive cull of the grey seal population on Canada’s east coast. Linda also worked with the late Silver Donald Cameron as a researcher and writer for The Green Interview, an online treasure trove of full-length interviews with many of the world’s greatest thinkers, observers, and writers. Over the years, Linda’s articles have appeared in This magazine, The Coast, The Ottawa Citizen, The Daily News, and the The Halifax Examiner. In January of this year, Linda started a subscriber-supported publication on Substack called The Quaking Swamp Journal, which she describes as commentary, analysis and the occasional deep dive, all in the public interest.

William Wolfe-Wylie (‘07) — William Wolfe-Wylie manages the open data and custom data requests team in the chief data office at Employment and Social Development Canada. His varied career means he’s been a data journalist and web developer at CBC news, the team lead for Canada.com at Postmedia, the social media manager for the Sun Media chain of newspapers, a national columnist, and a wire reporter. He’s also taught at five post-secondary institutions in Canada. In the student press he was the national bureau chief for Canadian University press after being its Atlantic bureau chief for two years. At the Argosy he was editor in 06-07 after being news editor and a writer for every section except sports. Asking William to write sports is, and always has been, a terrible idea.

Argosy Sesquicentennial: Celebrating 150 years | 6:30 p.m. Tweedie Hall

What Argosy "prank" involved kidnappings and police? Which issue of the Argosy got its editor expelled from Mount Allison and helped inspire a lifetime of activism? Join us on Saturday night for a banquet and behind-the-scenes look at the Argosy: 150 Years of Issues. University Archivist David Mawhinney will provide a revealing and at times scandalous tour of Argosy history with fun-filled Argosy trivia peppered throughout the evening.

Special guests

  • President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau
  • University Archivist David Mawhinney
  • William Wolfe Wiley (‘07)  
  • Mike de Adder (‘91, LLD ‘20)

Discussing the rich history of student journalism on campus — with a round of trivia! Buffet meal included and cash bar. Student tickets sponsored by the Alumni Board.

$5 — students (Tickets available at the MASU office)

$25 — Non-students (Register on Eventbrite)

Homecoming

Come show your Mountie Pride during this fun-filled weekend, including the MtA Homecoming Golf Classic raising money for Mount Allison Athletics.

Reunions

Reunion Weekend attracts hundreds of alumni and friends every year, giving you a chance to venture back to Sackville and reminisce about the best of the old times.

Mountie Athletics

Check if there is a game happening near you! You can always watch all Mounties varsity action through webcasts.

Musical performances

The Department of Music hosts numerous performances each year, including recitals by faculty members, students, and special guests.


Alumni Awards

Each year, alumni that demonstrate extraordinary leadership and dedication to their alma mater, and/or to their community are awarded one of four alumni achievement awards:

  • Charles Frederick Allison Award — This award recognizes outstanding contribution to Mount Allison by an alumnus or an alumna.
     
  • Contemporary Community Award — This award recognizes outstanding achievement by an alumnus/alumna within 15 years of graduation from Mount Allison.
     
  • Lifetime Community Award — This award recognizes outstanding achievement within or contribution to a community outside of the Mount Allison community. This could include volunteering or professional service in a wide range of areas such as civic, religious, community, etc.
     
  • Alumni Excellence Award — This award recognizes specific, recent accomplishments of alumni in mid-career. Accomplishments may include major awards, national or international honours or recognition, major championships, unique accomplishments, appointment to high office, etc.

Past Alumni Award winners

See who has won an alumni achievement award in the past and read about their dedication to the Mount Allison community!

Nominate an alumni

All graduates and members of the Mount Allison community are invited to nominate candidates who deserve to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, their exceptional service to the advancement of Mount Allison University, or their continued service to the community.