Alumni Association

About the Alumni Association

Founded in 1883, the Association is the second-oldest student association on campus.

The Association is made up of 250,000 graduates, who automatically become members upon graduation. 

The Association works to support the interests of alumni by investing in three key activities:
  • enhancing the student experience;
  • providing services to alumni;
  • building links with the University community.


The Alumni Association and uOttawa Step Up to Help Meet the COVID-19 Challenge

In March 2020, upon hearing that the University of Ottawa was creating an emergency fund to help students at risk cope with the unforeseen impact of COVID‑19, the Alumni Association stepped up and provided $25,000 in matching funding to this urgent initiative.

If you have the capacity to help a student who is suddenly without their part time job or the resources to get back to their families or in financial difficulties, please donate to the fund.

Valérie Gervais, BJour ’08
President, Alumni Association


As an alum of the University of Ottawa, you become a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.

Get your membership card today!

Take full advantage of your membership benefits by getting your Alumni Association membership card. Membership is free — and your card is easy to use.

To receive your membership card, complete the application form:

The Alumni Association relies on engaged volunteers. Let us know if you would like to volunteer as a way of giving back to the University of Ottawa community.

Who we are

The Board of Directors is made up of 16 alumni representing various regions across Canada and the world. Board members go through a rigorous selection process and are appointed for a two year term.

We are committed volunteers from a wide variety of professions. We bring forward innovative ideas to help organize, finance and support various activities and services for all alumni through our work within the Board committees (Executive, Governance, Outreach and Finance).

Read our Constitution.

Read Annual Reports: 2019-2020 | 2018-20192017-2018

Our Mission

Alumni are our number one priority; we help them stay engaged with the University of Ottawa, enrich their career path, help them connect with other alumni wherever they may be in the world!

The Association also helps promote and support the University as an internationally renowned, bilingual center of academic excellence as well as enhances awareness of the University locally, nationally and globally.

What we do

The University of Ottawa Alumni Association is the main sponsor of alumni regional events, which take place in 13 regions each year. The Association is also associated with several programs for future and current alumni.

In addition, the Association supports and participates in many events in Ottawa and beyond, from lectures and panels to practical workshops and the annual Etiquette Dinner for students and young alumni.

Alumni who have their membership card get preferred rates on a number of products and services. All of our members can receive their free alumni card, which gives them access to the library, as well as discounts on campus services, by completing the application form:

In addition, through the affinity partnerships that are at the heart of our funding sources, we redirect these revenues into programs and events to provide opportunities for alumni engagement.

The Alumni Association also recognizes exceptional alumni through our annual Awards of Excellence.

The Association also encourages the success of current students by financing three generous annual scholarships, which are among the largest undergraduate scholarships:

Alumni Association Leadership bursary ($5,000 annually)

This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student whose work and commitment provide an exceptionally good reflection of the University of Ottawa's objectives. See eligibility and application details (Alumni Association Leadership bursary).

Arcade Guindon bursary ($5,000 annually)

This award recognizes the special merit of an undergraduate student whose commitment to volunteer work reflects the objectives of the University of Ottawa as set out in its mandate. This scholarship aims to promote intellectual, physical and social development. See eligibility and application details (Arcade Guindon bursary).

Mobility CO-OP Scholarship (variable)

This scholarship was established in 2017 to encourage and support CO-OP students on work placements outside of Ottawa in thirteen priority regions. See eligibility and application details (Mobility CO-OP Scholarship).

Contact the Association


As a graduate of the University of Ottawa, you become a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.

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