For the past several years Canadian Natural has been one of the proud sponsors of the University of Lethbridge Alumni and Friends Dinner. Each year the well-attended event brings together fellow alumni to mingle, network and listen to an engaging speaker.
This year, we had the pleasure of sending three prior University of Lethbridge students, who are now proud alumni and Canadian Natural employees to attend the event. These three jumped at the chance to represent our company at such a great event and return to their old stomping grounds.
Dugi summed up his favourite memory from his time at the University of Lethbridge as being ‘everything’! He found that student life on campus, the quality of education and small classes gave him a better opportunity to interact with professors and classmates during his time on campus. He finished by praising the reputable Management and Business program that the University is known for in Western Canada.
Denis echoed Dugi’s experience at the University of Lethbridge, saying “my favorite thing about attending the U of L was the class sizes and the flexibility that allowed me to work full time while completing classes.”
Aman, Denis and Dugi all had great memories of their time at U of L. For students considering heading back to school who might be concerned about flexibility in schedules and accommodating their current careers Aman had this to say, “I would highly recommend the Calgary campus to any student who is looking to obtain work experience and an education simultaneously. The Calgary campus offered all classes during the evenings and weekends which allowed me to gain experience in my field and work towards my degree.”
Dugi and Denis both recommend the University for the lifelong connections you forge while studying there. Denis observed that the interactions you have with students and professors can be more meaningful than those at other institutions, in part because of the smaller class sizes. Dugi echoed this sentiment, noting that attending this University pays off in the long run, there’s ample opportunity for learning new skills and expanding academic knowledge and lifelong connections.
Why the Alumni and Friends Dinner is important:
All three attendees enjoyed the Alumni and Friends dinner for the opportunity to network and catch-up with professors and classmates from years back while building new relationships with other alumni members.
Denis said, “It’s great to hear about the success of the University today and see where they are heading in the future.” This sentiment was expanded on by Aman who said, “I really enjoyed this event as it highlighted the University of Lethbridge’s dedication to continuously excelling as a post-secondary institution. A great indication of this, to me, is the ability to remain in the top three in Maclean’s annual University Ranking.”
The 2015 guest speaker was Margaret Atwood, the well-known and celebrated author and the recipient of many international literary awards. Her on-stage persona is described as both serious minded and wickedly funny.
As an attendee for the past few years, each year Aman enjoys hearing from the keynote speaker invited by the University of Lethbridge, her main take away from Margaret Atwood’s address was her message that ‘positivity is the driving force towards all successes in life.’
Dugi was very impressed that despite Atwood’s worldwide success and critical acclaim she is very humble which exemplifies the real values of a great storyteller. He found her speech to be very motivating and descriptive and her sense of humor was impressive.
From everyone at Canadian Natural, we would like to thank the University of Lethbridge for hosting such a great event year after year!