Who We Are

The MBA Association (MBAA) plays an integral role in elevating and enhancing the MBA experience for the UAlberta MBA student body. The MBAA does this through various extracurricular, professional development, and engagement opportunities that take place outside of the classroom.

Not only is the MBAA committed to serving the entire MBA student body, the MBAA also oversees committees and clubs that sit under the MBAA umbrella within the MBA program.



President: Saveta Cartwright

Governance Chair: Kathryn MacDonald

FirstYear Representative: Juan Carlos Orozco

Governance portfolio comprises of the President of the MBAA, the Governance Chair and the 1st year representative.

The President facilitates operations of the MBAA executive team and oversees the MBA student groups and clubs (Net Impact, MBA Games, I&D Club). They advocate for student interests with the Alberta School of Business, Business Alumni Association, the local business community. The President also represents students on the Business Council Committee, Scholarship Committee and is involved with Academic Appeals.

The Governance Chair liaises with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and ensures that the interests and initiatives of the MBA and GSA are aligned. The Governance Chair is also responsible for the MBAA elections, the AGM and MBAA’s adherence to the constitution.

The first-year representative of the Governance portfolio supports the President and the Governance Chair.

Vice President: Giovanni Holmes

First-Year Representative: Winatcha Catherine Peerapattanapokin

The Finance portfolio ensures that MBAA funds are being used in a transparent method for the good of the entire student body; and  handles the budget, revenue, reimbursements, etc.

The portfolio is also responsible for the annual marquee event of the year, the MBA Gala. VP-Finance has oversight of the Gala Committee.

This committee is responsible for organizing and coordinating the formal Year-End Gala and Annual Awards Celebration Ceremony which is usually held just before the Winter session final exams. The awards ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding performance of students and of the faculty who have made valuable contributions to the success of the MBA program throughout the year.

The Gala is also an opportunity to celebrate and reminisce with your classmates on the amazing accomplishments from the previous year and it guarantees to be a night of unforgettable entertainment, camaraderie, and food.

Vice President: Jordan Shackel 

Social Committee Chair: Sary Abulmona

FirstYear Representative: Kenny Yen

The role of this portfolio is to foster student body interaction and engagement outside the classroom – VP Engagement organizes various events that bring students together in an informal setting.

The Social Committee’s goal is to organize, develop and promote opportunities for the student body to interact outside the work environment. The Social Committee is accountable to VP Engagement for fulfilling its mandate. It works to ensure thorough planning and  execution of social events through fall and winter terms. If you’re new in town and looking to make new friends or if you’re just interested in volunteering for the Social committee, then please reach out to the chair, Sary Abulmona, at abulmona@ualberta.ca

Vice President: Ramya Raveendranathan 

Social Media Chair: Lauren Bolanac 

Communication Chair: Chartina Nahorniak

FirstYear Representative: Sheela Komarabathini

This role is responsible for general operations, communications and logistics, such as calendar of events, event registration and the MBAA website.

The avenues that we use to engage and disseminate information:

  • Weekly Newsletter: the “MBA Insider”
  • Email announcements
  • Social channels: Facebook Group, Instagram, LinkedIn page and WhatsApp group
  • MBAA Website (You’re here right now ↓ )

Please reach out to us at mbaassn@ualberta.ca (along with your contact details) if you’re not already a part of the official Whatsapp group.

The Social Media Chair and the Communications Chair are accountable to the MBAA VP Operations for fulfilling its mandate. It works to provide the student body with clear, concise, and timely communication about the upcoming events and mixers.

Vice President: Roveena Mecwan

Volunteer Committee Chair: Dongmei Huang 

The role of this portfolio is promote engagement of the part-time cohort with the rest of the student body. To achieve its mandate, VP Part-time collaborates with VP Engagement to conduct various events and mixers.

This portfolio also have oversight of the Volunteer Committee. If volunteering in the community is your passion and you wish to encourage others in pursuing a lifestyle of connection with others and engage in an activity known for its mental health benefits, then the Volunteer Committee is the place for you. You can help lead students to learn about volunteer opportunities in Edmonton and be a part of the transition to making Edmonton home for students new to the city while making a difference in the community.

VP Part-time and the committee work together to organize a variety of volunteer events such as JAMBA, Terry-Fox run, and CIBC fundraising campaign. Please reach out to us for more information.

Vice President: Vedant Tiwari

FirstYear Representative: Monisha Vinod

VP Experiential Learning works closely with the Masters Programs Office to develop and promote growth and networking opportunities outside of the classroom through experiences such as industry-targeted networking snapshots, national and international level case competitions.

VP Experiential Learning also has oversight of the EL Committee – this group represents each one of the MBA Career Tracks to support the planning of Industry Snapshots; trips organized by the office for students to get a taste of the Canadian work environment.

Case Competitions

The MBAA hosts the Fall Primer in the beginning of the Fall term to get the student body acquainted with case competitions. It is a workshop wherein coaches and past case-comp winners discuss strategies and  approaches that can be executed in internal and external competitions.

The Fall Internal and Winter Internal are case competitions hosted by the VP Experiential Learning for students to practice analyzing a real business case and presenting their ideas to a panel of judges. These internals are designed to help prospective students prepare for various external national and international level case competitions.

Industry Snapshots

The Experiential Learning Committee conducts various trips to different organizations’ and firms’ offices across the Toronto, Calgary and Downtown Edmonton. These trips are a great way to help develop your networking skills and broaden your professional network, in the industry of your choice. The EL Committee comprises of the following co-chairs for distinctive career tracks are:

Public Sector and Healthcare – Christine Do

Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Murali Pai

Energy and Finance – Ifeolu Olagbaju

Strategy and Consulting – Allison Lear

Operations and Business Analytics – Arzoo Bahl

Contact us at mbaassn@ualberta.ca to learn more about how the MBAA makes a difference in the student body.

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