Have questions about life as a law student? Our student ambassadors are here to help you get the information you need to make an informed decision about applying to, or accepting an offer, from us.
Ambassadors are current student with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Ambassadors can provide you with honest and thorough impressions and information about UCalgary Law, and can be a great resource for you as you transition to law school.
Tours of the law school
Student ambassadors can provide you with tours of Murray Fraser Hall and key UCalgary buildings. These are an excellent opportunity to explore the law school and to speak to current students about their experiences.
Tours last about 60 minutes and begin at our Student Services Office, located at Murray Fraser Hall 2380.
Contact an ambassador
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be set up with an ambassador and to ask your questions.
To book a tour, send an email to the ambassadors and include “TOUR” in the subject line. Please specify days and times you are available in the body of your email.
NOTE: Ambassadors will not be responding to emails or providing tours during exam periods, which occur in December and April.
Meet our Ambassadors
Mykel has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from UCalgary. Mykel an avid participant in many of the intramural sports that the SLS organizes. This includes being the worst player on the volleyball team and an average player on the hockey team. He also volunteers with Student Legal Assistance (SLA). Mykel is married, in his early 30s and can provide insight on long term relationships while in law school. Mykel enjoys downhill skiing, ping pong, hockey and talking all of the time.
Prior to law school, Bassam studied Political Science at UCalgary, with a focus on the Middle East. He is the president of the Society of Law Students, as well as the Faculty of Law representative for the Students’ Union. He spends his free time training Olympic lifting, trying out Calgary’s coffee places, and suffering from existential dread. He is happy to meet with any incoming students to talk about UCalgary Law.
Suleiman S. (Sou)
Born in Saskatoon and raised in Gatineau, Quebec, Sou moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to complete his BA and Master’s in Sociology while playing for the Acadia Axemen Football Team until 2016. When he has free time, Sou enjoys lifting weights, boxing, eating chips and watching Interstellar. Sou is involved in Student Legal Assistance and Pro Bono Students Canada, and is interested in Sports and Entertainment law. The small class size and hands on learning approach is what attracted Sou to the UCalgary Law.
Shannon was born and raised in Vancouver where she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Between classes, Shannon was a distress services worker at the Vancouver Crisis Centre and a research assistant at SFU’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Laboratory. Shannon chose UCalgary for its high placement in the Calgary legal market, low tuition, and opportunities to volunteer at Student Legal Assistance. Shannon likes bike riding, going on dog walks, and playing on the Law rugby team.
Ellen graduated from the University of Victoria in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in History. Ellen always wanted to pursue a career in law and took a year off to gain work experience before starting at UCalgary Law. Ellen liked what UCalgary Law had to offer such as a smaller class size, connection to a major legal market and opportunities such as Student Legal Assistance. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, and coffee.
Sheldon graduated from Acadia University, where he was a dual sport athlete on the football and track teams. It was there that Sheldon found his passion for education and knew that he wanted to pursue another degree. He chose to pursue law to help people, having a challenging career, and the opportunity to learn from some of the most intelligent and educated people around. Combining the outdoor lifestyle with the opportunity to study at one of the nation’s best schools was the main reason Sheldon decided attend UCalgary Law.
After completing her BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 2012, Katarina moved back to her hometown of Calgary to work as a Legal Services Officer for Legal Aid Alberta. She later moved over to the Court of Queen's Bench where she worked as an assistant. Katarina is now involved with Student Legal Assistance and Pro Bono Students of Canada. When she's not buried beneath her books, you can find her at a spin, surfset or TRX class, or else trying out a new cocktail bar.
Born and raised in Calgary, Colleen completed her undergrad at the University of Alberta in 2014, where she realized that she was very interested in criminology and criminal law. After graduation, she traveled to Southeast Asia, Central America, and Europe until settling for a while in Mexico where she volunteered as an English teacher for several months. Colleen chose UCalgary because of its proximity to the mountains, the Calgary Curriculum, and the holistic admissions process. Colleen has joined the Faculty of Law rugby team and volunteers with Pro Bono Students Canada.
Seema graduated from UCalgary in 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She was born in Ontario but has lived in Calgary long enough to consider it home, although her loyalty is to Toronto when it comes to hockey (perhaps foolishly so). She chose to pursue her JD at UCalgary Law because of its small class sizes, diverse student body, and experiential approach to learning. Outside of the classroom, Seema enjoys playing the guitar and piano, watching MasterChef, and reading books before their movie adaptations come to theatres.
Rebecca has always lived in Alberta and chose to come to UCalgary because it was close to home. Prior to law school, Rebecca earned a BA from Ambrose University with a major in English and a minor in Music, as well as an MA in English from the University of Alberta where her final project looked at First Nations literature in Canada. Throughout this time Rebecca also worked at a boutique law firm doing legal research for Indian Residential School Claims. When she’s not in school, you can find Rebecca hiking, thrifting, snuggling her cats, buying books, reading books, or talking about books.
Thomas earned BA Honours in Law and Society and a Minor in Economics from UCalgary. He was born and raised in Calgary but spend most of his summers in interior BC (mainly Kelowna) and in Nova Scotia. He is involved with PBSC, SLA and dodgeball and soccer intramurals. Outside of law school Thomas enjoy hiking, swimming, skiing and finding out how hard he can get tossed out of a tube on the Okanagan.
Originally from Vancouver Island, Sara did her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Queen’s in Kingston, Ontario, and she now appreciates living in a real city and learning things that may be useful further than dinner conversation. Sara is relieved to leave behind her job as a waitress and pursue her dream of being the next Amal Clooney, a successful, graceful human rights lawyer with a dreamy husband. Sara enjoys volunteering for Pro Bono Students Canada and Calgary Legal Guidance.
Emily grew up in small town Southern Alberta before moving to Edmonton to take a college office administration certificate program. She spent a few years working in a law office in Edmonton as a legal assistant, after which she left the traditional workforce for a number of years to focus on parenthood, volunteer, and run a home daycare. At the right time she went back to school, achieving her Honours BA (English) at the University of Ottawa in 2015 before moving back across the country and applying to law school. Emily chose UCalgary Law for its proximity to the mountains, the vibrant city, and the holistic admissions process.
Anna is originally from Vancouver Island. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations from Colgate University in New York. After graduation, Anna became a communications intern at the United Nations Development Programme in Nepal. Combining her love of writing and travel, Anna then worked in Cambodia as the Communications Coordinator at the Cambodian Children’s Trust. Anna chose to attend UCalgary because of its small class sizes and the Calgary Curriculum. She wanted to live in Calgary specifically because of its great market for lawyers.
Sydney has an undergrad degree in Chemical and Process Engineering at Queen’s. She worked for several summers in various engineering student positions, Sydney decided to pursue a different career path that would build on her background. Born and raised in Calgary, Sydney was drawn to UCalgary because of the open and interactive learning environment which aligned well with her engineering training, as well as the University’s high level of articling and summer placements in the Calgary market. Sydney is currently involved with Pro Bono Students Canada, intramural soccer, and was a participant in the Faculty of Law rugby fall tournament.
Cassidy attended Trinity Western University where she earned her BA in leadership communications and applied public affairs. She spent a semester at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa where she interned at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. Since coming home to Alberta, Cassidy has worked as a community aide and respite worker for families with children with autism. Cassidy chose UCalgary Law because of the Calgary Curriculum, the city’s robust legal market, and the opportunity to be a caseworker for Student Legal Assistance.
Selina received her BA in sociology at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, her hometown. At UCalgary Law, Selina is involved with The Calgary Women Studying Law Association, as the Director of Community Outreach and Mentorship, and PBSC. As a student who moved to Calgary for law school, she knows what it is like to be new to the city, and is available to help those who find themselves in a similar situation. Outside of school, Selina enjoys skiing, exploring the Calgary food scene and watching way too much reality TV.
Aaron was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, and moved to Edmonton to attend university. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2014, and worked as a management consultant for the three years. Aaron volunteers with Pro Bono Students Canada and enjoys spending time with friends at Calgary’s amazing restaurants or going to the beautiful mountains (which are luckily a short drive from Calgary!). Aaron chose UCalgary because of its curriculum and his desire to work in the Calgary legal community after completing his degree.
Elisa grew up in rural Alberta and has lived in both the Maritimes and BC since graduating from high school. She completed an assortment of undergraduate courses, mainly in the area of Religious Studies but also in Nursing. Elisa received a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from NAIT, which peaked her interest in studying law. She worked at the law school as a research assistant after her first year, and she hopes to continue her legal education after finishing her JD. Elisa is involved in PBSC and various clubs in the faculty. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, building furniture, and skiing and hiking in the mountains.
MacKenzie was raised in Calgary and moved to Halifax to complete her undergraduate degree in Business Management, with a focus in Finance, which she completed in 2015 before moving back to work in the finance and banking industry in Calgary. MacKenzie is involved in Pro Bono Students Canada and the Business Law Association, and is interested in corporate law. UCalgary Law’s excellent reputation in the business community, and its dedication to the success of its students are what drew her to start her legal career at UCalgary Law.
James graduated from the University of Victoria in 2015 with a BA in Political Science. After graduation, he worked at a Vancouver based tech company in business development. Since arriving in Calgary, James has been involved with Student Legal Assistance, the Law Negotiation Club, and the law rugby team.
Alex was born and raised in Edmonton. Alex graduated from the University of Alberta with an undergraduate degree in business, majoring in Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. Alex chose to attend the University of Calgary due to the faculty’s knowledge in natural resources and energy, and its ties to Calgary’s legal market. Outside of school, Alex enjoys playing lacrosse, golfing, and skiing.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Amber completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at Saint Mary's University. She then pursued graduate studies at the University of British Columbia in chemistry. Realizing that she didn't want to spend the rest of her days in a lab, she taught for a year at Simon Fraser University, followed by a job in marketing for a Biotechnology company. It was learning more about intellectual property law and volunteering at a patent office that drew Amber to pursue a career in law. She chose the University of Calgary because of the innovative curriculum and excellent reputation.
Emma graduated in 2016 from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Psychology (neuroscience concentration). During her time at UVic, she found that biomedical ethics and health law were her favourite classes and thus began her interest in law. Emma is a Student Ambassador Executive, a Business Law Association Executive, and is part of the Environmental Law Society. Emma is an avid hiker and loves being back in the Rocky Mountains. UCalgary Law’s excellent reputation, proximity to the mountains, and curriculum are what drew her to Calgary.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Social Work, Marleea returned to her hometown to start the JD program at UCalgary, which she chose for its strong sense of community and innovative curriculum. Marleea is one of the executives of the Student Ambassador program, and is involved with Level Justice’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program. Outside of school Marleea volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta as a wish granter and plays recreation women’s soccer.
Richie graduated from UCalgary in 2012 with a BA in Law and Society and a minor in Philosophy. As a lifetime Calgarian, he is happy to answer any questions that those who are new to the city might have. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, checking out new things around the city, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Calgary Flames.
Steph was born and raised in Calgary, and stayed close to home for her undergrad, receiving her BComm degree from UCalgary in 2014. Steph volunteers with Student Legal Assistance, Environmental Law Society, and Calgary Legal Guidance. Steph is interested in commercial law in Calgary, and has worked as a commercial underwriter for a top national insurance company and in contract administration at a large midstream energy company. She was particularly drawn to the program at UCalgary as it offers unparalleled networking opportunities with the Calgary legal community and boasts a collaborative, collegial atmosphere within the program.