University Relations is responsible for institutional advancement programs (alumni, internal and external relations, communications and fundraising), and as such is dedicated to supporting the related needs of all colleges, units and the university as a whole. University Relations is comprised of specialized teams that work together as an integrated team to ensure that the University of Saskatchewan has the reputation, relationships and resources necessary to take its place among the most distinguished universities in Canada and the world. The teams include Alumni Relations, Development, Marketing and Communications, and Operations and Services. More than 80 professionals and support staff work at various locations including the central office in the Thorvaldson Building, in colleges and schools, and in the Peter MacKinnon Building on campus.

Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations provides leadership for alumni engagement strategies, programs and services to strengthen the relationship between the university and our alumni. We engage our alumni through a variety of communications, events, volunteerism, affinity programs, group benefits and recognition programs. The office also serves as the corporate home for the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association, a not-for-profit agency representing more than 150,000 alumni worldwide.

To learn more, please visit the alumni website.

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications is responsible for enhancing and protecting our university's reputation. The goal of our team is to encourage key partners to invest their time and resources with the University of Saskatchewan so our university can become one of the most distinguished universities in Canada and the world. We accomplish this by increasing the profile of the University of Saskatchewan with important audiences, as well as building and managing the U of S brand in a manner that reflects our unique positioning strategy. We work with university partners to develop and deploy strategic marketing and communications, which include: media relations, advertising, strategic plan development, social media and online communications, public relations, internal communications (such as On Campus News) and much more.

To learn more, please visit the marketing and communications website.


Development's role is to encourage and obtain philanthropic support for the university. The office works in partnership with academic and development colleagues throughout the university to build enduring relationships not only with our community of alumni, but also with other individuals, private business and foundations. This is accomplished through a combination of resources embedded in the colleges and units and/or support from central programs: Annual Giving, Planned Giving, Corporate Relations, Principal Giving, Major Gifts, Development Communications, Donor Relations and Prospect Research.

To learn more, please visit

Operations and Services

The role of Operations and Services in University Relations is to provide support to the alumni and community relations, marketing and communications, and development activities of University Relations and the university by the provision and management of an integrated alumni and donor relationship management system, human resources, budget management, web development, and research and data services.

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