meet the board
Pamela Tagle
Interim President + Trustee

Pamela is a past President of the Alumni Association and was the student society president in her 4th year at Emily Carr from which she graduated with a diploma in Design in 1987 and later earned her degree. Pamela was a founding member of the Emily Carr Alumni Society in 1988. Working in the non-profit arts since graduation, event production and arts management became the primary focus of her career. In addition, she designs materials for these events and companies. Pamela was an in-house event and concert Producer for the University of British Columbia and Director of a range of music and multidisciplinary arts festivals before becoming General Manager of Karen Jamieson Dance.

Samantha Burnet
Member at Large

Sam graduated in Printmaking and 2D Studies from Emily Carr in 1990. She continued her studies in the summer of 1991 by taking part in the Florence Program, then pursued womens’ studies at Langara, spent a year and a half in Australia and traveled through Southeast Asia. She returned to get her degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr in 1995 and settled down to start a family. Sam has worked at the school and community level, on boards, and directly with students creating art and community development projects.

Patrick Christie
Member at Large

Industrial designer, entrepreneur, and social innovator, Pat Christie believes that imagination and play are fundamental to a healthy process of creation and problem-solving. After graduating from Emily Carr University in 2011, he founded DalyCo., a business established around thoughtful human-centred design with a focus on regional wood products and development. In 2013, he co-founded Yew Woodshop with fellow alumni, to share equipment, space and knowledge resources. SPACE soon followed, a creative hub and showroom where designers sell products through a low margin model and participate in hosted activities that encourage the development and exposure of new products and ideas.

Judson Beaumont
Member at Large

Judson Beaumont and his company Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind studio that has been thriving in East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the past 30 years.

In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, Judson has designed, fabricated and installed a variety of custom-built furniture and projects for public institutions and exhibitions throughout North America and abroad. Some of the notable clients include Princeton University, Crayola, Disney, YVR Airport, Hong Kong Elements Mall as well as numerous play areas in Children’s Hospitals.

Pierre Leichner
Member at Large

Pierre was born in Romania in 1947 to Hungarian parents who fled to France where he grew up until the age of 13. He then moved to Montreal. Between the Arts and Sciences he first chose science and went to McGill for a Bachelor in Biochemistry. Curious about the mind he pursued research in Neurochemistry and obtained a Masters from the University of Strasbourg in 1969. But the laboratories were too sterile and he decided to become a physician and specialized in psychiatry. After graduating from Queen’s University and a year of research at the University of California in San Diego he started my academic career in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba in 1978. Since then he occupied several teaching, research, clinical and administrative posts at McGill, Queen’s and the University of British Columbia. Frustrated with the politicization and business mentality, in 2002 he began attending Emily Carr and received his BFA in 2007. He obtained my Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2011.

Since then, his practice has shifted towards environmental and socially engaged work. He helped found a collective of environmental artists in Vancouver, the Art Is Land Network. He is a member of the Gallery Gachet artists collective and is the past President of the board of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. He wants to continue to develop my skills and knowledge in participatory art, as he believes that this practice reconnects people to the necessity of artistic expression for the well being of individuals and the community. Simultaneously, he is interested in continuing a more personal exploration of consciousness and psychological constructs through art.

Kat McCord
Chapter Leader, New York

Kat McCord grew up in Canada and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Leaving the west coast behind, she lived and worked in London for 13 years before calling New York home. Before founding Thackway McCord, she was Creative Director at Dewe Rogerson and Lloyd Northover in London and The Gate in New York. She is a visiting speaker at PRATT and serves on the board of AIGA where she focuses on community. When not obsessing about letterspacing in the studio, Kat loves photography, drawing, seeing bands, sailing, and snowboarding down the mountains with her 14 year old son.

Hélène Day-Fraser
Member at Large

Hélène is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media. She holds a MAA in Design and a BAA in Fashion and has fifteen years of garment industry experience in both France and Canada. In recent years Hélène’s work has moved to encompass the domain of critical design: exploring sustainable consumption and textile form interfaces with technology. Between 2006 and 2011 Hélène was a cofounder of iF (Intelligent Forms Design Inc.) and a member of the UBC Visual Voice project. Currently, Hélène is a Lead Investigator on several Emily Carr research initiatives: DnA, cloTHING(s) as conversation, Material Matters. She also collaborates with the International Local Wisdom research network and acts as the Operations Manager for Emily Carr’s DESIS Lab. Hélène’s work consistently re-imagines textile product possibilities and explores art/design-based collaborations.

Zoran Dragelj
Member at Large

Zoran Dragelj is an award-winning Burnaby based auteur/filmmaker. Also he is a two-term Emily Carr University of Art and Design Alumni Senator. He just associate produced an independent Canadian feature film, Dark Harvest starring Cheech Marin along with James Hutson, Tygh Runyan, AC Peterson, and Hugh Dillon. 2005 saw the first major retrospective of his films and videos in Florence, Italy. In addition, his short films and videos have been screened and exhibited in New York, Toronto, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Madrid, Venice, Montréal and Vancouver galleries and art centres.

Stephanie French
Member at Large
Dana Ramler
Member at Large

The Emily Carr University Alumni Association supports graduates of the Vancouver School of Art and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
In cooperation with the University Advancement + Alumni Affairs Office, the Association celebrates and advocates for alumni from all programs, years, and disciplines. We encourage dynamic relationships with past, present, and future members of the Emily Carr University community.

The ECUAA strives to:

  • Promote, represent, and support all Emily Carr and VSA alumni – locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Generate and participate in events, projects, and initiatives that benefit Emily Carr University, its students, and its alumni
  • Create opportunities that develop connections between Emily Carr/VSA alumni and the current university community
  • Deliver centralized information and resources for alumni living and working around the world
alumni relations

Supported by the Advancement Office, Alumni Relations works to advance the interests of our alumni living and working around the globe. Meet your Alumni Relations team.

Chantale Lavoie
Director, Advancement + Events; Board Trustee
Sára Molčan
Alumni Relations
Cissie Fu
Board Trustee
get involved + volunteer
grad help desk

Every year we assist upcoming grads by presenting a help desk with nutritious snacks (and a few treats). We provide much needed boosts of energy as the grads hang their work in The Show.

  • Shifts are typically three hours
  • Occurs at the end of April in the days leading to opening night
  • It’s a great opportunity to connect with graduating students

Similar to the grad help desk, we operate two tables during convocation day at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. We ensure grads have some snacks available while they wait patiently to enter the auditorium.

  • Shifts are typically four to six hours
  • Occurs on convocation day, usually the first weekend in May
  • It’s a great opportunity to connect with graduating students
the show

On opening night of The Show, we have a help desk attended to by volunteers. We provide basic wayfinding to major areas of the exhibition and welcome guests as they come to view the show.

  • Shifts are two to three hours
  • Occurs on opening night for The Show, the night before convocation
  • It’s a great opportunity to connect with graduating students and see the fantastic degree exhibition

Award juries take place the week after convocation. We look for both distinguished alumni to take part on the jury as well as a jury assistant to help coordinate.

  • Shifts are approximately 6+ hours
  • Occurs after convocation in May
  • It’s a great opportunity to see the fantastic degree exhibition and make a difference in a graduating student’s life
general volunteering

We’re always looking for alumni willing to donate their time when opportunities arise. Some of the other opportunities available for volunteering are listed here. If you have any questions, drop us a line.

  • Ten Thousand Coffees pop-ups and networking events
  • Alumni speaker series
  • Alumni gallery events
  • Chapter events
Drop Us A Line

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