Building Connections

With roots stretching as far back as 1871, the Dalhousie Alumni Association (DAA) proudly represents some 130,000 Dalhousie alumni located around the world. Working with the Dal Alumni Engagement Team, the DAA builds relationships and connections between alumni and their alma mater for a stronger Dalhousie.

You might see members of the DAA at local chapter events in your area, welcoming alumni back at Homecoming, or bringing that Tiger spirit to community events. Each year, the DAA also honours members of the Dalhousie community with awards to celebrate their diverse and notable contributions.

The current DAA President is Ian Bezanson (BCSc’04). View all board members.

Historical Highlights

Did you know that the Dalhousie Alumni Association was formally incorporated in 1876? At that time, the Association’s stated purpose was to “promote the best interest of the University and to foster affection for all students of Dalhousie.”

From its rich historical beginnings, the DAA has grown into a worldwide community network. Here are some other historical highlights of the DAA:

  • In 1890, the Alumni Association co-sponsored a campaign to raise $50,000 for Dalhousie. In 1896, the Association completed the Dalhousie Guarantee Fund and continued to raise money for other campaigns.
  • In 1909 a sister organization, the Alumnae Association, was formed. Today, the DAA’s Women’s Division is still going strong.
  • During the First and Second World Wars, the Alumni Association gathered the names and photos of students who had gone to fight, and recorded their service and fates. They raised over $17,000 for an overseas stationary hospital unit during WWI.
  • The Association was heavily involved in planning for the Centenary Celebration for Dal in 1918.
  • In 1920, the Association again organized a major fundraising campaign for Dalhousie, known as the “Million Campaign.”