Announcing 2020 Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards

Alison Jackson and Seyni Mbaye

Announcing the 2020 Distinguished and Young Alumni Award Winners

Across Canada and around the world, St. Paul's and Waterloo alumni are making significant contributions to their University, their professions, and their communities. St. Paul's Distinguished and Young Alumni Awards recognize these exceptional individuals and their efforts to inspire change to build a better world.

To learn more and submit your nomination for future award recipients please visit the alumni awards page on our website. 

Congratulations to our 2020 award recipients!

Distinguished Alumni Award

Alison Jackson (MAcc '97)

Alison JacksonIn recognition of an exemplary career, dedication to profession and service to community

Alison Jackson joined EY Canada in 1998, became a Partner in 2007 and has served as Managing Partner of the EY Calgary office since 2019. As Managing Partner, Alison leads by example and is responsible for both office culture and market strategy. Alison’s experience in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, business transformation and risk, governance and taxation positions her well to lead EY Calgary as her city and province look for innovative ways to diversify their economies.

Beyond her professional career with EY, Alison is a life-long learner and has demonstrated a deep commitment in service of community. She has completed several executive education programs at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and the London School of Business, in addition to completing the Directors Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Alison has served on the boards of St. Paul’s University College, the Ontario Association of Triathletes, the Calgary Public Library and the United Way Calgary and Area. She is currently on the Advisory Council of the Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation and Public Education at the School of Public Policy in the University of Calgary. 

Young Alumni Award

Seyni Mbaye (BES '17)

Seyni MbayeIn recognition of leadership, volunteerism, and commitment to development

Seyni Mbaye is a graduate of International Development (INDEV) and obtained a Master of Development Practice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He has devoted his young career to tackling international development issues such as education, agriculture, water and sanitation, and entrepreneurship in Africa and the Americas. Currently, he works in Senegal as Program Officer for Results for Development, supporting the African Collaborative for Health Financing Solutions project. 

At Waterloo, Seyni was highly regarded for his leadership and entrepreneurial approach. He volunteered as the VP, Finance for the Student Association of International Development and was also a GreenHouse innovator in residence. His GreenHouse experience proved valuable during his INDEV field placement with the Ungweru Organization in Malawi where his focus was youth entrepreneurship. 

At the Humphrey School, Seyni volunteered as a board member for the International Student Advisory Board, was VP of the Public Affairs Student Association, and was the Director of Programming for the Council of International Graduate Students for which he was recognized with the Mestenhauser Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization.  

Seyni is co-founder and president of the Senegalese School of Success, an association that assists Senegalese high school graduates access higher education institutions all around the world via mentorship programs and capacity building activities.