Concordia News

Joint Statement from The Edmonton Coalition of Registrars

By Marketing on May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

Joint Statement re: Alberta Post-Secondary Applicants Affected by Alberta Wildfires

The six Edmonton-area Campus Alberta post-secondary institutions are committed fully to supporting applicants who may have difficulty completing coursework or getting official marks or transcripts due to the Alberta wildfires. To avoid undue disruption to learner pathways, we will continue to work closely with Alberta Education, affected post-secondary institutions, and applicants themselves to ensure students are able to receive post-secondary admission decisions across programs at all six institutions.

This situation is evolving. As details become available, we will post information on institutional admissions websites. Students with questions about a specific situation can also contact our respective student services centres.


Contact information for students:


Concordia University of Edmonton

Admissions: 780-479-9220 or

Registrar’s Office: 780-479-9250 or

Toll-Free: 1-866-479-5200


The King’s University

780-465-3500 or toll-free 1-800-661-8582


MacEwan University


Toll-Free: 1-888-497-4622




Toll-Free: 1-877-333-6248


NorQuest College


Toll-Free: 1-866-534-7218


The University of Alberta

Undergraduates: or 780-492-3113 or
Toll-free 1-855-492-3113

Graduate students: or780-492-3499 or
Toll-free 1-800-758-7136

Honorary Doctorate recipient for Convocation announced

By Marketing on April 25, 2016

Concordia University of Edmonton

As Concordia's graduating class of 2016 crosses the stage on May 14th, they will be joined by Honorary Doctorate recipient, Lyle Best. 

Lyle Best is a tireless community leader who inspires passion to make Edmonton’s biggest dreams true. The Order of Canada and Queens Diamond Jubilee recipient has set a gold standard for community spirit, social responsibility, and volunteerism. In 2012, Lyle was inducted into the Edmonton Community Service Hall of fame, highlighting the commitment he has to Edmonton.

As chairman of Quikcard, a national healthcare benefits consortium, Lyle is an award-winning business leader and role model for business involvement in shaping a vibrant community. As one civic leader noted, “He is about far more than simply building business. It is just as important to Lyle to ensure he is helping build the community.”

His tireless organizing efforts have touched every social need – from education and health, to arts, sports, and even humanitarian efforts overseas through Building Markets (formerly Peace Dividend Trust).

Lyle has moved Edmonton’s long-time slogan, “City of Champions,” to a lofty new level. He was instrumental in the success of the National Hockey League’s Heritage Classic, which became the template for today’s Winter Classic. He co-chaired the Alberta organizing committee for the successful 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships. Lyle played a key role in the founding of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Beyond hockey, he has been an organizer for the World and Pan Am Triathlon Championships, a leader for the non-profit Edmonton Grads Basketball Centre, chairman of the board for the Edmonton Sport Museum and Halls of Fame Society, and a committed contributor to the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Lyle serves on a number of boards including, but not limited to, About Face, Continovation Services Ltd., Edmonton Police Foundation and Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & the Territories. 

In addition to the numerous honors and awards Lyle has received, in 2013 he was awarded the Special Friends of Canadian Dentistry Award by the Canadian Dental Association, and in 2016, the Distinguished Service Award from the Manitoba Dental Association. Both of these awards are in appreciation of significant and valued service and support to the dental profession. In 2014, Lyle was the first person to receive the title of HLCol for 1 Dental Unit for the Canadian Armed Forces. 

Lyle served Concordia on the Faculty of Management Advisory Board for seven years, and on the Board of Governors for four year, where he chaired the Concordia Tomorrow Initiatives Committee. Lyle’s expertise and commitment to moving Concordia forward played a key role in where Concordia is today.Always the visionary, Lyle is available and ready to ensure his community proudly retains its championship image.


Message From The President: New Name. New Vision. New Direction.

By Marketing on April 15, 2016

Concordia University of Edmonton
No Longer a Religiously Based Institution


Edmonton, AB – Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) has more than a new name: based upon its recently passed legislation and the direction given by its Board of Governors, CUE is no longer operating as a religious institution. While it continues to celebrate its rich heritage and upholds the values that have been instilled by having been a faith based institution for nearly a century, CUE, as a fully publicly funded Post-Secondary institution will operate as a public university.

Students coming to CUE can continue to expect a welcoming and accepting environment. Honest dialogue, respectful interaction, and a serious quest for truth is at the heart of CUE. Such is the experience of the nearly 2000 students currently at CUE, who are pursuing degrees in Arts, Science, Management, and a suite of Professional Degree programs.

A new name. A new vision. A new direction. Discover Edmonton’s University: Concordia University of Edmonton.

Campus Closed for Remembrance Day

By Marketing on November 9, 2015

Concordia University of Edmonton and its Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 for the Remembrance Day holiday. We will reopen and commence regular hours on Thursday, November 12. 

Talking Circles at CUE

By Concordia on October 14, 2015

Indigenous Strategy Talking Circles

Monday, October 19 – 12 to 1 p.m. – HA206
Wednesday, October 21 – 12 to 1 p.m. – H206

Join students, faculty, and staff for lunch, and to share your ideas about developing an Indigenous Strategy at Concordia University of Edmonton. 

The development of the Indigenous Strategy is an action that Concordia University of Edmonton has taken on to provide an inclusive and open learning environment for indigenous learners.

These talking circles are intended to identify and validate issues and concerns from CUE’s Indigenous population, by opening up dialogue between students and the university’s leaders.

Indigenous is the most recent name chosen by the Indigenous people of Canada. It is inclusive for the First Nations (treaty and non-treaty), Metis, and Inuit. Indigenous is powerful because it is the first time that the Indigenous people of Canada have chosen a name for themselves and has not been prescribed to them. This is why we are calling the development of this strategy Indigenous. 

For more information, email

Welcome to Concordia

By Concordia on September 1, 2015

After a few quite summer months, Concordia University of Edmonton has welcomed back its students! The fall semester kicked off on Friday, August 31 at New Student Orientation, where we hosted a record number of new students for a day of introductions, fun, and games. 

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Good luck to all our new and returning students!

Classes Start August 31

By Concordia on August 14, 2015

Fall Semester Key Dates

With summer coming to an end, and fall semester around the corner, Concordia University of Edmonton’s Faculty and Staff are excited to welcome new and returning students to campus. To prepare for the the 2015-16 academic year, students and parents should take note of the following key dates:

Parent Orientation Night – Tuesday, August 25 – 7 p.m.
New Student Orientation – Friday, August 28 – 9 a.m.
Graduate Studies Orientation – Friday, August 28 – 11:30 a.m
First Day of Classes – Monday, August 31

For more information on key dates and deadlines, please review the university’s online calendar

Thank You to Our Sponsors

By Concordia on June 8, 2015

Concordia University of Edmonton is proud to announce that its 5th Annual Lobster Fest raised over $90,000 in support of Concordia’s scholarships and bursaries.

A huge thank you goes out to our corporate sponsors, Concordia students and staff, community members and volunteers who supported the event. It is because of your generous contributions that we were able to run such a successful event for a fifth year in a row.

Visit us on Facebook, to view photos from the event


Concordia researcher named Canada Research Chair

By Concordia on May 29, 2015
The Government of Canada has named Dr. Travis Dumsday as one of the newest Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs (CRC) in Theology and the Philosophy of Science. Dr. Dumsday is an Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts at Concordia University of Edmonton. Tier 2 Chairs recognize exceptional emerging researchers who are selected to lead in their field of study. The Research Chair program enables Concordia to strengthen its research culture and reputation. "The naming of Dr. Dumsday to a Canada Research Chair by Canada's national funding agencies is a milestone for Concordia University of Edmonton, one that acknowledges our commitment to outstanding teaching based on nationally and internationally recognized scholarly research" said Dr. Gerald Krispin, President and Vice-Chancellor. Concordia is proud of Dr. Dumsday’s achievements. He is the first Concordia University of Edmonton Faculty member to receive this prestigious award. This accomplishment is a strong indicator of Concordia’s growing strength in research. "In being awarded the position of Canada Research Chair Dr. Dumsday's impressive scholarly work has been recognized at the national level. It will allow him to further increase his focus on research, resulting in an enrichment of the scholarly environment at Concordia” said Dr. Tim Loreman, Associate Vice President Academic and Dean of Research.



About Canada Research Chairs Program

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships – Canada Research Chairs – in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The Canada Research Chair program invests $265 million annually to attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. For more information, visit

About Dr. Travis Dumsday

Dr. Dumsday is a prolific philosopher and researcher. His areas of interest include researching the philosophies of science, of religion and of metaphysics. The Philosophy of Science focuses on epistemological, metaphysical, and ethical questions as they pertain to the natural and social sciences. Dr. Dumsday works on metaphysical issues in the natural science, in particular the questions surrounding laws. Besides philosophy of science, he devotes considerable attention to his second area of interest: natural theology. This is a field devoted to exploring what theological conclusions can be researched by the use of rational arguments alone.




Congratulations Class of 2015

By Concordia on May 8, 2015

A Message from Dr. Gerald Krispin, President

This day of your convocation is a wonderful day for celebration, but also for a bit of contemplation. Today marks the boundary that separates your student life from life after graduation:  the student life which lives in the domain of aspiration, of hopes, and of dreams from your post-graduation life in which seek the realization of those dreams, and the fulfillment of your hopes and aspirations. On a day like today, there is some looking back, but also much looking forward.


I hope you will continue to do both in the years to come. Because, as you look back to this university from which you graduated, I know you will see a Concordia whose reputation as one of the best universities in Canada is growing; because as you look back, you will see international recognition for your degree; you will see a university that continues to make a difference, because (and this is looking forward) you will make a difference, no matter where you are. You have been given much with your education here, and you can accomplish much.

So as you graduates leave us, I hope that you will always carry with you fond memories of the Concordia that you knew, just as we will continue to have fond memories of you wherever you may go. Please do stay in touch!

On behalf of all of us at Concordia, I extend to you, our graduates, my warmest congratulations and best wishes in this, the 94th academic year in which Concordia has operated under the motto, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."