Mount Allison University receives $440,000 from the RBC Foundation
9/19/2019 3:19:52 PM

RBC Rising Tide Initiative will support experiential learning opportunities for students

SACKVILLE, NB — Students at Mount Allison University will have more opportunities for experiential learning as part of their undergraduate experience thanks to a $440,000 donation from the RBC Foundation. Up and running now, the RBC Rising Tide Program will provide skills, networking and practical work experience.

RBC_RisingTide_speakers“The RBC Rising Tide program will help Mount Allison to better prepare our students for the 21st century work force,” says University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau. “This support will help ensure strategic and successful programming to benefit all Mount Allison students, helping them become confident, resilient, and career-ready graduates. Thank you to the RBC Foundation for this generous gift and opportunity.”

“Through RBC Future Launch, we are helping young people unlock their potential and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Kirk Muise, RBC Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Eastern N.B. & P.E.I. “It’s a commitment we share with Mount Allison, and we’re proud to work with the university on programs aimed at better equipping students to succeed in the new world of work.”

Co-ordinated by the University’s office of experiential learning and career development, the RBC Rising Tide Initiative will include several new programs and resources for students focusing around financial, cultural, and digital literacy as well as mental health.

New initiatives include:

•    A workshop series and on-campus conference;

•    Development of new learning opportunities in areas such as digital literacy and emotional intelligence;

•    Professional development, work-integrated learning and new experiential learning opportunities for students in partnership with Future Ready NB.

RBC_RisingTide_donationThe University will also build on its current mentorship program, connecting alumni and students by implementing an online platform. The MtA Virtual Café, with the support of RBC and Ten Thousand Coffees, will increase the program’s reach and accessibility to Mount Allison students, connecting them with alumni mentors around the globe.

“Programs and services offered through the RBC Rising Tide initiative focus on skills that are core to Mount Allison’s values — communication, collaboration, critical thinking, self-direction, global citizenship, creativity, and digital proficiency,” says Dr. Boudreau. “We look forward to implementing and sharing the new opportunities with our students.”


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About Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University has been ranked the top undergraduate university in Canada by Maclean’s magazine more times than any other university. With degrees in Arts, Science, Commerce, Fine Arts, and Music, the University provides a flexible liberal arts and sciences education that prepares students for any career path. Located in Sackville, NB, Mount Allison prides itself on providing a high-quality academic experience, combined with a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in a close-knit community. Students come from more than 50 countries around the world to make up a diverse, creative, and talented student body of approximately 2,100 students.


Photo captions (l-r): Kirk Muise, RBC Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Eastern N.B. & P.E.I., Shannon Robinson, Postgraduate Intern in Mount Allison’s office of experiential learning and career development, Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau, Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor; event emcees and Mount Allison students Graeme Zinck and Yana Titarenko at the launch of the RBC Rising Tides initiative at Mount Allison University. The program, providing experiential learning opportunities to Mount Allison students is supported by a $440,000 donation from RBC Foundation.


Mount Allison University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau and Kirk Muise, RBC Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, Eastern N.B. & P.E.I., unveil the RBC Foundation’s donation of $440,000 in support of the RBC Rising Tide program, supporting experiential learning opportunities at Mount Allison.