Mayor Dean Fortin
Many Geography alumni, like Dean Fortin (former Mayor of Victoria), go on to become planners, policy makers and leaders in municipal, provincial and national organizations. (photo credit:Brett Reid Photography)

Impact of the Department

The Department of Geography has played a major role at the university since the early 1960s. As the university has evolved, Geography has been a force for establishing new programs, including the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences and the School of Environmental Studies. The department is an innovator in academic programs, with one of the first and largest co-operative education programs on campus. Community engagement and field school programs are also strengths of the department. Over the years, thousands of students have graduated with degrees in Geography from UVic, with our graduates going on to achieve success in diverse areas and careers.

Impact of Alumni and Friends

Many of our alumni continue to maintain a close relationship with our department and enjoy supporting our current students. Find out how you can stay involved.

Through the generosity of our alumni and friends, we have been able to provide life-changing educational and experiential opportunities for our students. Resources that we receive are primarily used in support of student activities, such as:

Opportunities to Contribute

Alumni and friends contribute to our department in many meaningful ways. These contributions include:

  • Visiting our classrooms to provide students with special insights and educational opportunities (like the Campbell Scientific certificate program in Dr. David Atkinson's GEOG 484)
  • Supporting teaching excellence through the Gilian Sherwin awards
  • Facilitating student learning opportunities through scholarships
  • Partnering with us to carry out major research projects (like the Hakai Institute's collaboration with Dr. Chris Darimont's Applied Conservation Lab). 

As we expand our field school programs, such as our community-engaged Clayoquot Sound Field School in Tofino and our sustainability field schools in Cascadia and Europe, we continue to look for opportunities to support students through scholarships, travel grants, and specific needs such as field school grants for students in financial need or for indigenous students interested in participating in the field schools taking place in their local communities. 

The Department of Geography maintains an email list to let current students and alumni know about departmental activities and news.

Subscribe to this mailing list by clicking UVic-Geog.

Resources for our alumni

As a graduate of Social Sciences at the University of Victoria, you are part of our extended community− a network of over 20,000 graduates in communities around the world. There are many ways to stay connected with that community.

Keep in touch

Torch magazine

Please explore the links below to find ways to stay connected that work for you, online or in person.

Or vist the Alumni Relations website

To find out more, contact Cora LaRussa, Alumni Annual Giving Officer, at

Career resources

Careers Services

Did you know alumni can get career advice, professional development opportunities, and job search assistance through the university's Career Services and through our Young Alumni program?

You can also read about some of our Social Sciences alumni and explore our careers website for ideas on what you can do with a career in Social Sciences.

Stay in the loop

Alumni Week umbrella

Alumni events, social media, and publications give you a valuable ongoing connection with the university.

Get involved


Extend your network and develop your professional skills while giving back to UVic.

  • Volunteer with your department, alumni groups, or the alumni board.
  • Speak at a student or alumni event.
  • Offer a co-op placement, career advice or mentoring to a student.
  • Pay it forward by contributing to scholarships or bursaries and support the changemakers of tomorrow.