VP External
Rowan Ley
Rowan Ley VP External

Rowan Ley is the 2020-21 Vice President External of the University of Alberta Students’ Union, also serving as Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students. He is in his fifth year of the Bachelor of Arts, focusing on history, economics, and political science. Rowan has been involved in student governance for three years, serving as the Organization for Arts Students and Interdisciplinary Studies Governance Director, Students’ Councillor for the Faculty of Arts, and Undergraduate Board of Governors Representative. In the broader campus community, he has participated in a wide variety of student groups, including the Debate club, with which he has attended competitions as far away as Thailand and South Africa, the Karate club, a fraternity, and Ultimate Frisbee intramurals.

Outside the University, Rowan has worked as a page at the Alberta Legislature, was a two-time Student Ministerial Intern in Agriculture and Forestry and Premier’s Office Tours and Scheduling, in street marketing, and as a volunteer debate coach. He is committed to advocating for consistent public funding for universities, affordable education, fair representation for students in decision-making, and work-integrated learning opportunities.

After business hours, Rowan enjoys walking his dog, cycling in the Edmonton river valley, collecting model planes, and learning about history. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve students as Vice President External, working to keep world-class university education in Alberta.

Duties of the VP External

The Vice-President External is focused primarily on external advocacy, working with the municipal, provincial and federal governments on issues that impact students, such as tuition, financial aid, and student debt. The person in this position frequently meets with MLAs and MPs to advocate on behalf of students. The "VP Ex" works closely with post-secondary lobby groups, including the Council of Alberta University Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.

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Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Room 2-900
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T6G 2J7