residence life professional association

serving residence and housing professionals since 1987

our story

The Residence Life Professional Association (RLPA) is a member run association of Housing Professionals from across Western Canada. Learn about our history!


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Job Postings

There are currently no vacancies.

What do we do?


Our field is comprised of professionals with unique perspectives and exhibit a wide diversity. Throughout the year the RLPA will provide valuable networking experiences both online and in person to help grow your professional network. 

Professional Development and Education

At our professional meetings, conferences and online we provide valuable PD and education opportunities. In the past we have explored issues around Mental Health, Sexual Violence, Personalities and more!

Student-Leadership Conference

The RLPA hosts the annual LEAD conference located at Gull Lake Alberta. This student-leadership conference provides valuable PD and learning opportunities for our student members of the association. 

Canadian Content Focuses

We are one of the only Canadian only associations for housing professionals. Our content and discussion is focused around Canadian specific issues, advocacy and unique problems. 

Discussion Opportunities

Through access to a wide range of communication platforms such as our membership list serv you have the ability to reach out for help, shared resources and quick answers to your pressing questions. 

Scholarships, Awards and Recognition

We our proud of our members and individuals that make up the RLPA. To help support and recognize the contributions of our professional and student members of the association we have a variety of awards and scholarships available each year!

“WE are a family, we are more than ourselves when we are together. Support, and growth is promoted in every interaction.” 

– Dillon Andrus (Red Deer College)





Member Resources

We are constantly growing our ability to provide support for our current and new memebers of the association. 

Resources include:

  • Job Board
  • Membership Directory
  • Meeting Minutes
  • RLPA Bylaws
  • Awards and Scholarships

LEAD 2018

Learn more about our annual student-leadership confernece LEAD. LEAD encourages our student-leaders to Learn, Educate, Act and Dare within their respective roles. Students will have opportunities to:

  • Present to peers
  • Discuss topics of interest related to housing
  • Grow their professional connections

Upcoming Events and Conference

Keep up-to-date on everything happening in the RLPA. With a variety of conferences, activities, education both in person and online we are sure to have something that interests you!


The RLPA was formed in order to promote the following things: Provide the venue to share information on our Residence Life operations, Collectively address provincial Residence Life issues, offer skill development for all members in order to continually improve our Residence Life operations.

Board of Directors

Dillon Andrus

Dillon Andrus

President - Elect

Residence Operations Coordinator 

Red Deer College

Kristin Davick

Kristin Davick

LEAD Conference Chair - Elect

Residence Coordinator

University of Alberta


Jenn McCulloch


Coordinator, Residence Orientation and Community Development

Simon Fraser University

Zoe Woods

Zoe Woods


Director Residence and Housing

Simon Fraser University

Harrison Linden

Harrison Linden

LEAD Conference Chair 2019

Residence Life Manager

MacEwan University 

Chad Johnstone

Communication Coordinator

Manager, Student Housing Services

Capilano University

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

President - Past

Supervisor Residence Life

Unviersity of Alberta – Augustana

Auburn Phillips

Auburn Phillips


Associate Director

University of Lethbridge

Judy Eyben

Judy Eyben

Corporate Sponsorship Director

Residence Life Coordinator 

Lake Land College