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    CCAE is proud to share that Jaya Dhillon of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Catherine Haba of Queen's University are the 2022 recipients of the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement!

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Registration is now open for the 2016 CCAE National Conference. The Creative Journey: Bridging Where We Are to Where We Want to Be - June 7 - 10 in Saskatoon, SK - will explore issues, solutions and best practices by and for Canadian advancement professionals at every experience level in key advancement disciplines. 

Canada’s premier advancement conference offers the greatest value for your professional development budget. Why travel outside Canada and pay fees at the high U.S. dollar exchange rate? Learn, share and network with your Canadian colleagues in Saskatoon. The benefits are many:

  • Sessions on today’s trends and tomorrow’s breakthroughs in Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Communications / Marketing, and Development - with a cross-disciplinary emphasis.
  • Three dynamic keynotes:
    • W. Brett Wilson, Entrepreneur, philanthropist and former fan favourite on Dragon’s Den
    • Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, the creative duo behind Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty
    • Kim Coates, Saskatoon native and actor; Sons of Anarchy star
  • Timely round table discussions, with topics suggested and facilitated by CCAE members.
  • One-day pre-conference workshop on June 7: Essentials for New Professionals in Advancement.
  • Special events that showcase sophisticated Saskatoon (“The Paris of the Prairies”), including CCAE Social Night at the Western Development Museum - TripAdvisor’s number-one rated Thing to Do in all of Saskatchewan.
  • Conference sessions at sparkling TCU Place.
  • Lodging in the iconic Delta Bessborough Hotel.
  • Earn CFRE credits by attending.

View the Conference Schedule at a Glance.

Register by May 1 for the best rates.

• Prix D'Excellence
Distinguished Service Awards
Call for Expressions of Interest
• Institutional Ambassadors

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Does your school have a major anniversary or a significant announcement to share with CCAE members? Send it to Janet Sailian for inclusion in the next CCAeNews!

Major software grant to Sheridan. Sheridan College’s School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Technology has received a grant from Siemens Canada that enables Sheridan students to train on the same software used by the world’s leading manufacturers. Valued at $22 million, the grant awards Sheridan software licenses for Siemens’ Tecnomatix® portfolio, the leading digital manufacturing software used in industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, medical devices and shipbuilding. 

Engaging Millennials. The future of fundraising is in the hands of Millennials, according to a recent Globe and Mail article. “To take advantage of the rising spending power of this tech savvy demographic, charities must evolve and adapt to the latest innovations and trends,” says author Rob Livingston. Three keys are: (1) embrace social media to promote your nonprofit’s campaigns; (2) optimize mobile device options for donations; and (3) be transparent about use of gifts and thank donors via social media.

Plunging Loonie’s effects on education. In his Higher Education Strategy Associates blog, Alex Usher foresees fallout in the education sector from the declining value of the Canadian dollar: (1) Higher material costs will lead to less buying power in many areas, from construction projects to books and journals. (2) The brain drain will resurge as salaries in U.S. dollars and Euros eclipse those paid in CDN $. (3) Schools will face strong pressure to recruit more international students to increase tuition revenue.

Global bragging rights. The Times Higher Education released a ranking that purports to list the world’s 200 most international universities, based on an “international outlook indicator”. Number one in the world: Qatar University. Thirteen Canadian schools made the list, including University of British Columbia (#40), McGill (#76), Université de Montréal (#89), Alberta (#110), Dalhousie (#125), and U of Toronto (#128).

How to appeal to billionaires. Why not dream big? After all, 62 individuals hold as much wealth as half the world's population. Fundraisers looking to solicit gifts from the wealthiest individuals can learn about billionaires’ favourite causes in a CBC Newsworld article. Profiled are the giving proclivities of Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Mark Zuckerberg, Lawrence Ellison, Charles and David Koch, and Li Ka-Shing.

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Gain the Recognition You Deserve!

2016 CCAE Prix d’Excellence is Now Open

It’s time to review your advancement accomplishments and innovations of 2015, and enter your school’s best work in the 2016 CCAE Prix d’Excellence. The entry deadline is February 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for your stellar advancement work in CCAE’s prestigious, peer-judged awards program.

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Learn from The Best - In Just One Hour


You need to develop in-house solutions to gift-tracking dilemmas . . . engage students in the wider community . . . wow your alumni with a unique take on reunion weekend . . . hold a meaningful event that brings closure after a crisis. Whether you work in communications, fundraising, advancement services or alumni relations, CCAeLearning sessions offer one-hour proven solutions for today’s advancement challenges. 

CCAeLearning webinars (one per month through May) are presented by 2015 Prix d’Excellence Gold Awards recipients whose work has been judged the best by their advancement peers. Registration for each CCAeLearning session is valid for an unlimited number of participants from your school - a great value. All sessions run from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Register now!

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CCAE Distinguished Service Awards

Deadline for Submissions: March 4, 2016

Distinguished Service Awards recognize the accomplishments and generosity of advancement professionals and friends of education. Apply by March 4th to recognize leadership, achievement and dedication to advancing education by your colleagues and supporters.

Enter in one of three Distinguished Service Awards categories:

  1. Outstanding Achievement Award, supported by Manulife Financial
  2. Friend of Education Award, supported by The Offord Group
  3. Rising Star Award 

All recipients will be honoured during CCAE Awards Night at the 2016 CCAE National Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Call for Expressions of Interest

CCAE Board of Directors and Committees

The Nominating Sub-Committee of the CCAE Board of Directors invites CCAE members to consider recommending a colleague or themselves to serve on the CCAE Board or on any of its committees. Members of the Board represent a broad cross-section of regional and advancement disciplines and are responsible for the overall governance of the organization, including strategic and fiduciary oversight.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday, February 19, 2016. The online nomination form is on the CCAE website.

Successful nominees will demonstrate primary competency in governance and proven leadership in educational advancement. Please attach a copy of the nominee’s resumé with the on-line nomination form.

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Become a CCAE Institutional Ambassador

Apply now to become a CCAE Institutional Ambassador at your CCAE member school. This unique role can benefit your advancement career, your school and your Canadian professional advancement association: CCAE.

A CCAE Institutional Ambassador:

  1. promotes CCAE activities, services, and benefits to all levels of CCAE member organizations;
  2. provides valuable feedback regarding CCAE programs and services;
  3. ensures that advancement staff information at the home school is updated; and
  4. promotes the value of CCAE membership to colleagues at other schools.

Among the benefits of serving as a CCAE Institutional Ambassador, you can:

  1. build and expand your professional network;
  2. learn best practices from other institutions; and
  3. develop leadership and networking skills.

Complete the application form and step into a valued leadership and CCAE liaison role.

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