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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. 

Presenter profiles and keynotes have been posted. Conference sessions will be posted before the end of February.

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.

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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!

Haskayne raises $53 million. The University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business surpassed its goal of raising $50 million in less than five years through the Where Leaders Learn to Lead campaign. In late January, Haskayne announced the wrap of its campaign at $53 million, raised from more than 1,700 donors. Research, student support, community engagement and international stature were key themes. Haskayne’s is part ofUCalgary’s $1.3-billion university-wide fundraising campaign Energize: The Campaign for Eyes High.

Ontario demographics shrink but university enrolment still strong. A report from the Council of Ontario Universities indicates that 2015 applications by high-school students to Ontario universities remained nearly unchanged from 2014, even though the university-aged population is shrinking. Says a news release about the report: “Over the past 25 years, the proportion of 18-20 year old Ontarians that attend university has increased by about 50 per cent. The data released by the Ontario Universities' Application Centre today suggests this trend is continuing.” At the same time, university applications from non-high school students increased by 3% in the past year.

Five Canadian MBA programs in FT’s top 100. In its Global MBA rankings for 2016, Financial Times rated five Canadian programs in the top 100: The University of Toronto’s Rotman School (#50,) McGill (#85), Western (#88), Queen’s (#93), and UBC (#96). Grads from these programs boosted their salaries by 71% to 85% after earning an MBA. The number-one ranked MBA program is Insead, with campuses in France and Singapore. Harvard was #2, and the London Business School #3.

Retiring VP of Universities Canada reflects on change. After 33 years with Universities Canada, Vice-President Christine Tausig Ford reflects on changes in the sector as she steps into retirement. She notes that universities are more engaged with their communities, over half of current students benefit from co-op or other hands-on workplace programs, demands for accountability have grown, and university presidents face greater than ever pressures and shorter tenures.

BC students gain career boost from co-ops. A Simon Fraser University study shows the career and salary benefits of co-op programs in British Columbia. Co-op placements - which have increased in the past 5 years by 25% at SFU, 34% at UBC and Victoria U - net students median salaries of about $10,000 per year more than non-co-op graduates. Said SFU President Andrew Petter, co-op “allows students to gain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that a university gives them and they are able to then augment that with workplace knowledge, an understanding of their own competencies and, very often, an entry point into the labour market.”

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Prix d’Excellence Deadline is Near!

Just a few days remain to enter your school’s best advancement 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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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 4 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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Lessons from the Best: CCAeLearning Webinars

CCAeLearning Series Presenting Partner: iA Financial Group

Canada’s advancement professionals are among the world’s most innovative and solutions-oriented. Why not learn from the best? CCAeLearning webinars - held once per month through May 2016 - are presented by 2015 CCAE Prix d’Excellence Gold Award recipients whose work has been judged to be the best by their advancement peers.

In just one hour, learn to 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 proven solutions for today’s advancement challenges.

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.

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