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Brexit vote shocks British academics. University Vice-Chancellors fought it and researchers opposed it, but on June 23rd, the UK voted to exit from the European Union. The resultant shock waves are rippling across British and European academia, according to an Inside Higher Ed article. “Our first priority will be to convince the U.K. government to take steps to ensure that staff and students from E.U. countries can continue to work and study at British universities and to promote the U.K. as a welcoming destination for the brightest and best minds,” wrote Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK, the day after the Brexit vote.

$465 million to support Canada’s fundamental research. The Government of Canada announced on June 23 that it will grant $465 million for more than 4,000 awards - the result of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2016 competition for discovery research programs. The programs include funds for scholarships, fellowships, research supplements and equipment grants.

$100 million to complete MUN science building. Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador will receive $100 million from the federal government to complete a new core science building on its St. John's campus. The $325 million project will house the departments of biochemistry, biology and chemistry, plus electrical and computer engineering. Minister of Public Services and Procurement Judy Foote also announced $6.8 million in grants and scholarships for scientists at the university.

Brock concludes its “most successful capital campaign” at $94 million. On June 29, Brock University celebrated the official end of its historic Campaign for a Bold New Brock, launched in 2009 with a stated goal of $75 million. The campaign brought in over $94 million to support major capital projects including the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines, Matheson Learning Commons, Welch Hall extension and renovation and expansion of the Goodman School of Business.

Landmark gift to women’s and children’s health research. The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation is donating $40-million to the University of Alberta’s Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, the largest gift in U of A’s history. The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation is giving an additional $14.5 million, for a total gift of $54.5 million. The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute is a decade-long partnership between the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services, and the only organization in Canada dedicated to the full spectrum of women’s, children’s and perinatal health.

$10 million gift for Laurentian University School of Architecture. A $10 million gift from Rob and Cheryl McEwen will support construction of the $45 million McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and provide funds to “enhance the student experience.” The McEwen School of Architecture “will unleas the genius of the North and usher in new, innovative approaches to the design, form and function of buildings and communities, not only across Canada but around the world,” said Rob McEwen, founder of Goldcorp and head of McEwen Mining.

Improvements needed in PSE websites and orientation programs. Think your school’s website is state of the art? Think again, says an article in University Affairs that decries the “egregious” state of many university websites (and may also apply to other educational institution types). Poor design and navigation, missing and/or outdated info, and a marketing rather than information approach are the main flaws. Orientation programs also need a redo, says Academica Forum, citing a StudentVu panel survey. Students want more emphasis on meeting other students and achieving academic success; less on school spirit and campus traditions.

Do donor-advised funds obstruct the flow of money to charities? So claims an article in The New York Review of Books, summarized (more readably) in The Washington Post. “[These] funds let donors advise them on how to distribute the money to charities, and they can wait years or decades to do so. There is no time limit on how long the money can stay in the fund before it is given to a charity,” says the Washington Post article. While it refers to the growth in such funds in the U.S., the statement that “the growth of donor-advised funds could be delaying as much as $15 billion in aid to American charities” might have parallels in Canada.

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• Thank You, CCAE Volunteers
• 2016-17 CCAE Board

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CCAE Announces 2016 Annual Giving Congress Program

Presenting Partner:

Industrial Alliance


Register now to attend the annual event designed specifically for Canadian professionals who work in annual giving. The 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress happens October 20 - 21, 2016 at Oakham House, Ryerson University, in Toronto.

The 2016 AGC Program Committee has announced a Congress packed with top-notch general sessions, panel discussions and presentations on the latest trends and most effective tools in annual giving. Review the schedule here on the CCAE website.

Renowned annual giving expert Bob Burdenski will present a breakout session on The Language of Annual Giving and a Closing Keynote Session on Five Reasons Why There is a Decline in Giving.


Other 2016 CCAE AGC topics include:

  • What the Annual Fund is Really Worth
  • How to Use Data Analytics to Drive Your Annual Giving Program
  • Face to Face Donor Meetings for Successful Major and Leadership Giving
  • Milestone Anniversaries: The Annual Giving Component
  • The Business of Class Giving
  • Leadership Giving Within a Faculty or Division
  • Career Management and Development: Annual Giving and Beyond
  • Integrating Annual Giving Into a Capital Campaign
  • Planning for Your Giving Day Marathon
  • Multi-channel Solicitation

Register here.

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Thank You to All CCAE Volunteers

As a volunteer-based organization, CCAE relies both on its members and on the generosity of the institutions they serve in sharing the time and expertise of advancement professionals. Volunteerism, working together and sharing insights are central to the ways our profession works to advance education, and are essential to CCAE’s ability to offer valued, innovative programs.

The CCAE Board of Directors and Executive Director extend sincere thanks to each and every volunteer who helped to make the 2015-16 CCAE year so successful.

Thank you!

2016-17 CCAE Board of Directors

At the 2016 CCAE Annual General Meeting on June 9, 2016 in Saskatoon, CCAE members voted in the 2016-17 slate of CCAE Directors. Officers have since been appointed by the Board members.

See the CCAE website for Board of Directors’ contact information and profiles.


Jeff Todd - President
Executive Director, alumni UBC/Associate Vice President, Alumni, University of British Columbia

Penny Blackwood - Vice-President
Executive Director, Alumni Affairs & Development, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Rob Donelson - Vice-President
Vice-President, Development & Alumni Relations, Wilfrid Laurier University

Gillian Morrison - Vice-President
Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations and Campaigns, University Advancement, University of Toronto

Jason Moreton - Past President
Associate Vice-President, Alumni Advancement, University of Guelph


Derek Cassoff - Director of Communications, McGill University

Brian Daly - President & CEO, The University of Winnipeg Foundation

Julie Davis - Vice-President, Advancement, Trent University

Louis de Melo - Vice-President, External Relations, University of Ottawa

Anne Demers - President – Executive Director, Alumni Association, Laval University

Catherine Finlayson - Executive Director, Advancement & Alumni & ED, Fanshawe Foundation, Fanshawe College

Steve Hornsby - Executive Director, Advancement Services, Queen’s University

Doug Mann - Executive Director of Advancement, Trinity College School

Paul McCullough - Vice-President, Advancement & Alumni Relations, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Cheryl Stewart-Walsh - Associate Vice-President, Advancement, Mount Saint Vincent University

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