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  • Congratulations the 2022 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellows!

    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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Since 1993, The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) embodies the voice of the Canadian advancement landscape, by connecting over 120-member schools to the pinnacle of advancement resources.

CCAE is a volunteer-led organization that promotes excellence in educational advancement. We provide opportunities for networking, professional learning and mutual support.

Members benefit directly through outstanding programming, resources, and value-added external stakeholders.

These opportunities are facilitated by esteemed peers and industry experts, who range in background by a multitude of school representations and disciplines, furthering this uniquely Canadian advancement niche.



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Join new messaging tool, Slack. The Canadian advancement community has a new messaging tool, set up by Erin O’Neil, Alumni Officer, Digital Engagement at McMaster University. Request your invite for Slack for Canadian educational advancement at http://www.canadianeducationaladvancement.com/ to join the subgroup of this tool (like a mix between a listerv and a chatroom). It’s one of the latest, simplest ways to connect communities and professionals across the country. Questions? Contact Erin at oneilel@mcmaster.ca

New Brunswick passes free tuition legislation. On July 8, the Province of New Brunswick passed free tuition legislation to assist students in need to attend a publicly-funded university or college in the province. Applicants will be automatically assessed for eligibility. The bursary provides free tuition to low household-income New Brunswick students enrolled in an undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate program at a publicly-funded university or college in the province.

Differentiation essential to Ontario universities. The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario has published a report - The Differentiation of the Ontario University System: Where are we now and where should we go? - that examines “critical pathways to achieve the benefits of greater differentiation” in the province. Among HEQCO’s key recommendations: (1) Recognize and fund equity of access as a significant differentiating feature; (2) Support the University of Toronto as Ontario’s flagship institution; (3) Concentrate research expansion for greater impact; (4) Build on the role of regional universities; and (5) Drive differentiation through funding.

Low-wage grad degree holders increase. The Globe and Mail reported on a new study indicating that the ranks of low-wage earners with a Master’s or doctorate degree have soared over the past 20 years. Of employees with an M.A. or Ph.D., 12.4 per cent were low-income earners in 2014 compared with 7.7 per cent in 1997 - a 60% increase - finds a study by the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. But higher education yields better employment outcomes. Of workers aged 20 - 64 with zero to 8 years of education, 50.7 per cent were low-income earners in 2014 compared with 44.6 percent in the late 1990s.

32 Canadian universities in world’s top 1,000. The Center for World University Rankings has published its 2016 ranking of the top universities. The rankings claim to measure the “quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.” Among the 32 Canadian institutions in the top 1,000, the University of Toronto is ranked #30, with McGill University at #42, and UBC at #57.

Scrutiny of Brexit fallout continues. Academia continues to ponder the impacts of the Brexit vote on Canadian higher education. The Conference Board of Canada reflects on next moves for Canadian higher ed in a brief commentary. In his July 14 One Thought to Start Your Day column, Alex Usher sees potential damage but also opportunity. He has the following advice: “Advertise a lot in Asian markets where UK currently does well. Emphasize security and multiculturalism. Talk about possibilities for immigration. And do it fast, because odds are the Aussies are already there doing it.”

How community funders can best respond to tragedy. In the wake of recent tragic events in the U.S., France and Turkey, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has advice for how funders and grant makers can most effectively respond to community needs. HT to ViTreo Group, from their July 15 weekly blog.

• Recent Appointment
• CCAeLearning 2016-17
• 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress
• #ccae2017 in Hamilton, ON
• TD Fellowships in Advancement
• Tap Into CCAE Careers

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Hamilton Tourism

Recent Appointment

Debra Pozega Osburn has been appointed Vice-President University Relations at the University of Saskatchewan. Pozega Osburn currently serves as Vice-President University Relations at the University of Alberta.

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CCAeLearning 2016-17:
Now a FREE Benefit to CCAE Members

CCAeLearning Series Presenting Partner: Industrial Alliance

In 2016-17, CCAE is planning a bold new series of 9 CCAeLearning webinars (September 2016 - May 2017), all presented by 2016 CCAE Prix d’Excellence recipients. All CCAeLearning sessions are now offered as a free professional benefit to CCAE members. An unlimited number of your staff can participate.

Registration is required. Please register here soon.

CCAE is delighted to announce the continued support of iA Financial Group as the 2016-17 CCAeLearning Series Presenting Partner.

Check out details of the first two CCAeLearning webinars on the CCAE website:

A Fresh Take on Giving Days
September 22, 2016
1 - 2 p.m. Eastern
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Is Print Dead? Not if You Ask Us
October 28, 2016
1 - 2 p.m. Eastern
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2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress

October 20 - 21, 2016
Oakham House, Ryerson University, in Toronto, ON

Presenting Partner:

Industrial Alliance


Register now to attend the annual event designed specifically for Canadian professionals working in annual giving. The 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress will offer top-notch keynote speakers, panel discussions and presentations on the latest trends and most effective tools in annual giving.

Check out the stellar AGC program and book your accommodations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown.

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#ccae2017 in Hamilton, ON

Theme: Evolve

Plan to join your Canadian advancement colleagues to Evolve together at the 2017 CCAE National Conference in Hamilton, Ontario, from June 6 - 9, 2017.

The Call for Presentation Proposals for #ccae2017 will land in your e-mail inbox in late August. The Program Committee plans to shake things up with a focus on big ideas and a variety of session formats and topics - so prepare to flex your most innovative presentation muscles.

Jump ahead and book your hotel room now at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - or contact the 24 hour, toll-free reservations line at 1-888-627-8161 and ask for the 2017 CCAE Conference group block.

Check out Tourism Hamilton for tips to explore the city’s beautiful lakefront, miles of area hiking trails, tours and festivals - plus over 100 waterfalls.

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TD Fellowships in Advancement:
Start Planning Now for 2017 Applications

TD Insurance Meloche MonnexIt is never too early to plan a program and seek a candidate for one of the coveted TD Fellowships in Advancement. Friday, January 13, 2017 is the deadline for completed applications. Start planning now.

CCAE National Partner, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, recently renewed its support of the TD Fellowships in Advancement for three more years starting in 2017, a great benefit to the Canadian advancement profession well into the future.


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Tap Into CCAE Careers

Whether you are seeking a new position in educational advancement or look to hire new staff for crucial roles in your advancement shop, the Careers section of the CCAE website is your go-to resource. This service is free to all CCAE members. Have a look!

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