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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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Transition advising essential for new university presidents. Unprecedented “churn” in university presidencies in the past few years has led to more focus on the need to carefully prepare new presidents for their role. An article in the August / September 2016 issue of University Affairs quotes University of Saskatchewan President, Peter Stoicheff, and University of Alberta President, David Turpin— both of whom started their mandates in 2015 — on the essential value of a formal, multi-faceted transition process in helping them start their presidencies on the right foot.

Ontario teens in distress. One-third of teenaged Ontario students in a recent large-scale survey were found to have moderate to severe symptoms of psychological distress – “an alarming leap from two years earlier, when only one-quarter of students met the same threshold,” says a recent article in The Globe and Mail. The study was based on responses by 10,426 students from Grades 7 to 12 in 220 schools across Ontario. “The higher up the grades you go, the worse the situation tends to get. Grade 12s, for instance, were four times more likely than Grade 7s to report high levels of stress, and more than twice as likely to rate their mental health as fair or poor,” yet few seek help.

Nova Scotia’s universities and NSCC key engines of the economy. The One Nova Scotia Commission categorizes the province’s 10 universities and the multi-campus Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) as key economic drivers. “The universities and NSCC represent one of Nova Scotia’s greatest comparative advantages. These institutions are major employers in their communities, they generate the lion’s share of research and development activity in the province and they increasingly function as an export sector with growing numbers of out-of-province and international students.” The annual export value of the PSE sector in Nova Scotia is estimated at $840 million.

Brexit an international student bust for UK; boon for Canada? The Independent (UK newspaper) cites a survey by student recruitment consultancy, Hobsons, reporting that 30% of international students said they were not likely to come to the UK, while 6% said they would definitely not choose Britain as a study destination as a result of the EU referendum. “Asked for alternative study destinations, 32% of the 1,014 respondents said they would choose Canada, 21% chose Germany, while 20% showed an interest in heading to either an American or Australian university.”

Launch of Northern Philanthropy Institute. Sudbury’s three post-secondary institutions —Collège Boréal, Cambrian College and Laurentian University — have joined forces to launch the Northern Philanthropy Institute, a partnership that will offer professional development opportunities to fundraising professionals in northeastern Ontario. The Institute will host its first event on National Philanthropy Day, November 15, at Collège Boréal. A day-long professional development workshop led by Lorna Somers, McMaster University’s highly acclaimed Director of Development, will guide participants in methods of maximizing the impact of philanthropic gifts.

UPEI opens landmark design and engineering building. The 76,000 square-foot, $26 million School of Sustainable Design Engineering has officially opened at the University of Prince Edward Island. Designed to support experiential learning, the new school will feature project ideation rooms, design studios, seven unique labs, a green roof and design competition centre. Students studying bio-resources, mechatronics, and sustainable energy will work on one project a year for community and industry partners. The first class of the program is due to graduate in May 2017.

Content strategy tips for education. Want to maximize the effectiveness of your content marketing? The July 2016 issue of CASE Briefcase offers six key pointers by Tony Poillucci — senior strategist and creative director at Visionpoint Marketing. They include: know your “content landscape” and audiences, using personas to precisely define targets; tap your admissions experts for insights; and think through a funnel of engagement of which your content strategy informs every part. “Ultimately, show your audience what you stand for—don't tell them.”

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How Can Advancement Evolve?

Call for Presentation Proposals for #ccae2017

The Program Committee of the 2017 CCAE National Conference plans to shake things up with big ideas and a variety of session formats and topics in Hamilton, ON, from June 6 - 9, 2017. Share your innovations, collaborations and best practices in a Presentation Proposal using this form by Friday, October 7, 2016.

Find more details on the CCAE website. Plan ahead: book your room for #ccae2017 and check out Tourism Hamilton for great excursion ideas in the lovely Hamilton region.

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Build Your Annual Giving Networks and Expertise!

2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress

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

Register now to attend the premier event designed to build the expertise and networks of Canadian annual giving professionals. The 2016 CCAE AGC program features topics from the value of data analytics and tips for successful face-to-face donor meetings to a panel on career management.

Thanks to Dean Hughes Consulting, three awards (New Professional Award, Travel Award or First-Time Attendee Award) are available, upon application, for the 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress. For more information and application details, please visit the CCAE website.

Special accommodation rates are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Downtown for the Annual Giving Congress. Follow this link to book your accommodations.

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2016-17 CCAeLearning

FREE to all CCAE Members

CCAeLearning Series Presenting Partner:

Industrial Alliance

In 2016-17, CCAE presents an innovative series of 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. Sessions run from 1 - 2 p.m. Eastern time. Advance registration is required.

The schedule for 2016-17 CCAeLearning is here on the CCAE website. Sign up for the first two sessions:

  1. Thursday, September 22, 2016 - A Fresh take on Giving Days
    Joyce Yu, Digital Communications Strategist, Office of Advancement, University of Alberta; and Shanan Sorochynski, Digital Outreach Strategist, Communications and Marketing, University of Regina.
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  2. Friday, October 28, 2016 - Is Print dead? Not if you ask us.
    Stephanie Bailey Communications Coordinator Office of Advancement, University of Alberta; and Tanya Pimenoff, Associate Director, Alumnae Relations, Advancement, Branksome Hall
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2016-17 CCAE PD:
The Best in Canadian Peer to Peer Training

Hone your skills and grow your connections with a range of CCAE professional development in the upcoming academic year. Watch CCAeNews and the CCAE website for dates, locations and details on the upcoming events - the best in Canadian advancement peer to peer learning and opportunities to network with colleagues.

  • Alumni Leaders Summit
  • Independent Schools Summit
  • Bridging from Students to Young Alumni: How to Build Engagement and Loyalty
  • Marketing and Communications Workshop
  • Francophone Giving Culture Workshop

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