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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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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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NAIT opens massive new Applied Technology Centre. The Centre for Applied Technology at NAIT, one of the largest post-secondary buildings in Canada, has opened its doors. The $300 million, five-storey structure contains 57 classrooms, a 135-seat theatre, and 45 simulation rooms in a building the size of Edmonton’s Kingsway Mall.

$76 million invested in Guelph’s “Food from Thought”. The federal government is investing $76.7 M in University of Guelph’s Food From Thought research project, which will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for a growing human population while sustaining the Earth’s ecosystems. It’s the largest single federal research investment in U of Guelph history.

$22 million to upgrade Acadia University facilities. The federal and Nova Scotia governments and Acadia University will jointly contribute $22.2 M to upgrade and enhance Acadia University's science complex.$5.5 M will come from the province, $10.5 M from the federal government, and $6.2 M from Acadia and other donors.

Major investments in infrastructure and innovation at Colleges.

  • The federal government will contribute $21 million, Ontario kicks in $3.3 M, and Humber College will invest over $39 M to create energy-efficient living environments and retrofit buildings on campus to lower energy use. Total investment: $63 million.
  • Seneca College will get a nearly $85 million boost to support its Centre for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship - $27.3 M from Canada, $3.3 M from Ontario and over $57 M from the College. 
  • Nova Scotia Community College will receive $15.2 M from the federal and Nova Scotia governments to build a Trades Innovation Centre on its Pictou Campus.
  • The College of the North Atlantic's Bay St. George Campus in Stephenville, Newfoundland has received an $18.5M investment from the federal and provincial governments for a new Heavy Equipment Centre of Excellence.

Taming Homecoming rowdiness. Universities are taking steps to mitigate the safety, community relations and image issues that can arise from over-exuberant homecoming celebrations. University Affairs reports that Western University has moved its 2016 Homecoming from late September to late October, “when they hope mid-term stress and colder weather will discourage students from attending.” PSE institutions across Canada have collaborated with their communities to plan appropriate and less disruptive events.

Campuses address sexual assault. Challenges to student wellbeing - mental health, stress, and sexual assault - are top of mind at the start of this academic year. A Sept. 13 article by CBC explores how institutions including University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Humber College and Bishop’s University are addressing this issue through discussion, training and policies.

• Fall is Off to a Brilliant Start at CCAE
• Time to Find a Top TD Fellowship Candidate
• CCAE Platinum Sponsor and Presenting Partner Profile: iA Financial Group

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Fall is Off to a Brilliant Start at CCAE

Your Canadian advancement association, through open discussion on the issues and innovations of greatest interest, has created a 2016-17 PD schedule of unprecedented depth and breadth.

From the 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress on October 20-21 (at Ryerson University in Toronto) to the Francophone Giving Culture Workshop on December 2 (at Marianopolis College in Montreal), this fall CCAE launches a solid roster of peer to peer professional development that continues through the 2017 CCAE National Conference (June 6 - 9, 2017 in Hamilton, ON).

Be part of the knowledge sharing that is a hallmark of CCAE and Canadian advancement. Submit a Presentation Proposal for the 2017 CCAE National Conference using this form by Friday, October 7.

This upcoming winter and spring, CCAE will offer top-quality PD and networking at Workshops and Summits for independent school advancement, alumni relations, communications / marketing professionals, and advancement professionals who work with students and young alumni.

CCAeLearning webinars, now free to CCAE members thanks to Presenting Partner, iA Financial Group, are off to a brilliant start with the recent session A Fresh take on Giving Days on September 22. Participate in these monthly one-hour webinars with an unlimited number of advancement colleagues at your school.

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Time to Find a Top TD Fellowship Candidate

Fall is the ideal time to identify a promising candidate for one of two 2017-18 TD Fellowships in Advancement. Friday, January 13, 2017 is the deadline for completed applications. Start planning now.

CCAE National Partner, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex has 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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CCAE Platinum Sponsor and Presenting Partner Profile: iA Financial Group

Industrial Alliance

Since 1892 iA Financial Group has provided Canadians with a range of life and health insurance products. Ranked among Canada’s largest and most prominent insurance companies we strive to protect the financial futures of your Alumni; providing them with the confidence that they have provided for their loved ones and proud they are affiliated with your Higher Education Institution. We are a longtime supporter of CCAE, both as a Platinum Sponsor of the National Conference and a Presenting Partner of the CCAeLearning Series, 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress, and other workshops.

Our mission – Over the past 50 years we have fostered partnerships with many Alumni Associations across Canada. Regardless of the duration of our relationships, our mission has always been to ensure the financial wellbeing of our clients by offering them personal insurance coverage and investment solutions to help them achieve their personal goals.

Our ambition – To be the company that best meets client expectations, in partnership with our distributors. Our strength is tied not only to exceeding the needs and expectations of your Alumni, but also those of your Alumni Association. Our program is designed specifically for the insurance needs of your Alumni and offers a range of products, benefits and services at affordable group rates.

For information on how iA Financial Group can put together an Affinity Insurance Program for your Alumni Association, contact Ranbir at ranbir.kang@ia.ca

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