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CCAeLearning Series Presenting Partner:

Industrial Alliance

In one-hour CCAeLearning webinars, 2016 CCAE Prix d’Excellence recipients share key lessons and how-tos from their award-winning initiatives. Thanks to Presenting Partner and 2017 CCAE National Conference Platinum Sponsor, iA Financial Group, all CCAeLearning sessions are offered as a FREE professional benefit to CCAE members. An unlimited number of advancement staff can participate.

Each CCAeLearning session explores project definition, design, conception, challenges, strategies to gain buy-in, and ongoing adjustments.

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Engaging faculty, students and donors through images and story

Thursday, November 17, 2016
1 - 2 p.m. Eastern

Hillfield Strahallan College launched The David Tutty Joy and Innovation Fund in 2015 to celebrate and honour the life of a much‐loved community member—David Tutty—who passed away in 2014. Learn how HSC used bright, engaging imagery and uplifting language to evoke the qualities that made David special, and to promote innovation, responsibility, and real‐world skills through a commemorative fund.

Join in and get inspired to boost your own and your shop’s creativity.

• CCAeScan
• Annual Giving Congress Addresses Key AG Issues
• CCAE Workshops and Summits: Sharpen Your Skills
• Choose a Candidate and Plan Your TD Fellowships in Advancement Program Now
• CCAE Platinum Sponsor Profile

National Partners


TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

2016 National
Conference Sponsors


Industrial Alliance


Tempo Framing


Canada Life





Donna Heibert

Edwardsw School of Business


Global philanthropic




Hamilton Tourism


Top 100 MBA Program rankings include 3 Canadian schools. The Economist's 2016 ranking of full-time MBA programs includes three Canadian business schools. The MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business was ranked #56, followed by Western University’s Ivey School of Business (#59) and Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business (#79).

Chancellor donates $15 million for McMaster aging research. McMaster University’s Chancellor, alumna and long-time supporter, Suzanne Labarge, has announced a $15 million gift to fund the Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging. “In just eight years, one in five Canadians will be 65 or older and the challenges of aging are so commonplace we accept them as normal,” said Labarge. The gift invests in McMaster’s interdisciplinary research into how seniors can live more independently through greater mobility, better health and fitness and increased social connection.

Largest ever gift to Mohawk College. The Joyce Family Foundation announced the largest donation ever made to Mohawk College in its 50-year history: a $5-million investment in technology and infrastructure. The gift will be used to help fund a major renewal of Mohawk's labs and classrooms as well as the construction of a 90,000-square-foot Centre for Partnership and Innovation.

TD Bank Group supports Concordia U programs. TD Bank Group is donating $600,000 to support two programs at Concordia University: the ABRACADABRA literacy program, developed by Concordia’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance to help children acquire reading skills more quickly; and the Sustainable Internship Program at the John Molson School of Business, to provide work opportunities to Concordia students at small, green-focused companies. TD is a CCAE National Partner and has funded the TD Fellowships in Advancement for CCAE member schools since 1998.

SAIT celebrates 100 years with a 700-pound cake. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 16th with a massive party attended by thousands, including many generations of alumni. One of the centrepieces was a cake that took a year of planning, over 1,200 hours of work and more than 70 volunteers. The chocolate and vanilla cake with buttercream filling, covered in fondant icing and intricate decorations representing SAIT and Calgary, weighed more than 700 pounds. And yes, the edible creation was sliced up and served to grateful celebrants.

Ditch the term Millennials. Target Perennials. An article by Gina Pell in Medium claims that most generation-specific categories are obsolete. “Because age ain’t nothin’ but a number,” claims the article. “The days of targeting media and products at people based on their age is over.” Perennials “are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. . . . Amazon and Netflix get it right with recommendation engines that target people based on behavioral data over outmoded generational stereotypes, so why shouldn’t we?”

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2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress
Addresses Key AG Issues

Many thanks to Presenting Partner iA Financial Group

Thank you to sponsors Dean Hughes Consulting, KCI and Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Thank you to host Ryerson University

Over 80 advancement professionals gathered at Ryerson University’s Oakham House on October 20 - 21 for the 2016 CCAE Annual Giving Congress. Delegates heard from outstanding keynote speakers, panel discussions and presentations on the latest trends and most effective tools in annual giving. The networking and informal discussions — as always at CCAE events — were a highlight of the experience.

1. Lisa Baum, Annual Giving Officer, McGill University, accepts the New Professional Award from Award Sponsor Dean Hughes.

Also receiving awards were Leanne Posehn, Senior Development Advisor, University of Regina (Travel Award); and Mary-Ann Gilchrist, Fundraising and Stewardship Coordinator, Nipissing University (First-Time Attendee Award).

2. Presenters on The Business of Class Giving: Smith’s Strategy of Annual & Reunion Class Giving (Queen’s University).

3. Bob Burdenski closes the 2016 CCAE AGC with a thought-provoking general session on 20 Reasons Why There is a Decline in Giving.

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CCAE Workshops and Summits: Sharpen Your Skills

Topical, practical and inspiring Workshops and Summits on the culture of Francophone philanthropy, independent school advancement, alumni relations leadership, engaging young alumni, and communications / marketing will provide essential PD and networking in winter and spring 2017.

Review, register and plan to refresh your professional toolkit in 2017 at CCAE events in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Halifax.

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Choose a Candidate and Plan Your TD Fellowships in Advancement Program Now

CCAE National Partner, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, has made possible a tremendous asset to build the future of the advancement profession since 1998: the TD Fellowships in Advancement. Apply by Friday, January 13, 2017 for one of two 2017-18 TD Fellowships.

Two TD Fellowships - each valued at $37,500 - will provide exceptional opportunities for emerging professionals to gain one year of practical experience in at least two major areas of advancement. A TD Fellowship can strengthen the capacity of your advancement shop while helping to secure proven talent and skills for the future of our profession.

What difference can hosting a TD Fellow in Advancement make to your advancement operation?

Says Nick Strazzabosco, Associate Director, Annual Giving, Office of Advancement at the University of Waterloo:

During her time as the 2015-16 TD Fellow in Advancement at the University of Waterloo, Jenifer Sibdhannie had a significant impact on the Annual Giving program and on all of the team members with whom she worked. She designed a smarter renewal cycle for annual fund donors that has been put into practice this year, and we are already seeing clear signs of an improvement in retention rates.

Jenifer took the lead on Giving Tuesday last year, resulting in the highest volume of online gifts all year and the highest revenue for any Giving Tuesday so far. Jenifer wrapped up every project with thorough documentation and lessons learned, leaving us in an excellent position to build on her hard work and discoveries.

As a TD Fellow, she had the freedom to focus on larger, loftier projects—the kinds of projects that are sometimes difficult to tackle in the busy day-to-day of a permanent position. We are all incredibly lucky that Jenifer was generously given this opportunity.

Application details and guidance for TD Fellowships in Advancement are on the CCAE website.

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CCAE Platinum Sponsor Profile:
Tempo Framing Systems

Tempo Framing Systems is a Canadian corporation that manufactures and markets a unique Framing Program to universities, colleges, educational institutions and the not-for-profit sector in Canada and the United States.

Tempo Framing developed the concept of instant framing of diplomas and certificates and created a whole new source of recognition and revenues for universities and colleges in the Framing Program. Today, as a result of our service and quality of product, Tempo Framing Systems is the leading supplier of Diploma Frames to Canadian Universities and Colleges.

Tempo Framing has been a supporter of CCAE since its inception, first as an exhibitor, then as a participant in the awards program and finally as the official sponsor of the CCAE Prix d’Excellence.

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