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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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Educational Advancement

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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TD Fellowships: Build the Profession and Your School’s Advancement Capacity

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The holidays are near, and the TD Fellowships application deadline is January 13, 2017! Now is the time to put the finishing touches on your application.

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.

Since 1998, CCAE National Partner, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, has made possible a tremendous asset to build the future of the advancement profession. Apply by Friday, January 13, 2017 for one of two 2017-18 TD Fellowships in Advancement to enhance your school’s advancement bench strength.

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• Appointment Notices
• Calling all Prix d’Excellence Volunteers!
• 2017 CCAE Workshops and Summits
• Evolving the 2017 CCAE National Conference

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TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

2016 National
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Industrial Alliance


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Canada Life





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Edwardsw School of Business


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Alberta’s economic woes and universities’ deferred maintenance. The Edmonton Journal reports that universities in Alberta face staggering deferred maintenance costs due to the slumping provincial economy. The article states: “the University of Alberta has pegged its bill at more than $800 million and the University of Calgary is nursing a $490 million potential headache,” while Northern Alberta Institute of Technology faces a 67.7 million deferred maintenance bill. This is a cross-Canada issue, according to the Canadian Association of University Business Officers: “in 2014 the total national deferred maintenance amounted to $8.4 billion.”

Trump election an opportunity for Canadian higher ed? So says Alex Usher in his November 9 blog. Usher believes that Canada’s standing as a destination for international students will go “through the roof” when a Trump administration takes over in the U.S. As a result, according to Usher, “Canadian universities are about to get more pricing power: No more being the discount end of North American higher education. But we have to up our game significantly.” Usher also sees a halt to any Canadian brain drain for the foreseeable future.

More big donations from the wealthy; smaller gifts from mid-income givers. A report titled “Gilded Giving” by the U.S.-based Institute for Policy Studies shows that “charities are increasingly relying on larger and larger donations from smaller numbers of high-income, high-wealth donors. Meanwhile, they are receiving shrinking amounts of revenue from the vast population of donors at lower and middle-income levels.” Figures are from the U.S., but may also reflect troubling trends in Canada.

The future of social media. Buffer has released an exhaustive report on “The state of social” in 2016 and what current trends portend. Among the key findings: (1) Video is gaining in popularity. (2) Facebook is the key platform, used by 93% of marketers. (3) Primary use of social media is to enhance brand awareness. (4) Top challenge is how to drive traffic from SM. (5) Fewer job positions involve only SM (15%); now it tends to be a portion of the marketing role (others include content creation and community focus).

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Appointment Notices

Ajay Patel has been appointed Vice-President, External Development at Langara College. Patel has previously served as Associate Vice President, International and External Development at the college.

Erin Sargeant Greenwood has been appointed Vice-President of Advancement at Saint Mary's University. Greenwood has previously served as Interim Vice-President, Advancement at the University of Waterloo.

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Calling all Prix d’Excellence Volunteers!

CCAE is preparing for our equivalent of Oscar season: the 2017 CCAE Prix d'Excellence awards. This highly valued CCAE program would not be possible without committed and engaged volunteers to serve as category host coordinators and judges for the 2017 competition.

The 2017 Prix d’Excellence competition opens on January 16, 2017.
Entry deadline is February 17, 2017 (5 p.m. EST)

Review the categories and, as you plan to submit your own (and your shop’s) stellar advancement work from 2016, consider where you’d like to volunteer. Please avoid any category in which your school intends to submit an entry.

To volunteer as a host coordinator or judge for the 2017 CCAE Prix d’Excellence, please contact:

Tara Sandler, Program Development & Volunteer Management Officer - sandler@ccaecanada.org
Phone: 514-992-8272

For inquiries about 2017 Prix d’Excellence categories, or if you have questions about which category is most appropriate for your submission, please contact:

Mark Hazlett, CCAE Executive Director - haz@ccaecanada.org
Phone: 506-471-7531


Janet Sailian, CCAE Communications Consultant - janetsailian@gmail.com
Phone: 239-233-3265

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2017 CCAE Workshops and Summits

CCAE provides the best in advancement PD - with content created and presented in Canada by your Canadian peers, and all fees in Canadian dollars.

Independent Schools Summit

January 26 & 27, Radisson Hotel Toronto, Toronto, ON

Presenting Sponsor:
Ross W. Marsh Consulting Group Inc.


Gold Sponsor:
Global Philanthropic


Explore issues at the core of today’s Canadian independent school advancement and learn tried and tested, as well as innovative and new practices. Featured are sessions on engaging alumni to maximize philanthropy; panel discussions on engagement and fundraising challenges by school type and on optimizing alumni committees and boards; a hands-on dive into Raiser’s Edge; and a closing session that features Innes van Nostrand, Principal of Appleby College.

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Alumni Leaders Summit

February 2 & 3, 2017, Oakham House at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Presenting Partner:

Industrial Alliance