• Sign on for the 5th edition of the CASE-CCAE Support of Education Survey, Canada

    The survey is open June 10 - September 30

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  • Congratulations to the 2022 Prix d'Excellence Recipients

    View the results and recap this year's celebrations

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  • Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Award Recipients!

    Watch their video messages and read their profiles

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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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Evolve with the 2017 CCAE National Conference

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June 7 - 9, 2017

Hamilton, ON

Registration opens today - January 25th

Book your hotel room here.

Plan to join the annual national conference that Canadian advancement professionals look forward to all year long. Session and special event details will be announced in February.

CCAE has held registration fees at the same level as in 2016 and retained the “buddy” registration option. Fees and travel expenses in Canadian dollars = the best value for your PD budget.

Register here.

On Wednesday morning, June 7, CCAE will offer two workshops: the popular primer on Canadian advancement - Essentials for New Professionals in Advancement; and in partnership with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners - Gift Planning Fundamentals.

Gain ideas and inspiration from #ccae2017 compelling keynote speakers


Opening Keynote

Wednesday, June 7, 12:45 p.m.

Lorna Somers: Voyages of Discovery
Vice-President, McMaster University Foundation, and Director of Development, McMaster University

World-renowned advancement expert and stellar presenter Lorna Somers will kick off the 2017 CCAE National Conference by inviting us all along on Voyages of Discovery - sure to be an inspiration. Lorna’s knowledge and ability to share the excitement of advancement are legendary.

Closing Keynote

Friday, June 9, 10:45 a.m.

Sabrina Pourmand
Vice President of Key Relationships, charity: water

Engaging, dynamic speaker and philanthropy mover-and-shaker Sabrina Pourmand has led programmatic initiatives for large-scale international humanitarian aid organizations. She also thrives in the world of philanthropy. Sabrina will show why she is now ready to do anything to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world.

• Appointment Notices
• 2017 Prix d’Excellence
• Professional Development
• 2017 Distinguished Service Awards
• Call for Expressions of Interest

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TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

2017 National
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Hamilton Tourism


Global philanthropic


Appointment Notices

Congratulations and best wishes to CCAE members who have recently moved into new Advancement positions.

Louis Arseneault has been appointed Vice-Principal (Communications and External Relations) at McGill University. Arseneault previously served as Vice-President (Talent Attraction, Promotion and Communications) at Montréal International.

Tyler Forkes has been appointed as the inaugural Director, Alumni Engagement at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. Prior to this, Forkes had been Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations at Ryerson University.

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2017 CCAE Prix d’Excellence is Open!

Entry deadline: February 17, 2017

Have you entered your best advancement work in the 2017 Prix d’Excellence? Hop to it! The entry deadline is 3 weeks away. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain the recognition you deserve for innovative, results-producing advancement work.

2017 CCAE Prix d’Excellence entry form

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CCAE Professional Development:
What could you learn?

CCAE’s PD workshops and Summits tap into the latest learning and expertise to help you galvanize your advancement shop for best results.

Among many other topics, participants at the CCAE Annual Giving Congress (sponsored by iA Financial Group) in October 2016 explored:

  • Use of data to overcome common challenges such as donor retention, re-acquisition, and migration
  • Harnessing data to enhance annual giving stewardship efforts
  • Maximizing the impact of giving days
  • Engaging major and leadership donors through personalized interactions and deeper conversations
  • Sentimental / emotional appeals versus stats-based appeals

Attendees at CCAE’s first ever Workshop on Francophone Giving Culture in December 2016 learned about:

  • Historic and current differences in Quebec financial and charitable trends
  • Views of education as a government-supported right rather than a cause
  • How to develop greater institutional agility to respond to changing donor attitudes and evolving definitions of philanthropy
  • The shrinking philanthropic base: fewer donors giving larger amounts
  • Philanthropic psychology, including the new, “anti-establishment” donor

Transform your own knowledge level, network and discuss with colleagues, and prepare to return to your advancement shop with results-generating strategies from these upcoming CCAE events:

Harnessing the Power of Marketing and Communications Workshop

April 6 & 7, 2017, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB

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Young Alumni & Student Engagement Workshop

April 20-21, 2017, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS

Register now!

Learn from the Experts:

CCAeLearning Webinars


A FREE Benefit to CCAE Members

CCAeLearning Series Presenting Partner

 Industrial Alliance

Don’t miss the next 5 webinars. One is tomorrow, January 26, 2017: Bring them in! Using multi-media to recruit out-of-province students

View the CCAeLearning schedule here.

All 2017 CCAeLearning sessions are presented by 2016 CCAE Prix d’Excellence recipients. Each webinar runs from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Nominate the Worthy:
2017 CCAE Distinguished Service Awards

Take time to recognize those who have helped build Canada’s advancement profession and who strengthen the education sector. Nominate a worthy recipient of CCAE 2017  Distinguished Service Awards.

Applaud a stellar advancement career through the Outstanding Achievement Award, supported by Manulife Financial. Celebrate the generosity and vision of a philanthropist and champion with the Friend of Education Award, supported by The Offord Group. Recognize a promising advancement career in the making with a Rising Star Award

All recipients will be honoured during CCAE Awards Night on June 7 at the 2017 CCAE National Conference in Hamilton, Ontario.

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The Nominating Sub-Committee of the CCAE Board of Directors invites CCAE members to consider recommending a colleague or themselves to serve on the CCAE Board or on any of its committees. Members of the Board represent a broad cross-section of regional and advancement disciplines and are responsible for the overall governance of the organization, including strategic and fiduciary oversight.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday, February 17, 2017. The online nomination form has been posted on the CCAE website.

Successful nominees will demonstrate primary competency in governance and proven leadership in educational advancement. Please attach a copy of the nominee’s resumé with the on-line nomination form.

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