2010 Speaker Profiles



The Plenary Speakers 



Darcy Rezac
Sunday, June 6 – 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Darcy Rezac is managing director and chief engagement officer of The Vancouver Board of Trade. Prior to that he held executive positions with the federal government, Alcan and General Motors. He also writes, speaks and consults on public policy, social capital, leadership, networking and corporate engagement.

Darcy is the author of the best seller, Work the Pond! (Prentice Hall NY, 2005), dubbed “The Connector’s Handbook” by Town & Country magazine. It features his trademarked ethos of positive networking. In its book review, The Financial Post credits Rezac with “taking networking to a new level.” It has also been published in China, Korea and Russia. He is also author of The Engaged Leadership Matrix™, a corporate leadership capacity model.

He did graduate work at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser and York universities and holds B.Sc. in psychology from McGill and MBA from the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal. He was awarded an army commission in the Royal Canadian Engineers, and a naval commission in 1996 as honorary captain (N), Fleet Pacific. He holds the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125 medal and the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).

Darcy was a founding director of Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR) in. He is a director of B.C. Bearing Engineers Ltd., and The Vancouver Board of Trade and ARA Safety, Inc. He is on the International Academic Advisory Board of Quest University, Garibaldi, British Columbia, and the advisory board of Recipco, Inc—the capacity exchange. He has been an active member of World Economic Forum since 1989, and a member of the “Davos Circle.” He is a 2005 graduate of the Corporate Governance College of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). He has served as a volunteer for a number of academic and community organizations. He is an Ambassador for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Darcy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1975.



Lesra Martin
Monday, June 7 – 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Lesra Martin earned his law degree from Dalhousie Law School. He is currently the Vice President of a national computer software and technology company. Lesra is also a lawyer and an inspirational speaker. His life has been chronicled in a best selling book, Lazarus and the Hurricane, and he was one of the subjects in a major Hollywood motion picture, "The Hurricane", starring Denzel Washington and directed by Norman Jewison. He has made a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, appeared on Larry King Live, and spoke before the United Nations. Most recently, he is the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary, "The Journey of Lesra Martin".

It is hard to imagine that Lesra grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant - a ghetto community in New York City. It is hard to imagine that he was functionally illiterate, unable to read or write at the age of 15. As fate would have it, at 15 years old Lesra left his home in New York to live with a family in Toronto, Canada. While there, he was given access to a proper education. He took full advantage of the opportunity.

Hardest of all to imagine: the first book Lesra purchased and read on his own was the autobiography of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, The Sixteenth Round. Lesra pledged to do everything in his power to prove Rubin's innocence. After enlisting the help of his Canadian family and uniting with attorneys, Rubin Carter was exonerated. Because of Lesra Martin, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is a free man.

Lesra Martin is an example of dogged determination. Anyone who says that impossible dreams can never materialize has yet to meet this "kid" from New York City. Humble and passionate, he tells audiences everywhere that "limits" exists only in the mind. Through his inspiring presentations, Lesra shows audiences that the power to make a difference exists in each of us.



The Keynote Conversation


Lucinda Chodan, Mike Harcourt, and Martha Piper
Monday, June 7 – 1:45 – 3:00 p.m.


Lucinda Chodan

Lucinda Chodan is editor-in-chief of the Victoria Times Colonist. Before that, she spent 20 years at the Montreal Gazette, occupying positions that included deputy editor, readership development editor and senior news editor.

While she was at The Gazette, she was also involved in the startup of several new sections, including Woman News, a section of particular interest to female readers; eXpress, for young people; and Weekender, a Saturday leisure and lifestyles section.

She began her daily newspaper career at the Edmonton Sun, where she worked as an entertainment reporter.

Lucinda received a National Newspaper Award for feature writing in 1986 and was awarded a certificate of merit the same year for enterprise reporting.

She has done extensive freelance work for such music publications as Country Magazine and Canadian Musician. She has also taught writing and reporting at Concordia University in Montreal.

Lucinda is a native of north-central Alberta.


Mike Harcourt

As former Premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver and city councillor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most livable places in the world. His focus on conservation and sustainable development - and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities around the world - has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.

After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was a Federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and was chair of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities. He co-chaired the National Advisory Committee on the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum, held in Vancouver in 2006.

Harcourt is honorary co-chair of the University of British Columbia's President's Advisory Council on sustainability, as well as Associate Director at the Centre for Sustainability Continuing Studies at U.B.C. In addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST), he chairs the Canadian Electricity Association's Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel and Sustainable Cities' International. Mike Harcourt is a member of City of Vancouver's Greenest City Action Team.

Harcourt's exemplary career as lawyer, community activist, and politician has been honoured with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and the Canadian Urban Institute's Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the U.B.C. Alumni Achievement Award of Distinction for contributions to British Columbia, Canada and the global community in November 2008.

He is the author of A Measure of Defiance and co-author of Plan B: One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph and co-author of City Making in Paradise.  



Martha Piper

From 1997 to 2006, Martha C. Piper served as the eleventh president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, one of Canada's largest and most prestigious research universities.

Born in Lorain, Ohio, Piper received her B.Sc. in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in Child Development from the University of Connecticut, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Piper was appointed director of the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. In 1985, she joined the University of Alberta as Dean of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, and was appointed Vice-President, Research in 1993. The portfolio was expanded in 1995 to include external affairs.

Through her commitment to advancing research, Piper has been established as a leader in the research community. She has served as a board member of the Alberta Research Council, the Canada Israel Industrial Research Foundation, the Edmonton Economic Development Board, Telecommunications Research Labs, the Centre for Frontier Engineering Research, and the Interim Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Prime Minister Chrétien appointed Piper to the National Advisory Board on Science and Technology in 1994 and, in 1996, to the board of the Advisory Council on Science and Technology, a position she held until 2004.

In 1997, Piper was appointed as a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. In 1998, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and became a member of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. In 2001, Piper was appointed by the premier of British Columbia to the BC Progress Board. In 2002, Piper was appointed a member of the board of directors for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, and the Singapore Minister of Education appointed her to the National University of Singapore Council. Piper was appointed a public governor of the board for the Canadian Academies of Science in 2005 and became a member of the board of directors for PrioNet Canada in the same year.

Piper has been awarded 16 honorary degrees, and in 2003, Piper was named an officer of the Order of Canada. She was named Educator of the Year by The Learning Partnership in 2004. In 2005, Piper was named a recipient of the Order of British Columbia. In Mexico in 2006, The Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey held a special ceremony to recognize Piper for her contributions to higher education, which marked the first time that a non-Mexican has received such an honour. The Martha C. Piper Research Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member at the University of Alberta.



Concurrent Sessions and Networking Sessions


Sharon Aitken is Director- Alumni and Annual Giving, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. After graduating from McMaster University with an Honors B.A. in Political Science, Sharon worked for Bell Canada and began a 20-year career in sales, marketing management, product management, and customer service. She managed a staff of 45 with accountability for over a $110 million revenue base for the Public Communications Division of Bell Ontario.  

For several years Sharon was involved in educational consulting and volunteering within her local community. In 2000, she joined the Business Development department of Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, where she managed key business partnerships with major product suppliers.  

In 2003, Sharon was the Project Lead for the creation of a new Digital Media incubator on the Sheridan campus that today houses one of Canada’s leading animation studios. In 2004, Sharon joined Sheridan’s fund raising team and provided the leadership for many new initiatives, including the outreach and stewardship with Sheridan’s animation graduates in California. Sharon is responsible for alumni relations with Sheridan’s 105,000 alumni; annual giving; awards solicitations; and Sheridan’s annual Big Picture Gala. 

Sharon was a Chair of the CCAE 2009 National Conference organizing committee. She is currently a Board member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, and received the Oakville Economic Development Alliance Award of Appreciation. 



James Allan, Ph.D., is Senior Director, Alumni, at York University. With a background in communications, research and academia, James has been a member of York’s Alumni Office team for the past 6 years, and has been Director of the office since 2005. After completing his Ph.D. in Communications, James taught as a lecturer at a number of universities in Massachusetts and New York before joining the team at York. In addition to his academic experience, James has also worked in advertising at Toronto’s GreyInteractive and in publishing at New York’s AdventureHouse.  

James holds degrees from University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is thinking it might be a good idea to become a York alumnus as well.  



Nathalie Benoit is Director of the Institutional Promotion Division at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has a Bachelor's degree in Communications from UQAM. 

After working initially as a freelance journalist and then as a press agent in the publishing field, she joined the UQAM Foundation, where she coordinated fundraising campaigns and directed communications activities. 

Since 2002, Nathalie has been Director of the Institutional Promotion Division at UQAM, where she is responsible for the university’s promotional campaigns, brand strategy and positioning, and development of the website and institutional social media. Nathalie and her team have won several awards, including the Prix d'Excellence from CCAE in the Promotional Campaign, Website and Special Event categories. She has served on several committees and boards, including CCAE and the organizing committee of the YWCA Women of Distinction Gala. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau and chairs its Communications, Development, Partnership and Programming Committee. 



Cynthia Bettcher, MSW, is U50 Project Director, York University. Cindy provided leadership to the successful realization of an unprecedented, year-long celebration to mark York's 50th Anniversary in 2009. She provided project direction to launch The York Circle (a community outreach program), and served as Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of University Events and Community Relations, in its first two years of operations.  

Cindy’s prior experience at York University includes 5 years as Director, Continuing Education, and Project Manager for the 75th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. She has over 20 years of experience as an administrator in community outreach and adult education. Through her work and volunteer service, she has demonstrated a commitment to social justice and lifelong learning. On May 1, she assumed the role of Special Advisor, Office of the VP, University Relations at York.  



Maxim Bonin is Project Manager at Université du Québec à Montréal. After working in advertising agencies as an account manager, project manager and copywriter, Maxim joined the UQAM Institutional Promotion Division in 2006. As project manager, he coordinates a variety of events and promotional activities.  

Since his arrival at UQAM, Maxim has been responsible for managing and developing the university’s contribution to the Montreal High Lights Festival All-Nighter. Last year, he coordinated the first occupation of UQAM’s Place Pasteur, one of several initiatives to establish the university’s brand in the heart of Montreal’s Latin Quarter.  

Maxim has designed several benefit evenings and galas in the business community, particularly the Regroupement des jeunes gens d’affaires (Gathering of Young Businesspeople) du Québec. For the 2009 edition of the Montreal High Lights Festival All-Nighter, he designed and produced the multi-disciplinary art event Cinéparc at Place des Arts. 

Maxim has a B.A. in Public Communication from Laval University and is currently completing a graduate diploma in Event Design at the UQAM School of Design. 



Deborah Burgess’s career accomplishments span 27 years. In 1982, Deborah successfully launched a corporate communications and design firm in Toronto, which served national “blue-chip” companies for ten years. Deborah oversaw the development and implementation of branding programs, annual reports, employee and corporate communication campaigns, signage and displays. 

Her 1985 work on North York General Hospital’s highly successful donor recognition program – one of the first of its type to be launched in Canada – inspired her to specialize in a not-for-profit client base. In 1996, Deborah established Octopus Design, and in 2009 Octopus Recognition Inc., providing creative and original communication solutions and donor recognition consultation and design to a wide range of philanthropic organizations. 

In the last eight years, donor recognition has become the primary focus for Octopus. With Deborah’s background in Corporate Communications and Branding she has driven the Octopus approach to donor recognition to a new level including strategic and sustainable recognition planning, donor marketing programs as well as brilliant donor display and signage solutions.  

Deborah attributes her years of ongoing success in business not only to her deep creative and communications experience in both the public and private sectors, but just as importantly to well-developed people and partnering skills, along with a constant rigour to anticipate and implement change. 

Deborah has presented on the topic of Donor Recognition at the AFP Conference Toronto 2005, AHP Regional Conference in Whistler, B.C. June 2006, AHP International Conference Orlando September 2006, and CAISAP in Niagara January 2007. 



Cyndi Cave is part of the Alumni Relations team at Mount Royal University (MRU). In her capacity as Coordinator, Alumni Programs & Services, Cyndi’s primary responsibility is to engage current students in Alumni Association and Future Alumni Network (FAN Club) initiatives, promoting the concept of “students today, alumni forever.” 

Cyndi also helps develop and promote programs and services that add value to the alumni experience. She plays an active role in student alumni organizations in Canada and the United States. In 2009, MRU hosted the CASE ASAP District VIII Conference, where Cyndi was awarded the district’s Outstanding Advisor award. This past April, she also received the Mount Royal University Students’ Association Champion award, given to faculty or staff members who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for students at MRU by going above and beyond what’s expected in their commitment to students and making a difference at the university. 



Frank Cerisano is Executive Director, Office of Alumni Engagement and Development at Centennial College. He has 17 years of fundraising development experience. Previously, Frank was Executive Director of Advancement for the Sheridan Institute. 

Frank has spent the majority of his career in the healthcare sector. He served as National Vice President of Development for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), where he lead the Canadian arm of a $1 billion international campaign for Type One diabetes research. He was a Campaign Director with Ketchum Canada, where he managed to completion a $10 million campaign to build the new Woodstock General Hospital, and was part of a team that laid the groundwork for Sunnybrook and Women’s Foundation $300 million M-Wing expansion campaign.  

Frank joined Centennial College after completing one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the Sheridan Institute, where he and his team raised $37M on a $30M goal. 

He is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Golden Horse Shoe, where he holds the government relations portfolio. He is a member of the Committee of Advancement for Colleges Ontario. He is a past Governing Council member of the Brampton Board of Trade; a past member of the Economic Development Committee for the City of Brampton; and a past member of the Toronto Heritage committee. He holds a B.A. from York University, and a post-graduate diploma in Corporate Communication from Seneca College.  



Cathy Collins is the Chief Development Officer at Mohawk College, responsible for all aspects of Development and Alumni. She has worked in educational fundraising for 24 years, with positions at Mount Allison University, Nipissing University, York University, Sheridan College, Centennial College and McMaster University. 

Over the course of her career, Cathy has provided leadership and expertise in Annual Funds, Alumni Marketing, Volunteer Management, Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Advocacy. Cathy has served as Campaign Director for four capital campaigns and assisted with four other campaigns in a variety of roles. She was a member of the CCAE-Ontario Board for a number of years. 



Natalie Cook Zywicki has been an advancement professional since 1991, when she started as a Liaison Officer at her alma mater, Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She served six years as Manager of External Relations at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, before moving west in 2004 to become Director of Development for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. In 2007 Natalie became Associate Director, Annual & Alumni Giving at UBC. In 2009, she was appointed as Director of University Partnerships in UBC Alumni Affairs, joining the Development and Alumni portfolios to forge a constituency-based alumni relations program.  



Charles Cunningham is Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the University of Guelph. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1978, he joined Waterloo's registrar's office as a student recruiter, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Secondary Liaison. Chuck joined the University of Guelph in 1987, and was responsible for directing the University's highly successful student recruitment program. He held several positions within registrar services, including Deputy Registrar; Director of Enrolment Management; and University Registrar. Chuck became Director of Communications and Public Affairs (C&PA) in 2001. His office is responsible for marketing and promoting the university to the public and representing the institution to the media. C&PA produces Guelph’s on-line news service, At Guelph; the alumni magazine, The Portico; and the annual President's Report as well as various websites. 

Chuck was Chair of the Ontario Universities' Council on Admissions that led the planning for the double cohort; co-chaired the U of G's United Way Campaign; and was Chair and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. He and his team have received numerous national and international awards for their marketing initiatives in higher education.  



Vaughan Dowie is Executive Head, Office of Public Affairs at McGill University since December 2008. The Montreal native joined McGill’s Public Affairs Office as Assistant Vice-Principal in August 2007, coming to the university from the Government of British Columbia. Vaughan has more than 30 years of experience as a senior manager in public-sector and community organizations, including as President of La Commission de Protection des Droits de la Jeunesse; Executive Director of Batshaw Youth and Family Centres; and Assistant Deputy Minister in three different ministries for the Government of British Columbia.  





Steven Drover is the Manager of Faculty Relations in the Alumni Relations Office at the University of Ottawa. He works with faculties, services and volunteers to plan events and deliver programs designed to engage the University’s ever-growing alumni community. In 2009-10, Steven successfully executed an 18-city tour to introduce incoming university President Allan Rock to alumni and friends. Originally from New Brunswick, Steven is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management. He returned to his alma mater in 2001, having previously worked for a communications firm in Moncton.  

Steven has been a volunteer with the University's United Way campaign, was a member of the organizing committee for the 2007 and 2008 CIS women's hockey national championships, and is currently serving a three-year term on the University of Ottawa’s Board of Governors. 



Gary Douglas Durbeniuk leads the Development Office at the University of Calgary. He has worked as a professional in the development field since 1986. Since he returned to U of Calgary in 2002, the university’s fundraising has grown to a record in 2008-09 of $104 million. As Vice President (Development), Gary has also been Executive Director of a joint campaign between the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, which just concluded a $312 million campaign. 

Gary began his career at the University of Calgary in 1986 as the Senior Development Officer, including responsibility for major and leadership gift divisions of the University of Calgary’s Building on the Vision $48 million campaign. 

In 1992 Gary became Director of Development at the University of Calgary. He was also the University’s senior liaison for the Partners in Health $54 million joint campaign between the Foothills Hospital Foundation, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. In 1996 he became the first Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Health Trust, where he was responsible for merging the activities of five health care-related foundations in Calgary into one foundation.  

Gary is a member of the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), CCAE, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, National Council of Foundation Executives, and Western Universities Advancement Council. He has an extensive volunteer history of service to various organizations and boards. 

Gary Durbeniuk attended the University of Calgary, where he received a Bachelor of Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education. 



Andrea Eccleston is Alumni Relations Officer, Student and Young Alumni Engagement, at the University of Saskatchewan. She graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Land Use and Environmental Studies in 2005 from the U of S, and completed a Special Events Coordinator certificate course in February 2006. 

Andrea started with University Advancement in August 2007. She encourages the development of the student body into successful alumni through programs and information to aid in the transition from student to alumni. She connects students and student-related organizations to alumni and provides programs and services to recent graduates to keep them engaged with the U of S. 

Andrea is also the equipment manager for the U of S Huskie Football team, entering her 11th season with the team. She volunteers with Football Saskatchewan, working at camps and with the Team Saskatchewan program in the summer. Andrea has volunteered at major events including the Vanier Cup (in 2006), and as a member of the organizing committee for the Football Canada Cup in July 2009. These volunteer opportunities have allowed Andrea to meet and build relationships with U of S alumni across Canada and internationally.  



Darran Fernandez is Alumni Relations Officer at the University of British Columbia. He has an M.Ed. in Higher Education from UBC. Darran focuses his work on current students and young alumni of UBC. His previous experience was in student affairs. He has worked with students and faculty one-on-one on orientation, mentoring and leadership development programming at UBC and at Carleton University. Darran’s experiences in this area have helped to tailor his programming for his two constituencies. 







Christina Fox joined the Alumni Relations team in 2002 at her alma mater, The University of Western Ontario. Christina has implemented innovative engagement opportunities for current students and young alumni through a steady expansion of Off to Western, Six Degrees, Backpack 2 Briefcase, Young Alumni Magazine, Last Lecture, and measurable social media and web initiatives. 

In addition to her achievements at Western, Christina is a big fan of CCAE. Currently she is co-chair of Prix D’Excellence and has had phenomenal involvements with CCAE over the past 8 years, including CCAE-Ontario Board of Directors, Co-chair of the Summer Institute, planning committee for the Ontario Fall Workshop, and numerous speaking opportunities. 

Christina was thrilled to earn a CCAE Rising Star Award, CCAE-Ontario Outstanding Volunteer Award and Prix D’Excellence awards for her work in Alumni Relations.  



Joel Friesen is on the staff of the University of Victoria Web Initiatives Department. Working on the Web since 2001, Joel is a proponent of Web standardization and was an inaugural member of Victoria’s first Web Standards group. Joel also teaches Web design at Camosun College. Currently Joel is discovering new ways of using social networking to reach potential audiences. 



Jay Goulart is Executive Director of Advancement at Ridley College, a Canadian independent school, and former Director of Development at Proctor Academy. Jay is known for building advancement models that are innovative, dynamic, fun and focused. His strategic and creative approaches have attracted international attention from all non-profit segments in the areas of the ask, communication models and customized stewardship. Jay is the architect of the Family of Funds annual fund concept that allows donors a choice for their philanthropy, which has been embraced by many independent schools. He has cut new paths with stewardship and communication strategies that have been studied by hundreds of non-profits, including Dartmouth and MIT. Jay has designed a nationally recognized Ask Training Program that has been used to train professionals from the American Red Cross, Harvard Business School, Williams College, St George's School, and many others. 

Jay is a co-founder of the WOW Institute, an innovative conference for development professionals. With laser- Jay’s techniques have redefined the roles and the look of a development office. His design of focus, human touch, and technological capacity has had a dramatic impact on the field of advancement. A very popular presenter, Jay has received CASE’s Crystal Apple Award for excellence. 



Christina Harley is Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Events at the University of British Columbia. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies / Elementary Education from the University of Redlands in California. Prior to her arrival at UBC in 2005, Christina worked in the Development Office at Stanford University in Donor Relations and in the Parents’ Program. Outside of the university environment, she has experience in marketing and events in the non-profit sector and at a successful start-up company in the Bay Area.  




Jason Jones is Principal of JonesFoto. He is a Toronto-based photographer specializing in college and university recruitment and development campaigns. Jason has contributed to dozens of CASE Gold Award-winning projects and is a frequent faculty member and speaker for regional and national CASE and UCDA conferences. 

Education clients include Harvard Medical School, Penn State, McMaster University, University of Guelph, University of Lethbridge, Trinity College School, Hotchkiss, The Cate School, Notre Dame, Tulane, Villanova, Vanderbilt, Rollins, Hawaii Pacific, The University of Rochester, Colgate, The University of Richmond, Rhodes, and several hundred others. His work has appeared in the pages of Rolling Stone, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Sports Illustrated and Women’s Sports and Fitness. 



Liz King is Senior Alumni Relations Manager, Alumni Affairs, University of British Columbia. Liz completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at UBC and an Associate Certificate in Event Marketing at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her work life has taken her into the fields of customer service, project and service coordination, volunteer management and event management – most recently at UBC with the Ceremonies and Events, Development and Alumni teams. 

Liz volunteers with local non-profit organizations and was one of 25,000 volunteers during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.  



Guy Larocque is Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Ottawa. Guy has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, mass communications, management and strategic planning. He has worked for three governments, two universities and several private sector companies, in Toronto and Ottawa. 

A champion of interdisciplinarity and collegiality, Guy enjoys evolving in the “gray zone” — that special territory at the edge of internal administrative jurisdictions. A bit of a lateral thinker and an iconoclast, he loves to challenge pre-conceived ideas and favours the brutal truth. While he appreciates change, he abhors knee-jerk reactions, and in his view, sound planning should precede action and requires a true commitment to hold course.  



Leisha LeCouvie is Director, Parent and Affinity Programs at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Previously, Leisha worked at Trent University and Concordia University, and has extensive experience in all aspects of alumni relations. Leisha’s current portfolio encompasses alumni board relations, affinity (including alumni educational travel), student programs, parent programs, special events, and most recently, social media.  

Leisha was awarded the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE) Forman Fellowship in 2009 and pursued research into the use of social media in development and alumni relations. 



Guy Mallabone, CFRE, is Vice-President of External Relations, and Chief Development Officer for SAIT Polytechnic, in Calgary. He is responsible for fund development, marketing, communications, government relations, alumni relations, and institutional planning and research. Guy previously served as the Director of Development at the University of Alberta. He has worked in the non-profit sector since 1980. 

Guy has hands-on experience in all elements of the donor cycle, including successfully asking for, and closing, record-setting gifts in the post-secondary education sectors in Canada. He serves in volunteer leadership positions on a number of boards including Chair of the Board for the WorldSkills 2009 Competition, and Vice Chair of the Government of Alberta Charitable Advisory Committee. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Alberta Science & Technology Foundation.  

Guy serves as a current member on a number of Boards of Directors, including Association of Fundraising Professionals (Calgary Chapter), University of Alberta’s Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and KCI’s Advisory Board for Philanthropic Trends. He is an international consultant and facilitator for the UN’s annual UNICEF Major Donor Gift Clinic and as a Mentor-Consultant with the Fund Development Mentorship Program with CentrePoint in Calgary.  

Guy is an Adjunct Professor to the University of Bologna, Italy and teaches in the Master of Fundraising and Social Responsibility program. He has taught Fundraising Management at the Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta. He is the Editor of the Canadian Fundraising Texbtook (Civil Sector Press) and has published The Fund Development Audit (Civil Sector Press). 

Guy has Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and M.A. in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota.



Andrea Marsh is the Director of the University of Alberta external relations team in Calgary, which is home to more than 20,000 U of A alumni, donors, partners and friends. Her team is responsible for a U of A Centre in downtown Calgary which serves as the hub for advancement, reputation building and academic activities. Andrea's role is to manage the University's key relationships in southern Alberta and to provide advice and support to executive, deans and staff on advancement opportunities. Before arriving at the U of A in 2000, she worked in development and alumni for her alma mater, the University of Ottawa, and for Canada World Youth, an international educational exchange organization. 



Linda Nicoll, Manager of Student and Alumni Programs, became an ‘A-team’ member in Alumni Services at the University of Victoria in September 2000. Together, the team has won numerous CCAE Prix d’Excellence awards over the years for alumni programming. Linda has been the advisor to the UVic Student Alumni Association (SAA) for 9+ years, and earned the CASE ASAP Outstanding Alumni Advisor award in 2007. 

Linda pioneered Alumni Week in 2008, and is currently launching a new Young Alumni Program, with five successful young alumni events held to date. Linda is also responsible for alumni benefits, including launching a new Alumni Card in 2009, and managing the marketing of the association’s affinity programs. 

Linda is a graduate of Lakehead University and earned a UVic President’s Distinguished Service Team Award in 2005.  



Jane Potentier, CFRE, is Associate Director of Development at the University of Alberta. Jane, who is from the UK, has worked as a professional fundraiser for 18 years. In the UK she worked principally in telephone fundraising and specialized in monthly giving and integrated mail and phone programs. 

Jane joined the University of Alberta in January 2002, and was Manager of Annual Giving from 2003 to 2008. In June 2008, she moved into a new role as Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships. She develops and implements private fundraising strategies for the university’s high-priority, multi-disciplinary initiatives and programs, with a focus on corporate donors with complex multiple-interest relationships with the U of A. A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, Jane has been actively involved in CCAE and the Association of Fundraising professionals (AFP) since 2002, and is currently President of the AFP Edmonton and Area Chapter.  



Laura Quilici is Program Manager, Annual Giving, at the University of British Columbia. She has 18 years of professional and volunteer experience working in the not-for-profit sector, initially as a crisis counselor and, more recently, as a fundraising professional. She has worked in development at WWF-Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and Battered Women’s Support Services. 

Laura has participated in numerous committees, including the Salvation Army Belkin House capital campaign cabinet, which raised over $25 million to open an integrated homeless shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She has served on four boards, acting as Executive Secretary on two of them. 

Laura is the immediate past Chair of the il Museo committee of the Italian Cultural Centre, where she spearheaded the completion, in October 2008, of British Columbia’s first museum dedicated to Italian-Canadian immigration history. She has an M.A. in History from Simon Fraser University, and is currently enrolled in the Fundraising Management program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  



Susan Rankin is the Director of Stewardship & Donor Relations at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She leads the development of all comprehensive stewardship and donor relations programs for McMaster.  

Previously, Susan was the Director, Alumni Affairs at the University of Guelph from 2001-05. She was responsible for the overall management of the Alumni Affairs program and led a team of 9 staff, including college decentralized alumni officers. Susan has held other positions at McMaster University in the areas of Alumni Advancement and Campaign Donor Relations. 

Susan has presented at numerous CCAE and CASE conferences on topics including Chapter/Branch development; Pro-Active Stewardship; Engaging alumni at a distance; Managing your advancement career; and Effective event and volunteer management. In 2002-03, she co-chaired the CCAE Summer Institute for New Professionals in Advancement, and participated on the CCAE-Ontario Privacy Task Force. 

Susan has been on the CCAE-Ontario board for 5 years and currently serves as Past-President. She is a member of the CCAE National Board of Directors and is Chair of the 2010 Prix D’Excellence Program. 



Michael Robb is the Director of Development for the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta since January 2008. Previously, he served as the university’s Campaign Communications Manager. His primary appointment with the U of A was with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, as Director of Public Relations, where for 8 years he was responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications. 

Before joining the U of A, Michael was a writer and editor for weekly and daily newspapers in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He is the recipient of numerous CCAE Prix d’Excellence and CASE District VIII awards, many of them for his writing, editing and publishing expertise. He earned his Diploma in Journalism (with distinction) from Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology, and his B.A. in Canadian Studies (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. 



Ryan G. Rodrigues is Associate Director, Alumni Outreach at The University of Western Ontario. Ryan has worked in educational advancement for 12 years -- serving as the Associate Director in Alumni Relations at Western since 2004. He has overseen regional alumni events, students and young alumni, professional faculty outreach and the alumni web portfolio. He has been the editor of Western’s monthly alumni e-newsletter (circulation: over 130,000.) Currently, Ryan’s role is focused on campaign integration between the development and alumni relations portfolios, and regional and international outreach to alumni. 

Previously, Ryan served as Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Trinity College School, where he founded alumni and parent associations, and supported an international branch network. Ryan worked in the Annual Giving programs at Ryerson University and The University of Guelph. In 2004, Ryan was recognized with a CCAE Rising Star Award.  

Ryan was a member of the University Senate and Board of Governors at Ryerson University and has played several volunteer roles, including work with Tennis Canada, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, the United Way, the YMCA and Camp Oochigeas. 

Ryan earned a B.A. in Psychology and English from Huron University College and an MBA from The Richard Ivey School of Business. In addition to CCAE, he is a member of AFP, CASE, and The University Club of Toronto. 



Janet Sailian is in her second year as Communications Consultant to CCAE. She is a features writer, editor and strategic communications and marketing consultant to organizations in Canada and the U.S. 

For 5 years Janet was Director of Communications and Marketing at Branksome Hall, an independent school for girls and an IB World School in Toronto. During that time she was a member of the CCAE Board of Directors. 

Janet served as the first Director of International Programs at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked in communications at bilingual Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, ultimately as Director of Communications and Marketing. 



Kerra St John returned in 2009 to the University of Victoria as Director of Ceremonies and Events after a long career in marketing and event management with British arts organizations, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Academy of Arts, and Oxford's Ashmolean Museum. A graduate of UVic, and one of the first students elected to the university's Board of Governors, Kerra and the Ceremonies team are responsible for Convocation, the university's signature events and one-off special community events. The Olympics certainly kept us busy!  

UVic celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013, and the university is planning a memorable celebration of our past achievements as we look forward to our next 50 years.  



Doug Sweet has been Director of Media Relations for McGill University in Montreal since early 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and editor for 30 years in newspapers across Canada, including publications in Burlington and Oakville, Ontario; Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; and The Gazette in Montreal, where he later served in various capacities as a newsroom manager. 

Born in Brantford, Ontario, he now lives in Old Montreal. Doug has a B.A. in History and Politics from Trent University and a Diploma in Journalism from Sheridan College. 




Rose Terzariol, CFRE is a Vice President at KCI. With over 20 years of experience, Rose is a highly successful development professional with a background in major gift fundraising, volunteer management and strategic planning. As Vice President with KCI, she is responsible for client service ranging from planning studies to campaign management, to strategic counsel. 

Since joining KCI in 2002, Ms. Terzariol has helped the University of Guelph reinvigorate their $75 million campaign, which went on to raise over $90 million. Her work with STARS in Calgary helped them surpass their $25 million goal to $28 million. In BC, she has worked with Vancouver Community College, Science World, The Salvation Army, Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Victoria Cool Aid Society, Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, UBC Faculty of Dentistry, United Way of the Lower Mainland and Canadian Cancer Society.  

Before joining KCI, Rose was Fundraising Director at B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. She served as Acting Director of Annual Giving, managing the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon campaign.  

Rose Terzariol recently completed her term on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Vancouver Chapter, where she chaired the Accreditation Committee. She has been an instructor for BCIT, Volunteer Vancouver, Douglas College, and Vancouver Community College.  



Anjela Wilson joined the Alumni Relations team in University Advancement at Ryerson University in 2006 to develop and implement programming for students and recent graduates. Anjela has written and begun implementing a strategic plan for student and young alumni outreach, including a targeted series of events for recent graduates titled Blackboard to Boardroom. These include a fair for all graduating students and a variety of other events tailored to meet the professional and social needs of new alumni.  

Anjela also works with chapters and special interest alumni groups, including Varsity Sports Alumni. She also sits on the organizing committee for the Ovarian Cancer Canada Toronto Walk that raises funds for ovarian cancer research. 



Andrea Wink, CFRE, is the Director of Development & Alumni Affairs for the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. She received her Honours B.A. from the University of Waterloo with a major in Art History and a specialization in cultural management. Andrea has lived across Canada and has worked for a variety of arts organizations, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Opera Association, Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto and Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.  

Andrea has served at UBC for 10 years, where she has designed and implemented successful fundraising strategies in all aspects of major gifts, campaign planning, planned giving, and annual fund programs. She has led teams through significant organizational change, long-term strategic planning and successful implementation of an annual fundraising program.  



Lisa Woodcock is the Associate Director, Annual Fund at the University of Guelph, where she is responsible for the strategic annual solicitation of alumni, parents and friends of the University, raising approximately $3.5M annually. Previously, Lisa worked at Queen’s University for 5 years in various roles in the Office of Annual Giving, including Faculty Advancement Officer, Applied Sciences and Queen’s Tele-fundraising Services Coordinator.  

With a degree in Biology and Psychology, Lisa anticipated continuing in academia until she realized she could get paid for attending black-tie events, taking donors to lunch, hanging out with students and talking about the great work of great institutions. Lisa has been an active volunteer with CCAE for five years, including as co-chair for the CCAE Summer Institute and as a speaker at various conferences on annual giving topics.