2013 Preconference Presenter Profiles

Presenter Profiles


CoolmanJJason Coolman, Alumni Affairs, University of Waterloo

Jason joined the UW Office of Development in 2000, where he held roles as Development Officer, Annual Fund and Development Officer, Special Projects & Major Gifts. He assumed the role of Director, Alumni Affairs in January 2005.

Jason completed his Master’s Degree in Leadership at the University of Guelph. His major research project - entitled “The Science Behind the Art of Engaging Alumni: Linking Engagement and Impact” - uses alumni research data to build a strategic advancement model. Jason has published and presented this research at conferences in Canada, the USA and Europe.

In 2011, Jason’s professional accomplishments earned him a Rising Star award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).



RittingerMark Rittinger, Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations
Schulich School of Business

Mark Rittinger has been fortunate to serve at two internationally ranked and renowned business schools in both Canada and the United States during his nearly 20-year career in advancement.    

Mark has spent more than 8 years at the Schulich School of Business, both in the late 1990s and currently, now serving as Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations. He is responsible for all aspects of fundraising in Canada and internationally, in addition to overseeing the activities of the Schulich Global Alumni Network.  

In the intervening decade Mark served as Director of Major Gifts and Campaign Director, New York Region, for the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago - which was engaged at the time in a successful $250 million campaign as part of the university’s $2 billion Chicago Initiative.

Mark returned to Canada to serve the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), ultimately as Vice President, Development for the ROM Governors. He was part of a team that raised more than $250 million in support of the transformational Renaissance ROM campaign.  

Over the years, Mark has been an active volunteer for the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), receiving the Rising Star Award in 1997 and serving as Program Co-Chair for the 2012 CCAE National Conference. Currently, Mark serves as member of the Board and Vice President, Finance for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Area Chapter, the largest such chapter in the world.



Matt Terry, Manager of Strategic Communications, McMaster University

Matt Terry is Manager of Strategic Communications at Hamilton's McMaster University. He is responsible for executing the university's digital strategy, which includes overseeing its news site (dailynews.mcmaster.ca) and its social media presence. He is also responsible for augmenting media relations work with digital content, blogger outreach, and providing communications counsel to campus partners.



 Mary Williams, Vice-President Advancement, McMaster University

As McMaster University’s vice president of University Advancement, Mary Williams leads one of Canada’s strongest advancement teams with a stellar reputation for delivering strong results to the University in the development of its reputation and resources. Williams has played a number of roles at McMaster since she joined the team over 20 years ago. She was one of the leaders of The Campaign for McMaster University, which recently raised $474 million for the University, surpassing its goal of $400 million.

As an active volunteer, Mary is currently the past-president of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, her professional organization, and has been actively involved in many boards in the broader Hamilton area, including: Ronald McDonald House, the Hamilton District Health Council, the YWCA and is currently involved, as board chair, with the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington & Brantford. She is also a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council of Foundation Executives.

Mary, a McMaster graduate herself, who grew up in Hamilton, is married to Rob Forbes (also a McMaster graduate) and together they are proud parents of Liam Forbes.