Presenter Profiles 2014
Ambrose, Tim -- Alumni Outreach Coordinator, Fanshawe College
Tim Ambrose has held the position of Alumni Outreach Coordinator at Fanshawe College since 2012. Prior to joining Fanshawe, Tim held positions with both Western University and Brescia University College. In his current role he is responsible for leading several projects and initiatives of the Fanshawe College Alumni Association, including the Larry Myny Mentorship Program.
Tim, who completed the Corporate Communications and Public Relations graduate program at Fanshawe College, also holds a B.A. (Honours) in Communications Studies from Brock University.
Amrhein, Carl -- Provost and Vice President (Academic), University of Alberta
Dr. Amrhein is in his third term as Provost and Vice President (Academic) at the University of Alberta, which he joined in 2003 following 17 years at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Amrhein holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Pennsylvania State University (1978) and a Ph.D. in Geography from State University of New York at Buffalo (1984), with research interests in economic geography, labour markets, decision theory, migration, and quantitative methods.
He is a member of Fulbright Canada: Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America; National Statistics Council: Statistics Canada; and Director for the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research. Dr. Amrhein served as Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Haidian, Beijing, China, in October 2011. Since 2013 he has been serving as Visiting Executive, Conference Board of Canada.
Dr. Amrhein was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.
Arbeau, Gord -- Director, Public and Community Relations, McMaster University
Gord Arbeau is a senior communications leader with over 20 years’ experience leading high-performance teams in both the private and public sectors. At McMaster, he leads a team of communications professionals responsible for the reputation management of one of the world’s Top 100 Universities - a campus of over 25,000 students and 7,500 faculty and staff.
Gord is responsible for crafting and leading implementation of the University’s communications, branding, media, digital, and community strategies, and provides key issues-management counsel and guidance.
Bajaj, Japman -- Executive Director, Western Canada, Soshal
Japman Bajaj is one of three founders of Soshal, one of Canada's fastest-growing digital agencies, and partners to more than 20 colleges and universities in Canada. As Executive Director of the Western Canada operation, Japman has developed a skill set and experience base related to higher education in Canada. A Finance graduate and CFA candidate, Mr. Bajaj’s financial training and business experience has resulted in a highly strategic mindset that has led him to be sought after for a variety of high-level conversations at a national and global level.
Most recently, he was invited by the Governor General's Office to facilitate a roundtable discussion about the role Canada will play in the future global economy. Japman is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, and on the 2014 Calgary Stampede Committee.
Bernier, Ashlyn -- Manager, Venture Mentoring Service, University of Alberta
Ashlyn Bernier received her B.Sc. (’06), Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (’11), and M.B.A. in Technology Commercialization (’13), all from the University of Alberta. She served as the President of the Graduate Students’ Association in 2012 –13, fueling her interest in entrepreneurship and innovation as it relates to the student experience.
Ashlyn joined the Office in Alumni Relations in July 2013 as Manager of the Venture Mentoring Service, a program which will support student and alumni entrepreneurs by pairing them with a team of experienced alumni mentors.
Bornstein, Mikhael -- Director Donor Programs, York University
Having worked in the arts, health, social service, and education sectors, Mikhael Bornstein has more than 18 years of experience as a professional fundraiser. Throughout his career he has been involved in all areas of fundraising, but has developed special expertise in applying direct-marketing methodologies to fundraising practice.
Mikhael has extensive experience in using process engineering and data analytics to drive program growth.
Charette, Carmen -- Vice-President, External Relations, University of Victoria
Carmen Charette was appointed Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Victoria in 2012. External Relations promotes strong and responsive relationships between the university and the external communities it serves. The portfolio includes alumni relations, fundraising, government relations, university communications; marketing, community relations, corporate relations, ceremonies and events; the Farquhar Auditorium, and Legacy Art Galleries. Carmen was previously Executive Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Ottawa, where she provided strategic leadership and represented SSHRC with senior government and university officials, and private-sector and community leaders across Canada. Prior to 2007, Carmen was Director-General with the Science and Innovation Sector of Industry Canada, Senior Vice-President with the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Director with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Cheater, Melissa -- Digital Content Manager, Western University
Melissa Cheater has been building and studying community for longer than ER was a TV show – helping cities rethink youth services, working with Canada’s best minds to understand online identity, and showing universities how to reconnect.
She studied Media & Public Interest at Western University; has worked across the nonprofit, government, and private sectors; and throughout her career, has been breaking new ground in digital strategy (featured in publications such as Maclean’s), while helping institutions negotiate the digital shift in communications.
Melissa is a digital strategist and speaker, specializing in post-secondary education and social network theory, founder of the #PSEWEB conference, and a member of the Department of Communications & Public Affairs at Western University.
Chesney, Jennifer AVP University Digital Strategy
Jennifer Griffin Chesney (M.M. Yale, B.M. Indiana) is a digital-product development & marketing innovator, with over a decade of executive management of research and development teams in industry and academia. She serves as the Associate Vice-President of University Digital Strategy at the University of Alberta, the first University Digital Strategy unit in a Canadian university with a research and applied focus on the convergence of the web, digital learning, mobile, and social media in student-centered products and experiences.
Jennifer’s previous 20 years of digital business and technology strategy roles include creating a Customer Strategies Unit and managing Retail Banking IT as Managing Director at ATB Financial, Edmonton; heading R&D and Product Development at Stockhouse, Inc. Vancouver; and managing Institutional Marketing online products as Vice President at Morgan Stanley, New York. In 1998, Jennifer founded and was CEO of one of the first open-source virtual media companies: NewsTrolls, Inc.
Clodius, Christoph -- Vice President, Search Practice, KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)
Since joining KCI in 2011, Christoph has led a variety of recruitment projects, including searches with the Universities of British Columbia, Calgary, Victoria, Regina, and Waterloo; Langara College, and Pearson United World College. Previously, Christoph spent over a decade in professional fundraising and strategic planning with both post-secondary educational and community organizations. The majority of his fundraising career was spent with the Development Office at the University of British Columbia. Christoph served for 3 years as the Director of Development at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, and in major-gifts fundraising for UBC’s Faculty of Arts and the Sauder School of Business. He was also Director of Development at the BC Paraplegic Association, and also worked previously with the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Christoph has an M.Ed. (Sociology of Education) from UBC, and a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Communications) from Simon Fraser University. His professional education and activities include various AFP, CCAE, CASE, and CAGP conferences and courses.
Cole, Sheri -- Leadership Giving Development Officer, Western University
With 15 years of fundraising experience, Sheri has managed two unique telefundraising programs; planned and implemented numerous integrated fundraising campaigns using telefundraising, direct mail, and e-mail; and most recently, developed the Leadership Giving Program at Western University.
In her current role, Sheri’s primary objectives are to identify and qualify prospects with annual gifts in the range of $350 - $24,999, secure an annual gift, and assess both planned giving and major gift potential. Sheri is also a member of the Annual Giving Congress Committee 2013.
Csorba, Emerson -- Director of Gen Y Consulting Inc
Emerson Csorba is a Canadian entrepreneur, 3M National Fellow, Peter Lougheed Scholar and published author in the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Huff Post Canada and University Affairs. Recognized as one of Edmonton's 30 Most Interesting People and by American Express and Ashoka as one of the 45 "2014 Emerging Innovators," across Canada, the United States and Mexico, Emerson has delivered projects such as The Wanderer Online's Top 100 Edmonton Women in Business, the Top 100 Most Influential Undergraduates, and co-founded the Globe and Mail National Student Advisory Council, which assembles 150 of Canada's most talented Gen Y leaders and works with them in producing newspaper editorials. As the Editor-in-Chief and a Co-Founder of The Wanderer Online, Emerson has spearheaded a digital magazine that in 1.5 years has produced over 1100 articles from 75 contributors with a 100,000+ readership and multiple media award recognitions on just a $250 budget. He is Director of Gen Y Consulting Inc., a venture that provides advisory and recruitment expertise on Gen Y (18-35 yrs) engagement and social innovation strategies.
Davies, Ryan -- Director, Advancement Communications, Carleton University
As Director of Advancement Communications, Ryan Davies provides strategic communications counsel to all aspects of development and alumni relations, and collaborates with the many talented advancement professionals at Carleton University. He led the creation of FutureFunder.ca, the university’s in-house crowdfunding platform, one of the first experiments in crowdfunding for post-secondary philanthropy in Canada.
Ryan came to the post-secondary sector in 2003 after 6 years in public utilities and corporate communications in Western Canada. He holds an Honours degree in English from the University of Alberta, and a Public Relations Diploma from Edmonton's Grant MacEwan University.
Dobson, Ed.D. Gretchen, Global Strategist, Gretchen Dobson LLC
Gretchen Dobson is a leading global alumni relations consultant who develops international advancement programs for educational institutions and non-profit organizations around the world. Her specialty services include strategic planning, campaign management, volunteer management and special event facilitation for clients with particular needs outside their home country. Gretchen also provides professional coaching for international alumni relations, development and academic officers new to global engagement practices.
Gretchen is the author of Being Global: Making the Case for International Alumni Relations (CASE Books, 2011). She was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the leading “Innovators in Internationalization” for her work at Tufts University. Dobson received her B.A. and M.A. from Boston College, and her Ed.D in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dragojlovic, Dr. Nick -- Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia
Nick Dragojlovic is a science communication and health policy researcher interested in how public engagement with science can boost innovation in the biomedical domain. He writes about crowdfunding scientific research at Science Menu, which also features a database of science crowdfunding campaigns from across the web.
Nick is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia, funded by Fellowships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). He holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.
Ferber, Dr. Mike -- Director of Development at The King’s University College
Dr. Mike Ferber is the Director of Development at The King’s University College, as well as Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies. Mike’s rich and varied background includes several years as Development Director for World Vision Appalachia, where he oversaw all marketing and development activities of a multi-million-dollar operation. He also has considerable team and administrative leadership experience in church and school contexts. Mike is a Certified Fundraising Executive (2012 CFRE International) and an Environmental Professional (2011 Eco-Canada).
Finlayson, Catherine -- Executive Director of the Fanshawe College Foundation
Catherine Finlayson has held the position of Executive Director of the Fanshawe College Foundation since 2005. In this role she is accountable for the overall direction of the Foundation as well as the Fanshawe College Alumni Association. She is responsible for the planning and development of fundraising projects and campaigns, and the development of multi-faceted partnerships in support of Fanshawe College.
Catherine brings to her current role an extensive background in nonprofit organizations, volunteer management, and fundraising campaigns. Currently she is Chair of the Advancement Committee for Colleges Ontario, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), and serves on the boards of a number of community organizations.
Gencher, Joella -- Alumni Relations Officer, McGill University
Joella Gencher is the main contact for McGill alumni in key regions. She manages events with VIPs and university representatives, and guides volunteer-driven alumni activities.
Joella has overseen 3 of the McGill Summer Send-Off programs, an international program with over 44 events throughout the summer for new students and their families, involving numerous volunteers worldwide and cross-campus collaborations. In 2013 the program won a Silver CASE Award in Annual Alumni Relations Programs.
Harding, Greg -- Partner, Field LLP
Greg Harding Q.C. is a partner in the Edmonton Office of Field LLP. His varied practice includes Trust and Charities law, Donations and Acceptance law, and Estate litigation. This includes longstanding advice to post-secondary educational institutions in the drafting, interpretation, and handling of Charitable Purpose Trusts. He also represents clients before a variety of boards and tribunals and all levels of Court. Greg is a Past-President of: the Canadian Bar Insurance Association; Canadian Bar Financial Services Corporation; and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch.
Hazlett, Mark -- Executive Director, Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE)
Mark Hazlett has been the Executive Director of CCAE since October 2008.
Previously, Mark served as the Executive Director of the UNB Associated Alumni for 8 years, and served for 4 years at Laurentian University in various advancement capacities. His advancement career started at Queen’s University, where he spent 6 years prior to heading north to Sudbury and Laurentian.
Over the course of his 21 years in educational advancement, Mark served on both the CCAE-Ontario and CCAE Boards. He volunteered his time at the Executive level on both Boards, and organized and spoke at numerous conferences and workshops.
Mark has been a member of the Basketball New Brunswick Board of Directors, and volunteers his time to many other Fredericton-area organizations.
Hurley, Dan -- Executive Director, University Relations, Vancouver Island University
Dan Hurley is responsible for strategic communications, marketing, government relations, advancement and alumni relations at Vancouver Island University. He served previously as Associate Vice-President (External Affairs) and Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Winnipeg. He spent more than a decade in Ottawa working as a political advisor on Parliament Hill, and as a broadcast journalist.
Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg, a Master of Journalism from Carleton University, and the APR designation from the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).
Johannesson, James --Executive Director, Development Services, University of Calgary Development Office
With over 14 years of Advancement experience in system development and configuration, prospect research, information and service development, business analysis, and human resources, James Johannesson brings a vast set of experience in all facets of Advancement’s main functions of alumni relations, development, and communications. Under James’ leadership, the University of Saskatchewan received a CCAE 2013 Gold Medal Prix d’Excellence Award for the conversion of a manual pledge reminder system to an e-reminder, through a business process re-engineering project.
Jurjevich, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Karen L. -- Principal, Branksome Hall, Toronto, Canada
As an educator for 30 years, Karen Jurjevich has helped thousands of young people chart their individual pathways to success.
Since 1998, Karen has served as Principal of Branksome Hall, a leading International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for girls in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12. She is both the educational leader and chief executive officer of the school, which was established in 1903. In 2001, Karen introduced the IB at Branksome, making it the first Toronto girls’ school to implement the renowned program, which nurtures a global outlook.
In October 2012, Branksome Hall Asia opened on Jeju Island, South Korea, following an invitation from the Korean government and Karen’s extensive efforts to negotiate the project.
Karen has served on professional boards, including those of Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Conference of Independent Schools (CIS) Ontario. She is a former CIS Principals’ Chair.
Prior to leading Branksome Hall, Karen was Principal of A.Y. Jackson Secondary School and Vice-Principal of Victoria Park Secondary School and Lawrence Heights Middle School, all in Toronto.
She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A., B.Ed.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Ed.)
Manktelow, Ashleigh -- Associate Director | Donor Relations | McGill University
Ashleigh has worked in Donor Relations and Stewardship at McGill University since 2005. Since that time she has had the opportunity to both participate in and manage many diverse projects relating to donor recognition and acknowledgement including a customized stewardship planning program for 250 of the University’s top donors, and the implementation of a home-grown IT system integral to the management of McGill’s holistic stewardship strategy. In her current role as Associate Director, Donor Relations, Ashleigh continues to seek new ways to demonstrate meaningful impact to McGill’s donors, engaging them not only in the life of their gift but also in the life of the University. Ashleigh is on the Board of Directors of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and has presented at several of ADRP’s International Conferences in addition to the CASE Donor Relations Conference. She is a two-time McGill alumna, holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.
Meadus, Thomas -- Director of Advancement, New Brunswick Community College
As the Director of Advancement at New Brunswick Community College, based in Fredericton, NB, Thomas Meadus has worked in Advancement for a short time. He has already had the privilege of launching the Advancement function within NBCC as it ventures into alumni relations and donor development for the first time in the past 40 years.
NBCC has built a unique team with broad experience to fuel its young shop. They are starting to see results and having a great time doing it. Thomas is eager to connect with fellow colleges to learn from each other in the field of Community College Advancement.
Monaco, Perry -- LinkedIn Strategic Product Consultant
What’s in a number? Perry Monaco was one of the first 4.5 million members of LinkedIn and sits in the top 10 of most-engaged employee profiles on the global network. Perry was the first Product Consultant and speaker for LinkedIn in Canada when he began his career in social media almost 3 years ago.
Perry works with LinkedIn’s strategic customers, offering recruitment and social media consulting services, and assisting in the creation of long-term strategies to support their recruitment efforts.
Morris, Andrea -- Senior Director, Office of Advancement, University of Alberta
Andrea Morris leads the faculty-based advancement programs and oversees the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. She also tries to close a few gifts in her spare time. After more than a decade at the University of Alberta and 17 years in major-gift fundraising, Andrea spends an increasing amount of time recruiting, coaching, and evaluating senior fundraisers to help the University of Alberta meet its ambitious objectives.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa. She is based in Calgary, Alberta.
Morrison, Gillian -- Assistant Vice President, Divisional Relations and Campaigns, University of Toronto
Reporting to the Vice-President, Advancement, Gillian provides leadership, strategic direction, and priority setting to the University’s institutional campaign and divisional campaigns. She helps to grow fundraising performance, build organizational capacity, and instill best fundraising practices across the University’s multiple divisions and campuses.
A senior fundraising executive, Gillian brings extensive experience in campaign development, campaign consulting, strategic planning and prospect development. Prior to joining the University of Toronto in 2009, she served as a Vice President at KCI Ketchum Canada and a member of KCI’s executive team. In addition to providing strategic advice and counsel to a broad range of universities, hospital foundations and charities from all sectors across Canada, she led the launch and development of KCI’s strategic planning and executive search practices.
Gillian Morrison began her career in the Government of Ontario, where she held positions with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Moyles, Robert -- Senior Director, Advancement Strategic Communications , University of Alberta
Robert Moyles (’86 BCom), joined the University of Alberta’s Office of Advancement as Senior Director of Advancement Strategic Communications in May of 2012. An alumni of the University’s Alberta School of Business, Robert had previously led the communications functions of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, worked with the provincial government’s Human Resources and Employment department, and spent the last six years as the Director of Strategic Communications with the City of Edmonton, overseeing the City’s brand and reputation.
Myhre, Cristine -- Coordinator, Campus Chapters, University of Alberta
Cristine Myhre has worked in alumni engagement programs at the U of A since 2007. Previously, she had over 10 years of experience in the voluntary and nonprofit sector, working as a grants officer, volunteer manager, and program manager for volunteer organizations and foundations. She is the third generation of her B.C.-based family to cross the border to attend the University of Alberta.
Noble, Josh -- Alumni Relations Manager, The King’s University College, Edmonton, AB
Hired as Alumni Relations Manager at The King’s University College in 2012, Josh Noble is the first full-time Alumni Relations professional at King’s. In his first year, Josh was tasked with building the department and opening a line of dialogue with alumni, who had been largely overlooked in the first three decades of King’s history.
Josh has built collaborative relationships with colleagues in Development, Athletics, Music, Enrollment, and a variety of other departments. Together, they bring a message of community development to formerly unengaged alumni.
Offord, Nicholas P. -- President, Offord Group
Nicholas is one of Canada's most experienced and respected leaders in institutional development. Following a five-year career (1984-89) as a Campaign Director, Nicholas served as Executive Director of Development at McGill University. While there, he received the 1994 gold medal for "Best Development Program" from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, in recognition of his work in support of McGill's hugely successful $200 million campaign.
In 1995, he became the President of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. Here, Nicholas led the breakthrough "The Best Medicine" campaign, which raised over $400 million.
After 10 years, he left Mount Sinai in 2005 to found Offord Group.
In 1999, the Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded him "Outstanding Executive of the Year". In 2000, he was selected as one of "Canada's Top 40 Leaders Under 40" by the Report on Business magazine. In 2002, he served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Health, with a focus on health-care reform.
In September 2010, Nicholas was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
O’Neil, Erin -- Alumni Officer, Young Alumni, McMaster University
Erin O’Neil started at McMaster University, her alma mater, as a paid intern assisting with development communications and the alumni magazine. In 2011, she took a position in the alumni office and developed the Mac10 events program for young alumni (www.mac10.ca), which expanded to include a specific Mac10Giving campaign in 2013. She works almost exclusively with graduates of the last decade and adores her job. Erin also volunteers with Ladies Learning Code, Hamilton Non-Profit Professionals, her neighbourhood association, and two ongoing municipal election campaigns.
Osburn, Ph.D., Debra Pozega -- Vice President (University Relations), University of Alberta
As Vice President (University Relations), Debra Pozega Osburn, appointed in July 2010, leads institutional strategies to enhance reputation, build productive and effective relationships, and accrue adequate public resources at one of Canada’s top five research-intensive universities.
Debra oversees institutional marketing, strategic communications, media relations, and public affairs; brand management and creative direction; government and stakeholder relations; university digital strategy, as well as digital learning; and community engagement.
Debra believes that universities must build understanding within the communities they serve, and must seek to have a positive impact on those communities.
Debra frequently travels throughout rural Alberta to engage community leaders. She also oversees the U of A's Calgary Centre, which offers educational and outreach activities in the region, and the Festival of Ideas, which brings into the community lively conversations about important issues in our time.
She holds a doctorate in American Studies (Michigan State University, 2001), and is a frequent presenter on best practices to professional organizations.
Debra’s career prior to coming to the U of A includes 13 years as a journalist in roles ranging from reporter to city editor; serving for 11 years in various university communications positions at Michigan State University; and being a partner and executive for four years in a communications consulting firm, focusing on the education, association, and non-profit sectors.
Outar, O'Neil -- Vice-President (Advancement), University of Alberta
As the University’s first Vice-President (Advancement) since 2010, O'Neil A.S. Outar has built an Advancement organization that has set new records in both fundraising and alumni engagement. O’Neil came to the U of A from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Working closely with MIT’s president, he led the work that secured some of MIT’s largest-ever donations. He also recruited and managed volunteer leaders, and developed novel funding models that provided for intense investment in important initiatives through public-private-philanthropic partnerships. His MIT roles included Senior Director of Global Initiatives, in which he spearheaded new Institute-wide activities in China and India, managed the Institute’s activities associated with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and increased private philanthropic support from outside the United States by more than six-fold. As Senior Director of Institutional Initiatives – focusing on the MIT Energy Initiative, the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and the $780 million Campaign for Students – he managed the fundraising of more than $1.25 billion.
During the preceding $2.2 billion Campaign for MIT, O’Neil served as a Senior Major Gifts Officer with a focus on Silicon Valley, managing the fundraising of more than $250 million. Earlier, as part of Tufts University’s $609 million Tufts Tomorrow campaign, O’Neil served as Director of the Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
A Trustee of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), O’Neil Outar also serves on the WEF’s Knowledge Advisory Group and has been selected as a Commonwealth Study Conference Leader for 2014. In 2003, he was recognized with the MIT Capstone Award for Achievement.
Born in Guyana and named in honor of his father’s favorite Australian cricketer, Norman O'Neill, Mr. Outar was educated in Brooklyn, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Tufts University.
Pasic, Amir -- Vice President of International Operations, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
As Vice President of International Operations at CASE, Amir Pasic provides strategic leadership for CASE regional offices in London, Singapore, and Mexico City, and oversees CASE activities in Africa and other areas outside of the United States.
Prior to joining CASE, Pasic was Associate Dean for Development and Strategic Planning at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), as well as Executive Director of its Foreign Policy Institute, where he continues to serve as a Fellow.
Prior to his work at SAIS, Amir was Deputy Vice President for Advancement at George Washington University, and a librarian at the Library of Congress. Previous positions include Deputy Director for the World Security Project of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and faculty appointments at Brown University's Watson Institute. He holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.A. from SAIS, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Patrick, Kylie -- Annual Giving Officer, Carleton University
In annual giving, Kylie Patrick strengthens the relationship between annual donors and Carleton University. After years of steady growth in annual giving, Kylie embraced the potential of project-based, crowd-sourced funding to kick-start philanthropy among recent graduates and new donors.
Kylie has worked in the fundraising sector for more than 14 years, the last 7 in annual giving at Carleton. She graduated in 1999 from Trent University with an honours degree in Canadian Studies and Politics, and recently received her CFRE.
Potentier, Jane -- Director of Advancement, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
Jane Potentier’s advancement career spans 24 years, 2 countries, and a variety of roles. Jane joined the University of Alberta in 2002. She is currently the Director of Advancement for the Faculty of Arts, leading a program focused on individual major gifts.
From 2008- 2013 Jane was the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, leading University-wide advancement activities with corporations and foundations. Prior to her move to Canada in 2001, she spent 10 years fundraising on behalf of many of the UK’s largest charities. Jane is a Certified Fundraising Executive and is a frequent speaker at AFP and CCAE conferences.
Price, Sean -- AVP, Alumni Relations, University of Alberta
Sean Price is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BCom ’95), as well as the University of Notre Dame (MBA ’01). He spent 13 years with the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club, during which he held roles including Director, Marketing and Vice-President, Ticket Sales.
Sean is now the Associate Vice-President, Alumni Relations at the University of Alberta, leading efforts to engage with more than 250,000 U of A alumni.
Renehan, Colm -- Associate Vice President for Advancement, University of Alberta
Colm has over 20 years of development and management experience. Before joining the U of A, he served for 3 years as Vice President for Advancement at Lesley University in Massachusetts, where he oversaw fundraising, alumni relations, and Commencement. Previously, Colm spent 5 years in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of Leadership Giving, where he directed the development of major gifts programs in New York and the midwest and south, including Florida. Prior to MIT, Renehan managed a major gifts program at Babson College that included domestic and international fundraising He holds a Ph.D. in higher-education administration from Boston College, a Master's degree in management from Lesley University, a Master's in social work from Temple University, and a Bachelor's degree in social science from University College in Dublin, Ireland.
Dr. David Ross -- President and CEO, SAIT Polytechnic
Dr. David Ross became the 16th President and CEO of SAIT Polytechnic in March 2013.
During almost 25 years as a post-secondary leader, David has focused on creating programs and services that help students achieve their goals. He established an impressive record of building productive relationships with business, industry, government and communities served by higher education.
David holds a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Nebraska; a Master of Aquaculture from Simon Fraser University; and both a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University. His scholarly activity includes works on topics such as enrolment management, institutional branding, media relations and the development of baccalaureate programs in non-traditional settings.
Nationally, David is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and a committee member of NSERC's Community College Innovation Program. He is also co-chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Association of Canadian Community Colleges (AUCC/ACCC) Joint Committee on Transferability and former Executive Board Member for the ACCC.
Internationally, David is Chair of the Community College Baccalaureate Association and Board Member of the Post-Secondary International Network. He has also served as President of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations and on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Marketing and Community Development.
Before joining SAIT, David was President and CEO of Langara College in Vancouver where under his leadership the institution grew to record enrolments in part through repositioning efforts as the leading college in the region. Prior to that, David was Vice-President of Administration, Student Services and Chief Financial Officer at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC. Recently he also served as Chair of the British Columbia Colleges Association, Chair of the British Columbia Post-Secondary Employers Association and Board Member for the British Columbia Business Council.
Runte, Roseann O’Reilly -- President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University
Dr. Runte graduated with a B.A. in French, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York, and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She has previously served as President of l’Université Sainte-Anne, Principal of Glendon College, and President of both Victoria University and Old Dominion University.
She is the author of numerous scholarly works in the fields of French, comparative literature, economic and cultural development, higher education, and the importance of research. In addition, she is a creative writer and has received a poetry prize from the Académie française.
Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada and the French Order of Merit, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has also been awarded the Palmes Académiques and several prizes for her work on the environment, and for community and national service. In addition, she holds a number of honorary degrees.
Dr. Runte has served on numerous boards and commissions in both Canada and the United States. She was President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, President of the Humanities Federation of Canada, a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and numerous other organizations, including the Ontario Quebec Private Sector Advisory Committee. She currently serves on the board of the National Bank of Canada, the executive of the Royal Society and Fulbright Canada-U.S., and on advisory committees of the Council of Ontario Universities and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. She is a member of both the European and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Runte took up her duties at Carleton University on July 1, 2008 and was renewed for a second term in July 2013.
Sanders, Bob -- Vice-President, Solution Engineering, iModules
After joining iModules in 2004 as a Solution Engineer, Bob spent several years managing client-facing teams before taking his position as VP of Solution Engineering. Bob has held various positions for technology industry leaders, such as Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, Netscape, and Caterpillar with emphases in systems engineering, data storage, software development environments, networking, and managed services. Bob holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kansas.
Savenkoff, Mark -- Director, Alumni and Donor Relations, Carleton University
Mark Savenkoff is Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at Carleton University. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan and has nearly 15 years of experience in Advancement. As the Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, he focuses on alumni engagement, donor stewardship and raising revenue from non-philanthropic sources. Mark also serves as the university’s primary conduit with the Carleton University Alumni Association. Prior to joining Carleton, Mark held positions in Advancement, Student Retention, and Marketing and Student Recruitment at the University of Saskatchewan.
Schilling, Wendy -- Senior Regional Programs Officer, McGill University
Wendy Schilling graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education in 1999. In 2004, she returned to McGill, joining Development & Alumni Relations. As Senior Regional Programs Officer, Wendy works on developing and executing alumni engagement strategies in key markets.
Wendy is an active member of professional organizations such as CCAE, where she has served as judge and host of the Prix d’Excellence Awards; and CASE, where she served on the District I Conference Committee and Scholarship Committee.
Seguin, Christopher -- VP, Advancement, Thompson Rivers University
Christopher became the Vice President of Advancement at Thompson Rivers University in July 2007. Responsibilities for this newly created position included fundraising for the institution which had recently been granted University status. Previously, TRU had an external Foundation whose main responsibility was fundraising for student awards. The new Advancement office, under Christopher’s direction was responsible for raising funds for research, capital and student assistance at the University as well as improving Government relations and Communications at the University. One of his first major fundraising achievements at TRU saw the Southern Interior Development Association contribute $6.94 M in funding for Trades student bursaries for TRU and three colleges from the Southern Interior region of BC.
Christopher also spearheaded the fundraising for the recently completed Brown Family House of Learning raising $15.5 M through commitments from public and private sources, including the largest ever private donation in Kamloops history. Last year he worked with his team to confirm a provincial grant for TRU’s Law School, the first new Canadian Law School in over 30 years. Over the last six years he has increased institutional fundraising by 400% and completed funding packages on two major capital projects.
Shaughnessy, Honora -- Senior Executive Director of Alumni Relations, McGill University
Honora Shaughnessy has been with McGill since 1978, where her career has included a number of senior administrative positions. She assumed her current role as Senior Executive Director of Alumni Relations in 1996. Honora has been active in national and international professional organizations throughout her career, including serving on the CASE Board of Trustees, CASE Commission on Alumni Relations, CASE District I Board, and as a member and Chair of CCAE’s TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowship Program.
She was awarded the CCAE Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004, and in 2009 she was awarded the CASE District I Eleanor Collier Award. She holds a B.A. from Loyola College, Montreal, and an M.L.S. from McGill University.
Shea, Michele -- Director of Planned Giving, University of Alberta
Michele is responsible for administering and marketing the planned giving program and making it an integral part of the University’s total advancement program. Michele’s fundraising career spans more than 20 years in the post-secondary, healthcare, and social service sectors, primarily in major gifts and planned giving.
Somers, Lorna -- Vice President, McMaster University Foundation and Director of Development, McMaster University
Lorna Somers is Vice President of the McMaster University Foundation and McMaster University's Director of Development.
Working in University Advancement since 1988, Lorna has been involved in every McMaster fund-raising program, spanning the Annual Fund to establishing the first Office of Gift Planning and the Major and Principal Giving programs. The recently completed Campaign for McMaster , for which she was appointed Campaign Director, closed with $474 million raised against a $400 million goal. She had previously served as Campaign Director for the University's $100 million Changing Tomorrow Today campaign, where Somers and her team exceeded their goal by 30% at the campaign's close in Fall 2001. A series of targeted campaigns followed, with the most notable achievement being the securing of the largest cash gift in Canadian history in 2003.
A frequent speaker internationally to all types of organizations within the charitable sector, she is a frequent faculty member for the Washington DC-based Council for the Advancement and Support of Education - CASE. In 2002, she was awarded the prestigious CASE Crystal Apple for excellence in teaching – only the second Canadian to receive this honour. Lorna recently completed 6 years on CASE's Board of Trustees, chairing the International Committee for 4 of those years. She also served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.Through CASE sponsorship from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur Foundation, Lorna has been working for 10 years with academics and fund-raising professionals in East and West Africa, leading on-site workshops and sessions tailored to University leaders.Lorna served three years on the Board of the CAGP, (Canadian Association of Gift Planners), including a year as national Chair, and received their highest award, the “Friend of CAGP”, for leadership and service. She served on the Banff Centre for Management faculty for 8 years with Dr. Frank Minton, her co-author on Planned Giving for Canadians – in its third edition and among the best selling books in Canada on fundraising.Lorna Somers is an advocate on behalf of the charitable sector with both federal and provincial governments. She has made numerous presentations to the Ministry of Finance regarding improved legislation for charitable giving.
Steger MA, CFRE, Sheila -- Senior Director, individual Giving, University of Alberta
Sheila is responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated regional major gift and planned giving strategy to advance philanthropic support for the University. She has over 20 years of fundraising experience in health care, higher education, and human services.
Szikman, Shana -- Alumni Relations Officer, McGill University
Shana Szikman has been working as an Alumni Relations Officer in the Parents Program at McGill University since August 2008. She guides parents through their journey at McGill and acts as a liaison between parents and the University. She works to keep parents of current students connected through events, social media, and fundraising activities. Shana has also worked on the McGill Summer Send-Off program for the past 5 years, overseeing the parent portion of the program.
Tannahill-Wade, Margaret -- Prospect Management Officer, Carleton University
Margaret has developed expertise in Prospect Management and Records Management with the Carleton University Advancement Team since 2004. She earned her Professional Learning Certificate in Records Management Fundamentals (with distinction) from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and recently graduated from the Management Development Program for Women at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. Margaret was the lead manager for Advancement’s five-year record migration project in SharePoint, which resulted in fully accessible and searchable electronic records for our staff of 50.
Terry, Matt -- Manager, Strategic Communications, McMaster University
Matt Terry led the development of the McMaster University's guidelines for social media use, and is responsible for the development and execution of the university's digital strategy. His duties include overseeing Mac’s news site (dailynews.mcmaster.ca) and its social media presence. He is also responsible for augmenting media-relations work with digital content and blogger outreach while providing strategic communications counsel to campus partners.
Ullman, Heather C. -- Director, Leadership Annual Giving, University of Toronto
Heather Ullman oversees U of T’s leadership annual giving program, supporting 30 divisions. Heather began her career at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She relocated to Boston to work for WGBH Public Television and Radio, and then Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She moved to Toronto in 2003, accepting a position at the Rotman School of Management.
Heather received her B.A from Trinity College and her Graduate Certificate in Special Studies in Administration and Management from Harvard University, Harvard Extension School, focusing on the not-for-profit sector.
VanKeeken, Dan -- Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The King’s University College, Edmonton, AB
Dan VanKeeken is Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The King’s University College in Edmonton, an independent, 700-student liberal arts institution established in 1979. Dan has more than 30 years of leadership experience in communications and marketing in a variety of sectors in two provinces, and has been a volunteer fundraiser and board member for various organizations.
Dan holds a Communications degree and a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations, and is accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators.
Walker, Trista -- Executive Director, Alumni Relations, Western University
Trista Walker is currently striving to assist Western in achieving its goal of doubling alumni engagement in the “Be Extraordinary” capital campaign. Trista began her career in advancement at Western in 2001, and is most proud of her work on Homecoming, Lifelong Learning programs, and athletics-based programs.
Trista leads a group of 15 alumni professionals and is Secretary to the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Brock University and an M.A. in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University.
Bannon Waterman, Celeste -- Vice President, Research & Analytics, KCI
Moving beyond traditional research methodology, Celeste Bannon Waterman specializes in using analytics to assist clients in effectively translating complex data to help classify and understand their respective donor pools. She also provides clients with data analytics, trends analysis, benchmarking, and proprietary research.
Since joining KCI, Celeste has worked with many clients in diverse sectors including higher education, arts and cultural institutions, hospital foundations, and other health-related charities on data analytics and research-related projects. Prior to joining KCI, Celeste served as the Executive Director, Advancement Services at the University of Guelph.
Yurukova, Mariya -- Manager, Call Centre, York University
Having worked in the educational sector for almost 10 years, Mariya has extensive experience in Annual Giving, and specifically telefundraising. During her time at Brock University and York University, Mariya has implemented a variety of strategies leading to increased revenue and enhanced donor experiences over the phone.
Mariya is most passionate about working with students and developing student staff to be the next generation of fundraisers. Combining the science of phonathon with the art of donor relations, Mariya excels at creating life-long relationships through phone calls.