Presenter Profiles



Tim Ambrose, 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 the management of several projects and initiatives of the Fanshawe College Alumni Association, including affinity partner relations, Fanshawe Alumni PERKS and 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.

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Shawn Amos, Alumni Coordinator, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)

Shawn joined NBCC in 2012 after working with a social media start-up and as community engagement manager in the consumer package-goods industry. Shawn and the NBCC Advancement team were tasked with establishing NBCC’s first alumni association, although the school has a 40-plus-year history. NBCC’s Alumni Association has grown rapidly to over 10,000 registered members in under 5 years. The association is now a vibrant source of pride and an important resource for the College.

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Colleen Bangs, Director, Alumni Partnerships, University of Calgary

Colleen has been working in post-secondary education since 2003, 8 years of which have been focused on alumni engagement. She began working in alumni relations at Mount Royal University in 2005 and moved on to develop and implement the alumni program at Bow Valley College (Calgary) in 2007.

In 2011, Colleen took a hiatus from the alumni world to manage the career centre at UCalgary, and in 2016 returned to the CCAE family in the new role of Director, Alumni Partnerships at UCalgary. Colleen works closely with faculty and other campus partners to enhance the alumni experience. She and her team manage and evolve the UCalgary Alumni Engagement Scoring Model. Outside of the office, she is an avid hockey and track mom.

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Jeremy Braithwaite, Project Lead, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship program, Loyalist College

Jeremy holds a Manufacturing Engineering Technician Diploma and Mechanical Techniques Certificate from Loyalist College. He also holds Advanced Parametric Modeling, iLogic, and Vault Certification from Autodesk University and Project Management Certification from Queen’s University. He is a registered Mechanical Draftsperson with the Ontario College of Trades. Jeremy is presently completing his Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Manufacturing through Cape Breton University.

In 2008 Jeremy was employed by Beclawat Manufacturing and moved up to Engineering Project Lead. In 2011 Jeremy became the Welding and Manufacturing Technician for Loyalist College and in 2013 became a full-time Professor in the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program. In spring 2014, Jeremy became the Applied Project Coordinator for the School of Skills and Technology and in 2015 began his current role as Project Lead of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship – an initiative to support building awareness and student success in skilled trades and technologies.

Jeremy is Chair of the Skills Ontario Competition’s Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) competition, Co-Chair of the Skills Canada National Committee and World Skills Trainer for Team Canada's Mechanical Engineering CAD competition.

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Cynthia Breen, Senior Digital Communications Officer, University of Waterloo

Cynthia has worked in digital communications at the University of Waterloo for 5 years. She completed her Master’s degree research in McMaster’s Communications Management program, focusing on Advancement Communications; specifically on the power of data and analytics in communications strategy. Cynthia is also an adjunct professor in a variety of Public Relations and Communications programs, including Conestoga College, The University of Guelph-Humber and McMaster University.

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Patrick Charette, Director of Institutional Communications, University of Ottawa

Patrick Charette is a seasoned communicator, with expertise in issues management, brand image and reputation. He demonstrates professionalism and leadership in the successful development, implementation and analysis of communications strategies and awareness campaigns. He has served as principal spokesperson in several sensitive, high-visibility portfolios, both for the federal government and for the University of Ottawa.

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Laura Clark, Director, Annual Giving, University of Toronto

Laura has always been a storyteller. After the initial panic of graduating with a degree in theatre and no plan, she discovered that fundraising was the perfect way to unite her interests in stories, data and what makes people tick. Focusing on annual and leadership giving throughout her 15-year career, Laura brings a unique blend of frontline fundraising, annual giving strategy and direct marketing agency experience to her current role at the University of Toronto. She is a proud first-generation university graduate from Queen’s University, and a graduate of Humber College’s Fundraising Management program.

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Eric Collard, Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group

As Managing Partner of the Ottawa Media Group, a full-fledged communications firm, Eric has access to close to 20 of the best minds in Canada in media training, communications strategy and event management. When he’s not giving workshops or presenting at conferences, he’s helping clients merge the time-tested principles of public relations with the new online realities.   A former journalist, he's spoken across North America on communications and inter-web topics over the past seven years.

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Stephanie Corrigan, Acquisition Manager, Development Office, Laurentian University

Stephanie has worked at Laurentian University for 7 years. She has over 15 years experience in public relations, customer service and people management. Stephanie is a graduate of Cambrian College. She is a proud mother of three children, loves the outdoors and loves Northern Ontario.

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Sue Cunningham is President and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, which supports over 3,700 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations. As CASE President and CEO, Sue provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in over 80 countries.

Appointed in March 2015, Sue joined CASE from the University of Melbourne where, as Vice-Principal for Advancement, she worked with the Vice Chancellor in leading a campaign to raise AUS$500 million and in building the advancement team across the university.

In 2012, Sue Cunningham received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award, and in 2008, she was awarded a CASE Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Sarah Dawson, Alumni Career Coach, Western University

Sarah Dawson is a veteran of creating and leading career programs. Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist with 13 years of post-secondary experience working with students and alumni on career development and life transitions. Passionate about working with growth-oriented people, she helps clients to find their zone and a career that fits into their life, not the other way around. Sarah joined Western University’s Alumni Relations team in 2014 to build an Alumni Career Management Program and is a recipient of a CCAE silver award for “Best Alumni Event.”

Sarah holds an M.A. in Counselling, certificates in Adult Education and Conflict Resolution and is an active member of The Canadian Counselling Association.

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Jude Doble, Associate Director, Communications, University of Waterloo

Jude is a proud Waterloo alumnus. She has a background in strategic communications, project management, writing and social media in both advancement and student services. Her proudest professional accomplishment was launching the CCAE Prix d’Excellence award-winning student portal at Waterloo, a personalized app to help students succeed. Jude is active in Waterloo Region’s arts and culture community and is the Vice-Chair of the Waterloo Public Library.

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David Fisher, Manager, Information Services, Trinity College School

David Fisher, MBA, started his career in education as a teacher. In 2005, he moved into Alumni Relations at TCS. From 2008-13, he worked at UOIT in alumni relations, annual giving and advancement services. In 2013 he returned to TCS to help with information services. His professional interest is in alumni prospect development and he has an academic research background in predictive modelling of alumni behavior. Personal interests (before children) included canoe building and camping in Northern Ontario.

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Alyson Gampel, Associate Director, Alumni Programs, York University

After a successful career as a management consultant, Alyson has devoted the past decade to the post-secondary sector - as an educator and a program leader. Alyson has experience in revenue generation, career development, workplace learning, adult education and alumni engagement. She is an inspirational leader of people and processes in complex, multi-stakeholder and unionized environments.

Outside of her day job, Alyson is also a career & life coach, a fitness instructor, triathlete, yogi and mom to two amazing daughters.

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Cheryl Hamelin, CFRE

Cheryl Hamelin has been a fundraising and communications leader for more than 25 years. Over that time, she has served many important organizations and institutions locally and nationally. Cheryl recently returned to the University of Calgary as Senior Director, Development where she provides leadership to Development and Alumni Engagement staff and activities in the Faculties of Education, Environmental Design, Kinesiology and Athletics, Law, Public Policy, Science, and Veterinary Medicine.

At the University of Calgary, Cheryl has held Director of Development roles in the School of Public Policy, the Faculty of Law, the Haskayne School of Business and the Faculty of Social Sciences between 2000 and 2011. In her most recent role as Executive Director of the Resolve campaign, she spent the last year leading a team of senior fundraisers to complete a $90 million capital campaign.Previously, Cheryl spent five years with Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, serving as Vice-President, Development before moving on to the role of Chief Development Officer for JA Canada.

Cheryl’s love of fundraising and communications has pushed her to the forefront of both major gift fundraising and strategic planning. Cheryl is a proud University of Saskatchewan graduate and holds her professional fundraising accreditation, CFRE. She has been actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) both in Calgary and nationally since the Calgary Chapter’s inception in the early 1990s – serving as AFP Calgary and Area’s President in 2001 -02, and as Philanthropy Day Co-chair in 1998. Cheryl was named AFP Calgary’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2015.

Cheryl previously served on the Board of the Calgary Handi-Bus Foundation, Hope for Healing Children with Autism Society, the Calgary French and International School, and the Mount Royal College Not for Profit Degree Program.

Cheryl has delivered presentations focusing on development, communications and volunteer resources at national and local conferences and seminars. She also served as a faculty member for the AFP First Course in Fundraising and the Survey Course for CFRE Accreditation.

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Nancy Handrigan, Executive Director, Philanthropy and Campaign Director, Acadia University

Nancy is a proud Acadia alumna. Her 20-year career in development began at the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and continued at McMaster University and her community hospital. Prior to returning home to the east coast, Nancy oversaw development at Appleby College and served on the Niagara/Golden Horseshoe Board of CAGP. Nancy enjoys working with alumni to support Acadia’s mission through philanthropy. She is an active volunteer and musician, but most of all, she loves spending time with her family.

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Stephen A. Harding, Assistant Vice-President, Development, Dalhousie University

Steve leads the development team at Dalhousie which includes the major giving, annual giving and planned giving groups.

Steve is passionate about donors and uncovering unique insights to build natural partnerships between donors and causes. He has over 30 years of progressively senior experience in philanthropy, development, marketing and customer segmentation within the higher education, healthcare, telecommunications and consumer packaged goods sectors.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing Management from Mount Allison University. He was selected male valedictorian of his MBA class at Dalhousie University, where he graduated with an MBA in International Business. Steve lives in Halifax with his wife Jennifer and two boys, Andrew and Cameron.

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Shelley Huxley, Director, Alumni Engagement, Brock University

As a skilled alumni and development professional with more than 20 years of experience, Shelley has worked in all areas of advancement at four universities (Laurier, Queen’s, McMaster, Brock). In 2005 she joined Brock University, where she has been an integral part of the advancement team, holding a number of positions in the areas of alumni and donor relations. Shelley is active with CCAE and is proud to represent Brock as an Institutional Ambassador.

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Jenna Kennedy, Alumni Advancement Officer – Strategic Engagement, University of New Brunswick

Jenna plays a lead role in the development and implementation of the marketing and communications strategies for UNB’s Alumni Office. A #ProudlyUNB graduate (MBA, MASRA’07), she plans and executes initiative-specific, innovative campaigns and activities designed to engage alumni with their alma mater. Connecting with alumni through social media, targeted e-mail campaigns, and print and digital collateral, Jenna’s role is to develop and execute activities in support of UNB’s five-year alumni engagement strategic plan. Jenna has also implemented and manages analytic measurement of the office’s activities, to improve strategies moving forward.

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Steve Kennedy, Director of Marketing & Communications, University of British Columbia

Before joining alumni UBC in 2014, Steve Kennedy was as a senior strategic planner and account services lead at the Vancouver-based offices of global advertising agencies (BBDO, Grey and DDB). Past clients include Expedia, Labatt Breweries/InBev, Starbucks, Telus and BC Lottery Corp.

In his current role at alumni UBC, Steve oversees alumni engagement communications. He also manages the marketing for the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, a state-of-the-art meeting and celebration space in the heart of UBC's Vancouver campus. Steve is a UBC graduate, having received a B.Com. (Marketing) from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

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Gabrielle Korn, Managing Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, McGill University

A bilingual native of Montreal, Gabrielle Korn joined McGill in 2014 with more than 25 years of experience in higher education advancement and non-profit advocacy beginning at Concordia University, where she eventually assumed the duties of Director, Alumni Affairs. She then joined the environmental and heritage preservation organization, Les amis de la montagne, as Director of Communications, responsible for strategic communications, community outreach and special event fundraising. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Certificate in Public Relations from Concordia University, and a Certificate in Voluntary and Not-for-Profit Sector Management from Ryerson University/Imagine Canada.

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Guy Larocque, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations, University Relations, University of Saskatchewan

As a seasoned veteran in the fields of university advancement, strategic communications and public relations, Guy is passionate about stakeholder relations, Canadian postsecondary education and creative thinking. In his spare time, Guy enjoys playing music, reading science-fiction novels and supporting his two sons who are involved in competitive soccer.

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Gregory Latham, Director of Alumni Engagement, University of Alberta

Greg’s background is in event and festival management in the context of community engagement and the post-secondary environment. With qualifications in liberal arts, music and event management, he has worked extensively in the non-profit sector, with a focus on volunteer engagement. His work is always focused on relationship building and he brings a broad understanding of, and experience working with, a wide demographic. Greg believes deepening engagement with alumni is based on relationship building, extending individual connections as far and as wide as possible, and building on existing alumni affinity.

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Emily LeBlanc, Alumni Officer, Saint Mary’s University

Emily specializes in event planning and communication. She earned her Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2013 and went on to work as an event and marketing coordinator before joining SMU in 2016. Emily volunteers her time with the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and Rolling Bold Productions. 

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Fred Lee, Director, Alumni Engagement, University of British Columbia

Fred has had a successful career in alumni engagement and fundraising. He currently serves in a leadership role at alumni UBC. Fred and his colleagues both lead the university and alumni UBC’s efforts to meaningfully increase engagement ,and build influence among UBC’s community of more than 325,000 global alumni.

The Development and Alumni Engagement portfolio recently completed its highly successful Start An Evolution campaign, a historic effort that had dual campaign goals. It raised more than $1.6 billion in philanthropic support and engaged more than 130,000 alumni before its conclusion earlier this year.

After graduating from UBC, Fred worked for a national newspaper in Toronto, eventually assuming the position of publisher in Vancouver. After 10 years, Fred moved to the arts sector, where he spent 5 years as the director of sales and marketing for the Arts Club Theatre Company.

Fred was recruited to UBC to work with the development team in principal gifts. After 4 years, he moved to the Alumni Relations unit, facilitating alumni introductions for then incoming president Stephen Toope. Fred volunteered for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a member of the organizing committee for the CASE District XIII conferences in Portland and Vancouver.

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John W. Lindsay Jr., Chairman of East Port Properties

A Halifax native, John W. Lindsay Jr. holds a B.A. from Western University. He is the Chairman of East Port Properties, a leading property development and management company operating properties in Atlantic Canada, which he has led for more than 30 years. East Port currently manages a portfolio of over 2 million square feet of workplace real estate for major pension fund clients.

John has also held senior roles with National Sea Products / Highliner Foods, and with Purdy’s Wharf Development. He was also the Chairman of the HRM Community Facility Master Plan committee in 2008.

John is a devoted champion of the YMCA of Greater Halifax, having served as a leadership volunteer and director with the Halifax YMCA Board of Directors and YMCA Canada over 30 years. He is currently on the Halifax YMCA Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Capital Campaign for a new YMCA facility in central Halifax. John is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Nova Scotia Community College Foundation.

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Frank Lockington, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Community College Foundation

Frank Lockington serves as the Executive Director of the NSCC Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Nova Scotia Community College. Frank is also responsible for the Alumni Relations portfolio at NSCC. Since joining NSCC, Frank has been leading a team responsible for the College’s first comprehensive fundraising effort, Make Way The Campaign for NSCC.  The $25M campaign is nearing its financial target and is expected to exceed goal later this year. 

Prior to moving to Halifax in 2014 with his wife, Trish McInnes, Frank worked at Eastern Ontario's St. Lawrence College for more than 30 years. 

While at SLC he led the establishment of the college’s first Alumni Relations Office and the creation of the St. Lawrence College Foundation. Frank oversaw that Foundation’s three successful capital fundraising campaigns; built an endowed bursary fund with assets totaling $8M; created a college / community art gallery; and initiated a comprehensive alumni relations program which today services more than 80,000 St. Lawrence College graduates.

Frank’s volunteer service includes appointments to the Boards of organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP’s Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, and the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). He served as President of CCAE for two terms and was awarded CCAE’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012.

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Sarah B. MacDonald, CFRE, Manager of Annual Giving, Saint Mary’s University

Sarah has worked in many areas of advancement so far in her career, including communications and alumni engagement. Quickly engaging with her profession, Sarah is a CCAE Rising Star Award recipient, a Board member of her local AFP Chapter, and recently completed her CFRE designation.

With a background in graduate studies in community development and education, Sarah is passionate about incorporating best practices for her team, based in research and ethics, encouraging broad professional development and education.

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Kevin MacDonell, Associate Director, Advancement Data & Analysis, Dalhousie University

Kevin entered higher education advancement in 2003 as a communications writer and later moved on to prospect research, annual giving, and business intelligence. While pursuing an interest in data analysis, data mining and predictive modeling, he launched the CoolData blog ( in 2009, focused on learning predictive modeling techniques for professionals who work in advancement and nonprofits. He has presented widely and is co-author (with consultant Peter Wylie) of a book published by CASE called Score! Data-Driven Success for Your Advancement Team.

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MJ MacLellan, Director of Alumni Affairs, St. Francis Xavier University

MJ MacLellan came to St. Francis Xavier University as a student and never left. Graduating with a BSA in 1987, MJ worked at the University Library for 19 years prior to joining the University Advancement team in 2007. As Director of Alumni Affairs, she reports to the Vice-President of Advancement, and is responsible for fostering the connection between the university and its over 45,000 alumni.

A mother of two sons, both StFX students, MJ returned to school on a part-time basis in 2016, pursing a Master’s in Education. Back in the classroom, she is throughly enjoying being a StFX student once again. Active in the local community, MJ has volunteered with a number of youth organizations such 4-H, minor hockey and minor soccer, as well as a variety of community organizations.

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Andrea McManus, Partner at ViTrēo Group

As an award-winning fundraising professional, Master Trainer, published author and founding partner at top Canadian consulting firm, ViTrēo Group, Andrea McManus brings extensive knowledge, experience and passion to her work in the nonprofit sector. She’s an expert in fund development, marketing, sponsorship, nonprofit management, and philanthropic culture, and has served clients across the globe over the last 30-years. Earning her stripes as a nonprofit leader locally, nationally and internationally, Andrea sits on numerous boards and is invloved in many initiatives. She is deeply embedded in strengthening the nonprofit sector in Canadian society.

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Kelly McManus, Senior Director, Community Relations & Events, University of Waterloo

Kelly joined the University of Waterloo in 2013. Working closely with the President and senior administration, Kelly leads large-scale community events, such as the annual Canada Day celebration, the annual global Waterloo Innovation Summit, and campus and community initiatives including the President’s Community Breakfast. Under Kelly’s leadership, the University has introduced signature volunteer and philanthropic initiatives, including the launch of the President's Community Impact awards. With a background in both government and the not-for-profit sector, Kelly represents the university on a wide range of committees and Boards.

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Tom Meadus, Director of Advancement, New Brunswick Community College

Tom joined NBCC in 2010 after 15 years in the private sector. In 2012, he was assigned the task of building NBCC’s first ever advancement department. NBCC had no organized fundraising capability and no alumni association, despite being 40 years old.

The department has quickly grown and now is responsible for alumni relations and a new alumni association, donor development and fundraising as well as entrepreneurship. NBCC’s advancement department, under Tom’s leadership, has received national and international recognition for its work. Tom is a relative newcomer to advancement, but is truly passionate about the profession, which shows in NBCC’s impressive results. 

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Anne (Coyle) Melanson, BPR, CFRE, Bloom Non Profit Consulting Group Inc.

A 28-year professional, Anne is an expert in capital campaigns and major gifts, leadership development and organizational governance. For more than 15 years she led the fundraising programs of two universities (Acadia University and Saint Mary’s University.) She has led and advised fundraising programs with financial goals totaling almost $215 million for organizations in Canada, the United States, the UK and France.

Anne’s contributions have been included in prestigious publications such as Advancing Philanthropy Magazine and Excellence in Fundraising in Canada, Volume II.  She is a Women of Excellence Award winner and has presented a TEDx Talk in the widely acclaimed TEDx thought leadership series.

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Andrea Morris, Associate Vice-President (Campaign and Principal Gifts), University of Calgary

In her role at the University of Calgary, Andrea leads the University’s ambitious $1.3B Campaign.  She has more than 20 years of campaign and major gift fundraising experience, including 15 years at the University of Alberta. She began her career at her alma mater, the University of Ottawa.

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Robert Moyles, Executive Director of Advancement Strategic Communications, University of Alberta

Robert Moyles (’86 BCom) oversees the communications that support alumni engagement and fundraising at the University of Alberta. 

An alumnus of the university’s Alberta School of Business and a graduate of MacEwan University’s Public Relations program, Robert has previously led the communications functions of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and several provincial government departments. He spent six years as the Director of Strategic Communications with the City of Edmonton, overseeing the City’s brand and reputation.

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Emma Nguyen, Director, Online Marketing and Communications, University of Toronto

Emma was born a fundraiser and accidentally became a digital marketing expert. From the time she was able to walk, Emma was selling raffle tickets and raising money for local organizations. After graduating from Humber College’s Fundraising Management program, Emma began to fundraise professionally at War Child Canada. Working in a smaller non-profit, she turned to digital channels to raise funds. From there she moved on to a role as a consultant for hjc, a digital consulting agency for non-profits. Now, Emma oversees alumni and advancement digital channels at U of T. 

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Marie Perron, Assistant Dean, Advancement, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Using marketing principles for the public good (what cause could be better than education!) is what drove Marie to join the post-secondary world 12 years ago. Recent roles include Senior Regional Director, where Marie provided leadership in the regions of Eastern Canada and Southern Alberta, successfully soliciting and securing major and planned gifts.

In her current role, Marie oversees the alumni relations and fundraising program for the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. She has a passion for the environment, wellness and philanthropy as a past tree planter. Marie is enjoying combining her interests for the benefit of the Faculty.

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Sherry Porter

A member of Dalhousie University’s Board of Governors, Sherry Porter has significant depth of experience in senior leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Sherry’s professional background includes roles as Director of Public Affairs for Sobeys Inc.; Vice President, Public Affairs and Marketing for Nova Scotia Power Inc.; Vice President, Corporate and Government Affairs for Shoppers Drug Mart Limited; and President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores.

She is immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, and presently serves on the boards of directors of the Halifax International Airport Authority and Pharmasave Atlantic. She is past Board Chair of the Pier 21 Society as well as the QEII Foundation, where she remains a member of the Foundation Board. 

Sherry also currently serves as a board director of Symphony Nova Scotia Foundation. Her community leadership roles  include service to Nova Scotia Agricultural College Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the United Way and the QEII’s Working Miracles Capital Campaign. 

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Oonagh Proudfoot, Senior Alumni Officer, Acadia University

Oonagh has been with Acadia for 19 years; 13 years in Student Services and a total of 7 in Advancement, Alumni Affairs. Over the years, Oonagh has noticed how language has the innate ability to set a tone for meetings, conversations and relationships. It is the key component in developing and maintaining respect in any relationship.

In October 2016, Oonagh joined the world of politics as a Municipal Councillor, sitting on various municipal committees including Town and Gown as Chair and the Race Relations and Anti-Discrimination committee as Co-Chair. As a result of her involvement with municipal politics, the power of language really hit home.

Oonagh volunteers with the local daycare board, acts in community theatre, monitors her own wellness and creates awareness for others’ wellness, as well as providing Sex Education to local high schools. Oonagh resides in the beautiful town of Wolfville with her two sons Evan (19) and Matthew (16) and her American Staffordshire, Cooper Dudley. The 19 year-old attends Ottawa University and plays for the Gee-Gees.

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Michel Proulx, Director of News and Media Relations, University of Alberta

Michel started this position in late August 2016 with a mandate to create and manage, the U of A's brand journalism site, launched on Sept. 5, 2017. Michel has 25 years’ experience in communications, journalism and public relations. He worked as a print reporter and editor for a decade in both newspapers and magazines, and has spent the last 15 years developing and implementing strategic communications plans in the public and post-secondary sectors.

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Natasha Rego, Young Alumni Coordinator, University of New Brunswick

Natasha Rego (BA ’13, ADpPR ’14) coordinates innovative programs that keep young alumni engaged with UNB. She designed the U35 Young Alumni Network, which has helped build networks of active young alumni in cities across the country; and online U35 networks around the world through social and professional development events, a quarterly e-newsletter and a variety of U35 communications. Working closely with the Marketing Officer, she also assists with the coordination of various marketing projects, including videos and digital campaigns.

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Kristy Rousseau, CFRE, Director of Development, Laurentian University

Kristy has over 13 years of experience as a professional fundraiser in education and healthcare.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Management Economics from the University of Guelph and an MBA from Laurentian University. In 2016 Kristy was selected to be a Fellow in the Northern Leadership Program – a one-year intensive leadership development program. She is a self-proclaimed coffee addict, travel bug and proud selfie-taker. Kristy can be found tweeting from @KristyRousseau.

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Dianne Spencer, Executive Director, College Advancement & External Relations, Loyalist College

As the Chief Development Officer for Loyalist College, Dianne was instrumental in developing the proposal for The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship program in 2012. The initial ask for capital support resulted in significant funds for the Fellowship program and has since resulted in further support for marketing and awareness initiatives.

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Shelly Steenhorst-Baker, Senior Manager, Advancement, Perimeter Institute

Shelly received a BA’99 (Trent), LLB’02 (University of Ottawa) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management in 2006 (Humber). Shelly has worked in a variety of environments from very small shops (5 people for all functions) to very large teams (170 FTE complement); has managed both small and large teams (between 2 and 32 reporting staff); and has experience in a variety of industry sectors (universities, regional hospital, small human rights nonprofits and an independent research institute). Her current focus is annual giving, business intelligence and communications.

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Jacqui Tam, Vice-President, University Relations, University of Alberta

Jacqui has more than 30 years' experience in communications, public relations and marketing in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has developed, implemented and led integrated communications and marketing strategies and programs; handled crisis communications/issues management; and been responsible for rebranding initiatives, publication production and redesign, visual identity programs, print, broadcast, online and mobile advertising, web and social media initiatives, media relations, market research and more. She has led restructuring efforts and developed mechanisms to help improve efficiencies.

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Anju Visen-Singh, Senior Director, Marketing, University of Calgary

At UCalgary Anju helps build the institutional marketing strategy and planning, and leads marketing campaigns, social media and digital experience as well as the institution-wide Marketing Council. She has broad experience in marketing and communications in industries such as higher education, technology and banking.

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Robb Volpato, Account Executive, MBNA Centralized Marketing Groups, Partnership Management & Sales

Robb Volpato is an Account Executive who supports the college and university sector for the MBNA Brand, a Division of TD Bank Group. In his role he consults with college and university partners to understand how an affinity credit card program may add value to their benefits programs and potentially increase profitability to their bottom line. Robb is an experienced individual with a diverse background in technology platforms, digital banking, sales, program management and finance.

Prior to joining MBNA, Robb spent a successful 4 years in China working closely within Chinese – Canadian Government Relations. Robb is an avid sports enthusiast and proud father.

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Lynne Wester

Lynne Wester strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success, and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it most: when crisis or opportunity arrives.

Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives, from developing sound strategy and vision to using technology and creating meaningful donor engagement; all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication and groundbreaking donor relations work.

Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Master’s in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.

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Shannon Wilmot, Development Communications and Strategy Specialist, Carleton University

Shannon has spent more than 10 years leading development communications and strategy projects for Canadian universities. She is currently working with the principal gifts and major gifts teams at Carleton University, and with donor-centric partners across campus. Her team’s efforts have been recognized in recent years with two Prix d’Excellence awards for Best Donor Relations Initiative.

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Tim Wowk, Associate Director, Prospect Research & Management Group, Queen’s University

Tim oversees the prospect identification and tracking components that support of the Office of Advancement and the broader university. Tim and his team have successfully supported two comprehensive capital campaigns – the “Campaign for Queen’s” and the “Spirit of Initiative” – that have collectively raised over $1B for capital projects and student aid initiatives. 

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Natalie Cook Zywicki, Associate Executive Director, University of British Columbia

Natalie is a member of UBC’s development and alumni engagement leadership team. She plays a leadership role in UBC’s efforts to meaningfully increase engagement among the University’s 325,000 global alumni community.

In 2009, Natalie was appointed the Director of University Partnerships at alumni UBC, tasked with establishing a cohesive campus-wide alumni engagement program. Today, UBC has a highly effective cross-campus alumni engagement program that works collaboratively under Natalie’s leadership.

Over the past 25 years, Natalie has had successful careers in student recruitment, alumni engagement and fundraising. She started her career in student recruitment at Brock University, then served six years at McMaster University, leading the DeGroote School of Business alumni and development program. At UBC, Natalie has also led the Faculty of Medicine’s alumni and development program, as well as the annual giving program.

Natalie, who holds a BA and an MBA, has presented at several CCAE National Conferences and served on the CCAE National Board from 2008 to 2011.

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