2019 Recipients

Paul Cadario2019 CCAE Friend of Education Award

Paul Cadario
University of Toronto Alumnus

Supported by Offord Group

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Every school aspires to have an alumnus like Paul Cadario, however it is the honour and great fortune of the University of Toronto to call him their own. Paul’s devotion to U of T, their students and the community spans over four decades, where he continues to demonstrate countless contributions and encapsulates what it means to unequivocally be a Friend of Education.

Growing up in Toronto, Paul was deeply influenced by his father’s electrical engineering career and his mother’s passion for education and the community. During his studies he proved to be an exceptional scholar and a committed student leader. His desire to make the world a better place began as a student when he assisted on a research project for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Paul saw firsthand how his engineering skills could help address social and poverty issues, and how engineering could offer effective solutions to improve lives. "It was the beginning of Paul’s dedication to ‘giving back’ to the University of Toronto." says Meric S. Gertler, President, University of Toronto.

Following his time at U of T Paul went on to study at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, before launching his exceptional, 37-year, career with the World Bank. While living abroad and working for change on a global scale, Paul’s commitment to the University of Toronto did not cease, he remained in connection, providing his ideas and energy to many moments of growth and change at U of T despite working in Washington DC—where he still lives

The numerous initiatives Paul has aided in championing are staggering, highlights of his roles include:

  • Serving as president of the University of Toronto Alumni Association, the first to live outside the GTA
  • Member of the advisory boards for the School of Public Policy and Governance and for the Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Serving as a University representative on the Banting Research Foundation board
  • Supporting US-based fundraising on behalf of the University as president of the Associates of the University of Toronto, Inc.
  • Helping to bring in over $1 million from U of T alumni living in the United States
  • Serving as a member of the Engineering Campaign Cabinet for the recent U of T Boundless campaign - the most successful fundraising campaign in Canadian history raising over $2.6 billion
  • Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the External Advisory Board for the Centre for Global Engineering.

In addition to his volunteerism, Paul’s philanthropy to the University of Toronto is inspiring. His giving to U of T totals over $7.6 million and spans many programs and initiatives that are united by his desire to improve the student experience through exposure to talented faculty and fellow students.

"For the last several years, Paul has ranked as our single most engaged alumnus by every measure. He is a committed volunteer and a generous donor who is regularly on campus, serving on some of our highest-level advisory boards, attending events, meetings, mentoring students, and also serving as an adjunct professor." Barabara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations, University of Toronto

Paul demonstrates extraordinary focus and loyalty to the University of Toronto based on his belief in the power of education to drive new ideas and to transform individuals. He believes that the University can foster change through the leadership of its talented students, faculty and alumni. He serves as Distinguished Fellow in Global Innovation at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He also co-teaches a Civil Engineering capstone design course and is a frequent contributor to public discussions on global development and global governance.

"As a distinguished fellow of the Munk School, in a voluntary capacity, Paul helps create innovators, sharing his expertise with students and is actively involved in monitoring students’ professional development. His support has strengthened our mission to foster the most promising students as we tackle some of the greatest challenges facing an ever-changing world." Randall Hansen, Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

The University of Toronto, CCAE, and Canadian advancement professionals share in the celebration and accomplishments of Paul Cadario and his ever-influential modelling of what alumni can achieve.


Kathy Butler

2019 CCAE Outstanding Achievement Award

Kathy Butler
Okanagan College (retired)

Supported by Manulife

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Fundraising maven, Kathy Butler has left an incomparable legacy for advancement professionals following her retirement as the Director of Advancement and Alumni at Okanagan College in 2018. Her astounding career that spans over 30 years, (15 of those at Okanagan College) is overflowing with extraordinary contributions to the field of educational advancement and has transformed her into a legend.

Those of whom lucky enough to work with her share in their inspiration and admiration of her efforts. "There is no other recipient that exemplifies the characteristics of the Outstanding Achievement award than Kathy” says President of Okanagan College Jim Hamilton.

In 2003, she joined Okanagan University College at a very turbulent time when the institution was to be split apart, forming two new educational institutions: UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. This immensely complicated start did not phase Kathy, with grace and strategy, she rose to the challenge by setting up the new entity, transferring the assets, gifts and staff, and re-branding the new foundation all of which was on top of her day job to continue with the mission to support student success and provide financial support the new Okanagan College.

The impressiveness of her accomplishments was only beginning.  In a time when fundraising for colleges was still relatively new in British Columbia, she was able to grow the Foundation’s endowment by over $5.6 million; increase planned giving amounts by $21.6 million; raise over $35 million for capital, scholarships, bursaries and program support; lead the largest successful college capital campaign in BC, raising over $9 million on a $5 million goal; coordinate the donation of the largest ever individual donation to a college in BC; and establish and successfully administer the Foundation Board. 

Her contributions to advancement reach far wider than Okanagan College having served on the Board of CCAE.  In 2016, she conducted original research on the state of College fundraising in Canada, earning her a Masters Degree in Philanthropy and Development.  Colleagues like Sharron J. Simpson, President at the Okanagan College Foundation, regale that “Kathy has generously shared her experience, her wisdom, and expertise with many organizations: a new private school, service club foundations, community foundations, and small non-profits who are all challenged to find their way in this competitive world…” and Ken Burt, President & CEO of Coast Mountain College exclaims “It is hard to imagine the number lives Kathy has touched directly in her career and indirectly through mentoring others. Each student award given changes the life of that student, which contributes to the wellbeing of their families, and we know that strong families contribute to vibrant communities. Kathy’s career has helped us build stronger more vibrant communities in British Columbia.”

In her final note to her British Columbia Colleges colleagues, she said “I have been very fortunate to do what I love and love what I do for the past 15 years at Okanagan College. I have been so privileged to work for a fine organization, build relationships internally and externally, and have a cadre of professional colleagues in BC”. It is our privilege to provide this recognition to Kathy and the stature of her work.


Sara Burke2019 CCAE Rising Star Award

Sara Burke, Major Gifts and Donor Relations
Cape Breton University




Sara Burke is a life-long learner with over 20 years of experience in the fields of hospitality, business development, and the non-profit sector. In 2016 she set her sights on Cape Breton University’s advancement goals and has brought a wave of success - already raising more than $3M to support student scholarships in her short time there.

In her role within the CBU development department, Sara is the primary person responsible for the management of the University’s annual awards, endowed scholarships and bursaries, new and current donor and gift agreements. Sara also coordinates CBU’s planned giving program and plays a lead role in all fundraising initiatives for the institution.

Sara’s diligence and passion blossoms in her work, she has increased the efficiency, fundraising capacity and overall capabilities of the development department, resulting in attracting new dollars, retaining current donors and supporters and cultivating new contacts and prospects.

Not only has Sara’s contributions and dedication help propel the Development Department,

Sara sincerely finds joy in her work, and those throughout the University are quick to work on

projects and events with Sara because of her keen professionalism and caring and genuine


Outside of her work with CBU, Sara most recently completed her Canadian Association of Gift Planners certificate and is currently the co-chair of Leave a Legacy Nova Scotia. Sara is also in the process of completing her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation.

Within the community, Sara is a member of the Sydney Sunrise Rotary club and has won

“Rotarian of the Year” twice, as well as the prestigious, Paul Harris Fellow - one of

the highest honors in recognition of her outstanding contributions, exemplifying the

Rotary ideal of placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”

Sara’s wealth of experience and expertise in several different sectors have all added to her success and accomplishments in the world of fundraising, making her a brilliant recipient of the 2019 CCAE Rising Star award.