Young Alumni & Student Engagement Workshop

April 20-21, 2017
Mount Saint Vincent University
Halifax, NS

Registration: CCAE Members - $349
Non-members - $449

A robust Alumni Relations strategy starts before students leave campus. In this workshop, we will explore ways to engage students, connect them to their institution before they leave, and retain their affinity for years to come.

  • Involve young-alumni boards to build engagement.
  • Understand how millennials prefer to give, and provide suitable options for them.
  • Be more proactive by examining demographics and giving trends.
  • Think and plan creatively.


Sessions and Presenters



Time Session

Thursday, April 20, 2017

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Building engagement in the student to young alumni - Matt McBrine, Director of Alumni Relations and Development; and Allison Verville, Development Officer, Bishop’s University
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panel discussion: Student councils & advancement working together - Lori Lancaster, Manager, Alumnae Engagement & Annual Giving, University Advancement and Ryan Nearing, Students’ Union President, Mount Saint Vincent University; Colette Robert, Alumna, and Sarah B. MacDonald, Manager of Annual Giving, Saint Mary's University

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. How to start an alumni career services program - Yanick Dahan, Alumni Officer, External Partnerships, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Concordia University
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Group discussion: Issues in engaging students & reaching young alumni
6:00 p.m. -       Optional Dinner

Friday, April 21, 2017

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.    Networking Breakfast
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Navigating philanthropic engagement at smaller undergraduate institutions: challenges, strategic planning and the key to success - Bridgette Perron, Student Life Coordinator & Nipissing University Student Union Advisor, Alumni Relations, Nipissing University
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Millennials Under the Microscope - Stacey de Molitor, 2016-17 TD Fellow in Advancement, Mount Saint Vincent University
11:45 a.m.       Workshop Closes


Cancellation Policy - $50 cancellation fee if cancelled at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop; cancellations less than 2 weeks before the workshop are not eligible for refund; however, substitute delegates are permitted at no additional charge.