2021 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2021 Distinguished Service Award recipients!
CCAE is thrilled to announce the 2021 award recipients, and will be rolling out virtual announcements by celebrating the winners every week beginning in April. To celebrate along with us and share in recognition of their achievements follow @ccaecanada on (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram), or on Linkedin.

2021 CCAE Rising Star Award Recipients

Lyndsay Montina

Lyndsay Montina, University of Lethbridge

Lyndsay Montina has been creating massive change at the University of Lethbridge for the past 4 years, within her role as Manager of Alumni Relations. Montina’s mindset of building engagement in this small shop has brought a fortitude of success for the University.

She is a champion of advancement and has effectively sought to build the profession one person at a time, through the successful candidacy of 2 consecutive TD Insurance Meloche Monnex fellows, and the introduction of dozens of students to the work of Advancement, through the student advancement club she helped establish.

“Lyndsay is the cornerstone behind why Alumni Relations has come as far as it has in such a short time. We are a small ship, but with her vision and leadership, our team is able to achieve efficiencies, generate value for our audience and maintain momentum as we look forward.” 
Karissa Hartley, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, University of Lethbridge, 2019 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowship Recipient

Montina’s passion for effectively engaging alumni, has inspired many new institutional initiatives including the first-ever large-scale alumni needs assessment in 2017, and from those findings she has created an impressive suite of unique alumni programming, four new alumni chapters and the development of a strong student-to-alumni transition program. Her strategic mindset has also brought a greater understanding of alumni accomplishments to the broader community, and her work with the Alumni Achievement Awards program resulted in the largest nomination pool the University has ever seen.

With a grand vision of a highly engaged alumni base, she has developed strategies and programs that have doubled the number of engaged alumni at the University. If ever there is an opportunity to integrate alumni presence into a project, she is the first in line to explore that avenue. Montina sees the big picture, and she knows that the path forward for any institution is found in the investment made in diverse voices and teams.

“Lyndsay has made great strides in working with the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association. This organization, with her guidance and support, has been energized and refocused. It is becoming common place for others on our campus to be ever mindful of the wholistic journey of our students starting as a prospect, moving to student and finally an alumnus.” 
Michael Whipple, Director, Office of the President, University of Lethbridge

Montina is a highly engaged volunteer outside of uLethbridge, with positions within CASE, CCAE, Imagine Canada, as past Board President of the Boys and Girls Club, Lethbridge and the YWCA, Lethbridge & District, and as a facilitator and mentor for the Government of Alberta Leadership Program.

In such a short span Montina is definitely making a difference to all who have the pleasure to connect with her. Her dedication to her role at the University of Lethbridge is a testament to her incredible commitment to making student and alumni experiences both memorable and valuable. CCAE is thrilled to provide this recognition to Lyndsay Montina as a 2021 Rising Star, and is excited to see what the future of her career holds for the broader Canadian Advancement landscape.


Olivia Willie

Olivia Wyllie, Concordia University

“She is driven to succeed, with an innate curiosity and genuine desire to learn, develop her skills, and advance in her career.”
Paul Chesser, Concordia University



2021 CCAE Friend of Education Award Recipient - Supported by Offord Group

Roger Warren

Dr. Roger Warren, Founder and President of the Rathlyn Foundation

“With a history of involvement and philanthropy across Canada that shows a deep appreciation for education and its importance to our future, we believe that Dr. Roger Warren is a very worthy recipient of the CCAE Friend of Education Award”
Myrtle Jenkins-Smith, University of Prince Edward Island


2021 CCAE Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient - Supported by Manulife

Rod Morrison

Rod Morrison, Acadia University (retired)

"Advancing education is at the very core of Rod’s values. He is a highly educated individual who came full circle with his doctoral degree to sit at the executive table of Acadia University with other academics and business leaders to further the school’s mission."
Nancy Handrigan, Acadia University