CCAeLearning Sessions 2018-2019

All CCAeLearning webinars are free to CCAE members. An unlimited number of advancement staff are welcome to participate and all sessions are applicable to a wide range of advancement professionals. Sessions run from 1 - 2 p.m. Eastern time.

CCAeLearning sessions are currently being developed, stay tuned for details on the full calendar.

October 4th, 2018 - 1 p.m. EST

Frontline Student Engagement Officers

Michael Page, Director of Leadership Annual Giving, University of Toronto

This session will provide an in-depth look at the University of Toronto's Student Engagement Officer (SEO) program including its strategic mandate and innovative approach to alumni discovery calls.

The SEO Program provides the University with an effective and efficient means of engaging cold prospects. This session will demonstrate how a well-structured discovery program, utilizing highly trained students, can create a pipeline of promising leads for advancement staff.

Learn how this lean and customizable alumni discovery call platform can be used for any target market and can be scaled to fit the size of your institution.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide advice on how to structure, scale and build a discovery program.
  2. Demonstrate how trained student advancement staff can effectively contribute to the reengagement of cold prospects.
  3. Show how U of T tracks and measures the success of its SEO program.


Michael Page, Director of Leadership Annual Giving, University of Toronto

Michael Page has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade for both performing arts organizations as well as educational institutions. Combining his skills as a frontline call officer and interest in marketing and communications, he has managed annual giving and mid-level giving programs at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Trinity College and the University of Toronto.

In 2014, Michael returned to his alma mater, the University of Toronto, as the Director of Leadership Annual Giving. In 2016, he successfully launched the Student Engagement Officer program, which was recognized with a silver prix d’excellence from CCAE in June 2017.


Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement staff tasked with managing volunteers, committees and boards.


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November 22nd 2018, 1 p.m. EST

Walking the Path of Reconciliation

Sue Porter, Senior Associate Director | Ceremonies and Events, Simon Fraser University.

Ron Johnston, Pro-Tem Director of Simon Fraser University’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

In October 2017, SFU welcomed in a new era in university-Indigenous relations and cultural sharing and understanding, hosting a Kwis Ns7eyx (Witnessing) Ceremony at which the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council (ARC) ceremoniously presented their report and calls to action to SFU’s President. This ceremony was done in accordance with age-old Coast Salish protocol and oral tradition (which itself demonstrated the values of reconciliation). The event provided a unique opportunity for SFU’s Ceremonies and Events team and others to work closely with local Indigenous cultural and knowledge keepers, to produce an event that truly honoured the spirit of reconciliation and respect. Key to its success was an extensive consultation process which upheld the principles and actions of “two-eyed seeing and walking in two worlds,” where all involved worked closely together to enact and reconcile the important teachings that are at the heart of truth and reconciliation and understanding.

In this session we’ll share some of the challenges, barriers, opportunities and lessons learned as we moved forward on our reconciliation journey. We sincerely hope that this will inspire other organizations to support Indigenization of their events and their institutions in their own unique ways and will provide them with some innovative ideas to do so.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Creative ways to support aboriginal reconciliation on campuses.
  2. How to identify opportunities to share Indigenous practices, perspectives and pedagogy in a post-secondary learning environment (not only in events, but in classes, ceremonies, conferences, etc.).
  3. How to approach events as an opportunity for collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, communities, and organizations, as well as post-secondary faculty/staff/students and departments, knowing when to lead and when to follow.


Sue Porter, Senior Associate Director | Ceremonies and Events, Simon Fraser University.

Sue Porter has been with Simon Fraser University as the Senior Associate Director of the Ceremonies & Events department for the last 7 years and has been responsible for the production and management of some of the University’s highest profile and award-winning events.

Ron Johnston, Pro-Tem Director of Simon Fraser University’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples

Ron Johnston is a member of the Squamish Nation, is an SFU alumnus, and is the Pro-Tem Director of SFU’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples. Ron has worked at SFU for the past 6 years and has been an Aboriginal Educator in various capacities for the past 20 years .


Post-secondary educators, university event planners, professors, staff, and marketers: anyone interested in using creative means to bring Indigenous teachings, understanding, ceremony, protocol, pedagogy, and practice to advance Indigenization and reconciliation in a post-secondary environment


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