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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 Communications Officer, Digital Initiatives, 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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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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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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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.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alysongampel/

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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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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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Guy Larocque, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, York University

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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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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Sarah B. MacDonald, 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 (cooldata.org) 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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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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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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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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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 folio.ca, 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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Sonia Sheechoria, Alumni Engagement Officer, York University

As a professional in the not for profit sector, Sonia has experience in fundraising, community relations and volunteer management. Sonia has worked to create and execute successful marketing campaigns to increase clients and volunteers. Her most recent experience includes community engagement as an accounts manager for community fundraisers as well as individual and corporate relationship building. Sonia has a high degree of initiative and can execute demanding projects both independently and in a team setting. She is passionate about the not for profit sector. https://www.linkedin.com/in/soniasheechoria/

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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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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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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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Shannon Wilmot, Communications Officer, Development, 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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