Sessions & Presenters

Session description

Never before has collaboration and understanding between academia and fundraising been more crucial to the success of advancement efforts. Development, alumni relations and communications / marketing professionals need to convey to their supporters the genuine stories of how Canadian research, teaching, and learning benefit our society and a fast-changing world.

To respond to this compelling need, CCAE presents Development for Deans with Lorna Somers. This workshop, covers topics of central importance to every academic leader and every advancement professional at a Canadian university or college.

A “Dream Team”, featuring an academic leader and a senior Development professional from a Canadian university or college, will share experiences and insights.


Lorna Somers, Director of Development, McMaster University and Vice-President, McMaster University Foundation

Lorna SommersLorna Somers has been working in University Advancement at McMaster University since 1988.  During that time she has been involved in the establishment and growth of the Annual Fund, Gift Planning and Major and Principal Giving. She has been Campaign Director for two university-wide comprehensive campaigns (Changing Tomorrow Today 2001 and The Campaign for McMaster 2010), in addition to directing a series of targeted campaigns for Athletics, the Museum of Art, 2 campaigns for Scholarships & Bursaries, the Student Centre and for the Centre for Learning & Discovery. Somers currently focuses her attention on working closely with senior academic leaders and volunteers to secure principal-level gifts, most notable among them, the largest cash gift to a Canadian university.

Somers complements the depth of her experience at McMaster with the breadth of a commitment to teaching and training that takes her around the globe. She works throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America with academics and board members as well as colleagues in Advancement - both in Higher Education and the charitable sector.  Volunteer work has included National Chair of Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Trustee and Chair of the International Committee for the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). Along with co-author Dr. Frank Minton, she wrote the definitive volume Planned Giving for Canadians, now in its 4th edition and still among the best-selling books on fundraising in Canada. The TV movie is expected to air in late 2017.

In recognition for her contribution to teaching and for service and leadership within the profession, Somers was awarded CASE’s John Lippincott Award (2016) and Frank Ashmore Award (2011) and the “Friend of CAGP” award (1997). She was the second Canadian to receive the CASE Crystal Apple for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, eclipsed only by her Science Fair project winning the American Phytopathological Award in 1976.

At McMaster, Somers has taught art history for Continuing Education and teaches the University’s most popular student, alumni and community event: her etiquette dinners called Meals & Manners. Its most recent incarnations were Downton Abbey Dining (in full Edwardian kit, no less), followed by Mad Men, Martinis and Manners.

Somers has McMaster degrees in English and in Art History.


Darina Landa, Executive Director of Advancement, University of Toronto

An enterprising leader and experienced fundraiser, Darina Landa has held progressively senior roles since joining University of Toronto’s globally ranked Faculty of Medicine in 2010. In her current role as the Faculty’s Executive Director, Advancement, Darina oversees a team of 21 professionals, working closely with the dean of medicine, academic leaders and senior volunteers to advance the mission and strategic priorities of the Faculty.

Under Darina’s leadership, the Faculty of Medicine recently surpassed an ambitious $500 million Boundless campaign goal, representing fully a quarter of U of T’s overall $2 billion initial fundraising goal. She has expanded the pipeline for alumni and annual giving, activated new audiences through re-imagined events and engagement strategies, and developed a robust portfolio of principal and major gift donors.

Prior to joining U of T, Darina oversaw fundraising events and new business development for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. She holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) from the University of Toronto.


Trevor Young, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS
Dean, Faculty of Medicine and
Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions

Professor Trevor Young is Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions.

Prof. Young graduated from the medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1983. He completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry in 1987, and then his PhD at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in 1995 and was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University; Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia; and Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He was also Physician-in-Chief, Executive Vice President Programs at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.

Prof. Young is a clinician-scientist who studies the molecular basis of bipolar disorder and its treatment. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and has held more than 35 peer-reviewed grants. Prof. Young and his lab focused on the processes that lead to long-term changes in brain structure and function in patients with bipolar disorder, and how mood-stabilizing drugs can alter those changes. Prof. Young has supervised more than 30 research and clinical trainees.

Since January 1, 2015, Prof. Young has been Dean of Canada’s largest Faculty of Medicine, with more than 8,000 faculty members and 6,900 students enrolled in undergraduate medicine, postgraduate medicine, radiation sciences, and professional and doctoral graduate programs. As Vice Provost, he is responsible for the University’s partnership with nine fully affiliated hospitals and over 18 community-affiliated hospitals and health facilities.

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