Leaders in Advancement Summit

January 21, 2020

Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON

Member: $449
Potential member: $559


Platinum Sponsor:


Supported by:

The Offord Group


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Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration & Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Mark Hazlett, Executive Director, CCAE
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Preliminary findings from the 2nd Edition of the CASE-CCAE Support of Education Survey, Canada
David Bass, Senior Director Research; CASE
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workplace Health Culture and how we as Leaders are coping
Sam Laprade, Director Gryphon Fundraising
12:00 p.m - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Analytics: Are we there yet?
Kevin MacDonell, Associate Director Advancement, Data & Analysis, Dalhousie University
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Anatomy of a Gift: The Story of McGill’s $200 million donation
Marc Weinstein, Vice Principal Advancement, McGill University
3:30 p.m. Summit Closes


Sessions include:

David Bass

David Bass
Senior Director of Research, CASE

Preliminary findings from the 2nd edition of the CASE-CCAE Support of Education Survey, Canada

In 2019 CCAE & CASE conducted the 2nd edition of the benchmarking survey of charitable giving to higher education in Canada. This session will share key findings and takeaways from the survey's preliminary results. Analyses of the data has been informed by insights from CCAE’s board, the survey advisory group, and data from similar CASE surveys conducted by CASE in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Learn about the data and what it means for you, Canadian Advancement and the road ahead.

Sam Laprade

Sam Laprade
Director, Gryphon Fundraising

Workplace Health Culture and how we as Leaders are coping

As a leader, have you thought about some of the tough topics facing our sector? What is your workplace health culture? Whether it is sexual harassment, mental health or workplace bullying, these challenging and sensitive issues are present in many organizations. In order to address these issues as leaders, we must first take the lid off of these touch topics and understand more deeply what is happening, how we can create a safer workplace and our role in the changes that need to happen. This is an opportunity to talk about vulnerability, openness and being brave with our teams.

Kevin MacDonell

Kevin MacDonell
Executive Director, Advancement Operations, Dalhousie University

Analytics: Are we there yet?

How does an organization get good at making decisions informed by data? This session will clarify what we really mean by "analytics" and describe the tools and the team that can deliver an analytics capability, by telling the story of how BI and analytics has developed in Advancement at Dalhousie University. The toughest leap, though, might be from "capability" to "culture." More than software and expertise, data-informed decision making is a journey, not a destination.

Marc Weinstein

Marc Weinstein
Vice-Principal, University Advancement
McGill University

Anatomy of a Gift: The Story of McGill’s $200 million donation

On February 13, 2019, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announced the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million: the single largest philanthropic gift in Canadian history.

Come to be inspired by the McCall MacBains’ donor journey, get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring transformative gifts to fruition, and learn how you can identify, engage, and grow the support of potential donors (big and small!) at your institutions.