TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement


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NEW: CCAE has streamlined the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement application process!

To complete the application and submit your nomination simply download the 2019 CCAE TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement Nomination Package.pdf and follow the instructions.

2019 CCAE TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement Nomination Package


The TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement, created in 1998 and made possible by Meloche Monnex and TD Bank Financial Group, have evolved over the years to reflect the growing scope and sophistication of educational advancement in Canada.

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement now provide exceptional opportunities each year for two emerging professionals to gain practical experience in at least two major areas of advancement, including alumni relations, development, and marketing and communications.

The selection process for TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellows in Advancement involves an application by a CCAE member educational institution (university, college, independent school or cégep) with a robust Fellowship plan backed by the mentorship of senior advancement professionals, and a candidate of exceptional aptitude and energy for a bright future in advancement.

A retrospective on the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement

2018 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement


Susan MacCormack, Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, NS

There’s a sense of excitement on the advancement team at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

With a new Vice-President and a new strategic direction that integrates the external-facing team into a powerful department supporting the entire university, the growing team is poised to break some new ground. It feels fitting then, that this year Saint Mary’s welcomes its first-ever TD Insurance Fellow, Susan MacCormack.

Susan began her role at Saint Mary’s as Calling Program and Outreach Coordinator in 2016. Since then, she’s proven herself to be an advancement star of many talents.

“Not only is Susan a natural communicator and relationship-builder, she innately seems to know how to get incredible results,” says Sarah MacDonald, Saint Mary’s Manager of Annual Giving. “In her first year, she oversaw a 100% pledge-fulfillment rate, a 65% increase in online gifts and she helped acquire more than 100 new donors.”

In addition to impressive numbers, Susan brought innovative ideas, all “with an artistic and creative touch” and empathy, says MacDonald. Susan developed a new, engaging recruitment and training program that led to greatly improved staff retention, and created the Alumni Discovery Initiative, an affinity program providing one-on-one connections between alumni, donors and current students and gathering qualitative data.

A graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island (B.A. in English with Psychology minor), Susan credits her time working in the UPEI Athletics Centre for a keen understanding of the importance of engagement at every touch point with all constituents, and believes her extensive volunteerism with children’s programming helped imbue her with a philanthropic mindset.

As a TD Insurance Fellow, Susan will be pivotal to developing a culture of philanthropy at Saint Mary’s. She will also work to enhance the modern donor experience through cohesive, targeted messaging, an elevated digital experience for alumni donors and expanded affinity programs.

A visual artist, illustrator and entrepreneur, Susan MacCormack promises to bring creativity and innovative ideas to Saint Mary’s as her TD Insurance Fellowship in Advancement expands her professional horizons.

Christian Robillard, Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

Some people learn a taste for philanthropy and volunteerism while others seem born to it. Christian Robillard is one of the latter. A graduate of Carleton University’s Master in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program, Christian has already amassed a sterling philanthropic and volunteer resumé. He will employ the fruits of his talents and experience as a 2018 - 19 TD Insurance Fellow at Carleton University.

During his undergrad and graduate studies at Carleton, Christian served as Co-Chair of the Carleton Community Campaign that raised over $300,00 per year; led the Student Philanthropy Council; founded and was President of Carleton’s Association of Fundraising Professionals Collegiate Chapter; served as Sponsorship and Grants Coordinator for the Carleton University Students’ Association; and sat on the university’s first two Giving Tuesday fundraising campaign committees.

In the wider community, Christian helped raise over a million dollars in total for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Youth Ottawa, and the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club. He also worked with the consulting firm The Sponsorship Collective to design organizational sponsorship strategies.

Christian’s volunteer work and academic achievements were recognized with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, the #OC150 Award (Ottawa-Carleton) and several scholarships, including three for leadership.

As a TD Insurance Fellow, Christian will support the successful completion of Carleton’s $300 million Here for Good Campaign. He will develop and execute philanthropic assessment interviews; develop a sponsorship strategy for the university, including best-practices research and liaison with student groups; develop stewardship strategies; and, on the heels of Carleton’s 75th anniversary, spearhead the Next 75 Years strategy focused on young alumni.

Christian Robillard envisions three key roles for educational advancement, which he is eager to help fulfill:

  • “Advancement can play the great connector role, pairing alumni and partners to achieve great things.”
  • “Presentation without demonstration is only conversation, and an advancement department’s job is to both present what they are doing and demonstrate why it matters.”
  • “Storytelling in engrained in our DNA, but it is still an art to perfect.”

Christian Robillard is clearly poised to be an exemplary TD Insurance Fellow and potential advancement leader.