Thank You Gillian Morrison, Past Chair of the CCAE Board

Gillian MorrisonAs of June 4th, 2020 Gillian Morrison, Assistant Vice-President, University Development, University of Toronto concluded her term as Chair of the CCAE Board and passed the torch to Derek Cassoff of McGill University.

Gillian’s impact on the CCAE community will leave a lasting legacy. The success of her leadership and strategic direction over the past 2 years has been immense, including benefits that not only honoured CCAE commitments to members, but also provided innovation and strength when it was needed the most.

Gillian will remain on the CCAE Board in her role as Past Chair until 2021.

The CCAE Board, staff and community are so appreciative of her brilliant leadership, please join in the recognition of her efforts, and read the thoughtful messages from her colleagues as they reflect on her time as Board Chair:

 “One of the great pleasures that has come from my service to the CCAE board has been getting to know and work closely with Gillian Morrison. To be in her presence is to be continuously awed and impressed by her kindness, her professionalism and her deep and boundless knowledge of the Canadian advancement landscape.

This organization has seen remarkable advances in the last two years, from the expansion of the professional staff and the deepening of its partnership with CASE, to the critically important work that culminated this spring in the creation of CCAE’s new strategic plan. All of these contributions are incredible testaments to Gillian’s leadership, and for that, we all owe her a debt of gratitude.”
Derek Cassoff, Chair of the CCAE Board, McGill University


  • “Gillian has been an incredible leader for CCAE with her wise, empathetic, calm and inclusive style and relentless dedication to the impact that education and philanthropy can make in Canada.  In her time as Chair, she has introduced the first CCAE-CASE study of educational philanthropy in Canada, strengthened the CCAE and staff teams, and introduced the next strategic plan that will benefit Canadian institutions and Advancement professionals for years to come.  A consummate professional herself, she exemplifies the best of our profession and is oriented consistently to causes and issues that align with the greater good.”
    Joanne Shoveller, CCAE Board Member, University of Waterloo


  • Erin Sargeant Greenwood, CCAE Board Member, Saint Mary's University

  • Mark Hazlett, President & CEO of CCAE