CCAE Director Profile - Royal Govain

Royal Govain

Senior Development Officer & Managing Director, Volunteer Partnerships
McGill University


Royal Govain has 39 years of professional experience in fundraising, volunteer relations, public affairs, and institutional advancement in Canada and the United States. A graduate of Princeton University, he has worked in senior advancement posts at McGill, Harvard, and Cornell Universities, Family Service America, and United Way. Currently he is Managing Director, Volunteer Partnerships at McGill University.

From 2006 to 2010, Royal was Chief Executive in Canada of Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A), an international philanthropic management consulting firm. In this capacity he was a member of the firm’s senior management team and served clients on both sides of the border, as well as in South America and Europe.

Prior to joining GG+A, Royal served as the chief advancement officer of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (MNI) at McGill.

Earlier, Royal was founding executive officer and chief development officer at the NeuroScience Canada Foundation, today known as Brain Canada. He also worked for Centraide du Grand Montréal (United Way) and served as a member of a United Way – Centraide Canada National Task Force on Major Donors.

Royal sits on the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, an international non-profit organization promoting the understanding and practice of servant leadership. He was an honourary governor of Think First Canada/Pensez d’abord Canada, now part of Parachute Canada. He has served as a development advisor to the University of Waterloo, Pro-CURE Alliance (a prostate cancer foundation), and Elijah, an international interfaith group in Jerusalem.

Royal Govain says about CCAE:
I believe CCAE is so very important to enabling our profession to reach for the best in advancing Canadian education.  It provides an essential forum for the sharing of critical thinking and innovations across the country that help us to serve better. And it reinforces our individual convictions about the mission and values of our profession.  It is an honour for me to serve on the Board.

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