2019-2020 CCAeLearning Webinars

Lessons from the Best

During the CCAeLearning webinars, 2019 CCAE Prix d’Excellence recipients are among the presenters who share key lessons and how-tos from their award-winning initiatives. All CCAeLearning sessions are offered as a free professional benefit to CCAE members. An unlimited number of your staff can participate.

No matter the size of shop or type of school, participants will find scalable solutions to current advancement issues. Each CCAeLearning session explores project definition, design, conception, challenges, strategies to gain buy-in, and ongoing adjustments.

Upcoming Sessions:

January 30, 2020 @1 p.m. EST: From Refugee to BCIT: working with an outstanding leader

In 2019, BCIT won a CCAE Prix d’Excellence award for their use of video/ film in bringing to life, the story of alumni Moshtagh Mohammadi. Hear about how that video came to be, and how BCIT found success by focusing on building authentic relationships with bursary winners, and young alumni. BCIT will also share some insight on where they go from here as they continue to build out their programming and engagement strategies.

Learning Objectives
  1. Attendees will learn about the intentionality of connecting with students of different backgrounds & celebrating them
  2. The ongoing story of engaged alumni
  3. An authentic learning experience of working with a story as presented


Ali Siemens, Manager, Alumni Relations, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Ali Siemens is the Manager of Alumni Relations at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. With a passion for building relationships and community, Ali spends her free time volunteering as the Chair of her own alma mater alumni association.


February 27, 2020 @1 p.m. EST: Talent Management in Advancement

The Advancement Talent Management Team at the University of Toronto supports the professional success of advancement staff across the University through onboarding and orientation to our culture and values, professional development to build key skills and competencies, and supporting career aspirations in advancement.

This session will provide an overview of the Talent Management programs at the University of Toronto, current trends in Talent Management, and provide attendees with scalable strategies to support current and future organizational objectives by leveraging talent.

Learning Objectives
  1. What Talent Management related programs have been implemented at U of T.
  2. Trends in Talent Management and key components of effective programs.
  3. Examples of scalable initiatives that teams can incorporate to increase organizational objectives related by leveraging talent.


Mark Seymour, CHRL, CEBS, Director, Advancement Talent Management, University of Toronto

Mark is an experienced Human Resources Manager with a specialization in Total Rewards.

Tania John Pihl, MA Leadership, Associate Director, Advancement Talent Management, University of Toronto

Tania is an experienced Talent Management and Advancement professional with a background in Fundraising in Higher Education.