TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement


These fellowships are made possible by:

TD Insurance

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

2019 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Fellowships in Advancement


Karissa Hartley, University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, AB

A graduate of the University of Lethbridge, Karissa Hartley is a shining example of what a TD Fellow exemplifies. With unwavering enthusiasm and a ceaseless desire to grow and learn, she garners her passion whole-heartedly and is invested in impacting the lives of alumni through a genuine effort to make a difference.

After her graduation in May 2018, Karissa fulfilled the role of Alumni Engagement Coordinator at the University of Lethbridge, where Lyndsay Montina, Manager of Alumni Relations at University of Lethbridge is enamored by her progress, stating: “With her support, programming for Alumni Relations has grown substantially. She has led the efforts required to expand the Alumni Chapters from 2 to 7; initiated a thriving Instagram account where alumni host weekly takeovers to showcase what they’ve done since graduation; and willingly stepped into any role necessary to support the team. She is exactly what we need to continue to shape the future of alumni engagement at the University of Lethbridge.”

The predominant task of Alumni Relations is to create the core foundations necessary to further alumni engagement and connectivity. During her fellowship, Karissa will spearhead this initiative by creating an alumni communications suite. The suite will be a collection of alumni-focused, on brand content that connects alumni through various strategic storytelling methods. A project of this caliber will prove vital to the University of Lethbridge by giving a strong voice to the people that have built the community at this institution. Activities include hosting and producing a podcast coupled with a complimentary blog, highlighting alumni in the news, recruiting alumni to create articles that interest the University of Lethbridge community and promoting alumni-driven content on social channels.

Karissa has already been essential in helping Alumni Relations make strides in connecting/reconnecting with alumni so that they can be brought back into the fold. She is excited to continue her work at the University of Lethbridge through the TD fellowship program and considers this achievement a great asset in strengthening her professional capacity and increasing the value of alumni staying connected to her alma mater.

“As your 2019 TD Fellow, I will apply my knowledge and current skill set to address this issue by creating conduits for lifelong alumni engagement and establishing a lasting affinity for the institution as a whole.”


Jenna Kirker, Lakehead University
Thunder Bay, ON

Life-changing events seem to happen while studying at Lakehead University, and Jenna Kirker is no exception. During an impressive 7-year academic journey at Lakehead University, Jenna successfully completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master's Degree in History. She attributes her success to the outstanding educational community at this institution and it follows that she aspires to continue giving back to it. Jenna continues to expand her educational achievements and is currently in progress of completing a PhD in History at McMaster University.

Jenna began her philanthropic journey at Lakehead within External Relations, in the Alumni Phone-a-thon Program. Starting as a part-time student employee she soon became a supervisor, “As I worked to raise money for Lakehead's cases for support as well as the Annual Fund, I realized what an impact I was making on my fellow students. When I spoke with alumni and friends of the University, it was clear that my conversations were part of a larger relationship they had with Lakehead and engagement was critical to that relationship.”

From this original position Meghan Hanbury, Annual Fund and Alumni Engagement Manager remembers “Innately she understood that the personal connections our alumni and friends have with Lakehead University are what are so valuable in philanthropy.”

She continued to volunteer her skills to various alumni initiatives such as being an Alumni Ambassador of the Alumni Association, a Student and Alumni Representative for Lakehead at the Ontario Universities' Fair, and a guest speaker at the Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

Her exceptional accomplishments to date led to the pivotal opportunity of becoming a TD fellow recipient. Through the fellowship program, Jenna will receive remarkable mentoring experiences from her colleagues within the Lakehead advancement team. She is tasked to create a Parents Program at Lakehead University, to grow the Lakehead donor pipeline; increase giving to the Annual Fund and identify Major Gift prospects; Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for Student and Young Alumni Engagement; identify strong prospects from the Annual Giving Program for the William G. Tamblyn Legacy Society leading to an increased number of donors in this program.

Jenna’s dedication and love for Lakehead University, and the Thunder Bay community is evident in every philanthropic aspect she endeavors, as she expresses so eloquently, “The idea of moving beyond transactional fundraising to foster deeper connections between members of an organization, and the organization itself galvanized me to apply this experience to other areas of my current volunteer work. As an individual who wants to make Thunder Bay my permanent home, I strive to give back to the community and utilize my skills.”

Jenna Kirker is set to be a truly inspirational addition to Lakehead as well as exceed expectations for TD Fellowship scholarship recipients.