Laurentian, Cambrian and Boréal Collaborate to Launch Northern Philanthropy Institute

Posted on Wednesday August 3, 2016

Initiative to offer professional development to region’s fundraising professionals 

Laurentian, Cambrian and Boréal Collaborate to Launch Northern Philanthropy Institute
Photo (from left to right): Shawn Polland, Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrolment and College Advancement at Cambrian College, Dominic Giroux, Dean and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University, Claudia-Ann Malette, Executive Director of Strategic Development at Collège Boréal, Tracy MacLeod, Chief Advancement Officer at Laurentian University, Pierre Riopel, President of Collège Boréal, and Bill Best, President of Cambrian College

Sudbury, ON (AUGUST 7, 2016) – Sudbury’s three post-secondary institutions have come together to launch the Northern Philanthropy Institute, a partnership that will offer professional development opportunities to fundraising professionals in Northeastern Ontario.

The Northern Philanthropy Institute is a new partnership undertaken through a collaboration agreement signed by Collège Boréal President Pierre Riopel, Cambrian College President Bill Best, and Laurentian University President Dominic Giroux in June.  The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aims to foster excellence in learning while strengthening Greater Sudbury’s reputation as a centre of higher education.

In support of this overall objective, the agreement provides for the establishment of professional development opportunities for fundraisers from across Northeastern Ontario.

“Philanthropy is increasingly important in public sector organizations and non-profits,” said Tracy MacLeod, Chief Advancement Officer at Laurentian University.  “Through the Northern Philanthropy Institute, we will offer opportunities to develop and share best practices and policies in strategic fundraising.”

“We are always happy to work with our local post-secondary institutions,” said Nancy Raymond, Advancement Office Director at Collège Boréal. “For Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, and Laurentian University, this initiative reflects a joint desire to work together within a concerted strategy that puts higher education in Northeastern Ontario communities first.”

“Professional development opportunities that strengthen philanthropy and fundraising will result in more successful outcomes for our region,” said Darlene Palmer, Director of Development at Cambrian College. “Cambrian is pleased to be a partner in an initiative that will help northern development professionals across all sectors and organizations to maximize their effectiveness and build their networks.”

The Northern Philanthropy Institute will host its first event on National Philanthropy Day, November 15, 2016 at Collège Boréal.  A day-long professional development workshop will include representation from major non-profit and charitable organizations in Canada and will guide participants in methods of maximizing the impact of philanthropic gifts. This year’s workshop will be led by Lorna Somers, McMaster University’s Director of Development, who has just received an international award for growing the advancement profession internationally.

For more information about the event or to register, visit


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About Laurentian University

Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French, with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education.  Laurentian University, situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabe peoples of Atikameksheng First Nation, prepares students as agents of change and empowers them to create innovative responses to local and global challenges. Laurentian’s students benefit from small class sizes and exceptional post-graduation employment rates.  With nine Canada Research Chairs and nineteen research centres, Laurentian is a recognized leader in its specialized areas of research strength, which include mining innovation and exploration, stressed watershed systems, particle astrophysics and rural and northern children’s health. Laurentian University has secured over $100 million in research income in the past five years. For more information on Laurentian University visit


About Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. Since 1995, over 116,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to postsecondary education, training programs, services for immigrants, and services pertaining to employability. Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of services in 35 access centres in 25 communities across the province. According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in four out of the five areas surveyed: highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province. Moreover, 93.8% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates! To find out more about Collège Boréal programs and services, please visit


About Cambrian College

Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Cambrian College offers practical, hands-on experience through more than 80 full-time postsecondary programs, a vibrant campus life, and support services that help ensure success. Students benefit from expert faculty who are connected to business and industry, and an employer satisfaction rating of 100 percent, which puts Cambrian graduates in high demand. Established in 1967, Cambrian is the largest college in northern Ontario with campuses in Sudbury, Little Current, and Espanola. Each year, more than 4,300 students take advantage of opportunities to build their careers through classroom and online learning. Visit for more information.



Sherry Drysdale
Communications, Laurentian University
705.675.1151, ext. 3412


Josée Campeau-Rousselle
Manager of Communications and Media Relations, Collège Boréal
705.560.6673, ext. 1235|


Gloria Staskus
Communications Manager, Cambrian College
705.566.8101, ext. 7760

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Posted on Friday June 24, 2016
(L-R) Head Coach Giuseppe Politi, with soccer recruits Morgan Melnek and Kianna Houben, and Coach Matt Binks.

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