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New institute aims to raise the fortunes of fundraisers

Collège Boréal, Cambrian College and Laurentian University team up to launch Northern Philanthropy Institute
(L to R) Shawn Poland, 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’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 the northeast.

The Northern Philanthropy Institute hosts its first event on National Philanthropy Day, which falls on Nov. 15, 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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