Reporting to the Vice-President, Advancement, Gillian provides leadership, strategic direction, and priority setting to the development and implementation of the University’s institutional campaign and divisional campaigns, helping to grow fundraising performance, build organizational capacity, and instill best fundraising practices across the University’s multiple divisions and campuses.
Gillian oversees a number of key advancement portfolios, including Divisional Relations & Major Gifts, Prospect Management, Advancement Research, Campaign Planning, Stewardship, Business Intelligence & Analytics, and Annual & Leadership Giving.
A senior fundraising executive, Gillian brings extensive experience in campaign development, campaign consulting, strategic planning and prospect development. Prior to joining the University of Toronto in 2009, she served as a Vice President with a national consulting firm, providing fundraising counsel to a broad range of universities, hospital foundations and charities across Canada. She began her career with the Government of Ontario where she held positions with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Gillian holds a B.A., Hons and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University. She serves on the board of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, and has held board positions and volunteered in her community throughout her career.