Another winning year for McGill at CCAE Prix d’Excellence

McGill’s University Advancement team recognized with eight awards, tops in the country

McGill University has once again been recognized for excellence in advancement, with eight projects led by University Advancement nabbing coveted honours at the annual Prix d’Excellence awards ceremony hosted by the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE). The eight awards were the most won by any university or college.

Many of the projects and programs selected by the judges – spanning efforts in alumni relations, fundraising, communications and advancement operations – were initiated in support of Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century, the University’s ongoing $2-billion campaign, and are seen as critical in efforts to engage our alumni and donors, and support our development efforts.

Here is the complete list of laureates:


  • Best Report to Donors for the Report on Giving 2019, McGill’s annual stewardship report on the impact of donor generosity and the difference it makes for students, research, and the community
  • Best Feature Writing in French for L’humour, c’est du sérieux!, an article in the McGill Newsfeaturing McGillians working in comedy in Quebec
  • Best Advancement Services Initiative for Advancement U: Fundraiser’s Core Bootcamp, a CFRE-accredited learning initiative that provides tools to newly hired fundraisers, focusing on McGill and our campaign
  • Best Website for the Made by McGill microsite, which showcases first-person testimonials from alumni, friends, faculty and staff sharing the ways in which McGill has positively impacted their lives.


  • Best Alumni Event for At-Home Homecoming, our first-ever virtual Homecoming, held in fall 2020, welcoming over 3,500 members of the McGill community worldwide to over 70 online events
  • Best Use of Multimedia for the Made by McGill alumni webcasts featuring McGill experts discussing issues related to the COVOD-19 pandemic. The series has attracted more than  185,000 viewers since its launch last March.


  • Best Video for Marc Bieler, Portrait of a Donor, profiling Bieler’s motivations for making a $15-million gift to what is now the Bieler School of Environment. The video was filmed at his cranberry farm south of Quebec City during last fall’s harvest
  • Best Student/Young Alumni Initiative for the Welcome Class of 2020 campaign, warmly greeting incoming students to the McGill community in an unprecedented academic year