Michelle has spent over 25 years within the field of strategic gift planning. Since 2007, she has worked in Advancement at the University of Toronto. As Executive Director, Gift Planning, she oversees the University’s Gift Planning Program, where she and her team work closely with alumni, friends and their advisors to structure legacy gifts that will support the next generation of global citizens and address defining global challenges. Having worked for the Royal Ontario Museum Governors (originally the ROM Foundation) and SickKids Foundation, she has been privileged to have dedicated her fundraising career to helping donors achieve their dreams.
A U of T alumna, Michelle is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a long-standing dedicated member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. In addition to being CAGP, Chair, she is faculty member of CAGP’s Strategic Gift Planning Bootcamp, and past faculty of the Original Canadian Gift Planning course.
Michelle was the inaugural recipient of the Jasmine Sweatman Award in 2005—a CAGP Toronto Chapter award for outstanding commitment to Gift Planning and in 2015, received the Friend of CAGP Award—CAGP’s National award for individuals who embody the spirit and vision of CAGP.