Executive Director, Advancement
Ray is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on social psychology and personality testing. He was an active member of the student community holding many leadership roles including Student Association Vice-President.
Ray began his professional career in institutional Advancement in the Alumni Association at McGill as the Marketing and Alumni Services Manager and later moving into alumni programming as Associate Director, responsible for homecomings, reunions, affinity programs and volunteer management. As Director of the Association he was responsible for running all programs for the Association. From Alumni Relations, Ray moved over to Development as Director of Annual Giving and was responsible for the $6 million McGill Annual Fund.
At Queen’s University, Ray served as Director of Major Gifts and Campaign Manager of their $262 Million Capital Campaign. He then moved up to Associate Vice-Principal of Advancement and Chief Development Officer overseeing Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Corporation and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations and Donor Research. He also served as Director of Advancement Services for a period of time.
Ray has been a presenter at both CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) and CCAE (Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education) and previously sat on the CASE Alumni Commission. He is currently the immediate Past President of CCAE. His programs, research, speaking engagements and articles on the topic of alumni engagement have earned him international recognition for his work including Faculty Star and Rising Star honours from CASE and numerous PRIX D’EXCELLANCE from CCAE.