Jacline Abray-Nyman

Jacline Abray-Nyman is an accomplished leader in the public sector with over 20 years of demonstrated success in senior roles primarily within Canadian universities. Jacline’s career has focused on stakeholder and external relations and philanthropic fundraising and more recently on capacity building and shared value in the non-profit sector. Acting in the capacity of principal gifts director and campaign counsel, Jacline has personally negotiated many significant philanthropic gifts and business partnerships, and led fundraising efforts totaling in excess of $125 million since 1999.

Currently, Jacline holds the position of President & CEO of United Way Centraide Canada. Prior to this leadership role, Jacline joined Smith School of Business as the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations in 2008. Part of the executive management team, Jacline provided leadership for developing meaningful relationships with Smith’s alumni and donors as well as with community and corporate leaders. She drove the strategic planning and roll-out for their current $100 Million comprehensive campaign.

As an Assistant Professor, Jacline has taught marketing, marketing ethics and social responsibility and has on-going research interests in marketing, philanthropy and the social-mission sector. Jacline recently concluded a major research project entitled “Transformational philanthropy and networks of co-created value in Canada."

Jacline has also worked as a consultant providing advice to clients on relationship building, resource development, marketing and strategic planning. She has held the position of Vice-President of Fundraising and Donor Relations for the York University Foundation; Director of Development and External Relations, for the Haskayne School of Business (University of Calgary); Director of Development Communications (University of Calgary); Director of Advancement Services (University of Ottawa); and Manager of Student Recruitment (University of Ottawa). Prior to joining the university sector, Jacline worked in private sector business administration and marketing.

An active speaker, Jacline has spoken on the topics of marketing, accountability, strategic business planning, major gift fundraising, social responsibility and philanthropy. She has served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation (Secretary); as Chair of the Peter F. Drucker Canadian Foundation for Nonprofit Innovation; as Corporate Secretary, Chair of Communications, and Editor of Ensemble for the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE); as a volunteer Big-Sister Mentor in Calgary; and has been a Director of the Calgary Chapter Board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Jacline is currently a member of the advisory board of Smith School of Business Centre for Responsible Leadership.

Jacline holds a Bachelor of Administration (University of Ottawa), an MBA (University of Calgary), and Doctorate in Business Administration (Cranfield University, UK). She lives in Ottawa (Canada) with her husband and daughter.