Executive team

Tad Brown - Counsel, Business Affairs and Advancement

Tad Brown

Counsel, Business Affairs and Advancement

Tad Brown is the Counsel, Business Affairs and Advancement at the University of Toronto where he provides legal, business and strategic advice to the University. Tad is responsible for Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Office of Gift Planning within the Division of University Advancement. Tad also serves as Vice-President, U of T Hong Kong Foundation as well as Secretary, Associates of the University of Toronto Inc.

Prior to joining the University, Tad practiced Corporate, Tax, Trusts and Estates law at the Toronto law firm McMillan. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He also served as Chair of the board of directors of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Ontario Division, and Chair of the National Government Relations Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is a member of the Minister of National Revenue’s Charities Advisory Committee, a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association, Charity and Not-For-Profit Law Section, and a director of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Canada Council.

Chantelle Courtney - Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations

Chantelle Courtney

Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations

Chantelle is a proven strategic and results-focused leader with deep experience in professional services management and higher education development. Following almost 15 years in senior roles at top Canadian law firms, Chantelle moved to the University of Toronto in 2014 as Assistant Dean, Advancement at Canada’s pre-eminent Law school, and is now Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations, Division of University Advancement.

As Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations, Chantelle provides leadership and strategic direction to campus and divisional advancement programs, with a mandate to help grow fundraising performance and alumni engagement, build organizational capacity, strengthen talent management, and instill best practices across U of T’s three campuses. In this role, Chantelle oversees programs in Divisional Relations, Major Gifts, and Prospect Management and Advancement Research that support the success of campus and divisional advancement programs. Chantelle works closely with campus Vice-Presidents and St. George Principals and Deans, and with leaders of divisional advancement programs and their teams, on their annual business plans and goals, multi-year campaign goal setting and strategies, prospect management, performance management, organizational development, and volunteer management.

Chantelle is passionate and skilled in facilitating collaboration, building relationships and unlocking the potential of a team to drive for results. Her success in talent management, client service and supporting business development at top law firms are invaluable in leading a high performance development team.

A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Chantelle is a lawyer, holding a law degree from Queen’s University (Canada). She articled and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Chantelle also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Western Ontario – Huron College.

Barbara Dick - Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations

Barbara Dick

Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations (416) 946 7680 or email

Barbara Dick is Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations at the University of Toronto, leading innovative programs and high-performance teams of staff and volunteers to engage the University’s more than 600,000 alumni worldwide in support of each other and the University’s mission.

Barbara is a graduate of the University of Toronto with 30 years of experience in the arts and higher education.

As AVP, Alumni Relations, Barbara provides central leadership for alumni relations within the University of Toronto environment. Along with colleagues and volunteers in more than 25 divisions, she facilitates initiatives, which encourage alumni to see their relationship with University as a lifetime resource of ideas, networks, connections and support.

At the same time, Barbara and her colleagues seek to lever the value of alumni as a renewable asset who extend the reach and the reputation of U of T through the scale, impact and breadth of their presence around the world and enable U of T’s mission through their accomplishments, involvement and financial support.

Most recently, Barbara has been recognized with the University of Toronto’s highest honour for outstanding administrative leaders – the Chancellor’s Award for Influential Leaders.

Barbara is a sought after volunteer and frequent presenter in Canada and around the world. She has served as a mentor to both colleagues and students through a variety of University programs. She is an active and visible leader in professional service associations, serving as the first Canadian president of the US based Council for Alumni Association Executives (CAAE), a member-based organization of the world’s leading large, highly ranked public and private universities. She is a past member of the International Commission on Alumni Relations at the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Barbara was also a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Young People’s Theatre (YPT), Canada’s largest and longest standing children’s theatre company.

Barbara, her husband Malcolm Burrows, and their two children live in Toronto.

Tanya Kreinin - Executive Director, Advancement Communications and Marketing

Tanya Kreinin

Assistant Vice-President, Brand Strategy and Integrated Marketing (416) 978 4995 or email

Tanya Kreinin is Assistant Vice-President, Brand Strategy and Integrated Marketing at the University of Toronto.

Reporting to the Vice‐President, Advancement, Tanya leads the development and implementation of communications and marketing strategies designed to lift the profile and relevance of the University of Toronto as a major destination for alumni engagement and as a national and international priority for philanthropic investment.

Tanya is a senior integrated marketing communications professional who brings a wealth of Canadian and international experience to the role. Her experience spans digital, social, mobile, broadcast, print, direct marketing and promotions, rooted in sound objectives and strategy that allow her to bring a holistic and focused approach to brand communication.

Tanya comes to the University of Toronto from J Walter Thompson, a global advertising and marketing communications agency. As Group Business Director, Integrated Communications and Strategy, Tanya was part of the core team that first developed the Boundless brand for the University of Toronto’s campaign. Through this role, she has worked closely with central and divisional members of the University of Toronto.

Tanya graduated from Haifa University with a Bachelor of Arts and Conservatory of Music (piano and vocal) in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mila Miller - Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Advancement Organizational Development

Mila Miller

Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Advancement Organizational Development (416) 978 0997 or email

Mila Miller is Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Advancement Organizational Development, supporting the overall leadership of University Advancement in the development and communication of strategic plans and initiatives.

In this capacity, Mila leads advancement strategic planning, project management for key initiatives and targets, the operations of the Vice-President, Advancement’s office related to fulfilling advancement goals, and the organizational and professional development needs of the advancement community.

Prior to this, Mila was instrumental in the development and introduction of a best practice prospect management program at the University of Toronto, supporting continuous improvement of the University’s fundraising efforts with particular emphasis on principal gifts, major gifts and gift planning.

Mila is a graduate of Queen’s University with 20 years of experience in fundraising for higher education and the performing arts.

Gillian Morrison

Assistant Vice-President, University Development

Gillian Morrison provides leadership, strategic direction, and priority setting to the University’s centrally managed fundraising programs, enhancing their performance, their support of divisions, and their effectiveness in support of the University’s highest strategic priorities. Her portfolio includes Principal Gifts, Annual and Leadership Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Stewardship, Campaign Planning, and International Advancement.

Gillian joined the University of Toronto in 2009 in the role of Assistant Vice-President, Divisional Relations and Campaigns. In this portfolio, she played a key role in the success of the Boundless campaign, which reached its original $2 billion goal early and is on track to exceed the expanded goal of $2.4 billion.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, 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. (Honours) and a Master of Public Administration, both from Queen’s University. An active volunteer, she is the current President of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, and serves on the board of the Junction Famers Market in her local neighbourhood.

James Robertson

Chief Operating Officer, Advancement Services

James Robertson has served as Chief Operating Officer, Advancement Services since March 2014, responsible for the division’s broad financial and administrative operations, including budget and planning, facilities, human resources, knowledge management, information management and alumni and donor services.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, James held senior executive roles in the non-profit sector, including Vice-President, Central Office Services at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and Vice-President, Corporate Services at The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. A chartered professional and certified management accountant, James holds a BA in economics from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Education (MEd) with a specialty in organizational learning and development from Charles Sturt University in Australia. James’ volunteer work has included serving on the Board of Directors of VHA Home Health Care in Toronto for the past 7 years.