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Joella Gencher

Joella Gencher

Alumni Relations Officer

McGill University

Alumni Relations Officer at McGill University


McGill University

Alumni Relations Officer

• Main contact for key regions of McGill University alumni in the UK, France, Switzerland, New York, and certain Asian regions; build and maintain a strong alumni base, and guide volunteer driven alumni activities
• Collaborate with fundraisers and plan events in support of the $750-million Campaign
• Supervise a full-time event registrar

Achievements: -
- Managed events with VIPs, such as Gail Simmons, Mike Babcock, and senior university representatives;
- Oversaw the 2012 McGill Send-Offs, winner of the a 2013 Silver CASE Award in Annual Alumni Relations Programs, an international program with over 44 events throughout the summer for new students and their families, involving numerous volunteers worldwide and cross-campus collaborations

Career medium 06

Hillside Pediatric Clinic


McGill University

Alumni Relations Associate and Event Registrar

Interim position at my former office
I worked there for 3 years prior to going traveling.

Career medium 04

Tate Britain

Intern, Adult Programs

• Selected from hundreds of candidates for an internship opportunity
• Provided support at weekly courses and talks at Tate Modern (the most-visited modern art gallery in the world) and Tate Britain, an institutional world-leader in educational programming
• Helped curate “Late at the Tate” evenings (4,000 + attendees), assisted at events for international groups and groups with disabilities; planned symposia, built contact database, publicized events
• Supported a team of 10 cross-site curators

Achievements: - Sourced, planned, and set up a major outdoor public watercolour workshop


McGill University

Alumni Relations Officer

• Main contact for key regions of McGill University alumni in Boston, New York, and in Europe; developed and maintained a strong alumni base, and guided volunteer driven alumni activities
• Collaborated with fundraisers, and planned events in support of the $750-million Campaign
• Supervised a full-time event registrar and a work-study student

Achievements: - Promoted from Associate position in 22 months
- Managed events with university speakers and VIPs
- Achieved increase in attendance of 37% for the McGill Student Summer
Send-Off Program, which involved 40 alumni branches around the world

Career medium 05
Career medium 04

McGill University

Alumni Education Associate

McGill University, Montreal, QC December 2007- October 2009
• Researched, established, wrote proposals for, and coordinated educational programs for university alumni in the local community as well as in North American and International regions; these included lectures, book clubs, panel discussions, public conversations, film clubs
• Partnered with many different faculties and units at the University, as well as other universities and community organizations with their event planning; recruited expert guests and panellists

Achievements: - Won a scholarship to attend the 2009 CASE Conference
- Established a series of networking events, backed by corporate sponsors


GAT Productions


Publicist at 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
• Accompanied actors and directors to interviews, red carpet events and cinema venues
• Liaised with English and French media, coordination of interviews

Career medium 04
Career medium 02

Just For Laughs

Junior Publicist

• Contributing member of a PR team working closely with marketing, production, advertising, graphic design, artist management, and web departments
• Pitched festival coverage to local TV, radio and print media, scheduled interviews, press conferences, communicated with both media and talent
• Research and compilation of artist bios and photos


Just For Laughs


• Compiled relevant festival articles, created press kits, received media at press conferences and premieres, set-up signage at venues, handled administrative and editing tasks

Career medium 01

Royal Holloway, U. of London

Media Arts and Business, Semester Abroad

Concordia University

BA Communication Studies, Minor in Business Studies