Cheryl Hamelin Biography
Vice-President University Relations

Cheryl Hamelin

Vice-President University Relations
University of Saskatchewan

As Vice President, University Relations, Cheryl is the senior leader responsible for managing the reputation and key donor relationships of USask, dual oversight of Huskie Athletics and providing vision and leadership to the University Relations team that includes fundraising and development, alumni relations, strategic communications, and operations and services. She will be responsible for leading a team dedicated to building relationships with alumni and the larger community, building a culture of philanthropy, leading a successful institutional campaign, and telling the institution's stories and the stories of its people.

Cheryl comes to USask with a wealth of leadership experience in philanthropy, alumni and community relations. Prior to leading University Relations at USask, she served as the Executive Director, Faculty Development, where she provided direction for advancement staff and activities in twelve of the University of Calgary's (U of C) faculties and schools. She has also held Director of Development roles in the School of Public Policy, the Faculty of Law, the Haskayne School of Business and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the U of C. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Executive Director of the RESOLVE campaign, successfully leading a team of senior fundraisers in a $120 million capital campaign to provide homes for homeless and vulnerable Calgarians.

Cheryl holds her professional fundraising accreditation, CFRE. She is a consummate volunteer, serving both her profession and her community. She has been actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) in Calgary and nationally since the Calgary Chapter's inception, including serving as AFP Calgary and Area's President in 2001 and 2002 and as Philanthropy Day Co-chair in 1998. In 2015, AFP Calgary honoured Ms. Hamelin with the organization's Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.