Marc Weinstein is Vice-Principal of University Advancement at McGill University in Montreal, where he works with senior levels of administration, overseeing all fundraising and donor relations activities and leading a team responsible for developing alumni engagement and services at Canada’s most international university.
With an alumni base spanning more than 180 countries around the world, McGill’s advancement strategies comprise a strong international focus and leverage digital communication, in concert with a high degree of local volunteer participation, to develop successful engagement and fundraising programs.
An accomplished fundraiser, Weinstein was appointed Vice-Principal in 2008 and spearheaded the University’s most successful campaign, Campaign McGill: History in the Making, which raised $1.026 billion in eight years, drawing on support from nearly 100,000 alumni and friends – including 50,000 first-time McGill donors. In September 2019, Weinstein piloted the launch of Made by McGill: the Campaign for Our Third Century, a bold fundraising campaign with a $2-billion goal, aimed at positioning the University to meet the challenges of its next century, and galvanizing the McGill community as the institution prepares to mark its 200th anniversary in 2021.
Before joining McGill, Weinstein served as vice-president and general counsel of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation, playing a key role in the $300-million "Best Care for Life Campaign," and as executive director of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation in Montreal.
Weinstein is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s National Council of Foundation Executives (NCOFE), the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
At CASE, Weinstein has served for several years as member of the Commission on Philanthropy and a member of the Summit Advisory Team (Summit for Leaders in Advancement 2012). He was co-chair of the 2018 CASE Conference held in Chicago on the theme of “International Advancement: North American Strategies for Global Alumni Relations and Fundraising” for senior advancement professionals and currently serves as an AMAtlas Advisory Committee Member.
In 2014, he received the Outstanding Philanthropic Career Award from the Quebec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2017, he was recognized by CCAE with the Outstanding Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to the field of educational advancement, exemplifying the highest ideals of the advancement profession and dedicated mentoring of others in the field.
Weinstein holds degrees in Arts and Law (B.C.L./LL.B.) from McGill, as well as a Master of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, and he is a member of the Quebec Bar.