David Bell

AVP, Advancement & Alumni Relations at Georgian College


David has worked in higher education advancement for more than 17 years. He leads a team of professionals dedicated to building relationships, raising funds, engaging with alumni and supporting student success. He’s responsible for a diverse portfolio, including development/fundraising, alumni relations, community engagement, and conference and event services.

Prior to joining Georgian in 2019, David served for more than a decade at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where he held positions of increasing responsibility culminating in his role as Executive Director, Alumni Relations and Development. As Executive Director, David managed a team of advancement professionals supporting the dean in all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations, both in Canada and internationally.

Before moving to the Schulich School of Business, David spent two years working at the Royal Ontario Museum, focusing on major gifts and prospect research portfolios. David has also served in advancement roles at Nipissing University and the University of Windsor.

David holds two degrees, including an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Nipissing University and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. He’s a licensed barrister and solicitor and practiced environmental law and civil litigation prior to returning to the advancement sector.



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