Meet the Team

David White | Assistant Dean, Advancement and Alumni Affairs
dm.white@utoronto.ca | (416) 978-6749

David White is the Assistant Dean, Advancement and Alumni Relations at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, responsible for overseeing all fundraising and alumni relations activities, alumni affairs, marketing and communications. David joined the Faculty in November of 2007 after spending the previous three years at the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation where he was the Senior Director, Campaign & Foundation Operations. During his tenure at the Foundation, David was responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, overseeing all fundraising programs including major gifts, annual and planned giving, and special events. He was also the Campaign Director, principal staff liaison to the Board of Directors, and managed all Foundation operations including strategic planning, finance, donor services, communications and human resources.

Before joining Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, David spent two years as the Director of Research and Operations at the Royal Ontario Museum. In addition to overseeing all finance, administration and research at the ROM Foundation, David was a member of the four-person Campaign Management Committee that oversaw the $200 million Renaissance ROM project – the largest cultural expansion project in Canadian history. David joined the ROM after two years as Director of International Research at DVANavion, one of the world’s largest fundraising consulting firms.

Prior to this, David was the Director of Research and Member of the Campaign Management Committee of The Campaign for Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. While at Sunnybrook & Women’s, David and his staff coordinated the collection and analysis of all of the Hospital’s data concerning the activities of individuals, corporations, charitable foundations, and senior volunteers involved in the Canadian not-for-profit sector. In addition, David and his team were provided ongoing research support to each of the five Campaign Committees, Campaign Cabinet and Campaign Counsel.

Before joining Sunnybrook & Women’s, David served as Research Manager at United Way of Greater Toronto, Canada’s leading annual fundraising organization. In this role, David spearheaded the formation of a Research Department, with a focus on supporting the organization’s major gift initiative. During his tenure at United Way, major gift donations increased by over 35 percent.

Prior to assuming responsibility for United Way of Greater Toronto’s Research Department, David spent three years as a Research Consultant with Ketchum Canada Inc. During his tenure at Ketchum Canada, David played an integral role in the development of the organization’s Research Services Department, and provided research support to over 150 not-for-profit organizations across the country. He also assisted in the design and delivery of the firm’s training programs, and led training sessions with over 30 organizations across Canada including Queen’s University, Princess Margaret Hospital, the Toronto Hospital, University of Calgary and the Vancouver Aquarium.

At the onset of his career David served as the Campaign Researcher for Havergal College and the Stratford Festival where he was actively involved in designing and managing the research operations for both organizations’ highly successful capital campaigns.

David holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Guelph and a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

 

Erika Rueter | Senior Development Officer, Leadership & Alumni Giving
erika.rueter@utoronto.ca | (416) 946-5554

Erika Rueter is the Senior Development Officer, Leadership and Alumni Giving at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. She is responsible for raising funds at the annual leadership level of $1,000 to $25,000, including recent graduate and student support of $250 or more. Erika also leads alumni relations initiatives, including planning Spring Reunion, class reunions, and various other events aimed at connecting alumni with the Faculty. Erika joined the Faculty in March 2015 after spending two years at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto where she was the Senior Development Officer, Leadership Giving and Advancement Coordinator. 

Erika started her career in non-profit performing arts. She is the former Markeing and Publicity Coordinator for Hart House Theatre, was the General Manager of Talk Is Free Theatre in Barrie and worked as the Marketing and Publicity Manager at STAF in Toronto. Additionally, Erika has worked and volunteered at numerous arts organizations, led many marketing and publicity workshops within the arts community, and contributed to the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts' publication, The Indie Theatre Producer's Guide.

Erika holds Honours Bachelor of Music Degree from Queen's University.