Krishan MehtaKrishan Mehta – PRESIDENT 

Krishan Mehta is the Executive Director, Campaign at Ryerson University. Previously, he was Executive Director, Marketing and Advancement at Seneca College. Prior to joining Seneca, he spent ten years in fund development at the University of Toronto, serving most recently as the Director of Advancement at New College.  Krishan is also an instructor in Ryerson’s Fundraising Management Certificate Program and holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education where he conducted research on the philanthropy of first-generation immigrants in Canada.  In 2010, Krishan served as the co-chair of Fundraising Day, and he remains an active volunteer with a number of local community organizations.

DSC_3013_Ken_cropped_webKen Mayhew – PAST PRESIDENT 

Ken Mayhew is President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation (the Foundation).  The Foundation has just finished its third consecutive year of significant revenue growth and is currently in a $100M Campaign supporting the redevelopment of Peel Memorial, Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic hospitals. Prior to joining Osler, Ken spent over 20 years with the MS Society of Canada and was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and fund development for a program with almost 1 million active donors, raising over $50 million annually.  Ken is Past President of the GTA Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  Ken is a frequent contributor to media and industry discussions on fundraising trends, costs and evaluation and serves as a member of Ketchum Canada’s National Advisory Board. Most recently, Ken received a CEO in Action award from the prestigious Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive fundraising.  Ken, his wife Suzanne and two young daughters are long time, active Etobicoke residents.

Caroline Riseboro – PRESIDENT ELECT 

Caroline Riseboro was appointed President & CEO of Plan International Canada in January 2016, where she is responsible for leading one of Canada’s largest international development and child-rights agencies, working with children, families, communities and governments in over 70 countries to bring about positive change.  Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching numerous ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians in new ways on some of the world’s toughest issues.  Before joining Plan Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, where she played a key role in expanding CAMH’s reach among Canadians and helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness.  Prior to CAMH, Caroline held several senior executive positions, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Engagement at World Vision Canada where she was responsible for raising $270 million annually. In addition to serving as chair of the GTA chapter’s government relations committee, Caroline also chaired the Canadian Marketing Association’s nonprofit council as has sat on various task forces with Imagine Canada. Caroline holds a Bachelor (honours) degree from McGill University, and is currently pursuing her Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.


Currently the Vice President of Artsmarketing Services Inc., Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the nonprofit arts sector. He taught fundraising in the Combined Arts Administration Program at the University of Ottawa. Mark has held senior positions with the National Gallery of Canada, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera Ontario, and Kitchener-Waterloo and Opera Hamilton, the Centre for the Arts at Brock University and the Shaw Festival. Mark is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), having served on the Executive and Board of Directors as well as a variety of Board Committees for both the Greater Toronto and Ottawa Chapters.

Elissa Beckett, MBA, CFRE – VP FINANCE & SECRETARYBeckett_Elissa

Elissa is a professional fundraiser and businesswoman whose diverse experience has helped hone her core expertise: acting as an entrepreneur in all she does. It is this unique approach to fundraising that Elissa brings to her current role as VP of Development and Strategic Initiatives for Tides Canada. Previously, she led the fundraising teams at WWF Canada and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She is also the co-founder of Canada’s first Benefit Corporation – FlipGive – a web-based, grassroots fundraising tool that connects people who care to innovative new ways to raise funds. Elissa holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business and is a thought leader on innovative trends in the nonprofit sector. Elissa developed and teaches “Entrepreneurial Fundraising” at Ryerson University.


Rickesh Lakhani, MBA, CFRE – VP GOVERNANCE

Rickesh Lakhani is the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, leading the organization’s strategy and mandate to provide leadership and life skills development programs for children and youth. Prior to this, Rickesh was the Director, Campaign at United Way York Region, leading an $8M annual fundraising campaign, and worked at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He is an organizer for the AFP York Region Fundraisers group, aiming to engage other fundraising communities in the GTA. Rickesh is also an organizer of Be Good Be Social York Region, a conference to support charities and social profit organizations in using social media to achieve their missions. He is a strong advocate for volunteerism and has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours to a variety of initiatives.


Stewart has over 14 years of marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning experience in the charitable health sector. He currently serves as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy where he provides executive leadership and management to all hospital communications activities. Prior to joining Holland Bloorview, he held a variety of marketing, strategy and communication leadership roles at The Arthritis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. He brings significant skill in leading teams using collaborative processes to advance organizational growth.  On a volunteer basis, Stewart serves as the Vice Chair of the GTA Association of Fundraising Professionals government relations committee. He has also volunteered with Imagine Canada as a peer reviewer for their Standards Program and in the summer of 2015, served as a press operations supervisor for the Toronto Pan Am Games.



Emma Lewzey is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with a deep commitment to working towards social change. A strategic fund development professional with 12+ years of experience on senior management teams, Emma is the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion on the board of directors of AFP Toronto, and a director on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. She is proud to co-chair the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, and is excited to work towards a future when our fundraising leaders truly reflect the diversity of our communities.

Julia GoJGorman2013rman – VP MEMBERSHIP

Julia Gorman is the SVP, Strategic Philanthropy of United Way Toronto & York Region. Prior to this, Julia operated as Chief Development Officer and Vice President, Resource Development for United Way Toronto. In her new role, Julia is responsible for leadership on long term fundraising strategies related to United Way’s multiple stakeholders, with a specific focus on the engagement of individual donors. Julia has a particular interest in new donor acquisition, workplace fundraising strategy, brand awareness and engagement of United Way’s broad base of volunteers and donors. Julia is a member of the Board of Directors with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto Chapter and sits on United Way Worldwide’s Transformational Giving Council.



Paula has been a fundraiser for over 20 years. As President, Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), a fundraising and marketing agency servicing non-profit organizations, Paula is responsible for client services as well as the overall operations of the agency. Her passion lies in working directly with the non-profit organizations she is proud to serve. Paula has provided strategic counsel for a number of ST clients including the Canadian Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Amnesty International among many others. Paula provides strategic insight into fundraising and marketing strategies and crafts multi-channel plans that include the integration of digital and traditional direct response strategies. Paula has been a volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for a many years. She has Chaired the Toronto Fundraising Congress and currently sits on the Congress Management team, and she has served on the AFP Canadian Counsel. Paula is also mom to two great kids.


Mide Akerewusi is an inspired and energetic fundraising specialist with a uniquely diverse perspective. He has led major gift fundraising teams in a variety of the UK’s most successful charities, including the British Red Cross. His Canadian journey began in 2008 when the YMCA of Greater Toronto sought him to be their Chief Development Officer.  His inspiration to establish AGENTSC, a fundraising consultancy specializing in major gifts and sustainable income came after he served almost five years as Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Canada’s pioneering and award winning social innovation – Pathways to Education. At Pathways, Mide led the leadership philanthropy strategy for the charity’s successful $180 million Graduation Nation campaign, which saw the rapid expansion of the program across Canada.  Mide is a board member at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto Chapter, and sits on the Board of Save The Mothers. He is a Certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner, has a designation as a Dialogue Education Practitioner, and is an Instructor in Major Gifts fundraising at George Brown College.


An accomplished senior fundraising professional, Ken Aucoin has a 20+ year career, track record of delivering revenue for local and national charitable organizations to help them achieve their mission. Ken is currently the Vice President of Fund & Partnership Development at Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area. Previously, he was the Vice President of Development at Indspire, a national charity that invests in the education and celebrates the achievements of Indigenous Canadians. Prior to Indspire, Ken spent 10 years raising funds for post-secondary institutions including the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Ken began his career in fundraising and marketing roles in the arts sector including Canada’s National Ballet School, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Atlantic Jazz Festival. He is an active volunteer in the community having co-founded the LGBT Giving Network and also currently sits on the board of the CWA Foundation.

Marilyn Brown – MEMBER AT LARGE

Marilyn Brown joined Kids Help Phone as Vice President, Revenue Development in May 2015. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of fundraising activities related to major and annual gifts, events and community fundraising, corporate development and government funding. Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Marilyn was National Campaign Director for the Canadian Cancer Society where she lead and implemented an innovative and transformational fundraising campaign that created new donor funding opportunities for strategic investment in high-impact research and support programs. Marilyn was also Vice-President Campaign at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation where she managed the major gifts fundraising team and created donor opportunities and prospect strategies in support of the Hospital’s capital redevelopment program and research institute. She began her career in fundraising at the University of Toronto, where she went up through the ranks from Alumni Development Officer to Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations at her alma mater, the Faculty of Music, as part of the University’s first billion dollar campaign. She has served on the board of Toronto Summer Music and Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, and volunteers in the organizations her kids are part of.

Samantha Jones, MBA – MEMBER AT LARGE Jones_Samantha

With 20 years of fundraising, communications, marketing and events experience, Samantha Jones is an expert with a track record of bringing profile and support to some of Canada’s most well-known nonprofit organizations. Samantha currently works as an independent consultant, supporting a number of charities with strategic marketing related projects. Sam has served in senior roles with: Pathways to Education, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kids Help Phone, York University Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Samantha is an instructor with Ryerson University’s Chang School in the Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Management program. She has been an active volunteer with AFP for many years.


Sarah Midanik is a Métis professional who is passionate about building capacity within the Indigenous community. Sarah is the Executive Director at the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT), a charity dedicated to providing resources and support to urban Indigenous women and their families. Prior to NWRCT, Sarah was a fundraiser at Indspire, a national charity working to advance education outcomes for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students. Sarah is also an active volunteer within the Indigenous community, sitting on many advisory councils including the Aboriginal advisory counsel for the City of Toronto, and the Toronto Police Service. Sarah was also a Fellow in the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program.

Seanna Millar – MEMBER AT LARGE

Seanna Millar is the Vice President, Corporate Partnerships at SickKids Foundation. In her role, Seanna is responsible for developing philanthropic and marketing relationships with the corporate sector, stewarding corporate donors and overseeing the Children’s Miracle Network program. Prior to SickKids, Seanna was the Director of Community Investment at Foresters, a financial services company. In her role, she led the development and management of corporate social responsibility strategy with national partners. Seanna has been engaged in many volunteer activities including Camp Oochigeas, Sunflower House Daycare and Sistema-Toronto, a musical organization supporting at-risk youth.

Brad OffmanBrad Offman, MA, MBA – MEMBER AT LARGE

Brad Offman is Founder and Principal of Spire Philanthropy, a management consultancy specializing in corporate-charitable partnerships. He is the former Senior Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments. Brad is also former President of the Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation and Managing Director of the Mackenzie Charitable Giving Fund. Prior to joining Mackenzie, Brad served as Vice President, Development at the Toronto Community Foundation.  Brad is currently on the Board of the V-42 Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto and Benefaction Foundation. He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Imagine Canada. Brad is past Chair of the Leave A Legacy Program for the Greater Toronto Area and former member of the Board of Directors for Philanthropic Foundations Canada.  He is a past Faculty Member for the CAGP Original Gift Planning Course and is currently on the organization’s Government Relations Committees. He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Gift Planning in Canada.   Brad holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University in Montreal.