2018-2019 Board Members


Caroline Riseboro

Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians on some of the world’s toughest issues. In 2017, Caroline was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the trailblazer category. Before joining Plan International 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. Caroline has held several senior executive positions over the years, more 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 President of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline is serves on the Boards of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH). Caroline holds a Bachelor (honours) degree from McGill University and has been pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.
Krishan Mehta, PhD

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.
Emma Lewzey, CFRE

Emma Lewzey is a Certified Fundraising 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 Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors, 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.
Seanna Millar

Seanna Millar is the Senior Vice President, Corporate & Community Partnerships at SickKids Foundation. In her role, Seanna has responsibility for all aspects of corporate, community and event fundraising with a goal to raise more than $48M annually in support of healthier children. Before joining SickKids, Seanna was the Director of Community Investment at Foresters, a financial services company, where she led the development and management of corporate social responsibility strategy with national partners. Seanna sits on the Board of Directors of the Young People’s Theatre and has been engaged in many volunteer activities including Camp Oochigeas, Sunflower House Daycare and Sistema-Toronto, a musical organization supporting at-risk youth.
Rickesh Lakhani, CFRE

Rickesh Lakhani is the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, leading the organization’s mandate to provide leadership and life skills development programs for children and youth from underserved communities. Prior to this, Rickesh was the Director, Campaign at United Way York Region, leading an $8M annual fundraising campaign, and also 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, and also served as a Mentor for the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy. Rickesh launched the York Region chapter 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.
Paula Attfield

Paula has been a fundraiser for over 24 years. Paula is the President of Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), the fundraising and marketing agency. Paula is passionate about helping great charities raise more money, money that will help them fulfill their important missions. Paula has provided strategic direction for the direct response programs for such ST clients as the Canadian Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Children’s Wish Foundation and Amnesty International among many others. Paula has been a volunteer for the AFP for almost as long as she has been a fundraiser. She has chaired the AFP Toronto Congress and currently sits on the AFP Toronto Chapter Board as VP Marketing & Communications. Paula is proud to tell anyone who will listen that the AFP Toronto Chapter is the largest in the world! On the national level, Paula served as the Founding Secretary and Treasurer of the newly formed AFP Canada Board and currently sits as Chair-Elect. Paula is mom to two great teenagers.
Amy Pawluk, CFRE

Amy is a passionate and highly motivated leader with over 20 years of excellence in fundraising and marketing. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) who is driven to challenge the status quo and find a better way. As Executive Vice President, New Business Development at Blakely, Amy focuses on inspiring charities to connect to their donors and creating long term lasting connections, driven out of donor engagement with their causes. Amy spent the previous 15 years focusing on Direct Acquisition campaigns with non-profit partners across North America, specializing in acquisition through F2F and experiential fundraising and strategies to engage donors throughout the donor journey for retention. Amy has been actively involved in the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter since 2011. She has chaired AFP Greater Toronto Congress and currently sits on AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors. Amy is passionate about advancing Fundraising as a profession and loves the work she gets to do with the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. Outside of fundraising Amy is passionate about raising her little girl to be a strong and caring woman, she is a lover of exploring new foods, cultures and believes that a nice compliment to a stranger could be the change the world needs.
Juniper Locilento, MPNL, CFRE

Juniper Locilento, MPNL, CFRE is Senior Director, Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto where she leads annual giving, events, donor relations fundraising operations and a capital campaign for the new Vaughan Metropolitan YMCA. Juniper is passionate about coaching teams through change initiatives to drive revenue growth: during a six-year tenure with KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.), she provided counsel for six capital campaigns and supported her clients in raising over $100M. Juniper began her career in the arts, working with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tapestry New Opera Works, the Canadian Opera Company and many others to nurture new audiences and secure public sector and philanthropic support. As a volunteer, Juniper serves as a Director and VP, Public Affairs for the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, a Director for the AFP Canada Foundation for Philanthropy and as a Communications Committee and Government Relations Committee Member for AFP Canada. She recently earned a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University and serves frequently as a coach, presenter and trainer for all things fundraising.
Chair, Insights
Mide Akerewusi, CSR-P

Mide is Founder and CEO of AGENTSC Inc., an international professional fundraising company delivering fundraising solutions to the world’s social impact sector. Mide has extensive experience of working with nonprofits and major philanthropists in Australia, Canada, UK, and the USA. With over 20 plus years’ experience as a philanthropy expert in the nonprofit sector, Mide has also built philanthropic partnerships with some of the world’s leading corporations and grant-making foundations. In the UK, Mide founded and chaired the Black Fundraisers Network - a voluntary organization supporting fundraisers to learn about philanthropy within Europe’s African and Caribbean diaspora. Prior to establishing AGENTSC, Mide served as Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Pathways to Education Canada, where he helped to kick-strt and close the organisation’s $185 million Graduation Nation Campaign. Prioir to Pathways, Mide served as Chief Dveelopment Officer at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. He has led major gift fundraising teams and camapaigns at Scope UK, The British Red Cross, and The Children’s Society in England and Wales.
Chair, Human Resources
Ken Aucoin, CFRE

An accomplished senior fundraising professional, Ken Aucoin has a 25+ year career track record of delivering revenue for local and national charitable organizations to help them achieve their mission. Ken is currently the Country Director, Canada for the Movember Foundation, the largest global men’s health charity. Previously he was the VP of Fund & Partnership Development at Habitat for Humanity GTA, and the VP 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 Boards of the CWA Foundation, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and is on the Advisory Board of C Magazine, a Canadian contemporary art magazine.
Chair, Membership
Marilyn Brown

Approaching her 20th year in the charitable sector, Marilyn is continually inspired by the donors she works with to achieve tremendous impact through their philanthropy in support of important projects and causes. She has led high-performing integrated fundraising teams and comprehensive campaigns for Kids Help Phone, Canadian Cancer Society and Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. She began her career in fundraising at the University of Toronto based in her alma mater, the Faculty of Music during the “Great Minds Campaign”. Marilyn is on the Board of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter with a focus on Membership, and has served on the Boards of Toronto Summer Music and Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.
Chair, Inclusion & Equity
Muthoni Yunis Kariuki, CFRE, MPNL

From childhood, Muthoni fell in love with nonprofits working alongside her parents who valued the power of giving back to the communities they lived in. Her parents instilled in her that our lives become meaningful through the impact we make on others, more so than living and working just for ourselves. Muthoni quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, and in particular fundraising. This resolve stuck with her through her undergraduate education, and ultimately leading her to obtain her Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University. Muthoni, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who spends her days assisting donors realize their potential to make an impact, through the power of philanthropy. When Muthoni isn’t fundraising, you’ll find her early in the morning at the gym where she goes to begin her day. However, her most important valued time, is spent with family and friends.
Chair, Sponsorship
Brad Offman, MBA, CFRE

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 Chapter 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.
Nneka Allen, CFRE

Nneka’s purpose is to amplify the voice of the voiceless. Her ability to see the potential in people creates unimaginable opportunities to collaborate and deeply understand the beauty of difference. As a six generation Black Canadian and Metis woman, Nneka chooses to be on the front lines of the fight against exclusion, discrimination and racism. While in such close proximity to the problem, she has met some of the most fierce and fabulous warriors and allies. Nneka’s work is to bring these people together to inspire change, create solutions and give people of colour a sense of belonging in Canada. The most important work of Nneka’s life is being a mother to Destiny, a UBC graduate student. Destiny is often found volunteering at her mother’s side. Nneka is most proud that her daughter is continuing their family legacy of philanthropy and activism.
Jennifer Bernard, CFRE

Jennifer Bernard is Certified Fundraising Professional with over twenty years’ experience working within a variety of institutions across the charitable and not-for-profit landscape. Jennifer has held senior fundraising positions at McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Ontario Science Centre, Royal Conservatory of Music and Trillium Health Partners, helping each institution to achieve outstanding fundraising results, open doors to new partnerships and deepen engagement of their stakeholders. Jennifer is currently, President & CEO with Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Her broad range of responsibilities includes overseeing governance and operations, strategic planning and fundraising leadership. As a passionate advocate for philanthropy, Jennifer seeks to expand the philanthropic landscape through active engagement of donors and volunteers that want to help build a better world.
Mark Trask

Currently the Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Casey House, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the nonprofit arts sector. As a consultant, Mark served as Vice President of Artsmarketing Services Inc. for over six years and in private practice for more than a decade. 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.
Michelle Vinokurov, CFRE

Michelle Vinokurov has over 15 years of experience in development and philanthropy, both in Canada and internationally. She currently overseas the major gifts and planned giving programs at Canadian Feed The Children, an international development organization focused on ensuring children around the world thrive. Michelle serves on the AFP International Conference Education Committee and the Rogare International Canada and Gender Committees. Prior to joining Canadian Feed The Children, Michelle served as the Director of Development for the North York Harvest Food Bank building a diverse and successful fundraising program, growing revenue year over year. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tyndale University in Toronto.