2019-2020 Board Members

 

PRESIDENT
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.
PRESIDENT ELECT
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.
VP FINANCE & SECRETARY
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.
VP GOVERNANCE
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.
VP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Michelle Vinokurov, CFRE



Michelle Vinokurov has over 20 years of experience in development and philanthropy, both in Canada and internationally. She is currently the Senior Fundraising Strategist at Blue North Strategies. Michelle holds a CFRE and is very involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) here in Toronto and Internationally. She sits on the on the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors were she serves as the VP of Professional Development, and sits on the Governance and Diversity and Inclusion committees. She also sits on the AFP International Conference Education Committee and is an AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy mentor. Prior to joining Blue North, she oversaw Major, Middle and Planned Giving at Canadian Feed The Children and prior to that, 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. When not fundraising, Michelle practices karate and is working on her green belt. She also has a strong affinity for coffee, bourbon and wine - not necessarily in that order. She has a cat named Starbuck (from Battlestar Galactica, not the coffee) and loves fantasy novels.
VP MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP
Marilyn Brown, CFRE



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.
VP PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Juniper Locilento, 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, a Canadian-based company specializing in social impact philanthropy. Prior to establishing AgentsC, Mide served as Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Pathways to Education, Canada’s award-winning social innovation, where he helped to launch and complete their $185 million campaign to increase high school graduation rates within the country’s lowest income communities and expand the program across Canada. He has also led philanthropy teams and campaigns at the YMCA of Greater Toronto as Chief Development Officer, Scope UK, the British Red Cross, and the Children’s Society in England and Wales. AgentsC adopts a social impact lens to build philanthropic potential through scaleable, strategic approaches. Clients in Canada and the USA include World Renew, War Child, Amnesty International, and Doctors Without Borders. AgentsC also has worked with Private Ancillary Funds and non-profits in Australia, such as Cancer Council Victoria and KARI Aboriginal Services, and civil society organizations on the African continent.
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. Until recently, Ken was 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, IDEA
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.
MEMBER AT LARGE
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.
MEMBER AT LARGE
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 Greater Toronto Chapter Congress and currently sits on the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Board. Paula is proud to tell anyone who will listen that the AFP Greater 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.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Cindy Ball, CFRE



Cindy is currently Vice President, Development at Indspire, a national charity focused on Indigenous education. Prior to that she was Director of Development at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as well as Vice President of its Foundation. Previously she served as Director of Development at the Ontario Science Centre and was the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at OCAD University during the Ideas Need Space campaign that expanded the University’s campus, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. She serves on the board of Art Starts and as a member of AFP’s Ethics Resource Committee. Cindy has achieved the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of both the AFP and CAGP.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Brady Hambleton



Brady Hambleton has been involved in the fundraising industry for 15 years and couldn’t imagine any other career. His passion for the health and well-being of Canadians is evident in nearly all of his professional roles, including his current one as Vice President, Marketing, Engagement and Analytics for Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations – a national network of 13 children’s hospital foundations. In this start-up not-for-profit, Brady has built and launched a new organizational brand, digital ecosystem, campaign framework and data warehousing and analytics infrastructure to future-proof a data-driven organization. Previously, Brady was national Director, Direct Marketing at Heart & Stroke, where he launched a number of new campaigns and giving products, along with being a member of the core brand re-launch team. Brady started his healthcare philanthropy journey as Manager, Annual & Planned Giving at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. And in the early years of his career, he held various roles at the University of Toronto, from Donor Services Officer to Senior Development Officer in Planned Giving and Capital Campaign at Victoria University, in the University of Toronto. Brady is a huge lifelong learner and constant advocate for professional development and learning. He is currently pursuing ongoing graduate education in data science and analytics and serves as Chair, Not-for-Profit Council with the Canadian Marketing Association. An avid traveller, curler, wine lover and aviation enthusiast, his favorite activity is hitting the golf course with his husband and life partner, Aaron, who is also his number one travel companion.
MEMBER AT LARGE
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.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Danielle Mandell, CHRL



Danielle Mandell is an accomplished executive with 18+ years’ experience in both corporate and non-profit organizations. She has an M.A. in International HR Management from Newcastle University (UK), an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Management, and advanced management studies from Harvard, Rotman, and OISE. Danielle draws upon her breadth and depth of expertise to help organizations build and optimize the right People infrastructures to facilitate growth and achieve the most aggressive goals. Whether establishing HR & Volunteer operations from scratch, advising on board governance policy, sourcing and recruiting top talent, or improving engagement, Danielle brings the same level of commitment, expertise and passion to deliver the level of results that have defined her career. Danielle is passionate about people – the power of volunteers and team members – and the role they, and all stakeholders, play in bringing about change. An active volunteer in her personal life, Danielle strongly believes in the need to engage volunteers in meaningful opportunities that not only resonate for them but also create lasting social impact in multiple areas. She is currently the Vice President, People Innovation & Volunteers for the MS Society of Canada.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Sasha Manes



Sasha Manes is committed to enriching Toronto’s social fabric by connecting the good people who want to do, with the good that needs to be done. As Manager of Major Gifts and Stewardship, and former Manager of Events, Sponsorship and Women of Distinction Awards at YWCA Toronto, she has led innovative campaigns for women in philanthropy for seven years. She sits on the Board of Directors for Bishops University’s Foundation, the Rwanda Survivors Foundation, and committees for the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, Heritage Toronto, and was a member of United Way Toronto’s Speakers Bureau. In 2017, she received AFP Toronto’s New Fundraising Professional Award. Sasha holds an MEd in Community Development from U of T.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Ronan Ryan



Ronan Ryan is the Chief Marketing and Development Officer of the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). Ronan joined the CRC in 2015 and began a business transformation project to transform the organization’s philanthropic operations from a federated model to a fully integrated functional one. In parallel he developed the Marketing function and suite of services in digital, web development, creative strategy and customer experience: pioneering digital and text marketing to diverse audiences; introducing predictive analytics to drive acquisition of volunteers and donors, and championing CX strategies to put donors, volunteers and customers at the heart of all engagement efforts. In 2017, Ronan was given additional responsibility as the lead of the Commercial Operations Division of the Red Cross, managing multiple programs teaching life-savings skills to Canadians. Over this time he has been privileged to lead a team of awarded-winning fundraisers, marketers and life-savers who together have significantly increased philanthropic and commercial revenues for the Canadian Red Cross to close to $200M annually, while bringing First Aid courses to 600,000, and swimming/water safety courses to over 1,000,000 Canadians each year. Ronan lives with his wife and three young children in Ontario.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Sandra Sualim



Sandra Sualim is the Executive Director, Foundation at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada where she is responsible for overseeing the fundraising initiatives, administration, programs, and strategic plan for the Foundation. The first thing people notice when they meet Sandra is her passion for the positive. She helps find a positive angle to most any fundraising challenge. Sandra has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits through, the annual fund, grant writing, capital campaigns, and major gift solicitations. Sandra is a frequent speaker on the topic of effective and authentic relationship building as it pertains to fundraising and communications in general. She is an active volunteer and serves on the boards of several organizations.