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.
Ken Mayhew is President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation (the Foundation). The Foundation has just finished its fifth 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 AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and was recently appointed a founding director of the AFP Canada Board. 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 was appointed President & CEO of Plan International Canada in January 2016, one of Canada’s largest charities working in 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 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. Prior to CAMH, Caroline held several senior executive positions, 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-Elect of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline is a Director of the Board of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH). She has previously 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.
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 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 has been a fundraiser for over 20 years. As President, Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), a fundraising and marketing agency serving non-profits, 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. On the national level, Paula has served on the AFP Canada Counsel and currently sits on the inaugural Board of Canada’s AFP as Secretary/Treasurer. Paula is mom to two great kids.
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.
Stewart has over 15 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 sits on the board and serves as the vice president of government relations for the GTA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has also volunteered with Imagine Canada as a peer reviewer for their Standards Program and served as a press operations supervisor for the Toronto Pan Am Games.
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.
Nneka Allen is a sixth generation Canadian and a descendant of the Underground Railroad. In 1846, her ancestors found freedom outside of Windsor in Puce, Ontario. The John Freeman Walls Historic Site commemorates the history of Nneka’s maternal family in Essex County. The book, The Road That Led To Somewhere, details the escape of her 4x great grandparents, John and Jane Freeman Walls, to South-western Ontario, where the majority of her family still lives. Nneka’s love for fundraising began in 1999, while working as the Assistant Curator at the now Amherstburg Freedom Museum. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and works at the London Health Sciences Foundation. An active member of the AFP, Nneka is helping to transform philanthropy through several teams including Diversity Chair for the Golden Horseshoe Chapter, Advisor for the National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Taskforce and Mentor for the Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship in Philanthropy Program. Nneka also leads a volunteer team that is starting a unique conversation about systemic racism. This is the most important work of Nneka’s life outside of being a mother to Destiny, a UWO graduate and soon to be UBC student. Destiny is often actively volunteering at her side. Nneka is most proud that her daughter is a philanthropist, continuing her family legacy.
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.
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.
Marilyn Brown, CFRE, 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.
Yunis’s drive for meaningful work led her to the non-profit sector where she has been for the last 9 years. Yunis currently oversees all aspects of the Major Gifts fundraising at the Dorothy Ley Hospice. Yunis has also held several fundraising positions with the following organization; Manager of Stewardship and Operations at the Yonge Street Mission, Stewardship and Research Officer with Children’s Aid Foundation, Manager of Stewardship and Accountability at The WoodGreen Foundation, Campaigns Manager with the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.Yunis is also a strong believer in giving back to her community. In that regard, she has served for 6 years as a member of the Board of Directors of a small grassroots non-profit environmental organization called the Toronto Green Community (TGC). In addition, Yunis has served on the board governance committee for Family Service Toronto (FST); a non-profit organization that assists families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education. Yunis is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), holds a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University.
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 if 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
Juniper Locilento, CFRE is the Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. As a change-maker in the non-profit space, Juniper is passionate about coaching, collaborating and leading teams through change initiatives to drive revenue growth. During a six-year tenure as a Senior Consultant at KCI Ketchum Canada Inc., she supported clients in raising over $100M. Juniper began her career as performer, educator and fundraiser for the arts, and has worked with numerous cultural organizations to nurture new audiences and secure both public sector and philanthropic support. An AFP volunteer since 2011, Juniper has also been an instructor for Fundamentals of Fundraising, and a presenter for, AFP Congress & Fundraising Day, NAYDO, Humber College and Georgian College. Juniper holds a holds a B.A. and a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto and a postgraduate certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.
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.
Amy is a passionate and highly motivated fundraiser with over 20 years of excellence in fundraising and marketing. Recognized as a leader in the fundraising community both at home and abroad, Amy has worked with some of North America’s leading Charities using her innovative nature to assist charities in achieving fundraising success. Amy’s passion lies in working with charities to take fundraising beyond the normal, she is passionate about finding new and better ways to connect with donors and to create deeper connections through engagement. Most recently Amy founded Up Fundraising, an experiential fundraising, branding and advocacy agency focused on helping charities across North America bring their brand to life and engaging donors for long term success. Amy has been actively involved in the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter since 2011. She has chaired AFP Greater Toronto Congress and currently sits on the Congress Management Board as well as the Congress Chair Selection Committee. Amy is passionate about advancing Fundraising as a profession and loves the work she gets to do with the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. Amy is also a Mom to an active little girl.