As the largest fundraising conference in Canada, Congress would not be possible without the support of a committed group of volunteers! Every year, Congress is planned by a dedicated volunteer committee of AFP members from Toronto’s diverse philanthropic community.
Meet the 2018 Congress Management Team
|Ann Rosenfield, MBA, CFRE
Congress Chair 2018
Ann Rosenfield, MBA, CFRE is a multiple award-winning professional who has been helping donors, volunteers, Boards, and neighbours make good decisions about charity for over 20 years. She is the Principal for Charitably Speaking and the Editor for Hilborn Charity eNews. Her volunteer leadership service includes over 8 years with Imagine Canada and over 20 years with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). In her spare time, she serves as Board Secretary of Rainbow Railroad and is a roll-up-the-sleeves volunteer with several local charities including Not Far From The Tree.
Laura is the Corporate Event Manager at FrontStream, where she leads all strategic and tactical aspects of their conference and event planning efforts in North America. Before her role at FrontStream, she spent 6 years in the nonprofit sector and is a graduate from the Humber Fundraising program. In her personal time, she founded A Work of Heart, a social entrepreneurship that sells artwork and donates a portion to building projects in Kenya.
Samantha Barr is the Manager, Alumni Relations and Advancement Campaigns at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. Her focus is on engaging alumni and overseeing annual and mid-level giving efforts. Samantha is an active Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto volunteer, chairing the 2018 AFP Congress Delegate Concierge committee and sitting on the AFP Congress Education Committee. She also is the storytelling coach for the AFP Toronto Speaker Discovery Series. Samantha is deeply passionate about mentorship in the fundraising sector. A proud Humber College Fundraising Management grad, she co-founded a mentorship program which matches current students in the Fundraising Management program with successful alumni. She has recently taken up the hobby of woodcarving and enjoys it, even though she describes it as “the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to learn.”
When it comes to building high-value donor relationships, Kimberley’s energy, enthusiasm and original thinking is unparalleled. With over 30 years of experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, Kimberley is a fundraiser and marketer who believes we all have a responsibility to engage and inspire donors throughout their journey with our organizations. Kimberley has a commitment to building high-value donor programs that raise the bar for charities and raise more money by building real relationships with donors. In her role as EVP, Client Relationships at Blakely Inc. she brings vision and proven strategy to the clients she works with and to the teams she leads. Kimberley challenges her fundraising colleagues to think and act differently to achieve more!
Congress Chair 2020
Laura loves fundraising. After leaving her first career in Library Science she found her niche in the fundraising world. Luckily, she can use many of the same skills but now she can be a little less quiet. She has experience in annual, tribute giving, mid-level growth and strategy, special initiatives, and digital integration. Laura is a proud Humber College grad and has co-created a mentorship project for new grads transitioning into the workplace from academia. She is also actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and an author of a number of articles on philanthropic topics.
|Teresa Cheng, CFRE
Teresa's dedication to Canada’s not-for-profit and charity sector is undeniable: with over 25 volunteer roles in the past 10 years. She has energy and enthusiasm to share, and loves using her skills and experiences to contribute to various causes. She has experience in volunteer management, event planning and execution, data extraction and analysis, and the use of social media for communication and marketing. Teresa holds a CFRE designation, post-grad certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Social Relations with a minor in Applied Information Technology. Teresa is excited to use her expertise to serve as Chair of the Marketing Committee for AFP Toronto Congress 2018.
|Alexis Gaiptman, CFRE
Alexis Gaiptman is the Associate Director of Major Gifts, Development at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (McGill University). She is a proven leder with over 11 years of healthcare experience, in both Events and Planned Giving. Her background is in Political Science, Women's Studies and Community Economic Development. Alexis is driven by her passion for growth, ability to embrace new challenges and desire to better our local communities. She is a Director on the board of AFP Quebec and Vice-Chair of the Executive for the local Montreal CAGP Chapter.
Mimosa is an aspiring changemaker, looking to foster collaboration and innovation within the nonprofit sector. She has experience in relationship-building, tactical planning and managing events. She holds a BA honours degree in Global Development Studies and History from Queen's University, and post-graduate certificates from Humber College in Fundraising Management and the University of Leicester in Mass Communications. Mimosa currently works for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and moonlights as a facilitator for the Youth Advocacy Training Institute. Mimosa is also a bookworm, pop culture enthusiast, wannabe globetrotter and sometimes blogger.
|Yunis Kariuki, CFRE, MPNL
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 Yonge Street Mission, the Children’s Aid Foundation, and the WoodGreen Foundation. Yunis is 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.
Melissa Leite is a Development Officer at Tides Canada, an innovative charity that supports people in building healthy, vibrant communities that have the social, economic, and natural capital to steward their environments for generations to come. In her role, Melissa is responsible for managing and executing Tides Canada’s donor advised fund, planned giving, and direct giving programs. She holds an honours degree in Public Policy and Administration from York University and a postgraduate certificate in Public Policy and Administration from Humber College.
|Matt Shaw, CFRE
Congress Chair 2019
Since 2007, Matt Shaw has served more than 30 organizations across the charitable and corporate sectors, including health care, education, financial services, government, technology and social services organizations. As principal of Shaw Philanthropy Partners, Matt provides strategic counsel in planning, fund development, major giving and integrated donor marketing to build sustainable, diversified revenue portfolios. Integrating expertise in major gifts, corporate partnerships and marketing and communications, Shaw Philanthropy Partners provides a holistic approach to building diversified and sustainable revenue programs.
We hope to see you at #AFPCongress2018 this November!