Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, writer, speaker and the co-host of Commons, a political podcast produced by Canadaland. As an award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Walrus, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail. Hadiya is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Her research broadly examines gender and racial diversity in the workplace, and her work is funded by the Institute for Gender and the Economy. She is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Tycely Williams, a self-proclaimed matchmaker, has inspired individuals and institutions to invest more than $84 million dollars in charitable causes. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Development for YWCA USA and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

A cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in journalism. Tycely possesses an Executive Masters in leadership from Georgetown University. In her spare time, she leads the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. WII is charged with assessing, addressing and highlighting the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face. In addition, she currently serves on the AFP International Ethics Committee and is a past president of the AFP Washington Metro Chapter, the largest chapter of charitable fundraisers in the United States. Tycely is also president of the Junior League of Washington, the first woman of color to hold the position in 105 years. A joyful divorcée, she enjoys traveling, crashing charitable fundraising galas, taste-testing fried green tomatoes and conversing with values-driven leaders in preparation for her first book.

Sam Laprade, CFRE specializes in partnerships. Whether it is philanthropy, sponsorship, media or municipal politics, Sam loves to connect people. As a professional fundraiser Ms. Laprade works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in our community. In addition, Sam engages sponsors who are interested in innovative, unique and community-minded opportunities in Ottawa and throughout Canada. Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, with fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.

In 1991 Sam graduated from Algonquin College with a Public Relations diploma. The PR Program included a co-op placement at CBC-TV. Following graduation, Sam started her career at CBC Radio and CBC-TV. She went on to produce countless telethons. A next step for Sam included Councillor’s Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Mayor at the City of Nepean. As the local municipalities in the Ottawa area were amalgamated, Sam returned to her non-profit work. Over a 25-year period Ms. Laprade has raised money for important charities in our community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation. Sam returned to teach in the evenings at Algonquin College. Over many years, she taught classes on special event planning, research, pop culture and public relations.

In 2009, Sam started as Director, Gryphon Fundraising. Ms. Laprade shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide through data reviews, conference presentations, training development staff and coaching non-profit leaders. In addition to her work with Gryphon Fundraising, in October 2017, Sam became a full-time consultant assisting non-profits with stewardship, board training and both data and program audits.

Ms. Laprade is a sought-after speaker. Her speaking engagements include: Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Association of Donor Relations Professionals, Western Canadian Fundraising Conference and Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA, Congress.

Sam is the creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News, Ottawa. This show highlights philanthropy, volunteerism and community in Canada’s Capital. It airs every Saturday morning from 7-8AM.

On her down time, Sam enjoys spending time with her daughter Avery in some of her favourite places including PEI and Turks & Caicos.

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.

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One of Southern Ontario's most recognized media personalities, Connie Smith is acknowledged as a trail-blazer in the industry, respected for her ability to connect with people on and off camera.

She was the first woman to join the weekday news anchor desk at CHCH-TV Hamilton where she became a household name and face for more than two decades and hosted and co-produced “Always Good News” on CTS (Yes) TV, Canada’s first and only good news show. This followed her start in broadcasting at CFRB Radio Toronto and CKVR-TV Barrie.

Her interviews over the years include celebrities, prime ministers, premiers, and philanthropists such as Ron Joyce, co-founder of Tim Hortons, funnyman Jim Carrey, Margaret Trudeau, Sarah Palin and Olivia Newton-John.

For her community work co-hosting the McMaster Children’s Hospital Telethon and chairing the 2011 Hamilton United Way Campaign, Connie was awarded Rotary International’s Paul Harris Medal, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She is a member of the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction and the Order of Ontario.

Visit her website http://conniesmith.ca

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