Janet Bannister is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their businesses reach their full potential. General Partner at Real Ventures, Janet has led investments in a dozen companies and works actively with Real’s portfolio companies to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. Her background is a combination of founding and building successful entrepreneurial ventures and making an impact at leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co., and eBay.

Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited web-sites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she led multiple “non-collectibles” categories and helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a Toronto-based start-up in the online content and commerce space.

Janet was a varsity long-distance runner and competed internationally in triathlons. Today, she balances her active lifestyle with being a wife, and mother to her ten-year old son.


Kishshana Palmer, CFRE is a resident 'Queen of Focus' and 'Leadership Whiz', she has a knack for helping talented career professionals of all skills and backgrounds succeed. A national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 16 year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management, Kishshana has helped countless professionals and entrepreneurs grow and develop their management and leadership skills. Her charismatic approach and candid delivery make her a captivating presenter and we are excited to welcome her back to the Congress stage.


Alvin Law grew up in an environment where the mantra was..."There’s No Such Word As Can’t”! It made life challenging but what’s wrong with that? It wasn’t until he grew up that he observed how many completely “able-bodied” people took the opposite approach and that formed a profound question for this Hall Of Fame Speaker; “Who has the actual handicap here?”

Alvin Law may appear to have a predictable program. He was born without arms and written off by the medical world, then proved everyone wrong...blah, blah, blah! Everyone at this Congress has heard it before. But you’ve never heard an approach like Alvin Law as he addresses the ever changing world of both fundraising and life itself. We could go into a long description but the power of this program speaks for itself. It’s an absolutely “Must See” event that is guaranteed to leave an indelible imprint on your life!