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Anne (Coyle) Melanson



Anne (Coyle) Melanson, BPR, CFRE, is President of Bloom Non Profit Consulting Group Inc., a Canadian consultancy she founded ten years ago.

With 30 years’ experience as a professional fundraiser for, and consultant to, Canada’s charitable sector, Anne is one of this country’s most seasoned experts in charitable fundraising, capital campaigns and major gifts, leadership development, organizational governance and fundraising communications.

She has an impressive track record of success in fundraising and has earned a reputation as a leader in the profession in the Eastern region and beyond. Anne started her career as a capital campaign director in Toronto in 1989 with KCI Ketchum Canada. For ten years, she led capital campaigns, major gift programs and development planning files as a staff person for two leading Canadian universities: Saint Mary’s University and Acadia University. 

Anne is an award-winning professional who has served regionally and nationally as a leader of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Anne received the Women of Excellence Award in 2010 and a Community Mentoring Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has earned certificates of achievement from CAGP, Saint Mary’s University Executive and Professional Development, as well as the Certified Fundraising Executive CFRE designation. 

Anne’s contributions have been included in publications like Advancing Philanthropy Magazine and Excellence in Fundraising in Canada, Volume II.

She is a sought-after speaker and presenter on an array of topics of concern to fundraisers, philanthropists, volunteers and charities, and has presented a TEDx Talk in the widely-acclaimed thought leadership TEDx series.

Mide Akerewusi, CSR-P, CDEP

Founder and CEO


Mide is Founder and CEO of AGENTSC Inc., an international professional fundraising company delivering fundraising solutions to the world’s social impact sector. Mide has extensive experience working with nonprofits and major philanthropists in Australia, Canada, UK, and the USA. With over 20 plus years’ experience as a philanthropy expert in the nonprofit sector, Mide has also built philanthropic partnerships with some of the world’s leading corporations and grant-making foundations. In the UK, Mide founded and chaired the Black Fundraisers Network - a voluntary organization supporting fundraisers to learn about philanthropy within Europe’s African and Caribbean diaspora.  

Prior to establishing AGENTSC, Mide served as Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Pathways to Education Canada, where he helped to kick-start and close the organisation’s $185 million Graduation Nation Campaign. Prior to Pathways, Mide served as Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. He has led major gift fundraising teams and campaigns at Scope UK, The British Red Cross, and The Children’s Society in England and Wales.


Hala Al-Madi

Legacy Giving Marketing Officer

Amnesty International

Hala has been the Legacy Giving Marketing Officer at Amnesty International for 6 years, watching over the growth of the program from $600,000 to $1.4 million, growing the number of expectancies by 75%, and doubling the number of self-identifying prospects. She has introduced a range of marketing approaches to achieve this growth, including digital ads, trickle email marketing, supporter testimonial videos, donor surveys, high-touch supporter outreach, and integration of legacy messages into Amnesty’s mainstream marketing channels.  Hala brings 17 years of experience in fundraising, specializing in legacies, community/third party events and direct mail fundraising.  Inspired by the passion and joy that legacy donors feel about human rights, Hala has made it her personal mission to help build a strong and sustaining future for the organisation through legacy gifts.

Sarah Ali

Digital Organising Lead


Sarah Ali is the Digital Organising Lead at MobilisationLab a hub for innovation in digital transformation for social change. She is a digital strategist with almost a decade of experience organizing and campaigning for social change. She is a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a bottom-liner with Blueprints for Change. She acts as a trusted consultant for nonprofits and grassroots community organizations looking to embark on digital transformation. She has a proven track record of translating stakeholder needs into integrated multichannel fundraising, marketing, and advocacy solutions for bigger and better progressive wins. She has organized extensively in the grassroots progressive space, having formed women’s collectives, built anti-Islamophobia campaigns, and played a key role in University divestment movements.

Siobhan Aspinall, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy

Canuck Place Children's Hospice

Siobhan Aspinall, CFRE

Siobhan has been fundraising for almost 20 years for non-profit organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, the David Suzuki Foundation and United Way.

She teaches three fundraising courses at the BC Institute of Technology and is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Mentorship Program. She holds a BA in languages from UBC, an Associate Certificate in Fundraising Management from BCIT, and the Certified Fundraising Executive designation.

In her spare time, she writes for her fundraising blog at and surfs in Tofino, BC. 

Janet Bannister


Real Ventures

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 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.

Cathy Barrick

Chief Thank You Officer (CEO)

Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Cathy is a get'er done leader.  No idea is impossible and no problem is too big.  Cathy leads from the trenches and creates enthusiasm through creativity, honesty and a strong belief in the power of the team.  Having been at the helm of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for nearly 6 years, Cathy has lead the development team to double the annual revenue through challenging the old ways of doing things and being at the centre of development activities.  

Bill Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE


Bartolini Philanthropic

Bill Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE, is a well known mentor, coach, educator, and counselor to those who raise philanthropic support. He is an Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) – AFP’s certification signifying an advanced level of leadership and management expertise – and AFP has certified him as a Master Fundraising Teacher. He has served on the board of AFP and the AFP Foundation.

Most recently Bill was Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Principal Giving at Ohio State University, where he worked to build the Wexner Medical Center and the Health Sciences Colleges’ ability to achieve gifts of $5M+.  Previously, Bill worked at The George Washington University, first being responsible for ensuring the schools and units were ready for the quiet phase of GW’s first $1B campaign, and later building a portfolio of Principal Gifts prospects.  Previous to GW he served as Chief Development Officer for the national nonprofit Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally). 

Bill also has served as Vice President at Northeastern University in Boston, where he rejuvenated and completed a lagging $200 million campaign.  He came to Northeastern from Kent State University, where he was executive director of development.  There he helped build the fundraising success of the development officers assigned to the colleges, schools, and campuses.  He was part of the leadership team that completed Kent State’s first-ever $100 million comprehensive campaign – raising $121.9 million.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, his masters degree from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. from Kent State University, where his dissertation was Prospective Donors’ Cognitive and Emotive Processing of Charitable Requests – or “What do People Think and Feel when You Ask them for Money.”


Chris Baylis

President & CEO

The Sponsorship Collective

Chris Baylis, sponsorship expert

Chris is the president and CEO of the sponsorship collective and a self-confessed sponsorship geek.

After several years as a sponsor (that’s right, the one investing the money!) Chris decided to cross over to the sponsorship sales side where he has personally closed tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship deals. Chris has been on the front lines of multi-million-dollar sponsorship agreements and has built and coached teams to do the same.

Chris launched the sponsorship collective with one goal in mind:

To build best-in-class sponsorship programs for his clients

Chris now spends his time working with clients to value their assets and build strategies that drive sales. An accomplished speaker and international consultant, Chris has helped his clients raise millions in sponsorship dollars.

Jennifer Bernard, CFRE

President & CEO

Women's College Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Bernard is a Certified Fund Raising Professional and has held senior leadership positions within a variety of institutions across the charitable and not-for-profit landscape including the Ontario Science Centre, Royal Conservatory of Music, Trillium Health Partners and McMaster Children’s Hospital. Jennifer is currently the President & CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation, one of Canada’s oldest and most iconic healthcare institutions.  Throughout her career Jennifer has led a number of high performing teams and worked with volunteers to raise more than $100 million in the non-for-profit sector.

Jennifer is an active public speaker and passionate volunteer. She supports a variety of not-for-profit Boards and organizations including the Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals which supports and advocates on behalf of those within the philanthropic profession that are dedicated to building a better, more equitable world.  

In 2018, Jennifer was recognized as one the 25 most influential women in Canada by Women of Influence, joining a list of trailblazing women who have had significant impact on Canadian society.

Jon Biedermann

VP Product

Donor Perfect

Jon Biedermann, VP of DonorPerfect, has served the nonprofit community for over 22 years. In 2006, he helped form the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and in 2012 spearheaded the formation of the Growth in Giving Initiative with the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) and the Urban Institute. Jon currently sits on the boards of several youth-oriented charities and serves as a board member for both the The Giving Institute and The Giving USA Foundation.

Kimberley Blease

Vice President, Client Relationships & Donor Journey Champion


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!

Lynne Boardman

Managing Director

Harvey McKinnon Associates

Lynne has been working in fundraising for 20 years in both Canada and the UK, starting with an animal welfare charity in Vancouver who really did keep their donor records on recipe cards! She’s worked with a myriad of causes as a fundraiser and a consultant, from international aid to health care, environment, human rights, homelessness, and indigenous education.  Lynne works as the Managing Director of Vancouver and Toronto – based consultancy Harvey McKinnon Associates, where she oversees strategy for clients like Amnesty International, Oxfam Canada, Ecojustice, Indspire and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.‬‬


Josh Bowman

Senior Development Officer for the Faculty of Engineering

University of Waterloo

Josh Bowman, CFRE is a blogger, fundraiser, and comedian who has consulted and worked in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and now Kitchener-Waterloo for well over a decade. Josh has raised millions of dollars for arts organizations, humanitarian and environmental charities, and universities. Josh is the current Senior Development Officer for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and recently helped to close a $100 million campaign for the Faculty. Josh writes for the Huffington Post and has been published online at, 101 Fundraising, Hilborn (, and a variety of other blogs.

Whitney Brown

Digital Director

Public Outreach

Whitney is an experienced digital strategist and fundraiser with a background in political and issue-based campaigning. 

Before joining Public Outreach, Whitney founded Victory Collective, a digital strategy consulting firm that helps progressives—nonprofits, charities, unions, and values-based companies—run winning campaigns.

As Digital Director at Public Outreach, Whitney is responsible for developing multi-channel campaigns that generate new leads for organizations and convert supporters into donors. She works closely with some of Canada’s top charities to develop effective in-house acquisition and fundraising campaigns through targeted social media advertising, optimized landing pages,  personalized emails and engaging digital content.

Whitney also serves as the Chair of Megaphone Magazine, an organization based out of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that creates meaningful work for people experiencing poverty and homelessness. She is also a proud member of the LGBTQ2+ community.

Michelle Carter

Chief Fundraising Strategist

Mission Productions and Media Inc.

Michelle has been raising funds and awareness for North American charities for nearly two decades.  Her deep experience spans all aspects of fundraising and nearly every philanthropic sector, from International Development and Conservation to Hospitals and Health Charities. Michelle led the Creative and Production side of Eaglecom Inc. and was Vice President of Channel Integration at Blakely Inc. In 2016, Michelle launched Mission Productions and Media Inc. to meet the growing demand for fundraising TV, video and digital integration.


Terrance S. Carter, LL.B.

Managing Partner

Carters Professional Corporation

Terrance S. Carter, B.A., LL.B, TEP, Trade-mark Agent – Managing Partner of Carters, Mr. Carter practices in the area of charity and not-for-profit law, and is counsel to Fasken Martineau on charitable matters.  Mr. Carter is a co-author of Corporate and Practice Manual for Charitable and Not-for-Profit Corporations (Carswell), a co-editor of Charities Legislation and Commentary (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2017), and co-author of Branding and Copyright for Charities and Non-Profit Organizations (2014 LexisNexis Butterworths). He is recognized as a leading expert by Lexpert and The Best Lawyers in Canada, and is Past Chair of the CBA National and OBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Sections. He is editor of and

Liz Chornenki

Annual Giving Officer

YWCA Toronto

Liz Chornenki is the Annual Giving Officer at YWCA Toronto. A passionate feminist, disability justice activist, and fundraiser, she strives to use her backgrounds in social work and fundraising to make change. 
A graduate of Humber’s Fundraising Management program, Liz is experienced in writing for digital, donor stewardship, and relationship building. She spends her time sharing her ideas on Twitter, and working on her photography, often both for the benefit of the Disabled community.


Gabrielle Dang, CFRE

Director of Development

University of Toronto

Gabrielle Dang is Director of Development in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In her role at U of T she works with academic health leaders and philanthropists to enable major and principal level investments into research and education programs that are addressing some of the most crucial health challenges of our time. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was the Director of Development at War Child Canada.

Gabrielle has over a decade of experience volunteering as a crisis counselor, spending the last seven working with Toronto Police and Victim Services to support individuals and families affected by crime and sudden tragedies.

She has been a CFRE for over ten years and for the last three and a half has saved on a gym membership by running after her two boys

Amanda Dench

Manager, Board Relations & Deputy Corporate Secretary

Art Gallery of Ontario

Amanda Dench is Manager, Board Relations & Deputy Corporate Secretary at the AGO. Amanda previously worked at the Ontario Heritage Trust, a non-profit agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and culture, responsible for protecting, preserving and promoting the built, natural and cultural heritage of Canada’s most populated province. At the AGO, Amanda manages the activities of the three board(s) and related committees in accordance with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Act and Gallery by-laws. She is also responsible for fostering trustees’ understanding of their duties relating to effective governance and performance of the boards and the AGO, as well as their understanding of the AGO’s mission, vision and strategic plan. 

Vincent Duckworth, CFRE

Chief Marketing Officer, Partner

ViTreo Group

Vincent Duckworth, BSc, CFRE is a Partner with ViTreo Group Inc and has over 20 years’ experience in campaign strategy, major gift performance and philanthropic naming. He is Canada’s leading authority on philanthropic naming and authored a chapter on the subject in Excellence in Fundraising in Canada: Volume Two. Vincent was named the AFP Calgary and Area’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2018. He is the curator of the ViTreo Weekly News Recap and the host of the popular Braintrust Philanthropy podcast, now in its third season.

Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE

Vice President of Donor Relations

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (CAMH Foundation)

Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE, has been helping social service organizations reach their philanthropic potential for the last sixteen years. At Eva’s Initiatives, YWCA Toronto, Frontier College and The WoodGreen Foundation, she connected visionary donors to innovative projects. Suzanne started at the CAMH Foundation 8 years ago in major gifts and is now the Associate Vice President of Donor Relations. In this role she is responsible for curating and creating the ways that donors engage with CAMH and ensuring they feel the impact of their giving.

Amy Eisenstein, MPA, ACFRE

Consultant, Speaker, Author, Trainer

Amy Eisenstein is a consultant, author, speaker, and the creator of the online fundraising course Mastering Major Gifts. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of the Capital Campaign Toolkit. Her published books include: Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops, Raising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks. She became an AFP certified Master Trainer in 2009. Amy served as the president of the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Jersey Chapter in 2014 and 2015. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2004 and received her advanced certification, ACFRE, in 2013. Check out her blog at and for free fundraising resources.

Denise Fernandes

Director of Philanthropy

Plan International Canada

Denise Fernandes has been part of the fundraising community for more than a decade and is currently leading the major and planned giving teams as Director of Philanthropy at Plan International Canada. She has a consistent track record of exceeding ambitious fundraising goals, developing high performing teams and creating new donor opportunities with complex gift strategies. Denise is determined to break down silos to enable strategic philanthropy and putting the donor first. She is an active volunteer with Canadian Association of Gift Planners, a speaker at several conferences and a board member for a small charity.


Shoni Field

Chief Development Officer


Shoni Field is the Chief Development Officer at the British Columbia SPCA. She runs a full spectrum fundraising program raising more than $30 million annually. Shoni has been fundraising for more than 21 years, specializing in direct response, for environmental, youth, health and development organizations. She presents sessions at national and international conferences on digital fundraising. When not fundraising, Shoni advocates for electoral reform and citizen engagement.

Stachen Frederick

Executive Director


Stachen Frederick has over 20 years in the field of community/program development. She is Founder of BrAIDS for AIDS, a not-for-profit to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African, Caribbean and Black Communities in Canada and internationally through a culturally relevant practice of hair braiding. She is also the Executive Director of Weston Frontlines Centre: a youth charity in Toronto. She is also a consultant providing grant writing workshops and grant coaching sessions for her clients. Her work has also been recognized by L’Oreal Paris, 100 Accomplished Black Women Network, Black History Ottawa, the High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, YMCA Canada, How She Hustles with CBC Toronto, Black Health Alliance and The Minister of Immigration and Citizenship

Alexis Gaiptman, CFRE

Associate Director, Major Gifts, Development

The Montreal Neurological Institute

Alexis Gaiptman, CFRE is the Associate Director of Development at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (McGill University). She is a proven leader with over 14 years of fundraising experience in healthcare. Her background is in Political Science, Women's Studies and Community Economic Development. She is driven by her passion for growth, ability to embrace new challenges and desire to better our local communities. Alexis is the Secretary on the AFP Quebec Board, is a Director on the AFP Canada Board, is a dedicated volunteer with AFP GTA and AFP Global and is currently pursuing her Executive MBA with McGill-HEC Montréal.

Rea Ganesh

Vice-President, Philanthropy & Strategy

North York General Foundation

Rea’s life aspiration is to help others.  She has spent the last 20 years in health based charities raising funds to help improve the lives of patients and their families. Currently, Rea is the Vice-President, Philanthropy and Strategy at North York General Foundation.  Rea strongly believes in working hard but also finding that balance to enjoy life.  Beyond her passion for fundraising, Rea loves spending time with her daughter. 

Ryan Garnett, CFRE

Head of Integrated Marketing

Harvey McKinnon Associates

Ryan is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with more than 10 years of experience helping non-profits raise more money for their causes. At Harvey McKinnon Associates, he’s the Head of Integrated Marketing and helps clients develop strategies for integrating their efforts through all channels including direct mail, telemarketing, e-mail, and social media. Ryan has been a speaker at a number of fundraising conferences/events including the AHP International Conference, CAGP Conference, Western Canada Fundraising Conference, AFP Ottawa Fundraising Day, and multiple AFP Vancouver chapter events.

Stephen George


Good Leaders

Stephen George is a Fundraising and Leadership Coach and Consultant,  currently working internationally on legacy strategies and is a global speaker, writer and podcaster.  With over 30 years in the sector at all levels in the UK and internationally, he was Executive Director at Action on Hearing Loss, the RNIB and Director of Fundraising at Maggie's Cancer Centre’s. From 2006, he was Development Director for Legacies at the NSPCC and before that as Director of Community Appeals, was responsible for community fundraising, schools, and national events. Stephen as was part of the senior team leading the Full Stop campaign which raised over £250 million, Before that, he led Regional Fundraising at UNICEF and prior to that at Scope. A former chairman of Remember a Charity, a consortium of over 145 charities promoting gifts in wills, he was Vice Chairman of the Institute of Fundraising and is currently a trustee at CLIC Sargent.


Tara George, BSc, BEd, MBA

Partner / Lead, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Tara has led or played a key role in more than 320 searches during her 10 years with KCI. These have including CEO searches and other C-suite searches, plus senior fundraising, alumni, marketing communications, and advancement services searches for a wide variety of healthcare organizations, hospital foundations, universities, and other not for profit organizations.

Beyond her executive search work, Tara focuses on organizational development issues, helping clients to define their staffing needs, organizational structure, and recruitment, retention and succession strategies. As a Senior Vice President with KCI, Tara also serves as an internal advisor and consultant for colleagues who focus in other KCI practices areas.  Tara’s outstanding strategic thinking and project management skills, superb communication abilities, and solid business acumen allow her to deliver exceptional services to both clients and candidates. 

A highly respected professional with extensive networks across Canada and around the globe, Tara is a committed volunteer and passionate advocate of the social profit sector. Tara has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles including on Providence Health Care’s Strategic Planning Sub-Committee and Awareness Sub-Committee. An in-demand speaker, Tara has spoken at numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Tara holds a Masters of Business Administration (McMaster University), a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto), and a Bachelor of Science (University of Guelph). She has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not for Profit Governance Essentials course.


Agapi Gessesse

Executive Director

CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

Agapi is Executive Director of CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, an organization dedicated to addressing economic issues affecting Black youth. She is passionate about CEE’s mission-driven and evidence-based work.

Agapi also served as Executive Director of POV 3rd Street, an organization that helps marginalized youth break into the media industry through training, mentorship, job placement, and professional development opportunities. Through prior work as a fundraising professional, social enterprise manager, and coordinator of youth leadership programs, Agapi has established a record of accomplishment in operations management, program implementation and evaluation, financial stewardship, partner development, and community engagement. Her experience includes positions with United Way of Greater Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

Gary Gladstone, CFRE


Gladstone Consulting

Gary Gladstone, B. Math, CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive), of Thornhill, is the principal of Gladstone Consulting and in charge of Stakeholder Relations for Reena, promoting dignity, individuality, independence, personal growth and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. He is also currently a core member of the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory having served 10 years as the Central East Regional Lead. He has been helping charities and non-profits raise funds and profile for over 25 years, including Markhaven Home for Seniors, Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre, Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Zareinu Educational Centre. Prior to consulting, he was Director of Development with Regesh Family and Child Services, Business Manager and Director of Development with Shmuel Zahavy Cheder Chabad and Director of Development with B’Nai B’rith Youth Organization, Lake Ontario Region.

Mr. Gladstone was a member and chair of the York Simcoe Grant Review Team of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for 12 years. He served as Vice-Chair of Charities First Ontario from 1995 to 2002, and he is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. In 1994, Mr. Gladstone was the recipient of the Gold Key Award, B’nai B’rith Youth International’s highest award for volunteer service and was most recently presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Hava Goldberg

Manager, Major & Corporate Giving

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Hava Goldberg is a fundraiser and community builder. She holds a BAH in Political Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Spertus College. She was a 2017 AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellow and achieved her CFRE in March 2018. Hava has worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years and is currently Senior Development Officer, Major & Corporate Giving at Habitat for Humanity Canada. She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as chair of the board of Common Compass, and National Growth Manager for Lean In Canada.

Edgardo Gonzales, CPA

Philanthropy Advisor

World Vision Canada

Edgar joined the Finance Team of World Vision Canada in 2007.  Incidentally, Edgar was a former World Vision sponsored child from the Philippines.  And with his story, passion and natural ability to connect with his audience (regardless of faith, ethnicity, age and gender), Edgar is now a Multicultural Philanthropy Advisor – Strategic Fundraising Initiatives, connecting World Vision with private and corporate donors.  Fueled by World Vision’s thrust of building new relationships, audience and value - Edgar formed the Multicultural Council, a group of twelve leaders from various ethnic and faith backgrounds who are passionate about fighting global poverty and injustice.

Candice Gregoris

Account Director

Stephen Thomas

The first step to achieving a mutual goal is empathy. You need to truly understand people’s strengths and the obstacles they’re up against before you can build a plan to accomplish a goal. It’s absolutely the best way to map out success.”

Walk into Candice’s office and you’ll spot a small mosaic-tile figurine of a donkey on her desk. Donkeys are Candice’s favourite animal because of their determination and the way they work calmly and quietly behind the scenes. Candice’s drive and focus go back to her childhood. She remembers trying to collect as many coins as she could in her orange UNICEF box at Halloween and eagerly participating in read-a-thons for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Before joining ST in 2009, Candice played a critical role in the advancement and execution of CIBC Wealth Management’s highly successful client e-communication program. She was also the Managing Director of the Toronto International Improv Festival, where she devoted her energy to infrastructure development, administration and volunteer management. At ST, Candice brings solution-based customer service and a great sense of humour to her accounts, including Special Olympics Canada and Canadian Cancer Society.

In her spare time, Candice loves singing and dancing with her four-year-old niece and exploring Toronto like a tourist. Her other passions include stand-up comedy, movies and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Lori Guenther Reesor, B. Math, MTS, DMin

Fundraising Consultant

Lori Guenther Reesor

Lori Guenther Reesor is an expert in Christian giving (although Mennonites tremble at using the word ‘expert’ to describe themselves!) She collected donor stories during a church basement tour of Canada, part of her Doctor of Ministry research in Christian giving.  She is currently writing a book.  Ask her about the garbage bags full of money, Thursday night at the kitchen table or learning from toddlers.  Reesor has spent her career working with church and charity.  As a Statistics major who followed up with theology and ministry degrees, she brings a keen eye for numbers and an ear for stories to her work.

Candice Gurwitz

Director, Family Services and Programs

Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto

Candice Gurwitz is an innovative programs professional at Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto. In her 16 years at the organization, she has helped develop a comprehensive range of services and activities that support both the practical and emotional needs of families with seriously ill children. She is a firm believer in the importance of a strong partnership between the programs, development and communications teams. Candice holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University.

Serena Hak

Associate Director, Canada at the Donor Motivation Program

Donor Motivation Program

Serena started her philanthropic journey at Free The Children in 2009, and has since become an Associate at Stonegate Private Counsel and a Managing Partner of The Donor Motivation Program® Canada.  The Donor Motivation Program® is a national organization committed to engaging donors in the philanthropic conversation. She is passionate about breaking down the barriers between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Through her current role as CAGP (Canadian Association of Gift Planners) Greater Toronto Area Chair, she hopes to set an example of a collaboration and innovation, in order to foster new ideas and partnerships. She is also involved with The Toronto Foundation as a Vision 20/20 Participant, and The Stop Community Food Centre. Outside of work, she loves trotting around Toronto with her beagle, Bogart

Brady Hambleton

Vice President, Marketing, Engagement & Analytics

Canada's Children's Hospital Foundations

In the 15+ years of experience that he has gained working with some of Canada’s largest not-for-profit organizations, Brady Hambleton has been exposed to nearly every facet of fundraising, including donor services, stewardship, annual giving, major gifts, digital and multi-channel.   Brady is currently Vice President, Marketing, Engagement & Analytics at Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations, a newly founded not-for-profit that is building on the successful foundation of the Children’s Miracle Network, while introducing new and exciting integrated marketing and fundraising initiatives to engage Canadians to support 13 of the largest children’s hospitals coast-to-coast.  
He was most recently Director, Direct Marketing at Heart & Stroke, where he oversaw one of Canada’s largest, national multi-channel fundraising programs, raising over $25 million annually through digital, direct mail, tele-marketing, monthly and mid-level donors, with a staff compliment of 12.  His experience at HSF also spanned beyond his core program, where he served as a business unit lead on two significant enterprise-level projects: CRM implementation; and the National Organizational Email Marketing Strategy.  
Brady is a proud data geek, digital junkie, professional development advocate and most importantly, loves every minute of his work in the not-for-profit sector.

Christine Harris

Philanthropy Manager

London School of Economics

Christine Harris is a Philanthropy Manager at the London School of Economics.  She’s on a mission to help people part with their cash to help the causes they are passionate about. Her career spans 13 years in everything from a 10 person charity to one of the largest universities in Canada. 

She’s raked in the pounds and the dollars (Canadian) for everything from therapy for torture survivors, better welfare for dairy cows, BMX sessions for underprivileged kids and university scholarships.

She takes a donor-centred approach to relationship building and believes silos belong on farms, not on fundraising teams.

Marcy Heim, CSP, CFRE, PLCC

Founder and President

The Artful Asker

Marcy Heim, CSP, CFRE, PLCC, AFP Master teacher, lives to inspire generosity. She’s a firecracker keynote presenter, proven major-gift expert, life and leadership coach, author, workshop leader, singer and mom. She inspires others to create the mindset and take the actions to achieve optimal results and joy. Her designation as a certified speaking professional places her it the top 7% of speakers worldwide. For 23 years she managed her major gifts team at the University of Wisconsin Foundation through 3 campaigns, one $1.8 billion. She has personally asked for $25 million and received a delighted YES using the 3-Sentence Ask tool she created over 30 years ago and teaches so you, too, can ASK for Anything Artfully. Her book, “Empowering Your Board to Serve as Effective Development Ambassadors” is a board training tool worldwide. As a professional singer…her catchy fundraising songs sprinkle all her presentations – and YES…you’ll get to sing! Her firm, The Artful Asker, has successfully steered non-profits of all sizes and types to increase major giving capacity and ALL WORK TOGETHER to create enhanced cultures of generosity and form amazing partnerships with givers and stakeholders. As a recipient of the coveted CASE Crystal Apple award, Marcy has been recognized by her fellow professionals for excellence in teaching. You can jump on Marcy’s complimentary Artful Action list at Most of all, she wants you to have a joy-filled and rewarding life so every talk features her mindset messages for success.

Nancy Horvath

Director, Major Gifts

SickKids Foundation

Nancy Horvath is the director of major gifts at the SickKids Foundation in Toronto. She is responsible for engaging individuals and families to support the most urgent needs of the hospital. Nancy has been involved in annual giving, leadership giving, and major-giving programs for over a decade in Toronto. She is deeply passionate about our experiences as diverse individuals, particularly within the LGBTQ2 community, and how organizations can evolve practices to be more inclusively minded.

Alison Hughes

Senior Officer, Philanthropy

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

Alison Hughes is a fundraising professional and Senior Officer, Philanthropy at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Born paraplegic, Alison received care at the hospital throughout her childhood. As a teen, she was an ambassador for the hospital’s Foundation and spoke at numerous fundraising events. She also supported Variety Village and Track3 as an ambassador at various fundraising events while remaining active, playing wheelchair basketball and learning to mono-ski. After graduating from McMaster University, she returned to the Foundation to begin her career as a fundraiser. Alison has worked for Holland Bloorview for ten years supporting many different teams in the Foundation and is currently with the Partnerships and Philanthropy team. Throughout her time with the organization, Alison has sat on the hospital's Accessibility Committee and was part of a group that developed Holland Bloorview’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee many years ago. Alison recently graduated from the 2018-19 AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy and her contributions and project focused on ableism and language, specifically in the fundraising sector. 

Rachel Hunnybun, MInstF

Fundraising Consultant


Rachel is a fundraising professional with over a decade of experience specialising in individual giving and supporter experience. She has worked at a variety of charities in the UK covering international development, medical causes and hospital charities. She is currently working well as a consultant strategist with US, Canadian and European charities on projects that raise income from individuals, improve supporter experience and donor retention. She was a commissioner for the Commission on Donor Experience in the UK, is an active regional committee member of IOF and is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK, Europe and North America on the subjects of supporter experience and implementing change

Fatou Jammeh

Communications and Fundraising Consultant


Fatou Jammeh is a passionate human rights advocate and fund development professional. Currently, as a Communications and Fundraising Consultant at BrAIDS for AIDS, Fatou brings forth her passions by working to amplify the organization's messages through diverse fundraising and awareness raising campaigns. She has worked in various fundraising and project management positions for organizations including UNICEF Canada, The MATCH International Women's Fund, VIDEA and WLAC. She is personally committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all spaces and is on a trek to change the face of philanthropy. In the community, Fatou is actively engaged with various initiatives; most recently she took on the role of leading the African Diaspora Youth Network where she is committed to dismantling barriers for diaspora youths in Canada. Fatou holds a Bilingual Degree in International Studies from York University and Certificate in French from the University of Bordeaux. She is a Fellow in AFP's Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy and currently enrolled in the Non-profit Management Certificate Program at George Brown College. Fatou has lived and worked in Canada, Tanzania, France and Gambia and speaks three languages including English, French, and Mandinka

Liza Jerome, CFRE

Vice President, Marketing & Communications & Community Giving

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

Liza Jerome has over 23 years of experience in developing and leading fundraising programs at well-respected healthcare organizations in Toronto. Currently VP, Marketing, Communications & Community Giving at Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation, she is responsible for leading the marketing and communication team and the annual giving team raising over $11 million annually. Over her career, Liza has been involved in implementing innovative fundraising strategies that have significantly grown revenues. She has led public awareness campaigns, developed integrated direct marketing programs and established data mining techniques to identify revenue opportunities. Liza is highly regarded in the fundraising profession as a valued speaker and educator. 

Jennifer Johnstone

President and CEO

Central Cities Foundation

Jennifer Johnstone is President & CEO of Central City Foundation, an organization that has been working to improve the lives of people in need in Vancouver’s inner city since 1907. Today, Central City Foundation is a $50 million foundation with 40% of its capital invested in its mission. CCF owns innovative, sustainable social purpose real estate properties that provide low-income housing, integrated family services and early childhood development, youth services, social enterprises and healthcare including BC’s only long-term treatment centre for youth challenged by addiction. Jennifer’s background is in non-profit management and community resource development. Over the past 30 years, she has held key leadership positions with organizations including Vancity Community Foundation, Battered Women’s Support Services, Vancouver Status of Women, and Ballet British Columbia. Jennifer has also maintained a successful private consulting practice in fundraising and organizational development and is an instructor in the Fundraising Certificate Program at BCIT. An in-demand speaker about non-profit management and innovation, philanthropy and fundraising ethics, social purpose real estate, and inner-city issues, Jennifer is also a leader in the community for her continued mentorship of women and youth. Jennifer remains passionately committed to social justice and community investment, serving as a Board member with several local organizations and is a member of the Board of AFP Canada.

Marsha Josephs

Director of Government Partnership

Pathways to Education Canada

Marsha brings a thorough understanding of public policy development, government relations and strategic issues management at the provincial, federal and municipal levels of government. As the Director of Government Partnerships at Pathways to Education Canada, Marsha leads all government engagement activities in support of helping youth living in low-income communities to overcome barriers to education, graduate from high school, and build the foundation for a successful future.  Prior to joining Pathways, Marsha held senior management roles within the non-profit and for-profit sector as a political staff, public servant and consultant.     Marsha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.  She is a dedicated community volunteer and is the President of the Board of Bridge to Artists and a member of the board of PACE.

Brady Josephson

Managing Director

NextAfter Institue

Brady is the Managing Director of the NextAfter Institute for Online Fundraising where he performs original research, develops resources, and provides training to help organizations raise more money online to fund their life-changing work.

A charity nerd, adjunct professor, and international speaker, his thoughts have been featured in The Huffington Post, NPR, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy among others. He is also a host of The Generosity Freakshow — a podcast discussing how we can improve, optimize, and grow giving.

Brady lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife, Liz, son, Hendrix, dog, Melly, and cat, Thor. You can connect with him on LinkedIn here and follow him on Twitter, @bradyjosephson.

Farheen Khan

Interim Executive Director

Meal Exchange

As the Principal consultant of FSK Associates, Farheen has held several leadership positions working for and providing oversight in the areas of community engagement, fundraising, marketing and communications to organizations. Farheen currently works as the Manager of Donor Stewardship and Engagement at Daily Bread Food Bank. To date, Farheen has raised over $17M for local and global causes. She has a background in Business Marketing and is a graduate of the CITY Leaders Program, Maytree Foundation's Leaders for Change, Civic Actions, DiverseCity Fellows and the Centre for Social Innovation's Agents of Change programs.  In 2015, Farheen ran in the Federal election as an MP candidate and became the only Hijab wearing woman to run during this 11 week federal anti-muslim, hateful divisive election campaign. Today, Farheen is also host of the "Azeeza Show", on, which focuses on discussing social issues from a gendered lens.

Ryan Knights


Detailing Knights

Sir Ryan O’Neil Knight is the founder of Detailing Knights and ACBN Canada.  ACBN Canada holds monthly networking events and business building workshops to help solidify the foundation of local minority owned businesses to ensure they are sustainable and continue to grow.

Detailing Knights is a waterless mobile car cleaning company that uses a student franchising model to teach entrepreneurship to local at risk youth.Their student franchising model has brought the Detailing Knights global awareness as they were the first auto detailing company in the world to be certified as a B Corporation.  

Due to their innovative business model and focus on youth employment they have been featured in numerous media spot lights such as with Matt Galloway on CBC's Metro Morning and a past winner of the Toronto Region Board of Trade Emerging Entrepreneur Award.

Sir Ryan O’Neil Knight is the upcoming co-author of the book “I Wanna Be an Entrepreneur WHERE THE HECK DO I START" . Ryan is considered a philanthropist for his role in supporting fundraisers by youth. 

David Kravinchuk

Philanthropy Firebrand

The Common Good Fundraising Agency

David lives to empower donors of modest means to experience self-fulfillment by achieving their philanthropic dreams.  He advises The Common Good’s clients like CPAWS/SNAP (Quebec), Crossroads/Carrefour International, The Walrus and on successful strategies for annual giving and legacy marketing programs that build value through meaningful donor relationships.

David also founded Western Canada Fundraising Conference (WCFC), the award-winning annual conference for professional fundraisers in western Canada.

Before launching The Common Good, David was the Senior Philanthropic Counsel at Good Works. Prior to consulting, he was immersed in donor relationship fundraising at University of Alberta and MS Society of Canada. 

Rickesh Lakhani, MBA, CFRE

Executive Director

Future Possibilities for Kids

Rickesh passionately believes that every donor, supporter and volunteer deserves to feel excellent about their interactions with a cause, and that the duty of a fundraiser is to bring passion towards enhancing the donor experience every day. He champions and encourages others to create a unique, fun, personalized, and meaningful experience for their stakeholders to drive engagement to new heights. 

Rickesh is the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, where they provide high-impact 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. He serves as VP Governance on the Board of Directors for AFP Greater Toronto. He is a strong advocate for volunteerism and has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours to a variety of initiatives.





Sam Laprade, CFRE


Gryphon Fundraising

Sam loves to connect people!

As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact some of the most vulnerable people in her community.

Sam’s extensive experience, for close to three decades, in fundraising, media and municipal politics has created an impressive network of community and business leaders.

Over a 28-year period Ms. Laprade has raised money for important charities in her community such as: The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Mission Foundation.

In 2009, Sam started as Director, Gryphon Fundraising ( Ms. Laprade shares the importance of donor database analytics with fundraising professionals worldwide.

In addition to her work with Gryphon Fundraising, in October 2017, Sam launched her full-time consultancy to assist non-profits with fundraising strategy, stewardship, board relations, coaching and audits.

Ms. Laprade is an engaging speaker who receives high ratings.  Her speaking engagements include: AFP International Conference, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and AFP Congress (Canada).  Sam was the keynote speaker at the Closing Plenary for AFP Congress 2018.

Sam is the creator and radio host of “An Hour to Give” on 1310 News, Ottawa. This show highlights non-profit organizations in Ottawa, Canada.

Alvin Law

Alvin’s mission is to spark a worldwide Attitude Revolution. A professional speaker for over 30 years, he uses his story to challenge and inspire people to rewrite the negative stories they tell themselves about themselves; to stop feeling like victims in their lives and get proactive; to stop making excuses and start making choices. Over 7,500 corporations, organizations and groups on five continents have used Alvin to ignite, engage and transform their people.

Liz LeClair, CFRE

Director of Major Gifts

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation

Liz LeClair is proud to call herself a fundraiser and a feminist.  She brings more than 15 years of experience to her role as the Director of Major Gifts at the QE2 Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Born in Toronto, she has lived and worked on both coasts, working with a variety of non-profits, in a variety of sectors. 

Liz is a long-standing member of AFP, serving on boards on Vancouver Island and in Halifax.  She is currently a volunteer on the AFP Canada Foundation’s National Scholarship Committee and the incoming Chair of the AFP Women’s Impact Initiative.   In January 2019, Liz published an op-ed with CBC on rampant issue of sexual harassment in the non-profit sector, putting a face to the issue.  Liz is committed to speaking up about the challenges facing women in the sector. 

Laura Satin Levin

Fund Development Officer

Dying With Dignity Canada

Laura Satin Levin is a fundraising professional with over a decade of experience helping non-profit organizations grow their donor base. As the Fund Development Officer at Dying With Dignity Canada, she oversees the organization’s fundraising strategy with a focus on annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. In 2018, Laura led Dying With Dignity Canada’s record-breaking fundraising efforts, and helping the organization receive AFP’s Mo Davies Small Organization Award for Excellence in Fundraising. 

Prior to joining Dying With Dignity Canada, Laura was a lead consultant managing multiple monthly-donor acquisition campaigns in both Canada and the US. With a degree in Social Work from McGill University, Laura previously worked in community mental health before beginning her career in fundraising.

Tania Little, CFREW, CSR-P

Chief Development and Partnerships Officer

Food Banks Canada

Tania has had the privilege to work for over 20 years, honing her experience as a senior fundraising and marketing practitioner and consultant in local, national and international organizations on campaigns ranging from $3 – $260 million. 

Overseeing Food Banks Canada’s annual $90-million-dollar national food and funds campaign and driving an almost 400% growth over the past six years, Tania drives strategy and execution of all revenue generating programs, food raising activities and cross sector collective impact initiatives all to benefit the 650 organizations that make up the food banking network in Canada and in service to the 1.1 million people who visit food banks each month.

Tania is proud to have served for 16 years (some overlapping) on the Associations of Fundraising Professionals/Foundation boards, in the GTA, nationally and internationally including the Executive board for all three organizations. She has chaired the board of Planned Parenthood Community Health Centre in Toronto and is currently serving on the Canadian Marketing Associations – Not for Profit Council.

She is certified fundraising executive (CFRE), certified CSR practitioner (CSR-P) and Master Trainer and a voracious appetite for continued learning. She’s recently completed the Ivey/KPMG Community Shift program, two Executive Certificates from Cornell University in Systems Thinking and Change Leadership and a mini MBA from McGill University.

Diane Lloyd, CFRE, PCC

Executive Coach

Inspired Results Group

Diane is a former fundraiser who worked across Canada in the sport, education and cultural sectors raising over $40million in her fundraising career. In 2011, Diane trained as a Certified Executive Coach at Royal Roads University and is now a Certified Conversational Intelligence® coach and currently pursuing a masters in leadership. A professional highlight this year was acceptance into Brené Brown’s Dare to Leader facilitator training program and she is honoured to bring Brené’s work to the philanthropic sector. Diane is on the AFP Canada Foundation board and Past President of the AFP Vancouver Island Chapter.

Taylor Luftig

Development Coordinator, Events

Camp Oochigeas

Ever since her teens, Taylor Luftig knew she wanted to work for a charity. Her passion for helping others only grew when she began her undergraduate studies in International Development at Dalhousie University. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Taylor was involved with TEDx, the university’s Student Union and Dalhousie’s renowned Invisible Children Society. 

Since graduating from the Humber Fundraising Management program in 2015, Taylor has gone on to work in major gifts and events at TIFF, Sundance, Liberty in North Korea, and The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. She currently works on the events team at Camp Oochigeas where she is grateful to experience the contagious energy and passion in youth, firsthand.

Her time spent in the charitable sector has sparked her ability to execute strategic and creative fundraising events, and has showed her the importance of taking a step back to appreciate the little things in life.

Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya, MPNL

Fundraising Specialist, Relay For Life Youth

Canadian Cancer Society

Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya belongs to the Ngonge clan within the Buganda kingdom.

Guided by philanthropist Mary McLeod Bethune’s words that “we have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends”, Gerri was led to Invisible Children where she worked with youth across North America raising funds to end Africa’s longest civil war involving the abduction of children forced to fight as soldiers.

Gerri has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) degree from Carleton University. She holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Algonquin College and was a 2016 AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellow. Most recently, Gerri completed a certificate in Program Evaluation for Youth Wellbeing from YouthREX.

Puneet Luthra, MPA


P.S. Luthra Consulting

Puneet Luthra has been working as a government funding specialist since 2006.  Since that time, Puneet has helped non-profits leverage numerous government funding opportunities at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. The sectors Puneet has secured funding for include advanced manufacturing, environment, children/youth, education, employment and skills training.   

Puneet holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Dalhousie University. 

Lelia MacDonald

Volunteer Consultant

MAS Consulting

Lelia MacDonald is a Volunteer Consultant with Management Advisory Services. MAS is a charity that has provided pro bono consulting services to non-profits across Canada, since 1993. Run by volunteers, we are professionals who give back using the skills we learned in our careers. Lelia has volunteered at MAS for 5 years and has helped over 100 nonprofits improve their marketing and fundraising. Lelia’s background is in marketing in financial services and a marketing focus in her MBA. Lelia spearheaded MAS’s research into the marketing best practices of mid-size nonprofits for one reason – no one knew what the best practices are. The rich findings from the research are summarized in a 21 page white paper, 5 videos and 34 blog articles. You can connect with Lelia at

Kimberley MacKenzie, CFRE


Kimberley MacKenzie & Associates

Kimberley is an award winning fundraiser, Certified Fundraising Executive and AFP International Master Trainer. A sought after facilitator, speaker and trainer Kimberley has been in the fundraising trenches since 2001 and uses her extensive generalist experience to help charities run better and raise more money. 

As a thought leader in the sector Kimberley has had many articles and blogs published internationally, spoken internationally, was a driving force in the early days of Kimberley has also served as Editor for Hilborn Canada’s eNEWS – a weekly publication send to over 14,000 fundraising professionals every week – was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Rogare Think Tank at Plymouth University and an executive member of the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County. As mother and stepmother to a family of ten, Kimberley has a high capacity for complex situations and would love to hear from you. You can contact her on twitter via @kimberleycanada or by email at


Steve MacLaughlin

Vice President of Data & Analytics


Steve MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and best-selling author of Data Driven Nonprofits. MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and on National Public Radio. MacLaughlin previously served on the board of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), is a frequent keynote speaker, and is an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.

Ian MacQuillin


Rogare - The Fundraising Think Tank

Ian MacQuillin MInstF(Dip) is the director of the international fundraising think tank Rogare, which he founded in 2014. 

He’s recognised as a leading thinker on fundraising ethics, having developed a new theory of fundraising ethics that seeks to balance fundraisers’ duties to both their donors and beneficiaries.

Ian edits the Critical Fundraising blog and runs and moderates the Critical Fundraising Forum on Facebook, which has more that 1,1000 critically-minded fundraisers from all over the world. He writes a regular column for Third Sector magazine and regularly contributes to the specialist charity media around the world. Ian is also an in-demand speaker on the global fundraising conference circuit.

Twitter: @IanMacQuillin; @RogareFTT.

Guy Mallabone, CFRE

President & CEO

Global Philanthropic Inc

Recognized in 2009 by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s most influential citizens and by the Calgary Herald in 2009 as one of Calgary’s 20 most compelling citizens.  Awarded Outstanding Fundraising Executive by both AFP Edmonton Chapter (1999) and AFP Calgary Chapter (2011).  An internationally recognized leader in the philanthropic sector, with 40 years experience as a fundraising professional, having worked the Arts & Culture, Social Services, and Higher Education sectors.  Currently serves as President for Global Philanthropic (Canada), and serves as Adjunct Professor for the Masters Program in Fundraising at the University of Bologna, Italy.  Held former Board postings with the AFP International Board, and the CFRE Professional Certification Board. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Philanthropy & Development.  Best selling author of 'Excellent of Fundraising in Canada'.

Theresa L.M Man, B.Sc., M.Mus., LL.B., LL.M.


Carter Professional Corporation

Theresa L.M. Man joined Carters in 2001, becoming a partner in 2006, to practice in the area of charity and not-for-profit law.  Ms. Man is recognized as a leading expert in charity and not-for-profit law by Lexpert. and The Best Lawyers in Canada.  

Ms. Man is co-author of Corporate and Practice Manual for Charitable and Not-for-Profit Corporations published by Thomson Reuters. She has also written on charity and taxation issues for various publications, including The Lawyers WeeklyThe PhilanthropistHilborn:ECS, and Charity Law Bulletin.

Ms. Man advises on charity and non-profit matters, including incorporation, reorganization, amalgamation, asset merger, restructuring, corporate governance, multiple corporate structures, affiliation and association agreements, dissolution, gift planning, facility and property use, fundraising, non-profit organization operations and tax status.  

Ms. Man is vice chair of the Canadian Bar Association Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section.  She is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, and has been actively involved with and is a legal advisor to numerous charities.  She has been a speaker at various seminars, including the Annual Church & Charity Law™ Seminar and seminars hosted by the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and Imagine Canada (Charity Tax Tools), among others.  

Before embarking on the study of law, Ms. Man earned her Master of Music and partially completed doctoral studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  This has enabled her to serve as minister of music and organist in various churches in Regina, Saskatchewan and in the greater Toronto area.

Cathy Mann, MA, CFRE


Cathy Mann & Associates

Recognized with the 2018 Outstanding Fundraising Professional award from AFP, Toronto, Cathy is President of Cathy Mann & Associates where she helps clients develop build sustainable development programs.  For a decade, until 2018, Cathy influenced fundraising professionals in Toronto and across Canada in her role as Academic Coordinator at Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management program. As an instructor, Cathy was known for breaking down complex matters into achievable actions.  During her 5-year tenure as Executive Director, Frontier College Foundation received the 2007 Award for Excellence in Fundraising for Small Shops from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals. Cathy is an active volunteer and frequent speaker. With AFP Toronto, she held many roles:  V.P. of Professional Development, mentor and founder of the Diversity Committee which evolved into the Inclusion and Equity Committee. Occasionally, she plays her ukulele in public.

Lisa Marchitto

VP, Marketing and Public Affairs

ALS Society of Canada

When Lisa Marchitto participated in a sea kayaking adventure in the early 2000’s to raise money for breast cancer research, she had no idea the experience would change her life. Employed at a public relations agency at the time, she found herself drawn to the charitable sector and quickly realized that cause-related marketing and communications were her passion.

Today, Lisa is VP Marketing and Public Affairs at the ALS Society of Canada. ALS Canada is responsible for Canada’s national ALS research program, federal advocacy and serving over 1,000 people living with ALS in the province of Ontario. 

As a change agent, Lisa helps organizations to realign and strengthen their marketing and communications function during times of growth or transformation. Prior to joining ALS Canada, she worked with Kids Help Phone, George Brown College, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University.

Michelle McCann

Director of Risk Management & Legal Services

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation

Michelle McCann is a Nova Scotia lawyer and risk manager, and proud mother of two girls.  She has been a practicing lawyer in Nova Scotia for more than 10 years, focused on human rights, occupational health and safety, employment and charity law.

As Director of Risk Management and Legal Services at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, Michelle manages the organization’s legal, compliance, policy, privacy and risk management portfolios. 

Michelle also runs a private law and consulting practice, focused on assisting not-for-profit boards enhance their governance and representing select clients in human rights claims.  She volunteers her time as Chair of the Governance Committee for HomeBridge Youth, an organization that provides group homes for high risk youth under the care of the Nova Scotia government.

A self-proclaimed policy nerd, Michelle was thrilled to be appointed this year to the Imagine Canada Standards Counsel, where she will debate and help write and interpret the over 70 governance, financial and fundraising standards that the 240 organizations accredited by Imagine Canada must meet each year.

Laurel McCombs

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

The Osborne Group

Laurel McCombs brings more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit sector and a passion for the role philanthropy can play in changing the world to her work as a consultant, partner, and trainer.

Laurel works closely with clients on a variety of topics, including donor retention, development operations, planning, donor management, board development and more. Clients include the National Minority AIDS Council, La Clinica de la Raza and the University of Missouri. In addition to well-received workshops at national conferences, such as Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Laurel has presented at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, CASE-NAIS, AFP Congress, and several local development professional associations.

Laurel is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is an alumna of the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy.  She lives in Portland, OR. 


Sue McCoy, MA, CFRE

Director of Major Gifts

Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

Sue McCoy is currently employed as Director of Major Gifts with the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. She oversees a team of highly skilled fundraisers securing over $9 million a year in donations. Prior to the Stollery, Sue worked as a Senior Development Officer in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta for 5 years.  Before this, Sue worked at KCI as a fundraising consultant. During her 5 years with KCI, Sue worked on a variety of capital campaign projects including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the John McGivney Children's Centre in Windsor, Ontario, the Winnipeg Humane Society and the Manzakowski Heart Institute. Sue has worked as a development professional for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton, the Mennonite Centre, the United Nations, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the National Crime Prevention Council. Sue is very active as a volunteer in the community as a current Board member on the AFP Canada Foundation, current President of the Glenora Community League and Past President with the Edmonton AFP Chapter. Sue holds an M.A. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, a diploma in Fundraising Management from MacEwan University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. 

Diana McLachlan

Vice President, Chief of Staff


Diana McLachlan joined NATIONAL as VP, chief of staff in January 2018. She is responsible for contributing to the growth and profitability of the Firm, while consulting primarily in the cannabis sector. She has provided counsel to governments, corporations and not-for-profit organizations for a range of topics including issues and crises management, reputation management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and media relations. Over the past few years, Diana has worked closely with Canadian cannabis licensed producers as they navigate a new and highly regulated legal environment.

Prior to re-joining NATIONAL, Diana was a Senior Associate at Teneo Strategy, a global management consulting Firm that partners directly with the CEOs and senior leaders of the world’s largest companies, institutions and governments to create, enhance and protect reputational equity on a global scale. Diana started her career working for The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, where she helped launch The Weston Brain Institute.

Diana is passionate about humanitarian communications. During the Fort McMurray wildfires, she provided on-the-ground issues management support to the Communications War Room for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She also worked for UNESCO, where she developed policy reports for government ministries across 21 African countries, and was a member of the Canadian Red Cross' youth advisory committee.

Diana has an MA in Global Communications Management (Distinction) from Cardiff University, UK and a BA in Political Science and International Development (Honours) from Dalhousie University, Canada. She is also a director of the Right to Play Playmaker’s Board.

Nicole McVan

Director, Corporate Donor Relations

United Way Greater Toronto

Early riser, glass half-full, occupier of the uncomfortable spaces in between, true believer in the goodness of humanity. Nicole has been in the charitable sector for close to 20 years in fundraising and marketing roles locally and internationally. They are currently the Director of Donor Relations at United Way Greater Toronto leading a team of 50 that raise $100M+ through strategic partnerships, workplace giving, employee engagement, volunteering, and events.  Nicole loses sleep thinking about the rising poverty in the region and how to re-balance the equation so that systems and structures work for everyone in our communities.  In their personal life, they are recovering control freak, a parent, a partner, and an attention seeking middle child.

Liv Mendelsohn

Director of Accessibility & Inclusion

Miles Nadal JCC

Liv Mendelsohn is the Director of Accessibility and Inclusion at the Miles Nadal JCC, and facilitates an ongoing initiative to assess and improve the accessibility of facilities, programs and services, guided by community advisory committees and a robust staff accessibility committee. The MNjcc has emerged as a hub of inclusive arts and culture. Liv is the Artistic Director of the ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival and Producer of the ReelAccess/CinemAccessible Guide. Liv is passionate about the power of arts and culture to create new opportunities and spaces open to everyone. She iis a 2018 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, and serves as a mentor in the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy program. Liv sits on the City of Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee. She holds a M.A. in the history of public health and a M.Ed. in counselling psychology.

Ryann Miller

Director of Partnerships

Grassriots Inc.

Hi I'm Ryann Miller, Director of Partnership at Grassriots, a boundaries-pushing global strategic and creative agency. Short version: I help social profits raise money and raise heck. Longer version: I help social profits use digital and integrated strategies for fundraising, marketing, advocacy and engagement. I've been doing and learning digital for 13 years: most recently at Care2 for 8 years, where I helped to build the Canadian market. I'm big on sector growth, big on building relationships, and big on leveraging digital maturity to help organizations level up.

Jenny Mitchell, CFRE

Chief Visionary Officer


Chavender’s vision is to help more people do more good. Founder and president of Chavender, Jenny Mitchell, works closely with not-for-profit leaders to change the world - one mission at a time. Chavender assists clients, across Canada and the U.S., to inspire their donors and achieve their fundraising goals through personalized fundraising coaching and training. Before completing her CFRE, Jenny trained as a classical musician and earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts. She brings her creative approach, her drive for excellence, and her passion for people to the world of not-for-profits.‬‬

Jaya Mootoo


Cram a Cruiser Food Drive

Jaya Mootoo is a detail-oriented and driven professional, poised with an entrepreneurial flare for seeing potential, identifying opportunities and reaping results.

Jaya Mootoo has created a successful, globally recognized fund-raiser: “CRAM-A-CRUISER FOOD DRIVE AND FUNDRAISER”, now being implemented by Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and numerous other Police services across Canada and the United States of America.

Having recently completed the Event Management Diploma program at Humber College, Jaya continues to enhance her experience by further developing her skill set through the Fundraising Management Post Graduate Certificate program, also at Humber College (graduating in 2019). Recently, Jaya was featured on the Goldie Company, being a reciepent of the Kevin Allen Scholorship for Excellence in Fundraising.

With over 15 years of social service and community development experience, including working with women, youth, and children who have experienced domestic violence and volunteering with police services, Jaya currently creates community engaging and fundraising events for the non-profit community in Peel Region.

Janice Moro, CFRE, CHRL, MBA

Director, Vision Partners

World Vision

Janice started her career with 15 year’s senior management experience in financial services building best in-class customer service teams delivering tier-one service excellence. Now in her 12th year in a senior fundraising role, Janice is currently Director of Philanthropy with World Vision, leading a team of 20 across an annual national $20M fundraising program for major, planned, corporate, annual, multicultural and Women in Philanthropy giving. Active as a conference speaker and consultant globally, Janice serves as a senior volunteer with the Trillium Foundation of Ontario and Leader Impact. Janice has an MBA, is a CFRE, holds her CHRL designation and has graduate training in marketing, sales and project management.

Tony Myers,CFRE, Ph.D., M.A., LL.B.,

Principal and Senior Counsel

Myers & Associates

Tony is a passionate enthusiast, fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others to do the same.

He has acquired a life-time of experience in working on 5 continents, with large and small organizations, undergoing change.  His skills in major donor fundraising, major gift campaigns, strategic planning, board development, and as a leadership coach have placed him in high demand as a speaker and consultant around the world.

Tony is a self-proclaimed student of philanthropy and leadership. He continues to learn and practice his craft nationally and internationally, committed to the success of the clients he serves.

Ultimately, his spirited presentations will get you thinking, challenge you, alter your perspection and give you the confidence to further your career, enjoy your work and be successful in a world of abundance.

Edmonton / Calgary, Canada

Judy Noordermeer

Vice-President, Marketing & Communications

Arthritis Society

Judy Noordermeer is an award-winning communications and marketing leader in the non-profit sector. Prior to her current role, she led teams at SickKids Foundation, The Hospital for Sick Children, the Canadian Cancer Society and Western University. She recently received the Gold Halo Award in the video category from Engage for Good and the Kim Hill Award for digital innovation and impact from Ronald McDonald House Charities Global. She holds an MA in journalism from Western University.


Irshad Osman, MSc, CFRE

Senior Development Officer- Inclusive Giving

Women’s College Hospital Foundation

Irshad Osman, CFRE is a Theologian (an Imam) by training and a fundraiser by profession. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from Naleemiah Islamic University in Sri Lanka and completed his Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Manchester, UK.

Irshad Osman is currently the Senior Development Officer – Inclusive Giving at the Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Prior to that, he worked as the Director of Development at Silent Voice Canada leading its fundraising efforts, and as a Resource Development Manager at United Way Toronto overseeing an annual fundraising portfolio worth of 3.5 Million Dollars.

Irshad Osman volunteers his time with many Toronto-based organizations. He serves as the Director of Interfaith Relations, Cordoba Centre for Civic Engagement and Leadership and as a Steering Committee Member of ISARC and TAIC, Toronto-based coalitions that take action against poverty, advocate on behalf of homeless members, and advances inter-faith harmony in Ontario. He also volunteers his time as a career and civic engagement mentor with CultureLink to support new immigrants.

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE

Founder & CEO

Kishshana & Co.

Kishshana Palmer is a national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 16 year background  in fundraising, marketing, and talent management.  She’s a supernova on any stage and platforms due to her charismatic and candid delivery. 

Jason Patterson, CFRE

Director of Development


Following university and returning from two-years living abroad in Korea in 2004, Jason would fall into and in love with his career in fundraising. Currently the Director of Development for ACT, Jason previously led capital campaigns with Providence Healthcare Foundation and the former Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, securing major and leadership gifts in the process. He received the Community Champion Award from Pride Fest Windsor-Essex in 2013 for his volunteer work in Windsor's LGBTQ Community, raising half a million to support the community’s Pride Festival and LGBTQ Community Centre. He's proud to be Co- Chair of the LGBT+ Giving Network, working to advance the conversation with community and donors around the importance of philanthropic support of LGBT-serving causes. His experience is bookended by his cherished mini-schnauzer Kujo, who he and his husband rescued while in Korea. At 16 years old, Kujo is still going strong. @Sunset_Schnauzer on Instagram!

Patricia Pazos

Manager, Integrated Marketing & Brand Strategy

ALS Society of Canada

Patricia’s desire to pour her heart into the non-profit sector was sparked back in 2007 when she served as Manager of External Operations for Santa in the City, a volunteer-run organization dedicated to spreading Christmas joy to in-need children. 

A generalist and integrator, Patricia has over 15 years of combined experience in the areas of marketing, strategy, fundraising, event management, design, partnership development, and project management. She is committed to helping organizations maximize the support that the marketing function brings. 

As the Manager of Integrated Marketing & Brand Strategy at the ALS Society of Canada, she oversees brand management, marketing, advertising and promotional activities that support strategy for all areas of the organization. With a strong focus on customer journey, stakeholder management, and digital transformation, finding strategic solutions to business challenges fuels her fire.

Ligia Peña, CFRE

Global Legacy Manager

Greenpeace International

Ligia Peña, CFRE, MInstF is the Global Legacy Manager at Greenpeace International where she drives the organization’s global legacy strategy and manages a community of practice of legacy managers in 14 countries. As an AFP Master Trainer, she’s a seasoned presenter internationally and author of the ‘Small Shop Fundraising’ chapter in the 2nd volume of Excellence in Fundraising in Canada.

When she’s not geeking out on legacy related things, she’s either knitting, cooking or planning her next trip. You can follow her adventures on her blog at or by following #GlobetrottingFundraiser on Twitter and Instagram.

Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE

President & Founder

Fired-Up Fundraising

Gail Perry, is an international fundraising consultant, keynote speaker, trainer and philanthropy leader, specializing in major gift and capital campaign fundraising. Gail’s consulting team at Gail Perry Associates has helped organizations raise over $600 million – and counting. Her Fired-Up Fundraising™ approach, developed over the past 32 years, enables organizations to connect with supporters on a personal level, re-energize board members, manage successful capital campaigns and ultimately raise much more money. 

Erin Prendergast

Chief of Staff

Art Gallery of Ontario

Erin Prendergast (CFRE, M.Pub) is Chief of Staff at the AGO, one of the largest museums in North America. She was formerly Campaign Manager, Transformation AGO and Director of Development at The Walrus Foundation, a national charity with an educational mandate to support writers, artists and ideas about Canada and its place in the world. She is a past speaker at AFP Fundraising Day and Canada Endowment and Foundations Forum. Erin is Corporate Secretary of the AGO and The Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation Boards of Trustees. She also serves on The Nature Conservancy of Canada's Ontario Region Board of Directors. Erin and her co-speaker, Amanda Dench, recently completed the NFP Governance Essentials Program at the Rotman School of Management’s Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Kathleen A. Provost, CFRE

Campaign Director

St. Francis Xavier University

Kathleen A. Provost, CFRE was appointed St. Francis Xavier University’s Campaign Director after tenure of more than 4 years at Coady International Institute. She brings over 25 years of fundraising experience within the not-for-profit sector. Kathleen is a recognized bilingual leader in the field of fundraising; has been a CFRE since 2007, and a long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she has held executive roles.


A graduate of McGill University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science as well as a Certificate in Public Relations, she is currently enrolled at StFX University for her Masters in Adult Education. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to the advancement and the increased awareness brought to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in Canada. She is currently the President of St. Ninian’s Catholic Women’s League, and is an active member of the Board of Directors for Scouts Canada.

In recent years she hosted and spoke on Leadership and Ethics at AFP-Nova Scotia’s Fundraising Practicum, delivered a session at the 2017 AFP Maritime Fundraising Conference, and is a regular guest speaker at the Coady International Institute on fundraising topics such as resource mobilization. 

Malcolm Radke, CFRE


Lloydminster Region Health Foundation

Malcolm Radke is the CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation (LRHF). Malcolm is responsible for engaging donors to support enhanced healthcare in facilities across the community. LRHF is in the midst of a $2 million campaign for better mental health in the region. Malcolm also volunteers for Hockey Canada, Kidsport, and instructs mindfulness and meditation.

Andrew Reddin


NPower Canada

Andrew Reddin is a fundraising leader and non-profit executive with more than 10 years of experience in the workforce development field. He is currently Vice President, Partnerships with NPower Canada, a charitable organization that launches low-income young adults into digital careers. Andrew has previously worked with organizations including Social Capital Partners, The Centre for Education and Training, and ACCES Employment. He currently specializes in strategic fund development with corporate, government and foundation donors. Andrew is a committed lifelong learner and excited for the future of the Canadian fundraising profession. 

Laura Richard

EVP & Partner

TACK 10 Strategy

Laura began her career in sponsorship consulting but quickly recognized a gap in the ability to define value for sponsors through the context of return on business objectives. Never satisfied with the status quo, she began pioneering a strategic partnership approach. The methodology that Laura has developed with her teams focuses on leveraging data and research to extract meaningful and actionable insights and then leveraging those insights to develop strategies that address core business objectives. She has had the privilege of applying this methodology for over a decade to broker strategic partnerships that represent over $500M in value to clients across public sector, not for profit and for profit industry segments.

In 2015, Laura co-founded TACK10 Strategy, an award-winning professional consultancy with a focused practice delivering service and training in the areas of Growth Strategy, Performance Management and Marketing Portfolio Optimization. Laura believes strongly in the power of purpose and today focuses her efforts on helping brands and charities leverage purpose to drive measurable business results. This commitment to purpose is actioned internally through TACK10’s purpose pledge which sees 5% of the previous year’s total revenue contributed in complimentary services to organizations who themselves are having a positive social, environmental and economic impact. She is very proud that TACK10 became a certified B Corp in 2017 and to have been recognized as a Best for the World company in the Workers category in 2018.

Laura is a founding and active board member of Donate Life Canada, a registered not for profit that is tackling the issue of organ and tissue donation through the creation of a national registry.


Caroline Riseboro

President & CEO

Plan International Canada

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.  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).

Amanda Rocheleau, BSW, MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Compassion Fatigue Specialist

Amanda Rocheleau is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Public Speaker.  After more than 10 years of experience working with individuals experiencing mental illness, traumatic stress and substance use disorder, she shifted her focus to providing support to other service providers as well. Today, she has her own private practice based out of Ottawa, where she offers counselling and consulting services for personal caregivers and helping professionals within healthcare, social services, education and public service settings. Amanda has been featured as a speaker and trainer on positive workplace practices and personal well-being for over 200 professional and conference groups.

Ann Rosenfield, MBA, CFRE


Charitably Speaking

An award winning nonprofit professional with expertise in fundraising and nonprofit governance, Ann's experience includes work in both Canada and the US. In her current fundraising role at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, she has the privilege of serving a wonderful congregation with amazing donors and volunteers. She also serves as Editor for Hilborn Charity eNews, Canada's largest weekly charity sector professional publication.

Ann's MBA focused on NonProfit Management and she has completed the Institute for Corporate Directors Non For Profit Governance Program. Her expertise is called on in her volunteer work with the Imagine Canada Charity Voluntary Standards program. She is also an active volunteer for Endeavour Volunteer Consulting, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her own Board work includes serving as Board Secretary for Rainbow Railroad.

Ann is 1 of only 4 people in Canada certified as a Master Trainer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Bernard Ross



Bernard is director of =mc, a management consultancy working worldwide for ethical organisations. 

He has written six award winning books on fundraising and social change. His most recent, with Omar Mahmoud, Head of Global Knowldege at UNICEF International, is Change for Good- behavioural economics for a better world.

He has advised many of the world’s leading INGOs on strategy including UNICEF, UNHCR, IFRC, ICRC and MSF.  Recently he’s raised money to refurbish France’s most famous monument, for a museum to house the world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina, and to save the last 800 great apes in Africa.

Tanya Rumble, CFRE

Manager, Development

McMaster University

Tanya Rumble is an authentic and results-driven fundraising leader with demonstrated expertise as an intrapreneur - building high performing teams who innovate and improve processes to achieve business objectives. She has raised millions of dollars for some of Canada's largest charities including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Currently she leads the planned giving program at McMaster University. Tanya is a dedicated leadership volunteer and knowledge leader within the fundraising profession - frequently presenting at conferences and writing about equity, diversity and inclusion intersecting with philanthropy. Tanya has been designated a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) since 2017.

Tanya also contributes her skills on a voluntary basis. Tanya is Co-Founder of Toronto plus Acumen, an official chapter of Acumen. Tanya is a past leadership volunteer with Canada's largest grant maker - the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-term Care's Citizen Council. Tanya is Board Director and Chair of the HR Committee for FindHelp (operators of 211 Toronto) as well as Executive Member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planner’s Niagara Golden Horseshoe Chapter. Additionally, Tanya enjoys grassroots volunteer opportunities - she is a Jane's Walk leader, and regularly volunteers with the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Tanya completed a B.A. (Hons), Political Science at McMaster University and Masters Certificate at New York University with the WHO. Tanya is a naturally inquisitive lifelong learner - a graduate of the 2017 AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship. Tanya regularly mentors students and young professionals incl. as an advisor in the McMaster Alumni Advisor Network and Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation's Mentoring Women in Business Programme. Tanya is a professional member of AFP, CAGP, CCAE and CASE and a citizen of Canada and the UK. 

Jo-Anne Ryan

Vice President, Philanthropy and Executive Director

TD Wealth and Private Giving Foundation

Jo-Anne develops strategies to help clients incorporate philanthropy in their overall financial and estate plans. She has also led TD's research efforts around Women and Philanthropy since 2014.

She is the architect and Executive Director of the Private Giving Foundation, the first donor advised-fund to be launched by a financial institution in Canada. Jo-Anne is a volunteer with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners GTA (CAGP), formerly a board member and currently a member of the government relations committee. Jo-Anne is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto and an active volunteer on several gift planning committees for charities.

She is a sought after media spokesperson and public speaker on philanthropic trends and the charitable landscape in Canada. She is also the Vice Chair of the Board for Bishops University Foundation and is a member of the advisory board at Carleton University's Master in Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership program - the only one of its kind in Canada.

Winnette Sampson

Director of Community Engagement


Winnette is the Director of Community Engagement at Sunnybrook Foundation. With a focus on telling compelling stories and creating exceptional experiences, she leads the development of all brand marketing, peer to peer fundraising, sponsorship, community and donor event related activities within the organization. Over the last 9 years she has lead a team of professionals and volunteers in raising over 20 million dollars for the health sector.


Matt Shaw

Vice President, Development

Abilities Centre

Matt’s passion is helping great non-profits and charities to build sustainable, diversified revenue portfolios to deliver on their mission and make the world a better place. Since 2007, Matt has serve more than 30 organizations across the charitable and corporate sectors, including health care, education, financial services, government, technology and social services organizations. He started Shaw Philanthropy Partners to focus on providing strategic counsel in management, development and integrated marketing to the charitable sector in the Greater Toronto Area. As someone with a disability, Matt’s especially proud of his work in his current role as Vice President, Development with Abilities Centre, an organization providing opportunities for every individual, regardless of ability, age or background, to participate fully in community life and make Canada more inclusive and accessible for all.  He is a proud member and volunteer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where he served as Chair of Fundraising Day 2017, the largest one-day conference for fundraising professionals in Canada.

David Smith

Senior Consultant Fundraising


David Smith, CFRE

Senior Consultant Fundraising, Director of Client Services, Western Region

David has more than two decades experience in fundraising. He has been a Senior Fundraising Consultant in at Stratcom for close to a decade. His specialty is the organization and management of telephone fundraising campaigns. He specializes in working with non-profits to build and maximize the value of their monthly donor files. He has a particular interest in donor retention. He’s a key member of the Stratcom team working on the integration of text messaging into fundraising. David’s clients include some of Western Canada’s largest and most well-known charities. He’s a serious soccer goalkeeper and proud holder of a gold medal in soccer from the 2013 World Masters Games


Amy Soden, CFRE

Development Writer, Donor Relations & Stewardship

Ryerson University

Development Writer, Donor Relations & Stewardship, Ryerson University


With more than five years of major gift and capital campaign experience, Amy currently leads impact reporting for major donors giving $100K+ into the millions at Ryerson. As a life-long learner, Amy loves helping diverse and deserving students succeed with donors’ support. Amy has a rare vision impairment and has lived her entire life legally blind. She mentors blind and visually impaired youth from across Canada so that more young people can achieve their dreams through education and employment. 


Amy holds a BA, a Master of Management and a Master of Professional Communication. She was a 2016 AFP Fellow in Inclusion and Philanthropy, and is currently one of CivicAction’s DiverseCity Fellows. Amy obtained her CFRE and completed Carleton University’s Summer Institute in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She was recently selected for Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Narrative program for rising social impact communicators around the world.

Kalpana Srinarayanadas, LL.B.

Chief Operating Officer

Station 369

Kalpana is the COO of station 369, a creative agency which produces multi-channel digital campaigns and provides consulting related to strategic planning, fundraising and event management for non-profit organizations and small businesses. 

Prior to station 369, Kalpana worked as a fundraiser for various charitable cultural organizations, including The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Stage, TIFF, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Luminato, and the British Film Institute.

Kalpana is also the co-founder of Diaspora Debates, an organization which provides a forum where individuals from diverse backgrounds can come together to discuss and deconstruct issues pertaining to diasporic communities in an engaging way. 

She earned a degree in Politics and English Literature from the University of Manitoba and a law degree from the University of Manchester. She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA at the Ivey School of Business. 

Susan Storey, CFRE


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Susan Storey is a highly respected development professional with 25 years’ experience directing fundraising programs at some of Canada’s most notable charitable organizations. Her current work on behalf of KCI includes strategic counsel for studies and campaigns ranging from start-up to $500 million. In addition, Susan is involved in the creation of multi-year revenue generation plans that comprehensively evaluate potential across all fundraising channels including mass philanthropy, major and planned gifts, corporate giving and sponsorship, special events and social enterprise. Susan has been KCI’s lead consultant for projects in all sectors including arts and culture, education, health, environment, sports, multi-level national and international charities and community-based social service organizations.

Lucibelle Tan

Fundraising and Engagement Specialist

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF)

Lucibelle Tan is the Fundraising and Engagement Specialist at Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF). In her role, Lucibelle leads the strategy and execution of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ rapidly growing fundraising programs: Extra Life and Miracle Network Dance Marathon, in Canada.

A born and raised Calgarian, Lucibelle graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce. Her passion for volunteering and community engagement led to an extensive tenure in student organizations such as Enactus and JDC West. Lucibelle’s legacy continues at her alma mater with the Lucibelle Tan Passion and Dedication award.

Lucibelle moved out to Toronto in summer of 2018 to grow her career in the non-profit industry. She enjoys exploring the new city through festivals and restaurants… especially local ice cream shops!

Tina Tehranchian, MA, CFP, CLU, CHFC

Planned Giving Consultant

The Donor Motivation Program

Tina Tehranchian is a FELLOW of FPSC TM and is widely featured in the national media as a financial planning expert. She specializes in financial planning for business owners and in philanthropic tax planning. She has served on the board of trustees of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, board of governors of Seneca College and board of directors of Mackenzie Heath Foundation. She currently serves as a director of Art Canada Institute, as well as a member of the governance and nominating committee of Mackenzie Health Foundation, and the fundraising advisory committee, planned giving advisory committee and research campaign cabinet of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. She is also a member of the campaign cabinet for the King Campus of Seneca College. 

Kesheyl van Schilt

President & CEO


Kesheyl is passionately committed to getting results. At Blakely, she has spearheaded ground-breaking direct marketing campaigns, channeling her strengths in strategic business planning, data analytics and marketing towards acquiring thousands of new donors and raising millions of dollars for her clients.

Under Kesheyl’s leadership, Blakely has produced integrated digital fundraising campaigns and pioneered innovative leadership giving and second gift strategies, all while consistently delivering outstanding customer service.

As a former fundraising executive at a major teaching hospital, Kesheyl brings over 15 years of experience to her roles as President & CEO of Blakely and Senior Fundraiser with key clients.

Sabina Vohra-Miller


Vohra-Miller Foundation

Sabina Vohra-Miller has an educational background in clinical pharmacology and toxicology. She previously worked in biotech as a medical advisor. In 2016, she retired from her role in biotech and with her husband, she co-founded the Vohra-Miller Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor with the goal of improving the health of people and the planet. 

For Sabina, philanthropy is part heart, part art with a healthy dose of science. As an immigrant and woman of colour, she is amazed by the impact social capital has and wants to support organizations that are helping build a more resilient and diverse Toronto for everyone.

Lisa Watson

Co-Founder & CEO


Lisa Watson is Co-Founder and CEO of Openly, a strategy and analytics company committed to amplifying social good. Lisa is a highly skilled leadership and social impact strategist designing, implementing and evaluating social impact strategies. As a consultant, coach and mentor, her core areas of contribution include strategy design, strategic learning, organizational development and adaptive leadership. Lisa held senior positions leading strategic policy and planning in the Ontario provincial government and United Way Toronto & York Region. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo-McConnell Foundation Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation and holds degrees from Dalhousie University in Psychology and Social Work. She teaches at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, and has previously taught at the Schulich Executive Education Centre and the Canadian Organizational Development Institute. Lisa is known for bringing a human-centred perspective to all areas of social change.

Jennifer Williams, CFRE

Director, Campaign and Development

Branksome Hall

Jennifer Williams is a seasoned fundraiser with more than a decade of experience in Education and Healthcare fundraising.  As the Director, Campaign and Development at Branksome Hall, Jen plays an integral role in all aspects of development and campaign planning.  Prior to her work with Branksome, Jen worked with the University of Toronto (Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine) and Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation achieving major and planned gift targets.  A strong leader, collaborator and problem-solver, Jen provides insightful relationship management, helping to build a stronger philanthropic environment at .

Jessica Wroblewski

Associate Director, Annual Giving

University of Waterloo

Jessica Wroblewski, MPNL, CFRE is the Associate Director, Annual Giving at the University of Waterloo. Jessica previously worked at the YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo, Plan International Canada and Holy Trinity School. She serves on the AFP Canada Board, AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter Board, CAGP Waterloo-Wellington Chapter Executive Committee, and several AFP Greater Toronto Chapter committees. Jessica has a BA in International Development from the University of Guelph, a graduate certificate in International Project Management from Humber College, a certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) degree from Carleton University. She has obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and received the AFP International Outstanding Young Professional Award. Connect with Jessica on twitter @jesswroblewski. 

Rachel Zant

Officer, Annual Giving


Rachel Zant
Officer, Annual Giving, BC SPCA
Writer, Pen with a Purpose

Rachel has been passionately raising money for nonprofits since 2001. A direct response expert, Rachel loves to create and implement integrated campaigns for nonprofit clients, as well as write engaging fundraising copy.

Over the years Rachel has worked at several respected fundraising consulting firms as well as her own successful copywriting business. Currently, she uses her broad range of experience to raise money for the BC SPCA as a member of their dynamic and highly integrated BC direct response fundraising team.