Welcome to Congress 2014

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Congress 2014 is going to be amazing and I’d like to personally invite you to spend 3 days this November at one of the top fundraising conferences in the world. As you can see from the programme, our entire team has worked tirelessly to bring you a first-rate learning and networking experience. Every speaker and every session you attend will propel your development as a professional fundraiser and position you for success – now and into the future.

If you haven’t registered yet – please do it now. Our early-bird deadline (Oct 9) for significant savings is fast approaching and there are a bunch of bursary programs that make Congress affordable and accessible.

The best speakers come to Congress each year. This year is no exception: Mark Phillips, Stephen Pidgeon, Jon Duschinsky, Penelope Cagney, Alice Ferris, James Anderson, Ted Hart, Kim Klein, Gail Perry, Ann Rosenfield, Amy Eisenstein, Susan Horvath, Claire Kerr, Guy Mallabone, Rory Green, Tom Latchford, Beate Sørum, Samantha Laprade to name but a few!

We’re thrilled to highlight just how important diversity and inclusion are to the future of the fundraising profession and philanthropy in Canada. There are 9 integrated sessions to bring to you the extraordinary learning gained from AFP’s award-winning Inclusive Giving Project.

Tony Elischer, a perennial crowd-pleaser, opens Congress this year, and we’re thrilled to have him back. Tony’s Futurology 2014 Live is guaranteed to help you embrace fresh new ideas and see the world through the eyes of your current and potential donors.

Finally, you won’t want to miss our closing plenary The Power of Self-Confidence in Sports, Leadership and Life with Dr. Ivan Joseph, Director of Athletics at Ryerson University. Dr. Joseph’s vision turned an empty Maple Leaf Gardens into a thriving athletic centre. It was an accomplishment of true grit – just the kind of grit you can learn from to benefit your life and career.

If you’re new to fundraising, the profession and to Congress – be prepared to be inspired – for good! If you’re looking to update and upgrade your skills and knowledge, Congress offers you an amazing professional development experience. If you’re leading your shop, or getting ready to take the leap to leadership, you’ll want all that Congress has to offer, and more.

Make your plans now to attend Congress 2014. I look forward to seeing you in November.

Mark Douglas Trask
Chair, Congress 2014