Opening Plenary

Liane Davey

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Business Strategy Development & Building Leadership Effectiveness

New York Times Bestselling Author

Dr. Liane Davey combines her expertise in strategy with her deep insight into group dynamics to create powerful changes in top teams. As a Vice President of Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge Leadership Solutions and the Lead Team Effectiveness, she is sought out by executives at some of North America’s leading financial services, consumer goods, high tech, and healthcare organizations.

She works to rehabilitate teams that have become toxic and with healthy teams that want to take their performance to the next level. To meet the needs of a broader audience, Liane has distilled her approach into Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge’s highly successful Vital Teams™ and Team Inoculation™ programs. These programs allow organizations to certify internal resources to deliver the programs Liane designed.


Monday Lunch:  Lunch and Laugh! Improv for Fundraisers is back! with Layne, The Auctionista & Marjorie Malpass

Learn and discover how to use the skills of improvisation in your fundraising conversations. The fundraising industry is ever changing and donors are becoming more savvy and discriminatory. In this saturated market, how do you stand apart? By learning simple improvisation techniques, you will learn to engage your donors by making them feel included in your story.

Time to break out of your comfort zone with communication skills that will help you dazzle at donor meetings, be persuasive in the board room and attract audiences to your cause.

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Tuesday Lunch Plenary: Lead from Where You Stand, with Wayne Olson, Marva Wisdom and Bruce MacDonald

What does it take to be a leader in your role, in diversity, in our sector, and beyond? Join industry experts Wayne Olson, Marva Wisdom and Bruce MacDonald as they share their perspectives on leadership. This powerhouse trio will open your heart and mind on what it takes to be an amazing leader in fundraising, and will challenge how you think about diversity, inclusion, community, advocacy, and more. Each of these speakers has made a tremendous impact in their respective areas of work, and all are accomplished leaders. Engaging and thought-provoking, you’ll come away inspired on what else you can do to lead from where you stand!


Closing Plenary Michel Chikwanine

Former Child Soldier | Inspirational Speaker on the Ability to Create Change

Michel Chikwanine has overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. He witnessed the torture of his father, the rape of his mother, and endured torture of his own. Much of his childhood was ravaged by the death and decay of a war that claimed the lives of 5.8 million people, his father included, and forced him to be a child soldier. Michel now inspires people to believe in their ability to make a difference and leaves audiences with a new perspective on life, a sense of hope through social responsibility, and a desire for change.

An accomplished motivational speaker and author, Michel addresses audiences across North America. He has spoken to over 100,000 people and has shared the stage with such distinguished speakers as Free The Children founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, Dr. Jane Goodall, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., former Prime Minister Paul Martin, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, former U.S Vice-President Al Gore, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Nobel Peace Prize laureate Betty Williams, actress Mia Farrow and musician K’naan, just to name a few. He was also a speaker on Oprah’s “O Ambassadors Roots of Action” speaking tour, largely reaching students at resource-poor schools.

Michel is also the author of the graphic novel, Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War.

Sharing his personal story, Michel has captured the attention of national media, including CBC, CTV and major daily newspapers.