Tom Ahern


Ahern Donor Communications, Ink.

Tom Ahern is considered a world-class expert on donor communications. He applies the discoveries of psychology and neuroscience to the business of attracting and retaining donors. He's authored five well-received books on the topic. Each year, he trains thousands of fundraisers internationally and has audited the donor communications of major organizations such as USA for UNHCR. He is a copywriter by profession. His direct-mail clients include the Sharp hospital system in San Diego, recognized as one of America's most successful healthcare fundraising operations. He composes a half-dozen capital campaign cases annually, including a recent award-winning case for Bow Valley College (Calgary). He sits on the advisory board at the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, Plymouth University (UK), founded by Prof. Adrian Sargeant and psychologist Jen Shang.

Nowshad (Shad) Ali, CFRE, CPBA, CPVA, CEQ

President & CEO

On Purpose Leadership Inc.

Shad’s accolades include: two Tourism Leadership Awards; a Gil Garduner Marketing Award; Business Excellence Awards and a Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. He leads several major festivals and events including the internationally acclaimed Fireworks Festival and The Saskatchewan Marathon. Corporate Clients include: Great West Life, City of Burlington, IRRC; City of Regina and Burlington, MiEnergy, JNE Welding, Rebellion Brewing, Saskatchewan Medical Association. Not-for-profit clients include: Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity; Saskatchewan Arts Board, Meewasin, Osteoprosis Canada and The Lung Association. Shad has spoken at conferences and delivered workshops at the local, national and international level.


James S. Anderson, CFRE


GoalBusters Consulting, LLC

James Anderson, CFRE, is Partner with GoalBusters, specializing in outsourced development for small nonprofits; integrated fundraising, marketing and strategic planning; and customized education and training programs. Jim has more than 30 years of sales and sales training experience and migrated into the nonprofit arena in 2005. He focuses on marketing and branding strategy, social media, multimedia production, sales and sponsorship training programs, and board and organizational training. Jim is an honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year and received his Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential in 2013.

Cynthia J. Armour, CFRE

Principal Strategist

Elderstone Resource Development

Cynthia Armour, (CFRE since 1995) has served as a facilitator, trainer and coach to voluntary sector leaders for the past 26 years.  An honours graduate of York's Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, she continues to be a curious life-long learner.  Cynthia specializes in strategy, governance and fund development. She was the Charity Village Fundraising columnist for four years, was a Subject Matter Expert with CFRE International and has served on numerous boards.  She is recognized for her expertise with small and rural charities while offering practical solutions to organizations of all sizes and locations across Canada.




Liz Attfield, DipDM

Senior Account Director

Stephen Thomas Ltd.

Liz is known globally as a leading fundraising professional. In 2001, Liz began working in London, UK as an Account Manager at Burnett Associates, alongside some of UK’s top fundraiser including Ken Burnett and Tony Elischer.
Liz is now Senior Account Director and trusted member of the leadership team at Stephen Thomas Ltd.  Liz is the go-to person for advice on a wide spectrum of fundraising and marketing efforts, and is proud to have helped raise tens of millions of dollars for social good.  Liz is currently working with the Canadian Cancer Society, ALS Canada and MedicAlert Foundation Canada.

Sharon Avery

President & CEO

Toronto Foundation

Sharon Avery is President & CEO of Toronto Foundation. She is known as a high energy fundraiser and passionate communicator on a mission to bring philanthropy to the task of building a more resilient Toronto. Prior to joining Toronto Foundation, she served for eight years as Chief Development Officer at UNICEF Canada. Sharon is a unique fundraiser and finds creative ways to impact the communities she works in. She will be focusing on the key issues currently affecting our city and discussing ways that charities, non-profits, professional advisors corporations and Community Foundations can collaborate to break through and create sustainable change for generations to come.

Mike Badour

General Manager, Business Development - Direct Marketing

Canada Post

Mike Badour is an experienced executive and expert change agent with proven success in driving substantial business growth, strategic lasting organizational change, and creating deliberate positive customer experiences. Mike’s business experiences vary from owning restaurants and bars, to launching the Canadian sales and service division of a world leader in computer reselling; and leading Sales and Customer Service transformation in one of Canada’s largest companies. In the last 3 years, his focus has been on re-establishing customer value in the Direct Marketing business through customer centric investments including high value customer research, new product introductions, and building corporate solutions and innovation capabilities to help customers in making their marketing work harder and smarter for them. 

Zak Bailey, CFRE

Consultant – Fundraising & Case for Support

Zak is an independent consultant helping charitable organizations with their fundraising activities.  Many of Canada’s largest and most prominent charities have relied on his talent and fundraising expertise to develop and write their Case for Support and Case Statements, create and implement fundraising programs, plans and strategies, craft funding proposals, and manage fundraising projects and development operations.

Zak’s fundraising career spans 25 years.  He has held senior fundraising roles at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Canada, The Arthritis Society of Canada, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now Imagine Canada), Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and the Ontario Liberal Party.

Zak is active in the fundraising profession, volunteering and sharing his expertise at local, national and international fundraising conferences as a presenter and speaker.  He gives back to the community as a donor to a variety of personal charities, and through prior senior-level volunteer involvement with organizations such as Planned Parenthood Toronto, the Toronto Community Foundation, and the Canadian Marketing Association.

Bob Baker, MBA

Vice President, Philanthropy

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Bob Baker has worked in the broader public for more than 30-years, holding senior executive positions these past 17-years at organizations that include Ryerson University, Canadian Diabetes Association, TVO, and Lakeridge Health Foundation. He founded The Baker Group in 2015, a firm that provides leadership coaching and advisory services to public and third sector organizations. He is an instructor at UOIT in the not-for-profit leadership program. Bob joined Habitat for Humanity Canada as the Vice President, Philanthropy for Habitat for Humanity Canada in August 2016. He leads a team accountable for securing philanthropic and sponsorship support to advance Habitat’s mission and vision.

Bill Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and Health Science Colleges

Bill Bartolini, Ph.D., ACFRE is known as an engaging and entertaining Master Fundraising Teacher as designated by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  He has served on the international board of AFP and its Foundation, and has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University where he taught the course "Major Gifts" in their Masters in Fundraising and Nonprofit Management.  Bill presents at conferences around the world, including AFP’s international fundraising conference, BBCon, and others.

Bill is currently Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Principal Gifts at The Ohio State University, where he stimulates the Wexner Medical Center and the Health Science Colleges ability to raise gifts from those capable of giving $5M and more.  Previously he was responsible for preparing 13 schools and units at The George Washington University for their first $1B campaign.  He also has raised funds for Kent State University, where he was on the senior team for their first comprehensive campaign, and Northeastern University, where he sparked the completion of a lagging $200 million campaign.  He has also worked at the University of Illinois and several nonprofit organizations. 

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 focused on what people think and feel when asked for a gift.

Chris Baylis

President & CEO

The Sponsorship Collective

Chris Baylis is an expert in sponsorship valuation and strategy development. Chris works with brands and sponsorship seekers to define their goals, determine market value of their assets and create strategies that work.

Chris is the President and CEO of The Sponsorship Collective and an international speaker and consultant on all things sponsorship marketing.

Mark Blumberg, LL.B., LL.M., TEP


Blumberg Segal LLP

Mark Blumberg is a charity lawyer based in Toronto with Blumberg Segal LLP and has worked for over 20 years on issues relating to non-profits, registered charities and philanthropy, in Canada and abroad.  Mark has written and lectured extensively on these topics.  He is the editor of two blogs namely and™ and manages and

Kevin Bruggink

Head of Business Development

Social Blue

Kevin Bruggink is Head of Business Development at Social Blue. By constantly staying up to date with online developments within social advertising and keeping in touch with Facebook directly, he ensures Social Blue is the first to make use of trends within Lead generation through Facebook.

Valerie Campbell

President and Founder, Valerie Campbell & Associates

Professor, Fundraising Management, Humber College

Valerie has a unique framework of hybrid leadership experience in the charitable sector that combines governance, strategic, operations, and management. She has established and led volunteer and staff fundraising teams to build boards, develop strategic plans, and run capital campaigns across Canada, primarily in the hospital and health care sector, education, and social services. She has unique experience in leading mergers with charitable boards and senior staff, including a seven-hospital foundation consolidation as well as an amalgamation of the Canadian licensee of an international charity that saw a strategic re-grouping of 42 to 17 entities. Known in the charitable sector, Valerie is a long-time leader with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and previously with the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Ethics Resources Committee of AFP, GTA, the largest chapter in North America. She just completed a term as Vice President, Governance on the Board of Directors of AFP. Valerie also recently completed her term as Chair of the Board of Health Mission Outreach (HMO), a secular Canadian charity that delivers free dental and medical clinics in Canada and all over the world. (She opened up the entire Central American community through the development of a political strategy to organize clinics that are reaching thousands of women and their children, and families.) In 2013, she fulfilled a nine-year term on the national board of directors of Junior Achievement of Canada, including being on its Executive.

Shannon Carkner

Regional Director, Central Canada

JDRF Canada

Shannon Carkner is a passionate and experienced fundraiser who specializes in community facing programs and donor engagement strategies. After spending nearly a decade working in the non-profit sector, Shannon has led many successful campaigns, events, programs and teams with the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Safe School Network, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and most recently as Regional Director of Central Canada for JDRF. Shannon holds a BAH in political science from the University of Guelph, and is working toward her MBA and CFRE. 
Pippa Carte, BD, MA, IDM, DipDM

Development Director

St Catherine's School, Bramley

Pippa’s career began in commercial direct marketing, she then joined specialist charity fundraising Agency Tangible delivering strategic planning and campaigns for charities such as The Salvation Army and Marie Curie Cancer Care.  She made the move to WWF UK and was promoted to Director of Fundraising, leading a $65m fundraising operation with a team of 100 and capacity building across the global WWF Network.  She has since worked on capital fundraising in the museum sector and in education fundraising.  Pippa has her own fundraising consultancy and has been a Trustee of Make A Wish UK for six years.

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

Tracey Church, MLIS

Principal, Researcher & Charitable Sector Consultant

Tracey Church & Associates, Research + Consulting Services

Tracey has been a professional researcher for over 20 years and is Past President of APRA-Canada. She is a Researcher and Consultant and has worked with over 300 charities across Canada. Tracey is the Co-Editor and Co-Author of “Prospect Research in Canada: An Essential Guide for Researchers and Fundraisers”. She recently joined the AFP International Research Council. Tracey teaches at Western University in the MLIS program. She has her MLIS and her Professional Certificate in NFP Management. She is a requested presenter and loves to see her students and trainees succeed in the exciting field of prospect research.

Bernie Colterman

Managing Partner

Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing

Bernie Colterman is Managing Partner of the Centre of Excellence for Public Sector Marketing. Throughout his 20-year marketing career, Bernie has contributed to a diversified portfolio of marketing and corporate sponsorship campaigns for the public, not-for-profit and the business sectors. Bernie helps organizations take a more strategic approach towards all facets of revenue generation. His strong marketing and sales background provides a practical approach to revenue analysis and his company’s proprietary valuation model sets the standard in Canada for sponsorship value measurement. Bernie has raised over $27 million dollars in corporate sponsorships for national campaigns and events.

Bernie is Co-Program Director and faculty member of Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, Professional Certificate in Public Sector and Non-Profit Marketing where he teaches Partnerships, and Low-Cost Marketing Techniques. His highly acclaimed Designing and Selling Your Sponsorship Program has helped hundreds of professionals implement successful corporate partnership programs. Bernie’s Blog on Sponsorship and Partnerships can be found at



Stephanie Cox

Director, Marketing Strategy and Digital

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Stephanie is an award winning marketer with 20+ years Marketing (14) and Advertising Agency (6) experience working in both the profit and the not for profit sector.  Her exposure to multiple sides of the business has given her an opportunity to sharpen the skills required to identify compelling insights, construct well-considered messages and create impactful campaigns while driving incremental business, brand, and revenue success.  Stephanie is known for her expertise in developing compelling go-to- market strategies that have led to multiple internal and external awards culminating in three GOLD CASSIES, Grand Prix, 2 SILVER CASSIES and an EFFIE for sustained success. She is currently leading the marketing strategy, digital and creative services team at Heart and Stroke and was the architect behind the re-launch of the new Heart & Stroke brand.  She is a passionate brand champion and is bringing that passion to help the fight to eradicate heart and stroke disease.

Janice Cunning, ACC, CPCC

Executive Coach & Trainer

Fundraising Leadership

Janice Cunning is a certified coach and facilitator with 17 years of experience as a fundraiser. Janice was a Senior Consultant at KCI where she provided coaching to leading prospect research departments with a focus on strategic planning, teamwork, and communication. Janice is passionate about partnering with fundraisers to help them create an inspired vision that transforms lives. She has coached senior leaders at institutions across North America and worked with fundraising teams at United Way Toronto & York Region, TGWHF, and Camp Oochigeas. Janice has served on the boards of APRA-Canada, APRA, and the International Coach Federation – Toronto Chapter.

Nicole D'Aoust, MA, LL.B.


Miller Thomson LLP

Nicole is a bilingual lawyer practicing exclusively in charity and not-for-profit law.  Nicole advises clients on a wide range of topics that affect how their organizations operate both in Canada and internationally, including organizational and corporate structure, governance, charitable gifts and receipting, endowments, donor advised funds, compliance with tax and corporate law, and social finance issues. Nicole has completed CPA Canada's three-year In-Depth Tax Course for tax lawyers and accountants. She has also completed the Canadian Board Diversity Council's Corporate Governance Education Program for charities and not-for-profit organizations. Nicole lives and works in Toronto and enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering her time and through philanthropy.

Karen Delorme

Manager, National Donor Experience & Telefundraising

Canadian Red Cross

As manager of National Donor Experience & Telefundraising, Karen is currently working to expand both the mobile & text to donate channels while working as a member of the advisory group with the Mobile Giving Foundation of Canada. She manages telemarketing which consists of core programs as well as text conversion & lead generation projects. Karen’s vision is of a Red Cross where we speak with one voice – both in fundraising and in servicing our donors – which she carries out through all of her teams from call center interactions to emails and via the Donor Experience Team.

Jessica Diniz

Vice President, Marketing & Development

JDRF Canada

Jessica Diniz has worked in the non-profit  industry for 16 years, with expertise in marketing, talent management, fundraising campaigns and major events. She worked at Sunnybrook Foundation for over 9 years with progressive roles in event planning and marketing, There, she spent five years as the Director, Marketing & Communications. Currently, Jessica Diniz is the Vice President, Marketing & Development at JDRF, the global leader in a search for an end to type 1 diabetes, where she is leading national fundraising programs, regional fundraising staff across the country, community engagement and marketing communications. She specializes in building and managing effective teams.

Peter Dinsdale

President and CEO

YMCA Canada

Peter Dinsdale is a strategic thinker and action oriented Executive who strives to improve the world around him.  In June 2016 Peter became the President and Chief Executive Officer of YMCA Canada where he is working to create the Canada We Want through the YMCA We Need. 

Prior to joining YMCA Canada Peter lead the Assembly of First Nations as the Chief Executive Officer.  During this time Peter was central in the most challenging period of First Nation relationships in Canada in recent years.  Under National Chief Shawn Atleo, Peter co-lead a team to conceptualize, design, organize and execute the 2012 Crown-First Nation Gathering and the 2013 meeting between Prime Minister Harper and First Nation representatives which sought to forge a new Treaty relationship with Canada. 

The most challenging time at the Assembly of First Nations occurred when National Chief Atleo resigned in May 2014 and Peter, as Chief Executive Officer, functioned in an unprecedented setting with no sitting National Chief.  Peter worked with the AFN Executive to keep the AFN going while a path forward was determined to elect a new National Chief in December 2014.

While working with National Chief Bellegarde, Peter continued to lead on numerous files such as the representing the Assembly of First Nations representative on the Truth and Reconciliation All Party Committee, was central in the development and execution of the 2015 federal election strategy and worked with the AFN Executive and senior staff to advocate for an unprecedented $8.4 billion investment in First Nation issues in the 2016 federal budget among other files.

Peter holds a B.A. and M.A. from Laurentian University as well as an honorary diploma in Education from Canadore College.  Peter serves as a Governor at Carleton University.

Peter is married, with 2 children.  He is an avid hockey fan and student of politics.

Leah Eustace, MPhil, CFRE, ACFRE


Blue Canoe Philanthropy

Leah is a problem solver and strategic thinker with a wide and varied background in charitable fund development. She is President of Blue Canoe Philanthropy, and Principal of Good Works.

Leah is Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada, and a Past President of the AFP Ottawa Chapter. In 2014, she received her ACFRE designation, as well as the AFP Ottawa Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award.

Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE


GoalBusters Consulting

Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE is founding partner of GoalBusters, specializing in outsourced development for small nonprofits; integrated fundraising, marketing and strategic planning; and customized education and training programs. Alice has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience, and focuses on strategic and development planning, board development, annual giving, nonprofit operations and public broadcasting hosting. Alice currently chairs the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credentialing board and serves on the CFRE International board. She is a three-time honoree as AFP-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year, and earned her CFRE in 1999 and her ACFRE in 2010.

Shoni Field

Chief Development Officer


Shoni Field is the Chief Development Officer at the British Columbia SPCA.  Over the past six years she's overseen rapid growth in the BC SPCA’s online programs.  She has been fundraising for more than 20 years for organizations including The Arthritis Society, EcoJustice and The Pembina Institute.Shoni Field has been fundraising for over 19 years for organizations including The Arthritis Society, EcoJustice and The Pembina Institute. She is currently the Director of Fundraising Innovation at the BC SPCA where she works primarily in direct response and strategic planning.  Over the past five years she has overseen rapid growth in their online programs, which consistently perform significantly ahead of annual industry averages.  Shoni attributes this success to a willingness to explore dynamic opportunities in online micro-campaigns and peer-to-peer fundraising that deeply engages their support base.  Her presentations focus on the two sides of successful fundraising:  story-telling creativity, paired with rigorous analysis and benchmarking.  When not fundraising, Shoni advocates for electoral reform and citizen engagement nationally and locally. She reads, cooks and plays strategy board games with her family in Vancouver. 

Scott Fortnum, MA, CFRE, ACFRE

President & CEO

Children’s Health Foundation

Scott has been a professional fundraiser since 1990 holding executive positions in health care, educational and environmental fundraising. The first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota he holds a BA and graduate diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Scott has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation continuously since 1995, and became the 92nd person (7th in Canada) to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation in 2011 joining the ACFRE Certification Board in 2014. Having a strong interest in governance, Scott graduated from the Institute of Corporate Directors Non-profit Governance Essentials program in 2010. Active in the profession, he serves on the international Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), is past-chair of AFP’s International Awards Committee, a member of the Publishing Advisory Committee and the Greater Toronto Chapter Ethics Committee.

Robin Fowler, CFRE

Senior Consultant, Offord Group

Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Robin is a seasoned fundraising professional with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Robin joined Offord Group in 2005 and has worked with clients across all sectors and with organizations of all sizes - from sophisticated fundraising programs to small organizations just beginning their charitable journey.

Robin’s fundraising career began at her alma mater, McGill University (B.A. and M.Ed.), where she experienced her first campaign and moved quickly up through the Advancement office working in annual, major gifts and campaign fundraising, as well as alumni and donor relations programs. Prior to joining Offord Group, Robin was the Director of Advancement at Havergal College, where her work and achievements in fundraising, alumni relations and communications were recognized with several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Robin also has broad experience from her years as Campaign Manager at the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and Director of Advancement at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Robin has volunteered for years with many organizations and was most recently Vice-Chair and Member of the Board of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Toronto (2008-2013) where she was also honoured with their two highest awards for exemplary volunteer service and leadership – the Noah Thorek Award (2011) and Founders Award (2013). Robin is a Member of McGill’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Advisory Board and is a past president of the McGill Alumni Association branch in Toronto. Robin has also been involved as a volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter as a Board and committee member, and chaired Congress in 2002, the year she also received her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. She is also a past instructor of the Major & Planned Gifts course in the Humber College Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has contributed to numerous publications in the non-profit sector

Stephen George

Fundraising & Leadership Coach

Good Leaders

Stephen George is a Fundraising and Leadership Coach and consultant specialising in helping charity leaders change behaviour and raise more money. Currently working globally on legacy strategies for international NGO’s, Stephen also runs a fundraising leadership and coaching programme. He has over 30 years’ fundraising and leadership experience at all levels in the UK and internationally working at many charities including the NSPCC as part of the Full Stop Campaign, at UNICEF, and others and is a speaker, writer, podcaster and contributor to NGO’s. He was chairman of Remember a Charity, a consortium promoting gifts in wills and is now Vice Chairman of the UK’s Institute of Fundraising.

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 so with his story, passion and natural ability to connect with his audience (regardless of faith, ethnicity, age and gender), Edgar is now a Philanthropy Advisor - connecting World Vision with private and corporate donors.  Fueled by World Vision’s thrust of building new relationships, audience and value - Edgar recently formed the Multicultural Council, a group of twelve leaders from various ethnic and faith backgrounds who are passionate about fighting global poverty and injustice.

Lisa Goodfellow, LL.B.


Miller Thomson LLP

Lisa Goodfellow is a trusted adviser to employers on a wide range of employment and labour relations matters, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, wrongful dismissal actions, human rights, workplace investigations, employment standards, certification applications, collective bargaining, unfair labour practice complaints, grievance arbitrations, injunctions, and protection of proprietary information. She also conducts and advises on workplace investigations. Lisa guides her clients through complex and ever-changing labour and employment laws to find practical business solutions that work for them. In addition, Lisa is experienced in advising both provincially and federally regulated employers in the public and private sectors. She prides herself in giving practical, proactive advice on a responsive and timely basis.

Fraser Green

Chief Strategist & Smartypants

Good Works

Fraser Green is widely considered one of Canada’s most strategic and creative thinkers in the fundraising sector today. Fraser is the Chief Strategist and Smartypants at Good Works – a consulting firm that propels charities to build deeper relationships with loyal donors and constituents.
Fraser is a gifted communicator. His books, articles, blogs and contrarian rants are widely read around by fundraisers and CEOs around the world. Fraser is a gifted speaker – and as presented sessions and plenary addresses at hundreds of fundraising conferences in Canada, the USA and Europe.
When he’s not staring at his laptop, Fraser loves to hike and ski, bend his body into ridiculous yoga postures, play his guitars, ride bicycles, paddle kayaks and generally explore the world around him. One of these days he’s going to be a great songwriter and novelist.

Colin Habberton, M.Phil

Founder & Managing Director

Relativ Group

Colin is the Founder and Managing Director of the Relativ Group, a resource mobilisation firm focused on the creation and allocation of financial, relational and intellectual capital for businesses focussed on social and/or environmental impact. He has led projects with global corporations, NGOs and public sector institutions. He has contributed to a variety of academic and industry publications, presented at conferences around the world on the topics of social finance, fundraising, loyalty, relationship management and the perspectives they bring to business and social systems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa, a mentor for Endeavor and serves on the boards of a number of 'for-purpose' organisations.

Scott Haldane

President & CEO

Rideau Hall Foundation

Scott Haldane is President & CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation. The Foundation was created by His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to enhance and amplify the impact of the Governor General and the Office of the Governor General and to bring ideas, people and resources together towards the vision of a smart and caring nation. Scott became the first CEO of the Foundation on January 1, 2016. Prior to joining the Rideau Hall Foundation, Scott spent 39 years in a variety of senior leadership positions with the Canadian YMCA. He started as a lifeguard and swimming instructor with the West Island branch of the YMCA of Montreal and eventually became Executive Director. After spending three years with YMCA Canada as National Director of Employment Initiatives, Scott moved to the YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington in 1993 as President & CEO. 10 years later, Scott became President & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the largest YMCA in the world. In 2010, he returned to the national office as President & CEO of YMCA Canada where he retired from his YMCA career in 2015. Scott has been engaged in a wide range of task forces, committees and Boards within the charitable and non-profit sector as well as initiatives with the public and private sectors. Notably, he chaired the National Panel on First Nation Education for Elementary and Secondary Students Living on Reserve in 2011 – 2012. Scott is a founding adult ally of the 4Rs Youth Movement that brings indigenous and non-indigenous young people together. A great believer in lifelong education, Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University (Sociology), a Master of Management degree from McGill University, is an Advanced Management Program graduate from Harvard Business School and is a Certified Corporate Director with McMaster University’s Director’s College. Scott has been married to Linda Haldane for 41 years and has two adult children, Melanie Vaughan and Trevor Haldane. An avid athlete, Scott has completed 20 lifetime marathons and over 250 road races and triathlons.

Bill Hallett, PhD, ACFRE


Hallett Horlor Inc.

Bill has spoken at numerous conferences, including AFP’s International Fundraising Conference, International Fundraising Congress (IFC), Toronto's AFP Congress and Fund Raising Day, CAGP Conferences, Association of Health Care Philanthropy Conferences, NAYDO Conferences and many others. In 2016 Lilya Wagner asked Bill to write a Foreword for her book, Diversity and Philanthropy.
From 2011-2015 he taught the Major Gifts Course in Humber College’s Fundraising Certificate Program. He was selected as AFP Toronto’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive in 2003 and was the first Canadian to serve on AFP International’s Executive Committee. In 2008 he served as the Chair of the AFP Canada Council.

Brady Hambleton

Director, Direct Marketing, Canada

Heart & Stroke

In the 14 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. In his current role as Director, Direct Marketing at Hear & Stroke, Brady oversees one of Canada’s largest, national multi-channel fundraising programs, raises over $21 million annually through digital, direct mail, tele-marketing, monthly and mid-level donors, with a staff compliment of 12.  His experience at HSF also spans beyond his core program, where he serves as a business unit lead on two significant enterprise-level projects: CRM implementation; and the National Organizational Email Marketing Strategy.

Breanne Hargreaves

Director of Client Service

Fundraising Direct

As the Director of Client Services at Fundraising Direct Breanne oversees the development, strategy and delivery for our not-for-profit clients. One of her primary focus areas is on our innovation programs, specifically those that can create new acquisition opportunities. FD are the fastest growing agency in Canada, and are currently working with 18 leading charitable organizations. For the last 3 years FD have spread-headed the development of this channel in the Canadian marketplace, and are the only agency currently running mobile acquisition programs.

Sandra Hawken

President & CEO

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

Sandra Hawken joined the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation in 2015 as the President & CEO and has led a transformational organizational change and doubled the donor base. Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital, and a global leader in applied research and client and family centred care. With donor support, Holland Bloorview is helping to create a world of possibilities for kids with disabilities.

Prior to joining Holland Bloorview, Sandra held senior leadership roles at Canadian Women’s Foundation, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and Assaulted Women’s Helpline. In her 22-year career, she’s re-engineered operations and inspired high-performing teams to launch record-breaking fundraising, brand-building and engagement campaigns. Sandra has been a national media spokesperson, written a column for Huffington Post and won national and international awards for innovation in media and partnerships.

Sandra is passionate about helping the community express their values through philanthropy. She is a graduate of Queen’s University’s School of Business.

John Hazelwood

Customer Success Manager


Alison Holt

Senior Counsel and Managing Director, Communications

Offord Group and Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Alison Holt works with charities on fundraising, campaign, and marketing and communications strategy development at the Offord Group. She is also the managing director of the firm, leads the communications practice, and is the editor of Offord’s annual magazine.  She worked in educational advancement for 20 years before becoming a consultant, covering communications, alumni relations, fundraising and campaigns (everything but advancement services!). She volunteers at Queen's University, the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Leadership Institute, and the Child Development Institute.

Derek Humphries


DTV Group

Derek Humphries is a director at DTV Group, and a Creative Strategist working with great causes worldwide. He discovered he was a fundraiser during 14 years at Burnett Associates, nine of them as MD. Then, after one of his many hippy career breaks, he spent five years as a director at THINK before joining DTV. Prior to all this, he was an artist. Obviously. He lives in The Netherlands, coaches soccer, rants on Facebook, and is a trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Rachel Hunnybun, MInstF

Client Relationship Director

Donor Voice

Rachel has a background in Direct Marketing and Individual Giving which has resulted in an interest to look at other sectors and social science to develop programmes that provide donors with the right inspiration and supporter experience to develop long term relationships. She is passionate about change within the sector and supporting organisations to think differently.

David Hutchinson


Hutchinson Group Inc.

Since entering the executive search field in 1997, David has successfully placed senior-level candidates with a broad spectrum of organizations in the charitable sector. He is also sought out as a source of information for those interested in a career in the not for profit sector. Well connected, David builds relationships with a long-term view for the advantage of clients and candidates alike.

A certified consultant in The Birkman Method®, David is also pursuing training as a Leadership Coach. His involvement in the not for profit sector manifests itself in his personal and professional life. With over a decade of experience in Board governance roles, David continues to serve as a volunteer Board member in the sector. He is a member of the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter).

Lindsey Hutchison

Manager, Philanthropy

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

Lindsey Hutchison joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation as a fundraising professional in 2014. As Manager of Philanthropy she leads the Foundation’s culture of philanthropy and mid-level giving programs. For the past 10 years, she has worked with healthcare related causes that champion the human condition in Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work includes raising support for the $100 Million Turning the Tide Campaign with the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the $60 Million Live.Better. Campaign for Bridgepoint Hospital. Lindsey is passionate about social justice and empowering young leaders.

Audrey Jamieson


Marketing Kitchen

Audrey is the president and founder of Marketing Kitchen, a unique and innovative direct marketing production company. They have seen incredible growth over the last two years, which Audrey attributes that to having a clear vision and an unbelievably dedicated team. Janice started off her career in 1992 selling advertising for Canada Gardening Magazine. In 1999 she joined The FSA Group. That’s where she met Janice Dumphie, who graciously took her under her wing and showed her the DM ropes. After a successful 15 year tenor and a change of ownership, Audrey decided in 2014 she wanted to get back to a smaller more entrepreneurial environment. When not working, Audrey enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage kids at their cottage on Halls Lake. She is an avid tennis player, and has a crazy addiction to gym memberships with little time to use any of them. 

Charly Jarrett

Officer, Digital Giving


Charly Jarrett is the Officer, Digital Giving at the BC SPCA where she's been responsible for exponential growth in social media driven revenue. She has worked in nonprofit in various capacities for more than a decade, and now specializes in online giving and e-commerce.

Erin Jones

Monthly Giving Coordinator - Retention

Amnesty International

Erin has a variety of experience in monthly giving in both donor acquisition and donor retention. Her experience crosses the globe to Australia, where she worked on donor acquisition with World Animal Protection and donor retention with Amnesty International Australia. In early 2016, she joined the monthly giving team at Amnesty International Canada to help improve the retention of their 34,000+ monthly donors.  She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University and a Certificate in Fundraising from the Fundraising Institute of Australia

Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip


Joyaux Associates

People describe Simone as a truth teller, provocative, inspirational, and thoughtful. She very much likes “provocative” – and adds big tacky rings and weird hosiery to provoke even more.

Joyaux is a consultant specializing in fund development, governance, and strategic planning. She speaks worldwide and has been simul-translated into several languages.

As a volunteer, Simone has founded two organizations and regularly serves on boards. She’s a former chair of CFRE International. Currently she serves as chair of the board of Planning Parenthood of Southern New England. She also chairs the Advisory Board of the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University, U.K.

Mridula Joyner, CFRE

Senior Advisor, Corporate Development


Mridula Joyner, CFRE is a 20 year+ fundraising executive and long-standing AFP member.  As a major gift and corporate partnership expert, she has facilitated millions of dollars in philanthropic and corporate partnership investments at the organizational level with leading charities across the health care and social services sectors.   In the fall of 2016, Mridula established her consultancy practice, specializing in major gifts & campaign fundraising and social innovation.  As Sr. Advisor with Impakt & HireUp Learning,  she is tackling some of our country’s most pressing social issues – homelessness, employment, marginalization at the macro level with both corporations and non-profits alike.Mridula Joyner, CFRE is a 20 year+ fundraising executive and long-standing AFP member.  As a major gift and corporate partnership expert, she has facilitated millions of dollars in philanthropic and corporate partnership investments at the organizational level with leading charities across the health care and social services sectors.   In the fall of 2016, Mridula established her consultancy practice, specializing in major gifts & campaign fundraising and social innovation.  As Sr. Advisor with Impakt & HireUp Learning,  she is tackling some of our country’s most pressing social issues – homelessness, employment, marginalization at the macro level with both corporations and non-profits alike.

Amir Karmali

Family-Centred Care Specialist

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Amir oversees aspects of client and family-centred care initiatives at Holland Bloorview. He is the staff lead for the Family Advisory Committee and has been instrumental in the development of family engagement in research frameworks specific to the Bloorview Research Institute, where families consult on all aspects of research conducted at the hospital. 

Amir led the launch of the client and family-centred care staff award and was the enrollment lead for the newly launched connect2care client and family health portal.  He is a certified simulationist and has been a key team member in the development and delivery of simulation to train staff on family-centred behaviours and best practices which won the 20 Faces of Change award. Amir is also father to 14 year-old twins, of which one is a Holland Bloorview client.


Claire Kerr

Director of Digital Philanthropy


Claire Kerr is a not-for-profit veteran who has worked for organizations in the economic development, education, and health sectors. As Director of Digital Philanthropy at FrontStream, Claire works with charities as they fundraise through web, social & mobile channels. She provides strategic, benchmarking analytics and donor demographics for fundraisers on topics like Facebook fundraising, Giving Tuesday & mobile giving. Claire teaches “Social Media Community Management” and “Digital Strategies: Online, social & mobile fundraising” at George Brown College in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter at @snotforprofit.

Farheen Khan

Director of Fund Development & External Affairs

International Development and Relief Foundation

Coming from humble beginnings, Farheen grew up in subsidized housing in Peel and has worked hard to get to where she is today.  Farheen is a senior level executive and consultant in the not for profit sector and has been in a number of leadership positions and has worked as a consultant for charitable organizations including the United Way. Farheen is currently working with IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation) as the Director, Fund Development & External Affairs.
Farheen is an author of two books that focus on gender based islamophobia, abuse, healing and self-love. She is motivational speaker and continues to speak and write for magazines and blog sites and appear in mainstream and ethnic media to speak about women's issues and islamophobia among other topics. In 2011, Farheen began her journey of self love after leaving an abusive relationship which lead her to losing over 180 pounds.  Farheen is also the Editor-in-Chief of the #muslimsactually blog and campaign, where she is committed to creating positive images of Muslims in society in order to challenge the stereotypes being perpetuated by the media
In 2015, Farheen ran in the Federal election as an MP candidate and became one of the only Hijab wearing woman to run in 2015.  Farheen has and will continue to advocate for causes related to women and girls (violence against women, body image, health and wellness), civil liberties, human rights, poverty, food security, homelessness, youth leadership and development and international relief and humanitarian aid.

Paul Klein

Founder & CEO


Paul founded Impakt in 2001 to help corporations including De Beers, Nestlé Purina, National Bank, Petro-Canada, Pfizer, RONA, Shoppers Drug Mart, SNC-Lavalin, Starbucks, Telus International, and 3M to profit from social change and help leading non-profit organizations build shared value partnerships with corporations. Paul writes extensively about the intersection of business and social change for publications including Forbes, The Globe and Mail, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Paul and the team at Impakt recently developed HireUp – the world’s first social hiring job portal to help employers hire youth who have experienced homelessness.

David Kravinchuk

Chief Advice Dispenser

Fundraising Pharmacy

Passionate about prescribing professional and practical fundraising solutions, David opened his very own Fundraising Pharmacy (FRx) to dispense name-brand advice (at generic prices!), game-changing bequest marketing and powerful direct marketing projects for charities across Canada and internationally.

FRx's diverse range of clients include Community Living Toronto, Luther College, NDP Manitoba, Outward Bound New Zealand, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, SumOfUs, The Walrus Foundation and University of Queensland.

Before launching Fundraising Pharmacy, David was the Senior Philanthropic Counsel at Good Works and previous to consulting, was immersed in donor relationship fundraising at the University of Alberta and MS Society of Canada.


Rickesh Lakhani, MBA, CFRE

Executive Director

Future Possibilities for Kids

Rickesh Lakhani passionately believes that every donor deserves to feel excellent about giving, and that the duty of a fundraiser is to bring passion towards enhancing the donor experience every day. Rickesh is the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, where they provide 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.





David Langiulli

Executive Coach & Trainer

Fundraising Leadership

David Langiulli is a certified professional coach who works with nonprofit executives to help them flourish and thrive. David's experience spans the university and corporate sectors over nearly three decades. Most recently he led a fundraising team at Princeton which consisted of 10 professionals responsible for $35 million in annual support to the University. Several thousand nonprofit leaders interested in self- development, leadership, and management follow David's blog on LinkedIn.  David serves on the Board of Directors of Voluare Youth Leadership.  He holds master’s degrees in business and engineering, as well as an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics-engineering.

John Lepp


Agents of Good

John Lepp is a partner at Agents of Good. A collective of passionate and game changing fundraisers who spend most of their day championing your donors and telling great stories.

Dianne Lister, LL.B


The Dianne Lister Group

Principal of The Dianne Lister Group and Senior Associate with Hutchison Group Inc., Dianne Lister is one of Canada's top executive leaders in the charitable sector, providing consulting services to organizations and their leaders. A popular speaker, author and educator, Dianne brings 25 years experience in leading organizations that include Sick Kids Foundations, Trent University and the ROM Governors. In 2016, Dianne became a senior associate with the Hutchinson Group Inc. (Toronto), an executive search and talent development firm.

Dianne has developed and taught courses at UVic on sustainable funding for the arts. Past chair of the AFP international Ethics Committee, she has authored chapters on ethics and leadership in three books. Dianne is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, and practiced social justice law before entering the charitable sector.

Tania Little, CFRE

Director of Development and Partnerships

Food Banks Canada

Over the past 20 years Tania has honed her experience as a senior fundraising practitioner and consultant in local, national and international organizations across Canada on campaigns ranging from $3 – $260 million.

Tania oversees Food Banks Canada’s annual $55-million-dollar national food and funds campaign driving strategy and execution of all revenue generating programs, philanthropy programs, and cause marketing activations. Over the past four years, she has driven a 112% growth in year over year revenue, through a rigorous and forward thinking planning approach and streamlining the portfolio’s strategy to elevate partnership development.

Tania is passionate about creating large-scale social impact through philanthropy and campaigns that are developed based upon doing what is right for donor, partnership, brand, and key audiences. This approach to partnership development is about creating learning and shared-value that utilize data as key drivers to campaign results and partnership impact in an omni-channel environment, which allow partnerships to be iterative and evolving as they grow and shift.

Tania is interested in growing and building social-profit knowledge through active dialogue in current trends and research; the development of knowledge and learning portals (the AFP Knowledge Centre); courses (AFP Fundamentals in Fundraising Course); conferences (Fundraising Day & Congress) and ongoing speaking engagements and training.  She is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), certified CSR practitioner (CSR-P) and Master Trainer.

Juniper Locilento, CFRE

Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Juniper Locilento, CFRE is the Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. As a change-maker in the non-profit space, Juniper is passionate about coaching, collaborating and leading teams through change initiatives to drive revenue growth. During a six-year tenure as a Senior Consultant at KCI Ketchum Canada Inc., she supported clients in raising over $100M. Juniper began her career as performer, educator and fundraiser for the arts, and has worked with numerous cultural organizations to nurture new audiences and secure both public sector and philanthropic support. An AFP volunteer since 2011, Juniper has also been an instructor for Fundamentals of Fundraising, and a presenter for, AFP Congress & Fundraising Day, NAYDO, Humber College and Georgian College. Juniper holds a holds a B.A. and a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto and a postgraduate certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.

David Love, CFRE

Godfather of Good

Agents of Good

David raised his first dollar for the environment in 1969. His current obsession is helping environmental and social justice organizations reap the benefit of the coming legacy tsunami.

After being at WWF-Canada for 20 years from 1979 – 1999, he’s now back at WWF helping run their legacy program – a program he started in 1982. He learns more about legacy fundraising every day.

He also works with his daughter’s direct response company, Agents of Good, where he is affectionately known as “The Godfather of Good.”

In 2013, his colleagues in the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter recognized his efforts by awarding him their lifetime achievement award.

Far from marking the end of David’s career, this inspiring recognition spurns him on to be a better fundraiser every day.

He does that by continuing to find new ways to put donors first.

Avon MacFarlane

Vice-President, Offord Group

Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Avon MacFarlane came to The Offord Group from the University of Toronto, where she spent 12 years as a pivotal strategist behind the $1 billion Great Minds Campaign — at the time, the largest campaign in Canadian history.  Few fundraisers in Canada share her experience and insight into the mechanics of major philanthropy in Canada.  Not only does Avon offer a vast expertise in prospect management, major giving, international philanthropy, annual and planned giving, she can also navigate the complexities of large institutions, having helped steer more than 25 faculties and divisions of the University towards a common fundraising goal.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Avon spent several years coordinating fundraising and sponsorship at Harbourfront Centre, seeking private and public funds for theatre festivals, children’s programming, dance series, films and music festivals. Avon has been involved as a volunteer in the arts and nonprofit sectors, and is currently on the board of the Power Plant and President of the Board of Nightswimming Theatre.  

Ian MacQuillin


Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University

Ian MacQuillin is director of Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University, where he edits the Critical Fundraising blog and is studying for a PhD, exploring the fundamental drivers of stakeholder objections to fundraising. He has worked in fundraising since 2001, as editor of Professional Fundraising, account director at TurnerPR, and head of communications at the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, all in the UK


Guy Mallabone, CFRE


Global Philanthropic Inc

Internationally recognized leader in the philanthropic profession – as a consultant, volunteer, teacher, presenter and practitioner.  He has 36 years’ experience as a fundraising professional and has worked the Arts & Culture, Social Services sectors, and Higher Education sectors.   He currently serves as President for Global Philanthropic, an international fundraising consultancy advising non-profit organizations large and small.  Guy also serves as Adjunct Professor for the Masters Program in Fundraising at the University of Bologna, Italy, and Chairs Canada Advancing Philanthropy, a national professional advocacy committee.  Guy held former Board postings with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the CFRE Professional Certification Board. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Philanthropy & Development. 

Rahima Mamdani

Vice President, Human Capital

United Way Toronto & York Region

Rahima is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership on human resources and volunteer engagement strategies, including initiatives related to talent management, organizational culture and Diversity and Inclusion. Rahima began her career at Bell Canada 25 years ago and has worked for Saville Systems, Rogers iMedia and Buy Buddy Inc. Throughout her career, she has volunteered with the Toronto Children's Aid Society, the Aga Khan Development Network, Médecins Sans Frontières, the Toronto Public Library and HR Council for the Voluntary/Non-Profit Sector. Rahima holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology and a Masters of Library Sciences from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE). 

Teresa Marques, CFRE

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Rideau Hall Foundation

Teresa Marques is the Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Rideau Hall Foundation, an independent and charity established to amplify the Office of the Governor General, and established during the mandate of His Excellency, the Honourable David Johnston. The RHF’s vision is a smarter and more caring Canada, and the organization works to address key challenges facing the country in areas of learning equity, culture of innovation, leadership development, and the promotion of giving & volunteerism. Teresa is an accomplished fundraising executive with extensive experience leading development teams in the healthcare and post-secondary education sectors. She is an instructor at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School and has been instrumental to major gift fundraising efforts at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, York University and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Canadian history from the University of Ottawa and York University, respectively and has pursued post-graduate studies at Dalhousie University’s School of Continuing Education, with a focus on non-profit governance. Teresa is interested in how giving patterns in Canada are changing, and is seeking to drive social change through philanthropy while strengthening the non-profit sector and civil society more broadly.

Ken Mayhew

President & CEO

William Osler Health System Foundation

Ken Mayhew is President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation (the Foundation).  The Foundation has just finished its fifth consecutive year of significant revenue growth and is currently in a $100M Campaign supporting the redevelopment of Peel Memorial, Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic hospitals.  Prior to joining Osler, Ken spent over 20 years with the MS Society of Canada and was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and fund development for a program with almost 1 million active donors, raising over $50 million annually.  Ken is Past President of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and was recently appointed a founding director of the AFP Canada Board. Ken is a frequent contributor to media and industry discussions on fundraising trends, costs and evaluation and serves as a member of Ketchum Canada’s National Advisory Board. Most recently, Ken received a CEO in Action award from the prestigious Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive fundraising.  Ken, his wife Suzanne and two young daughters are long time, active Etobicoke residents.

Harvey McKinnon


Harvey McKinnon Associates

Harvey McKinnon has been a fundraiser for 35 years. He is a seasoned trainer who has delivered fundraising keynotes at conferences from Australia to Norway.   A frequent master-class trainer, he has authored four books – two on monthly giving:  Hidden Gold, Tiny Essentials to Monthly Giving. His latest book, is a revised second edition of: The 11 Questions Every Donor Asks.  He co-authored the #1 bestseller The Power of Giving, which has been translated into seven languages.

Harvey sits on a number of boards. His company Harvey McKinnon Associates has offices in Toronto and Vancouver and works with dozens of non-profits in Canada and the USA.

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 tier-one teams delivering customer service excellence.  Now in her 11th year in a senior fundraising role, Janice has leadership experience in major, planned, corporate and annual giving.  As Director, Vision Partners, she is leading national campaign strategy for World Vision.  Active as a conference speaker and consultant, Janice serves as a senior volunteer with the Trillium Foundation of Ontario and the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group.  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


Myers & Associates

Tony Myers is an accomplished consultant, focusing on major and campaign gift development and the leadership process.  Widely known in Canada, he has recently focused on the rise of fundraising and leadership for civil society in Central and Eastern Europe.  His clients are in Russia, Czech Republic, Romania and other countries.  His home is in Edmonton, Alberta.

Nicole Nakoneshny

Senior Vice President

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

In addition to serving as the editor of KCI’s online publication, Philanthropic Trends Quarterly©, Nicole plays a lead role in KCI’s specialty portfolio. She works closely with clients to develop highly customised strategic plans and integrated revenue generation strategies, both of which are essential to long-term organizational sustainability. Nicole also conducts capacity assessments and program reviews that assist organizations in enhancing their activities and achieving increased fundraising results.

Paul Nazareth

Vice-President, Community Engagement


As Vice President of Community Engagement with CanadaHelps Paul’s team works directly with thousands of Canadians as they support their most beloved causes, 17,000 Canadian charities as they fundraise to change the world and advisors as they facilitate client donations. Paul has been a philanthropic advisor with Scotiabank and spent 11 years with charities like the University of Toronto and the Catholic Church of Greater Toronto in Planned Giving and Major Gift roles. He teaches the national online Planned Giving course with the postgraduate fundraising program at Georgian College, is Chair of the Advisory Committee at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, an instructor with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and has spoken with AFP in almost every Canadian Province in Canada on digital donations, fundraising networking skills and planned giving. In 2016 he won the CAGP “Friend” award as one of the top planned giving professionals in Canada.

Shanelle Newton Clapham, MA, MFIA

Founder and CEO

Parachute Digital

Recently nominated for the 2016 Impact 25 list for her positive contribution to the NFP Sector, Shanelle, Founder and Chief Digital Strategist of Parachute Digital, has more than 12 years of experience as a digital marketing and fundraising strategist. Her vision is to transform supporter experiences online through great stories, interactive engagement and easy to use donation forms.

Parachute Digital's purpose is to connect people that care, to the causes that they care about. Shanelle works to give your donors a positive experience at every touch-point, action, ask or gift - this is her mantra and she’s got the results to prove it. Shanelle has raised over $5 million dollars online for charity in the last 4 years. She describes herself as a ‘digital adventurer’ because she encourages organisations to do things that are bold, fun, challenging and even surprising.

Shanelle is a serial donor, she’s got an impressive client list that boasts both UNSW and UTS and she is the author of Attracting Donors Online – Digital Marketing That Works.

Caitlin Nicholls, bCRE, bCLO

Senior Manager, Integrated Direct Response

Ontario SPCA

Caitlin Nicholls is the Senior Manager, Integrated Direct Response at the Ontario SPCA. Her role is to build a more integrated multi-channel fundraising program, while enhancing supporter services and engaging new supporters in meaningful ways. She comes from a background involving non-profit experience that covers the gamut from database management to direct marketing, event management and prospect research. An avid volunteer with film festivals, Caitlin also has two cats and one very large French Mastiff.

Andrea Orr, CFRE

Campaign Director

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

In her role as Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Andrea is responsible for engaging donors and securing major gift support from individuals, foundations and corporations toward the Billion Dollar Challenge for Personalized Cancer Medicine.   Prior to this Andrea was with Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation for more than 6 years where she held the position of Senior Director, Development. At Mount Sinai she led the Foundation’s integrated stewardship and donor relations activities, managed the Venture Sinai program and held a donor portfolio. Andrea has also worked at the Children’s Aid Foundation where she helped establish and managed their national programs.

Andrea is a frequent instructor with the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course and has presented at the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) international conference and for the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter on building donor relationships and stewardship.  She sat on the ADRP Board of Directors from 2010 -2012 and has been a member of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Awards Selection Committee for the last 3 years. Andrea received her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2009.

Gail Perry, MBA, CFRE

President & Founder

Fired-Up Fundraising

Gail Perry is a fundraising speaker, trainer, blogger, consultant and internet innovator. She was recently named as one of America’s Top 25 fundraising experts. Her book, Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action, has been called the gold standard guide for building fundraising boards. She speaks and trains fundraisers all over the world in and specializes in high-dollar major gift fundraising, and she has helped raise over $500 million in gifts and contributions.

Geoffrey Peters, M.A., J.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Moore DM Group

Geoff is an internationally recognized expert in fundraising using many channels.  His teaching credentials include more than eleven years of teaching at the graduate school level, presentations at more than 100 continuing education programs, (he has also published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and monographs on various topics), and regular contributions to courses on fundraising and direct response marketing. Geoff is Past-President of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and was a Board Member of the AFP-DC Metropolitan Chapter.  He has served as Vice-Chair of the DMA-Nonprofit Federation and has been awarded the Max Hart Award as well as the DMA-Nonprofit Federation’s Public Service Award for his various volunteer efforts on behalf of the nonprofit community.  He was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington.  He has twice been cited by the Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector in the United States and by Fundraising Success as one of the top ten men in fundraising in the US. He has received the George T. Holloway award for public service from the National Catholic Development Conference.

Caroline Riseboro

President & CEO

Plan International Canada

Caroline Riseboro was appointed President & CEO of Plan International Canada in January 2016.  As CEO, she is responsible for leading one of Canada’s largest international development and child-rights agencies, working with children, families, communities and governments in over 70 countries to bring about positive change.

Caroline is passionate about engaging everyday Canadians to create a better world so that every person and child can thrive.  She is considered a sector thought-leader and is a sought-after speaker and commentator.  She is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching numerous ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians in new ways on some of the world’s toughest issues.

Before joining Plan Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, where she played an instrumental role in expanding CAMH’s reach among Canadians, pioneering new engagement initiatives, and helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness.  Prior to CAMH, Caroline also held several senior executive, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Engagement at World Vision Canada where she was responsible for raising $270 million annually, stewarding 700,000 donors and oversaw a team of over 250 people. Before joining the non-profit sector, Caroline began her career in advertising and communications.

Caroline’s influence also extends into the sector through her voluntary leadership roles.  She chairs the Canadian Marketing Association’s nonprofit council, has sat on various tasks forces with Imagine Canada, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA chapter.  She is also chair of its government relations committee which is dedicated to promoting a more philanthropic Canada.  Caroline holds a Bachelor (honours) degree from McGill University, and is currently pursuing her Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.  She is based in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Gary Rodin, MD, FRCPC

Psychiatrist and Head of Department of Supportive Care

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN

Dr. Rodin is the University of Toronto/UHN Harold and Shirley Lederman Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care and Head, Department of Supportive Care at The Princess Margaret.  Dr. Rodin is also Director, Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative & End-of-Life Care and Professor of Psychiatry at U of T. He has published widely on the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of cancer and other medical illnesses. Under his leadership, the Department of Supportive Care has achieved an international reputation for its academic and clinical excellence.  

Cheryl Rooney

Monthly Giving Coordinator - Acquisitions

Amnesty International

Cheryl Rooney graduated from the Humber Fundraising Program in 2004 and was hired on by Amnesty International after completing student internship.  Over the years, Cheryl has became increasingly focused on Amnesty's Monthly Giving program. Cheryl is currently the Monthly Giving Coordinator specializing in Acquisition. Cheryl is a member of AFP and is currently in the process of working towards gaining her CFRE designation.

Kevin Schulman

Founder and Managing Partner


Kevin Schulman is the founder of DonorVoice, a donor experience company serving non-profits all over the globe.  Before founding DonorVoice Kevin was CEO of a modeling and analytics company.  Prior to his non-profit focus he worked in the commercial sector developing a model to measure and manage customer relationship strength to increase retention and lifetime value. The DonorVoice work is the foundation for the number one, best-selling fundraising book, “Retention Fundraising, The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life.

Paulette Senior

President & CEO

Canadian Women's Foundation

Paulette Senior is the President and CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation, and is recognized as one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in the country. Before joining the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Ms. Senior was the CEO of YWCA Canada — the oldest and largest multi-service women’s organization in the country — for 10 years. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs and housing services, where she supported women, children, and youth in some of Toronto's most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods. She has worked at Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre, and Central Neighbourhood House. She has also held numerous volunteer and leadership roles and is currently Chair of Women’s College Hospital, Canada's leading academic ambulatory hospital in women's health. 

Jason Shim, CFRE

Associate Director, Digital Strategy and Alumni Relations

Pathways to Education Canada

How can we harness technology to make a difference in the world? That’s the question Jason loves to answer for organizations. With over 10 years of experience spanning the nonprofit and academic sectors both as an employee and a consultant, Jason has consistently helped organizations stay ahead of the technology curve. In 2013, Jason led Pathways to Education to become the first charity to issue tax receipts for Bitcoin donations, opening access and awareness of the organization to a brand new tech-savvy audience. Jason has taught Digital Marketing at George Brown College, where helped students understand the power and potential of digital media and gain the confidence they need to succeed. In addition, Jason speaks and writes about digital marketing strategy, digital fundraising, online youth engagement, website analytics, and digital currency. Jason volunteers his time serving on the boards of Ontario 211 and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN).

Kulvir Singh Gill

Chair, Board of Directors

William Osler Health System Foundation

Kulvir Singh Gill is a Senior Principal with Clareo Partners, a corporate strategy and innovation management consultancy. He has over 15 years of consulting and mining industry experience. Mr. Gill started his career with Oliver Wyman as a management consultant before holding several positions with Barrick Gold Corporation’s supply chain and organizational effectiveness teams.

Mr. Gill serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for William Osler Health System Foundation and was previously on the board of Habitat For Humanity Brampton. He is also the co-founder of the Seva Food Bank and coordinates the annual Toronto Sikh Retreat for Sikh-Canadian youth. Mr. Gill holds a B.Sc. and a B.Comm. from the University of Calgary. He was a 2010/11 Action Canada fellow and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mr. Gill currently lives with his wife, two young sons and parents in Brampton, Ontario.

Natasha Smith, LL.B.


Miller Thomson LLP

Natasha is a member of Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group, with a practice dedicated to providing practical legal advice to charities and non-profits, exclusively.  Natasha assists these entities with a variety of matters including corporate governance and tax compliance.  Her practice focuses on helping her clients to determine the best structure for their organization and to navigate the complex regulatory environment in which they operate. Specifically, she provides advice on issues including incorporation and charitable registration, operating in foreign jurisdictions, structuring complex gift agreements, and general compliance under legislation governing the voluntary sector. 

Erin Spink

National Manager, Volunteer Engagement

Crohn's & Colitis Canada

Over the past 20 years, Erin Spink has been passionately involved as a volunteer, advocate, and employee in the non-profit sector, focusing specifically in volunteer engagement. She is the founder ofspinktank, an innovative think tank on the profession and practice of volunteer engagement. In 2008, Spink completed an M.A. (Leadership), submitting a major research project which was the first-ever academic work to quantify the concept of “volunteer engagement.” She has since both published and trained around the world on volunteer engagement topics. Spink’s interest in volunteers began at the age of six, when she pronounced that while it was wrong to eat animals, hamburgers at McDonald’s came from “volunteer cows” and therefore an exception could be made. She has since changed her mind and is strongly opposed to eating volunteers.

Kay Sprinkel Grace, MA, FAFP


Transforming Philanthropy, LLC

Kay Sprinkel Grace is a consultant, speaker and author whose company, Transforming Philanthropy, LLC, works with organizations to increase their capacity to fulfill their mission.  Her work includes major gift and capital campaign consultation, as well as board and staff development.  She is the author of seven books, several of which focus on board development.  Recent clients include public media in the US (KQED, OPB, KPBS), the arts (Smuin Dance), social change (National AIDS Memorial, Opportunity Fund) and others.  She speaks globally and nationally on topics of relevance to the future of our sector.

Maeve Strathy

Fundraising Strategist

Blakely Inc.

Maeve Strathy is a passionate fundraising professional, focused on inspiring donors to make an impact on the causes they love through philanthropy. Maeve works as a Fundraising Strategist with Blakely Inc., providing strategy for charities on integrated direct response campaigns. Previously, she developed the mid-level giving program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, and built a young donor program at Trinity College School. Maeve also supports the fundraising efforts of independent arts and culture organizations, namely MYOpera. In her spare time, Maeve likes read, cook, and write for her fundraising and philanthropy-focused blog,


Layne, The Auctionista, BAS

Philanthro-tainer & Revenue Strategist

Layne, The Auctionista ignites the power of philanthropy with innovative revenue generating strategies and energizing live performance. Canada’s “Philanthro-tainer” and fundraising powerhouse, Layne is dedicated to guiding clients to create profitable events that inspire giving and leave guests feeling appreciated as vital partners of the organization. Layne’s professional fundraising career includes six years as Director of Development in the NFP sector and over 800 “record-breaking” events across Canada as a Certified Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (National Auctioneer’s Association). With niche expertise and game-changing strategies, Layne has unlocked millions of new found dollars for every charitable sector including grassroots to national charities. 


Mark Douglas Trask

Vice President

Artsmarketing Services Inc.

Currently the Vice President of Artsmarketing Services Inc., Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the nonprofit arts sector. He taught fundraising in the Combined Arts Administration Program at the University of Ottawa. Mark has held senior positions with the National Gallery of Canada, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opera Ontario, and Kitchener-Waterloo and Opera Hamilton, the Centre for the Arts at Brock University and the Shaw Festival. Mark is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), having served on the Executive and Board of Directors as well as a variety of Board Committees for both the Greater Toronto and Ottawa Chapters.

Daryl Upsall, FInstF

Chief Executive Officer

Daryl Upsall & Associates

Based in Madrid, Daryl has 34 years working with over 230 non-profits in 62 countries. Known for his leadership & innovation he pioneered digital fundraising and is a co-creator of what is known as face to face fundraising during the 1990s when leading Greenpeace International fundraising. Daryl Upsall & Associates SL provides strategic consulting support to the world’s leading UN agencies and INPOs whilst Daryl Upsall Consulting International SL has hired 451 posts for 179 clients in 127 locations worldwide.His is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Fundraising & until recently, Vice-Chair, Association of Fundraising Professionals (USA) responsible for education & professional development.


Lilya Wagner, Ed.D., CFRE


Philanthropic Service

Dr. Lilya Wagner is a first generation American, and was a refugee and immigrant.  Her early life caused her to learn four languages, live on three continents, cross two oceans, and live in as diverse a place as New York City, all before she was 10 years old.  She is Director of Philanthropic Service and is on the faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as well as St. Mary’s University. Previously Lilya was Vice President for Philanthropy at an international development organization. She is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter in North America and internationally. Her published writings include books, articles and book chapters on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as well as many other topics.

Marva Wisdom, M.A. (Leadership)

Principal & Founder

Wisdom Consulting

Marva is a highly sought facilitator, moderator and speaker.  With diversity and inclusivity as an imperative, she provides clients with courage to transform their leadership vision.

Marva has provided leadership as part of the team for an expansive and ground-breaking research study; the Black Experience Project (GTA), since its 2010 initiation by the Environics Institute.  The final report for the study was released publicly on July 19, 2017, and has been well-received by the community-at-large.  Study details, partners, sponsors and the accompanying video can be found at:

Additionally, she is the co-founding president and managing director of Canadian Black History Projects.

Her recognitions include Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; YWCA’s Woman of Distinction; JCA’s Community Volunteer Leadership Award and Police and Community Service Award of Excellence.

An avid community builder, Marva’s volunteer commitments include:

  • Board President, Kensington Market Jazz Festival
  • Member, University of Guelph’s 2016 Strategic Renewal Advisory Committee Member, Ontario Government’s June Callwood Volunteer Award Selection Committee
  • Member and Canada Day Co-chair, Rotary Club of Guelph (2006-present)

Immediate past volunteer leadership has included:

  • Acting Board President, Culchahworks Collective that co-produced an extremely successful contemporary opera commissioned by the 2015 Panam Games 
  • Founding President, Guelph Black Heritage Society – lead successful fundraising drive and community engagement toward acquiring the historic BME Church building, honouring its Underground Railroad connection through culture, arts & heritage
  • Chair, YMCA-YWCA Board of Directors (Guelph) (2003-2016)
  • Board of Trustees, Art Gallery of Guelph (2006-2015)
  • Vice Chair, Canadian Centre for Diversity (2006-2012)

Fundraising and Development work has included:

  • Chair, Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin’s United Way’s 2010 & 2011 record breaking campaigns

(2010 & 2011) ($5 & $6 million campaign)

  • Development Committee – St Joseph’s Hospital Fundraising Campaign (2011 -2013)

($36 million campaign)

  • Past member, Friends of the Committee for Canadian Museum for Human Rights (National Museum that opened in 2014 in Winnipeg, MB) (2006-2011) ($130  million campaign)
  • Chair YWCA Guelph – Strong Kids Campaign – surpassing set goals (2011/2012) ($100K campaign)
  • Chair, Fundraising - Federal and municipal elections (2003, 2014)
  • Director of Development, Roots of Empathy (International (2015)


Marva has been sought by media for contribution to political and current affairs discourse. She has made appearances as an expert panelist on various television and radio programs including CBC Radio; CFRU, MAGIC 106 and CTS recurring political panel.  Marva has brought a strong performance and awareness of current affairs to the citizens of Canada.

Marva has an M.A. (Leadership) from U of G and serves on its Leadership Advisory Board.  

Stewart Wong

Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Stewart has over 15 years of marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning experience in the charitable health sector. He currently serves as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s vice president, communications, marketing and advocacy where he provides executive leadership and management to all hospital communications activities. Prior to joining Holland Bloorview, he held a variety of marketing, strategy and communication leadership roles at The Arthritis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. He brings significant skill in leading teams using collaborative processes to advance organizational growth.  On a volunteer basis, Stewart sits on the board and serves as the vice president of government relations for the GTA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has also volunteered with Imagine Canada as a peer reviewer for their Standards Program and served as a press operations supervisor for the Toronto Pan Am Games.Stewart has 16 years of marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning experience in the charitable health sector. In early 2016, he joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as vice president, communications, marketing and advocacy where he provides executive leadership and management to all hospital communications, marketing and advocacy activities. Over the course of more than a decade in leadership positions at The Arthritis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Stewart brings demonstrated skill in leading teams to advance organizational growth. On a volunteer basis, Stewart serves as the chair of the GTA Association of Fundraising Professionals government relations committee. He has also volunteered with Imagine Canada as a peer reviewer for their Standards Program and in the summer of 2015, he served as a press operations supervisor for the Toronto Pan Am Games.

Jill Zelmanovits

Chief Executive Officer

Girl Guides of Canada

As a longtime GGC member, Jill is committed to the Mission of the organization. She has previous GGC experience as a past Board Director and has chaired several national committees including Audit and Finance, and Governance. Jill brings international Guiding experience to her role as CEO, having served as Trustee on the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), and held positions of Chair, Membership Growth Work Group, and Chair, Advocacy Task Group. Additionally, Jill has been a member of the Membership Services Working Group, the Global Engagement Group, and the Technology Work Group. A bilingual lawyer, Jill was a commercial litigator at a Bay Street law firm before working for Legal Aid Ontario at a number of Community Legal Clinics. Most recently, she was head of the Housing Department and a Staff Lawyer at West Scarborough Community Legal Services. Working alongside volunteers and staff, Jill is inspired by the passionate commitment of Guiding's members. She is a firm believer that Guiding is what girls need to be the best they can be and is full of optimism in the strength of the organization.