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 continues to lead two companies – On Purpose Events and On Purpose Leadership and serves on the AFP International Development Committee. His 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 PotashCorp Fireworks Festival and The Saskatchewan Marathon (one of Canada’s top race events). Corporate Clients have included: Great West Life Assurance Co, City of Burlington, Independent Running Retailers of Canada; City of Saskatoon, Amalgamet Canada, City of Regina, MiEnergy, JNE Welding, Rebellion Brewing, Saskatchewan Medical Association and many more. Not-for-profit clients include: Canadian Red Cross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity; Saskatchewan Arts Board, Meewasin, Nature Canada, and Persephone Theatre among others. He has held senior roles at Canadian Diabetes Association, Osteoporosis Canada and The Lung Association. Shad has spoken at conferences and delivered workshops at the local, national and international level.

Shaykh Imran Ally

Muslim Friends of Humber

Imran Ally is the resident Imam and scholar of the TARIC Islamic Centre since 2000. For over 15 years he continues to serve Humber River Hospital as a volunteer Chaplain and he is one of the pioneering members of Muslim Friends of Humber, a group of eleven organizations dedicated to supporting Humber River Hospital. He serves on the Campaign Cabinet of The Foundation of Humber River Hospital.

Among Imam Ally's community engagements, he serves as:

  • Chaplain - Peel Regional Police
  • Member - Board of Directors, Canadian Multi-faith Federation
  • Member - National Advisory Board, Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities

Imam Ally promotes a balanced approach to faith that encourages community service, interfaith dialogue, and social justice for which he has received numerous accolades. He and his wife enjoy a happy marriage and they are blessed with three handsome young sons


Cynthia J. Armour, CFRE


Elderstone Resource Development

Cynthia Armour is a Certified FundRaising Executive (CFRE) and principal of Elderstone Resource Development.  After two successful multi-million dollar campaigns she broadened her perspective, graduating with honours from York University’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program. For the past 25 years, Cynthia has facilitated countless strategic planning sessions, trained and coached board members, chief executives and senior managers across Canada.  Her ongoing curiosity and expertise in Governance, Fund Development and Marketing ensures that volunteer and paid leaders understand the interdependent nature of these top organizational priorities. She has volunteered on numerous boards, was a founding member of the Peterborough and Area Fundraisers Network and mentored through Big Sisters. Cynthia has also been a Subject Matter Expert for CFRE International and for four years authored the monthly fundraising column on Charity Village where she translated best practices into accessible articles for all to understand. She lives on her farm “Neverdun” with her ex-police horses and adventurous orange cats.  Her best steed is an 1800 pound percheron-cross that got fired from the Toronto Unit for bucking off his uniformed officers.  Obviously, he too wanted to live in the country!


Tracey Bailey, CFRE

President & CEO

Grand River Hospital Foundation

Tracey Bailey brings more than 30 years of fundraising expertise, communications savvy and non-profit sector leadership to GRHF. She spent 20 years in non-profit management consulting working with more than 50 charities across the country. She started working exclusively in health care philanthropy 10 years ago. In her career, Tracey has directed eight capital campaigns with goals ranging from $3M to $500M and is about to embark on her ninth. As a volunteer Tracey trains and coaches young professionals and board directors in the non-profit sector and is engaged with a number of organizations to alleviate poverty in her community and around the world.

Chris Baylis

President & CEO

The Sponsorship Collective

Chris Baylis is an expert in sponsorship valuation and sponsorship strategy. Chris works with sponsors and sponsorship seekers to define their sponsorship goals, determine market value of their assets and create strategies that work. Chris is the President and CEO of The Sponsorship Collective, a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and international speaker and consultant on all things sponsorship marketing.

Christina Becker, MBA, Jungian Psychologist

Vice-President, Association Management & Consulting

Becker Associates

Christina Becker has worked for the non-profit sector for 35 years as a manager, consultant, and as a volunteer. Her career included stints at Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Ontario Museums Association, Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall, Gemstone Film Productions and Fox Jones Consultants. In 1992, she founded C.J. Becker & Associates and in 2003, she joined Becker Associates as the Vice President of Association Management and consulting. Over the course of her consulting career, she has been involved in numerous studies, community consultations, and planning processes. She has worked with masters’ students studying group and organizational dynamics at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has facilitated many organizations in developing strategic plans, and improving their administration, financial management, board relations, marketing, and fundraising. Christina has a BFA [Music], MBA and a PhD equivalent in psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland.


Kimberley Blease

Vice President, Client Relationships & Donor Journey Champion


Kimberley is a fundraiser and a marketer who is the Donor Journey Champion at Blakely. She has a 30 year background in business and not-for-profit development. Kimberley believes we all have a responsibility to engage and inspire donors throughout their journey with our organizations. Kimberley is here to share her experiences to help our organizations meet our fundraising challenges and hopefully think differently in order to raise more money.

Alfredo Botti

Global Engagement Fundraiser


Working for more than 12 years in Fundraising and senior executive roles, Alfredo Botti has developed and delivered global and local integrated strategies and campaigns with a huge emphasis on digital communications and innovation for public engagement. He is currently working for UNHCR globally creating and supporting public engagement initiatives. He has worked worldwide at Greenpeace International supporting priority offices´ fundraising, communications and campaigns, and for World Animal Protection as Regional Executive and Programmes Director for Latin America and at the global board of directors. He founded, an NGO in Argentina which operates with a network of 50 partner organisations and has activated more than four thousand volunteers. Alfredo is a serial donor and volunteer, speaker, and member of the Resource Alliance Fundraising Online 2016 Advisory Panel.

Jennifer Bowser


Dancers For Cancer

Jennifer Bowser is the co-founder of Dancers For Cancer, a graduate from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science and currently in her second year of law school at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Beginning at age 3, dance has always been a part of Jennifer’s life. Prior to law school she was a dance teacher with Center Stage School of the Arts where she shared her passion for dance with her students, and co-chair of Right To Play’s Young Professionals Network.  Jennifer believes giving to Marnie’s Studio and building the Dancers For Cancer stage in SickKids Hospital is the perfect legacy for the foundation and for those who have given so selflessly to the cause over the past 7 years.

Marilyn Brown

Vice President, Revenue Development

Kids Help Phone

Marilyn Brown joined Kids Help Phone as Vice President, Revenue Development in May 2015. In her role, she is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of fundraising activities related to major and annual gifts, events and community fundraising, corporate development and government funding. Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Marilyn was National Campaign Director for the Canadian Cancer Society where she lead and implemented an innovative and transformational fundraising campaign that created new donor funding opportunities for strategic investment in high-impact research and support programs. Marilyn was also Vice-President Campaign at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation where she managed the major gifts fundraising team and created donor opportunities and prospect strategies in support of the Hospital’s capital redevelopment program and research institute. She began her career in fundraising at the University of Toronto, where she went up through the ranks from Alumni Development Officer to Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations at her alma mater, the Faculty of Music, as part of the University’s first billion dollar campaign. She has served on the board of Toronto Summer Music and Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, and volunteers in the organizations her kids are part of.

Sara Byrnell

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Plan International Canada

Sara Byrnell leads the development of strategic business opportunities as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at Plan International Canada. For more than a decade, Sara has dedicated her career to supporting leading charities including SickKids Foundation and United Way. She has a successful track record of securing major gifts from foundations and currently works to build strategic corporate partnerships for Plan International and the Because I am a Girl initiative to support equal rights for all children, especially girls, around the world. Sara is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Georgian College Fundraising and Resource Development Program.

Terrance S. Carter, LL.B., TEP

Managing Partner

Carters Professional Corporation

Terrance S. Carter, LL.B., TEP, Trade-mark Agent – Managing Partner of Carters, Mr. Carter practices in the area of charity and not-for-profit law, 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, 2013), and a co-editor of Charities Legislation and Commentary (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2014).  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

Owen Charters

President & CEO

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Owen Charters is the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.  Through ninety-five clubs across the country, Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.

Over his career, Owen has worked with many non-profit organizations, including the YM-YWCA, Easter Seals, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Foundation, CanadaHelps, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.  In executive leadership roles, he has focused on marketing and fundraising to help organizations raise their profile and grow their impact, with a number of successful and high-profile campaigns under his belt.

A proponent of a strong, collective voice for the non-profit sector, Owen is currently chair of Imagine Canada, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University. He is a frequent speaker on charitable and non-profit issues across Canada.

He holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Nonprofit Management, both from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is an adjunct member of York’s faculty, lecturing at the MBA-level on nonprofit management in Canada.

Nicholas Cheung, CPA, CA

Vice-President, Member Services

CPA Canada

Nick is responsible for creating value for members by developing and providing practical, relevant and innovative publications, products and services. He oversees the strategy for and operations of CPA Magazine, the largest B2B magazine in Canada with a circulation of over 200,000. From 2013-2016 Nick also served as CPA Canada’s Chief Privacy Officer, where he was responsible for the management and protection of member information.

Nick has served as CPA Canada’s financial literacy spokesperson and has appeared on BNN, and in the National Post and The Globe and Mail. He was a contributor to the organization’s 2013 award-winning book A Canadian’s Guide to Money-Smart Living. Nick joined the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) in 2007. He was the co-author of the Privacy Maturity Model (PMM) developed in conjunction with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2011 and was the contributing author to the CICA legacy publication Canadian Privacy and Data Security Toolkit for Small and Medium Enterprises in 2009.

He also has served on the inaugural Canadian advisory board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Previously, Nick worked at Deloitte, ADP Independent Investors Communication Corporation (later Broadridge Financial Services), Ontario Power Generation and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Michel Chikwanine

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

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.

Nicole D'Aoust, LL.B


Miller Thomson LLP

Nicole K. D'Aoust is an Associate in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Group. Before joining the firm in August 2014, Nicole practiced in the areas of tax law and tax litigation and dispute resolution with a law firm affiliated with a "big four" public accounting firm. She also gained experience working for a not-for-profit professional association and articled with a national law firm. At Miller Thomson, she is building a practice focused on providing taxation and corporate governance advice to charities and not-for-profit organizations. Nicole obtained her JD from the University of Ottawa, studying in the French Common Law Program. She has completed Part II of the CPA Canada In-Depth Tax Course. Nicole is a Contributing Editor for Canadian Tax Focus, a quarterly newsletter associated with the Canadian Tax Foundation (CT F) Young Practitioners chapters across the country. She has assisted in a litigation involving charity law issues at the Federal Court of Appeal and has spoken at the CTF Annual Conference. She is also actively involved in the Toronto community most notably as a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Young Leadership Council. During law school, Nicole completed an internship with the Law Branch of the Supreme Court of Canada and was a semi-finalist in a 5-day commercial negotiation competition in Paris, France. Nicole was involved in several law school activities including being elected to the position of Senior Articles Editor of the Ottawa Law Review, as a teaching assistant for the faculty of law's alternative dispute resolution course, and as an exchange student in Mexico City. Upon graduating from law school, Nicole received a Special Distinction for her third-year major paper in legal remedies. Prior to attending law school, Nicole obtained a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Western Ontario.

Liane Davey

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

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.

Julie Davis, CFRE

Vice-President, External Relations & Advancement

Trent University

Julie Davis's thirty year career has spanned the for-profit, public and charitable sector. Currently, as Vice President External Relations and Advancement at Trent University she is responsible for philanthropy, advancement services, community relations and alumni affairs. In her first few years in the role she led the institution through a brand repositioning and development of new advertising, then an award winning 50th anniversary year-long celebration. She is now focused on completing Trent's largest ever fundraising campaign, working with the City to develop a recreational complex and research park, and reaching out to alumni across the globe. Prior to Trent she was President and CEO of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation for nine years where she led two capital campaigns. Her work in the charitable sector was preceded by a fifteen year career in marketing and senior leadership in the packaged goods sector at Quaker Oats and Unilever Canada. 

Peter Dent

Global Crisis Management Leader, DTTL Financial Advisory Partner

Deloitte Canada

Peter has over 20 years of experience working with clients in a crisis management capacity, primarily around accountability, transparency and governance. Peter’s specialties include working with international organizations, national governments and the private sector in post disaster and post-crisis environments, having worked in over 30 countries. Additionally, as the global crisis management leader for DTTL, Peter is responsible for the development of crisis management services that are deployed across Deloitte’s global network of member firms.

Moira Dossetor, Ph.D.

Senior Counsel

Offord Group

Moira Dossetor is Senior Counsel, Offord Group and Senior Consultant, Marts & Lundy. Moira has worked for close to 20 years in the philanthropic sector within both small and large institutions. Equipped with a PhD in Philosophy, Moira transitioned seamlessly from philosophy to philanthropy at York University, where she managed fundraising for the Centre for Jewish Studies as part of York’s $100 million National Campaign. Her passion for education then led her to The York School where, as Director of Development, she worked with volunteers and school leadership to build a robust culture of giving through the establishment of Annual Giving and Major Gifts Programs and the completion of a successful Capital Campaign. As Director of Development at the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Moira moved to the mental health sector and managed a diversified fund development portfolio. In this role, she worked with regional teams on building and maximizing local fundraising capacity and ensuring alignment of strategic fundraising goals across the province. Before joining the Offord Group, Moira spent 6½ years developing and leading a team in the Office of Philanthropy and Alumnae Relations at The Bishop Strachan School. In her role as Executive Director, she worked alongside school leadership, and led her team in a $35 million campaign, the biggest in its history, from initial planning, quiet phase, and Campaign Launch to a successful public phase that is still underway. Over the course of her career, Moira has built, led and managed successful teams, initiated fundraising programs to serve organizational priorities, developed fundraising bench strength by establishing the trust of organizational leadership and deepened long-lasting relationships with volunteers and donors. She has a BA from McGill University and began an MA at the University of British Columbia, which she completed, along with her PhD, at the University of Toronto.

Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE

Associate Vice President, Donor Relations

CAMH Foundation

Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE, has been helping social service organizations reach their philanthropic potential for the last fifteen years. At Eva’s Initiatives, YWCA Toronto, Frontier College and The WoodGreen Foundation, she connected visionary donors to innovative projects. Suzanne was a major gifts fundraiser at the CAMH Foundation for 5 years. She recently became the Associate Vice President of Donor Relations for CAMH Foundation and is responsible for curating and creating the ways that donors engage with CAMH and ensuring they feel the impact of their giving. Suzanne has volunteered her services to charities including Expect Theatre, where she is currently Treasurer, the Redwood and the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Toronto. She also redeveloped the Introduction to Fundraising course at Ryerson University, where she is an instructor.

Robin Fowler, CFRE

Senior Counsel

Offord Group and Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Robin Fowler is a seasoned fundraising professional with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  Robin joined Offord Group in 2005 and over the last decade has worked with charities across all sectors and of all sizes, from long-established universities, hospitals, arts & cultural organizations and independent schools with sophisticated fundraising programs to small organizations just beginning their charitable journey.  Prior to joining the Offord Group in 2005, Robin was Director of Advancement at Havergal College where her work and achievements were recognized with several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Robin was also Campaign Manager for the $100 million “The Best Medicine” campaign at Mount Sinai Hospital and Director of Advancement at the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. Robin began her fundraising career at McGill University, where she also received a BA (Honours Russian) and a Masters of Educations (Educational Psychology).

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 Committee 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 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. 

Tara George, MBA

Senior Vice President & Lead Search Consultant

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

For the past nine years, as the lead consultant for KCI’s executive search and talent development practice Tara has partnered with a wide variety of non-profit organizations across Canada. She has interviewed, advised, and guided hundreds of leaders at a variety of levels, and through her work brings a unique perspective on leadership development and effectiveness.

Tara has invited several Executive Leadership Coaches to join us for this session, and will moderate a panel discussion on developing leadership skills and qualities. These professional coaches work with senior executives, boards, and teams in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors to help people fully develop their potential and results in the areas of transformational leadership, transition to new roles, effective communication, and professional and personal growth.


Lucy Gower

Founder and Director


Lucy Gower is founder and director at Lucidity. She is an accomplished trainer, coach and consultant specialising in innovation. Lucy led the first innovation team at the UK children’s charity the NSPCC and it was here that she realised that for change to happen you need a clear purpose, the best ideas, processes and technology, and most importantly you need the right people working together. Since leaving the NSPCC in 2012 Lucy has worked with over 50 organisations including Amnesty International, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Nesta, The Children’s Society and Greenpeace to help them their teams think more clearly and work together to get better results. She is author of the best-selling book “The Innovation Workout” a blogger and conference speaker and often seen on Twitter @lucyinnovation

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. Fraser is a self-confessed ‘donor research freak’. He believes deeply that creating a superb donor experience is the key to great fundraising – and that listening carefully to donors is all-important first step in doing so. When he’s not staring at his laptop, Fraser loves to hike and ski with his dogs, 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.

Gregory Hagin

Managing Director, MBA

CCS Fundraising

Greg is a CCS Partner who provides executive leadership, strategic thinking, and philanthropic advice to the non-profit sector and social impact space. He has designed, advised, and directed more than 100 capital campaigns and resource development initiatives that have collectively raised over $7 billion, positively impacting tens of millions of lives. Greg is also an accomplished instructor and facilitator, and has been invited to speak at national non-profit organizations, industry conferences, universities, and corporations. He teaches "Raising Philanthropic Capital" to students earning a master’s degree in non-profit leadership at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Greg earned a BA from Boston College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former President of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and serves on the Board of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

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.

Brady Hambleton

Director, Direct Marketing

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

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 the Heart & Stroke Foundation (HSF), Brady oversees one of Canada’s largest, national multi-channel fundraising programs, raises over $21 million annually through digital, direct mail, telemarketing, monthly and mid-level donors, with a staff compliment of 10.  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.  

Prior to joining the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Brady was Manager, Annual & Planned Giving at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (University Health Network), where he drove growth and innovation within the Annual & Planned Giving programs.

Mark Harrison, MBA

President & CEO


For more than 20 years, Mark has worked with some of the world’s top brands, sports properties, and causes. As President and CEO, Mark has led the T1 team in developing outstanding marketing and sponsorship strategies and award-winning activations — work that engages people in memorable new ways, and all built on sound brand and business strategies. A big believer in giving back, Mark lends his expertise and passion for the business through guest articles for industry publications, a well-followed blog and as a keynote speaker at special industry events. 

Lawrence Henze, J.D.

Principal Consultant

Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company

Lawrence Henze, managing director of Target Analytics, has extensive experience in fundraising, market research and the application of predictive modelling services to the nonprofit marketplace. The founder of Core Data Services, which Blackbaud acquired in 2001, he has also served as vice president of predictive modelling services at USA Group Noel Levitz and president of The Philanthropic Division of Econometrics, Inc. Mr. Henze has 15 years of experience in development, raising more than $125 million, primarily for higher education institutions. During his career, he has personally reviewed the giving histories of more than 30,000 planned givers across the country. He holds a BA in political science from Carroll College in Wisconsin, and an MA in public policy and administration and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Mark Hierlihy, CFRE

Executive Director

Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario

Mark found his calling in the noble profession of fundraising over 20 years ago at a young hospital foundation in PEI. He has always been passionate about his personal mission "to be a constant positive influence on everyone I meet” but at the same time has not shied away from being a disrupter and a catalyst for change. His rewarding career has been packed full of cutting edge fundraising at Canada’s National Arts Centre, Special Olympics Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. He cares deeply about his work as a strategist, campaign designer, implementer and coach to help strengthen charities and the profession. Mark is currently Executive Director of
Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario. He’s also the co-founder of AFP Toronto Chapter D3: Debate. Debunk. Delight.

M. Elena Hoffstein, MA, LL.B.


Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Elena Hoffstein specializes in all areas of personal tax and estate planning, including family business succession planning, wills and trusts, corporate reorganizations, and marriage contracts.  She also specializes in charities and not for profit law. Elena also represents clients in both contentious and non-contentious estate litigation matters including will challenges, mental capacity matters, applications for advice and direction of the court and passing of fiduciary accounts. Elena has been ranked by Lexpert as one of the most frequently recommended Toronto private client and charity law practitioners and as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada. Martindale-Hubbell has given her a rating of AV. In 2006, she received the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates in recognition of her leadership and contribution to estates and trusts law. Elena is also a recipient of Lexpert's prestigious Zenith award for business law and business of law and Chambers Canada 2016, Band 1, Toronto Region. Elena articled with the firm in 1978-79 and returned in 1980 after being called to the Bar and became a partner in 1986. She is director of the Toronto office's Wealth Management and Charities practice group. 

Jay Hollister

Director, National Donor Experience & Engagement

Canadian Red Cross

Jay Hollister is Director, National Donor Experience & Engagement at the Canadian Red Cross. Jay is a customer experience professional with 10 years’ experience working in both the for-profit and non-profit spaces. In his current role, Jay oversees supporter services, loyalty & retention programs, telephone fundraising and all donor communications. Previously, Jay worked in the business process outsourcing vertical, supporting financial services companies with contact centre and customer experience solutions. He was responsible for business operations and client services for a large Canadian credit card issuer.  A graduate of the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, Jay has a Bachelor’s degree in American history and completed a post-graduate program in Project Management. 

Alison Holt

Senior Counsel and Managing Director, Communications

Offord Group and Senior Consultant & Principal, Marts & Lundy

Alison leads the Offord Group’s communications practice, while also providing clients with strategic and fundraising counsel. Before joining Offord, Alison was the Vice Principal of External Relations at Greenwood College School. Greenwood’s founders recruited Alison in 2002 to build their Advancement practice from scratch. Over the next eight years, Alison was responsible for the school’s fundraising, brand development, communications and marketing, admissions and recruitment.

Alison began her career more than 25 years ago at her alma mater, Queen’s University, where she worked in alumni relations and communications. She also worked at the University of Toronto, where she was Associate Director, Alumni Relations. Alison is a long-time volunteer at Queen’s and is the recipient of Queen’s University’s Herbert J. Hamilton Award for service to the university.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees’ External Relations and Development Committee, and was the University Council’s inaugural Vice-Chair. She chaired Council’s governance renewal committee, has served on the Chancellor’s Selection Committee and on the Board of the Alumni Association. She is a regular Canadian Accredited Independent School Leadership Institute faculty member. Currently on the Foundation Board of the Child Development Institute, she is a past member of the Integra Foundation Board of Directors, AFP’s D3 event planning committee, and past Vice-President of CCAE.

Nancy Horvath

Associate Director, Major Gifts

SickKids Foundation

Nancy Horvath is currently an Associate Director of Major Gifts at SickKids Foundation and is responsible for engaging individuals and families to support the most urgent needs of the hospital. Nancy has been involved with the growth and development of annual giving, mid-level giving and major gifts programs for over a decade in Toronto. Nancy is deeply passionate about our experiences as diverse individuals, particularly within the LGBTQ2 community, and how the non-profit sector can evolve our practices and organizations to be more inclusively minded. Nancy has been involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter since 2006 serving as a member and past co-chair for Fundraising Day 2010, past-chair of the Inclusion and Equity Committee, and as a member of the steering committee for the AFP Inclusive Giving Project.

Susan Horvath, CFRE

President and Chief Executive Officer

ROM Governors

Susan is a seasoned philanthropic executive with diverse leadership experience in the healthcare, education and research sectors. Susan joined the Royal Ontario Museum in December 2014 as President & CEO of the ROM Governors, inspired by the opportunity to build on her lifelong passion for the ROM and her love of helping donors realize great impact through philanthropy.
In her 26 years in the charitable sector, Susan has served as Vice President Philanthropy for the Canadian Cancer Society; President of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation; Vice President External at Robarts Research Institute; Director of Alumni & Development at Western University; and Director, Resource Development United Way of London & Middlesex.
Susan’s fundraising career was preceded by a decade as an academic at Brescia University College at Western University, where she taught and researched clothing, textiles and historic costume. Susan holds a BSc from Western and an MSc from the University of Alberta. An active volunteer, Susan has held leadership positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE), Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), International Women’s Forum and several healthcare and community organizations. Recognized with the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 1995, Susan’s service has been recognized with awards, most recently the Carmelle Murphy Alumnae Award of Distinction from Brescia University College and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

John Hunkin, BA, MBA (York), LLD (Hon. York)

Member, Executive and Finance and Audit Committees, Board of Governors, York University
Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business, York University
Board member, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation
Board member, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation
Member, Board of Trustees, Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation

Following his previous term from 1994 to 2004, John began a new term with the York University Board of Governors effective February 27, 2012. He serves on the University’s Executive and Finance and Audit Committees.

He is the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business and was a Board member of the York University Foundation. He serves on the board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation where he co-chaired two capital campaigns. He is on the board and a past Chair of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation where he serves on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Nominations and Governance Committees. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of CAMH. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation and a former board member of Enablis.

John is also the former Chairman, President and CEO of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. On his retirement in 2005 after 36 years with CIBC he continued his focus on not-for-profit activities.

John was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award in 2002 and he received the 2009 Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA Chapter, philanthropy award as Outstanding Volunteer.

Rachel Hunnybun, MInstF

Development Director

Sweetpea Charity, UK

Rachel has been a senior individual giving fundraiser for a number of charities in the UK and specialises in supporter experience and developing long term insight driven income growth. She is passionate about providing donors with the right inspiration and experience to develop long term relationships and often looks to other sectors and industries to bring new ideas and learning to her fundraising work. Rachel currently works with a number of charities as part of her role leading Greenhouse Fundraising, the fundraising consultancy trading arm for Sweetpea Charity. In addition, Rachel is a commissioner on the Commission for Donor Experience and is also a keen blogger for 101 Fundraising, UK Fundraising and the Institute of Fundraising. Rachel is a regular speaker at Institute of Fundraising Conventions at both regional and national level in the UK as well as conferences in Europe including the International Fundraising Congress in Holland. 

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).

Liza Jerome

Director, Major Gifts

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

Liza Jerome is Director, Major Gifts at Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation.

Michael Johnston

Founder and President


Michael Johnston is the President and founder of the global fundraising consultancy, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants and the co-founder of two global fundraising products: The Global Legacy Giving Group and the sports-based Fantasy Fundraising. He has been a fundraiser for 25 years, and has worked with 100’s of nonprofit organizations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mike is an expert in fundraising innovation and integrated marketing – most especially how new technologies best combine with traditional ways of giving: planned giving, events, major gifts, and annual campaigns. Mike was a founding Board Member of the Washington-based e-Philanthropy Foundation, and was its first chair of its Education Committee. He is also the Chair of the industry leading Integrated Marketing Advisory Board, – a collection of 12 of leading fundraising agencies and related industry associations working hard to help charities do a better job of integrated marketing.
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.

Joyaux blogs as Simone Uncensored and also publishes a monthly e-news. She’s written three books (Keep Your Donors. Strategic Fund Development. Firing Lousy Board Members) – and contributed to several others. 

Sylvia Kadlick, CFRE

Senior Search Consultant

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

In her current role at KCI, Sylvia has worked on executive recruitment searches for a wide variety of clients across the country. Prior to rejoining KCI in 2011, Sylvia was Director of Development with Frontier College. Earlier, she worked at the York University Foundation as a Chief Development Officer with the Faculty of Arts, and then progressed to an Associate Director of Development for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Sylvia was also the Executive Director of the Niagara College Foundation for four years. Prior to this, she was a Senior Campaign Director with KCI, where she was a consultant for various capital campaigns, mostly in the healthcare sector. Sylvia also served as Manager of Development & Corporate Fundraising at Kids Help Phone Foundation in Toronto for two years and began her fundraising career as a Campaign Manager at the United Way of Greater Toronto.

David Kelleher, PhD

Senior Associate

Gender at Work

David Kelleher PhD. is an organizational consultant and a co-founder and Senior Associate of Gender at Work, a global knowledge-building network on women’s rights. He has sat on a number of non-profit boards and once served as Interim Manager of Resource Development for Amnesty International. He is the co-author of four books on various aspects of organizational change.

Claire Kerr

Director of Digital Philanthropy


Claire Kerr has worked for non-profit organizations in the economic development, education, and health and research sectors. As Director of Digital Philanthropy at FrontStream, Claire provides best practices to charities as they fundraise through web, social & mobile channels. She shares FrontStream’s benchmarking data about online donor behavior through research papers and presentations to the broader charitable sector. Claire teaches “Social Media Community Management” and “Digital Strategies for Charities & Non-profit Organizations” 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. Currently working with International Development & Relief Foundation as the Director of Fund Development & External Affairs, Farheen has been in a number of leadership positions and has worked as a consultant for charitable organizations including the United Way. 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. As the Editor-in-Chief of the #muslimsactually blog and campaign, Farheen 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 continues to advocate for causes related to women and girls (violence against women, body image, health and wellness), poverty, food security, homelessness, youth leadership and development, international relief aid. 

Peggy Killeen

Principal Director of Development, Faculty of Fine Arts

Concordia University

Peggy Killeen has over 25 years of experience in the development field, specializing in non-profit management and fundraising.  Peggy started her career in South Africa, working for local advocacy, human rights and community organizations.  She has worked on contracts with the United Nations and the Canadian International Development Agency at international electoral missions in Central Africa and the former Yugoslavia. In Canada she has concentrated mainly on healthcare fundraising, with some forays into adult literacy, immigration issues and education.   Peggy is a Certified Fundraising Executive and sits on the national Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP).  She is a seasoned presenter with a passion for planned giving, ethics and donor relations. For the past eight years Peggy worked for the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation as Director of Legacy Gifts for both the RVHF and the McGill University Health Centre Foundation.  She is now Principal Director of Development for the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.

Philip King, MBA


The Donation Funnel Project

Philip has always loved the overlap between technology and fundraising. He lives in the mountains of Asheville North Carolina, but Philip spent many years living in Toronto. He cut his teeth as the VP of E-business for the United Way of Greater Toronto, and then became President and CEO of Artez for almost a decade.

Currently Philip is working on a variety of projects including:

  • Building a mobile app from the ground-up named RedDoor, which allows people in Toronto to crowdsource home-sold data, in exchange for donations to local charities
  • Leading Facebook and Google advertising strategies for national charities in Canada, and measuring their success using Google Analytics
  • Re-designing mobile registration and donation funnels for high-volume campaigns to increase mobile conversion rates (which are still abysmally low!)

Philip is the monthly technology strategy columnist for NonProfitPRO Magazine: one of the most widely-circulated magazines for the fundraising sector in North America.

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. He is adamant about always putting people first, then process, and that fundraisers, charities and social profit groups should not be afraid to have a personality. 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 the Association for Fundraising Professionals of Greater Toronto and is an organizer of Be Good Be Social York Region, a conference promoting social media for social good.





Geneviève Larose

Account Supervisor

Cornerstone Digital

Geneviève is a fully bilingual English and French digital marketing specialist with extensive experience creating successful performance-driven online marketing programs for both consumer and business markets. She has comprehensive knowledge in Digital Strategy and Execution, Search Engine Marketing (SEM), Display Advertising, Video Advertising, Web Tracking and Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), E-Commerce, Online Lead Generation, and Brand Strategy.

Alicia Leon

Manager, Major Gifts

SickKids Foundation

Alicia Leon has been with SickKids Foundation since 2010. Following an undergraduate degree in Health Studies and Psychology at Queen’s University, Alicia went on to complete her Certificate of Fundraising and Volunteer Management at Humber College. She completed her internship for the program at SickKids Foundation and has since, taken on various roles at the organization. Alicia worked for a time on the Corporate Partnerships team with Children’s Miracle Network corporate partners, on the Community Events team with third party event organizers, and since early 2014, as a Manager on the Major Gifts team. Alicia has been exposed to various aspects of the fundraising industry and has had experience building relationships with a multitude of different groups and individuals including patient families, youth and student fundraisers, mid-level donors, young professionals, volunteers, and both corporate and major donors.

John Lepp


Agents of Good

John Lepp is a marketer, designer, and ranter, with decades of experience in design and direct response. He is a partner at Agents of Good, a fundraising and communications collaboration, led by himself and Jen Love, that is solely focused on #donorlove.

Dianne Lister, LLB, CFRE


The Dianne Lister Group

Dianne Lister 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. 

Services include: executive coaching, strategic planning, governance and ethics counsel, philanthropic audits, leadership assessment.

Dianne has developed and taught courses at UVic, and will launch a new program at Fleming College in 2016. 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.

Diane Lloyd, CFRE ACC

CEO and Executive Coach

Inspired Results Group

Diane is a coach, facilitator and speaker who is passionate about inspiring leaders in the philanthropic sector. She coaches leaders, teams, individuals and boards across Western Canada, with a mission to inspire organizations to reach their philanthropic potential. With 20 years in fund development and over $40 million raised in the sport, education and cultural sectors, Diane understands the role of leadership in philanthropy.  Diane is now a Certified Executive Coach (CEC) through Royal Roads University, an accredited coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation, a Strengths Deployment Inventory Relationship Awareness® facilitator, and a mentor with the Gustavson School of Business. She is also actively serving as President of the AFP Vancouver Island Chapter. She enjoys having fun with her family in the great outdoors and challenges herself with hot yoga, occasional running and backcountry camping. Download her free leadership gift at


Juniper Locilento, CFRE

Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Juniper Locilento, CFRE is driven to advance philanthropy as a means to create change. She has worked alongside social profit change makers for more than a dozen years, both as a fundraising practitioner in arts & culture and as a philanthropic consultant with KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.). She is currently Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy at the YMCA of Greater Toronto.  

A passionate teacher and learner, Juniper is a student in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at Carleton University. She also 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. Juniper studied Organizational Development and Change Management at York University’s Schulich Executive Education Centre.

Michelle Lonergan

Director of Philanthropy Business Operations

Canadian Red Cross

Michelle Lonergan works at the Canadian Red Cross as the Director of Philanthropy Business Operations.  She is accountable for the governance and oversight of business systems and support for the Philanthropy team across the country. In this role she provides leadership to the various channels which drives the framework that supports the team’s goals and objectives. Previous to this role at the Red Cross, Michelle was in charge of the face to face and telemarketing activities across the country.  Before the Red Cross, Michelle was a Senior Database Management and Fundraising Consultant for JMG Solutions Inc. and since 2001, Michelle has worked with over 100 non-profit organizations across Canada.  Michelle integrates her business operations role with her Fundraising experience and truly believes that good data is the cornerstone for any successful Fundraising program.

David Love

Caretaker, Legacy Donors


David raised his first dollar 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 running their legacy program – a program he started in 1982. He learns more about legacy fundraising every day. When he can, he works 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 careers, this inspiring recognition spurns him on to be a better fundraiser every day. He does that by continuing to put donors first.

Jen Love


Agents of Good

Agent Jen is a storyteller, and not in a poetic sense. In a fumbling, arm-waving, half-sentence-speaking, let's-get-to-the-heart-and-the-feelings sense. Write drunk, edit sober...even if you're only drunk on emotions.

Bruce MacDonald

President & CEO

Imagine Canada

Who would have thought that operating carnival games and rides would lead to a career in social good? Nobody, really. Well – over 30 years later, Bruce is still at it. From having served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for ten years and prior to that as the organization’s Vice-President of Marketing, Bruce has led major change initiatives and developed long and innovative partnerships with corporations and other charities. A wide and varied career, working with different parts of the sector has lead him to Imagine Canada – working with young people, older adults, sports and recreation and community service clubs. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration, a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector and a Guinness Book of World Records.



Gary MacDonald

Founding Partner

Clearview Consulting

Gary brings 43 years of experience in non-profit leadership and is known for his ability to inspire and motivate clients to achieve excellence in their own work and enhance the performance of their organizations. Gary is a dynamic facilitator with extensive proficiency developing communication and leadership competency skills with individuals and groups. His clients include leaders in government, business and the non-profit sector. In the fundraising arena, he coaches non-profits and their leadership in achieving higher levels of quality connectedness with their partners (donors), generating real results. 

Gary loves 3 things: his wife & family, non-profits, and movie theatre popcorn (with real butter).

Gary is Founding Partner at Clearview Consulting in Stirling, Ontario. Gary also serves as Allied Counsel with KMA Consultants in Toronto and is a Facilitator at Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre in Belleville.

Kimberley MacKenzie, CFRE

Fundraising/Management Consultant

Kimberley MacKenzie & Associates

Kimberley is passionate about building the capacity of the third sector and works with a variety of organizations to advance a culture of philanthropy for their important work. For over 16 years she has been transforming fundraising programs and delivering double-digit growth. Kimberley also serves as Editor of Canada’s leading weekly fundraising resource Hilborn’s eNEWS, is a member of the Advisory Council for the Rogare Think Tank in Plymouth University, UK, is the Director of Education for the Planned Giving Council of Simcoe County and is currently writing her first book called The Authentic Fundraiser: How get transformative results for you and your organization. You can contact Kimberley via @kimberleycanada, email her, or visit:

Guy Mallabone, MA, CFRE

President & CEO

Global Philanthropic (Canada)

Guy Mallabone, MA, CFRE, is an internationally recognized leader in the philanthropic profession – as a consultant, volunteer, teacher, presenter, best-selling author and practitioner.  He has worked as a professional fundraiser since 1980 in the Arts & Culture, Social Services, and Higher Education sectors, serving as the Chief Development Officer at the University of Alberta and as Vice President and Chief Development Officer at SAIT Polytechnic.  He current serves as President and CEO for Global Philanthropic (Canada), 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; is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Carleton University’s Masters’ Program in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership; and Chairs Canada Advancing Philanthropy, a national professional fundraising advocacy group.  Guy has also served as a member of the international Board for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the CFRE Professional Certification Board. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Philanthropy & Development, and was identified by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential citizens and by the Calgary Herald as one of Calgary’s most 20 most compelling citizens.  Guy is Editor of the Globe & Mail best-selling fundraising book, Excellence in Fundraising in Canada.

Marjorie Malpass


Nerve Strategic

Marjorie Malpass is a professional actor, writer, corporate coach and founder of Nerve Strategic.As an actor, Marjorie began her career at 14 with a tiny part in the CBC film, "The Private Capitol" in Ottawa. Career highlights include: touring internationally with Axis Theatre's "The Number 14"including stops in Italy, Finland, Denmark and on Broadway, playing three stalkers in one year for a play, a TV show and a film, and being the voice of the first ever female Mini Wheat. Marjorie creativity delivers bold communication, presentation and performance skills to the corporate sector. Businesses such as GM, Xerox, Royal Caribbean, TD Bank and senior personnel at various levels of government have learnt from her. Combining her knowledge of the corporate world and the entertainment industry, Marjorie recently provided On-Camera coaching for all three of the new Dragon's on the CBC hit show, Dragon's Den.

Kay Marks, CFRE

Director of Development

World Animal Protection Canada

Kay Marks, CFRE, has been a fundraising professional for the past 12 years. Nine of those years were focused on healthcare philanthropy working at the Canadian Cancer Society and the last three have been focused on Animal Welfare. Currently she serves as Director of Development at World Animal Protection Canada overseeing a team of six.  Kay’s focus is on finding viable acquisition channels, maximizing the return on investment and analyzing all campaigns in order to make solid strategies. Kay was successful in leading her team in exceeding the 2015 fundraising overall budget by10%, bringing in the highest net revenue and surpassing the prior highest net revenue by 22%. Most recently, Kay co-chaired, along with the Director of Communications, and launched the successful “A New Leash on Life” lead generation campaign. This initiative was able to prove itself as a second viable acquisition channel and multi-channel fundraising campaign.  

Mina Mawani

President and Chief Executive Officer

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Mina Mawani joined Crohn’s and Colitis Canada as President and CEO in April 2015. With over 15 years of experience in non-profit, private sector, hospital, and government roles, Mina is now turning her attention to making Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis stop. For life.

Mina is an experienced leader and change navigator, guiding non-profits from vision to strategy to results. Applying her passion and enthusiasm to the Crohn’s and colitis community, Mina is deeply engaged with the issues that matter most to her constituents – finding cures and improving lives for the nearly 250,000 Canadians affected by these chronic diseases.

Mina currently serves on the Boards of Seneca College, Research Canada and Pine River Institute and served on the Board of Women’s College Hospital (where she chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee). Mina is a member of the International Women’s Forum Canada (IWFC). Mina has held a number of leadership roles, including President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Chief Development Officer and Executive Committee member at Civic Action, and CEO of the Aga Khan Council for Canada. Earlier in her career, she held key roles at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2016, Mina received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for her achievements and contributions to Canada.

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 third 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 President of the GTA Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  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.

Jennifer Meriano

Director, Brand and Integrated Marketing

Stephen Thomas Ltd.

Jennifer Meriano is strategic, multidisciplinary brand director specializing in helping brands tell their story. Meriano, who joins ST from the commercial marketing side of the business, is charged with establishing and building new business relationships with non-profit marketers looking to address brand and integrated marketing challenges within their organizations. Meriano was most recently Senior Account Manager at Toronto-based The Mint Agency, where she helped steer cross-functional teams in the development and execution of a full-spectrum of integrated marketing campaigns covering web, print, direct and social channels. Previously, Meriano held marketing management roles at AOL Media Network and Softchoice Corporation. She is a graduate of York University in Toronto.

Faraaz Moledina

Digital Account Manager

Stephen Thomas Ltd.

Faraaz Moledina, Digital Account Manager, is a digital advertising professional who has had experience working on agency and client side, in the commercial space. Faraaz started his career in the advertising industry, working on digital projects for clients in the CPG and food services sectors. He managed the development of full websites, microsites, and social media campaigns. On the client side, he worked within the energy sector, coordinating and executing web content strategies for multiple business units within one of Canada’s largest energy companies. Since joining ST, Faraaz has deepened his understanding of digital marketing in the not-for-profit space, working on campaigns for clients like Cuso International, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada and Amnesty International. 

Grant Monck, LL.B.

Strategic Fundraising Consultant

Grant Monck Fundraising Consultant Services

Grant has over twenty years of experience as a board member, senior fundraiser and lawyer with local, provincial, national and international organizations. Grant has held senior fundraising positions with conservation, education and health organizations. Grant’s experience includes working on annual, capital and endowment campaigns, communications and government relations. Specific expertise in major gift fundraising and gift planning. Working with staff and volunteer teams has been key to his success. Grant established a private consulting firm in 2014 based in Vancouver providing services to clients from Hong Kong to Toronto in the areas of general charitable giving, gift planning, endowment and major gift campaigns, government relations and overall strategic planning.

Tara Morley


Sargent Solutions Inc.

A year after Wendy Smith started Sargent Solutions, Tara joined the team and has been working by Wendy’s side ever since.  Tara has 12 years of experience with Raiser’s Edge from gift processing, to data management, to implementations.  Tara is also proficient in the Financial Edge, eTapestry, Education Edge and Luminate Online. Tara has her Blackbaud certification in the Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online. Tara also volunteers with a variety of charities in the region, enhancing her understanding of the needs of small to medium size organizations.

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

Principal & Senior Fundraising Counsel

Myers & Associates

Tony is a passionate enthusiast, fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others to do the same. His life-time of experience in raising money and working with organizations in transition on 5 continents has shaped his expertise as fundraiser, consultant and change-maker.  His skills in major donor fundraising, major gift campaigns, strategic planning, board development, and as a leadership coach have placed him in demand as a speaker and consultant around the world. Tony is a self-proclaimed student of philanthropy who continues to learn and practice his craft locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Ultimately, his spirited presentations will get you thinking, change your perspective and give you the confidence to further your work, enjoy your work and be successful in a world of abundance. 

Heather Nelson, MBA, CFRE


Cause Marketing, Corporate Partnerships and Fundraising Consulting

Building on over 20 years in the charitable sector, Heather recently started a cause marketing, corporate partnership consultancy and is currently working with War Child and Royal Botanical Gardens. Prior to this new adventure, she was at Food Banks Canada where she developed a corporate partnership program that grew from $1M to $9M. Working alongside a wide variety of corporate partners, she worked on retail, digital, and employee campaigns and focused on developing great relationships along the way. Heather is deeply engaged in the sector, having been on the Board of Directors at AFP Golden Horseshoe and is currently on the Board of Directors at Canadian Feed the Children. Heather teaches Introduction to Fundraising at Ryerson University. In her spare time, she manages her son’s hockey team and squeezes in some time to connect with nature.

Brad Offman, MBA, CFRE

Founder and Managing Partner

Spire Philanthropy

Brad Offman is Founder and Managing Partner of Spire Philanthropy, a management consultancy specializing in corporate-charitable partnerships.  He is the former Senior Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy at Mackenzie Investments.  Brad is also former President of the Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation and Managing Director of the Mackenzie Charitable Giving Fund.  Prior to joining Mackenzie, Brad served as Vice President, Development at the Toronto Community Foundation. Brad is currently on the Board of the V-42 Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto and Benefaction Foundation.  He is a member of the National Advisory Council for Imagine Canada. Brad is past Chair of the Leave A Legacy Program for the Greater Toronto Area and former member of the Board of Directors for Philanthropic Foundations Canada. He is a past Faculty Member for the CAGP Original Gift Planning Course and is currently on the organization’s Government Relations Committees.  He is also on the Editorial Advisory Board for Gift Planning in Canada. Brad holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University in Montreal.

Wayne Olson

President & Owner

Wayne Olson Consulting LLC

Wayne Olson advises charities on fundraising, capital campaigns and planned giving, and advises for-profit corporations on motivation, sales, leadership and employee morale. His specialty is donor relations and explaining planned giving and all fundraising in easy-to-understand terms. Wayne is the author of three books on fundraising including his newest, The Disney Difference, and is a regular contributor to Planned Giving Today. In 2014, Wayne received the Most Inspirational Speaker of the Year award from Fundraising Success Magazine. Wayne earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Wayne’s clients include: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Meredith College, CASE District III, The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg, the National D-day Memorial, Patrick Henry Children’s Services, and many more.

Arthur Peters

Arthur Peters is Executive Director at Archdiocese of Toronto.

Michael Poliwoda

Vice-President, Philanthropy

University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Michael Poliwoda is a fundraising professional with more 20 years experience. He began his career as a grant writer, moved on to events, sponsorship, and finally, capital campaigns and major gifts.  He has worked as a consultant and has a first-hand and in-depth understanding of what it takes to build a successful fundraising shop. With a long history of success in capital campaigns and building organizational capacity, Michael believes that the secret sauce to fundraising is truly understanding the box before trying to think outside of it.

He is the current Vice-President, Philanthropy at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation. He sits on the Board of the National Capital Commission (NCC), has been a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters Ottawa and coaches soccer in Aylmer, Quebec. 

Andrea Rennie

Manager, Development

Humber River Hospital Foundation

Andrea Rennie is the Manager, Development at the Humber River Hospital Foundation where she has worked since August 2010.  While the scope of her fundraising career has been primarily in healthcare, she spent 4 years at Seneca College working closely with the School of Fashion & Merchandising.  Leading a staff of 4 Major Gift Officers, Andrea manages outreach in support of a $225M capital campaign.  Located in Northwest Toronto, Humber River Hospital is proud to be a part of Canada’s most vibrant and ethnically diverse community providing exceptional patient care delivery in over 40 languages.  Over the last 3 years, Andrea has worked closely with the Muslim community, one of the most gratifying partnerships she has held during her tenure with the Foundation.     

Ruth Ruderham

Director of Development

Prince's Trust International

Ruth is Director of Development at the Prince’s Trust International where she is responsible for creating this new charity’s fundraising and income generation strategy. Ruth has worked in the voluntary sector for 15 years, leading fundraising strategies and teams at some of the UK’s best known charities, including Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Crisis. Most recently she was Executive Head of Fundraising and Enterprise at the Canal & River Trust, one of the UK’s largest ever start up charities. Ruth is also a Trustee of Oxfam GB, where she sits on the Trustee Audit and Finance Group and of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, where she chairs the Fundraising and Communications Committee. Ruth was awarded Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2005 and speaks internationally on fundraising and movement building.

Ronan Ryan

Chief Development Officer

Canadian Red Cross

Ronan Ryan is Chief Development Officer of the Canadian Red Cross. Ronan is a fundraising and marketing professional with 17 years in the not-for-profit sector and has served as a C-level executive in a number of organizations. From 2010 to 2015, Ronan was Head of Communications and Fundraising at the Irish Red Cross. In fundraising, he was responsible for all aspects of Philanthropy, including individual giving, major gifts, community fundraising and retail. His communication portfolio included brand management, press relations, digital and commercial marketing. As a senior leader of the Irish Red Cross, Ronan was part of the management team that drove the organization’s five-year strategy. Ronan was named National Fundraiser of the Year in 2012 at the Fundraising Ireland Awards. He also served the wider Red Cross Movement as the Chair of the International Federation of the Red Cross Corporate Fundraising Group. A graduate of University College Dublin, Ronan has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce as well as a Master’s degree in German. A passionate fundraiser and supporter of international humanitarian organizations, Ronan has served in several Board of Director capacities. These include terms on the ICTR – a national representative body of Irish charities as well as a term supporting War Child Ireland. In 2015, Ronan, his wife and three children made the move to Canada as he settled into his new role at the Canadian Red Cross. With a responsibility to lead fundraising efforts within the organization, Ronan has developed a new Philanthropy structure to align staff into various centers of fundraising excellence.

Simon Scriver, CFRE

Head of Fundraising

One In Four Ireland and Consultant at ChangeFundraising

Simon Scriver is Head of Fundraising at One In Four Ireland, a small charity that supports survivors of sexual abuse. He received Fundraising Ireland's 'Small Budget, Big Impact' award in 2016, Supplier of the Year, Eircom's Start-up Award and the Toastmasters Division International Speech Contest. Simon also offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities in Ireland and abroad. He offers advice and training to non-profits to make their fundraising more cost-effective, speaking regularly at international conferences. Simon founded Toastmasters For Good – a not-for-profit aimed at helping charity staff and volunteers improve their public speaking. He blogs at and tweets obsessively from @ToastFundraiser.

Helena Sharpstone, MInstF, MCIPD


Sharpstone Skinner Ltd.

Helena Sharpstone is a learning and development specialist, mentor, writer, and a regular speaker at business conferences.  With a background in commercial selling and a former Head of Training at Help the Aged, Helena’s special areas of interest include leading teams, personal effectiveness and communicating with impact.  Together with Caryn Skinner and since 1997 she has run the leadership and team development training company Sharpstone Skinner.

Wendy Smith


Sargent Solutions Inc.

Wendy started working with databases at Western Ontario 22 years ago where she created a database to manage a 4.3 million dollar renovation project.   Wendy left Western and began a career in fundraising at St. Joseph’s Health Care Fdn. where she did several roles including working on a Campaign, Event Planning, Financial Management and training staff – her passion for helping people led me to Sunshine Dreams for Kids, whereby she increased their direct mail by 70%. In 2006, Wendy started Sargent Solutions Inc., which provides expertise to charities and businesses looking to save money and create efficiencies.  In 2013 she became Blackbaud Certified and has experience training all aspects of Microsoft Office and Blackbaud’s suite of products. Wendy works with clients catering to their needs; from database management, direct mail consultation, and the implementation of strategies to encourage teamwork, or simply training staff to make them make more efficient. 

Marnie Spears, C.Dir.

President & CEO

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Marnie A. Spears, President and CEO of KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has played an integral role in developing the firm into Canada’s largest and most successful fundraising consultancy. Her insightful relationship management, organizational health, and campaign strategies have helped pave the road to success for non-profits of all sizes. Under her guidance, KCI’s focus on coaching, mentoring and skills development continues to allow for the transfer of knowledge and expertise to clients in all areas of advancement, helping to build a stronger, more viable philanthropic landscape.   As Chair of KCI’s Philanthropic Trends© Advisory Board, she is an internationally recognized expert on fundraising and philanthropy and is a sought-after speaker and advisor to institutional leaders and senior professionals across the country.

Barbara Stead-Coyle

Chief Executive Officer

Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Barbara Stead-Coyle joined Muscular Dystrophy Canada as the CEO in May 2016. In her most recent role she was the National Vice President, Annual Development responsible for leading a nationwide team, streamlining fundraising efforts and standardizing fundraising portfolios for the country, overseeing in excess of $150M in revenue. Previous to that, Barbara was the Chief Executive Officer of the Nova Scotia Division, Canadian Cancer Society. Barbara successfully led advocacy efforts in her province and achieved a career high in May 2015 when the Government of Nova Scotia announced a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco including menthol in the province. Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in the world to bring in this legislation, and many provinces have followed their lead. Previous to joining the CCS, Barbara held several positions in Public Relations and Communications including Director of Communications for the Cape Breton Growth Fund Corporation; was the founding General Manager of the Cape Breton Partnership; and led the Economic Benefits file at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency. In 2006, she accepted the position of CEO at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, during which time she led a $5.5M capital campaign, increased annual revenues, and positioned the organization as the charity of choice in Cape Breton. Barbara holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree from McGill University and has continued her professional advancement at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business, Institute of Philanthropy, St Mary’s University (Conflict Resolution, Mediation & Negotiation), Queen’s University (Leadership Program) and most recently was one of fifty not-for-profit leaders selected to attend the CommunityShift Program at the Ivey School of Business, Western University. As well, she holds a professional designation from CAGP.  Barbara is a strong supporter of creating a culture of giving – in her life, her family and her community.

Brent Stirling

Brent is experienced in social media strategy, community management, content creation and SEO. From incisive strategy to pitch-perfect execution, he finds or creates ways to capitalize on opportunities that educate, inspire, entertain and convert followers. Creative and versatile, Brent has helped design and execute numerous social campaigns - paid and organic - to enhance brand and build a loyal following. Though his own company, Secret Weapon Media, Brent has worked with tech startups, not-for-profits, government, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses. As the DMZ’s social media strategist, Brent revised the entire approach to increase followers, raise engagement rates and establish a strong and compelling brand. He also advised the DMZ’s over 70 startups on their own social media strategy.

Susan Storey, CFRE

Senior Vice President

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Susan Storey has been a professional fundraiser for nearly 25 years. As a Senior Vice President with KCI, Susan has the privilege of working with dozens of charities of all sizes on customized and creative revenue generation strategies. As a longstanding partner of the ALS Societies, Susan had the opportunity to work with the ALS community as they experienced the unprecedented Ice Bucket Challenge and to help them navigate key decisions on donor stewardship, allocation of funds and leveraging potential. Susan is the immediate past president of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter and has been a volunteer with AFP for close to two decades.

Duong Thai


Cornerstone Digital

Duong leads Cornerstone’s Digital Business. He is an expert in Paid Search (AdWords, Bing, Facebook), Google Analytics, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Digital Strategy and Execution, Social Media Strategies, Web Tracking and Analytics (Google Analytics, Omniture), Online Ad Serving Platform (DFA, DFP - DoubleClick/Dart),Web Development, Web Usability and Design, A/B or Multivariate Testing, Online Lead Generation, and Ecommerce.

Layne, The Auctionista, BAS


Layne Talent Inc.

Layne Talent Inc. is a leading-edge company that brings the power of philanthropy, humanity, energy and entertainment to every endeavor.

Layne is “The Auctionista”; Canada’s “Philanthro-tainer” and fundraising powerhouse who is devoted to “moving the dial on philanthropy”. Dedicated to exercising creative instincts to inspire giving, Layne delivers intuitive and entertaining live fundraising experiences as well as professional development, training and talent development.

Layne’s professional fundraising career includes six years as Director of Development in the NFP sector and almost a decade as a Certified Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (National Auctioneer’s Association).

With niche expertise and innovative strategy, Layne has helped raised millions of new found dollars to organization’s bottom lines.

“After discovering the power of improvisational techniques, my communication outcomes improved and now I allow my instincts to guide me self-expression”.

Steve Thomas, CFRE

Chairman & Executive Creative Director

Stephen Thomas Ltd.

Steve Thomas has been described as both the ‘Guru' and the 'Godfather' of Canadian direct response fundraising. Though he started off life as a historical geographer and a teacher, he has been a fundraiser for almost 40 years.  Steve's early career began with Oxfam Canada as Development Director, where he established their direct mail program as Canada's first modern and scientific use of the medium. In the 1970s Oxfam grew to become one of Canada's leading charities, mainly through the successful use of direct mail.

In 1980, Steve founded Stephen Thomas Associates (now Stephen Thomas Limited), Canada's first direct response fundraising agency working exclusively in the not-for-profit sector. Over the years, Steve has worked with thousands of charitable and not-for-profit organizations in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. His contribution to the industry was recognized by the Canadian Marketing Association in 1998 when Steve was awarded the Directors' Choice Lifetime Achievement Award and by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter in 2002 where he received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award. In 2006, Steve was honoured by Amnesty International for 25 years of service.

A gifted speaker and presenter, Steve has lectured world-wide on the topics of marketing and fundraising, and is frequently called upon by groups throughout North America and abroad.  He has worked in Australia off and on since the mid eighties. One of the original founders and past Chair of the Canadian Fundraising Congress, Steve is past president of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter.  Steve was the long time Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Humber College Post Graduate Fundraising Program.

Steve was Canadian Ambassador of the International Fundraising Conference (IFC) from 1993-2008.  He was Chair of the IFC in 2004 and 2005.  He served on the Board of its parent, the Resource Alliance, for eight years and left as Co-Chair in October 2010. In 2007/8 Steve was Fundraiser in Residence at York University. And in 2009-10 the chairman of the Amnesty International Human Rights House Campaign. In 2012 Steve published 30 Letters that Changed the World and the next year joined the Board of Canada’s History Society.

As a resident and former businessman in the Beaches of Toronto, Steve carries his belief of involvement and political activism to his own community where he was a basketball coach for twenty-four years at Malvern C.I. His book, Not Coach K a story of Malvern Basketball was published last year.              

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

Sean Triner

Fundraising Evangelist

Pareto Fundraising

Sean started his career in fundraising straight from Uni.  Working through events to direct marketing in the UK, to boss of fundraising and marketing for Mind, a mental health charity.  In 2002 he set up Pareto in Australia with a friend. More recently this is what fundraiser’s have had to say about Sean…

“Sean's presentation was clearly created with thought, effort and purpose. The statistics used help to paint a picture of the donating public and how we, as fundraisers, can connect with them.” Charles Hirsch, Communications Manager, Special Olympics Massachusetts

“A great opportunity to get some insight about non-profit marketing. I like how Sean is interactive and engaging, with real examples of organizations that get results.” Kyla Karakochuk, Marketing and Communications Officer, United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island

Tanya Tucker

Associate Director, Direct & Digital Marketing

SickKids Foundation

Tanya Tucker is an Associate Director, Direct & Digital Marketing for SickKids Foundation.  Her name may fool you but alas, she is not the famous country singer!  She has been with the Foundation for 15 years and her area of expertise is in the acquisition of monthly donors.  Tanya manages a large portfolio, oversees 7 acquisition programs and has raised over $40M in her 15 years! Tanya is analytical, enjoys testing new programs and implementing innovation into existing programs.  She believes that the quality of monthly donors outweighs quantity and feels so rewarded when both can happen at the same time. Tanya can be described as enthusiastic and passionate, and this is what keeps her fresh!  Some of her recent accomplishments include a highly successful integrated city blitz campaign where awareness marketing and fundraising tactics came together helping to secure hundreds of monthly donors in a highly targeted market.

Andrew Valentine, LL.B.


Miller Thomson LLP

Andrew Valentine is a partner in the Charities and Not-for-Profit Group of Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto.  Andrew joined Miller Thomson as an associate in the Social Impact Group after completing his articles with the firm in 2008. Andrew's practice focuses on providing advice to charities and non-profit organizations on a full range of issues, including gift planning, incorporation and registration, ongoing compliance matters, and audits. He has assisted in several litigation matters involving charity law issues, including at the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also provides advice on legal matters relating to Canadian anti-spam law. Andrew has authored and co-authored several articles in the area of charities law.  While a student at Miller Thomson, Andrew worked extensively on the charities law text, Charities Taxation, Policy and Practice. Mr. Valentine graduated with distinction from the University of Western Ontario, where he placed first among his first-year class.  While a student at Western, Andrew was privileged to spend a semester studying law at Bond University in Queensland, Australia.

Andrew is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Charity and Not-for-Profit Law Section Executive as well as a number of other professional organizations.  Andrew writes and speaks regularly on a range of charity and not-for-profit topics.

Pearl Veenema, FAHP

President & CEO

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation

Pearl joined Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation as President & CEO in August 2007 and is currently a member of the Mohawk College Foundation board, and the MacKay CEO forum. Pearl decided to focus her career on fundraising development in 1999, after an earlier career in nursing and health care administration. As a fundraising professional, Pearl served as President and Chief Development Officer for the former Orthopaedic and Arthritic Foundation in Toronto, and both Managing Director of Campaigns and Vice President Advancement for the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation at University Health Network (UHN). Pearl is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE International.  In 2013, Pearl was awarded the prestigious Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) in recognition of a career that reflects exemplary standards of excellence in fostering volunteerism and philanthropy. Committed to continuing education and professional standards, Pearl has held many volunteer leadership roles at the regional and national levels for AHP, including Chair.  Pearl also served for two terms as Chair, AHP University-based Programs and Director of the Madison Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy in addition to 14 years on the Faculty. Pearl was a Director and Chair, CFRE International Board and is a frequent presenter at conferences. Pearl was a contributing author for the first-ever Canadian Fundraising Textbook, Excellence in Fundraising Canada.  She is a proud alumni (2009/13) of Conversation which is an “immersion experience focused on the future of the social sector and the evolving role of philanthropy”. Pearl and her husband, Frank, live in Oakville and have an adult son Michael.

Brock Warner, CFRE, bCRE-Pro

Manager, Development

War Child

Brock Warner is the Manager of Development at War Child, a humanitarian organization devoted to protecting childhood in war zones. He is responsible for the annual and monthly programmes, donor services management and appeal integration. He has travelled to South Sudan on behalf of War Child, and travels across Canada to present on behalf of War Child. He's presented at industry leading fundraising conferences in Canada on topics related to integrated campaign strategy and ePhilanthropy, is a TEDx presenter, and a Humber College Fundraising Mangement alumni. In Fall of 2016, he will be teaching ePhilanthropy at Humber College as well. You can follow him on Twitter at @brockwarner, or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Lynne Wester

Founder and Principal

Donor Relations Guru®

Lynne Wester is a frequent conference speaker and well known resource for donor relations and fundraising expertise. She has been featured in The Washington Post, CURRENTS magazine, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and other industry publications. Lynne also created the website and blog where she shares her expertise, opinions, and collections of samples on a variety of topics as well as hosts a monthly webinar series. It is her personal philosophy that the goal of any great fundraising operation is to use strategic communications and interactions to foster the relationship between the organization and its constituents and friends. Using her expertise and hands on approach, she works with many organizations to help them keep their focus donor driven, technologically savvy, strategic, and always with a splash of good humor. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a loyal gamecock alumna, donor, and fan.

Marva Wisdom, M.A. (Leadership)

Principal & Founder

Wisdom Consulting

Marva Wisdom is a highly respected facilitator, moderator and speaker, providing clients with the tools and courage they need to facilitate meaningful growth through leadership, effective engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Marva is the co-founding president and managing director of the newly formed Canadian Black History Projects which manages TD Bank’s Black History programming. She is also the director of community engagement and outreach for the ground-breaking Black Experience Project (GTA). Marva is a past member, Friends of the Committee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. An avid community builder, she has been honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award. Marva has a Masters of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph and serves on its College of Business and Economics leadership program advisory board.

Sharon Wood

President & CEO

Kids Help Phone

Sharon Wood is a non-profit and charitable sector leader with over twenty years’ experience in senior roles, both nationally and provincially.  Sharon is the President and CEO of Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only national service providing 24/7 mental health and emotional support to kids, teens and young adults, where she has led significant developments in strategy, innovation, governance and partnerships.  Sharon has previously served as CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Executive Director of Canadian Crossroads International, and Director of Organizational Development at the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Sharon is an instructor in the new Non-Profit Sector Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, also serving as a member of the content development team.  Sharon is bilingual, holds a M.Ed in Adult Education from OISE/UT with a focus on workplace learning and change, as well as a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Ryerson. Sharon serves on the Board of the Excellence in Literacy Foundation and is a member of the Imagine Canada Advisory Council.  She is a mentor with the Roundtable, and is a past Board member of AFP Greater Toronto Chapter.  In her leisure time, Sharon enjoys running, biking, hiking, skiing and travelling.

Jenny Yuen

Associate Vice President, Regions and Events

Kids Help Phone

Jenny Yuen is Associate Vice President, Associate Vice President, Regions and Events at Kids Help Phone.

Tammy Zonker


Fundraising Transformed

As Founder of Fundraising Transformed, Tammy Zonker is an envelope-pushing fundraising practitioner, inspiring international speaker, and powerful trainer in the discipline of transformational philanthropy. In 2008, after 15 years of consulting and training North American nonprofits with the big-box firms, she felt a calling to return to the front lines of fundraising the most economically challenged city in the U.S. - Detroit.

Shortly after arriving in Detroit, she led the team effort to secure a $27.1 million gift from General Motors to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan – the single largest gift in the 45 year history of the GM Foundation. In her work with The Children’s Center of Detroit, she’s led the effort to triple fundraising results in three years.  Since 2000, she’s trained and coached nonprofit organizations to raise more than $400M to support their missions across the U.S.