Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 6pm - 9pm. Light Refreshments to be served
Location: Room 206, Allstream Centre, 105 Princes’ Blvd.,Toronto ~ MAP IT
Cost: AFP Members and Students: $25 ~ Non Members: $35 (+HST)
Who should attend: Fundraisers with 0-5 years industry experience


“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction” - John C. Crosby

This is an evening for new fundraising professionals to spend quality time with some of the best and the brightest AFP mentors. A group of exceptional fundraising professionals is kindly lending their tips, tricks and motivating words. This event is about speaking to your passions and growing your skills while taking the opportunity to experience and learn about our sector in way that is not offered anywhere else for new professionals. In small groups of new fundraisers - you and your peers will have the opportunity to speak directly with several mentors, to ask important questions, talk about fundraising strategies and inquire about career advice within different types of organizations. Interested in shop secrets? Need advice on challenges in your current fundraising role? This is the session for you.

Don't miss the opportunity to learn from leaders in the sector, network with your peers and make new friends. Remember your business cards and get ready to take the next step for your career!


Event Sponsor

Frances Buczko

Director, Campaigns

Bridgepoint Foundation

Frances is committed to the betterment of communities. She is a passionate and experienced fundraiser with a successful track record of exceeding fundraising goals while ensuring excellence in client service. She is a skilled in all aspects of fundraising, is a strong leader who empowers and influences teams to achieve results and a proven people, project and operations manager. Her specialties include Campaign Management, Campaign Audits, Feasibility Studies, Proposal Writing, Major Gifts, Volunteer Training, Donor Relations and Project Management.

Janice Cunning, ACC, CPCC

Executive Coach & Trainer

Fundraising Leadership

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

Diana Deakin-Thomas, CFRE

General Manager, YMCA Philanthropic Capacity

YMCA Canada

Diana manages the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign and supports philanthropic activity and capacity building on behalf of and for all of Canada's YMCAs, a federation of 45 YMCAs and five YMCA-YWCAs serving more than 2 million people across the country. Her 30+ year career has honed her management, strategic planning, financial development, facilitation, team building and collaboration skills. Diana has lead in all YMCA core services; health & fitness, employment, camping & children’s services and financial development. Diana acts as VP of Membership on the AFP Toronto Chapter Board and volunteers on numerous committees in the Canadian Cross Country Ski community.

Debbie Drewett, CFRE

Director of Development

Geneva Centre for Autism

A seasoned fundraiser for over 25 years, Debbie has worked for some of the most recognized brands in the marketplace including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Sick Kids and World Vision. She understands the business of fundraising from both the advertising agency side and the client side. In her current role, she is the Director of Development at the Geneva Centre for Autism. Over the years Debbie has honed her skills in integrated fund development. She has created foundation development departments, run capital campaigns and produced DRTV fundraising programs across North America. Debbie is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) where she recently served on the Education Committee and as a conference speaker. She is a past member of CMA’s fundraising committee where she helped develop the CMA Fundraiser’s Handbook, not just once but twice.


Suzanne Duncan, MA, CFRE

Vice President of 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 started at the CAMH Foundation 7 years ago in major gifts and is now the Associate Vice President of Donor Relations. In this role she is responsible for curating and creating the ways that donors engage with CAMH and ensuring they feel the impact of their giving.

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.

Scott Fortnum, MA, CFRE, ACFRE

President & CEO

Children’s Health Foundation

Scott is President & CEO of Children’s Health Foundation in London Ontario and has worked as a professional fundraiser since 1990 working with organizations across Canada including universities, hospitals, and national non-profits.
He is a member of AFP Board of Directors, a member of the Ethics Committee of the AFP Toronto Chapter and chair-elect of the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) certification Board.
A frequent speaker throughout Canada and the United States, Scott has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation continuously since 1995, and became the 92nd ACFRE in 2011 joining the ACFRE Certification Board in 2014. 


Darlene Frampton

Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy (Acting)

YMCA Canada

Darlene Frampton has held senior fund development and communications roles in the post-secondary, government, nonprofit and health care sectors. She has planned and delivered integrated marketing communications and revenue development programs that position organizations for success and contribute to the bottom line.  As Senior Vice President for Brand Strategy at YMCA Canada (Acting), Darlene is driving the implementation of a cause strategy across the Federation to position the YMCA as a charity of choice. Darlene has a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto and has taught in the Media Studies Program at the University of Guelph-Humber.


Julia Gorman


VMG Inc.

Julia Gorman is a senior charitable sector professional with extensive leadership experience in organizational strategy and leadership. Julia’s career has focused on all aspects of non-profit sector management, resource development, communications, volunteer and donor relations. Julia was with United Way Toronto & York Region for over two decades in increasingly senior management roles, including SVP, Strategic Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer. As Principal with her consulting practice VMG Inc., Julia provides strategic advice to charitable sector leaders in philanthropic foundations and charitable organizations. A 21/64 Certified Advisor, Julia supports multi-generational family foundations in grant-making impact and effectiveness. As an active volunteer, Julia is a Committee member with the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, and a mentor to senior staff and Boards of several charitable organizations in the Toronto area.

Ingrid Graham

Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship

Women’s College Hospital Foundation

Ingrid joined Women’s College Hospital Foundation in 2007 as Director, Leadership Giving and Special Initiatives, and then in 2010 transitioned to Director, Campaign Operations & Stewardship. Today, Ingrid is Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship, responsible for designing programs and strategies to sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the Foundation, its donors, the Hospital and other key constituents. In addition to directing the stewardship portfolio, Ingrid also has oversight of the Planned Giving and Annual Giving portfolios. Prior to joining Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Ingrid was a Senior Development Officer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and prior to that, Associate Manager of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Greater Toronto. 

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. As President & CEO of the Royal Ontario museum Governors, Susan is 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 28 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 at United Way of London & Middlesex. Susan holds a BSc from Western and an MSc from the University of Alberta.

Susan has held leadership positions with AFP, CAGP, CCAE and several healthcare and community organizations. Susan was recognized in 2016 with AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.

Samantha Jones, MBA


With 20 years of fundraising, communications, marketing and events experience, Samantha Jones is an expert with a track record of bringing profile and support to some of Canada’s most well-known nonprofit organizations. Samantha currently works as an independent consultant, supporting a number of charities with strategic marketing related projects. Sam has served in senior roles with: Pathways to Education, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kids Help Phone, York University Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Samantha is an instructor with Ryerson University’s Chang School in the Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Management program. She has been an active volunteer with AFP for many years.   

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.

Cathy Mann, MA, CFRE


Cathy Mann & Associates

As the President of Cathy Mann & Associates Inc, Cathy helps clients develop the infrastructure and culture of philanthropy required to build sustainable development programs.  In her role as Academic Coordinator and an instructor at Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program, Cathy breaks down complex matters into achievable actions.  During her 5-year tenure as Executive Director, Frontier College Foundation received the 2007 Award for Excellence in Fundraising for Small Shops from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals. Cathy is an active volunteer and frequent speaker.  With the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter, she held many roles:  V.P. of Professional Development, mentor and founder of the Diversity Committee which evolved into the Inclusion and Equity Committee. Occasionally, she plays her ukulele in public.

Ken Mayhew

President & CEO

William Osler Health System Foundation

Ken Mayhew is President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation. The Foundation has just finished its sixth 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 20 years with the MS Society of Canada and was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and fund development for a program with almost 1 million active donors, raising over $50 million annually. Ken is Past President of the GTA Chapter of AFP and a founding director of the AFP Canada Board. Ken’s ongoing involvement with AFP, Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation includes helping to develop a narrative on the importance of philanthropy within the Canadian social fabric. Recently, Ken received a CEO in Action award from the prestigious Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive fundraising.

Gary Sim, MBA, CFRE

President & CEO

The L’Arche Canada Foundation

As President & CEO of The L’Arche Canada Foundation, Gary is responsible for all aspects of fundraising for the largest organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in Canada. Prior to joining L’Arche, Gary served as President of The Reena Foundation for thirteen years where he converted that organization from a small events focused fundraising entity to a major player in the intellectual disability sector with a well- rounded and powerful fundraising portfolio. Prior to Reena, Gary served as President of such fundraising powerhouses as The Toronto Public Library Foundation, Havergal College Foundation, North York General Hospital Foundation and Baycrest Centre Foundation. Over these assignments Gary has overseen the raising of over $200 million in capital and endowment campaigns and the re-engineering of five organizations. Prior to his social profit career, Gary was in brand management at Nabisco Brands, Pillsbury and American Express. Gary graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Gary and his wife live on a horse farm in Schomberg, Ontario.

Susan Storey, CFRE

Senior Vice President

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

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

Shannon Stuart, CFRE

Senior Campaign Director

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Shannon Stuart, CFRE, is Senior Campaign Director at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.  She began her career in fundraising with the consulting firm RBR Development Associates Ltd. and joined the Princess Margaret’s annual giving team in 2001. Two years later she transitioned to major gifts and found her true fundraising love. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Laurentian University as well as a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University. Shannon has worn many AFP hats over the years, including co-chairing Congress, sitting on the Congress Education Committee, chairing the National Philanthropy Awards Luncheon, and sitting on the Greater Toronto Chapter Board of Directors.  She currently chairs the Education Committee.