DATE: Thursday, September 15
LOCATION: 7th floor ~ Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 610 University Avenue, ON M5G 2M9 ~ MAP
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30pm
COST: Members: $25, Non-Members: $35 (+ HST)


The Mentor Meet ‘N Greet is a networking event for fundraisers who understand the value of expanding their professional network. Could you use expert advice on challenges in your current fundraising role? Then this is the AFP event for you (if not, please pass along to a member of your team!).

Over light refreshments, mentors will share their industry tips, fundraising tricks and words of motivation. In small groups, you will have ample time for open and honest conversations. Come ready to ask vital questions, talk strategy and gain career advice. By the end of the Mentor Meet ‘N Greet, you will be on a first name basis with some of the best fundraisers in Canada!

You won’t want to miss out on this experience so register today and save the date for Thursday, September 15th!

If you have any questions please contact

There will be a draw for amazing prices, including:

  • 1 AFP Congress pass for the 3-day event in November 2016
  • 1 AFP Fundraising Day pass for the 1-day event in June 2017
  • 1 AFP membership (renewal)
  • 1 AFP webinar or workshop

Ken Aucoin, CFRE

Vice President of Fund & Partnership Development

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area

An accomplished senior fundraising professional, Ken Aucoin has a 20+ year career, track record of delivering revenue for local and national charitable organizations to help them achieve their mission. Ken is currently the Vice President of Fund & Partnership Development at Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area. Previously, he was the Vice President of Development at Indspire, a national charity that invests in the education and celebrates the achievements of Indigenous Canadians. Prior to Indspire, Ken spent 10 years raising funds for post-secondary institutions including the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Ken began his career in fundraising and marketing roles in the arts sector including Canada’s National Ballet School, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Atlantic Jazz Festival. He is an active volunteer in the community having co-founded the LGBT Giving Network and also currently sits on the board of the CWA Foundation.

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.

Scott Fortnum, MA, CFRE, ACFRE

President & CEO

Children’s Health Foundation

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

Julia Gorman

SVP, Strategic Philanthropy

United Way Toronto & York Region

Julia Gorman is the SVP, Strategic Philanthropy of United Way Toronto & York Region.  Prior to this, Julia operated as Chief Development Officer and Vice President, Resource Development for United Way Toronto. In her new role, Julia is responsible for leadership on long term fundraising strategies related to United Way’s multiple stakeholders, with a specific focus on the engagement of individual donors. Julia has a particular interest in new donor acquisition, workplace fundraising strategy, brand awareness and engagement of United Way’s broad base of volunteers and donors. Julia is a member of the Board of Directors with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Toronto Chapter and sits on United Way Worldwide Women’s Leadership Council Regional Advocates, working to encourage women in philanthropy internationally. 

Peter Hoppe, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer

RHA Fund Development

Peter Hoppe has 30 years of charitable sector leadership experience. Before joining RHA, Peter worked for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, was the National Associate Executive Director of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and Vice-President, Development and Communications for Canadian Feed The Children. As CEO of RHA over the past 16 years, Peter has consulted for over 85 charities and nonprofit organizations helping to maximize potential through growth and diversification. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, individual giving and direct response, foundation and corporate funding, corporate partnerships, social media and marketing communications. Peter has also presented, taught and conducted workshops for many organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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.

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.   

Emma Lewzey, CFRE


Blue Sky Philanthropy

Emma Lewzey is an award-winning strategic fund development professional with 20 years of experience helping organizations build and grow successful, sustainable fundraising programs. An active volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Emma is the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion on the board of directors of AFP Toronto, and a director on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. She is proud to co-chair the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, and is excited to work towards a future when our fundraising leaders truly reflect the diversity of our communities.

Caroline Riseboro

President & CEO

Plan International Canada

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

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

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

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

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.

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.