With operational and governance structures that serve communities across the country, national charities have unique opportunities and challenges. From ensuring that the organization moves forward with a unified vision to managing effective prospect coordination among multiple groups of staff and volunteers, the lessons learned at national charities are applicable to us all. Join us as four national charity CEOs share insights into their successes, challenges and what it takes to fundraise from the community giving to major gift levels across multiple geographic boundaries.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to align and advance your institutional vision across multiple staff or volunteer groups.
  • Gain insight into effective prospect management across multiple offices or groups.
  • Hear the latest trends in successful engagement in community giving and major gifts.
  • Understand how to successfully work with multiple boards, centralized or decentralized operational structure.

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.

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.

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.

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.