Congress 2017 Call for Speakers

Dear Colleagues,

Are you keen to share your knowledge, passion and experience with those who are dedicated to making the world a better place?

If your answer is “YES!”, then I invite you to submit your proposal to present at Congress 2017.

Date: November 20-22, 2017
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Submission Deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017

Congress is Canada's premier conference on fundraising, organized by the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. With over 1,000 participants, it’s also the country’s largest!

Each year, Congress offers a diverse and dynamic program from a host of experts. 2017 will be no exception.

We’re seeking great presenters who will deliver top, fresh content in an engaging manner that ties in with our theme, Inspiring. Inclusive. Innovative. To maximize choice for speakers and delegates alike, Congress 2017 will offer:

  • Over a dozen topic categories
  • 60-minute or 90-minute sessions
  • A variety of session formats – workshop, presentation, discussion and case study
  • Targeted audience levels – Green (Practical), Yellow (Strategic) and Red (Leadership)

Please visit the Congress 2016 website for examples of previous sessions.

If you’re interested in speaking at Congress this year, be sure to submit your proposal by Monday, February 13, 2017. If you have any questions, please email Liz Dempsey at or call 416-941-9212 x225.

Congress is AFP Greater Toronto Chapter's most significant annual educational conference because people like you are committed to the highest standards of fundraising practice. Thank you, and I hope you consider being part of it this November!

Chair, Education Committee
Laura Champion

Fundraising Strategist

Blakely Inc.

Laura loves fundraising. After leaving her first career in Library Science she found her niche in the fundraising world. Luckily, she can use many of the same skills but now she can be a little less quiet. She has experience in annual, tribute giving, mid-level growth and strategy, special initiatives, and digital integration.

Laura is a proud Humber College grad and has co-created a mentorship project for new grads transitioning into the workplace from academia. She is also actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and an author of a number of articles on philanthropic topics.