Come together for a unique fireside chat with veteran industry leaders and learn how established fundraisers and those new to the sector can benefit from this group’s wisdom. This panel is an opportunity for all participants to hear from leaders reflecting on key lessons learned in their careers and where they think the future of the sector is headed. Panelists will offer words of wisdom for both established fundraisers and those new to the sector. The focus of the chat will be looking forward for the sector with panellists’ sharing their hopes for fundraising and future fundraising leaders. Co-moderated by Ken Mayhew and Yunis Kariuki.

Learning Objectives

Hear established fundraising leaders’ views on where the sector is going, what they think some of the challenges facing leaders today and in the future are, and what their advice is for those entering the sector or taking on more leadership roles.

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.

Muthoni Kariuki, CFRE, MPNL

Senior Officer, Major Gifts

Dorothy Ley Hospice

From childhood, Muthoni fell in love with nonprofits working alongside her parents who valued the power of giving back to the communities they lived in. Her parents instilled in her that our lives become meaningful through the impact we make on others, more so than living and working just for ourselves. Muthoni quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, and in particular fundraising. This resolve stuck with her through her undergraduate education, and ultimately leading her to obtain her Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University. Muthoni, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who spends her days assisting donors realize their potential to make an impact, through the power of philanthropy. When Muthoni isn’t fundraising, you’ll find her early in the morning at the gym where she goes to begin her day. However, her most important valued time, is spent with family and friends.

Dianne Lister, LL.B


The Dianne Lister Group

Principal of The Dianne Lister Group and Senior Associate with Hutchison Group Inc., Dianne Lister is 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.

Dianne has developed and taught courses at UVic on sustainable funding for the arts. 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.

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.

L. Alayne Metrick, CFRE, FAHP

Executive Director

St. Michael's Foundation

Alayne headed St. Michael’s Foundation for over two decades and during this time took the hospital from raising $3.5 million per year to a record-breaking $53.2 million in total revenue in fiscal year 2014/15. All of the capital campaigns she has led for St. Michael’s Hospital have exceeded their fundraising targets, including the most recent and most ambitious campaign, Inspire 2018, which had a goal of $210 million and raised a landmark $237 million. In all, Alayne has raised over $500 million for urgent hospital priorities. The Foundation also experienced a fundraising first in North America under her direction, with 100% physician participation in all capital campaigns to date.

In 2002, Alayne received her Fellow’s designation (FAHP) from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and she is one of only 20 people in Canada who holds this designation. She has received many awards over the years acknowledging her expertise and dedication to philanthropy, including the prestigious Community of Service Award from St. Michael’s Hospital and the 2005 Fundraiser of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Alayne was also awarded the distinguished Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her service to the community. Previously, Alayne was president of the Centenary Hospital Foundation for nine years.