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.

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.

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


A fellow of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Alayne Metrick has spearheaded a number of successful fundraising campaigns – including a recent $140 million campaign to advance patient care – since joining St. Michael’s Foundation in 1995. Metrick has increased hospital fundraising revenues to $38 million from $5.5 million annually and achieved a significant milestone in 1996 when 100 per cent of physicians at St. Michael's Hospital donated to the organization's fundraising efforts. In 2005, Metrick was singled out for her contribution to the fundraising community when she was named the Association for Fundraising Professional's Fundraiser of the Year.