Organizations that are doing things differently and changing the game face challenges as well as rewards! The impact of disruption on organizational culture can be dramatic. So before you take the leap into disruption, attend this session.

This star-studded panel of people are actually changing the faces of their organizations and finding opportunities to disrupt for the benefit of stakeholders and donors.

See firsthand how their approaches affect people and the personalities of their organizations, where they have had success, where challenges remain, and what the benefits are of really doing things differently.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and benefit from the experience of the panel members. Our goal is to create a conversation that participants can take back to their own organizations on the benefits of disrupting the status quo

Learning Outcomes:

1. Be inspired to make changes in your own organizations through the experiences of the panel

2. Learn where the quick wins are and where things can become challenging in order to avoid the pitfalls and be prepared for how change can affect your own teams

3. See the benefits of disrupting the status quo and doing things differently – both on your own relationships and on your revenues

Mide Akerewusi, CSR-P, CDEP

Founder and CEO


Mide is Founder and CEO of AGENTSC Inc., an international professional fundraising company delivering fundraising solutions to the world’s social impact sector. Mide has extensive experience working with nonprofits and major philanthropists in Australia, Canada, UK, and the USA. With over 20 plus years’ experience as a philanthropy expert in the nonprofit sector, Mide has also built philanthropic partnerships with some of the world’s leading corporations and grant-making foundations. In the UK, Mide founded and chaired the Black Fundraisers Network - a voluntary organization supporting fundraisers to learn about philanthropy within Europe’s African and Caribbean diaspora.  

Prior to establishing AGENTSC, Mide served as Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Pathways to Education Canada, where he helped to kick-start and close the organisation’s $185 million Graduation Nation Campaign. Prior to Pathways, Mide served as Chief Development Officer at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. He has led major gift fundraising teams and campaigns at Scope UK, The British Red Cross, and The Children’s Society in England and Wales.


Cathy Barrick

Chief Thank You Officer (CEO)

Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Cathy is a get'er done leader.  No idea is impossible and no problem is too big.  Cathy leads from the trenches and creates enthusiasm through creativity, honesty and a strong belief in the power of the team.  Having been at the helm of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto for nearly 6 years, Cathy has lead the development team to double the annual revenue through challenging the old ways of doing things and being at the centre of development activities.  

Ryan Lester, CFRE

A local volunteer, long-time advocate, and alumni of Ryerson University, Ryan has spent more than a decade building the capacity of non-profit and charitable organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of Toronto's vulnerable and marginalized communities. Previously a Senior Director at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Ryan knows how to build partnerships with every level of government and turn words into real, localized action. In his role as Director for Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, Ryan raised $10 million to build the country’s first and Toronto’s only facility that will combine counselling with transitional and emergency housing that is dedicated to homeless LGBTQ2 youth. He’s stabilized the finances at city-wide non-profits like Pride Toronto and the AIDS Committee of Toronto, and was a candidate for Toronto City Council in the 2018 Municipal Election. 


Caroline Riseboro

President & CEO

Plan International Canada

Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians on some of the world’s toughest issues. In 2017, Caroline was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the trailblazer category.  Caroline has held several senior executive positions over the years, more recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Engagement at World Vision Canada where she was responsible for raising $270 million annually. In addition to serving as President of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline is serves on the Boards of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH).

Kesheyl van Schilt

President & CEO


Kesheyl is passionately committed to getting results. At Blakely, she has spearheaded ground-breaking direct marketing campaigns, channeling her strengths in strategic business planning, data analytics and marketing towards acquiring thousands of new donors and raising millions of dollars for her clients.

Under Kesheyl’s leadership, Blakely has produced integrated digital fundraising campaigns and pioneered innovative leadership giving and second gift strategies, all while consistently delivering outstanding customer service.

As a former fundraising executive at a major teaching hospital, Kesheyl brings over 15 years of experience to her roles as President & CEO of Blakely and Senior Fundraiser with key clients.

Tammy Zonker

Fundraising Practitioner & Major Gift Strategist

Fundraising Transformed

Recognized as one of America's Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Tammy is an inspiring international speaker and trainer in the discipline of transformational philanthropy. She has trained, coached and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $450M including a single gift of $27.1M. Tammy moved to Detroit in 2008 determined to successfully raise money in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and has turned those experiences into strategies, tools, and processes for skyrocketing fundraising results in any economy. When she's not speaking at conferences or fundraising, she's leading webinars, e-courses, private workshops, and retreats.