Fundraising Day 2018 Management Team

As the largest one-day professional development conference for Canadian fundraisers, Fundraising Day is overseen by a committed group of volunteers and AFP members from Toronto’s wide philanthropic community.



John Farrell

Chair, Fundraising Day 2018

John is a passionate fundraiser with over 15 years’ experience in the sector. Currently working as Campaign Director at MCC Toronto, John is driven by working with organizations that create opportunities for donors to engage in their missions. As Director of Development with Necessary Angel Theatre Company and Opera Atelier, John brought these performing arts organizations to higher levels of success. As Campaign Associate on the Transformation AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) project and later as Campaign Manager for the Toronto Public Library Foundation on its re:vitalize – Toronto Reference Library Campaign, John was delighted to be working on projects that had such a profound community impact. Working at The 519 as its first Director of Philanthropy, John helped build up a strong culture of philanthropy for the Centre and the broader LGBTQ community. John is also a passionate supporter of the AFP’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, having recently served as a mentor. John is proud of the work of the FD2018 Management team and their commitment to achieving a diverse program of speakers and topics for this year’s Fundraising Day.




Zak Bailey, CFRE

Many of Canada’s largest and most prominent charities have come to rely on Zak’s 25+ years of experience as a professional fundraiser to help them with their challenges and develop their opportunities. Prior to establishing his consultancy, Zak held senior fundraising roles at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Canada, The Arthritis Society of Canada, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy (now Imagine Canada), Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and the Ontario Liberal Party.He is active in the profession – volunteering and sharing his expertise at local, national and international fundraising conferences as a presenter and speaker. He gives back to the community as a donor, leadership volunteer, and by raising money and riding his bike each year from Toronto to Montreal in the Friends for Life Bike Rally.





Danielle Donadio

Vice President, Communications & Brand, CAMH Foundation




Lindsey Hodgson

Executive Director, Brand Marketing – Sinai Health Foundation, Toronto

Lindsey builds brands for a better world! She has led the communications and marketing efforts for Sinai Health Foundation for the past five years. She has over 18 years experience in marketing healthcare organizations including SickKids Foundation where she helped build their world-class brand and created multi-channel, award-winning advertising campaigns. She is an experienced Editor, Creative Director, Content Curator and Leader.




Melissa Leite

Development Officer – Tides Canada

Melissa Leite is a Development Officer at Tides Canada, an innovative charity that supports people in building healthy, vibrant communities that have the social, economic, and natural capital to steward their environments for generations to come. In her role, Melissa is responsible for managing and executing Tides Canada’s donor advised fund, planned giving, and direct giving programs. She holds an honours degree in Public Policy and Administration from York University and a postgraduate certificate in Public Policy and Administration from Humber College.




Nancy McInnis

Associate Director, Direct Marketing – The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Nancy McInnis works for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and is focused on inspiring current donors and finding new donors to support cancer research and clinical care at one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. She does this through direct mail, and online for the Annual Giving Program. She is motivated every day to raise funds so no one else has to hear those three dreadful words: “You have cancer.”




Gerri Nakirigya Lutaaya, MPNL

Gerri belongs to the Ngonge (Otter) clan within the Buganda kingdom.

Through her academic, professional and lived experience, Gerri has developed a spirited zest for the nonprofit sector, particularly the role and power of education to mobilize young people to build strong and sustainable communities. She works closely with CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network to activate rising leaders to address some of the region’s most pressing civic issues within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Gerri received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree from Carleton University. She also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Algonquin College and was a 2016 Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellow through the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada where she gained current inclusion-oriented education and training on diversity and inclusion practices for the workplace.




Anita Nielsen, CFRE

Senior Consultant – KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Anita D. Nielsen, CFRE has over 25 years of fundraising and non-profit leadership experience. As a Senior Consultant at KCI Ketchum Canada, Anita provides custom solutions to charitable organizations from core fundraising and campaign management to onsite leadership and executive search services. Prior to joining KCI Anita served as Associate Vice President, Annual & Planned Giving for Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation; Director of Development for the National Ballet of Canada; Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations for Sick Kids Foundation; and Development Officer for the Royal Ontario Museum. Throughout her career, Anita has led numerous teams in all aspects of fundraising, from events to annual giving to major and planned gifts. Anita has also donated her time to a number of organizations, including the Esprit Orchestra, Inner City Angels, Toronto District School Board, Tourette Canada and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. She is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Non-profit Leaders, holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and an Honours BA from the University of Waterloo.




Tanya Rumble, CFRE

Senior Manager, Fundraising – Canadian Cancer Society

Tanya Rumble is an authentic and results-driven relationship and fundraising manager with over 10 years of tenure. She is Senior Manager, Run for the Cure Fundraising at the Canadian Cancer Society and in this role leads all community engagement functions for the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure ($17MM) in Ontario and national fundraising and stewardship strategy.Tanya is Co-Founder of Toronto plus Acumen, an official chapter of Acumen. Tanya is a past 7 year leadership volunteer with Canada’s largest grant maker – the Ontario Trillium Foundation. She was most recently appointed by the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-term Care to the Citizen’s Council advising the Minister on healthcare and drug policy in the province. Additionally Tanya enjoys grassroots volunteer opportunities – she is a Project Advisor with Endeavour Volunteer Consulting for Non-profits, is a Jane’s Walk leader, and regularly volunteers with the Daily Bread Food Bank.Tanya completed a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McMaster University and a Masters Certificate at New York University with the World Health Organization. She is currently pursuing the Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University. Tanya is naturally inquisitive and a lifelong learner – she is a graduate of the 2017 AFP Inclusion and Philanthropy Fellowship, and 2010 DiverseCity Fellowship.




Aaron Sanderson, MA, CFRE, FAHP

Vice President, Philanthropy – Plan International Canada

Aaron Sanderson, MA, CFRE, FAHP, is an award-winning fundraising professional who has a decade of experience at leading nonprofit organizations: Plan International Canada, War Child Canada, SickKids Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. He is currently Vice-President, Philanthropy at Plan—leaders of the ‘Because I Am a Girl’ global movement for gender equality. In addition, he has over eight years of high-level volunteer experience with nonprofit boards and committees, including: Habitat for Humanity GTA, Athletics Ontario, the University of British Columbia Heritage Toronto and Vantage Point.He holds a MA in Philanthropy and Development, an Associates Certificate in Non-Profit Management and a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He is accredited with the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Fellow of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP) designations.




Adam Stewart, MNA, CFRE

Consultant – KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Adam Stewart is a consultant at KCI with more than 12 years of experience in major gifts, annual giving, and direct marketing. Committed to volunteerism, Adam serves on the board of directors of the Inside Out Film Festival. Adam holds a Bachelors degree from University of Western Ontario, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College, and a Master of Non-profit Administration degree from North Park University.




Maeve Strathy

Fundraising Strategist – Blakely Inc.

Maeve Strathy is a passionate fundraising professional with an interest in combining the best of marketing and fundraising in her work. Prior to joining Blakely Inc. in 2015, Maeve spent eight years in educational fundraising, gaining experience in telemarketing, direct mail, and personal solicitation at the mid and major gift level. Today, Maeve is focused on moving donors to make an impact on the causes they love, through strategic insights, integrated direct response, and inspiring creative.




Catherine Wallace, CFRE

Campaign Director, Toronto General & Western Hospital

Catherine Wallace, CFRE, just recently joined the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation as a Campaign Director. Prior to this she was VP Development for Ontario at the Heart and Stroke Foundation and spent 8 years as Director, Philanthropy & Corporate Partnerships at Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in 72 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Cathy has been deeply dedicated to children’s causes and before this was the Director, Major Gifts at SickKids Foundation during the Believe Campaign. Always with a focus on health and well-being, community development and social justice, she is passionate about her involvement in the philanthropic sector.