Introducing Your Fundraising Day 2017 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.


Chair, Fundraising Day 2017
Matt Shaw, CFRE
Principal, Shaw Philanthropy Partners

Since 2007, Matt Shaw has served more than 30 organizations across the charitable and corporate sectors, including healthcare, education, financial services, government, technology and social services organizations.

As principal of Shaw Philanthropy Partners, Matt provides strategic counsel in planning, fund development, major giving and integrated donor marketing to build sustainable, diversified revenue portfolios. Integrating expertise in major gifts, corporate partnerships and marketing and communications, Shaw Philanthropy Partners provides a holistic approach to building diversified and sustainable revenue programs.


Vice-Chair, Fundraising Day 2017
John Farrell
Chief Development Officer, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

John Farrell is a professional fundraiser with over 15 years’ experience. Prior to recently being named the Chief Development Officer at the Gardiner Museum, John served as the Director of Philanthropy at The 519,  and the Manager, Major Gifts & Capital Campaign with the Toronto Public Library Foundation. He has also worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario and a number of performing arts companies.

John has a long history of volunteering in the community, including time with The Word on the Street (Toronto), the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Community One Foundation. He is also proud to have served as mentor for AFP’s Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship



Glenn Best
Associate Director, Major Gifts, University of Toronto

Glenn Best loves exercising his curiosity by using the art of conversation and engagement to inspire extraordinary philanthropic partnerships.  At the University of Toronto he works collaboratively across the institution to help develop the financial resources needed to enhance accessibility and excellence in education and research.

Lately he has had a special focus on supporting the fundraising objectives of the Rotman School of Management, the Faculty of Law, and the University’s New York City regional strategy.

Glenn has a B.A. Honours in Philosophy from Queen’s University, where he also worked for seven years in fund development.


Cheryl Blackman
Assistant Vice President, Audience Development, Royal Ontario Museum

Cheryl Blackman is Assistant Vice-President, Audience Development, at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). She is responsible for managing the Museum’s Front of House and Audience Research teams to ensure an exceptional experience for all visitors, and she is the main point of contact for the ROM’s 1300 volunteers.

Cheryl also leads the ROM’s Community Access Network (ROMCAN), which has grown to include over 60 partnerships with groups across the GTHA, since under her direction. This award-winning program is a pride of the Museum, and speaks to the ROM’s ongoing commitment to access, inclusion and community building.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and has completed a fellowship in Inclusion and philanthropy with the Association of fundraising professional (AFP).  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and is an Access Activator with the British Council.


Jennifer Di Santo

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Di Santo is an award-winning marketing and communications professional focused on building brand awareness, changing behaviour and getting people to transact. For nearly a decade, she has built and executed integrated programs for a range of organizations in both the private and public sectors, including financial services, education, public transit, health care and the arts.

At Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, University Health Network, Jennifer works with major gifts, annual giving and stewardship teams to engage donors, prospects and the general public through what she calls “strategic storytelling” to drive fundraising efforts.


Scott Fairbairn
Owner & Principal, FairPlay Fundraising Consulting

Scott Fairbairn is the owner and principal consultant of FairPlay Fundraising Consulting and has over 21 years development management and fundraising expertise in the non-profit sector.

Scott is a strategic and engaging leader with experience in all aspects of philanthropic fund development including major gift solicitation, campaign management, volunteer training, annual giving, corporate relations and event management.



Mimosa Kabir
Officer, Events & Creative Partnerships, War Child

Mimosa Kabir is an aspiring changemaker, looking to foster collaboration, connection and consensus within the non-profit sector for collective impact. She is a fundraiser with experience in relationship-building, tactical planning and managing events with ROI in mind.

She holds a BA honours degree in Global Development Studies and History from Queen’s University, and post-graduate certificates from Humber College in Fundraising Management and the University of Leicester in Mass Communications.

Mimosa currently works for War Child Canada, and moonlights as a facilitator for the Youth Advocacy Training Institute. Mimosa is also a bookworm, pop culture enthusiast, wannabe globetrotter and sometimes blogger.


Sylvia Kadlick, CFRE
Senior Research Consultant, KCI

Sylvia Kadlick is an experienced consultant, fundraiser, and leader with over 25 years in the not-for-profit sector. Past roles have included positions in the social service and higher education sectors and now as a consultant with KCI. She attained her CFRE designation in 2002, which she continues to hold.




Nancy McInnis
Senior Manager, 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.”



Melissa Leite
Senior Development Coordinator, Tides Canada

Melissa Leite is a senior development coordinator 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 leadership annual giving and supports all aspects of major gifts fundraising.

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.



Rebecca Schwartz
Philanthropic Services & Corporate Communications, PearTree Financial

Rebecca Schwartz aligns the corporate and charitable sectors through her passion and experience working with non-profits. She has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector for over a decade in fundraising, writing, event planning, and marking and communications.

At PearTree she focuses on charity outreach, sponsorship, marketing, and digital communications. She brings her interpersonal skills and passion for the digital world to give PearTree a voice in the field of charity flow through.

Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education from Western University.


Adam Stewart, CFRE
Manager, Monthly Giving, Heart & Stroke Foundation

Adam Stewart has been a professional fundraiser for more than a decade, working in both annual giving and major gifts. He is a graduate of the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber and is currently pursuing his Master of Nonprofit Administration degree at North Park University.




Maeve Strathy
Fundraising Strategist, Blakely Inc.

Maeve Strathy is a passionate fundraising professional, focused on inspiring donors to make an impact on the causes they love through philanthropy. Maeve works at Blakely Inc. as a Fundraising Strategist where she provides and executes on strategy for integrated direct response campaigns.

In her spare time, she likes to work out, watch TV and movies, read, cook, and write for her fundraising and philanthropy-focused blog,