Jehane Adam

Senior Change Management Consultant


Linda Barlow

Director, Corporate Partnerships

Heart & Stroke

A business development and sponsorship professional, Linda is the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Heart & Stroke, Ontario. With over 14 years of experience with some of Canada’s largest health charities, Linda is currently responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of Heart & Stroke’s corporate fundraising plan. Prior to joining Heart & Stroke, Linda served as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at JDRF Canada, where her team secured the first ever title and national sponsor for the newly rebranded REVOLUTION Ride to Defeat Diabetes in addition to the first national sponsor for the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Linda holds a HBA from University of Toronto and has a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of St. Michaels College.

David Bell, B.A., LL.B

Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations at Schulich School of Business

York University

David Bell is the Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations at the Schulich School of Business, York University.  At Schulich, he is responsible for coordinating a team of fundraising and alumni relations professionals dedicated to building and enhancing long term relationships between the Schulich School and its key stakeholders, including close to 30,000 alumni living and working in more than 90 countries around the world. 

David joined the Schulich School of Business in 2009.  Prior to his arrival at Schulich, David worked in senior roles fundraising roles with a number of leading organizations, including the Royal Ontario Museum Governors, Nipissing University and the University of Windsor. 

David is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and practiced environmental law and litigation with Ferguson Barristers and Saxe Law Office, prior to pursuing his career in advancement.  David holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Nipissing University and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor.  In 2017, David received the Dr. James Jamieson Influential Alumni Award from his alma mater, Nipissing University.

David has volunteered with a number of community organizations. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Job Skills, the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law & Policy and The Student Education Company. 

Mary Bowyer, CFRE

Senior Manager, Philanthropy

Renascent Foundation

Mary brings more than 20 years of professional fundraising experience in a variety of philanthropic sectors such as health-care, education, social services/child welfare, mental health, the environment and animal welfare.

Mary is a founding member of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada's Research Committee and current Chair of the What Canadian Donors Want Working Group.  
Laurie Buske

Director of Resource Development

Cuso International

Laurie is a seasoned fundraising and donor relations professional with over 10 years of experience working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked for organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, United Way Ottawa and currently is the Director of Resource Development with Cuso International. Laurie has an extensive background in direct marketing, major gifts, planned giving and relationship management.

Valerie Campbell

President and Founder, Valerie Campbell & Associates

Professor, Fundraising Management, Humber College

Valerie Campbell is a veteran professional in the charitable sector with experience at governance, strategic, and operational levels. She has worked as a consultant and in executive roles across Canada in health, education, and social services. She specializes in strategic planning, capital campaigns, major gift development, multi-organization collaboration, charitable mergers, volunteer and staff leadership coaching, and facilitation.
With a personal commitment to ethics, she chairs the Ethics Resources Committee of AFP GTA, writes on the topic, and teaches ethics in the charitable sector at Humber College. Valerie has served as chair and/or director of  various organizations serving Canadian and international communities. 
Laura Champion

Fundraising Strategist

Blakely Inc.

Laura loves fundraising. After leaving her first career in Library Science she found her niche in the fundraising world. Luckily, she can use many of the same skills but now she can be a little less quiet. She has experience in annual, tribute giving, mid-level growth and strategy, special initiatives, and digital integration.

Laura is a proud Humber College grad and has co-created a mentorship project for new grads transitioning into the workplace from academia. She is also actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and an author of a number of articles on philanthropic topics.

Alexis Gaiptman, CFRE

Associate Director, Major Gifts, Development

The Montreal Neurological Institute

Alexis Gaiptman is the Associate Director of Major Gifts, Development at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (McGill University). She is a proven leader with over 11 years of healthcare experience in both Events and Planned Giving. Her background is in Political Science, Women's Studies and Community Economic Development. Alexis is driven by her passion for growth, ability to embrace new challenges and desire to better our local communities. She is a Director on the board of AFP Quebec and Vice-Chair of the Executive for the local Montreal CAGP Chapter. 
Tara George, BSc, BEd, MBA

Senior Vice President & Lead Search Consultant

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Tara has led or played a key role in more than 320 searches during her 10 years with KCI. These have including CEO searches and other C-suite searches, plus senior fundraising, alumni, marketing communications, and advancement services searches for a wide variety of healthcare organizations, hospital foundations, universities, and other not for profit organizations.

Beyond her executive search work, Tara focuses on organizational development issues, helping clients to define their staffing needs, organizational structure, and recruitment, retention and succession strategies. As a Senior Vice President with KCI, Tara also serves as an internal advisor and consultant for colleagues who focus in other KCI practices areas.  Tara’s outstanding strategic thinking and project management skills, superb communication abilities, and solid business acumen allow her to deliver exceptional services to both clients and candidates. 

A highly respected professional with extensive networks across Canada and around the globe, Tara is a committed volunteer and passionate advocate of the social profit sector. Tara has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles including on Providence Health Care’s Strategic Planning Sub-Committee and Awareness Sub-Committee. An in-demand speaker, Tara has spoken at numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Tara holds a Masters of Business Administration (McMaster University), a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto), and a Bachelor of Science (University of Guelph). She has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not for Profit Governance Essentials course.


Goodwin Gibson

Senior Vice President, Donor Relations & Marketing

United Way Toronto & York Region

Goodwin Gibson joined United Way Toronto & York Region in September 2016, as Vice President, Marketing. On May 2017, Goody was promoted to Senior Vice President, Donor Relations & Marketing.

With over 25 years’ experience in developing and executing integrated marketing strategies, he provides proven leadership and oversight on all initiatives as they relate to donor relations and marketing of the United Way brand.

Goodwin has worked with major brands across numerous sectors, from financial services to healthcare to technology. And he has built and managed top Canadian agencies, with past roles including CEO and Founder of Conversion Marketing Communications Inc; President of MacLaren MRM; and Senior Vice President at Cossette Communications Group. His non-profit experience extends to campaigns for World Vision and the Heart and Stroke Foundation; he was also part of the team that launched the Luminato Festival.

A dedicated community member, Goodwin has held several senior volunteer roles with the Canadian Marketing Association, and is the past Chairman of the Board at SKETCH—an organization that provides youth facing barriers with access to local arts programming.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

Aneil Gokhale

Director, Philanthropy

Toronto Foundation

Aneil Gokhale is Director, Philanthropy at the Toronto Foundation where he helps individuals, families, professional advisors, companies and other organizations be more strategic with their philanthropy. Aneil has been at Toronto Foundation for 5 years and before that, he worked at United Way Toronto for 5 years and in the private sector, with GE Healthcare in Medical Sales. Aneil is the Chair of the Membership and Professional Advisors committee with the local CAGP GTA Roundtable and has also been a mentor with CAGP, AFP Inclusive Giving and TRIEC. In his personal life, Aneil is a husband and father of two young children who loves spending quality family time exploring every corner of Toronto and cheering on his beloved Blue Jays.
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.

Shannon Gorman, MBA, CFRE

National Director, Community Affairs


A leader in corporate philanthropy, Shannon Gorman is the National Director of Community Affairs for TELUS, responsible for delivering the company’s innovative community investment strategies. Shannon leads a team of 15 Community Investment personnel across Canada and Internationally. She is responsible for 11 Canadian and four International Community Boards, which engage community leaders in allocating funds to address local needs. Shannon was instrumental in TELUS being the first Canadian company to be recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the most philanthropic corporation in the world.

Prior to joining TELUS, Shannon was a senior executive with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation for more than 13 years, where she played a key role in raising more than $30 million to increase cancer survivorship in Ottawa.

Shannon holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA), is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), and has certificates in Corporate Social Responsibility from both Harvard Business School and Boston College.  Shannon is currently a candidate in the Masters of Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership with Carleton University’s Public Policy and Administration Program and is a popular speaker in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and development. 

Shannon has served as a director on many boards of both local and national charities including; the Ottawa Humane Society, Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Foundation, and Canadian Women in Communications & Technology.  Shannon enjoys volunteering her time at the Ottawa Mission and Youville Centre where she recently developed a mentorship program.

Shannon resides in Ottawa with her husband Mike. 

Brady Hambleton

Vice President, Marketing, Engagement & Analytics

Canada's Children's Hospital Foundations

In the 15+ years of experience that he has gained working with some of Canada’s largest not-for-profit organizations, Brady Hambleton has been exposed to nearly every facet of fundraising, including donor services, stewardship, annual giving, major gifts, digital and multi-channel.   Brady is currently Vice President, Marketing, Engagement & Analytics at Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, a newly founded not-for-profit that is building on the successful foundation of the Children’s Miracle Network, while introducing new and exciting integrated marketing and fundraising initiatives to engage Canadians to support 13 of the largest children’s hospitals coast-to-coast.  
He was most recently Director, Direct Marketing at Heart & Stroke, where he oversaw one of Canada’s largest, national multi-channel fundraising programs, raising over $25 million annually through digital, direct mail, tele-marketing, monthly and mid-level donors, with a staff compliment of 12.  His experience at HSF also spanned beyond his core program, where he served as a business unit lead on two significant enterprise-level projects: CRM implementation; and the National Organizational Email Marketing Strategy.  
Brady is a proud data geek, digital junkie, professional development advocate and most importantly, loves every minute of his work in the not-for-profit sector.

Jeremy Hampson

Philanthropic Consultant

The Donor Motivation Program

Since 1996 Jeremy Hampson has been advising families and business owners on how to significantly reduce their income and estate taxes through the implementation of philanthropic planning strategies. He has helped raise over $1M for the special needs community. And currently he is leading a capital campaign to raise $2M for the construction of a family resource center. Given Jeremy's passion in this area and his understanding of the many financial limitations charitable organizations face, he has made it a personal objective to help initiate $100M of philanthropic gifting over the next 10 years. 
Elizabeth Hardy

Senior Lead, Behavioural Insights

Privy Council Office, Government of Canada

Colin Hennigar

Vice-President, Major Gifts

SickKids Foundation

Colin Hennigar is Vice President of Major Gifts at SickKids Foundation, responsible for leading strategies for individual giving. Prior to joining SickKids as an Associate Director in 2010, Colin held a number of roles at the Royal Ontario Museum Governors Office during the largest fundraising campaign in the Museum's history, Renaissance ROM. He is an Advisor to the Sandals Canadian Foundation, Senior Associate with the Woodmark Group of North American children's hospital foundations, and Instructor at the George Brown College Business, Arts, & Design Program. Colin graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art History and Classical Civilizations and a Masters Degree in Museum Studies.
Susan Horvath, CFRE

President and Chief Executive Officer

ROM Governors

Susan is a seasoned philanthropic executive with diverse leadership experience in the healthcare, education and research sectors. As President & CEO of the Royal Ontario museum Governors, Susan is inspired by the opportunity to build on her lifelong passion for the ROM and her love of helping donors realize great impact through philanthropy.

In her 28 years in the charitable sector, Susan has served as Vice President Philanthropy for the Canadian Cancer Society; President of the Mount Sinai hospital Foundation; Vice President External at Robarts Research Institute; Director of Alumni & Development at Western University; and Director, Resource Development at United Way of London & Middlesex. Susan holds a BSc from Western and an MSc from the University of Alberta.

Susan has held leadership positions with AFP, CAGP, CCAE and several healthcare and community organizations. Susan was recognized in 2016 with AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award.

Jennifer Jones, MBA


Toronto Public Library Foundation

Jennifer’s career has been organic, rewarding and, often, full of the unknown. Her journey started and now continues in Toronto with a few years in between working in Asia. Jennifer studied political science at McMaster, completed her MBA at Ivey and started in advertising, moved into marketing communications and over the last 15+ years has evolved her career into social profit, with experience at CIBC corporate sponsorship on the CIBC Run for the Cure and Weekend To End Breast Cancer, building the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and is happily still surrounded by books and curious and creative people by now leading the new vision and transformation of the Toronto Public Library Foundation. While at Indigo Jennifer was Chair of the Association of Corporate Grantmakers in Toronto which aligns with her values of investing in the development of young people, the industry and city.

Mark Jordan

Director, Digital Projects

SickKids Foundation

Mark is currently the Director of Digital Projects on the Brand Strategy & Communications team at SickKids Foundation. In that role, Mark and his team are responsible for leading enterprise-wide projects that predominantly involve marketing of the SickKids brand. That includes projects that help elevate the SickKids brand, drive the propensity to donate, and increase the likelihood of people to spread the word through the content, experiences and the engagement they have with SickKids.

Prior to joining SickKids Foundation, Mark grew up on the agency-side, working with client such as AIR MILES, Rogers, Unilever, Indigo Books & Music, and Kraft North America. What has held true throughout Mark's career to date is his passion for the intersection between strategy, creative and technical. Mark is an integrated marketing leader with a passion for the emerging digital world.

Mark holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. He is also an avid cyclist, skier and musician.
Rickesh Lakhani, MBA, CFRE

Executive Director

Future Possibilities for Kids

Rickesh Lakhani passionately believes that every donor deserves to feel excellent about giving, and that the duty of a fundraiser is to bring passion towards enhancing the donor experience every day. Rickesh is the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, where they provide leadership and life skills development programs for children and youth from underserved communities. Prior to this, Rickesh was the Director, Campaign at United Way York Region, leading an $8M annual fundraising campaign. He serves as VP Governance on the Board of Directors for AFP Greater Toronto.





Jennifer Laughton, CFRE

Vice President Development

McMaster Children's Hospital

Jennifer Laughton is Certified Fundraising Professional with over twenty years experience working within a variety of institutions across the charitable and not-for-profit landscape.  Jennifer has held senior fundraising positions at The Ontario Science Centre, Royal Conservatory of Music and Trillium Health Partners. Currently, Jennifer is Vice President of Development at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation with primary focus on McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation. Jennifer's broad range of responsibilities includes volunteer engagement, strategic planning and fundraising, with specific focus on Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, and Planned Giving. Jennifer is focused on recruiting and mentoring passionate advocates of her organization, and ensuring that they have continued to be inspired and motivated in order to achieve personal and institutional success.  
Pam Laycock

Senior Vice President, Transformation & Strategy

Torstar Corporation

John Lepp


Agents of Good

John Lepp is a partner at Agents of Good. A collective of passionate and game changing fundraisers who spend most of their day championing your donors and telling great stories.

Emma Lewzey, CFRE


Blue Sky Philanthropy

Emma Lewzey is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Blue Sky Philanthropy, and is an award-winning fundraiser with more than 20 years of experience helping build and grow successful, sustainable fundraising programs. Emma is dedicated to working for change in our sector, and currently serves as the National Chair of the AFP's Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, a unique program that works to build a pipeline of fundraising leaders who reflect the diversity of our communities.
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.

Beth Ann Locke

Director of Advancement

Simon Fraser University

Beth Ann is a philanthropy evangelist and a tireless fan of connecting donors to their dreams. She believes relationships are the key to everything we do.  Her career has spanned the education, social services, and international sectors, in both the U.S. and Canada. By connecting supporters with causes and projects close to their hearts, she has been honored to work with them to raise more than $30 million.  Beth is also passionate about strengthening the profession and of promoting AFP, where she is a member of the Board of the AFP Canada Foundation for Philanthropy. She is the co-founder of Ms.Rupt, a movement to bring women fundraisers together to spur stimulating conversation around a single topic, with the goal of disrupting the status quo and promoting more flexible thinking, inclusion and diversity in our profession. She shares on social media as @FundraiserBeth.

Teresa Marques, CFRE

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Rideau Hall Foundation

Teresa Marques is the Director of Strategic Partnerships of the Rideau Hall Foundation, an independent and charity established to amplify the Office of the Governor General, and established during the mandate of His Excellency, the Honourable David Johnston. The RHF’s vision is a smarter and more caring Canada, and the organization works to address key challenges facing the country in areas of learning equity, culture of innovation, leadership development, and the promotion of giving & volunteerism. Teresa is an accomplished fundraising executive with extensive experience leading development teams in the healthcare and post-secondary education sectors. She is an instructor at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School and has been instrumental to major gift fundraising efforts at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, York University and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Canadian history from the University of Ottawa and York University, respectively and has pursued post-graduate studies at Dalhousie University’s School of Continuing Education, with a focus on non-profit governance. Teresa is interested in how giving patterns in Canada are changing, and is seeking to drive social change through philanthropy while strengthening the non-profit sector and civil society more broadly.

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.

Trevor Mayoh

Diversity, Inclusion and Behaviour Consultant

Mayoh Consulting

Trevor Mayoh is a diversity, inclusion and violence prevention consultant who works on transformative projects in diverse regions and sectors around the world. Trevor has worked with government and corporate partners on deconstructing gender norms and creating innovative violence prevention programming. Trevor has expertise working with not-for profit, hospitality, technology, extractive, and post-secondary organizations internally and externally to help foster more inclusive, safe, and successful environments. Trevor is a regular commentator on Newstalk 1010 programs and has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television media across the country.

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.

Jennifer Muldoon

Global Lead - Environment & Natural Resources Management

Cuso International

Jennifer Muldoon is the Global Lead - Environment & Natural Resources Management for Cuso International where as a member of the Impact & Knowledge Management (IKM) Team she provides organizational direction, capacity development and technical assistance to Cuso International staff and volunteers on environmental sustainability and climate resilience issues on programs and projects in Latin and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. She holds an MSc in International Rural Planning from the University of Guelph  and a BA in global studies and geography from Wilfrid Laurier University.  
Arezoo Najibzadeh

Executive Director

Young Women's Leadership Network

Arezoo is a women in politics advocate and a students’ rights activist based in Toronto. Arezoo’s work takes an intersectional approach to understanding the role of young women and girls in grassroots and institutional politics, as well as the relationship between sexual violence, public safety, and women’s civic engagement. She has an intimate understanding of the multiple barriers young women, especially young immigrant women of colour, must overcome in order to voice their opinions and materialize their ideas into actions within our political system.

Franco Ng

Director, Ethnocultural Strategy

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Franco is responsible for fundraising in the GTA's ethnic communities for PMCF. Prior to joining PMCF, Franco has extensive experience in community outreach, including serving as the Policy Advisor to Senator Victor Oh in the Senate of Canada and as Special Assistant to Toronto City Councillor Mike Del Grande. In between those two roles, Franco worked as Executive Officer in the Government of Hong Kong and served in an external relations role at Cathay Pacific Airways. Franco speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and French.
Naki Osutei

Director of Partnerships and Engagement, Corporate Citizenship

TD Bank

Naki Osutei is a leader guided by a commitment to changing the face of leadership in all sectors to better reflect the reality of the Canadian population. She has advanced this agenda in roles in the not-for-profit, public and private sector. Today she is the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for the Corporate Citizenship department at TD Bank. Naki's team develops partnership and engages individuals and organizations in support of the Bank's purpose to enrich lives. Among her team's responsibilities include: enterprise-wide employee engagement campaigns, including the United Way annual employee giving campaign; the TD Volunteer Network; TD's Arts and Archives department and the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership. Prior to coming to TD, Naki worked in Executive Talent Management at CIBC supporting the development of executives and 'near-executives' while also working to diversify the executive pipeline; was an HR Director, and led the corporate diversity and legacy strategies for the TORONTO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games; and developed several city-building projects and leadership development programs at CivicAction, including co-creating DiverseCity Fellows, North America's first "civic MBA". She is also an avid volunteer and has served on the Boards of Seneca College, West Neighbourhood House, BMW Foundation’s Young Leaders Transatlantic Forum and was a speaker coach for TEDxToronto.
Ingrid Perry

President and CEO

Mackenzie Health Foundation

Ingrid Perry joined Mackenzie Health Foundation as President and CEO in May 2013, bringing impressive fundraising experience and campaign leadership skills.

Throughout her distinguished 37-year career, Ingrid’s achievements in the philanthropic sector are considerable, facilitating over $450 million in donations primarily for health care causes. Highlights include founding the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation; campaigns for the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Art Gallery of Ontario, St. Michael’s Hospital, Bridgepoint Health, Women’s College Hospital; and exceeding the $35-million Stand By Me campaign goal for North York General Hospital Foundation which was completed during the 2003 SARS outbreak.

As President and CEO of Mackenzie Health Foundation, Ingrid is leading the $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign to build and equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital – Canada’s first ‘smart’ hospital – and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. The largest fundraising drive led by a community hospital in Canada, the campaign has raised over $72 million toward its goal, to date.

Ingrid has consulted with a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations on fundraising, public and government relations. She has also served on a variety of community boards, including the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Toronto Cricket Curling and Skating Club.

Ingrid is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and is proudly one of the founding members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. A firm believer in life-long education, Ingrid has attended the Harvard Business School in the Not-for-Profit Executive Leadership Program and is a Fellow of the Ivey Business School’s Community Shift Program. She also serves as a member of the faculty of AHP’s Madison Institute and is a frequent speaker at numerous national and international industry conferences.

Ingrid is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Toronto Chapter.

Sabrina Pourmand

Vice President of Key Relationships

charity: water

Sabrina Pourmand developed a passion for social change very early in life. A proud Silicon Valley native, her immigrant Persian father and Filipina American mother taught her that the most important job in life is to solve problems. And she’s spent the past decade doing exactly that. Having led programmatic initiatives for large-scale international and institutional humanitarian aid organizations, Sabrina is equipped with an extensive technical background. She raised and managed a $250 million portfolio in response to the earthquake in Haiti, merged and integrated different affiliates at Habitat for Humanity, provided strategic consultation for organizations in Central America, advised international micro-finance programs, and coordinated an emergency humanitarian response for Syrian refugees based in Amman, Jordan. Yet Sabrina also thrives in the world of philanthropy. For years, she partnered with large corporate foundations, businesses, and major philanthropists in the San Francisco Bay Area, gaining promising insight into the value of utilizing technology to combat global crisis.

With the intent to change the landscape of charitable giving, Sabrina came to charity: water in 2014 as the Vice President of Key Relationships. Combining her talents as a technical expert in the field with her external relations in the Valley, Sabrina has challenged her team to be on the forefront of executive fundraising and strategic innovation. She holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of California San Diego. In 2008, she was named the Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year for the San Francisco Bay Area. Having searched for boa constrictors in Latin America, river rafted in the Amazon, and worked in war zones in the Middle East, this historical-fiction loving, indoor-soccer playing, relationship-building problem solver is ready to do anything to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world.

Mitchell Praw

Director of Marketing

Furniture Bank

Salima Rawji

Vice President, Development


Salima Rawji is Vice President, Development for CreateTO (formerly Build Toronto) and has been with the organization since 2012. Prior to her time at Build Toronto, Salima led real estate development files for one of Canada's largest Retail developers, SmartCentres. Salima currently sit on the Toronto District Council Management Committee of the Urban Land Institute as Outreach Co-Chair and is the P3 Public Chair for Ontario with the International Council of Shopping Centers Canadian Divisional Leadership. She is on the Board of Directors for CivicAction, the CivicAction Foundation and the Homes First Foundation. Salima holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
Steven A. Reed


Performance Advantage, a Marketing Partners, Inc. company

Steve Reed is chairman and CEO of Marketing Partners, Inc. (MPI), a business improvement and marketing services organization formed in 1983. He is also president of Performance Advantage N.A., a MPI business unit that specializes in fundraising performance improvement to at least double fundraising production for clients. His experience creating innovation processes for commercial product development in the 1990s led to the application of six sigma and lean principles in the not-for-profit world and in fundraising. You may reach him at 
Letecia Rose

Coordinator, Programs and Outreach

MLSE LaunchPad

Letecia Rose is a youth advocate and community engagement specialist passionate about creating equitable and accessible spaces. Working the area of social justice for the past ten years, Letecia has trained thousands of young people, educators and stakeholders in diversity and equitable program design. She has led workshops all across Ontario and has created spaces for individuals to have courageous conversations about issues of discrimination and inequity.

Letecia has been instrumental in the development of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) and the Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy to ensure that policies and programs meet the needs of the most vulnerable young people in the City. As such, Letecia is a recognized city-builder working along groups like Civic Action as a Fellow and has received the United Way Innovation and Creativity award and a Vital People award from Toronto Community Foundation. Currently, Letecia is a facilitation trainer for the City of Toronto, a Coordinator of Programs and Outreach at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and a mentorship consultant for Nia Centre for the Arts.

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.

Greg Sarney

Director, Corporate Partnerships

Canadian Red Cross

Greg has spent more than 18 years in marketing, communications and development roles with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Prostate Cancer Canada, Easter Seals Canada and other regional and national health and social service charities. With a love of marrying corporate social responsibility interests and public sector priorities, he has negotiated high value, multi-year partnerships with organizations such as Desjardins Insurance, Bayer Canada, Shaw Communications, Federated Co-Op Limited, Dairy Farmers of Canada and others. As the director of national corporate partnerships for the Canadian Red Cross, Greg works with organizations across multiple industries to drive millions of dollars per year in support of CRC’s disaster appeals and Emergency Management, First Aid, Swimming & Water Safety and Bullying Prevention programs.

Rupen Seoni

Vice President, Practice Leader

Environics Analytics

Vice President and Practice Leader at Environics Analytics, Rupen Seoni leads the government, health care and nonprofit practice. He brings twenty years of experience in market analytics, working with market leaders to unlock the value of information in decision-making and business strategy. His practice area specializes in helping public-sector organizations understand population trends, segmentation and performance benchmarking. Rupen holds a master’s degree in urban planning.

Debbie Singh, MC, PhD, CHRE

Vice President of People

Habitat for Humanity, Greater Toronto Area

Debbie Singh is an HR professional with over 20 years of experience working across public, private and the not for profit sectors. She has worked locally to globally spending time ensuring that the culture of an organization is one where people are treated with inclusion and that policies are not merely words on paper but lived values and principles through actions. Debbie has spent a lot of time focused on the influence of voice as an underpinning to culture.  She believes that appreciation is the starting point from where inclusive environments are formed and in dealing with the landscape we find ourselves in today, Debbie is all about considering how organizations create strong culture so that we can respond to issues vs react to them as it relates to bullying and harassment. Debbie has been acknowledged as one of WorldWideWomen’s trailblazers and a leader in the field of HR. She often speaks about empowerment for young girls and women and mentors young female CEO’s.

Barb Storey

Senior Manager, Integrated Individual & Monthly Giving

Heart & Stroke Foundation

James Temple

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer

PwC Canada

As PwC Canada's Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, James oversees a team that designs and implements social and environmental strategies that are scalable and aligned with PwC's Purpose and strategic business priorities helping to activate employee engagement, drive operational efficiencies, elevate stakeholder engagement and connectivity, and differentiate PwC's brand in the marketplace. His portfolio oversight includes charitable contributions; volunteering; not-for-profit board governance; environmental stewardship; stakeholder relations; and annual CSR reporting.

James has shared insights at conferences around the world and has been featured in articles and videos for TED, the Globe and Mail, Strategy Magazine and Canadian Business. He currently sits on the not-for-profit committee of CPA Canada's Risk Oversight and Governance Board and has provided his expertise on fundraising committees for organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Gardiner Museum and the Homes First Foundation. Combined, he has helped to raise over $1M for important causes over the past five years. 
Jon Tower Ackerman

Global Digital Director

Movember Foundation

Cindy Wagman, CFRE


The Good Partnership

After spending 15 years as an in-house fundraiser at organizations large and small, Cindy founded The Good Partnership - a fundraising consulting and coaching business to teach small and mid-sized charities how to love fundraising. Cindy loves fundraising because she gets to see the most generous side of people and help match their passions with real action and change in the world. She has worked in social justice, health, arts, and education organizations. She has overseen and executed everything from annual campaigns focused on participation to multi-million dollar gifts. She became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 2009 and received her MBA from the Rotman School at the University of Toronto in 2013.
Cathy Winter

Project Leader, DiverseCity onBoard at the Global Diversity Exchange

Ryerson University, The Chang School

Cathy Winter leads the National DiverseCity onBoard program, an internationally recognized program which bridges the diversity gap in governance by providing a pathway to governance for diverse and indigenous communities by connecting them to governance opportunities in the not for profit and public sectors. Prior to joining DiverseCity onBoard, Cathy was a long-serving Senior Manager in the Ontario Public Service. Cathy is a National Board Member, YMCA Canada, and has served on several of its committees including Governance, Policy and Advocacy, and World Relations. She is a former Member of the Anne Johnston Health Station, where she chaired the Nominations Committee and was a Member of the Strategic Planning and Quality Committee. She is a former Member of the Allocations and Agency Services Committee of the United Way of Toronto Board of Trustees, and other United Way of Toronto committees.