Jehane Adam

Senior Change Management Consultant


Jehane completed a double major in International Relations and Employment Relations as well as a Certificate in Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto. She continued her education at the Schulich School of Business in the International MBA program with a focus on International Business, Strategy and Organizational Behaviour. 

Jehane is a Human Resources and Organizational Change Management Consultant and has worked on numerous multinational projects in multiple industries including consulting, manufacturing, sports and entertainment, healthcare, financial services, transportation and the public sector.

Jehane is a member of the Toronto Alumni Council as well as the Schulich Career Center Advisory Council.    

Diane Armes-Redrupp

Associate Director

SickKids Foundation

Diane Armes-Redrupp is an Associate Director at SickKids Foundation. Her long history with SickKids has led to her current focus on strategically aligned corporate partnerships. As part of her role, Diane is responsible for leading corporate involvement in the Tech4SickKids Initiative.  Diane is a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

Paula Attfield


Stephen Thomas Ltd.

Paula has been a fundraiser for over 20 years. As President, Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), a fundraising and marketing agency serving non-profits, Paula is responsible for client services as well as the overall operations of the agency. Her passion lies in working directly with the non-profit organizations she is proud to serve. Paula has provided strategic counsel for a number of ST clients including the Canadian Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Amnesty International among many others. Paula provides strategic insight into fundraising and marketing strategies and crafts multi-channel plans that include the integration of digital and traditional direct response strategies. Paula has been a volunteer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for a many years. She has Chaired the Toronto Fundraising Congress and currently sits on the Congress Management team. On the national level, Paula has served on the AFP Canada Counsel and currently sits on the inaugural Board of Canada’s AFP as Secretary/Treasurer. Paula is mom to two great kids.

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.

Nicole Beatty, CFRE

Senior Consultant

Global Philanthropic

Nicole Beatty CFRE is a sector expert in development operations and management practices for charities and start-up enterprises. Throughout her career as a volunteer, board member, writer, researcher, fundraiser and advisor, Nicole has raised over $25 million for local, national and international causes, and has cofounded three charities. She is passionate about start-up social enterprises, international movements, and rural initiatives that support education, the arts, women's rights, healthcare, food security, poverty reduction and housing. Nicole holds a BA Honours in Communication from the University of Ottawa and a Post Grad Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Ryerson University. Nicole has been chairing Boards and Leadership Committees since 2001. Currently, she is the chair of four boards and works as a Senior Consultant with Global Philanthropic.

Mark Beckles, MBA

Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

With over 25 years’ experience in financial services, Mark has held executive leadership roles in banking, insurance, risk management and the non-profit sector.

Currently, Mark is the Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation and has national responsibility for executing RBC Future Launch, a $500MM investment to ensure that young Canadians are ready for the future of work. Prior to assuming this role, Mark was Head, RBC Insurance Advice Centre, responsible for leading over 500 licensed insurance advisors who provide insurance advice and solutions to RBC Insurance clients across Canada. Mark has served as Regional Vice President, Retail Banking in the Greater Toronto Region at RBC.

Mark is actively engaged in the community and has volunteered on many boards.  He currently serves on the board of Harbourfront Centre, and is an Advisory Board member of the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization. In 2011, Mark received the City of Toronto Bob Marley Award for his commitment to diversity and City Building. In 2012, he was recognized with the BBPA Distinguished Men of Honor Award. He was also recognized for his work in support of the Canadian Sickle Cell Network. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his community volunteerism. In 2015, Mark received the 2015 Harry Jerome award for Professional Excellence.

Mark holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Bradford and has completed executive programs with Richard Ivey School of Business, and Rotman Business School. Mark is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the (ICD.D) designation.

Mark is married with three children and enjoys reading, jazz and football.

David Bell, 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. 

Jennifer Bernard, CFRE

President & CEO

Women's College Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Bernard is a Certified Fund Raising 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 McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Ontario Science Centre, Royal Conservatory of Music and Trillium Health Partners, helping each institution to achieve outstanding fundraising results, open doors to new partnerships and deepen engagement of their stakeholders.

Jennifer is currently, President & CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation.  Her broad range of responsibilities includes overseeing governance and operations, strategic planning and fundraising leadership.

As a passionate advocate for philanthropy, Jennifer seeks to expand the philanthropic landscape through active engagement of donors, volunteers and talented teams that want to help build a better world.

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 Development

Cuso International

Laurie Buske is the Director of Development with Cuso International. Passionate about the power of philanthropy, she considers it a privilege to guide donors on their giving journey. Laurie seeks to get beyond the numbers and the actions to share with donors the true impact of their gifts. She has experience in major gift fundraising, capital campaigns, direct marketing and legacy and annual giving. She is adept at managing relationships and campaigns, making sure that an organization's fundraising efforts are invested in for the long term. She has worked for organizations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and United Way Ottawa.

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. 
Sara Campbell Mates

VP, Client Relationships

Blakely Inc.

Sara is an experienced and strategic fundraiser, with over 18 years of direct marketing experience for a number of national non-profits. Since joining Blakely in 2013, she has worked with multiple clients across multiple sectors, including conservation, international development, education and health care.

A passionate client advocate, Sara’s approach to fundraising is results-oriented and insights-driven. As a dedicated and energetic team member, Sara puts her extensive knowledge and excellent project management skills to work at Blakely, providing strategic solutions for our clients.

Lori Casselman, M.D.

Executive Advisor


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.

Randy Frisch

Co-Founder, CMO and President


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 a passionate, dynamic, and goal-oriented professional with over 15 years of successful experience. He is currently Director, Philanthropy at Toronto Foundation where he is responsible for the development and management of the new business portfolio. His role is focused on helping individuals, families, professional advisors, companies and other organizations engage in strategic philanthropy. Most recently, Aneil spearheaded the successful creation and launch of Vision 2020, a new program developed to attract and inspire the next generation of philanthropists. Vision 2020 has successfully engaged 115 millennials and gen xers to create permanent endowments to support city building philanthropy.

Aneil has been with Toronto Foundation for 6 years and before that, he worked at United Way Toronto for 5 years and in the private sector, with GE Healthcare in Medical Sales for 4 years.

Aneil is the Co-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. 

Pati Greenwood, CFRE

President & CEO

Merry Go Round Children's Foundation

Pati Greenwood has worked in the charitable sector throughout her entire career assisting charities to generate revenue and increase their bases of support. Pati’s expertise and skill set covers all areas of fundraising including capital campaigns, annual giving, events and planned giving programs. Currently, she is President & CEO of Merry Go Round Children's Foundation a charity assisting low income youth to achieve their academic and social potential by providing donated laptop computers as well as support and mentoring through educators and police officers.
Pati is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business at Western University having earned her MBA in 2014. She is also a graduate of Humber College achieving an honors diploma in Public Relations.  It was at Humber that Pati first discovered her passion for fundraising and embarked on her life-long practice of the profession. Pati has also studied at York and McMaster Universities and her education includes ongoing course work through organizations such as Stanford University and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP).
Pati achieved Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) status in 2004, a certification indicating the highest standards of competence and ethical practice in Philanthropy. 
Pati is an active member of AFP currently serving as member of the Ethics Resources Committee with the Greater Toronto Chapter.  She is a member the organization’s International Board of Directors serving as Director of District B – Canada and is currently serving as Chair of the Host Committee for AFP’s Leadership Academy taking place in Toronto in October 2018.

Jennifer Groh

Director, Corporate Communications and Citizenship

Samsung Electronics

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 - Impact and Innovation Unit

Privy Council Office, Government of Canada

Elizabeth Hardy is Senior Lead, Behavioural Insights at the Impact and Innovation Unit, overseeing the application of behavioural science and design to public policy challenges.

Prior to joining the Government of Canada, Elizabeth held several senior leadership positions, including leading the Behavioural Insights Unit in the Government of Ontario, where she was instrumental in creating and building Canada’s first behavioural science team in government.

To date, Elizabeth has successfully completed trials dealing with public health, financial decision-making, tax collection, regulatory compliance, and service delivery. She is Co-Chair of the Behavioural Insights Community of Practice in the Government of Canada and Chairs the pan-Canadian Behavioural Insights Network (BIN).

Her work with the Ontario Government on organ donor registration was awarded the prestigious Amethyst award for outstanding achievement.

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.

Muthoni Kariuki, CFRE, MPNL

Senior Officer, Major Gifts

Dorothy Ley Hospice

From childhood, Muthoni fell in love with nonprofits working alongside her parents who valued the power of giving back to the communities they lived in. Her parents instilled in her that our lives become meaningful through the impact we make on others, more so than living and working just for ourselves. Muthoni quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work, and in particular fundraising. This resolve stuck with her through her undergraduate education, and ultimately leading her to obtain her Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership (MPNL) from Carleton University. Muthoni, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), who spends her days assisting donors realize their potential to make an impact, through the power of philanthropy. When Muthoni isn’t fundraising, you’ll find her early in the morning at the gym where she goes to begin her day. However, her most important valued time, is spent with family and friends.

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.





Pam Laycock, MBA, ICD.D

Senior Vice President, Transformation & Strategy

Torstar Corporation

Pam Laycock is Senior Vice President, Transformation & at Torstar Corporation, where she is working with the leadership team to transform the organization for future growth and industry leadership. She has been with Torstar for 26 years, working in all of the divisions within Torstar and working on the Canadian, US and UK businesses.

Pam began her career at Torstar with Harlequin Books, where among other responsibilities she launched Harlequin’s e-commerce business in 1996 and e-book business in 2005. In 2007, Pam moved to Torstar’s media business, taking on roles of Chief Operating Officer for Torstar Digital, VP Digital for Star Media Group,  and SVP Strategy and Digital for Metroland.

Pam has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She sits on the Executive Council for the Ontario Chapter of the ICD. In 2014, Pam was appointed to the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s Diversity 50. She is Interim Chair of board of directors for the Toronto Public Library Foundation. She previously sat on the boards of CAA South Central Ontario, and Workopolis. She is actively involved with the Schulich School of Business where she is an Executive in Residence and chair of the Schulich Toronto Alumni Council. In 2012 she received the Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the School.

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

Chief Development Officer

BC Women's Hospital + Health Foundation

Beth Ann has the best career in the world – working with donors on their dreams for a better world. She’s a tireless fan of our profession and understands that building relationships and expressing gratitude are keys to success. She's raised millions for the education, social services, and international sectors in Canada and the U.S. by connecting donors with ideas and projects close to their hearts. 
She’s Chief Development Officer at BC Women's Hospital + Health Foundation, board member of AFP Canada Foundation for Philanthropy and VP of Professional Development of AFP Vancouver.  She loves to travel the world, especially with her daughter.


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.

Follow Teresa on Twitter: @Termarques

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

Executive Director

St. Michael's Foundation

Alayne headed St. Michael’s Foundation for over two decades and during this time took the hospital from raising $3.5 million per year to a record-breaking $53.2 million in total revenue in fiscal year 2014/15. All of the capital campaigns she has led for St. Michael’s Hospital have exceeded their fundraising targets, including the most recent and most ambitious campaign, Inspire 2018, which had a goal of $210 million and raised a landmark $237 million. In all, Alayne has raised over $500 million for urgent hospital priorities. The Foundation also experienced a fundraising first in North America under her direction, with 100% physician participation in all capital campaigns to date.

In 2002, Alayne received her Fellow’s designation (FAHP) from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and she is one of only 20 people in Canada who holds this designation. She has received many awards over the years acknowledging her expertise and dedication to philanthropy, including the prestigious Community of Service Award from St. Michael’s Hospital and the 2005 Fundraiser of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Alayne was also awarded the distinguished Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her service to the community. Previously, Alayne was president of the Centenary Hospital Foundation for nine years.

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.  
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.

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, APR


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

Ronen Tal, CFRE

Philanthropic Counsel

Good Works

Ronen has 6 years of experience in non-profit marketing and fundraising, overseeing direct response programs across all channels, including direct mail, telephone, face-to-face, email, digital, and others. He is a passionate advocate for building strong monthly donor programs and is skilled at integrating multiple channels together in cohesive campaigns.

Prior to joining Good Works, Ronen developed and managed the Direct Marketing department at Parkinson Canada, after several years of consulting work with Fundraising Direct and Globalfaces Direct.

A self-described ‘data junkie’, Ronen seeks to align every message with the appropriate audience, ensuring the right stories are heard, read, and felt by the right people. He is driven by optimizing donors’ lifetime value to the organization and seeks to raise it at every opportunity.

Ronen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto Chapter. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Breakaway Addiction Services and the McGill Alumni Association Toronto Chapter.


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

With 15 years of leadership experience across multiple industries in brand and political campaign fundraising, community organizing, mobile product and technology, startup marketing, and story development, I look at Social Change and Digital Strategy as having the ability to drive convergence across all sectors. It's uniquely positioned to be an innovative sector, largely out of necessity. 

As a cancer survivor and longtime Movember fundraiser, I jumped at the chance of joining the Movember Foundation in 2016. Now leading a new global digital division at Movember, the team sits at the heart of driving strategy, supporting marketing, fundraising and game-changing men's health programs. We're working toward our core purpose of helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives by taking a unique approach to digital strategy and our product of positive change in men. 

Raised in the Midwest, long-time Californian, currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, always curious about curating experiences for communities, social mobilization strategies, and baseball, always baseball.

Mike Twamley

Director, Philanthropy & Communications

Toronto People with AIDS Foundation

Mike Twamley has been providing not-for-profit leadership for 22 years, most recently as Director of Philanthropy & Communications at the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA). A graduate of the Humber Fundraising Program, Mike came to full-time fundraising later in his professional career. His earlier extensive operational experience with the YMCA of Niagara and Workman Arts Project in Toronto contributes to the successful leadership of PWA’s sustaining annual million-dollar fundraiser, the Friends For Life Bike Rally, currently in its 20th year.

Alicia Vandermeer

Deputy Director & Chief Advancement Officer

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Alicia Vandermeer is the Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Alicia joined the AGO in 2000 as Annual Support Director, and during her 18 year career at the Gallery, progressed to assume the roles of Director of Development; Director, Visitor Experience; Chief, Visitor Experience and Exhibitions; and Chief Organization Officer & Corporate Secretary. She became Chief Advancement Officer in 2016, leading an integrated team to build the AGO’s position as a leader in art, learning and access locally and globally. Her portfolio includes Development and Campaign, Communications & Brand, Visitor Experience & Membership, and Staff & Volunteer Resources. Before joining the AGO, Alicia was a Senior Consultant with fundraising consultancy DVA Navion, where she was the Campaign Director for a Toronto hospital capital campaign. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. Alicia holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto, and received her MBA from Schulich School of Business.

Cindy Wagman, CFRE

President & CEO

The Good Partnership

Cindy Wagman is on a mission to make great fundraising achievable for small organizations. After spending 15 years as an in-house fundraiser at organizations large and small, Cindy founded The Good Partnership – where her and her small but mighty team help small nonprofits with their fundraising so they can focus on changing 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.

Brock Warner, CFRE, bCRE-Pro

Director, Community Giving and Innovation

War Child

Brock Warner, CFRE is the Director, Community Giving and Innovation at War Child – a charity providing humanitarian aid to children affected by war. His writing on fundraising has been published in Hilborn and was a central figure in Gail Picco’s 2017 book “Cap in Hand: How Charities are Failing the People of Canada and the World” as an example of a fundraiser able and willing to grapple with the large philosophical challenges of fundraising for increasingly polarising social issues. You can follow him on Twitter at @brockwarner, or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Cathy Winter

Program Manager, DiverseCity onBoard

The Chang School, Ryerson University

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.

Stewart Wong

Vice President, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Stewart has over 15 years of marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning experience in the charitable health sector. He currently serves as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s vice president, communications, marketing and advocacy where he provides executive leadership and management to all hospital communications activities. Prior to joining Holland Bloorview, he held a variety of marketing, strategy and communication leadership roles at The Arthritis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. He brings significant skill in leading teams using collaborative processes to advance organizational growth.  On a volunteer basis, Stewart sits on the board and serves as the vice president of government relations for the GTA chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has also volunteered with Imagine Canada as a peer reviewer for their Standards Program and served as a press operations supervisor for the Toronto Pan Am Games.Stewart has 16 years of marketing, communications, fundraising and strategic planning experience in the charitable health sector. In early 2016, he joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as vice president, communications, marketing and advocacy where he provides executive leadership and management to all hospital communications, marketing and advocacy activities. Over the course of more than a decade in leadership positions at The Arthritis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Stewart brings demonstrated skill in leading teams to advance organizational growth. On a volunteer basis, Stewart serves as the chair of the GTA Association of Fundraising Professionals government relations committee. He has also volunteered with Imagine Canada as a peer reviewer for their Standards Program and in the summer of 2015, he served as a press operations supervisor for the Toronto Pan Am Games.

Jill Zelmanovits

CEO and Keynote Listener

Girl Guides of Canada

Jill Zelmanovits is the CEO and Keynote Listener at Girl Guides of Canada. In her role as lead girl empowerer, she passionately believes in the potential of girls across Canada to discover who they are to become everything they want to be. Zelmanovits has spent over fifteen years in not-for-profit leadership, including serving as trustee on the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts (WAGGGS) with responsibility for growth, advocacy change and engagement supporting girls around the world. Prior to her role at Girl Guides of Canada, Zelmanovits was a commercial litigator at a Bay Street law firm before working for Legal Aid Ontario at a number of community legal clinics. Jill is also a long standing member of Girl Guides of Canada and mother to a current Girl Guide.