Michelle Afinec

Senior Development Officer, Campaigns & Major Giving

Camp Oochigeas

Michelle has held various leadership and fundraising positions at Camp Oochigeas since 2007.  As Director of Development, Michelle was responsible for the establishment and achievement of the camps fundraising goals and achievements through all aspects of fundraising.  In her current role as Senior Development Officer, Campaigns & Major Giving, she manages a diverse portfolio of major gift donors with a focus on alumni and family relationships. Michelle began her career in fundraising in the sports sector, as the Manager of Community Programs and Marketing at The Argos Foundation where she oversaw the charities corporate sponsorship and events program. Michelle is a proud mom with a passion for children and her community.

Leen Al Zaibak, MA

Board Director, Lifeline Syria

Co-Founder and Director, Jusoor

Leen is a leader in supporting the success of Syrian refugees resettled in Canada and abroad, as both co-Founder and Director of Jusoor, an international NGO that helps Syrian youth continue their education through scholarships and mentorship. Leen currently serves on the board of Lifeline Syria, an initiative to help sponsor and settle 1,000 Syrian refugees in the Greater Toronto Area. She also sits on the Telus Toronto Community Board. She is an advocate for arts and culture in the city serving as Chair of the Emerging Leaders for Toronto Arts Foundation and is on the executive committee for the Royal Ontario Museum’s Young Patron Circle. In 2015 she was named a Torontonian of the year and in 2016 she was named one of RBC’s Immigrants of the Year. She has appeared on television including appearances on CBC, Breakfast Television and interviewed by Globe and Mail, Elle Canada and Toronto Life. She was featured last year in Reader’s Digest. Leen currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of International Relations and Protocol for the Government of Ontario. Leen holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Trinity College and a Master degree in International Relations from the University of Manchester.

Marilyn Anthony

Business Development

PearTree Financial Services Ltd.

Marilyn brings over 20 years of significant major gift fundraising success to her business development role at PearTree. She is a skilled professional with capital campaign experience within organizations across Canada, including CAMH, United Way of Greater Victoria & Greater Toronto, Kids Help Phone, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, University of Calgary, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH), and the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD).

Marilyn has worked with executive-level volunteer leadership and major donors throughout her career, including at PearTree, where she manages the charity outreach, marketing and government relations efforts of the firm. Marilyn’s experience, combined with her strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively accomplish objectives have resulted in important fundraising accomplishments that make a difference in the success of leading institutions and organizations. She is a member of AFP and CAGP, and is the former Vice Chairman of the Design Exchange.

Cindy Ball, CFRE

Vice-President, Development


Cindy has more than 28 years fundraising experience. Most recently, she was Director of Development at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as well as Vice President of its Foundation. Prior to that, she was Director of Development at the Ontario Science Centre and also led the Centre’s inaugural Employee Engagement Team for two years. Previously, she was the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at OCAD University and served as Executive Director of the Ontario College of Art & Design Foundation. Cindy led the $40 million Ideas Need Space campaign that expanded the university’s campus, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. She’s a graduate of York University’s Voluntary Sector and Arts Management Program and an active volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Cindy has achieved the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

Cathy Barrick

Chief Executive Officer

Alzheimer Society of Toronto

As the CEO of Alzheimer Society of Toronto Cathy Barrick leads with enthusiasm, creativity and a let’s get ‘er done attitude.  Doubling the organization’s budget in the 5 years since joining the Alzheimer Society, Cathy drives innovation through fundraising and program development.  Cathy believes that not for profits should step up and shine by increasing our social profit margins.Cathy has worked in the not for profit sector from the start – beginning her career as a geronotological social worker.  Using her ability to develop relationships with others, Cathy has become a fundraising champion.  Her leadership of organizations for the last 15 years continues to evolve with a focus on creating an environment where staff feel both valued and supported in their efforts to do good. As a recent Intrapreneur Fellowship graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cathy tackles organizational challenges and change from the inside out.  Using design thinking to drive success Cathy believes we can change the culture of the not for profit sector. You can find Cathy on Twitter @saving_grace where she adds personality to leadership and the Alzheimer Society.  Cathy believes leading by example is key to an organization’s success and personal career fulfillment.  Cathy loves what she does and it shows.

Carole Beaulieu

Vice-President, Advancement & Board Secretariat

OCAD University

Carole Beaulieu is an accomplished management, marketing, public affairs and governance executive with strategic experience in the public, private and creative sectors. Beaulieu is currently Vice-President, Advancement & Board Secretariat at OCAD University, where she directs the government relations, marketing, communications, fundraising and governance functions for the university. She recently spearheaded the development of the Creative City Campus – a $60M transformational campus re-development project and secured $29M in public funds to make it happen. In January 2015, she was appointed Chair for the Groupe Média TFO Board of Directors by the Premier of Ontario. TFO is a French-language media business which is a top-ranked destination for children and audiences seeking innovative educational and cultural content on television and multiple platforms. In 2016, its Mini TFO franchise was awarded an official YouTube recognition for being the most popular French language educational channel in Canada, with over 180,000 subscribers and nearly 250 million viewers.

Jacqueline Bell

Senior Development Officer, Direct Marketing

University Hospitals Kingston Foundation

Jacqueline joined the team at University Hospitals Kingston Foundation in 2013. As the Direct Marketing Officer, she is helping the Foundation to raise $65 million towars the Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care campaign. With a background in tourism marketing and hospitality, she went from a career spreading the word about how great her hometown of Kingston is to working with donors to help make it an event better place! In 2016, she completed the Annual Giving Certificate Program through the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served as a volunteer with Special Olympics Ontario, Girls Incorporated, AFP Southeastern Ontario and on a weekly basis as a volunteer pianist in a tiny country church.

Barbara Besharat

Anti-Poverty and Homeless Programs Coordinator

The 519

Barb is a community engagement professional with more than 15 years of experience in equity and human rights leadership, city building, policy development, and curriculum development and delivery. Barb works as a Community Organizer and as the Anti-poverty and Anti-homelessness Programs Coordinator at The 519, a City of Toronto Agency. They also have a long history in working specifically within the sport sector providing LGBTQ inclusion education and training to organizations such as Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Toronto 2015 Senior Leadership Team.

Hala Bissada

President & CEO

Hala Inc.

Hala is an industry thought leader and an international award-winning event producer with over 20 years of experience, yet still a kid at heart.  Those around her often say her eyes sparkle.  She is naturally curious and creates excitement and finds inspiration wherever she goes.

She began her career at SickKids Foundation where she found her passion for events.  She later became Chief Development Officer for Children’s Aid Foundation where she honed her fundraising skills and became a Certified Fundraising Executive.  She began Hala Inc. in 2004.

She is highly respected for her creativity and work ethic and has won many distinguished honors including 2012 Event Professional of the Year (CEIA), 2013 Best Industry Contribution (ILEA) for establishing Ryerson University’s Special Event Certificate Program and the Alumni Award of Distinction from Ryerson University.  She was recently named one of Canada’s most influential women in events (2017) by Canadian Special Events Magazine.

Wanda Brascoupé Peters

Executive Director

The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Wanda is Bear Clan, a Haudenosaunee/Algonquin and member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg. Philanthropy is a common bond Indigenous and the non-Indigenous societies share. It is here Wanda’s flourishes in creating spaces for mutual partnerships with reciprocal learnings and a longer term goal of reconciliation in Canada. Her charitable activities began as a teaching in reciprocity, a fundamental component of global Indigenous cultures. With fifteen years of experience at a local, regional and national level her skills include fundraising, advocacy and learning opportunities to understand philanthropy and Indigenous realities in Canada.

Known to many as a natural communicator and innate bridge builder, Wanda brings her view that reciprocity and reconciliation are action-oriented words when we allow them to be. It is these skills she enthusiastically brings to her position as the Executive Director of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Tessa Bulham

Director of Development

Canada`s National Ballet School

Tessa Bulham joined Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) as Director of Development in 2016. Tessa is responsible for leading the development team to achieve annual and special project fundraising goals for both the NBS and Canada’s National Ballet School Foundation.
Tessa previously held senior development positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 2010 to 2016. During this time, she led the corporate, foundation, government and events teams and was the interim Director of Development in 2014. From 2014 to 2016 Tessa was appointed the Director of Development Operations, overseeing stewardship, research and prospecting, systems and finance.

Before joining the AGO Tessa worked at The Toronto International Film Festival (tiff) for six years, as the Director of Sponsorship. In this role, she led a team responsible for developing corporate partnerships and raising over $7M annually for tiff, leading up to the opening of Bell Lightbox in 2010. Prior to tiff, Tessa began her fundraising career at the Harbourfront Centre after completing a master's degree in art history from the University of Toronto. 

Sarah Byrnes

Development Coordinator

Hot Docs

Sarah Byrnes is the Development Coordinator at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, working primarily with individual donors and the Founders Circle patron program. She is a 2016 graduate of the Humber College Fundraising Management program, and was a fellow in the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy’s second cohort. 

Prior to beginning her fundraising career, Sarah was an active student leader with on-campus LGBTQ* student groups at both York University and Humber College and helped increase visibility, space, resources and funding for those groups.

James Carroll

Director, Channels

World Vision Canada

James is a dedicated husband and father driven by a passion to create excellent experiences in the fundraising world to help engage Canadians, giving them the opportunity to do more to do better for vulnerable children around the world.

Noelle de la Mothe

Director, Direct & Digital Marketing

SickKids Foundation

Noelle de la Mothe joined SickKids Foundation in 2008.  In her role as Director, Donor Acquisition she has helped grow the Direct & Digital portfolio to over $33 million annually. Prior to joining SickKids, Noelle was Director of Marketing at Bell Canada. She also held various other roles within the Bell consumer marketing team including; customer relationship management, acquisition and marketing communications.  Her client-side background is complemented by her agency experience on Grey Canada’s digital team. Noelle received her BA from The University of Western Ontario and has a post-graduate diploma in Marketing Management from McGill.  Most recently, Noelle completed the Leadership Development Program at the Schulich School of Business. Noelle has led multiple award winning campaigns.  Some highlights include winner of Canadian Marketing Association (CMA)’s – ‘Best in Show’ and Direct Marketing Association’s Echo Award. She is an active member of the marketing community. Noelle is a regular judge for the CMA Awards and a past member of the CMA NFP council. 

George Fowlie, MBA

Managing Director

GRF Capital Advisors Inc.

Over his 40-year career in corporate finance, Mr. Fowlie’s experience includes commercial banking, merchant banking, investment banking, private equity and mezzanine debt funds.  His most recent role was as a Partner and Head of Investment Banking with Westwind Capital, which he helped to build into an international, natural resource focused boutique until it was acquired in 2008 by Thomas Weisel Partners.  Mr Fowlie retired in 2008 to pursue his own investments and is currently engaged and active in companies in a wide variety of industries. He serves as a director on numerous private, public and not for profit Boards and is the past Chair of Outward Bound Canada. Mr. Fowlie has an MBA from Ivey Business School.

Tara George, MBA

Senior Vice President & Lead Search Consultant

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

For the past nine years, as the lead consultant for KCI’s executive search and talent development practice Tara has partnered with a wide variety of non-profit organizations across Canada. She has interviewed, advised, and guided hundreds of leaders at a variety of levels, and through her work brings a unique perspective on leadership development and effectiveness.

Tara has invited several Executive Leadership Coaches to join us for this session, and will moderate a panel discussion on developing leadership skills and qualities. These professional coaches work with senior executives, boards, and teams in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors to help people fully develop their potential and results in the areas of transformational leadership, transition to new roles, effective communication, and professional and personal growth.


Gary Gladstone, CFRE


Gladstone Consulting

Gary Gladstone is an accomplished non-profit executive and results-oriented leader with over 30 years of non-profit, corporate, government and volunteer experience.  A strategic thinker and team builder with a proven track record of helping organizations achieve or exceed their revenue goals through major gift fundraising, grant writing, government relations, media relations, event planning, volunteer recruitment and leadership development. He served as a member and chair of the York Simcoe Grant Review Team of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  He is engaged in municipal, provincial and federal politics, both as a fundraising professional and as an active volunteer.  Gary is currently the Central East Regional Lead of the Justice of the Peace Appointment Advisory Committee and is principal of Gladstone Consulting - A one-stop consultancy for charities and non-profits to raise their profile, increase their friends and donors, improve government relations and raise the funds needed to fulfill their missions.

Gary is currently working with Reena and the Intentional Community Consortium, managing Stakeholder Relations, meeting with MPs, MPPs and municipal representatives furthering the goal of allocating 5% of Affordable Housing Funds to those with Developmental Disabilities. 

Hamlin Grange

President & Co-Founder

DiversiPro Inc.

Hamlin Grange is a diversity and inclusion strategist and President and co-founder of DiversiPro Inc., a workplace diversity and inclusion consulting company based in Toronto. As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), he is able to assess the level of intercultural competence among senior organizational leaders, managers and front line workers. He is also certified to use Emergenetics, a unique psychometric tool that identifies thinking and behavioural attributes that can have an impact on personal or group interactions.

Hamlin has worked with major private corporations, not-for-profit organizations, charities, television networks, health care providers, and other organizations looking for ways to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of a culturally diverse marketplace. He has a keen understanding of the fundraising and philanthropic sectors, delivering numerous seminars and workshops at AFP events. Hamlin supports human rights principles of accountability, participation, transparency and non-discrimination.

He believes a deeper understanding of how culture affects human interactions is a vital perquisite in today’s fast-paced diverse world. Before establishing DiversiPro nearly 20 years ago, Hamlin had an outstanding award-winning career as a journalist.  He believes in giving back to the community and has served on a number of boards including the Toronto Police Services Board, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Responsible Gambling Council.

Jane Griffith

Partner and National Diversity Leader

Odgers Berndtson

Jane Griffith is a Partner and the National Diversity Leader for Odgers Berndtson. Located in the Toronto office she focuses on the recruitment of senior leaders in the academic, not-for-profit and broader public sectors working with prominent universities, colleges and not-for-profit organizations in Canada.

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Jane worked for several national and global search firms, and founded Griffith Research. Before working in executive search, Jane worked in fundraising for the United Way of Greater Toronto, the York University Foundation, and KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc).

Jane has a Bachelor of Arts in Legal History from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Legal History from the University of Toronto. She is an active volunteer and is involved with the 30% Club Canada, Informed Opinions #GoSponsorHer and the Founder of The Council of Women Executives.

Brady Hambleton

Director, Direct Marketing, Canada

Heart & Stroke

In the 14 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. In his current role as Director, Direct Marketing at Hear & Stroke, Brady oversees one of Canada’s largest, national multi-channel fundraising programs, raises over $21 million annually through digital, direct mail, tele-marketing, monthly and mid-level donors, with a staff compliment of 12.  His experience at HSF also spans beyond his core program, where he serves as a business unit lead on two significant enterprise-level projects: CRM implementation; and the National Organizational Email Marketing Strategy.

Jonathan Hera


Marigold Capital

Marigold Capital is a bespoke private market impact investment and venture philanthropy advisory and placement firm. 

It's Founder, Jonathan Hera, has nearly 10 years’ funder experience in the impact investing space – domestically and within LMICs, having worked with and for government agencies, multilateral organizations, large financial institutions, VC/PE funds, angel groups, enabling intermediaries (accelerators/incubators), collective impact platforms, and universities. He has led the development of investor relations and investor reporting at Sarona Asset Management; due diligence and portfolio construction and management at the Royal Bank of Canada (Generator Fund) and the Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund; and most recently the investment strategy, process, due diligence, portfolio management and funder relationships at Grand Challenges Canada. He is also the Course Director of a Schulich School of Business MBA elective dedicated to impact investing.

M. Elena Hoffstein, MA, LL.B.


Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Elena Hoffstein specializes in all areas of personal tax and estate planning, including family business succession planning, wills and trusts, corporate reorganizations, and marriage contracts.  She also specializes in charities and not for profit law. Elena also represents clients in both contentious and non-contentious estate litigation matters including will challenges, mental capacity matters, applications for advice and direction of the court and passing of fiduciary accounts. Elena has been ranked by Lexpert as one of the most frequently recommended Toronto private client and charity law practitioners and as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada. Martindale-Hubbell has given her a rating of AV. In 2006, she received the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates in recognition of her leadership and contribution to estates and trusts law. Elena is also a recipient of Lexpert's prestigious Zenith award for business law and business of law and Chambers Canada 2016, Band 1, Toronto Region. Elena articled with the firm in 1978-79 and returned in 1980 after being called to the Bar and became a partner in 1986. She is director of the Toronto office's Wealth Management and Charities practice group. 

Allison Howell Quinton, CFRE

Chief Development Officer

Camp Oochigeas

Allison has over 15 years’ experience as a leader in the non-profit sector. As Chief Development Officer of Camp Oochigeas, she is leading an exciting new chapter for Ooch in expanding its Annual Giving Programs, building its largest capital campaign to date and growing its marketing & communications capabilities. Previously, she was with United Way Toronto in a variety of Major Giving roles, and has a successful track record of planning and executing capital campaigns at cnib’s Lake Joseph Centre, the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario and L’Arche Toronto. As a volunteer with AFP Toronto and other community based organizations, she’s found rewarding ways to contribute to Toronto, her hometown. She keeps busy raising two young boys and playing outdoors.

David Hutchinson


Hutchinson Group Inc.

Since entering the executive search field in 1997, David has successfully placed senior-level candidates with a broad spectrum of organizations in the charitable sector. He is also sought out as a source of information for those interested in a career in the not for profit sector. Well connected, David builds relationships with a long-term view for the advantage of clients and candidates alike.

A certified consultant in The Birkman Method®, David is also pursuing training as a Leadership Coach. His involvement in the not for profit sector manifests itself in his personal and professional life. With over a decade of experience in Board governance roles, David continues to serve as a volunteer Board member in the sector. He is a member of the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Toronto Chapter).

Petra Kassun-Mutch

Founder, CEO

Eve-Volution Inc.

Petra is a serial social entrepreneur, former corporate executive, and experienced public and nonprofit board director. In 2004, she founded the world's greenest dairy, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese based in Prince Edward County. The dairy was Canada's 8th B Corporation and won the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation.  Before founding the dairy, Petra served for 18 years in the publishing industry in both New York and Toronto including President, Higher Education at McGraw-Hill Ryerson for eight years.   She has also served as the Executive Director of the Imagination Catalyst at the Ontario College of Art & Design University, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners in Toronto, and founding Chair of Philanthropitch. Her current enterprise, Eve-volution Inc. helps entrepreneurs, and leaders in startup and growth focused co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators, and innovators succeed-- and that includes learning how to raise money.   She is also the founder and publisher of Liisbeth Media which focuses on exploring the intersection between feminism and entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Petra brings ten years of public and nonprofit enterprise board experience including Vice-Chair of the Board at OCAD; Guelph College of Mangement and Economics Advisory Board; Queen’s Centre for Responsible Leadership; the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Rotman School of Management; the Canadian Nature Conservancy (National Board), and ZooShare.ca.

Petra has a B.A Honours from Carleton University in Mass Communications and an EMBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. 

Claire Kerr

Director of Digital Philanthropy


Claire Kerr is a not-for-profit veteran who has worked for organizations in the economic development, education, and health sectors. As Director of Digital Philanthropy at FrontStream, Claire works with charities as they fundraise through web, social & mobile channels. She provides strategic, benchmarking analytics and donor demographics for fundraisers on topics like Facebook fundraising, Giving Tuesday & mobile giving. Claire teaches “Social Media Community Management” and “Digital Strategies: Online, social & mobile fundraising” at George Brown College in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter at @snotforprofit.

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.





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 an award-winning strategic fund development professional with 20 years of experience helping organizations build and grow successful, sustainable fundraising programs. An active volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Emma is the Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion on the board of directors of AFP Toronto, and a director on the board of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada. She is proud to co-chair the AFP Fellowship in Inclusion and Philanthropy, and is excited to work towards a future when our fundraising leaders truly 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.

Juniper Locilento, CFRE

Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy

YMCA of Greater Toronto

Juniper Locilento, CFRE is the Director of Annual Giving, Operations & Strategy at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. As a change-maker in the non-profit space, Juniper is passionate about coaching, collaborating and leading teams through change initiatives to drive revenue growth. During a six-year tenure as a Senior Consultant at KCI Ketchum Canada Inc., she supported clients in raising over $100M. Juniper began her career as performer, educator and fundraiser for the arts, and has worked with numerous cultural organizations to nurture new audiences and secure both public sector and philanthropic support. An AFP volunteer since 2011, Juniper has also been an instructor for Fundamentals of Fundraising, and a presenter for, AFP Congress & Fundraising Day, NAYDO, Humber College and Georgian College. Juniper holds a holds a B.A. and a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto and a postgraduate certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.

John Lynch

Executive Director, External Relations

Crescent School

John Lynch P'16, '18 leads Crescent School's External Relations Department, which manages the School's enrolment, fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications activities. He joined Crescent in 2006 as Chief Advancement Officer before taking his current role in 2014. His career as an advancement professional spans more than 30 years. His previous roles include leadership positions at Queen's University, the Wellesley Hospital Foundation, the University of Toronto's Faculty of Arts and Science, and Upper Canada College. In addition to his work for Crescent School, Mr. Lynch is also a proud Crescent parent.

Jerrold McGrath



Through organizational design, leadership development and strategy facilitation, Jerrold supports partner organizations to synthesize their ambitions and the needs of their stakeholders, communities and audiences.

Jerrold was previously the Director of Innovation and Program Partnerships for leadership programming at Banff Centre. Jerrold completed his Master's in Strategic Innovation and Change at the University of Denver with a focus on strategy formulation in creative sector organizations.

He has developed partnerships, cross-sector collaborations and development programs to leverage the strengths of various sectors in addressing complex, systems-level social and cultural issues (hopelessness, economic inequality, city building, etc.). He has also directed the creation of leadership and entrepreneurial programs that prepare individuals, project teams, and organizations to connect with other sectors, organize to leverage digital creation and consumption, benefit from greater diversity in audiences and creators, while setting a point of view and a path forward.

Senator Terry M. Mercer, CFRE

Senate of Canada

Senator Terry M. Mercer represents Nova Scotia (Northend Halifax) in the Senate of Canada. He is Chair of the Senate Liberals, deputy Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee, and a member of the Library of Parliament and Transport & Communications Committees. Senator Mercer served as National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada and in various positions with many charitable institutions. An active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, he has lectured extensively on modern ethical fundraising techniques. Senator Mercer has a BA and an Honourary Doctor of Civil Law degree from St. Mary's University (Halifax).

Anthony Miceli

Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

University of Toronto

Anthony Miceli is a strategic fundraiser with 20 years’ experience in creating revenue growth in the not for profit sector.  He currently holds the position of Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Toronto. Previous to U of T, Anthony was the Vice President of Development for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the VP, Business Development and Marketing, Special Olympics Canada.  Throughout his career, Anthony’s primary focus has been to lead the corporate development efforts for a variety of charitable organizations.  He has maintained corporate fundraising roles at all levels, including; community, regional and nationally for a wide range of non-profits.

In 2004, after identifying a tremendous need within the non-profit market, Anthony created jla consulting, an agency that exclusively focused on supporting the fund development and marketing needs of small to mid-sized charities across the country.  Anthony has had the privilege and opportunity to provide consulting support for a diverse range of organizations including; international development agencies, national membership organizations, and a vast array local community groups.

In his current role, Anthony works with colleagues across all three campuses to actively manage the university’s sponsorship and philanthropic interests amongst U of T’s institutional partners.

Mila Miller

Executive Director, Strategic Planning & Advancement Organizational Development

University of Toronto

Mila Miller is Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Advancement Organizational Development, at the University of Toronto, supporting the overall leadership of University Advancement in the development and communication of
strategic plans and initiatives. In this capacity, Mila leads advancement strategic planning, project management for key initiatives and targets, the operations of the Vice-President, Advancement’s office related to fulfilling advancement goals, and the organizational and professional development needs of the advancement community.

Prior to this, Mila was instrumental in the development and introduction of a best practice prospect management program at the University of Toronto, as well as managing the engagement strategies for top major gift prospective donors to the University. Mila is a graduate of Queen’s University with over 20 years of experience in fundraising having started her career as a front-line fundraiser for the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company.

Paul Nazareth

Vice-President, Community Engagement


As Vice President of Community Engagement with CanadaHelps Paul’s team works directly with thousands of Canadians as they support their most beloved causes, 17,000 Canadian charities as they fundraise to change the world and advisors as they facilitate client donations. Paul has been a philanthropic advisor with Scotiabank and spent 11 years with charities like the University of Toronto and the Catholic Church of Greater Toronto in Planned Giving and Major Gift roles. He teaches the national online Planned Giving course with the postgraduate fundraising program at Georgian College, is Chair of the Advisory Committee at the Humber College postgraduate fundraising program, an instructor with the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and has spoken with AFP in almost every Canadian Province in Canada on digital donations, fundraising networking skills and planned giving. In 2016 he won the CAGP “Friend” award as one of the top planned giving professionals in Canada.

Valérie Picher

Associate Vice President

TD Bank Group

Valérie joined TD Bank Group in May 2013 and serves as AVP in Community Relations.  She helps to oversee one of the largest corporate donations budget in Canada, which supports more than 2,500 NGOs, universities, colleges and arts organizations every year. TD invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and work. In 2016, TD donated over $100MM to support community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, focus areas include Education and Financial Literacy, Opportunities for Youth and the Environment.  This also includes TD's support for Children's Literacy, Arts and Culture, and Music with a strong focus on Diversity throughout, including support for Indigenous communities. The Community Relations team also leads Employee Volunteerism programs and executes the national TD United Way Employee Giving Campaign.

Steven A. Reed


Performance Advantage, a Marketing Partners, Inc. company

Steven A. Reed, CEO of Performance Advantage, offers 30 years of experience in fundraising, business development, executive search, marketing, performance improvement and strategic planning. He holds professional accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America, is a member of the Counselors Academy, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development, and the American Marketing Association. He is one of 13 invited thought-leaders who authored chapters in Redefining Healthcare Philanthropy, and co-authored an article with Erik J. Daubert, chair of the AFP Growth in Giving Initiative, in Advancing Philanthropy explaining the Fundraising Fitness Test. His article, Hope is Not a Strategy, was the cover story in the fall 2012 issue of the AHP Journal. Steve’s latest article, which addresses North American demographic trends and their implications for philanthropy, was published in that journal this spring.

Rafik Riad


Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo

Rafik has studied and worked in Canada, Egypt, Germany, England, and Tanzania on issues related to poverty, environment, climate change, and tourism policies in developing countries. Rafik founded the Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo in 2014 to promote fair trade and ethically sourced products in North America and create an enabling environment for social enterprises to thrive. 

Ann Rosenfield, MBA, CFRE


Charitably Speaking

Ann Rosenfield, MBA, CFRE is an award-winning professional  who has been helping donors, volunteers, Boards, and neighbours make good decisions about charity for over 20 years. She is currently the Interim Executive Director of small charity and has also worked in a large, national charity with a staff of 1,000. Her professional volunteer leadership service includes over 8 years with Imagine Canada and over 20 years with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In her spare time, she serves as Board Secretary of Rainbow Railroad and is a roll up the sleeves volunteer with several local charities including Not Far From The Tree.

Len Senator

Founder, The Depanneur

Co-Founder, NewComer Kitchen

Len Senator is Founder, The Depanneur and Co-Founder, NewComer Kitchen.

Cam Shapansky


Blue North Strategies

Cam Shapansky helps Social Sector leaders reinvent the way they engage donors with their organization. He is a creative visionary and thought leader. Over the past year, his work in the field has taken him to five continents and a long, long list of countries. As CEO of Blue North, Cam leads a team of do gooders and world changers, that are on a mission to get people to think differently about social engagement. An industry speaker, and advocate with more than 15 years of experience in social sector fundraising and program development, Cam has led change management, strategic planning, and executive coaching initiatives with dozens of large non-profit organizations in Canada and around the world. 

Laura Syron

Vice-President, Community Programs

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Laura is Vice President, Community Programs at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in Toronto, Canada.   In this role, Laura helps achieve the Foundation’s fundraising goals through oversight of five business units:  Annual Giving, Leadership Giving, Tribute & Memorial, Special Events, and Ethnocultural Strategy.   The Foundation raises and stewards funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Canada’s leading cancer research hospital and be one of the top five cancer research centres in the world. 

Prior to her role at The Princess Margaret, Laura was Vice President of Research, Advocacy and Health Promotion at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  Laura joined the Foundation in 1996 and held increasingly senior positions in the organization.  Laura has also worked in the for-profit sector, including senior marketing positions at Procter & Gamble Canada.

Laura holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tina Tehranchian, MA, CFP

Planned Giving Consultant

The Donor Motivation Program

Tina Tehranchian believes in giving back and improving the lives of her fellow Canadians through her volunteering, teaching, presentations and consulting. Since 1991, she has been advising individuals, families and business owners on how to implement advanced planning strategies to reduce income and estate taxes while at the same time increase their overall income.

Tina is a much sought after speaker and has presented at the Financial Forum, as well as for such well known institutions as GE Canada, Professional Engineers Ontario and Centennial College. Her highly acclaimed industry comments and advice have been printed in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, Metro News and Yahoo Finance. Tina is also a frequent contributor to the Canadian Business Journal and has been featured on national radio and television shows such as CBC, CTV and BNN.

Kate Torrance

Director, Integrated Brand Marketing

SickKids Foundation

After a 20 year career working for top tier advertising agencies, Kate Torrance made the switch to a client side role and now leads integrated brand marketing for SickKids Foundation. In her role Kate oversees a team of marketing managers and is responsible for the deployment of brand marketing and communications strategies to inform the creation of marketing content to support the various fundraising groups within the Foundation. Prior to joining SickKids, Kate was Managing Director at Zulu Alpha Kilo, an independent Toronto-based creative agency, where she led the client service teams and supported in operations.  Throughout her career, Kate has led national integrated advertising campaigns for top brands including Budweiser, Corona, Bell, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Quaker. Kate holds a Bachelor or Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

Kesheyl van Schilt

President & CEO


Kesheyl’s core passion is fundraising, and she is able to realize it through the colleagues and clients with whom she has the privilege of working each day.
Since becoming President and CEO of Blakely in 2013, she has evolved the agency into a fundraising and marketing partner that uses insights and multiple, integrated channels to develop meaningful donor relationships for their clients.
Formerly a director at a major teaching hospital and national social service agency, Kesheyl has honed her skills in strategic business development, data analytics, fundraising and marketing. She draws on these strengths to identify opportunities that engage clients’ supporters in traditional and non-traditional ways. She also helps clients bridge the gap between marketing and fundraising, and monetize their brands.
Working alongside Kesheyl is a team of 35 talented and professional fundraisers, creatives, analysts and channel specialists who have spearheaded ground-breaking fundraising campaigns that have inspired and engaged hundreds of thousands of supporters, while raising millions of dollars for important causes.
As a fundraiser first, and someone who believes in the critical importance of this sector, Kesheyl’s vision is growing an agency that continues to evolve to meet the needs of organizations and their supporters in the ever-changing not-for-profit sector.


Philip Wong

Director of Development

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Philip joined the Legal Network staff in February 2017. He is responsible for the organization’s fundraising program, working closely with institutional funders and individual donors. Prior to joining the Legal Network, Philip was Director of Development at Inside Out, presenter of the Ottawa and Toronto LGBT Film Festivals, and Director of Communications at Pride Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Early in his career, he held executive leadership positions at the LGBT Youth Line and the Community One Foundation. His focus on capacity building in the philanthropic sector extends into his current volunteer role as co-chair of the LGBT Giving Network’s Advisory Board. Philip holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University.

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.

Ken Wyman, CFRE

Professor, Fundraising

Humber College

Ken Wyman has more than 35 years’ experience helping grassroots groups grow, and raising millions of dollars. He has written or contributed to eight books on fundraising, most recently Excellence in Fundraising in Canada, and is a frequent media commentator. He won the first ever award as Fund Raising Executive of the Year from the AFP Toronto Chapter. Outside Humber, Ken consults for non-profit groups and teaches workshops, and has spoken at conferences across Canada, from the Arctic Circle, in the USA, Cuba England, Sweden, Austria and Holland.

He has been part of Humber's Fundraising program since an early part-term version in the mid-eighties, and served on the founding program advisory committee that developed the full-time graduate certificate. He was Program Coordinator for 12 years, and has taught many different courses, including. in the 2014-15 academic year, Ethical and Legal Issues; Trends, Research and Advocacy; Annual and Capital Campaigns; and Direct Marketing and Merchandising. He has also taught Communications for Humber's International Development graduate program, Agency Administration and Fundraising for the Social Service Workers program, and both Public Speaking and Research for the Advertising and Marketing Communications Diploma. In 2012-13 his research sabbatical focused on charities, advocacy and social justice. Before joining Humber, Ken was a consultant for the sector, worked for Oxfam-Canada, and served as a journalist.

Halyna Zalucky


The Roots Collaborative (TRC)

Halyna is the founder of The Roots Collaborative (TRC). She has been working in the sustainability sector for over 10 years, both at home in Canada and abroad. In that time, she has come to appreciate the importance of taking a collaborative approach. It's the only way this is going to work! For more information about TRC, please visit www.therootscollaborative.com.

Daniele Zanotti

President & CEO

United Way Toronto & York Region

President and CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region, Daniele Zanotti is an effective and inspiring leader. With more than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Daniele’s previous role as the CEO of United Way York Region was pivotal to the historic merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015.  

Leading resource development of the first combined United Way Toronto & York Region fundraising efforts, he spearheaded a record-breaking achievement of raising $100-million to strengthen United Way’s impact across the region, reducing the gaps in inclusion, income and infrastructure.

Deeply involved in the community, Daniele sits on the Board of Directors for CivicAction, and has volunteered on the boards of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, the Human Services Planning Board of York Region and the Vaughan Community Health Centre.

Daniele has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and Bachelor’s Degree from York University. He lives in Vaughan with his wife and two children.