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November 22nd - 24th, 2021

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Dr. Eugenia Addy

Chief Executive Officer
Visions of Science
Eugenia Addy is the CEO of Visions of Science, a charitable organization with the mission of transforming communities, society, and

Adya Afanou

A graduate of Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Adya has been

Rebecca Alfred

Charity Relations Lead
Trellis Social Enterprise Inc.

Nowshad (Shad) Ali, CFRE, CPBA, CPVA, CEQ

President & CEO
On Purpose Leadership Inc.

Trish Barbato

President & CEO
Arthritis Society
Trish Barbato brings more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in the fields of health and senior

Davinia Batley

Director of Fundraising & Engagement
Davinia Batley (she/her) is based in London, England and is the fundraising lead for Become, the national charity dedicated

Janice Benatar, CFRE

Vice President, Philanthropic Development
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Janelle Benjamin

All Things Equitable
Janelle is a Juris Doctor who has worked in government, in professional regulation, and in the not-for-profit sector

Beginner Beyoncé

Hala Bissada

President & CEO
Hala Events & Communications Inc.
Hala is an event industry thought leader and an international award-winning event producer with over 20 years of experience.&

Kimberley Blease

Executive Vice President
Blakely Inc.
When it comes to building high-value donor relationships, Kimberley’s energy, enthusiasm and original thinking is unparalleled. With

Whitney Brown

Digital Director
Public Outreach
Whitney is an experienced digital strategist and fundraiser with a background in political and issue-based campaigning.  Before joining

Alana Clarke

Director of Development - Faculty of Communication and Design
Ryerson University
Alana Clarke is a higher education advancement professional, with 10+ years of experience at the University of Toronto and Ryerson

Anne Connelly

Singularity University
Anne Connelly is passionate about harnessing blockchain and cryptocurrencies to transform the lives of people around the world. Anne is

Sarah Coughlon

Media Director
Sarah Coughlon leads digital advertising strategy to help non-profits acquire, cultivate, and retain valuable donors and advocates. Since joining

Naresh de Silva

Senior Marketing Manager
Pathways to Education Canada
Through a mixture of marketing strategy, knowledge of UX best practices, and a passion for resonant leadership, Naresh helps socially

Larry Feldman

Sherri Freedman

Senior VP, Integrated Development
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

Alexis Gaiptman, CFRE

Executive Director
Humanity & Inclusion Canada
Alexis Gaiptman is the Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion Canada and has over 15 years of fundraising experience specializing

Marina Glogovac

President & CEO
Marina Glogovac is the President & CEO of CanadaHelps, a technology organization and a charitable foundation working to increase giving

Aneil Gokhale

Director, Philanthropy
Toronto Foundation
Aneil Gokhale is passionate about the intersection of philanthropy and community. Increasingly motivated by equity and social justice, he is

Rochelle Greaves

Story Point Consulting
Rochelle Greaves has worked for over a decade as an analytics professional. She spent the majority of her career working

Bailey Greenspon

Director of Programs and Global Engagement
Fora: (formerly G(irls)20)
Bailey is a community-oriented, social impact-driven leader in the non-profit sector. She is currently the Director of

Brady Hambleton

Vice President, Marketing, Engagement & Analytics
Canada's Children's Hospital Foundations

Mark Harrison, MBA

President & CEO
The T1 Agency
A lifelong volunteer and entrepreneur, Mark is a passionate believer in purpose, be that brand purpose or encouraging people to

Fai Hassan

Manager, Individual Giving
Fai has been a fundraiser for nearly 15 years and has had the pleasure of working with all kinds of

Beginner Hip Hop

Maryann Kerr

Chief Happiness Officer, Leadership, Governance & Culture Specialist
The Medalist Group
Maryann Kerr is Chief Happiness Officer, CEO and principal consultant with the Medalist Group. Maryann has worked in the social

Dan Kershaw

Executive Director
Furniture Bank
Dan Kershaw, Executive Director of the Toronto-based Furniture Bank, is a nationally proclaimed proponent of one’s right

Sam Laprade, CFRE

Gryphon Fundraising
Sam loves to connect people! As a professional fundraiser Sam works closely with generous donors to impact the most vulnerable

Anne LeMesurier

Managing Director
The Fundraising Lab
As an expert in database management, fundraising technology and digital giving, Anne is the brains behind the systems, technology and

Aimée Lindenberger

Chief Engagement Officer
Refocus Communications and Fundraising
As Chief Engagement Officer at Refocus, Aimée helps charitable organizations more deeply engage their supporters so they can raise

Conny Lo

Associate Director, Development
SickKids Foundation
Conny Lo is a leader, and a community builder. In early 2000, she came to Canada with just a few

Laurel McCombs

Senior Philanthropy Advisor
The Osborne Group
Laurel McCombs brings more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector and a passion for the role

Sue McCoy, MA, CFRE

Director, Major Gifts
Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Sue McCoy is currently employed as Director of Major Gifts with the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation. She oversees

Leah McInnes-Eustace, MPhil, ACFRE

President & Head Paddler
Blue Canoe Philanthropy
Leah Eustace, ACFRE, is President and Head Paddler at Blue Canoe Philanthropy, where she specializes in fundraising strategy, case writing

Nicole McVan, MA

Vice President, Philanthropy & Marketing
United Way Greater Toronto

Riaz Meghji

Human Connections Expert & Bestselling Author

Seanna Millar

Vice President, Corporate & Community Partnerships
SickKids Foundation
Seanna Millar is the Senior Vice President, Corporate & Community Partnerships at SickKids Foundation. In her role, Seanna has responsibility

Lisa Morrison, CFRE

SVP, Transformational & Special Philanthropy
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Lisa Morrison, CFRE, has had a dynamic and impactful career for almost four decades as a fundraising professional at UJA

Tony Myers,CFRE, Ph.D., M.A., LL.B.,

Principal and Senior Counsel
Myers & Associates
Tony is a passionate enthusiast, fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and teach others

Nicole Nakoneshny

Lead, Knowledge & Insights
Ketchum Canada Inc.
In addition to working with clients to develop highly customized strategies and solutions that meet their unique challenges and opportunities,

Paul Nazareth, MFA-P™

VP Education & Development
Canadian Association of Gift Planners
Active in Canada’s philanthropic sector for over 20 years, Paul was previously VP at the charity CanadaHelps. He has

Jacob O'Connor

Senior Vice President, Engagement
Jacob is Senior Vice President, Engagement at CanadaHelps where he leads a team focused on supporting thousands of charities raising

Andrea Orr, MPNL, CFRE

Campaign Director
Art Gallery of Ontario
Andrea has dedicated her career to the charitable sector and has more than 20 years of experience spanning social services,

Robert Osborne

The Osborne Group, Inc.
Robert brings more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  A well-known international speaker and

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah

Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Debbie is a Black feminist with over 8 years of local and international advocacy experience in a variety of roles

Ligia Peña, CFRE

Ligia Peña, CFRE is President of GlobetrottingFundraiser where she specializes in helping nonprofits build and grow their legacy program.

Isabel Perez-Doherty

Director, Philanthropy
Isabel Perez-Doherty (She/Her/Ella) is a thoughtful and strategic leader driven to mobilize resources and energy to achieve

Sheetal Persaud

Director, Individual Giving
UN Refugee Agency
As Director, Individual Giving at the UN Refugee Agency, Sheetal is responsible for developing and executing the strategy to raise $

Tanya Phillipps

Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement
Right to Play International
Tanya is deeply passionate about creating community. She has advocated for youth empowerment as a fundraising professional since 1998. She

John Phin

John Phin brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional fundraiser with diverse experience through many roles and

Cheyanne Richardson

Resource Development & Communications Associate
Interval House
Cheyanne is a passionate fundraiser, driven in equal measure by delivering big-picture results and exceptional personal experiences for stakeholders.

Tanya Rumble, CFRE, MFA-P™

Director of Development, Faculty of Arts
Ryerson University

Lisa Russel

Tony Elischer Foundation

Lily Serreau

HR Consultant
BNP Goldie Canada
Lily acts as a consultant for HR Consulting division at BNP Goldie Canada and leads the Executive Search division in

Jason Shim, CFRE

Director, Digital Strategy and Transformation
Pathways to Education Canada
How can we harness technology to make a difference in the world? That’s the question Jason loves to

Megan Skyvington, CFRE

Director, Philanthropy - Corporate Giving and Partnerships
Women's College Hospital Foundation
Megan Skyvington, CFRE, is a fundraising professional with 10+ years experience in higher education advancement, community building in the arts

Taslim Somani

Director, Digital Strategy
Stephen Thomas Ltd
As Director, Digital Strategy, Taslim leads online initiatives for clients at Stephen Thomas Ltd. Taslim has over 20 years experience

Jennifer Stewart

Chief Development Officer
Arthritis Society
Jennifer has been a professional fundraiser for almost three decades, including 20 years as president and CEO of Providence Healthcare

Shannon Stuart, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health
Shannon Stuart, CFRE is the CEO of the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health in Whitby. Shannon joined the Ontario

Anjum Sultana

National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications
YWCA Canada
Anjum Sultana (She/Her) is an award-winning public affairs strategist and published health equity researcher with expertise in gender

Lindsay Sweeney-Hockin, CFRE

Director of Development
North York Women’s Shelter
Lindsay Sweeney-Hockin is a wife to Megg, a Mom to two wild pups, and a fundraiser who likes to

Roxanne Tackie

Story Point Consulting
Roxanne Tackie holds a B.Comm (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba and has over 10 years experience in

Monarch Tea Co.

Ashley Thompson

Managing Director
Blackbaud Institute
Ashley Thompson is the managing director for the Blackbaud Institute. She is responsible for driving Blackbaud’s extensive research, thought

Neha Trivedi

Manager, Direct & Digital Marketing
SickKids Foundation
Neha is passionately committed to building and nurturing meaningful connections between donors and the causes they support. She is currently

Edgar Villanueva

Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital
Edgar Villanueva is an award-winning author, activist and expert on issues of race, wealth, and philanthropy. Villanueva is the

Holly Wagg, MA, CFRE

Partner & CEO
Good Works
Holly Wagg, CFRE is a Partner and CEO and Chief Fundraising Architect at Good Works. She’s the co-

Mo Waja

Fundraising Strategist & Digital Integration Specialist
Mo Waja is a professional speaker, marketer, author, podcast host and producer, and is a Fundraising Strategist and Digital Integration

Erica Webster, MPNL

Copywriter & Communications Consultant
Erica Webster
Erica Webster (she/her) is a copywriter and communications consultant who specializes in working with non-profits to translate their

Heather Wilson

Executive Director
Child and Nature Alliance for Canada
Heather is a white settler queer woman with a passion for outdoor play, nature, and social justice. As a student