Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Panel Discussion

Location: Toronto Region Board of Trade – 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON M5X 1C1 (map)

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Trigger Warning: Please note that this panel discussion will involve personal stories and experiences around sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. This discussion will be confidential and a safe space for sharing and discussing sensitive subjects

We might not have been expecting it, and it might even seem counterintuitive, but the charitable sector is coming to terms with the fact that fundraisers are experiencing misconduct and sexual harassment in the workplace. Perhaps the #MeToo movement and media interest have sparked courage to speak out about it. Perhaps we are realizing that ‘workplace’ is a varied construct for fundraisers. Or maybe it is simply evolution, changing social norms, or the sector’s maturation. Whichever case, power imbalances and influence are common in the charitable world and are continually navigated. But they can give rise to misconduct, harassment, and inappropriate behaviours by donors and volunteers, putting fundraisers in difficult situations and even personal danger.

Typically, ethics addresses the behaviours and practices of fundraisers and charities in relation to donors and volunteers. Until recently, there has been little conversation about when fundraisers are victimized by the very supporters of the charity for which they work. Some might even ask: in a sector defined by altruism, values, and shared intentions to try to “do good,” how could this even happen?

The Ethics Resources Committee of Greater Toronto is about to address this very question, as well as:

  • How can charities support their staff and create safe workplaces?
  • What can organizations and fundraisers do in the event of misconduct or sexual harassment?
  • How might policies create safer working conditions for fundraisers?
  • What on-site training might be effective?
  • How does having an organizational go-to person help?
  • How do we empower fundraisers as their personal safety is concerned?
  • How do we enable fundraisers to feel safe to disclose?
  • How do we support disclosure as performance measures are concerned?
  • How can a charity message zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour?
  • How might we address power dynamics in the sector?

Join us on October 18th at 8:00am for one of the most important ethical conversations in the sector today.

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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.

Liz LeClair, CFRE

Director of Major Gifts

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation

Liz LeClair is proud to call herself a fundraiser and a feminist.  She brings more than 15 years of experience to her role as the Director of Major Gifts at the QE2 Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Born in Toronto, she has lived and worked on both coasts, working with a variety of non-profits, in a variety of sectors. 

Liz is a long-standing member of AFP, serving on boards on Vancouver Island and in Halifax.  She is currently a volunteer on the AFP Canada Foundation’s National Scholarship Committee and the incoming Chair of the AFP Women’s Impact Initiative.   In January 2019, Liz published an op-ed with CBC on rampant issue of sexual harassment in the non-profit sector, putting a face to the issue.  Liz is committed to speaking up about the challenges facing women in the sector. 

Paulette Senior

President & CEO

Canadian Women's Foundation

Paulette Senior has devoted her life and career to breaking down systemic barriers and building up diverse women and girls. Her personal experience immigrating to Canada from Jamaica as a young girl ignited her interest in social justice and helped make her the dynamic, grounded leader she is today.

Paulette’s career began in social services in some of Toronto’s most underserved neighbourhoods. She witnessed the need for systemic change and learned the power of putting the voices of women and equity-seeking communities first. She became known for her excellence in shelter, employment, and housing service provision, as well as for her intersectional approach to advocacy. She has earned numerous awards and has become one of the most respected women leaders in Canada.

In 2016, Paulette joined the Canadian Women’s Foundation as President and CEO after a decade serving as CEO of YWCA Canada. She is a sought-after thought-leader on numerous issues including gender equity and gender-based violence; women’s poverty and the wage gap; girls’ empowerment; and leadership. Her focus at the Foundation is to bolster an inclusive national movement for all women, girls, and communities across Canada.

The premise of the Foundation when it was created was to transform the lives of women and to support the underpinning of a women’s movement in Canada. Being able to lead the next iteration of that is an incredible opportunity.” – Paulette Senior

Jake Stika

Executive Director

Next Gen Men

As Next Gen Men's Executive Director, Jake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces.

Jake has been named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, as well as earning recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He has spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation, participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum, and is honoured to serve as an advisor to the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association as well as the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport.