February 15th, 2023 / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Excellence of Black Philanthropy: Panel Discussion

Speaker(s): Wes Hall/Colin Lynch/Claudette McGowan/Brentyn Hall/Sandra Sualim

In celebration of Black History Month, AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is hosting a panel discussion with local, Black philanthropists and corporate philanthropy leaders.

Join us for an intriguing discussion on the opportunities and barriers for Black philanthropists and the emergence of powerful Black-led, Black-serving philanthropic organizations. Come and hear firsthand how your organization can engage corporate philanthropy to support the Black community with diverse philanthropists, helping to decolonize fundraising.

Wes Hall, D.U, ICD.D, Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, Founder of the BlackNorth Initiative, Dragon, on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, Canadian Business Leader of 2022, Philanthropist.
Colin Lynch, MBA, Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate Investments at TD Asset Management; Co-founder and Board Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.  Member of the Board of Directors of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Toronto Investment Board.  Member of the Advisory Board of OneEleven.  Emeritus Trustee of Queen’s University. 2020 Top 40 Under 40.
Claudette McGowan, Chief Executive Officer at Protexxa, Co-Founder of The Firehood, General Partner at the Phoenix Fire Fund, Chair of CILAR.
Brentyn Hall, Director of Operations of WeShall, board member of QM Environmental, Mobile Business Express, and Friendly Fables Productions, Youth Committee Member at The BlackNorth Initiative.

Sandra Sualim, President & CEO of Humber River Hospital Foundation, President Elect AFP-GTC

DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 15 – 5:30-7:30 pm
LOCATION: Toronto Dominion Centre – 10th Floor – 66 Wellington Street West
COST: Members – pay what you can; Non-Members – $25 + HST
Please note: Non-members will need to create a profile to register.
ATTENDEE GIFT: All attendees will receive a copy of Wes Hall’s bestseller No Bootstraps When You’re BareFoot.


  • 5:30 to 6:00 – Registration and Networking Reception
    • Light appetizers and drinks (no alcohol will be served)
  • 6:00 to 6:10 – Welcome and Introduction of Panel
  • 6:10 to 7:00 – Panel Discussion
  • 7:00 to 7:05 – Thank you
  • 7:05 to 7:30 – Networking

This event is currently full.

Thank you to our event sponsor.