Meet Our Speakers

We are so excited to be joined by a group of talented and empowering speakers and presenters. Learn more about this year’s speakers, and connect with them on social media. We will continue to add speaker details to this page as we get closer to the event.

The Experts

Vu Le

Founder, NonprofitAF

Zita Cobb

Founder and CEO, Shorefast

Edgar Villanueva

Principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital

Mark Beckles

VP Social Impact and Innovation, RBC

Lisa Villeneuve

Co-Founder, Openly

Donna Forde


Cindy Karugia

Young Director, Care Canada, Girls on Boards

Bailey Greenspon

Director of Programs and Global Engagement, Girls20

Syrus Marcus Ware

Assistant Professor, McMaster University and Black Lives Matter Toronto

Rhonda Reichert

Executive Assistant, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta

Jessica Barrie

Operations and Community Engagement Manager, Guelph Community Foundation

Sue Lawther

Chair, Whistler Foundation

Andrew Johnson

Institutional Portfolio Manager, Mawer Investment Management

Chúk Odenigbo

Founding Director and Director of Ancestral Services, Future Ancestors

Greg Wilkinson

Principal, Earnscliffe and Chair, Toronto Foundation Board

Dr. Nelson L. Colón

President and CEO of Puerto Rico Community Foundation

Nick Deychakiwsky

Senior Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Vanessa Dolishny

Director of Communications, London Community Foundation

Dr. Larry McGill

Founder and Principal of Ambit 360 Consulting

Brianna Aspinall

Co-Founder, Carbon Conversations TO

Nicole McVan

Vice President, Philanthropy & Marketing, United Way Greater Toronto

Tanya Hannah Rumble

Director of Development, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

Victoria Grant

Teme-Augama Anishnabeg Kway, Maang Indoden, (Deep Water Woman, Loon Clan)

Wanda Brascoupé

Bear Clan, Kanien'keha, Skarù rę', Anishinabeg and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg member

Narinder Dhami

Marigold Capital and New Power Labs

Helima Croft

Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy at RBC Capital Markets

Margaret Childe

Head of ESG in Canada, Manulife Investment Management

Rudi Wallace

Vice-President, Grants & Community Initiatives, Hamilton Community Foundation

Aatif Baskanderi

CEO of The Northpine Foundation

Karel Mayrand

CEO, Fondation du Grand Montreal

Jesse Wente

Canada Council for the Arts

Liban Abokor

Executive Director of Youth LEAPS

Jennifer Allain

Product Marketing Manager, Foundant

Jennifer DeBues

Executive Director, Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

Jason Bates

VP, Grants and Community Initiatives, Calgary Foundation

Emma Cruddas

(she/her), Program Manager, Community Foundation of Nova Scotia

Dave Wilkin

from 10K Coffees

Catherine Pennington

BA HSD, CPC, CC, Métis Nation, Community & Indigenous Engagement, Enbridge

Anna Willats

Founding Member, Groundswell Fund (Toronto)

Andrew Valentine

Partner at Miller Thomson, Toronto

Andrew Hoffman

Vice President & Portfolio Manager - Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel

Allie Urbanski

Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, on behalf of the Great Lakes Funders Collaboration

Kelly Sannes

Director, Governance and Executive Office

Michèle Bridger

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Alison Sidney

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Julie Price

MakeWay, on behalf of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative

Wendy Cooper

Co-CEO, Dragonfly Ventures

Tracy Cullen

Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Victoria Foundation

Tasha Lackman

Vice President of Philanthropy and Community, Fondation of Greater Montreal

Suzanne Veenstra

Community Fund and Foundation Associate, Niagara Community Foundation

Sheree Meredith

MSW, FEA, Owner, Sheree Meredith Consulting

Jess Bolduc

4Rs Youth Movement

Mark Patterson

Executive Director, Magnet; Ryerson University

Wendy L. Francis

Executive Director, Sunshine Coast Foundation

Ann-Rebecca Savard

B.A.A., S.I.R., R.I.A.C. Conseillère aux ventes et à l’investissement MICA Cabinets de services financiers et

Claude Lestage

Consultant Senior en gestion philanthropique

Lisa C. Sticht-Maksymec

Lawyer, Pallett Vallo LLP

Jacob O’Connor

VP, Engagement & Growth at CanadaHelps

Kevin Lamoureux

Instructor with the Faulty of Education’s ACCESS Program

Mindy Stroet


Valérie Bellande

Senior Resource Mobilization Officer, FRIDA Young Feminist Fund (Accra, Ghana)

Leanne Hammond

Executive Director, Community Foundation of North Okanagan

Steve Winkelman

Executive Director, Ottawa Climate Action Fund, Ottawa Community Foundation

Dana Stephenson

Co-Founder/CEO, Riipen

Trishala Pillai

Business Strategist, Advisor & Speaker on Technology, Society & Culture

Michelle Baldwin

Senior Advisor, Transformation, Community Foundations of Canada

Allan Enriquez

Manager, Data & Systems, Community Foundations of Canada

Anne Marie Peirce

CFRE, PDG, The Community Foundation of Mississauga

Gerard McInnis

CPA(CA), CBV, ICD.D, Principal, Ozone Advisory Group

Joanna Kerr

President and CEO of MakeWay

Stuart Reid

Executive Director, Community Foundation Grey Bruce

Kristen Perry

Organizer, Resource Movement

Lars Boggild

Senior Manager, Banking and Investments, Vancity Community Investment Bank

Megan Tate

Director of Community Grants, Winnipeg Community Foundation

Melynnie Rizvi

Deputy General Counsel and Senior Director of Global Employment, Compliance, Social Justice and Public Policy

Peter Kendall

Schad Foundation, on behalf of the Target One Funders

Samantha Tiyiwe Simunyu

Publishing Manager, RBC

Sarah Couturier-Tanoh

Senior Shareholder Engagement and Policy Analyst

Sarah Fitzpatrick

Partner at Miller Thomson, Vancouver

Serena Hak

Head, Philanthropic Advisory Services, CI Assante Wealth Management

Serisha Iyar

Executive Director, Leading in Colour

Shannon Rohan

Chief Strategy Officer, Share

Shireen Salti

ED of Canadian Arab Institute (Toronto)

Dottie Schindlinger

Executive Director of Diligent Institute

Claire Mozes

Executive Director, Whistler Community Foundation

Erick Dransch

Volunteer, Carbon Conversations

Adam E. Harvey


Nathan Cohen-Fournier

Head of Social Finance, Fondation Lucie & André Chagnon

David Fraser

Investment Counsellor, Mawer Investment Management

Wendy Rinella

Oakville Community Foundation

Kris Archie

CEO, The Circle on Philanthropy

Keith Taylor

Executive Director DUCA Impact Lab Co-Founder New Power Labs

Victor Beausoleil

Executive Director, SETSI

Adam Spence

Founder & CEO, Social Venture Connexion (SVX)

Steve Belisle

Senior Portfolio Manager and Managing Director, Manulife Asset Management

Joe Gosselin

Sharon Avery

President & CEO, Toronto Foundation

James Stauch

Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity, Mount Royal University

Dominique Souris

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Youth Climate Lab

Kelly Gauthier

Managing Director and Partner, Rally Assets

Romain Girard

Interim General Director of the Mallet Institute

Andrea Dicks

President, Community Foundations of Canada

Lori Runciman

Director, Grants - London Community Foundation

Pamela Uppal

Policy Advisor, ONN

Anjum Sultana

Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA

Maude Caron-Morin

Partner, Tax Lawyer, Therrien Couture Jolicoeur

Jane Zhang

Executive Director, TechSoup Canada

Mary W. Rowe

President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

Rebecca Darwent

Partnerships Lead, Purpose Co and Foundation for Black Communities

Nadia Duguay


Andrew Chunilall

CEO, Community Foundations of Canada

Rasool Rayani

Chair, Community Foundations of Canada

Jessica Houssian

Co-CEO, Equality Fund

Chris Dahl

President, Foundant Technologies

Nicole Gagliardi

Co-Executive Director, Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough

Dan Clement

President and CEO, United Way Centraide Canada

Kevin McCort

President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation

Paulette Senior

CEO and President, Canadian Women’s Foundation

Udloriak Hanson

Board Member, Annaumakkaijiit Community Foundation & Vice President, Community & Strategic Development, Baffinland 

Sara Lyons

Lead, Sector Engagement, Equality Fund

Deborah Saucier

President and Vice-Chancellor of Vancouver Island University

Kwame McKenzie

CEO, Wellesley Institute

Megan Leslie

President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada

Will Prosper

Documentariste, journaliste et militant des droits civiques et humains. Co-fondateur de Montréal-Nord Républik et du Forum social Hoodstock

Sarah Jama

Co-Founder, Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO)

Sky Bridges

CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation