May 16-18, 2018   |   Ottawa, Ontario

Keynote Sessions
May 17 
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM 

Allison Graham
Embrace Your Inner Resiliency Ninja

How do you navigate unwanted change and bounce forward to succeed no matter what challenges you face? By becoming a Resiliency Ninja!

Stress, obstacles and adversity are facts of life, but we confuse their impact and bucket them together, assuming the same tools can be used for each. We strive to bounce back, wishing for the impossible instead of embracing today and taking control of what is possible.

In this presentation Allison will share the tools she used during her decade of hell to grow a successful career and find joy in her life despite multiple surgeries, chronic pain, additional injuries, deaths of people close to her and all the compounded issues that came from those experiences. Allison will share frameworks that will make you more resilient everyday and challenge unhelpful mindsets that may keep you stuck, so you can become a Resiliency Ninja!

May 18 
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

KCI Philanthropy’s Popular Podcast Comes to Convene Canada

Join KCI Philanthropy and your fellow Convene Canada participants for a live recording of KCI’s monthly podcast “The Ask” during the Friday morning general session. Nicole Nakoneshny, SVP, KCI Philanthropy and host of The Ask with guests Ted Garrard, CEO, Sick Kids Foundation and Meaghan Stovel McKnight, Senior Vice President and COO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation and Doug Rankmore, CEO, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. 

The expert panel will explore fundraising in the hospital sector from a variety of angles, including how to make the case for capital, donor acquisition, diversification of revenue, using data to set strategy among other topics.

Host: Nicole Nakoneshny
Senior VP & Partner, KCI

In addition to working with clients to develop customized strategies and solutions that meet their unique challenges and opportunities, Nicole leads KCI’s Thought Leadership activities as Editor of its online publication, Philanthropic Trends Quarterly and as Host of its monthly podcast, The Ask. 

As part of KCI’s commitment to advancing philanthropy, her work on Philanthropic Trends Quarterly and The Ask focuses on identifying key and emerging trends in fundraising and philanthropy in Canada and around the world, as well as curating the knowledge that KCI generates through its various practices …ultimately seeking to translate all of that into useful and timely insights for charities and fundraisers.

An active volunteer, Nicole has served as a talking books narrator for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for more than twenty years and she is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation.

Panelist: Ted Garrard
CEO, SickKids Foundation

Ted Garrard is Chief Executive Officer of SickKids Foundation which supports one of the world’s leading centres for pediatric care, research and learning – the Hospital for Sick Children. The Foundation raises more than $140 million in cash annually, has endowments valued at $1.1 billion, and is the largest non-governmental funder of children’s health in Canada. On October 27, 2017, the Foundation launched the largest fundraising campaign in Canadian healthcare history with a goal of raising $1.3 billion by 2022. 

Ted is Chair of the Canadian Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF), Chair of the Woodmark Group (an association of the top 25 children’s hospitals in North America), a past director of Children’s Miracle Network, past Chair of Imagine Canada, Past Chair of United Way of London-Middlesex, a past director of United Way/Centraide Canada, and a past director of the Canadian Council for Advancement in Education. He received the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award in 1997, was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1998, and in 2014 was named Outstanding Communicator by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
Panelist: Meaghan Stovel McKnight
Senior VP & COO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation

As Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Trillium Health Partners Foundation (THPF), Meaghan Stovel McKnight is accountable for all services supporting fundraising operations including strategy, marketing, events, annual giving, donor relations, hospital relations and new project development.

She was also instrumental in the operational integration of the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation and Trillium Health Centre Foundation, which formed Trillium Health Partners Foundation in 2013.

Before joining THPF, she was Director of IT Delivery at Bell Canada where she was an integral driver for Bell’s residential services, and provided key leadership in solution design, architecture, and project management. Meaghan began her career as an Analyst with McKinsey & Company where she provided solutions for internal and external clients.

Meaghan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Panelist: Doug Rankmore
CEO, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation

Doug received his BA and MA degrees in community psychology and began his career in 1983 creating the research program at the Ontario March of Dimes. As a researcher, consultant and senior manager, Doug has fashioned a 35 year career helping organizations across diverse areas including disability, mental health, neurotrauma and acute care health services.  Doug possesses a broad view of healthcare policy, funding and service delivery.

With a penchant for organizational development, creating unique teams has become a passion that sometimes results in non-traditional approaches to the work. As CEO of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Doug has used his experience to catalyze the community around the work of the hospital, creating 6 capital campaigns in 7 years totaling $50 million.

In 1991 Doug and his wife Shelagh broke down in Kelowna – and never left.  They along with their two daughters have lived the Okanagan lifestyle for 27 years.


Please submit questions for the panelists to answer live at Convene Canada!