Opening Keynote | Sheldon Kennedy
Sunday, April 30, 8:30 – 9:45 AM
Sheldon Kennedy won a Memorial Cup, World Junior Gold Medal and skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Through this disclosure, and the important work that Sheldon continues to do, he has become an inspiration to millions of abuse survivors around the world.
Sheldon has been instrumental in bringing governments, public and private sector partners together to work collaboratively to influence policy change and improve the way child abuse is handled. He has influenced changes in Canadian law and has taken his message to the International Olympic Committee and the US Senate.
Sheldon is the Lead Director at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, the first-of-its-kind in Canada, offering full wrap-around services for victims of child abuse. He is also the Co-Founder of Respect Group Inc., which provides empowering online abuse, bullying and harassment prevention education to sport organizations, schools and the workplace.
Trends Keynote | Marnie A. Spears, BA, C.Dir.
Monday, May 1, 8:00 – 9:15 AM
Marnie Spears, President and CEO of KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has played an integral role in developing the firm into Canada’s largest and most successful fundraising consultancy. Her insightful relationship management, organizational health, and campaign strategies have helped pave the road to success for non-profits of all sizes. Under her guidance, KCI’s focus on coaching, mentoring and skills development continues to allow for the transfer of knowledge and expertise to clients in all areas of advancement, helping to build a stronger, more viable philanthropic landscape.
As Chair of KCI’s Philanthropic Trends© Advisory Board, she is an internationally recognized expert on fundraising and philanthropy and is a sought-after speaker and advisor to institutional leaders and senior professionals across the country.