May 14 - 16, 2019 / Toronto, ON


No other event speaks so directly to your needs as a Canadian health care fundraiser. Connect with your fundraising peers from across the country to share ideas and build your professional networks. Wherever you are on your professional pathway, you’ll benefit from new concepts, best practices and industry trends shared by leaders in Canadian health care development.

Ted Garrard

Wednesday, May 15

4:15PM - 5:15PM

Ted Garrard

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 health care history with a goal of raising $1.3 billion by 2022. Prior to joining the foundation, Ted served as Vice President, External at The University of Western Ontario from 1996-2009, where he led campaigns that raised more than $600 million.  He also spent 13 years at United Way of Toronto in a variety of roles, including leading all fundraising operations.

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).

The Ask Podcast Panel

Thursday, May 16

8:00AM - 9:15AM

The AskWe are delighted that KCI will again be live-recording an episode of its podcast The Ask during the Thursday Breakfast Plenary. Hosted by Nicole Nakoneshny, Partner and Lead, Knowledge + Insights at KCI, this year’s panel will focus on the ever-important, but often overlooked, topic of how to best involve volunteers in our work.

As one of the most powerful tools that foundations have to advance their fundraising ambitions, volunteer engagement is critical to success. And yet, finding and attracting senior level volunteers is becoming increasingly challenging, and once volunteers are involved, it can be hard to know how best to work with them. The panel will explore the trends and best practices in engaging volunteers, both board and fundraising, in fundraising. The speakers will sharing tips and anecdotes from their experiences.

Nicole will be joined by panelists Louise Aspin, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Offer at Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation and Ken Mayhew, President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation along with a volunteer from each of their foundations. 

How do I find and attract volunteer leadership? What is the role of the fundraising volunteer today? Am I kidding myself to think my board will engage in fundraising? What do volunteers want from staff? To hear answers to these questions and more, be sure to attend Convene Canada 2019! 

Nicole Nakoneshny

Nicole Nakoneshny

Louise Aspin

Louise Aspin

Ken Mayhew

Ken Mayhew

Be sure to check out The Ask episode recorded live at Convene Canada 2018:


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