May 20-22, 2020 | Toronto, ON


No other event speaks so directly to your needs as a Canadian healthcare 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 healthcare development.

Check back soon as we announce education sessions for Convene Canada 2020! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Registration Open


Pre-Conference Workshops

Make the most of your Convene Canada experience by choosing one of our pre-conference workshops. Additional registration required, starting at $400.

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Leading Forward Canada: Preparing the Next Generation of Foundation Leaders

This one-day pre-conference workshop is designed for foundation CEOs and emerging professional leaders.

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM: Networking Breakfast

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: Welcome/Keynote Speaker

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Spotlight Session #1: Board Governance: Engaging and Working with Your Volunteer Board
Topics: Working with your Board and Board Chair; what the Board Chair looks for in a CEO; best practices in engaging your board
Speaker: Robin Cardozo, Executive in Residence, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Panel: Raj Kothari, Chair of the Board, Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation, UHN
Tennys Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto General Western Hospital Foundation, UHN

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Spotlight Session #2: Hospital and Foundation Alignment: Building a Strong Relationship and a Common Vision for Philanthropy
Topics: How to build high-performing, high-functioning hospital-foundation relationships; Building trust and a common vision for philanthropy; How to position philanthropy within the Hospital leadership team.
Panel: Ronald Cohn, MD, FACMG, President & CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children
Ted Garrard, Chief Executive Officer, SickKids Foundation
Julie Quenneville, President, McGill University Health Centre Foundation

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch and Networking

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Spotlight Session #3: People Management: Common Challenges, Effective Strategies and Managing Multi-Generational Teams
Topics: Leadership development; staff management; employee growth and coaching; the modern workforce; managing multi-generational teams; what is organizational culture and how to build it.
Panel: Bram Freedman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Jewish General Hospital Foundation
Louis de Melo, Executive Vice-President, Academic Advancement, Sinai Health System and Chief Executive Officer, Sinai Health Foundation

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Spotlight Session #4: The View from Emerging Leaders
Topics: Experiences from emerging leaders in Canadian health philanthropy; How they inspire others, innovate and are visionaries within their organizations.
Panel: Colin Hennigar, Vice President, Major Gifts, SickKids Foundation
Delphine Brodeur, Executive Vice-President, Donor Engagement and Strategic Deployment, Fondation CHU Ste-Justine

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spotlight Session #5: Fundraising in 2020 and Beyond: Top 5 Significant Trends
Topics: Key trends for successfully raising money in 2020; campaign fundraising; changing face of wealth in Canada; digitization and analytics
Moderator: Nicole Nakoneshny, Lead, Knowledge and Insights, KCI (Ketchum Canada, Inc.)
Panel: Maud Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Fondation CHU Ste-Justine
Maria Dyck, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation
Others to be announced

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Recap & Closing Comments

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
AHP Advanced Course in Healthcare Fundraising

The AHP Advanced Course is a one-day, intensive program that provides a quick and comprehensive overview of fundraising principles for healthcare development professionals who have five or more years of experience in the field. The course content is organized around the CFRE exam and can assist development professionals in preparing for the CFRE  examination. Participants review the core competencies outlined in the CFRE knowledge areas. The course fee includes the workshop, workbook, and a continental breakfast and lunch. In this fast-paced class, you will find out your strengths and weaknesses and how you can improve on what you know.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
AHP Development Primer: The Fundamentals of Healthcare Development

This fast-paced, one-day, fundamental workshop focuses on the basic elements of healthcare philanthropy and the role of development in a healthcare organization. This workshop reviews major areas of health care development, including: major, planned, and annual giving; capital campaigns; policies; finance; marketing; and many other topics. The workshop is highly recommended for those new to healthcare development (with less than three years experience) and for support staff and board members who need to understand the elements of health care development. 

Main Conference Begins

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Welcome Networking Reception

Thursday, May 21, 2020

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Registration Open


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Keynote

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Educational Breakout Sessions #1 (5)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch with Exhibitors

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Educational Breakout Sessions #2 (5)

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Break with Exhibitors

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Educational Breakout Sessions #3 (5)

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Break with Exhibitors

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Educational Breakout Sessions #4 (5)

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Evening Offsite Social Event

Friday, May 22, 2020

7:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Registration Open


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Morning General Session: Six Key Trends and Their Implications for Fundraising
Speaker: Nicole Nakoneshny, Lead, Knowledge + Insights, KCI

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Educational Breakout Sessions #5 (5)

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Educational Breakout Sessions #6 (5)

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch and Closing Keynote: Opportunities for Canadian Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Bob Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon)

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Travel to Optional Site Visit

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Optional Site Visit and Educational Programming

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