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.

"Unstoppable Tracy" Schmitt

Wednesday, May 15

9:15AM - 10:30AM

Unstoppable TracyNot only is Tracy Schmitt a powerhouse from an inspirational and motivational standpoint, she’s also a powerhouse in business. Unstoppable Tracy is a both a television host and TEDx presenter who has spoken in over 40 countries. She has shared the stage and events with Dr. Phil, Jane Fonda, Mark Wahlberg, John Travolta and more. Her story pushes audiences to branch out of their self-perceived limitations to take action.

Unstoppable Tracy has been featured in magazines O and Châtelaine Magazine and on covers like Thrive and Business Booster Today. She has made appearances on NBC, CBC, ABC and globally around the world. As 2018's #1 Female Global Transformational John Maxwell Leader, she has represented companies such as Air Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart and Uber in times of crisis.

Tracy has climbed the Himalayan mountains, captained tall ships in the Eastern Atlantic and is a decorated world cup athlete in sailing. She has lived as a premier awarded humanitarian in developing countries such as Uganda, Nepal, Mexico and Jamaica, among others. She is the best-selling author of the book Unstoppable YOU; Delivering the Lim(b)itless Secret. To top it all off, she was born a 4 way amputee with no hands and no legs. Her mantra is, “If I can do it you can do it! No excuses!”

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).

Danielle Martin

Thursday, May 16

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Danielle MartinDanielle Martin MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP, is a family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) where she is also the Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions.

Danielle’s policy expertise and passion for equity have made her a leader in the debate over the future of Canada’s health care system. She is a strong advocate for removing barriers to care, and in 2013 she co-founded the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care – a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving the health gaps in our system.

She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She has received many honors and awards. Her national bestselling book Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians, was released by Penguin Random House Canada in January 2017.

As a practicing doctor, a hospital administrator and policy expert, Danielle offers a unique perspective on health system change. She appears regularly as a medical contributor on CBC television, is a columnist for Châtelaine Magazine and is an in-demand speaker on a variety of health and health care topics nationally

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, Ken Mayhew, President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation, Bob Peacock, CEO  of Almag Aluminum and Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA, MBA, Partner and Vice Chair, PwC Canada. 

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 NakoneshnyNicole Nakoneshny
In addition to working with clients to develop highly customized strategies and solutions that meet their unique challenges and opportunities, Nicole serves as Lead, Knowledge and Insights at KCI. 

In this role, Nicole curates the knowledge that KCI generates through its various practices and also keeps an eye on the key and emerging trends in fundraising and philanthropy both in Canada and around the world, translating that knowledge and information into useful insights for charities and fundraisers. Nicole also serves as editor of KCI’s online publication, KCI Philanthropic Trends and host of its monthly podcast, The Ask.

An active volunteer, Nicole is a Director with the TD Wealth Private Giving Foundation and is also long-time volunteer with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, serving as a talking books narrator for the past 22 years.

Louise AspinLouise Aspin
Louise joined Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation in November 2007. She has been fundraising in Canada for more than 25 years. As Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, she oversees all fundraising portfolios with an annual goal of more than $100M. During her tenure, the foundation has raised more than $1 billion. A seasoned presenter, she has led masterclasses and workshops at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands, AFP in Baltimore and Toronto, and, consulted with hospitals in Belgium and Ireland. She recently attended a nine month program at Harvard University on exponential fundraising.

Other organizations Louise has worked with include The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta), the Ontario Science Centre and the Sunnybrook Foundation. At the Ontario Science Centre, Louise successfully completed a $40 million campaign and at Sunnybrook, as Managing Director, Campaigns, Louise led the major and planned gifts team towards their $300 million campaign goal. She has also served on the boards of the Toronto Public Library and Mural Routes.

Ken MayhewKen Mayhew
Ken Mayhew is President & CEO of William Osler Health System Foundation. The foundation has experienced its sixth consecutive year of significant revenue growth and is currently in a $100M campaign supporting the redevelopment of Peel Memorial, Etobicoke General and Brampton Civic hospitals.

Prior to joining Osler, Ken spent 20 years with the MS Society of Canada and was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications and fund development for a program with almost 1 million active donors, raising over $50 million annually.

Ken is a past president of the GTA Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and a national director of AFP Canada. Ken’s ongoing sector involvement with AFP, Imagine Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation includes helping to develop a narrative on the importance of philanthropy within the Canadian social fabric. As a part of this, Ken is a frequent sector spokesperson and, in November 2018, was interviewed by The Globe and Mail for an article entitled “Philanthropy: The true heart of Canadian culture

Ken was also recognized with a CEO in Action award from the prestigious Diversity Journal for his work in inclusive fundraising.

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


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