Archive: 2014 Plenary Speakers

    Wednesday April 9 – 8:00 a.m.


Kevin LynchThe Honourable Kevin G. Lynch P.C., O.C., PH. D, LL.D,
Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group

What’s Ahead for Canada?
Dr. Kevin Lynch thinks that leadership and innovation are keys to Canada’s future in a world that is changing profoundly. What are the implications for philanthropy and how can we be inventive to ensure a strong philanthropic future? As a world business leader, senior leadership volunteer, and participant in the Davos World Economic Forum, Dr. Lynch has a uniquely well-informed perspective on the global economy. Come and hear his prescription for a more competitive and dynamic future.

 Sponsored by: Miller Thomson

Wednesday April 9 – 12:30 p.m.

Joel SolomonJoel Solomon
Chairman, Renewal Funds

Billionaires of Good Deeds Description
When Joel Solomon and business partner Carol Newell first began investing money to foster social and environmental change, many people said they would surely fail.  Now, years later, Renewal Funds has proven the viability of the social venture capital model.  Joel will explore the practice of whole portfolio activation to mission that he and Carol developed.  By aligning money with values, every person can invest in their community, and in the world, to become a billionaire of good deeds while both making money and investing in meaningful causes.

Sponsored by: TD

Thursday April 10 – 7:30 a.m.

Kathy LeMayKathy LeMay
CEO, Raising Change

Putting Humanity Back in the Modern Philanthropic Movement
Big names, big causes, big wallets. Today’s modern philanthropic movement has reached epic heights, ushering in scalable solutions to modern day social ills and unleashing untold amounts of money into what is now being called the third sector. This growing emphasis on creating change for profit concepts such as return on investment, indicators of success, and business viability are making their way into the quest to transform people’s lives. Do the benchmarks in the for-profit world where cash is king translate to the non-profit world where humanity is the destination and the journey? Is there still a role for humanity in this new modern philanthropic movement?

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CartersFasken Martineau

Thursday April 10 – 12:30 p.m.


CAGP_logo_tm_transparentAnnual General Meeting

AGMs have a reputation for being ‘less than fun’, but it’s an important time for the CAGP-ACPDP™ Board and its members to connect. Hear about highlights of the last year, learn about progress made on the strategic plan, ask (or sing) your questions, and of course, receive the financial report and elect the Board of Directors. A not-to-be-missed part of the 2014 conference – and not just because of the draw for a free membership!


Friday April 11 – 8:00 a.m.

Duncan McCueDuncan McCue
Correspondent, CBC’s The National

Finding Debwewin in Your Story: A Journalist’s Tale
As a reporter for CBC, Duncan McCue tells compelling stories that speak deeply of human struggle, especially those of concern to Indigenous people.  Challenging the bias of mainstream media to tell stories that must be heard despite noise inherent in our world today takes well-honed journalistic skills. Duncan will share some of his stories with us, and teach us how we can sharpen our own charities’ stories:  to be heard, to move people to action, and thereby to create the change we strive for. You will leave this session moved, inspired, and better able to sway your own audiences

Sponsored by: Scotia Private Client Group

Friday April 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Ian Bird Small Ian Bird
President, Community Foundations of Canada

What’s Next for Philanthropy?
Today we operate in a world where concepts of community and philanthropy are changing rapidly. To meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century the state of philanthropy must evolve and adapt to better meet the needs of our communities and our nation. Sharing stories of innovation from across the philanthropic sector, including research from the Monitor Institute and examples of Smart & Caring Communities in action, Ian unpacks the ideas redefining our current philanthropic landscape and re-imagining the future of philanthropy.

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