Plenary Sessions

Wednesday April 11
8:00 a.m.
The Donor Journey-A Personal View
Gail Asper O.C., O.M., LL.D., The Asper Foundation

Gail Asper has a long history of family giving. As President and a Trustee of The Asper Foundation, Gail and her family have developed major initiatives locally, nationally and internationally supporting a wide range of causes. In this address, Gail will offer insights of her motivations as a donor, what influences her choice of charitable causes, and her view of the philanthropist’s role in the community. She will also share advice on how to connect with donors, and reflect on the evolving roles of donor and philanthropist as she works with her own children in The Asper Foundation.

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Wednesday April 11
12:30 p.m.
The Challenge, the Opportunity: Establishing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples to Achieve Lasting Change
Roberta Jamieson, Indspire

It is not easy to speak or hear about the wrongs that have been committed against Indigenous Peoples, but Roberta Jamieson does that with mastery and authenticity. She tells a difficult and painful story while putting forward a cathartic vision that Canadians can work together to make a difference for future generations. Roberta presents solid ideas that will ensure sustainable Indigenous communities in Canada’s future. She draws upon her culture and her history in speaking of the Indigenous philosophy of philanthropy which goes beyond “generosity” and involves reciprocity with the ceremony of “one bowl and one spoon”. In this way she inspires each audience member to play a role in making the original promise good.

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Thursday April 12
8:00 a.m.
Family Meetings: The New Epicentre of Planned Giving
Tom Deans Ph.D., Intergenerational Wealth Expert & Best-Selling Author of Every Family’s Business and Willing Wisdom

As the greatest generation of wealth creators enters the final phase of their lives, the role that advisors can play in facilitating family meetings can have a profound impact on charitable giving.  Prepare to unlearn everything you thought you knew about estate planning as Dr. Tom Deans explores the connection between wills, late-in-life care and family giving in the new age of transparency.

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Thursday April 12
12:30 p.m.
CAGP Annual General Meeting
The year was 1993. Kim Campbell became Prime Minister; This Hour Has 22 Minutes premiered; the Stanley Cup and the World Series were BOTH won by Canadian teams; and…CAGP was founded! For our 25th Annual General Meeting there will be exhilarating reports from the Board Chair and the President & CEO, a riveting presentation of audited financial statements, and an election of new Board members that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perhaps a special treat or two and maybe someone will sing the CAGP song (lyrics by Peter Chipman and set to the theme of The Beverly Hillbillies!). With the official business over, you’ll hear about the CAGP Foundation’s exciting work to ensure CAGP’s next 25 years, creating a better world through strategic charitable giving.


Thursday April 12
2:30 p.m.
FRANK Talks
So named to honour Dr. Frank Minton and the tremendous impact he has had on planned giving in Canada. In this thought-provoking plenary session, seven dynamic individuals will each speak for 7 minutes to their share vision on this year’s FRANK Talks theme: What is the Future of Generosity?

 

2018 FRANK Talks Presenters & Topics:
 
Faith
Darren Pries-Klassen, Executive Director, Abundance Canada 
Sector Movements/Organizations
Dr. Jacline Nyman, President & CEO, United Way Centraide Canada
Professional Advisor
David O’Leary CFA, MBA, Principal, Kind Wealth
Youth/Millennial
Tolu Ilelaboye, Youth Engagement Coordinator, The Winnipeg Foundation
Citizen Engagement/Volunteerism
Sachit Mehra, Philanthropist, Volunteer and Chair at Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Legacy Giving
Peggy Killeen CFRE, Principal Director of Development, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University
Cultural
Bobby Sahni, Partner & Co-founder, Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing + Advertising

 

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Friday April 13
8:00 a.m.
Generosity Through Three Generations
Fraser Green, Good Works and Rory Green, Simon Fraser University

Fraser Green is a baby boomer born in 1955. His daughter Rory is a millennial born in 1988. Rory’s daughter Audrey was born last June. What will the world of philanthropy – and generosity – look like when Audrey celebrates HER thirtieth birthday? Fraser and Rory will share their perspectives on what will change – and what will remain intact – as we look toward the philanthropic horizon.

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Friday April 13
12:30 p.m.
From Refugee to Gift Planner: The Power of Generosity
Alen Okanovic, Canadian Red Cross

Alen will share his personal and inspirational story as a refugee during the Bosnian war, risking his life to cross borders, and finally making it to Slovenia where he registered as a refugee with the Red Cross. Thanks to many charities, he and his sister found their way to Canada to start a new life. This presentation will be especially relevant in Manitoba as the home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and where refugees have recently risked their lives to cross the US-Canada border in winter. Alen is a powerful example of the potential of philanthropy to change individual lives.

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