TD Lecture: Making Philanthropy more Impactful

CALUM CARMICHAEL is an associate professor in Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration and the current supervisor of Carleton’s Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. Although known for his work on the tax treatment of charities, Calum’s contributions to the design and delivery of programs at Carleton extend beyond the MPNL to include others at the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Arthur Kroeger College. Calum’s research has touched on several policy areas, including trade and monetary policy.

Discussion Moderator:
JO-ANNE RYAN is the vice president, philanthropic advisory services at TD Wealth, where she leads research on women in philanthropy and develops strategies that help clients incorporate philanthropy in their overall financial and estate planning. She is also the executive director and architect of the Private Giving Foundation, the first donor-advised fund program launched by a Canadian financial institution that provides a structure to leave a lasting legacy in a simple and effective manner.

FAHAD AHMAD is a nonprofit consultant, researcher and program evaluator who works with social purpose and community-based organizations to enhance the impact of their missions. Fahad is currently pursuing his PhD at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton where his doctoral research examines the impact of national security policies on the work of Muslim civil society organizations in Canada and the U.K. Fahad is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a board member and treasurer for Leadnow. In the past, he has served as the chief operating officer and interim CEO of Soliya and VP of strategic initiatives at Search for Common Ground.

KRIS ARCHIE, a Secwepemc and Seme7 woman from the Ts’qescen First Nation whose “lived experiences as a mixed blood woman, mother and community member inform [her] desire for inclusion, accessibility and justice,” is passionate about heart-based community work and facilitating positive change. Kris was the project manager for Vancouver Foundation’s youth homelessness initiative ‘Fostering Change’ before becoming the executive director of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, an open network that promotes giving, sharing and philanthropy in Aboriginal communities across the country.

JENNIFER CONLEY (CFRE) has over 20 years of advancement experience in the fields of education, health care and international development. As Carleton University’s chief advancement officer & president of the Carleton University Foundation (US), Jennifer oversees alumni relations, development and advancement communications and led Carleton to the successful completion of its $300M “Collaborate” Campaign—the most ambitious campaign in Carleton’s (and in Ottawa’s) history. Prior to Carleton, Jennifer served as the first executive director for St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Foundation and concurrently led the $10M campaign to build a new St. Patrick’s Home.
A graduate of Carleton’s Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Jennifer is now an instructor in the program. She has been named one of Ottawa’s Top Forty Under 40 and received AFP Ottawa’s Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year and the Influential Alumni Award from her alma mater, Nipissing University.

KEVIN MCCORT is president and CEO of Vancouver Foundation. With more than 30 years of service to the nonprofit sector, both in Canada and around the world, he has earned a reputation as a smart, strategic leader who always puts community at the heart of his work. Since 2013, Kevin has led Vancouver Foundation through a period of significant transformation, with a sharpened focus on donor service, community inspired grant-making and world-class endowment management. As a result, the foundation saw strong growth in new funds and assets that enabled it to contribute over $68M towards building healthy, vibrant and livable communities across BC in 2019. As the scale of Vancouver Foundation has grown, Kevin has also worked to expand its impact, pioneering new initiatives and innovations that create meaningful change at a community level. Starting in 2015, Kevin led his team in a transformation of Vancouver Foundation’s approach to community granting, with a new focus on seeking systemic change by addressing root causes of pressing social, cultural and environmental issues.


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