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Kathy English is the Toronto Star’s Public Editor, the paper’s reader advocate and guarantor of accuracy. She has reported and edited for the Hamilton Spectator, London Free Press, Toronto Sun, and the Globe and Mail. Kathy taught newspaper journalism at Ryerson School of Journalism for 10 years and launched websites for two Canadian media companies. She served five years on the board of the National Newspaper Awards. She holds a Masters degree in Canadian history.
Jane Griffith is Partner at Odgers Berndtson. With more than a decade of experience gained in executive search, Jane has worked with a broad range of clients across diverse industries, including: Academia, Not for Profit, Environmental, and both the broader public and private sectors. Previously, Jane was Partner and Practice Leader of the Academic and Not For Profit Sector at Four Corners Group and founded Griffith Research, where she worked with a series of executive search companies located in Canada, the United States, Dubai and Australia. Jane has also worked in fundraising for the United Way of Greater Toronto, York University Foundation, and with not for profit consulting firm KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.). An active volunteer both locally and nationally, Jane is a member of the Steering Committee for the 30 Percent Club Canada, the Founder of The Council of Women Executives, Vice-Chair of Clean Air Champions, a Founding Director of the Board of Directors for the Association for Professional Researchers for Advancement-Canada (APRA-Canada), former Chair of Perth Children’s House Montessori, and former Board Member of the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce. A frequent public speaker, Jane has presented sessions with AFP at Congress in Toronto and Ottawa. She holds a BA, Honours in Legal History from the University of Calgary, a MA in Legal History from the University of Toronto, and she completed the course work for a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) at York, focusing on the role of Emotional Intelligence and Lifelong Learning. Jane holds the “Certified Researcher/Associate” (CRA) designation from the AESC (Association of Executive Search Consultants) and serves as an Examiner for the Certified Researcher/Associate exams.
Evelyne Guindon leads Women Deliver’s engagement to enhance the relationships and resources that power our work for girls and women around the world. With over 25 years of experience, Evelyne was most recently with Cuso International, one of Canada’s largest international development organizations, where she served as Chief Executive Officer. She has also served on the leadership teams of Right To Play International, CARE Canada and the Micronutrient Initiative helping to navigate these organizations through significant change and growth. Evelyne has a solid track record of ensuring important initiatives have the resources required to deliver sustained impact.
Over the years, Evelyne has led programs and operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. Working to ensure girls and women reach their full potential has been the sturdy thread woven throughout her career and volunteer life. Evelyne launched her career in sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and was subsequently part of this important movement for several years in Southern Africa. Her experience has led her to be a steadfast champion of the potential that partnerships hold.
David J. Mitchell is the President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. He has a broad professional background, spanning the private, public and education sectors. Most recently, he was Vice President, College Advancement & Chief External Relations Officer with Bow Valley College. From 2009 to 2015 he led Canada’s Public Policy Forum, an NGO dedicated to improving the quality of government through multi-sectoral dialogue. Before that he served as vice president at three universities: Queen’s, Ottawa, and Simon Fraser, directing fundraising and external relations at each. David served as a Member of the BC Legislature from 1991-1996, where he was Opposition House Leader and a watchdog on a broad range of issues. He also gained experience in parliament-ary procedure and legislative processes as Deputy Clerk of the Saskatchewan Legislature, and held executive positions within Western Canadian resource industries. An award-winning writer and author, he is a Governor and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and previously served on the boards of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Parliamentary Centre, the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Kelly Nolan is a highly respected bilingual communications, marketing, and public affairs executive, with more than 12 years of experience in the education, health, economic development sectors including working closely with boards of directors, executives, government officials and elected officials, directing teams, and managing division and organizational budgets. Kelly has directed, developed and executed bold and innovative public relations, marketing, and communications strategies, including larger scale social media and internet marketing initiatives, membership and sponsorship programs for all knowledge economy sectors. She is an accomplished professional with an exceptional track record of building positive relationships with senior government officials, external partners, executives, media, clients, external agencies, and internal team members.
Isabelle Perreault has been at the forefront of digital planning for over 15 years. As Vice-President, Digital Transformation for Stratford Managers Corporation, Isabelle works with leadership teams to develop a common vision for how the organization will leverage digital technology to improve business outcomes and the customer experience. She has used this passion and her deep expertise in enterprise digital strategies to develop the Digital Maturity AssessmentTM, a diagnostic tool to assess an organization’s digital readiness. Prior to joining Stratford, Isabelle was Director of Marketing and head of digital for Senators Sports and Entertainment (SSE). She is a member of Canadian Women in Communications and Technology and a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences sharing her expertise in business transformation and the impact of digital technology on consumer behaviour. Isabelle holds a BA in Communications with honours in New Media from the University of Ottawa. As a mother of three young girls, Isabelle firmly supports Informed Opinion’s mission and is passionate about amplifying women’s voices both in media and at the executive table.
Lisa Philipps is Associate Vice‐President Research at York University and a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she is a leading socio‐legal scholar in the fields of tax law, fiscal policy, and feminist legal studies. In addition to her academic pursuits, Philipps is a regular media commentator on tax policy issues and has spoken and provided her expertise to a range of parliamentary committees. Lisa received her LL.B. from the University of Toronto and her LL.M. from York University. Lisa is passionate about communicating the value of research to society and was featured in the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations’ video campaign, “We Teach Ontario”, for her integration of research into teaching.
A multiple award winning nonprofit professional with expertise in fundraising and nonprofit governance, Ann’s experience includes work in both Canada and the US.
Ann taught nonprofit strategic planning, fundraising, and volunteer management at Georgian College for 8 years. She is 1 of only 4 people in Canada certified as a Master Trainer by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
She is sought after as an association conference speaker and university guest lecturer. She has spoken on philanthropy across Canada and internationally, including a master class for the International Fundraising Conference in Amsterdam and several courses in San Francisco. She serves as a Mentor through the Association of Fundraising Professionals Inclusive Giving initiative.
Ann has a strong understanding of the governance, financial, and legal regulatory requirements for running a charity. Her expertise is called on in her volunteer work with the Imagine Canada Charity Voluntary Standards program.
Ann’s MBA focused on NonProfit Management and she has completed the Institute for Corporate Directors Not For Profit Governance Program. She also serves as an active volunteer for Endeavour Volunteer Consulting, and is the 2018 Chair for Association of Fundraising Professionals Congress, the largest fundraising conference in Canada. Her recent Board work includes serving as Board Secretary for Rainbow Railroad.
Currently Principal for Charitably Speaking, she’s overseen major gifts, and personal and corporate giving for large organizations like CNIB, and small groups like the WoodGreen Foundation. She also serves as Editor for Hilborn Charity eNews, Canada’s largest weekly charity sector professional publication.
She is humbled and proud to share that to date she’s had the privilege of winning awards in 5 domains of fundraising from 5 different associations. She is also proud to have led the acquisition of more than $100M in ongoing giving by networking, partnering, and building high performance teams. In her spare time she is a Supreme Gleaner for local fruit charity Not Far From The Tree.
John Simpson holds a PhD (Alberta 2010) in philosophy based on research into rational behaviour using agent-based simulations. He is currently the Humanities & Social Sciences Specialist for Compute Canada and is leading development of a national strategy to engage these communities in High-Performance and Advanced Research Computing. Relatedly, he is the Canadian Coordinator for Software Carpentry, a regular instructor at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and ex officio member of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Executive. Outside of academia he is a manipulator of strings on screens, in hands, and on ukulele and banjo fret boards.